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

Nico Nico Nama Weekly – June 16-22

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Nico Nico Nama Weekly - June 16-22
Hey S-T.net readers! Have you guys caught World Cup fever? Ernie’s been watching every game super close, and while Ernie was cheering for Japan last night, Côte d’Ivoire killed it! They played an aggressive game and took every shot they had, and in the end, it totally paid off! (Let’s not talk about Bosnia and Argentina right now, the wound is still too fresh.)

But don’t think that just because Ernie’s tuning in to Univision to catch the Cup, that Nico Nico Nama will be forgotten this week! Last week, we got to enjoy ALSDEAD and GOTCHAROCKA, MoNoLith, THE GALLO, An Cafe and some of Lycaon, too. Royz simulcast Kazuki‘s last performance on Nico Nico, while LOST ASH had us tuning in to ViSULOG TV.

What have we got this week? SaTaN returns, as do NIGHTMARE and An Cafe. New this week, we’ll be seeing xTRiPx, and Crack6‘s vocalist MSTR. The entire lineup of Lycaon will go on-air this week, too. On JAPAN VISUAL.TV, we’ll see JILLED RAY, Diz, and FOODED SEAL, and of course, we’ve got another episode of Visualism!

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OGRE GOD FESTIVAL Features ex-Irokui, ex-Ando Session Bands and More!

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OGRE GOD FESTIVAL Features ex-Irokui, ex-Ando Session Bands and More!
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Session bands make for good opportunities not only to see your favorite musicians in a different role or costume, but also excellent chances for retired or otherwise M.I.A. musicians to reemerge. From time to time event lives surface that feature nothing but session bands, but rarely are they so packed with well-loved musicians!

On June 19th, Shibuya REX will host a rather big event, “OGRE GOD FESTIVAL Vol.-2 ~Yuutoman Tanjou~” with tons of significant names. One that stood out to us in particular is the inclusion of ex-Irokui members Yuu Okada and Hadzuki. Yuu hasn’t been very active in the scene recently, even in her side project with her former band mate, so now is a good time to catch her in the music scene.
Protip: check out the list of band tags at the bottom of this entry to see if any of your favorites are appearing! If so, you may want to read into the details below. Read more

xTRiPx goes Loud[&]round

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xTRiPx goes Loud[&]round
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About a week ago, xTRiPx debuted their new look with changes in their profile photos on their OHP (also featured above). Accompanying new looks is often a new release, and this is no exception!

Oh July 2nd, xTRiPx will be releasing their latest single, “Loud[&]round”, in two types.

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CELL’s Members Keeping Busy Outside of CELL

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CELL's Members Keeping Busy Outside of CELL
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CELL, who experienced a jump in popularity overseas after their appearance at last summer’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles, have not only been keeping busy as a band but have also been getting involved with outside projects as well. This summer may not see them appearing at the famous US convention again, but there are other events to look forward to, both in Japan and the USA!
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KANSAI ROCK SUMMIT’14 EXPLOSION CIRCUIT

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KANSAI ROCK SUMMIT'14 EXPLOSION CIRCUIT
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6 Venues.

49 Bands.

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Ruka Leaves RUVISH Hanging on White Day Eve

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Ruka Leaves RUVISH Hanging on White Day Eve
Just in time for a brand new look, RUVISH’s beloved Ruka will be parting ways with the band come this March.

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Just a couple of days ago, RUVISH broke the news to fans. Drummer Ruka will be leaving the band following their March 13th live at Shinjuku RUIDO K4, their White Day Eve live event. Needless to say, the event will probably not be a happy one.

You can read RUVISH’s official announcement along with member comments, thanks to our awesome Adventure Tim: Read more

xTRiPx’s “Life iz addition”

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xTRiPx's "Life iz addition"

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News for fans of xTRiPx today! After releasing their latest mini album “Lo+ver.[S]” back in December, they’ve announced the details for their next upcoming CD, “Life iz addition,” as well as a brand new two-day oneman! But first, the single , dropping on March 19th, will come in two types, a limited edition with a DVD and a regular type. You can purchase both through CDJapan. Read more

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AUBE Gets Bandaged Up

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AUBE Gets Bandaged Up

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AUBE has announced their  first release of 2014–and it’s a full length album.  “Bandage” will be released on February 19th, 2014.

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Hit V-Kei Artists SPEEDDISK Around Japan

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Hit V-Kei Artists SPEEDDISK Around Japan
Japan is getting a little bit of Visual Kei everywhere this spring, thanks to SPEEDDISK.

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Before the New Year, SPEEDISK announced their upcoming 「森羅万象tour#1」(Shinrabanshou tour #1) featuring some of the hottest names in the scene. You can see the likes of Moran, MEJIBRAY, 12012, Lycaon, and more performing at one event or just a little chunk of change. Check out the tour schedule below and figure out which ones you’ll be able to go to: Read more

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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ALSDEAD Loses Setsua

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ALSDEAD Loses Setsua
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ALSDEAD fans were shocked and saddened earlier today when it was announced that in less than a month’s time, the band’s drummer, Setsua, will be departing.

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Put on Your Party Hats, Here’s the New Year’s Handy Live Companion!

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Put on Your Party Hats, Here's the New Year's Handy Live Companion!
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What are your plans for this New Year’s Eve?

If you’re in Tokyo and looking to hit the town for one of the most exciting live events of the year, then you are certainly in luck. Typically, there are events at some livehouses to ring in the new year, but this year there’s so many it’s difficult to keep them all straight! Some bands are playing two, three, even four shows in one day and you can kick it with some of the most popular Visual Kei bands in the scene. Read more

TRIGGAH Makes Their Comeback

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TRIGGAH Makes Their Comeback
triggahnewBack at the end of July, TRIGGAH lost three members, and went on hiatus. If you’ve been patiently awaiting the band’s return, your wait is over!

Today, TRIGGAH announced on the member’s blogs, and on their OHP that they are resuming activities with two new members added to their ranks.

Now on guitar is erina, formerly known as the guitarist for VII-Sense and Dio. On drums, they’ve added 燵-tatsu-, who used to be in ハルシオン (Halsion).

With their new look, and new line-up TRIGGAH has also announced a new single to be released on March 5th, and they’ve already uploaded a sample for fans to check out!
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Details on xTRiPx’s Christmas Lo+ver.[S]

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Details on xTRiPx's Christmas Lo+ver.[S]
triploversnewOn November 6th, xTRiPx released “RIDE-HAZARD”, and as we mentioned at the end of October, they’ll also be having a new mini-album coming out this Christmas.

At that time, all we had was a release date, December 25th, and a title, “Lo+ver.[S]“. Now the details about the mini-album are available. The band is calling this their, “Ballad mini-album”, and it’s coming out in two types.
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Neverland Announces New Vocalist; Moves to New Label

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Neverland Announces New Vocalist; Moves to New Label
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Neverland’s fans were devastated earlier in the month when it was announced that vocalist, Natsu, was retired by the band after losing contact with the other members after being sick for some time. Things simply did not look bright for fans, but today we have quite a bit of good news!

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Introducing AXIA

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Introducing AXIA
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There’s a new band on the scene! Right on the heels of Halloween, four-member indies band AXIA will commence activity with their very first live tomorrow, on November 1st! With all of its members new to the visual scene, it will be interesting to see what a fresh-slate of a band has to offer. Despite just starting out and being newcomers, AXIA has already been pretty busy online building hype for their commencement. Let’s take a look at who they are and what they’re up to.
 
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xTRiPx’s Two Upcoming Releases (+ Full Length Music Video!)

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xTRiPx's Two Upcoming Releases (+ Full Length Music Video!)
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xTRiPx have been keeping busy, and have announced two releases for the next two months! In about a week and a half, on November 6th, xTRiPx’s newest single will be released, “RIDE-HAZARD”. Then on December 25th, they’re releasing a brand new mini-album called, “Lo+ver.[s]“.

Before we get into the details, take a look at what’s to come by watching the full version of their “RIDE-HAZARD” music video, and let us know what you think about it!


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Awoi Awoi Awoi! Anouncements Galore!

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Awoi Awoi Awoi! Anouncements Galore!
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Awoi fans have quite a bit coming up this week, as well as in the near future! So, without further ado, let’s get started!

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A New Single, Tour and Preview for REALies

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A New Single, Tour and Preview for REALies

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REALies, after the release of their third maxi single “LiNE” last month, have recently announced their next upcoming maxi single, which is slate to release this October! 「彩花唄-いろはうた-」(Irohauta) will drop on October 9th in three types; currently CDJapan links are unavailable, but as soon as they’re updated, we’ll update this post. But for now, you can check out the tracklist and the video preview below. Read more

Autumn Cup TOUR

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Autumn Cup TOUR
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Heading to Japan this autumn? If you are, you may very well be in for a treat!

This year many of our favourite visual bands will be participating in a country-wide tour called, “Autumn Cup TOUR 行くぜっ!” (Ikuze). The tour features eleven stops, and Yeti, Blu-BiLLioN, and REALies will be performing at each show, with LOST ASH, xTRiPx, amber gris, and LANDZ also appearing on the majority of the tour.

Dates, venues and cast under the cut!

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