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Roundup 11/26

Here's some news that doesn't warrant its own post, featuring ARLEQUIN, MASKED RIDER SYSTEM, PENTAGON, RHEDORIC, and Sanada Ren:

GOEMON RECORDS has announced its annual lucky bags. As usual, there's a label edition, ARLEQUIN edition, and PENTAGON editions. Each costs 9,999 yen and will feature 8~9 “luxurious” goods and a ticket to an exclusive oneman. They'll be on sale from 2016-12-01~05, and will ship around 2017-01-12.

All three oneman lives will be held on 2017-01-21 at SHIBUYA REX. PENTAGON will allow fans to decide the members' costumes; ARLEQUIN will allow fans to decide the setlist; and the GOEMON live will feature a vocalist shuffle.

ARLEQUIN bassist Shohei (祥平) will replace lynch. bassist Akinori (明徳) in a session band at the MIDNIGHT PARTY ZOO 2016 event on 2016-11-28 at Shinjuku (新宿) LOFT.

SlipKnot Sugniami from COMMUNE (スリップノット杉並 from COMMUNE)

  • G. MIYA (ミヤ) [MUCC]
  • B. Shohei (祥平) [ARLEQUIN]
  • D. Allen [TYRANT OF MARY]

ARLEQUIN and PENTAGON will both appear in Vijuttoke Vol.57 and in Cure Vol.160.

MASKED RIDER SYSTEM's last live DVD is available for mail-order through HAUNTED HOUSE. (Vocalist AKIRA is sometimes a designer for the label, hence their relationship.)

PENTAGON has announced their “hit kigan” (ヒット祈願, lit. “hit prayer”), in support of their single CRAZY TRAVEL.

Admittedly, I'd never heard of this before, but I guess it's a thing. It's basically a fan meeting/vacation, except there's a part where they all pray for the success of the band's upcoming release??

Anyway, the event will take place over January 14 & 15, at 44,800 yen per ticket. 4~5 people will stay in a hotel room together (additional charges for fewer than 4 people in one room), with 35~120 participating in total.

First day:

  • arrival at the hotel
  • welcome ceremony and greetings from PENTAGON members
  • acoustic live at Suwako Onsen (上諏訪温泉)
  • communal dinner (provided) and games with members
  • room visit from the members & 2-shot photo session (separate ticket required)

Second day:

  • breakfast at the hotel (provided)
  • bus ride to Suwataisha (諏訪大社) shrine, with exclusive secret video played during
  • “Fukuo ha Dare!?” (“福男は誰!?”) at shrine (I guess it's a ceremony where they race, and first place is declared the luckiest person for that year?)
  • “album hit prayer” (“ヒット祈願”) & 2-shot photo session (separate ticket required)
  • farewell ceremony
  • departure back to Tokyo (東京)

Since they're calling it “アルバムヒット祈願,” does that mean they're planning to release a full album soon?

PENTAGON will participate in a twoman with MeteoroiD, Domestic Alien THE LAST, on 2017-02-02 at Aoyama (青山) RizM.

PENTAGON has shared a collection of images taken after each concert during their Zekkyou! (絶叫!) tour.

RHEDORIC will participate in a three-day threeman event, Fuyu no GTR ~SG fes~ (冬のGTR ~SG fes~), on 2016-12-03 & 04 & 05 at club Lizard YOKOHAMA, along with non-visual bands G to Z and TOTAL OBJECTION.

A coupling CD, GTR, will be sold at the event, and will feature new, exclusive songs (will never appear on a future release) from each band.

Those who purchase a premium VIP ticket will be allowed to watch rehearsals, will have guaranteed front row positions, will get to go backstage, and will receive a signed bag of band goods.

Sanada Ren participated in a live on 2016-10-31, at which he awarded a new CD, demo_4, to those who spent 5,000 yen on his goods. Also, his sponsored event, 2016_sanada_logout, was held on 2016-11-19 at cafe make, and those who spent 5,000 yen on his goods received the album sanada_logout (7~10 songs; probably a collection album).

Insanity Injection loses a member

Insanity Injection loses a member

Insanity Injection has announced that guitarist GAGA (蛾々) will secede after their 2016-12-12 live at Ikebukuro (池袋) BlackHole.

The band says that they'll continue as a 4-member unit.

THE BLACK SWAN fifth single announced

THE BLACK SWAN fifth single announced

THE BLACK SWAN has announced their 5th single: RAGE.

All songs on the single will feature 8-string guitar in Drop E tuning, “expressing the ultimate heaviness and roaring anger.” Aside from its release date of 2017-03-08, other details are TBA.

The band will hold their oneman tour, Rage, in March, with a tour final oneman at Shinjuku (新宿) BLAZE on 2017-04-22. Aside from the tour final, each show will be produced by a different member:

  • 2017-03-12 Produced by Makoto (誠) at Kashiwa (柏) Thumb Up
  • 2017-03-18 Produced by Len (煉) at Akita (秋田) LIVE SPOT 2000
  • 2017-03-25 Produced by JIN (儿) at Shizuoka (静岡) SUNASH
  • 2017-03-26 Produced by Itsuki (樹) at Nagano (長野) LIVE HOUSE J
  • 2017-04-02 Produced by RENA at Yonago (米子) AZTiC laughs

By the way, as of 2016-11-20, Len (煉) and RENA are no longer accepting fanmail.

Marco live appearance cancellation + member absence

Little update on Marco's live schedule:

  • Their live on December 17 will be cancelled due to "various cirucmstances".
  • Guitarist Rutta will not be able to attend their New Years live on December 31 due to family reasons.
  • Originally, they were going to play at 3 venues for their New Year lives, but that has since been reduced to only 2 - HOLIDAY SHINJUKU and Ikebukuro CYBER. Details tba.
  • Vocalist Rei session band, MARUWO (マルヲ) will perform as the opening act of KALAVINKA (カラビンカ)/nüe/THE VELVET threeman live at 下北沢MOSAiC on December 24.

Although they've been quiet recently, the band are booked up until March 2017, so there's nothing to worry about...for right now. ;w;

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