With every new beginning comes…another new beginning?
ARVISE has finally returned – and with a new face in the crowd.
In March 2011, ARVISE went on an activity pause following their live at Ikebukuro CYBER the previous month. On January 25th, almost three years since their tearful goodbyes, ARVISE is back and better than ever.
At the end of November, ARVISE’s OHP opened, revealing a whole new look and a new member. The band is being joined by vocalist 翔 (Shou) for the first time. You can read more about the promising new vocalist on his official Twitter or Ameblo account. Or, you could see him and the rest of the band at one of their upcoming lives: Read more
Fans of Kansai-based XI may have been disappointed to learn that on December 12th, XI would be ending band activities.
The good news? No one is going anywhere! XI has become LICKER; all of the members of XI are also the same members in LICKER.
As some readers may recall, we told you about LICKER’s official disbandment back in 2011 following the departure of two of their members. As for why this revival is occurring now, their official Ameblo encourages fans to “ask them yourselves.” More than a name change, this seems to be an image change as well! Read more
TRIGGAH is on a roll lately — and they haven’t even had their official activity restart yet! After losing most of their band mates last year, guitarist Tomozo and vocalist Hajime came back to announce new members and a fresh start this spring. With its first live — a “demonstration” live as an opening act — in February and its official comeback in March, TRIGGAH is way ahead of the game in that they, last night, announced yet another release for fans to look forward to.
“ENVY AND JEALOUSY,” the new single, is due out in on March 5th (or February 22nd if you attend the demonstration live), and for anyone who missed the band’s earlier release, you can now get them all in one place starting February 29th.
First, let’s recap the new single, now with cover art and previews!
Those of you that are fluent in V-Kei history will be interested in this show.
90′s Visual Kei band ILLUMINA announced on December 20th that they will be holding a one-day revival live this April 20th, 2014. They left this simple announcement on their OHP:
12 years since their disbandment, these four members’
dear, gentle, and painful music has
On April 20th (Sunday) at Shibuya VUENOS,
they will be playing with their sworn friends defspiral and DEVELOP=FRAME
in a one-night-only event.
There are no future plans.
Don’t miss this chance.
We will notify you about the ticket reservation and play guide next year.
Nao TAR TAKA SATOM
Say what you will about their style (new and old), but heavy positive rockers SuG are definitely not phoning it in with their comeback. With the group’s single MISSING hitting the presses and vocalist Takeru‘s solo project Uwakimono‘s first release, I Kyou You, rapidly selling out, the band has reignited the SuG flame only months after the announcement of their revival.
Just today, the band announced a spring tour titled un-MISSING, celebrating their February 19th comeback single MISSING. The tour will start in Shibuya in March and hit 13 dates in Japan, ending with a final at Hibiya’s outdoor arena, Hibiya Yagai Dai Ongakudo, in May. But wait, I’m forgetting something…
Oh, right. In the middle of that tour, for two weeks in April, SuG is hoisting the sails and traveling to Taipei, Hong Kong, and Seoul to embark on the international leg of the un-MISSING tour!
First off, a big “thank you” to Jakub for this tip!
After entering an activity pause in 2008, Gram∞Maria is finally back…in an interesting way.
On December 22nd, the duo celebrated their 10th anniversary by making 100 copies of their first self-titled single available for just 500yen. “Gram∞Maria” contains just two tracks: the title song and 「夢～満ちて行く月の調べ～」(Yume~michiteiku tsuki no shirabe~). The catch? They were only sold at their show on the same day at Nishikujou BRAND NEW. Read more
This time next year, I predict we’ll see a lot of thoroughly satisfied GHOST fans.
According to a video posted by former bassist Zero, the members of GHOST will come together to light up the darkness one more time at Birth Shinjuku on December 15th, 2014. Why plan so far ahead? What’s so special about December 15th, 2014? Die-heard GHOST fans will recognize that as the band’s 10th anniversary!
There’s little other information to work with yet, but there is still plenty of time to fill in the blanks (like the time and price and all ticket purchase details) since the event is a year from now.
It’s been an exciting year for hide fans–the Rocket Dive project has been announcing a string of releases and events to commemorate hide’s life and his ever influential music and style. Among the most exciting of the recent announcements is the renewal and reopening of ”Pink Spider”, a rock musical based off of hide’s music, featuring a soundtrack made entirely of his songs, and starring musicians that he worked with.
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First off, a big thank you to Elisabeth for this tip!
SuG fans were both despaired and overjoyed (yes, overjoyed) when the band announced their activity pause following their departure from PS COMPANY. While vocalist Takeru has been active on Twitter, and other band members have been acting as support members for other bands, a SuG-less world was a sadder world for many fans.
But, a new day has dawned. On August 16th, SuG launched their brand new OHP with a tantalizing new look. And, just today, it was announced that Takeru is releasing a mini-album, 「I 狂 YOU」 (I Kyou You) with his new solo project, 「浮気物」 (Uwakimono)! The release date is set for November 20th. Further details are scheduled to be released in a few days, so count on S-T to keep you up-to-date!
Edit: On December 29th, Uwakimono’s first oneman live will be at Kokuritsu Yoyogi Second Gymnasium. Information on tickets will be announced on September 21st. If you’re planning some Tokyo travel during the holidays this year, make your plans now!
(Note about the title: In Japanese, 「浮気物」(Uwakimono) can be translated as “cheater.”)
09.23 Dotonbori SHRIMP
What: SEVEN presents 「SEVEN救済～空き巣、ダメ。ゼッタイ。～」(SEVEN Kyuusai ~Akisu, Dame. Zettai.~)
With: SOMATIC GUARDIAN, M, Dhalis, hysteric
Cost: ￥4000 (￥4500 day of)
Tickets for the event go on sale August 30th. If you’re in the area or thinking of traveling, don’t miss out on this opportunity to see these guys in action again! Are any of our readers excited?
Source: M Member’s Blogs, vkdb
Finally, some happy news to report for fans of (the original) Vivid!
The Osaka-based “Golden Age” group, who established a loyal following during a short indies run, has managed to pull itself together in the 10th year following their dissolution. Despite suffering a major loss earlier this year, Vivid has scheduled a one-day reunion live to take place in November.
Back in February, Merry went on hiatus due to the concern of the health of vocalist Gara.
Today, the band announced their official revival in August 2013!
On August 10th, Merry will hold an outdoor live at Hibiya Park Daiongakudou titled “devour act 2~拝啓、最モ臭イ遊戯 絶望ノ窓カラ闇二降ル星…貪リ食ウ夢” (devour act 2~haikei, motto mo kusai yuugi zetsubou no mado kara yami ni furu hoshi…musaborikuu yume). The event is all seated, and tickets cost 5000yen (6000yen same-day).
Seating priority for tickets will be in the following order: CORE -> ONLINE -> Official Site -> regular.
The ONLINE (mobile site) pre-order starts from today (May 14th) and goes until May 30th. CORE members can pre-order tickets from May 27th~June 4th. The official site pre-order starts on May 31st and ends on June 6th. Finally, regular ticket sales begin on June 29th.
But, that’s not all!
MERRY has also decided to remake and re-release a single from their indies era, 「窓 -replay-」 (Mado -replay-).Sales are limited to CORE members and those attending their their August 10th show. It only costs 1000yen, but stock is limited, so get one as soon as you get to the live!
Also limited to the upcoming live will be an original hooded towel designed by Gara. Pre-order for CORE members is set to begin in early June. If you want to have a chance at getting these, sign up for CORE before May 20th!
Any MANNEQUIN fans still out there?
Earlier this month, bassist TATSURO announced on his blog that MANNEQUIN will be having a one-day revival performance at Ikebukuro CYBER on June 29th!
Ticket prices are not listed yet, but if you want to reserve one, send an e-mail with your name and number of tickets to email@example.com.
Who’s going to go?