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. 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

New band – Hibari (ex-Karakuri)

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New band - Hibari (ex-Karakuri)
For a few weeks already, the name of that new band was appearing a lot in my researches, and I finally found their HP a few days ago ! And ヒバリ (Hibari) is not really a new band ! They’re actually all ex-Karakuri members !


Vo. 杏樹 (Anju) (ex-カラクリ(karakuri))
Gt. ユキムラ (Yukimura) (ex-カラクリ(karakuri))
Gt. みか (Mika) (ex-カラクリ(karakuri))
Ba. ひぃろ (Hiiro) (ex-カラクリ(karakuri))
Dr. 竜希 (Tatsuki) (ex-カラクリ(karakuri))

And it seems they’ll start the exact same way as Valluna : with a sponsored event called 『平成憂国デモクラシー』 (Heisei Yuukoku Democracy), on May 28th with the following bands : MaitoreiA / LuLu / PureQ&A / オトガデッド (Otogadead) / SOMATIC  GUARDIAN / Ap(r)il / Lilas

And once again, same thing as Valluna, they will distribute their first CD on that same day !

Sources : Trombe (for the line-up), OHP

Karakuri’s last releases

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Karakuri's last releases
As we talked about back in December, Karakuri has announced that they will be disbanding on March 20th.

As a last release, at their final live they will be putting out four singles:
「グッバイサーカス」 (Goodbye Circus)
「マリオネットパレード」 (Marionette Parade)
「人形革命」 (Ningyou Kakumei; Doll Revolution)
「ベティ」 (Betty)

Each single will cost 500 yen and will be available at the livehouse only. Anyone who buys all four singles will receive a memorial DVD as a special present.

Source: OHP


Karakuri disbands

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Karakuri disbands
機械人形歌劇団カラクリ (Karakuri) announced at their performance on December 6th that their activities will come to an end after their live on March 20th. 

Their reason for disbanding is a result of them taking a good look at the way the band was growing, and deciding that in order to continue to progress they need to move on. They say that there has not been anything like a discord between the member’s relationship, or musical differences. 

The band hopes that you can continue to support them for their remaining three months of activity.

Source: OHP