This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of Matina.
According to a tweet from KISAKI, he had planned a live event to mark the milestone--unfortunately, it seems that the event was cancelled before it could even be announced... (If that's true, it sucks to know that his scandal last year is probably preventing a bunch of cool reunions :/)
There's a bit of a bright side, at least: a Matina omnibus planned for the event is now available through the LIN official web shop instead. RARE TRACK COLLECTIONZ features 16 remastered Matina songs (12 artists in total), and is available now.
A two-copy-limited Matina lucky bag will be available in February, and will feature an exclusive Matina live DVD from 2000-05-27 at Nagoya (名古屋) BOTTOM LINE.
I really wish a Matina reunion event could have been held ;___;
Amidst all of the current ROCKSTAR RECORDS drama (with several bands leaving the label, and the rest seemingly forced to disband), some pretty cool results are surfacing. One of which is a revival show for former Eternal band チェリー (Cherry)!
Cherry were a short lived band formed in 2002, presumably right at the end of Matina's activity period. They ultimately disbanded in 2004, only released (possibly) one official single, and participated on the KALEIDOSCOPE omnibus.
The band will revive on January 17th, at Kiryu's (the vocalist currently in ベティ(BETTY)) birthday live and will also distribute a CD that was supposed to be released in 2004 but ended up getting canceled.
Kiryu posted a teaser video for the event on his Twitter page.
Cherry's last known lineup was:
Vocals: 綺流 (Kiryu) (→ ART → ROZA-LIA(KIRYU) → チェリー → ヴィガル! (VIGAL!) → BLACK JACK(綺流) → 希龍PROJECT (Kiryu Project) (name written as 希龍) → ベティ)
Guitar: ゆま (Yuma) (→ チェリー → パレット (PALLET))
Guitar: だぁすけ (Daasuke) (→ Carriy → チェリー)
Bass: 憂乃 (Yuuno) (→ Ephialts → チェリー(憂乃) → パレット(PALLET as ゆうの (Yuuno)) → ユダ (YUDA as ゆうの (Yuuno)) → GELLONIMO(Support as 憂乃))
Drums: 冰伽 (→ Halcyon → チェリー → Under → BLACK JACK)
Thank you to Uglymouth for putting all of this together (◕ᴗ◕✿)
IJUIN AKIROW (伊集院 明朗) has released his best album, ALL TIME BEST.
AKIROW is probably best known as the vocalist of proto-visual metal band ALUCARD, who released their only album, LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, through a label called HAUNTED HOUSE RECORDS in 1992. (This is the same label which released Chuuzetsu (中絶) by a little-known band called KUROYUME (黒夢), by the way...)
His next band was F.F. ("FLASH FORWARD") in the late 90s, which he left fairly quickly (the band gaining a new vocalist and renaming to 13-thirteen-). His next project was DJ.FLANKENSTEIN, which became FLESH FOR FLANKENSTEIN (also known as F.F.F), and then stopped activities.
In 2009, FLESH FOR FLANKENSTEIN held a time-limited revival under HAUNTED HOUSE RECORDS, which had been revived as a sublabel under UNDER CODE PRODUCTION. (Hence the tenuous connection to UCP, and the reason why I'm talking about this at all.) The band held one live and released a "super best album," but were otherwise inactive for the remainder of UCP's existence.
In 2015, HAUNTED HOUSE once again rose from the ashes to sponsor lives and releases from other proto-visual metal bands like JUSTY-NASTY and DEAD END. As of October 2016, the label is still active.
[UNDER CODE PRODUCTION clearly had nothing to do with this second revival (UCP closed in 2013), but I can't help but wonder if KISAKI had some involvement, as LIN performed at one of their events, and KISAKI had sold some of the labels' new goods... And KACCHIN (カッチン)--owner of BAR PARADOX and longtime friend of KISAKI--often participates in the label's lives.]
Which brings us to today:
IJUIN AKIROW performed with his new session, F.F.F.F.F, on October 17 at HAUNTED HOUSE Vol.6 at aube Shibuya. On the same day, he released his "super all time best" album, ALL TIME BEST, through HAUNTED HOUSE.
The FLESH FOR FLANKENSTEIN side compiles a large number of songs, including: an unpublished duet with the now-deceased AI Takano (アイ 高野); two songs featuring KIYOHARU (清春) [KUROYUME (黒夢)]; and a track featuring Tetsu Nakano (高野晢) [ex-MALICE MIZER, etc.]. It also features written comments from KIYOHARU, Sakurai Atsushi (櫻井 敦司) [BUCK TICK], Morishige Juichi (森重 樹一) [ZIGGY], MORRIE [DEAD END], Fujisaki Kenichi (藤崎 賢一) [JUSTY-NASTY], and Kawamura Ryuuichi (河村 隆一) [LUNA SEA].
Meanwhile, the F.F. side features 3 songs produced by CHU-YA [ex-ALLERGY, etc.], and unpublished demos.
The 2-disc album costs 3,240 yen and is available at lives and via mail-order, and at PureSound beginning on 2016-11-16.
KISAKI will participate in a 90s visual kei event in September!
The event, 「GLAM POP WORLD」 ~1990 Nendai Osaka BAND Daishuuketsu Matsuri~ (「GLAM POP WORLD」 ~1990年代 大阪バンド 大集結祭り~), will be held on 2016-09-18 at Osaka (大阪) BIG CAT. KISAKI's special session band will perform as a special guest:
KISAKI SESSION BAND V. Haruhi (春陽) [ex-Ove~etc.] V. Taniguchi TOMOROU (谷口トモロウ) [ex-【denno:oblaat】~etc.] G. YAYOI [ex-MIRAGE~etc.] G. Ryu (龍) [ex-Mystic Moon~etc.] D. Yomi [ex-【zɔ́ːdi̽æ̀k】~etc.]
As previously announced, ex-KISAKI band STELLA MARIA will hold a one-day revival at the event--but KISAKI still won't be participating in that one, lol.
wyse, Ravecraft, GRASS, LAID, and GIGASLAVE will also hold one-day revivals at the event, in addition to further unnamed bands (TBA).
This is pretty cool: CELL (ex-La'Mule etc.) has released a digital single―despite being on hiatus―through cdbaby (this means that we can buy it super easily!). The digital single, for you..., costs $3.79 and features three-previously released songs, but remastered and with new English vocals! The songs selected are some of their best, so please check it out and support them.
ex-NEGA Ray will appear with MAST in a session band on 2015-02-13!
【V. MINAMI (ミナミ) [ex-ROGUE] / G. Cain / G. MAST [ex-Aliene Ma'riage ~ VABeL] / B. Ray [ex-NEGA] / D. (TBA)】
ex-CindyKate ~ FOODED SEAL Masami (雅美) will also hold his session, MASAMING (マサミング), at that event.
Maki (真稀) [ex-hurts, many others], will secede from his current band, UNDEAD, on 2015-01-27. It's assumed that he'll officially join Lucifer's underground, of which he's currently only a support member.
ex-SUZAKU Itsuki (樹) has announced his session band lineup for 2015-01-23:
【V. Itsuki (樹) [AiM MaiM] / G. Natsume Sakutarou (夏目 朔太郎) [AiM MaiM] / G. Ao (碧) [ex-paradeis] / B. UCHI [A113] / D. Shota (咲汰) [A113]】
ex-Cu[be] vocalist will appear in another session:
To celebrate the recent release of their single, AiM MaiM will commence their first tour, -Inochi no Yurai。- (-いのちのゆらい。-), on 2015-01-29. Their tour final will be announced a later date.
KISAKI's monster 90s VK band revival project, Rin・ne・ten・sei, continued today with ~Cry-Max Pleasure 2014~ (輪・廻・転・生 ~Cry-Max Pleasure 2014~). The event was held at ESAKA MUSE and was completely sold out!
I'm sure we'll see setlists and the like in coming days, but here are a few details in the mean time:
The first 100 people who purchase LIN goods at lives will receive PROMOTION DVD 「Chaotic Resistance」. According to the photo in this post, I'm guessing that it's a live clip or live footage PV?
Paranoid≠circuS' latest single, Chikonka (鎮魂歌) is now on sale. By the way, if I haven't mentioned it yet, they're signed to ex-DAS:VASSER label ELE-MUSIC!
Paranoid≠circuS drummer YUSURA (ユスラ) seems to have left the band on 2014-05-21, due his mental instability caused by an accident he was involved in. The band announced that it seems implausible for him to continue band activity, although this wasn't a 100% concrete statement.
LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-) has announced that they will appear at Shinsaibashi Club ALIVE's 10th anniversary special event, at which legendary hardcore/metal bands RAPES and ROSENFELD will appear!
As mentioned last week, the second period of LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-) features SUI, MIZALY, and YUSHI of Megaromania plus CERO of zechs. Today, the band has been officially revealed, meaning we have a slew of releases and live details. Let's get to it!
LIN will release their first maxi-single, Sacred Xanadu (what a name!), via mail-order in the 2014-04-21 edition of Cure magazine.
Their second maxi-single, Chaotic Resistance, will be released in two types on 2014-07-23. The normal type will be sold nationwide, while a Kansai-limited version with alternate jacket and different bonus track will be sold only at visual shops in Kansai. A double-purchase-application privilege will also be available; details TBA.
LIN will make their first omnibus contribution to Yougenkyou-WEST- (妖幻鏡-WEST-) on 2014-07-23. Further details about the omnibus TBA.
LIN's first lives will be two twoman events, Sacred illusionism~Battle Revival~, versus Grieva (グリーヴァ) and Black Gene For the Next Scene on 2014-06-01 and 2014-06-11, respectively. Special projects, TBA, will be held.
Their coupling tour with Jupiter and Black Gene For the Next Scene, Battle for Clans Tour 【V3】, will be held on June 12, 13, and 17, in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, respectively.
Their first foreign live will be held in Taichung, Taiwan on 2014-08-10 as part of HEART-TOWN FESTIVAL 2014.
LIN's first national tour, Sacred illusionism, will kick off on 2014-07-01 and will end with the tour final and first oneman, Sacred illusionism -FINAL-, on 2014-08-31 at Umeda (梅田) AKASO.
LIN will be the first artist signed to a new label called PLUG RECORDS WEST.
PRW (PLUG RECORDS WEST) is a newly-established “western branch” of long-established visual label PLUG RECORDS―home to semi-famous indie bands such as Psycho le Cému, A (ACE), DaizyStripper, CELL, etc. So on one hand, we can presume that the label will have enough money to produce good quality releases; but on the other, the “brotherhood” of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION bands may not manifest in this new sublabel.
Is KISAKI the president of PLUG RECORDS WEST? I don't know. I do know, however, that KISAKI himself is listened as “organizer” for LIN's live events, which gives the impression that he'll still be fully in charge of LIN's activities―but he may not be managing other bands for the foreseeable future.
Just a note: that 2014-07-23 omnibus is a continuation of a classic line of visual omnibi that has been around since 2001. That, plus LIN being under an old label, plus the upcoming revival of the Rin・ne・ten・sei (輪・廻・転・生) events, gives me the impression that KISAKI is making an even bigger effort to bring old visual kei back to today's scene, somehow.
KISAKI has announced a memorial event for AYAME, the ex-drummer of MIRAGE who passed away this year. The 3 day event features a slew of one-day revivals from infamous 90s visual kei bands, with MIRAGE headlining each event. Check out the full details below:
ex-hurts (and ex- AZALEA, CHELSEA, SCHELLEN, Schwein, etc.) vocalist HINA (ヒナ) will participate in a session band on January 25 with ex-Vasalla members!
2014-01-25 at Birth Shinjuku
Watariroukagu Rentai (渡り廊下愚連隊)
【V. HINA (ヒナ) (ex-hurts etc.) / G. Takayuki (隆之) (THE PIASS) / G. Kaine (戒音) (GIGA FREAKS) / B. LEAYA (ex-Vasalla) / D. Ksuke (K助) (ex-Vasalla)】
As part of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's 10th anniversary special events, a special live will be held to commemorate KISAKI's 20 years (!!) of legendary band activity. UNDER CODE's biggest bands will appear at the event, and will each play 2 cover songs from KISAKI's bands.
By the way, this is labeled the “Chikasen (UNDER CODE) version”. I wonder if there will be a Matina version announced later??
14 years after pausing activities, 90's visual kei monster band 【zɔ́ːdi̽æ̀k】 (zodiac) has announced their revival. The band will revive at their December sponsored event, Zodiac,Resurrection~THX'90, which will feature lots of Matina-era musicians!
Most importantly, KISAKI will appear as a special guest, with his own session band featuring musicians from throughout 90's visual scene. Soleil monster band 覇叉罗-vasalla- will also appear for a one day revival, as will ex-Matina session band S-M-L, which features ex-members of Matina bands MIRAGE, Zephyr, and Lavender. It seems that more acts may be announced as well!
Pretty exciting stuff. Love these 90's visual revivals―only wish we could see them!
Dali has announced that their recently-introduced alter-ego band Mis†ake will release its first CD-R.
The CD-R―which is supposedly a 3rd pressing of Mis†ake's demotape―will be freely distributed to those who attend Dali's October 10th five-hour-long oneman live, ダリコレ2012 finale OSAKA (きかくもの) (DALI COLLE 2012 finale OSAKA (Kikakumono)). (By the way, Dali is now calling this “oneman live” (ワンマンライブ) a “wonton live” (ワンタンライブ), hahaha.). Mis†ake will also be the opening act at the live, and their PV will be played via projection at some point during the show.
By the way, since the last post I made about this, I've figured out the actual lineup of Mis†ake. Apparently, ex-Dali guitarist SAKI (サキ) is the 5th member?!
Unfortunately, KISAKI has revealed that this was the end of the 輪・廻・転・生 ~A RETURN OF “VISUAL MONSTER” (Rin・ne・ten・sei) event series. Furthermore, he revealed that it's the very last revival live of MIRAGE as well. This was a great year for 90s visual kei revivals―can't last forever, can it?
As you know, legendary 90s visual kei band La'Mule came back this year to officially disband. At their disbandment live, they distributed a flyer which suggested that La'Mule would be combining with NightingeiL (the modern band of La'Mule vocalist Kon) into a new band. Today, the lineup of this new band, CELL, has finally been revealed.
Now the mystery of the hour is: who are YUKI and MASATO? One would assume they're from NightingeiL, but no members of NightingeiL used those names. One would then assume they simply changed their names (from MUKUI and HAKUYA, respectively), but ex-NightingeiL drummer HAKUYA has already opened a new personal blog (using the same name), so that doesn't seem to be the case. It seems we'll have to wait to find the answer!
※ CELL is not affiliated with UNDER CODE; I'm posting this here because La'Mule belonged to the parent label of Matina, and so La'Mule's activities are relevant to this site.
At yesterday's session live, KISAKI announced a new volume of his 轮・回・転・生 (Rin・ne・ten・sei) event series: Matina VS UNDER CODE PRODUCTION! The live will be held in August and will feature 3 Matina bands, 3 UNDER CODE bands, and a special session band.
DAS:VASSER has just announced details of their first release during their limited revival year! As I suspected, it contains some old tracks—but as I didn't suspect, it's all old tracks!
DAS:VASSER will release their compilation “worst album”, 真実ノ「影」 (Shinjitsu no 「Kage」), on April 4th through ELE-Music (HIDEAKI's record label). The worst album will contain six of the band's legendarily crazy songs for 2,625 yen.
Do you know DAS:VASSER? They are a legendary visual kei band from the 90s and 2000s. Along with Madeth gray'll, they were the top band at Matina!!
2012 marks their 15th anniversary, and so core members KYOHEI (vocalist, who is also in visual punk band NUMBER MOUSE) and HIDEAKI (bassist, who now has his own record label, ELE-Music, which famously hosted Ru:natic and Vallquar) decided to revive the band for a limited period of 1 year. They've already done photography with new costumes, and they look amazing!
DAS:VASSER plans to release a new album this year, but in the mean time you can buy a digital copy of their last mini-album (released independently) through Amazon for $5 USD! (I also highly recommend their last Matina mini-album, シンクロ (SYNCHRO), although that has to be purchased elsewhere.)
Because and asked for them and maybe some more poeple are interested I decided to translate the member-comments on La'Mules OHP and post them here. Neither my English nor my Japanese are perfect, so there are propably some humble sentences. Please don't hesitate to correct me!
Since their formation, La'Mule have been recklessly focusing only on moving forward as a band. Actually looking back at that time I think the tough days were propably predominant. But in those tough days, days of suffering, days of sorrow the ones who rescued me more than anyone else were our fans who gave La'Mule their love. For rescuing me at that time I feel gratitude from the bottom of my heart. Sacrificing my everything for the band I also lost a lot. However, each time I felt how much our Fans loved us I was able to take another step forward. Finally, despite our bitter decision to go on indefinite hiatus in 2003 I kept hearing calls of fans who wished for our return, the fact that poeple still loved La'Mule so much made me happy, but it also made me suffer of regret. Honestly, I had mixed feelings. I myself have entered the stage as Kon of La'Mule again two times, at O-East and Akasaka Blitz. But they were only events and it wasn't the original lineup that everyone knew. . As for Blitz, the songs we could play were so few, I think the extreme bellyache it caused us was inevitable- so we decided to hold a oneman. With the original members Kon, SIN, NAO, ISUKE and YOU-YA.
That those oneman shows on the 5th and 6th of april at shibuya REX will end up being our last performances... that is the result of long discussions between all members. The reason being, due to various personal motives, even if we resumed activities they'd be considerably limited and we can't do these things by half-measures. Much rather than doing it halfways we want to draw a straight line and bring it to an end. That is the final answer we've come to.
After the Shibuya REX shows on April the 5th and 6th 2012 La'Mule will be disbanding.
Let's merge together once more, and make it a live that will remain in our hearts until we die. We will sacrifice everything of La'Mule. So please, just for those two days, sacrifice everything to us and go insane.
Vo. Kon ---
Disbandment... that word doesn't really have a positive connotation... With those performances on april 5th and 6th La'Mule will switch from activity pause to disbandment.
I think there are many poeple who came to love La'Mule after they went on hiatus and also many old fans who kept waiting for our revival.
Reviving from hiatus, resuming activities halfways... what to do~? ... This time the five of us tried to find a clear solution together and that's the result. So much time passed since then... and now it's just the short period of two days, but the sillouette and sound of those five poeple, sense them with your own eyes and ears. Then please carve them into your heart.
We will do the same.
Personally, this is my first live after quite a long time but I feel no anxiety or anything.
I wait expectantly for the day we all meet again.
Gt. SIN ----
With their 2 days live on April 5th and 6th La'Mule will be disbanding.
Taking each members respective thoughts and personal situation into account this is the result we came to.
Deep inside, after our live on August 29th 2003 even though we used a different word, I believed it was the same as disbanding... Various people invited me into new bands and sent me introductions but due to my mental condition at that time I turned them all down. For a long time I lived a life in which I completely refused music itself, not to speak of touching a guitar.
Some day at the time animesongs became popular among my friends they convinced me to listen to a track. something like"Come to think of it, didn't you mention that you used to play in a band?" came up. Starting from that occasion, even though it was little by little I started to remember the joy of music and how I had once devoted my whole life to it. Even though refusing music left five years of blank space in my life all feelings of rejection were gone. Instead I was more like "because this song is good I want to copy the guitar-part" and so on. There was something incredibly nostalgic like the feeling of holding a guitar in my hand for the first time and yet it changed into a new mysterious sensation.
After this I started to casually listen to music like I used to, which led to being able to play guitar again.
Then recently, I received the invitation to that revival-event at Akasaka BLITZ and in the same lines the upcoming performances on april 5th and 6th were decided which now turn out to be our last ones.
Frankly speaking, as someone who once threw away music completely I'm insecure as to what extent my current self is ready for this step. To the other members that I needed until the very end, all the poeple who support me and even though it's been almost 10 years, to all Lamukko who's sight has been carved into my eyes across the stage of that August 29th forever: In my life there are too many things I have to burden, therefore I promise that during these two days I'm going to enjoy myself to the fullest with everybody in the hall for one last time.
And even when 2012/4/5 and 6 have passed I'm sure SIN, ISUKE and NAO will continue playing this melody, YOU-YA will continue beating the rythm and Kon will continue singing this song. Inside of everyone who knew La'Mule and in your heart they will continue playing forever.
Gt. NAO ---
Since 2003 a long time without activities had passed when La'Mule had their revival in November of last year. Yet, while discussing our future plans with all members we reached the conclusion that being able to do something worthy is unimaginable as long as we have to restrict our activities due to individual reasons. We decided that after our oneman 2days at Shibuya REX in April 2012 La'Mule will be disbanding.
La'Mule had their first live in January 1996. That live also happened to be the first time I stood on stage myself and having performed with all my might from then on until we paused activites my emotional attachement got really strong. So strong I had been looking forward to the time of our complete revival no matter what kind of sound we'd produce and now I feel so incredibly disappointed (about our decision). However, we only made that decision because the band called "La'Mule" is still very important to all of us.
Doing this to all our fans even though we made them wait for such a long time is truly inexcusable.
You never stopped supporting us and yet we end up disbanding. I'm so sorry.
We decided that from now on each member will go his own way without that frame called "La'Mule" around him. Kon and YOU-YA are already active in NightingeiL and NUMBER MOUSE. And because I think that SIN, NAO and in the end myself may be up to some sort of activity as well, please remember us.
Everything that has a beginning has an end. Every end is the beginning of something new. I'm sure the day will come where we meet again.
I was really glad I could play in this band called "La'Mule"
To everyone who supported La'Mule for such a long time, thank you very much.
Ba. ISUKE ---
Recently after being on hiatus since 2003 La'Mule decided to resume activities and participated in an event at Akasaka BLITZ. Then a 2 days oneman-performance in april was announced. However, resulting from discussion putting each members personal motives together it turned out that we'd have to restrict our actions considerably and because we think resuming activities by half measures is an insult to all the fans instead we should rather...
We decided to make a cut after these oneman-shows and disband.
To all our fans who have been waiting for us since such a long time, thank you very much.
La'Mule (ex-Soleil, ex-parent label of Matina, band) opened their official web site today. It features a really nice profile page with great photos and each member's comments about disbanding (maybe someone can translate?), so I recommend checking that out. (It also features a particularly bad discography page, which doesn't come close to listing all their releases, and for some reason features biography entries, which are also woefully incomplete.) It also has a link to their newly opened blog.
You might recall that La'Mule (who were once a band on Soleil, the parent label of Matina) performed at the KISAKI PROJECT sponsored 90s visual kei revival event last November. And at that event, La'Mule announced that they would perform again during this summer. Well, details of that summer performance have finally been revealed.
La'Mule will disband (they had officially been on an activity pause since 2003) this April with a two day live, last bloody world. Tickets will be available on February 20th at the band's official website—even though they haven't yet told us the website's address! (I believe that the live will be a oneman, but I haven't found confirmation of that yet. Will update when I do.)
Do you know La'Mule? They're an old band, but a really good one! I recommend their album CLIMAX—it's a visual kei classic!
Yay! Several goods from KISAKI PROJECT and the 輪・廻・転・生 (Rin・ne・ten・sei) ~A RETURN of “VISUAL MONSTER”~ live series have been added to the official web shop. Most importantly, the KISAKI PROJECT demo single that was previously live-limited!
There are lots of little bits of news about last night's 輪・廻・転・生 ~A RETURN of “VISUAL MONSTER”~ (Rin・ne・ten・sei) event, and reports/pictures are just starting to pour in, so I thought I'd do a little roundup post. I'll add stuff as I find it (and feel free to add your own!)
Aliene Maφriage -
Vocalist 狂華 (Kyouka) made this post, which has tons of nice pictures. In particular, it has a picture of the banner that was at the back of the stage during the event. His accompanying text usually doesn't mean much—in this case he said that he thinks 90s visual kei had the best visuals, and that the era has been forever immortalized, and that he's glad to be a part of it. [added 2011-11-28]
Aliene Maφriage bassist Ray posted a rare photo—La'Mule × Aliene. [added 2011-11-28]
Bassist 時雨-shigure- dedicated the live to Deshabillz' deceased members, bassists JUN and 美歪 (Utsukushiibitsu). He also posted the setlist:
02. 劇薬喜劇 (Gekiyaku Kigeki)
05. IN THE TIME GOES BY
07. Tsubairo no Hohoemi
時雨-shigure- also made three blog posts about the event which include some backstage photos! Post 1, post 2, post 3.
dj AKI (guitarist SHI-NO) made this entry about the event. He talked about playing that music again after almost 10 years, and showed a picture of the impressive line outside the livehall!
KISAKI PROJECT feat.砂月 (SATSUKI) -
KISAKI tweeted the setlist from the live:
01. 想 (Sou)
02. 勿忘草 (Wasurenagusa)
03. 存在理由 (Sonzairiyuu)
04. 道標 (Michishirube)
The first and third tracks (Sou and Sonzairiyuu) are new songs. Sou will be released as the title track of the band's next single, but Sonzairiyuu is, as of now, unaccounted for. Perhaps it's the bonus track on the upcoming single?
KISAKI posted this twoshot of guitarists JACK and Yoshitsugu.
The members were unable to contact original (well, second original) vocalist YUTAKA—even though he'd participated in their limited revival in 2009. So they instead recruited 星七 (Sena), vocalist of the Raid.
L→R: V. 星七 (Sena) G. 小笠原 健一 (Ogasawara Kenichi) G. TAKUYA B. TATSUYA D. GAZ
The band collaborated with jewelers STRANGE FREAK DESIGNS to produce a Phantom降臨 マリア (Phantom Kourin MARIA) pendant. It costs 22,050 yen and is limited to 30 pieces—10 were for sale at last night's event, another 10 are on sale at shops (Treasure Lane, IS, GalleryS.F.D), and the remaining 10 are for sale online.
The pendant comes in five variants (one for each member): Sena's version features pink gems; GAZ's features lavender gems; 小笠原 健一's (Ogasawara Kenichi's), black gems; TATSUYA's, “red” gems; and TAKUYA's, champagne gems.
L→R: Sena ver. Ogasawara Kenichi ver. TAKUYA ver. TATSUYA ver. GAZ ver.
There are a few privilege for buying a pendant.
All purchases include a 4cm chain and custom box.
All purchases also include a signed photo of the purchaser's chosen member (the official site says “two shot”, implying that the photo is actually of the purchaser with their chosen member—but I'm not sure how that would work if you ordered online).
Any of the 10 pendants sold at last night's live will have a special engraving: the purchaser's name, the name of the member who designed that particular model, and a serial number.
Anyone who orders directly from STRANGE FREAK DESIGNS (online mail order, I presume) will receive an original SFD totebag.
After ordering, production takes about 2~3 weeks. Orders will be accepted through January 15th, 2012. Orders can be placed at the STRANGE FREAK DESIGNS OHP (overseas orders are accepted).
La'Mule hadn't been able to contact original guitarist SIN for a month, so they performed with a support guitarist. The position was filled by ex-COЯE THE CHILD guitarist 頼田 陵介 (Yorita Ryosuke).
La'Mule made an important announcement at the event: they're going to hold a two day oneman on the 5th and 6th of April! (2ch girls say the 4th and 5th, and that the live will be at Shibuya AX, but that seems a bit... big.)
Bassist ISUKE posted this picture of the band's backstage pass.
Drummer YOU-YA posted thesepictures of his costume. He also posted this three shot with Kyouka and MAST of Aliene Maφriage.
Drummer Takaya posted this picture of the band together back stage.
シンディケイト (CindyKate) drummer 沙美 (Sami) posted a picture of the Rin・ne・ten・sei sticker that was freely distributed at the live.
紫音 (Shion) (ex-drummer of Distray, LAYBIAL, Syndrome) posted this entry about the event. He also announced that he'll be the drummer at the KISAKI PROJECT feat.砂月 (SATSUKI) live on January 30th (JACK and TOSHIHIRO will also support at that live).
RAME (bassist of Black Gene For the Next Scene, ex-VIDOLL) made this post, which includes a picture of the KISAKI PROJECT performance.
Calmando Qual (and ex-Deshabillz) guitarist Tak posted this entry with impressions of the bands that appeared.
Megaromania bassist 氷牙-Hyoga- was there as well! He posted this entry, in which he marvels over the atmosphere at the live.
90s visual kei enthusiast wacky666 posted this comprehensive entry about the event (as well as DAS:VASSER's revival event the night before). Included in his entry is setlist information and several pictures of goods that he purchased at the events.
In particular, there's a picture of the KISAKI PROJECT signed signboard, which was given to those who spent 5,000 yen or more in goods. There are also pictures of goods included in the PureSound produced lucky bag. Additionally, there's a picture of KISAKI PROJECT's demo CD and the special DVD that was given to those who purchased both Syndrome and MIRAGE best albums.
Interestingly, the Syndrome best album in the picture seems to have a different cover... I wonder if it was a second press that we didn't know about? [added 2011-11-28]
NEGA drummer 優 (Yu) went to the event; however, his post about it has more to do with his cat.
ex-Syndrome first vocalist Tatsuya posted thesetwo entries. The second talks about how fun it was to meet all of his Matina peers again, and the first just gives more general impressions of the event. He also mentions the upcoming third volume of the series; it will be his first time singing Syndrome songs in 11 years! He also says that they'll play Syndrome and Madeth gray'll songs. Yesss!! [added 2011-11-28]
KISAKI shared this photo from the event's ending large session. They apparently played the song “Anarchy in the UK”! [added 2011-11-28]
KISAKI also mentioned that articles about the event will appear in Cure and FOOL'S MATE, to be released on December 21st and 28th, respectively. [added 2011-11-28]
Finally, KISAKI made this touching post about how much he enjoyed the event, and how thankful he is to everyone for coming. According to him, about 1,000 people attended—and Akasaka BLITZ only holds about 1,200! [added 2011-11-28]
Vocalist KYOHEI announced in his blog that DAS:VASSER will resume activities, for a limited period of one year, in 2012. Additional details have yet to be announced, but it's very exciting news nonetheless!
KISAKI PROJECT will soon hold their 90s visual kei revival event, 輪・廻・転・生 ~A RETURN of “VISUAL MONSTER”~ (Rin・ne・ten・sei). And it seems like someone announces a new item for the event every day—so let's see just how many cool goods we're missing out on, shall we?
KISAKI PROJECT feat.砂月 (SATSUKI) -
poster (1,000 yen)
※ signed by support members from that day
「華眩 ~DEMO VERSION~」 (Kagen) (1,000 yen)
※ sold only at the livehouse
photoset (1,500 yen each)
※ sets A~E
cheki, set of two (1,000 yen)
original tshirt (price TBA)
sign board (free)
※ limited to 30 copies, signed by support members from that day, free with some purchases
「消影」 (Shouei) (1,000 yen)
original bracelet (4,980 yen)
※ collaboration with 10st
La'Mule - history of the blood 1996~2003 (10,000 yen)
※ two disc live history DVD (disc 1: 1996~2000, disc 2: 2000~2003), features unreleased live clips, sold only at the livehouse
輪・廻・転・生 ~A RETURN of “VISUAL MONSTER”~ goods -
special lucky bag - 3,000 yen
※ 15,000 yen's worth of 90s visual goods, put together by PureSound; includes original bag design
collaboration cheki, set of two - 1,000 yen
※ featuring KISAKI, KENICHI of Kneuklid Romance, SHUN of Deshabillz, Kon of La'Mule, Kyouka of Aliene Maφriage, and Izumi Yu of Romance for~
collaboration photoset - 1,000 yen
※ very limited quantities; featuring KISAKI, KENICHI of Kneuklid Romance, SHUN of Deshabillz, Kon of La'Mule, Kyouka of Aliene Maφriage, and Izumi Yu of Romance for~
※ will be freely distributed to those who attend
sticker (500 yen)
※ same design as freely distributed sticker; keep one as a collector's item
shop bag (500 yen)
※ same design as bag freely included with lucky bag; keep one as a collector's item
Phantasmagoria - Dejavu ~Sanctuary of Revival~ (special price TBA)
凛 -the end of corruption world- (LIN) - Independent “MAZE” (3,500 yen)
凛 -the end of corruption world- (LIN) - all singles (special prices TBA)
MIRAGE - BEST COLLECTION 1997~2000 (3,400 yen)
Syndrome - BEST COLLECTION 2001~2002 (2,400 yen)
MIRAGE/Syndrome BEST COLLECTION SPECIAL DVD (free)
01. MIRAGE (1st period): Cradle of Labyrinth (1998-03-27 live at Osaka HEAT BEAT)
02. MIRAGE (2nd period): BACTERIA (1999-10-30 live at Osaka BIG CAT)
03. Syndrome (1st period): deep sky (2001-04-28 live at Shibuya ON AIR WEST)
04. Syndrome (2nd period): 小夜時雨 (Sayoshigure) (2002-07-28 live at Shibuya ON AIR WEST)
※ free with purchase of both MIRAGE and Syndrome best albums
ex La'Mule members Kon, Isuke and Youya posted sad news on their blogs and since it's an Under Code event of sorts, I thought I should share them here.
La'Mule have been planning their revival for several months now, including getting new costumes and producing a special history-dvd-set only for sale on that day. However it seems that since Last month they couldn't get in contact with lead guitarist Sin anymore and ended up rehearsing without him.
After discussion with members and staff they decided to play the show anyway, with support guitarist.
Remembering their last failed try to do a revival I suppose they wouldn't appear anymore if it wasn't such a big event with feature in cure and pressure from kisaki.
Would have been too nice to see all original members gathered again... well.
Another note on their appearance to make this less disappointing: Because of rather brutal fans La'Mule prohibited moshing and diving during their lives, sometime in 1999 I think.
Youya oficially lifted that ban now. XD;
Hi! I have a few questions about Matina. I recently downloaded Lagna's "Replace of Mind" and, after listening to it, discovered that it was apparently a compilation with a band named Ring. Who were they? Were they signed to Matina at any point? They have no page on VKDB or Grass Thread. Did they release anything else?
Also, does anyone have the proper tags for the Eze:qul releases from Evil en Lucifer? Something is up with those - a few songs have identical titles but sound completely different. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Continuing HIDEAKI's series of posts about the history of DAS:VASSER (volumes 1~3 can be read here). Again, these are Babelfish-class translations, so don't expect accuracy... but they're interesting nonetheless.
Centered in Osaka,
but also around Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto,
and at a pace of about 4~5 per month,
we're able to perform at lives.
We have small features in a couple of magazines,
and, little by little, DAS:VASSER continues growing.
we have very few connections in the business world;
we're definitely an Osaka local band.
a massively fate-changing meeting occurs:
Mr. KISAKI appears.
He was a charismatic figure during that time.
By chance, we pass a bar,
that Mr. KISAKI is at,
and in our youthful foolishness, powered by alcohol, we decide “well, let's say hello”.
We enter the bar.
So, at the counter of this tiny bar,
we're sitting with a lineup of people who have careers much longer than us;
in this scene, I sober up immediately.
And then, Mr. KISAKI says “join Matina”
It's completely unexpected, and I'm bewildered.
At that time, the opportunity to join a label is rare.
So, with a “if you're really ok with it, we're very grateful”, our story advances.
We still don't understand why he chose DAS:VASSER...
But at any rate, we begin to discuss the details.
Back then, we were really terrified...
“The fierce battleground Matina”
DAS:VASSER has finally joined a label.
During that time,
We don't really experience much.
We aren't really thinking at all,
just pushing forward, day after day after day.
I remember being angry 24/7.
we do photoshoots (laugh)
I'm getting angry again...
at that time, Matina has the highest level bands.
It slowly begins to have an impact on us.
And so, DAS:VASSER continues to evolve.
“A nation-wide release at last”
I mentioned our first nation-wide release.
But before that,
on October 1st, 1998,
we held the DAS:VASSER first anniversary oneman.
With the support of everyone at the label,
we achieve that splendid thing, “SOLD OUT.”
Never mind that it's a terribly small live house,
with doors that barely closed.
Anyway, we distribute a release there.
“A nation-wide release at last”
our mobilization has expanded
and a nation-wide release has finally been achieved.
On October 10th, 1998, our music is released.
It seemed like anything with the Matina brand sells out immediately.
Even though media exposure is low,
I suppose that people just somehow know about the band.
Our photos around that time are like this:
“The national tour from Hell, Decadence”
I made a mistake in the last entry.
This volume is actually about something different.
December 24th, 1999,
DAS:VASSER's second oneman is held at Umeda GUILD.
The oneman mentioned last time,
everybody at Matina supported that one;
so the second oneman is the only true DAS:VASSER oneman.
But still, it too, splendidly, is SOLD OUT.
That was a hot time;
we were suffocating in lives.
At that time, the photoshoots are like this:
Though it not longer exists,
Umeda GUILD was a wonderful livehouse...
Before DAS:VASSER was a part of Matina,
it was our stronghold.
But unfortunately it's not during this era.
Next time (really)
“The national tour from Hell, Decadence”
And by the way, they actually did a photoshoot for the one day revival. This is what DAS:VASSER 2011 looks like:
DAS:VASSER has a revival coming up, and HIDEAKI has started a series of Ameba-only posts of his memories of forming the band. It's really interesting, so, although these translations are bastardized, I thought I'd share them with you. (KYOHEI has been mentioning these same events, but hasn't really added anything, so I've left his posts out.
The November revival is coming up
I was shocked to find these photos
So I decided to start this series.
The band name has not yet been decided
It's June 12th, 1997 (I remember it was KYOHEI's birthday), we take photographs to help recruit members.
We are so young...
So we don't even care about the setting...
After that, members are gathered and DAS:VASSER begins.
“Fear–DAS:VASSER's first live”
Even before the we'd done a live
In livehouses, in studios, we're trying to recruiting members
I guess because of the photos we took last time?
Several of the member candidates are chosen.
We have a few songs
So we force ourselves to schedule our first live
Members haven't even officially joined yet
But we hold our first live at Nanba ROCKETS.
My goodness we are young and brash (laugh)
“Reckless! The hellish 4 songs in 1 day recording session (with MIX)”
We've booked several lives
We have more songs
We're slowly beginning to release music
These days, indie music is in the age of demotapes...
You have to be major to be able to release a CD.
Back then I was really naive.
Thinking a 20 minute release could be recorded in ten minutes in 1 day...
But recording is actually very time consuming.
We recklessly try to record 4 songs in 1 day.
In our youth, we're able to make it work, and produce a release
Only 150 copies are produced in the world...
Incidentally, ICHIRO has just recently joined (and Noburin was supporting)
You can see us on the jacket
Such ignorance in this band
But we fight wildly in our home-town livehouses
Our mobilization is top class.
“A record label at last! Is it really ok to employ this band?”
I'll post more as HIDEAKI makes them. But anyway, what do you guys think? Isn't it cool to see old Matina history like this, and to see how small they started out?
Details regarding DAS:VASSER's one day revival live are starting to be released. I'll start by saying that this isn't an UNDER CODE event—rather, it's sponsored by ELE-MUSIC, the label of DAS:VASSER bassist HIDEAKI. But it's still relevant to us, of course~
This year's revival event (the band also revived in 2009 and 2010) will be held on 2011-11-26 at Meguro ROCK MAY KAN. Joke band 美女♂men Vlossom (Bijo♂men Vlossom) will appear as a guest, as will a special session band featuring DOREMIDAN members with KANZAKI!
It seems that the band is still working on who else will appear at the live—vocalist KYOHEI is going to a meeting about that today—but I'll update when that's decided.
This isn't related to UNDER CODE, but we all love Matina, right? Well, AKIRA, the second vocalist of MIRAGE, appears to have a new band! His new band is called Fowr (pronounced Ⅳ). No details yet, but apparently their OHP will be updated with details on the 16th.
It's pretty cool, even if his last two “new bands” didn't release anything. Anyway, just thought I'd share!
① KISAKI and UNDER CODE PRODUCTION are sponsoring the live area side of this year's STRAIGHT LIFE event on 2010-06-06. The event is basically a massive tattoo convention featuring over forty tattoo shops, pole dancers, an S&M show, a DJ, and live bands. As I said, KISAKI is producing the live side, and he's chosen 凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin) and BALZAC to headline. Additionally, VAGERKE, 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN), 宇宙戦隊NOIZ (Uchuu Sentai NOIZ), The ROMEO, In The Enz, and WHITEBLACK will also appear.
② 凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin) will also be appearing at Kaya's ソドムの晩餐 第一夜 (SODOM no Bansan Daiichi Yoru) event on 2010-07-03 at O-EAST. The cool thing about this event is that La'Mule will also be holding a one-night revival! (Which is totally relevant since La'Mule was signed to Soleil, which was the precursor of Matina.)
③ VISUNAVI will be kicking off a new event series, SUMMER MASQUERADE 2010, in Kansai. And, well, you can't say Kansai without saying UNDER CODE PRODUCTION, so the live will fittingly be UCP supported. The specific show is called SUMMER MASQUERADE 2010 ~Phantasmagoria MEMORIAL TRIBUTE NIGHT~ and will take place at 梅田 (Umeda) SHANGRILA on 2010-08-31 (as if any other date was possible!). 凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin) will be performing and カレン (KALEN) will hold a one-night revival. The rest of the lineup hasn't been revealed yet.
④ Eternal and CLIMAX ENTERPRISE are having a one-day revival and co-sponsoring a crazy event. (How is this relevant? Eternal was a sub-label of Matina and CLIMAX ENTERPRISE was the next version of Eternal.) The event is called ETERNALISM†CLIMAXISM and will take place on 2010-08-08 at 目黒鹿鳴館 (Meguro Rock Maykan). 弥生 (Yayoi; president of Eternal), E'm ~grief~, and ex-members of Syndrome, Earl Grey, and Kilah will appear, along with many, many others (I've only mentioned the ones relevant to UCP/Matina). Additionally, guests are allowed to exit and re-enter one time (which is rare), a secret guest will appear, a spur-of-the-moment guest will appear, and a large session featuring everyone will be held at the end of the show. Pretty freaking awesome!
⑤ Edit: Forgot this one, which was the whole reason I made this post! Anyway, Shinobu (vocalist of the perpetually inactive band Zephyr) is getting married! And since he and KISAKI are such good friends (Zephyr was once a Matina band and their comeback mini-album was to be released through UCP), he's holding a special live event to celebrate. The event is called Shinobu HAPPY WEDDING LIVE PARTY ~みんなに幸せおすそ分け・リターンズ~ (~Minna ni Shiawase Osusowake ・ RETURNS~) and will be held on 2010-05-02 at ESAKA MUSE. This basically means a bunch of Matina bands are holding one-day revivals (I love this trend!): Lavender, Zephyr, MIRAGE, DAS:VASSER, Eze:quL, ZXS, vellaDonna, Lagna, DERAIL, オルゴール (ORGEL), Distray, and a large session of random members called Shinobu&Friends. Obviously, not all of these bands will have complete lineups (ex. RUIZA definitely isn't showing up for Distray), but it's still super awesome. I wish UNDER CODE would film and release these Matina lives!
① KISAKI announced in his blog a few days ago that both a Syndrome and MIRAGE remastered best album would be released this year. It's great news for fans of either of those bands and for new KISAKI fans. (Quick summary: Syndrome was a VK super group of sorts--it included three members from D, a guitarist from Merry (メリー), and the drummer from Shelly Trip Realize. Their music was kind of classic VK with techno elements--something like HISKAREA. MIRAGE was one of KISAKI's earliest successes--they even released a major album, although I don't think they actually achieved major status--but its members went on to do a whole lot of nothing.) Also sad, because the releases imply that KISAKI really will be retiring forever. See the cut for more information.
② Sometime in March, Bloodly-clown (Phantasmagoria and the Pumpkin Head coupling band) distributed a CD at certain lives. Due to popular demand [of UNDER CODE's wallet], the CD will be released in stores. Sweeeeet. Check behind the cut.
Bloodly-clown - DEATH PANTOMIMER (デスパントマイマー) 2007-05-30; 1,050 yen; UCPM-4
01. Unpublished new song
02. Unpublished new song
MIRAGE - BEST COLLECTION 1997~2000 -Disc.1 1997~1998- 2007-07-04; 3,465 yen (both discs sold together); FWR-056/FWR-057
01. Hyakkaryouran (百花繚乱)
03. Cradle of Labyrinth
07. Ryuusei (流星)
08. Wind Whisper
BEST COLLECTION 1997~2000 -Disc.2 1998~2000- 2007-07-04; 3,465 yen (both discs sold together); FWR-056/FWR-057
02. Risk en Eve
03. EDGE IN MIND
04. GRAVE ~Fue no Nemuri~ (GRAVE ~古エノ眠リ~)
09. Feeling Mellody
Syndrome - BEST COLLECTION 2000~2002 -Disc.1 2000~2001- 2007-07-04; 3,465 yen (both discs sold together); FWR-058/FWR-059
03. Usagi to Hitsuji (兎と羊)
04. Namida no Kagen・・・ (涙ノ下弦・・・)
05. SLEPT DOLL
06. Tensei (転生)
07. Sosei Gengaku Shugisha no Jishou (蘇生衒学主義者の自称)
09. Tou ~Last Child (蟷 ~Last Child)
12. affected you
13. Search for・・・
14. deep sky
BEST COLLECTION 2000~2002 -Disc.2 2001~2002- 2007-07-04; 3,465 yen (both discs sold together); FWR-058/FWR-059
01. Yumeutsutsu (夢現)
02. Bara Hime (薔薇姫)
03. Sayoshigure (小夜時雨)
04. Kedamonoou (獣王)
05. Maboroshi no Ichiya (幻の一夜)
06. CIRQUE -Art a part entier-
07. Shi Machigai (死街譚)
08. ALBINO (アルビノ)
09. Suichuuka (水中花)
10. I Never Lose -Gokusaishiki no Akumu- (I Never Lose -極彩色の悪夢-)
11. Desparate night
12. SAD MASK
13. Eiketsu -Wakare- (永訣 -わかれ-)
I'm pretty sure there are lots of mistakes, especially with the Syndrome, but corrections are always welcomed.
EDIT: The Bloodly-clown CD may actually be another coupling with Houkago Kurabu (放課後倶楽部)... I'm not sure.