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David first single, "Requiemage" details

David (ex-Megaromania SUI) has finally revealed the details of its first single, Requiemage!

The 3-track single will be released on 2017-11-01 through SUI's own label, Resonance, for 1,620 yen.

2017-11-01

  1. Mage
  2. Prologue
  3. Blood -reason for existence-

"Requiemage" is a made-up word which refers to the magical ability to freely manipulate the spirits of the dead, which SUI will apparently do with his "unwavering vocalisation."

(...It's through the power of the Requiemage that the soul of Megaromania could be pulled out and resurrected for one night...)


Privileges for the single have been announced:

  • TOWER RECORDS - badge keyholder A
  • HMV - badge keyholder B
  • Brand X - comment DVD + instore
  • Like an Edison - signed 2L-size photo A + instore
  • little HEARTS. - signed 2L-size photo B
  • fiveStars - signed B2-size poster
  • Jishuban Club - signed B2-size poster
  • CDJapan - L-size live photo
  • Resonance official web shop - TBA 9/1

The Brand X instore will include a candlelit talk(?) and 2shot cheki session, while the Like an Edison instore will feature an acoustic mini live and sign session. Both will be held on 11/25.


David will hold a sponsored event, Requiemage Show, on 2017-10-23 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) CLUB PHASE, along with chariots, SAVAGE, and Amaterase (天照). Each band will play for 40 minutes.

Megaromania one-day revival!!

Yesterday, Misery tweeted that he would have a special announcement at 6pm on August 21. That announcement has been made today - no new band yet, but a beloved old band will be reviving!

As announced by both Sui and Misery, Megaromania will be having a one-day revival at their oneman show, "Megaromania MEMORIAL ONE MAN LIVE Re:Birth of Creation -天地創造-" (Re:Birth of Creation -tenchi souzou-) at Takadanobaba CLUB PHASE on November 11!! Only the second lineup with drummer Yushi will perform~

I was expecting Misery to announce a new band of some sort, but this is great too!! As Megaromania was my gateway to visual kei, I'm happy to see them coming back, even for just one day! That also brings me to wonder, will original drummer Leda take part? It's unlikely, but his performance with the reviving Hannya is just a few weeks prior to Megaromania's revival live...coincidence much?

Lack-co. to release album

Lack-co. has announced their first full album!

Jakuniku Kyoushoku (弱肉教職) will be released in two types (limited edition w/ 10 tracks + DVD and normal edition w/ 11 tracks) on 2017-11-01. More details to come.


(Just a little note: I got word of this release a couple of hours ago, and at the time it was actually being called Rakuenbyou (楽園病)! Kind of interesting to see them change the name like that.)

SUI establishes own label

David vocalist SUI (ex-Megaromania~LIN) has announced the formation of his own label, Resonance.

From now on, David will be managed by the new label. It seems that producer KAMIJO [ex-LAREINE~Versailles] encouraged SUI to open the label, but it's unclear if Resonance is a sublabel of CHATEAU AGENCY, or if KAMIJO will continue to produce the project. SUI's comment follows:


予ねてより発表していた秋のシングルリリースにあたり、 Davidの為のレーベルを新たに設立する事となりました。

プロデューサーのKAMIJOさんには始動前から自主での活動を薦めていただいていましたが、 当時の自分にまだその自信がなかったこともあり、ずっと甘えさせていただいていました。

ソロとしての活動を開始するにあたり、KAMIJOさんにはたくさんの事を教えていただきました。 また、バンドのヴォーカリストを経て、歌を歌い続けるキッカケを与えていただきとても感謝しています。

ここからが本当のスタート。

更に強い意志をもって歩み進んでいく姿を、どうか見届けてください。

SUI


More information to come.

MIZALY to make announcement

ex-Megaromania~LIN guitarist MIZALY (aka 美沙麗-Misery-) has mentioned that he will make an important announcement at 18:00 on 2017-08-21.

No word on what it will be--I wouldn't be surprised if it's something as simple as another live performance, but hopefully it's a new band!


As previously reported, MIZALY will participate in the 2017-08-30 event, Yokai Natsusai 2 (妖怪夏祭2), at SHIBUYA-REX. And since we never posted the full lineup for the event, here it is:

  • NATALIE (ナタリー)

  • Yokai*SESSION (妖怪*セッション)

    • V. Suzuya (雀夜) [ex-TRANCE NOTE (ランスノート)
    • G. MIZALY (美沙麗~みざり~) [ex-Megaromania~LIN]
    • G. PARU (パル) [Smileberry]
    • B. Nuppe (塗壁ぬっぺ濡平) [ex-Souiumono (サウイフモノ)]
    • D. Yukimi (ゆきみ) [ex-UNiTE]
  • Yuuka (Natsu ver.) (憂架(夏ver.))

    • V. Yuuka (憂架) [ex-The♡Valentine.]
    • G. 嫉-shitsu- [Shinotsukuame (篠突く雨)]
    • G. Yui (結伊) [ex-Yomei Hantoshi (余命半年)]
    • B. 篝-kagari- [AVANCHICK]
    • D. Aki (あき) [ex-ALIVE]
  • ONDURURURAGITTANDISUKAA (オンドゥルルラギッタンディスカー)

    • V. JEKYLL (ジキル) [ex-ELM]
    • G. Yuudai (結大) [ex-Kinou made no Kyou ni Nai Asu。(昨日までの今日に無ィ明日。)]
    • G. Shoto (翔人) [ex-SONIC DEATH MONKEY (ソニックデスモンキー)]
    • B. Ichiyou (一葉) [ex-LEM (レム)~sibilebashir (シビレバシル)]
    • D. Atsumaru (あつ丸) [ex-Kinou made no Kyou ni Nai Asu。(昨日までの今日に無ィ明日。)]
  • HIROHIRO SESSION (HIROHIROセッション)

    • V. HIROHIRO [ex-ViV]
    • G. Nao (奈緒) [ex-ALIVE]
    • G. ATARU (アタル) [various sessions]
    • B. CHINATSU [ex-GLAM GRAMM@R]
    • D. KAMUI (カムイ) [ex-Souiumono (サウイフモノ)]
  • FLAMINGO (フラミンゴ) (note: had planned to change lineup, but then cancelled performance due to Sami's passing)
    • V. RiaN [ex-the LOTUS]
    • G. Minamoto Iori (源 依織) [ex-SIVA~cocklobin]
    • G. Massa [ex-acter]
    • B. Yui (ゆぃ) [ex-[WilL]]
    • D. Sami (沙美) [ex-CindyKate]

般若 (hannya) one-day revival (& Leda is NOT dead!!)

Since his departure from Megaromania back in 2010, drummer 憐蛇-Leda-/Toshiki hasn't joined another band since. In fact, he hasn't been seen or heard from at all, leaving fans to wonder about his whereabouts. Like most of his bandmates now at this age, the thought of him returning to the stage was just as likely as seeing pigs fly.

However, he's now making his long-awaited comeback seven years later.

His previous band, 般若 (Hannya) will hold a one-day revival live with two other bands, Death☆Rabbits and REALICE, at Ikebukuro BlackHole on October 29. In addition, members of the three bands will also collaborate in a special session band.

Lineup:

  • Vo. あー。 (ah.) (Death★Rabbits, ex-the Lump of Dropbehind, LOST NAME, etc.)

  • Gt. SHIZUKI (REALICE, ex-BLOOD【0】, etc.)

  • Gt.哀華音 (akane) (REALICE, ex-BLOOD【0】, エゴis≒徒 (egoist), etc.)

  • Ba.TAKA (Hannya, ex-超絶少年 (chouzetsu shonen), etc.)

  • Dr.Toshiki (Hannya, ex-Megaromania, etc.)

It makes me very happy to see ex-musicians coming back to the scene, especially out of nowhere! I hope this leads to new things from Leda/Toshiki, although that might be very unlikely ;w;

New band: MOB

ex-Aliene Maφriage~Dead Children guitarist MAST has founded a new band: MOB.

As you can see, it's basically a continuation of Louder/VABEL, with the exception of CHIHIRO (does anyone know what he's from?). MOB's music is similar to those earlier bands, as you can hear from the lyric PV for their song KILL ME WONDERLAND:

At any rate, MOB will hold their first live on 2017-09-26 at SHIBUYA REX, at which they'll freely distribute a CD single of KILL ME WONDERLAND.

It's kind of surprising that these guys keep getting together, since they don't seem to get very popular, but good luck anyway!

DEVIL KITTY member's illness and cancellations

DEVIL KITTY guitarist Akina has been ordered to two weeks of bed rest following the discovery that he had suffered a stroke.

Akina, who just joined the band in June, was hospitalized on August 11th for poor health, whereupon the doctor discovered and diagnosed the stroke. The severity of his condition is unclear at this time.

As such, DEVIL KITTY has announced that their August 29th PV-shooting live has be cancelled, as has the entirety of their November sponsored event tour, Akuma no Aibu ni Tenchuu wo (悪魔の愛撫に天誅を).

Any other planned lives will be carried with 4 members, and anything in December or later (e.g. their oneman live, JUSTICE) is yet undecided, and will depend on Akina's health.

Furthermore, Sabaki no Akuma (裁きの悪魔), their “rebirth 1st single” planned for November, has been postponed.


First of all, my thoughts go to Akina and I hope that he recovers quickly and with no lasting damage.

That being said... it's always a bit suspicious any time a Yuuga (優雅) band “postpones” something. And I just find it... interesting that only the band's activities dealing with White Side Group/FORUM--their new label since “rebirthing” as DEVIL KITTY back in June; the same label that houses MEJIBRAY--have been cancelled/postponed.

But I'll refrain from throwing accusations around just yet. Hopefully Akina recovers soon and the band can get everything back on track.

Site update 8/12

Just want to go over some of the updates that have been made around here since the site refresh:


Images:

Several changes have been made to the image system here. First, there's automatic compressing and resizing in place, which should make certain pages load much faster and save everyone some bandwidth.

Second, users who upload images now have the option of marking them “weloveucp.com exclusive.” This is for situations when a user has purchased a release/photo and scanned it themselves, with the sole intention of uploading it to this site. When an image is marked “exclusive,” the full size version is given a small watermark in the lower right corner, and is available only in jpg quality. The unedited file is still retained, and is visible to those who have VIP accounts.

I think this is the best way to get some credit for the many images on this site which were expensive to obtain, and to avoid serving huge 10mb png images to someone who doesn't care that much. That said, I'm still open to suggestions/improvements. (All images also have a “credit” field now, but I haven't coded a way for it to display yet.)


Members:

  • The full member list is back up, and is now filterable.
  • Member profiles are back up--e.g. inartistic--and the “collection” section should load much more quickly than in the past. Also, the completely made-up and irrelevant “rareness quotient” is back \:D/
  • Member profiles (well, only mine so far) now have a “looking for” box in the collection section... See the next section of this post.

More updates to come regarding user accounts.


Releases:

  • Ever since the last update, bands' discographies have been filterable and sortable.
  • Releases can be “collected” again. If you're signed in, just click the “I own this” button, and that release will show up on your user profile under the “collection” section.
  • You can also now mark a release as “wanted.” This is for releases that you want--whether that means you're looking for a copy to buy, or whatever. Releases that you mark as “wanted” will show up in the “looking for” section of your user profile.
  • Each release now displays a list of people who “want” it. So if you have a copy of a release to sell, it might be beneficial to check that release's page :0

This is my idea of fun #sad


Other:

  • There's now an “artist of the day” feature on the main page. It's completely random, so be sure to tune in every day(???).
  • Lots of bug squishing & various refinement, thanks to reports from several awesome users.

NightingeiL oneman, new member

NightingeiL continues to “rebuild”, with the addition of a new member.

The band held their “RebuilD” sponsored event, Night Humanist:Re, on 2017-07-27 at Ikebukuro (池袋) BlackHole, where they made an important announcement: they'll hold a oneman, Tarenagashita Kioku (垂れ流した記憶), on 2017-11-01 at Shibuya (渋谷) REX.

Yesterday, they made another important announcement: ex-La'Mule~CELL guitarist NAO has officially joined! (It seems that even the members were surprised by the news, as NAO decided to join only 30 minutes after being asked!)

By the way, it seems that NightingeiL is signed to SPARK, the label that was created by CELL. At any rate, it's great to see their revival picking up steam.

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