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

LUNA SEA 25th Anniversary -The Unfinished MOON-

“Today is a day of celebration for LUNA SEA, but also a new beginning.” Ryuichi summed up the momentous occasion as LUNA SEA celebrated its 25th anniversary at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on May 29th. The concert, which sold out its 10,000-plus seats in a single day, saw fans of all demographics teeming around the venue in band t-shirts, ‘90s style visual duds, and even cosplay. Just approaching the area Read more

Interview: UnRealistic

Last month, we introduced you readers to UnRealistic, a 4-member band that kicked off band activities with their first mini album release on April 2nd. The band, featuring ex-Called≠Plan’s Yuuto, has only played a few shows so far, but this up-and-coming band is planning to take on 2014 with all they’ve got. Shattered-Tranquility had the wonderful opportunity to chat with UnRealistic in their first-ever interview. Each member opens up about Read more

Interview: METEOROID

METEOROID crashed onto the scene with a bang in late 2012, but began their true trek as a band with their first one-man and release of their first single, "DIVER," back on February 11th of last year. Since that day, this five-man monster of a band has released three more singles and put on dozens of performances, including two sold-out one-man events. However, that's not all that's in METEOROID's future: 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.

*Warning: autoplay

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ROYZ Comments on Kazuki’s Departure

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ROYZ Comments on Kazuki's Departure
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As many fans are confused and saddened by the sudden announcement that ROYZ would be losing their guitarist, Kazuki, after their upcoming One-Man at Akasaka Blitz, Shattered-Tranquility has begun translating the official comments by the members.

Shattered-Tranquility is still currently working on the comments of the four remaining members, but Ku has graciously translated Kazuki’s personal message to his fans.

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Jackman to Disband

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Jackman to Disband

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Well, here was one we weren’t expecting. Despite the very recent release of their latest single 「新党ヒューマニズム」(Shintou Humanism) in late April and their ever-troubling lineup, Jackman have announced within the last few days that as of their oneman in August, they’ll be disbanding. They’ve left an official statement on their OHP along with comments from the members, and they’ve all been translated for you by our own Shannon. Read more

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Arlequin’s Injured Kuruto to Return

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Arlequin's Injured Kuruto to Return
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It wasn’t too long ago that we announced that Arlequin’s guitarist, Kuruto, was injured while playing at their Esaka Muse live on March 30th. Fans were very worried as he had been unable to stand properly during the live, and after they were even more worried.

Kuruto, however, took off the month of April and announced just this week that on May 5th he will be returning to the stage, still a little battered from the incident.

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Lustknot. to go on Activity Pause due to Vocalist’s Mental Illness

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Lustknot. to go on Activity Pause due to Vocalist's Mental Illness

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Back in late February, we brought you the news of Lustknot.’s vocalist Yuki taking a break from activities due to his declining health. At the time, not much was known about his particular ailment, only that he was not recovering as they had planned and he wasn’t in the right mindset to perform. Though now looking back on the announcement, it makes sense compared to the statement passed along today. It appears that, along with Lustknot. going on full activity pause, Yuki has been diagnosed with what’s known as Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. Our own Shannon has translated their statement for you to read here. Read more

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ex-LuLu Members Announce Debut of Zooc

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ex-LuLu Members Announce Debut of Zooc
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We thought we would be waiting until May to hear more from ex-Lulu Sayuki about his new project, but details have emerged this evening, several days early. Those who are subscribed to the Zukku mail magazine will have a few more details, but much of the band’s debut is now public knowledge, thanks to the launch of their OHP. It seems the band’s official name will be written as Zooc upon commencement of activities in August. So, without further ado, let’s meet the band and see what they have in store for the scene this summer.
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Gretel to Disband

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Gretel to Disband
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It seems like recently there have been too many of these announcements in the visual kei world.  Unfortunately, today we have to bring you another one: on April 24th, Gretel announced through vocalist Itsuki’s blog that they will be disbanding this May.

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2nd Dyz to Disband

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2nd Dyz to Disband

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Despite the release of their mini album “STRANGE NEW WORLD” back in November, and their one-coin single “Over” on April 19th, 2nd Dyz have some bad news for fans. As of April 19th, they’ve announced that after their final oneman live in August, they’ll be disbanding. They left an official statement on our OHP, and it’s been translated for you by our own Maria. If the members make comments on the matter, we’ll update this post here. Read more

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Downer to Disband this August

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Downer to Disband this August

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Downer have endured many a lineup change since their formation, and after the addition of their drummer and bassist last year, things appeared to be looking up. However nearly a month after the release of their latest mini album, those hopes of continuing on were shattered. Announced back in March, Downer stated that this August, they would be disbanding at their last live. An official statement as well as members comments were left on their OHP, all of which have been translated by Jackson for you below. Read more

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Health Issues Lead Kiryu to Raise Cheki Prices

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Health Issues Lead Kiryu to Raise Cheki Prices
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Visual kei collectors and concert-goers are bound to be familiar with cheki — the tiny Polaroid photos you can purchase of your favorite band members. They’re popular because they’re one-of-a-kind, often autographed, and serve as a nice memento of the lives fans have been to. Prices can vary for cheki, especially bought second-hand, but the current industry standard for new cheki purchased at a live is ¥500.

Kiryu announced last month that their cheki prices would be going up to ¥1000 for each cheki. This price raise began on April 1st. While this is not unheard of, it’s certainly a rare and steep price for a small photograph. However, it turns out there’s a good reason the band is raising its prices. Guitarist Takemasa Kujo took to confronting fans head-on by writing about the issue at length in his Ameblo:
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LIPHLICH’s Kuga Goes into Full Activity Pause

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LIPHLICH's Kuga Goes into Full Activity Pause

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Despite vocalist Kuga’s temporary rest from singing due to throat polyps and the upcoming release of their latest single “GRATEFUL NONSENSE,” fans of LIPHLICH were certainly hoping for better news than this. Despite Kuga’s attempts at recovery, it appears that his condition has worsened, and as a result, he will be going on full activity pause while he recuperates. A message was left on their OHP regarding the decision, and has been translated for you by our own Jackson. Read more

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