LOST ASH Sizzles at a Sweltering SUMMER PARTY (Part 2)

Part 1, featuring the pre-live activities and talk show, is over here! Article: jazz Live coverage: jazz, Yayoi Photography: Katie F. for Shattered-Tranquility.net Special Thanks: Ku, Alicia © Shattered-Tranquility.net 2014 ----- LOST ASH SUMMER PARTY 2014: LIVE Shibuya Rex - August 3rd, 2014 As the curtains rose and the lights dropped, the SE music began to flow, and immediately hundreds of fists pounded the air in rhythm, many lit by whimsical flashing LED rings. Throughout the evening, the Read more

LOST ASH Sizzles at a Sweltering SUMMER PARTY (Part 1)

  Part 2, featuring the full rundown of the live itself, is this way! Article: jazz Live coverage: jazz, Yayoi Photography: Katie F. for Shattered-Tranquility.net Special Thanks: Ku, Alicia © Shattered-Tranquility.net 2014 ----- In Japan, there are certain motifs that immediately evoke the image of summer. The persistent hum of cicadas, the mirrored burst and sparkle of fireworks reflected in a river, the flavor of fresh grilled takoyaki drenched in sauce and mayonnaise, the petrichor after summer Read more

Interview: LOST ASH

Finding a MESSAGE in the ASHes It may not be easy to place J-Rock’s Jacks-of-all-trades LOST ASH into one convenient category, for all the skills they have. If there ever were an example of “visual kei idols,” it would be LOST ASH, who have the talent, looks, style, and sound to garner both mainstream and niche appeal (and, with their web series and vocalist Daiki’s acting career, they’ve the film Read more

Interview: Chanty

  YOLO, YOLO A Pirate’s Life for Me Chanty first sailed into the Tokyo visual kei scene late last summer, when they shocked us with their hilariously imposturous introduction profiles. But we soon found out that Chanty were anything but imposturous. In just under a year they have pierced our hearts with their light, catchy melodies and left us wanting more. Shattered-Tranquility.net got the opportunity to chat with Chanty just before the Read more

Red Desire LILIA & A Look Back at Royz

After saying farewell to Kazuki last month and heading into the future with Royz, we'd like to take a look back to the spring at Royz's Red Desire LILIA tour, and even farther back, to the beginnings of the band. We caught up with Royz for the first time in more than a year at their Aomori performance of the tour this past April and were treated to another Read more

heidi. 8th Anniversary Live

It was overcast and cloudy in Takadanobaba on the day of heidi.’s Eighth Anniversary Live. This slightly foreboding weather, however, was not enough to stop the hundreds of fans that came to see this special event from flooding into the venue the second doors were opened. Clad in band t-shirts and stylish outfits made up of various mismatched colors, fans greeted each other on the floor, exchanging excited whispers Read more

Mayu Returns to DaizyStripper

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Mayu Returns to DaizyStripper
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Great news for DaizyStripper* fans! After almost nine long months of absence, guitarist and leader Mayu is making his comeback to DaizyStripper this fall.

Fans were pessimistic, to say the least, when, last December, Mayu announced his intentions to take a break, citing a need to change. Although DaizyStripper continued as a quartet – with activity highlights including a summer album and tour, a single, and trips to Okinawa, Taiwan, and Ontario’s Anime North – fans remained in a state of heightened tension and awareness, reading into every sign that DaizyStripper was staring down doom.

Hopefully, now that Mayu’s back, those fears will be assuaged.

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Otogadead Rises Again for A Day…or Two?

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Otogadead Rises Again for A Day...or Two?
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オトガデッド (Otogadead) is making not one, but two comebacks within the next couple of months. Read more

LuLu Reemerges

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LuLu Reemerges
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We have some good — if not somewhat vague — news for LuLu fans! Visual kei’s favorite medical band has announced a return to the stage on July 6th under the name lUlU3.2! The announcement comes with only a couple of weeks for fans to arrange their schedules and get their tickets, but may be well-worth it.
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TRANSTIC NERVE One-day Revival

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TRANSTIC NERVE One-day Revival
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defspiral fans, THE UNDERNEATH fans, and TRANSTIC NERVE fans alike are in for a great show this Christmas. Read more

D’ESPAIRSRAY to Return

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D'ESPAIRSRAY to Return
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This reporter is thrilled to inform fans that this is not a joke, faulty information, or a rumor.

This is fact.
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Ruellia’s Reboot

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Ruellia's Reboot
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If you’re a long-time fan of visual kei, you might recognize this name. Read more

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SIGNAL One-Day Revival

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SIGNAL One-Day Revival
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SIGNAL fans have had a hard year. After the band’s loss of their drummer, Raychel, in June at their One-Man “OVER THE DEAD LINE”, their announced disbandment in September after their final One-Man “CROSSING FATE” , and then the theft of their funds by SIGNAL’s bassist, Shion, no one expected the band to be on speaking terms with one another, let alone willing to work together another time.

However, fans will be delighted on April 20th as SIGNAL announced they will be having a One-Day revival! Read more

PIERROT Says “HELLO” Again

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PIERROT Says "HELLO" Again
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We told you earlier this week that PIERROT had a big announcement to make on April 12th, and boy, were we right. Read more

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BLACK LINE is BACK

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BLACK LINE is BACK
 

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Fans were disappointed last year after the announcement that after their live at Shibuya REX on December 26, 2013, BLACK LINE would be going on a temporary hiatus. With most bands, fans fear hiatuses nearly as much as disbandments, as so few ever return to activity.

Fans were particularly wary after BLACK LINE’s Vocalist, Mikaru, decided to branch out a little with his project “G.L.A.M.S” that took over Paris this past February.

However, BLACK LINE has returned. Read more

D.I.D. is Back in Business

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D.I.D. is Back in Business
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After Satoshi left D.I.D. last year the band fell into an activity slump — until last night, when they held their first live in months. As to be expected with any return to the scene the live brought good news in the form of multiple announcements, showing that D.I.D. is back in action full-force.

In short, fans have a couple of lives to look forward to, which include the band’s first sponsored live. There will also be a new single on sale on which Pay money To my Pain’s own PABLO collaborated. The fun starts this summer, so prepare yourselves for an exciting music season!
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My BACTERIA HEAT IsLAND is Back!

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My BACTERIA HEAT IsLAND is Back!
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It’s been years since I’ve heard this name!

Shattered-Tranquility.net last mentioned MY BactEriA Heat iSland in 2008. You’ll notice the difference in writing from the just-announced My BACTERIA HEAT IsLAND. It could be that the band wants to bring in a new style with its new members without losing the spirit of the group from all those years ago. Of course, Tenten will be leading the unit as its vocalist, alongside all-new faces, mostly from SKULL! It seems this band has been a hot topic lately, though there’s only a little information available about their (re-)debut.

Let’s get to it and start by meeting the members!
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DearLoving Returns in May

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DearLoving Returns in May
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With all of these activity pauses and break-ups going on lately, at least DearLoving fans have something to look forward to this May! Read more

The Second Coming of Lin

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The Second Coming of Lin
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It was really only a matter of time.

Infamous bassist and producer Kisaki announced earlier this week at his birthday event that 凛-the end of corruption world- (Lin) will be reborn from the ashes of their hiatus last year. Starting on June 1st in Tokyo, Lin will return to the stage, but…

Fans have been on their toes, wondering who would be the new members of Lin. And it seems Kisaki wasn’t willing to keep the information close to the chest for too long. UCP fans, more particularly fans of Megaromania, will be pleased with the new line-up.

So, who will be part of Lin?

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Schwarz Stein Returns; Kaya Unleashes Femme Fatale and Gothic Elements

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Schwarz Stein Returns; Kaya Unleashes Femme Fatale and Gothic Elements
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With every new beginning comes…another new beginning?

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ARVISE Arises Once More

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ARVISE Arises Once More
ARVISE has finally returned – and with a new face in the crowd.

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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

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Kalavinka Returns…Again?

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Kalavinka Returns...Again?
Kalavinka lives up to their reputation once more, it seems!

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Kalavinka fans may have been disappointed to hear about the band’s activity pause just this past November, but you don’t have to wait much longer. Guitar-and-vocalist Oniro announced via Twitter on Christmas Day that the band would be restarting activities on March 7th, 2014. Read more

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XI Ends, LICKER is Reborn

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XI Ends, LICKER is Reborn
Fans of Kansai-based XI may have been disappointed to learn that on December 12th, XI would be ending band activities.

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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

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TRIGGAH Complete Set – FLASHBACK – and More

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TRIGGAH Complete Set - FLASHBACK - and More
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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!
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ILLUMINA Shines for One Day Only

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ILLUMINA Shines for One Day Only
Those of you that are fluent in V-Kei history will be interested in this show.

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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
returned.
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.
ILLUMINA
Nao TAR TAKA SATOM
http://illumina.jp/

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SuG’s SprinG Tour Goes International

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SuG's SprinG Tour Goes International
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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!

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