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

landz. Pauses Activities

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landz. Pauses Activities
landzDespite the recent release of their fourth single, “Alice in Wonder landz.”, landz. has decided to take a break from activities.

The following announcement was posted on the band’s OHP:
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AUBE to Disband

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AUBE to Disband

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For fans of AUBE, activity’s been relatively stagnant since the release of their second album “Bandage” back in February. And according to their announcement overnight, it looks like they’ll be wrapping up in their entirety. Stated on their OHP, they’ll be disbanding at their last oneman at Shibuya club asia on August 15th. Their official statement was released, again, on their homepage, and their members blogs, and it’s been translated for you below by our own Shannon. Read more

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Cross hearT to Disband

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Cross hearT to Disband

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For fans of Cross hearT, this probably wasn’t the news you were excited for, especially after the release of their recent single “REFERENCE,” just a few days ago. Announced today, due to family circumstances involving their vocalist, they’ve decided to disband this coming August. An official announcement was release via their personal blogs, and has been translated for you by our own Adventure Tim. If the members comment also, we’ll update this post. Read more

Blitz’s Contract with GOD CHILD RECORDS Ends

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Blitz's Contract with GOD CHILD RECORDS Ends
blitz_mainBlitz made their debut in 2012, and since then have been operating under the label GOD CHILD RECORDS. The band has recently announced that this partnership has been terminated, and as of the end of May, they are no longer attached to GOD CHILD RECORDS.

However, Blitz fans never fear! The band does not have any plans to end their activities, and will continue on.

The following announcement and member’s comments were posted on Blitz’s official site.

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Yanagi Steps Down — Is This the End of Jabell?

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Yanagi Steps Down -- Is This the End of Jabell?
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Former fans of Saruin, and perhaps even old fans of the GazettE, may remember that Jabell came together for a single live back in January. The move was an exciting one for die-hard old fans, especially as the members promised more activity (slowly, but surely to come) and even a full album. Of course there were skeptics just as there were believers. After all, lead guitarist and composer Yanagi, and vocalist Maria, have been plagued with chronic medical problems that have made it difficult to continue in the music industry. In fact, the pair’s former band, Saruin, fell apart due to severe vocal impairment on Maria’s part that made it virtually impossible for him to continue singing at the time.

Shortly thereafter, Yanagi fell ill and has since been in and out of the hospital regularly for stays and surgeries, to this day. The guitarist rarely updates his blog because of his lifestyle, but recently he published an entry that brought disappointment to his fans, and anyone who held onto the hope of seeing more from Jabell: Yanagi will no longer continue to be a part of Jabell, though the unit’s future is uncertain. It sounds like the album won’t happen after all, and activity for the band may cease, though no official statement has been made to this effect. You can read Yanagi’s full explanation below, translated by myself (Ku) and writer Shannon.
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NAINE Comes to an End

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NAINE Comes to an End
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Despite their guitarist, Shiki, making a full return to the band in December of last year, NAINE have announced that they have decided to call it quits.

NAINE’s final performance will be a oneman show titled, “NEW ANSWER IS NEW ENDING – CATASTROPHE”, on September 9th, at SHIBUYA WWW.

The following announcement was uploaded to the band’s OHP.
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D.I.D’s Member Comments on Akane and Hiatus

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D.I.D's Member Comments on Akane and Hiatus
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Like many fans, Shattered-Tranquility has been waiting for translations of D.I.D’s member comments, which came to fans through twitter, rather than comments on their ameblo pages.

Since most of D.I.D’s blogs have been non-functioning since December, Shattered-Tranquility has worked hard over the last several hours to properly order and translate the comments from D.I.D in regards to Akane’s illness and the hiatus.

Shattered-Tranquility’s Shannon has also translated the letter Akane wrote to his fans, given to D.I.D’s Sho. Sho, who has known Akane the longest (as a previous member of Para:Noir) has become the defacto leader and spokesperson for D.I.D during this troubling time. EDIT: This post has been updated with Issei’s comments.

You can read the translations below.

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the LEM Disbands

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the LEM Disbands
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After four years of activities, the LEM have announced that they will be calling it quits this summer.

The following announcement was posted on the band’s OHP.

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Three Upcoming Hiatuses

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Three Upcoming Hiatuses
Hello my lovely readers!

I hate being the bearer of bad news, but I don’t want you to miss out on any announcements from your favorite bands. So, I’m bringing you a quick update about three smaller bands that have gone on hiatus in the past month or so.

If you’re wondering why Re-lay, Ultimate Sonic, or SiS are up to, you may be a little disappointed. However, if you’re curious as to what the members had to say about their decisions to go on hiatus, read on!

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Z-Force Ends Activities

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Z-Force Ends Activities
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Some of you may have been lucky enough to have heard of Z-Force, a 3-member session band that began in September 2013. Unfortunately, their time has already come to an end. Read more

More on Mejibray’s Meto and Additional Postponements

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More on Mejibray's Meto and Additional Postponements
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Just a few days ago, we told you about drummer Meto of Mejibray’s nasty fall that resulted in several postponed performances on their ongoing one-man tour. Unfortunately, fans, the bad news doesn’t end there. Read more

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RaRa. to go on Activity Pause

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RaRa. to go on Activity Pause

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It’s been a rough ride for RaRa, whom in February celebrated both the release of their second single and the departure of their drummer Kuuri on the same day. Things haven’t been better recently, coming to a head just last week with the announcement that as of their sponsored live on June 20th, they’ll be going on indefinite hiatus due to both their vocalist Yuzuki and bassist Kee choosing to leave the band. Just what does that leave for their future? The members posted the band’s official statement on their blogs, and it’s been translated by our own Ku for you below. Read more

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Re:Vellion Loses Guitarist, Goes on Hiatus

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Re:Vellion Loses Guitarist, Goes on Hiatus
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Fans of thrash metal visual rockers Re:Vellion were dealt a crushing blow last month. According to vocalist Chizuru‘s blog, guitarist Mio had to depart the band as of their April 24th live at Shibuya REX. No clear reasons for Mio’s farewell have been given, despite promises, though Chizuru has updated with a cheerful message suggesting that Re:Vellion indeed has a future.

What we can be sure of, and what our Adventure Tim courteously translated, is that Mio departed for some multitude of unknown reasons, and Re:Vellion is currently on indefinite hiatus but working every day to bring that to an end.

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ViViD’s Ko-ki Gets Injured, Cancels Shows; Florida Performance

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ViViD's Ko-ki Gets Injured, Cancels Shows; Florida Performance
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MEJIBRAY – Meto’s Bone Fracture Causes Concert Postponements

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MEJIBRAY - Meto's Bone Fracture Causes Concert Postponements
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A slight bump in the road for MEJIBRAY, one of the scene’s hottest upcoming bands. Just days ago, drummer Meto suffered a bone fracture after a nasty fall, and as a result, a few shows of their long-awaited one-man tour celebrating their third anniversary have been postponed. You can read the band’s official announcement below, translated by our own Ku: Read more

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the Sherry to Disband

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the Sherry to Disband

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For fans of the Sherry, it’s been quite a while since “Desire” was released back in January. And since, live activity has been scarce. As of last week, we’ve learned the reason why – They’ve announced that come August, they’ll be disbanding. They’ve left an official statement on their homepage as well as individual comments from each member, all of which have been translated by our own Jackson for you below. Read more

Kaoru and Takumi to Leave, Ballad to Disband

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Kaoru and Takumi to Leave, Ballad to Disband

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After barely eight months and three releases, the members of 伝染歌謡一座バラッド, otherwise known as Ballad, have some sad knews for fans. With both Kaoru and Takumi intending to leave the band in the near future, the entirety of Ballad have come to the decision that they’ll disband at their live on July 31st at Tsutaya O-WEST. They’ve released a statement on their dissolution, and both Kaoru and Takumi have commented as well — all have been translated for you by our own Jackson. If more are posted from other members, we’ll update this post. Read more

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Annabyss Coast Loses Bassist, and Goes on Hiatus

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Annabyss Coast Loses Bassist, and Goes on Hiatus
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Unfortunately, we have sad news to bring to fans of Annabyss Coast today.  At the beginning of April, it was announced on their official website that bassist YOSHIO would be leaving the band, and that the whole band would be going on an indefinite hiatus.

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More Comments on Kazuki’s Departure from ROYZ

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More Comments on Kazuki's Departure from ROYZ

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We’ve kept you updated over the past few weeks about Kazuki’s departure from ROYZ, including our translations of their official announcement and Kazuki’s comment on the matter. Our staff has been working hard to translate the remainder of the comments for you, and today, we can finally bring you Subaru’s, Kuina’s, Koudai’s and Tomoya’s comments, courtesy of our translators Ku and Shannon.  Read more

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R-Shitei’s Hirotaka Returns

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R-Shitei's Hirotaka Returns


(At rehearsal. Black drum heads! Naaasty!)

Some great news for fans of R-Shitei*: drummer Hirotaka, who had been hospitalized since October due to a pulmonary cyst, has finally been released from the hospital and is cleared to get back on stage!

After undergoing treatment and taking some months off to ensure complete recovery, Hirotaka took to his blog on May 3rd to let the world know he has recovered and is going to be joining R-Shitei for their upcoming oneman tour, Menhera no Tsudoi.

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