There’s no denying that hearts were broken both overseas and at home during NEGA’s last live. And even though new bands can’t always compensate for an old favorite, when a member from that favorite pops back up in the scene it can make for quite an exciting time. And that time is now.
THE BLACK SWAN, the latest project for Jin (ex-NEGA), is still shrouded in mystery. Even the OHP is rather barren, void of photos of Jin himself as well as information about other possible members. No lives are scheduled and no release information is posted. But, at the very least, the OHP can give Jin’s fans from NEGA hope for great things to come, simply by existing.
The only content on the website is a small selection of logo wallpapers and a message Jin, currently the only member, has left for his fans:
Despite releasing their latest — and now last — single 「梅雨盤２」(Tsuyaban 2) back in June
, Rainman didn’t come to their sponsored event in December with happy news. Announced at the live on December 19th, they stated that in March, they would be disbanding. At the time no information on their last live was given, but recently, more details have become available. And although no official statement from the band has been given at all
, bassist Jin left his comment on his blog. It’s been translated for you below by our own Sabra. Read more
DIARIES originally broke onto the scene last June with a lot of promise, but barely five months into their activities in November, they lost both their vocalist and their bassist
. This month isn’t faring any better in news –it appears that as of January 10th, they have disbanded. An official statement was released on their member blogs and both guitarists KEI and Maru released comments on their dissolution, all of which were translated by our own Sabra. Read more
It’s barely been an entire year since ArcDeaR began their activities, and it looks like they won’t even make it to their anniversary in time for their latest announcement. Stated back at the end of November, ArcDeaR are planning on disbanding come January 27th, just a month before making it to their first year together. The following message was left on their OHP and guitarist Katsuki has also given a statement on the matter –both have been translated by our own Jackson. Read more
At the turn of the new year, the members of Milky Emily put a message up on their blogs that guitarist Rinne will be leaving the band next month. It certainly doesn’t sound like a good way to start the year, especially for a unit which already has only three members. Due to these circumstances, MILKY EMILY will also be going on a hiatus after February 24th, though it sounds as though they expect to return.
The official announcement reads:
Thank you for your continued support of MILKY EMILY.
We have an important announcement for all of you.
At this time, it has been decided that after the February 24th performance at NAGOYA HOLIDAY NEXT
Guitarist Rinne will depart due to personal affairs, and in accordance with this MILKY EMILY will go on hiatus.
Furthermore, we will retract the two-month consecutive releases which we had had planned.
We apologize for causing everyone so much trouble.
Please continue to support us when we restart activities.
The following day, Rinne wrote in his blog on the matter. However, his band mates have not commented.
The monthly event, “HYSTERIC CIRCUS,” will be held at Shibuya REX on January 17, 2014 (Fri). This time brings a power-up with the venue move to Shibuya REX.
With ViSULOG PRESENTS “HYSTERIC CIRCUS Vol.13,” which will adorn this rising curtain of 2014, as the first [of the year], we held a discussion with representatives from each appearing band. The four participating members are Ayumu from Glam Grammar, Jojo from THE GALLO, Chitose from Chanty, and ral from METEOROID. What kind of discussion resulted!?
Interview and article: Takaya Yamamoto (ViSULOG)
Translation: Ku (Shattered-Tranquility.net)
This interview is not exclusive to Shattered-Tranquility.net, but serves as a translation for ViSULOG’s interview. HYSTERIC CIRCUS, a series of ViSULOG-sponsored event lives, will have its thirteenth installment on January 17th in Shibuya. (Note: Wing Works will also perform, but is not included in this interview.) Please view the original page for live details and interview photos, linked below.
Shattered-Tranquility.net has not altered this article from its original from.
HYSTERIC CIRCUS Vol.13 Interview (Japanese)
After an arduous end to 2013, F@NNY has chosen to throw in the towel.
On August 14th, F@NNY kicked off their activity restart with a one-man live. Since then, however, they have unable to contact the director of their affiliated label PRIMAVERA RECORD. F@NNY, who seems to have been the only band on the label, were soon faced with expenses not meant for themselves, but for the missing director. The debt kept piling up. Despite having restarted with a fresh new system and a positive attitude, the band soon found themselves unable to keep up with this predicament.
And so the band has announced that their disbandment following March 2014. We have the official announcement for you in English, translated by yours truly and edited with the help of our dear Adventure Tim: Read more
Fans of the Nagoya-based band ヴァリウス (Various) are looking at a lonely 2014.
On December 27th, Various officially disbanded with a free one-man live at Nagoya HOLIDAY NEXT. The final live was originally scheduled to be on December 18th, but the band surprised their eager fans with a free one-man to say goodbye. Guitarist Rei wrote a touching blog following the departure live. You can read the English version for yourself, translated by our own Sabra: Read more
We’ve all heard the same disbandment stories over and over throughout the years, but this year’s first disbandment announcement is a bit out of the ordinary.
On December 27th, TRUST performed at Shibuya O-WEST for their one-man live 「スマイル400プロジェクト」(Smile 400 Project). As its title says, 400 was a very important number for this particular show. If more than 400 people attended the live, they would announce their next one-man event at an unknown venue. However, if the number of attendees fell below 400, TRUST would disband some time in March of this year.
Guess which way it went? Read more
As an addendum to the previous introduction post for Kyo’s solo project sukekiyo, you can hear from one of the band members themselves!
On December 30th, bassist YUCHI made a post on his Ameblo simply titled “sukekiyo.” As well as an explanation of the solo project, he also speaks about his feelings for the project. According to the post, YUCHI is the most junior member in the scene and sukekiyo is making quite an impact on him. Read for yourself what he has to say (translated by yours truly): Read more
As 2013 comes to a close, things continue to look glum for llll-Ligro-.
After being caught up in a scandal earlier this year in response to an offensive video posted on YouTube, llll-Ligro-’s anki faced harsh criticism. That, in addition to opposing views with the other band members, caused the guitarist to leave the band. As a consequence, the band entered a hiatus period.
The band was due to restart activities with a new system in place at the turn of the New Year. Unfortunately, drummer Hiro has also decided to leave the band. Read more
Despite having released their latest single 「あの日へのラブレター」(Ano Hi e no Love Letter) back in August, TOKYO HEROES have some unfortunate news for us this week. Come this May, vocalist Masashi will be leaving the band. The following statement and Masashi’s comment were posted to their OHP and translated by our own Shannon. Read more
Gretel fans may be surprised to see a certain someone missing from the band – and we’re not exactly sure why.
About a week ago, Gretel posted a very short announcement saying that guitarist sinku has left the band. Read the announcement for yourself below (translated by yours truly): Read more
GhostWriteDazzle isn’t ending 2013 in a good way.
Just a few days ago, bassist Seiya made a post on his official Ameblo that announced his retirement from the band following their New Year’s Eve live at Ikebukuro Cyber. According to the announcement on their OHP, while the band is not necessarily taking an activity pause, they will announce future live activities following the start of the New Year. Read more
For fans of BLACK LINE, you’ll have noticed that their activity has been stagnant as of late. And as of late August, that status hasn’t and won’t change, as they’ve announced that they’ll be going on hiatus starting in less than two weeks. Their short statement was posted to their OHP and translated by our own Shannon. Read more
Well this was unexpected! It turns out that their next upcoming single “Lovers &…
” will be their last, as barely a week after the announcement, they’ve come out saying they’re planning on disbanding just a few days after. The following was left on their OHP regarding the statement, and has been translated by our own Shannon, along with each member’s comments. Read more
It’s hard to believe that it has been 20 years since Kisaki came into the Visual Kei scene! He certainly is not going to let his 20th anniversary go by without having some fun. Kisaki has announced multiple tour dates, including some in Taiwan! These shows, with various familiar bands performing, are coming up this December through early 2014.
It’s been quite a long while since we last talked about Inugami Circus-Dan, and unfortunately this time it isn’t entirely for a good reason. After the release of their latest album 「不確定性原理の悪夢」(Fukakuteisei Genri no Akumu) back in October, they’ve announced that as of July of next year, they’ll be going on hiatus due to Inugami Kyoko’s upcoming surgery. A short message was posted to their OHP regarding their future activities, and translated by our own Jackson. Read more
If you’ll remember correctly, barely two weeks ago we announced that MoЯGue would be going on hiatus
due to their drummer Ryuya taking a break. Well it appears their hiatus will be extremely brief, because they’ve stated they’ll be restarting activities come late January! Vocalist Zin released a statement via his blog, and it’s been translated by our own Jackson. Read more
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for visual kei fans, and unfortunately, the bad news is still coming.
Today, Mix Speaker’s,Inc. announced that their vocalist, YUKI, would be leaving the band after their 2014 spring tour.
The following announcement was posted on the band’s OHP.