It was announced that Avanchick is going to be releasing two new CDs. The first is a new maxi-single, entitled "人生ゲーム (Jinsei GAME)," and the second is a single called "Idol."
人生ゲーム will be released in a typical 3-type format. Type A will come with a PV DVD, and types B and C will come with an additional unique bonus track. The release date for these singles is June 22nd, but cover art and new costumes have not been announced yet.
As for Idol, it was announced that this is going to be a 1-track single that comes in a Lucky Bag. This Lucky Bag will be sold at their one-man live at TSUTAYA O-West on July 8th.
AVANCHICK will hold birthday events for 篝-kagari- and Hyu-ga on 2016-04-08 and 2016-04-09, respectively. The band has just announced a two-type live-limited CD to be sold at those shows.
「Maniac」 will be released in two-types―kagari version and Hyu-ga version―each costing 1,000 yen and limited to 50 copies. Each CD contains three “rhythm version” (bass and drums only) songs selected by the namesake member.
Just a few AVANCHICK things that warranted their own post:
It seemsAVANCHICK might release a DVD of their third oneman!
AVANCHICK is the cover artist of freepaper POPUNITED vol.105.
The band has opened an official Twitter for its online fanclub, Moumoku Shoujo (盲目少女): @moumokusyoujyo.
An English report of the band's 2015-12-25 oneman is available VKH PRESS.
Overseas visual kei company Chaotic Harmony will carry TYPE A of AVANCHICK's upcoming single, Tanin no Fukou ha Mitsu no Aji, and their Jibaku live DVD. All copies of the single will be signed, and customers who purchase the single + live DVD ($60 set) will further receive a hand-written note from the member of their choice.
Some minor updates from Affective Synergy, ARLEQUIN, AVANCHICK, THE BLACK SWAN, and SAMUKURO:
Affective Synergy (pictured above) held their live on the 25th. Lin (凛) says that the project will be a little more active this year, but detailed plans haven't been made yet (tho it seems that he will be recording something soon!). Here's the setlist from the live:
1. 蒼焔-Souen- / 2. As a Fact / MC / 3. Another Sky / 4. Nyx (Lilith cover) / 5. Daze (new song)
ARLEQUIN will participate in a threeman with Kiryu (己龍) and MERRY in June:
ARLEQUIN has announced new goods: a parka, tshirt, coin purse, and sticker. (They're all pretty ugly |D)
They're also releasing a pamphlet! Most of the shitty bands I listen to never get popular enough to have pamphlets, so that's a good sign♪
ARLEQUIN were on talk program NICO Visu (ニコびじゅ) today.
AVANCHICK are selling live photographs via their section at the AOOS web shop.
AVANCHICK will hold a series of three twoman/threeman events:
http://weloveucp.com/lives/217/ http://weloveucp.com/lives/219/ http://weloveucp.com/lives/218/
THE BLACK SWAN will participate in a fourman in June:
ex-Oneness guitarist DAI will participate in a session on 2016-03-31:
Tokubetsu na SOUP 【LILT Sedai】 (特別なスープ【リルト世代】)
V. 空-kou- [ex-LILT (リルト)]
G. DAI [ex-Oneness]
G. Yuki (柚希) [ex-RIZ]
B. Fuma (冬麻) [ex-RIZ]
D. °CeleNa。 [ex-RIZ]
SAMUKURO officially joined Me teaR music on 2016-02-14. They'd previously appeared on that label's omnibus. Hilariously, their official web site has stopped working... some label, huh |D
chariots' store-distributed single, Togetoga, is officially sold out.
VARYL vocalist Hiro (緋絽) will participate in his long-running session band LUCY MONOSTONES (ルーシーモノストーンズ) on 2016-04-07 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE. (Btw, they are unrelated to the bands Lucy MonoStone and Lucy monostone'S.)
V. Hiro (緋絽) [ex-VARYL]
G. Kaie [ex-VARYL support
G. & B. (unannounced)
D. Masami (雅美) [D'efend Chroma]
ex-Oneness vocalist JUKI (ジュキ) will participate in a session on 2016-03-17, and ex-guitartist DAI will participate in a session on 2016-06-19.
Horobi no BURST STREAM (滅びのバーストストリーム)
V. JUKI (ジュキ) [ex-Oneness]
G. Miru. [Lylow]
B. Momonari Hajime (桃生 一) [ex-MONO (モノ)]
D. Ryou (りょう) [ex-Blitz]
V. Ryu (柳) [ex-MoNoLith]
G. DAI [ex-Oneness]
G. Hide [LAGNA]
B. Rito [ex-GAKIDO]
D. Kazuharu (和春) [DOAK]
AVANCHICK will hold two birthday events:
Several artists from Lucifer's underground, chariots, & etc. participated in a 雀羅-jyakura- session band on 2016-02-24 at Nagoya (名古屋) HOLIDAY.
V. Asuyu (明透遊) [UNDEAD, ex-AZALEA~jyakura (雀羅), etc.]
G. toki [Lucifer's underground, ex-UNDEAD, etc.]
G. Nao [ex-jyakura (雀羅)~UNDEAD, etc.]
B. Yuuri (憂里) [Lucifer's underground, ex-Cu[be], etc.]
D. Mikage (美景) [chariots, etc.]
AVANCHICK are selling signed posters (on which they'll hand-write your name) through the AOOS web shop.
Some sort of Really Big Deal™ drama happened, regarding tickets to LIN's 2016-03-18 live at Osaka (大阪) LIVE HOUSE D'. Tbh, I don't fully understand―I don't know how ticketing works in VK, and my translation skillz aren't good enough to make sense of it―but it seems that someone's tickets were lost in the mail (allegedly).
LIN made this post when the mistake first happened. And if I understand correctly, they said they sent two S-class tickets to the person whose tickets had been lost. Except the person actually received two A-class tickets, so they were pissed. (I think?) Cut to this apology post where they promise to fix it.
Imo who the fuck cares, but I understand that this is important to some people, so I hope it's resolved in a way such that all parties are happy. ('ω')ノ
The cover of THE BLACK SWAN drummer Len's photobook, Len to Kotetsu, is up.
LIN put up the limited cheki a little late. There was a set of SUI in his Evil en Lucifer costume, a set of MIZALY in no makeup, and some group shots in Santa outfits. The first two are sold out.
Affective Synergy will perform a new song on 2016-02-25. Special photosets will also be sold at the live. (← And check out the project's new logo!)
In celebration of the birthday of V. Chizuru (千吊), a special event will be held at which PENTAGON members will answer questions about him. A present will be awarded to the member with the most correct answers.
PENTAGON will also hold a sponsored event in April:
Minus Jin-Say Orchestra will hold a three-day oneman series at Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) paradigm on March 2nd~4th. Their twoman vs URBANGARDE (アーバンギャルド) will be held at Shinjuku (新宿) BLAZE on 2016-06-05. Additional twoman lives will be held in the future.
By the way, Seraphim previously pointed out that AVANCHICK's new single uses their own UPC instead of the usual UPC for ROCKSTAR RECORDS. However, I've since confirmed that the release is still coming out through ROCKSTAR RECORDS. So I guess they haven't changed anything~
AVANCHICK cheki are being sold at Chaotic Harmony. The site also sold signed copies of Eternal, but they've already sold out ;(
Paranoid≠circuS will hold their three-year anniversary event, SCHRODINGER no Hako (シュレーディンガーの箱), at Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) paradigm on 2016-03-27.
Paranoid≠circuS also revealed their actual new artist photo, finally. Check it~
THE BLACK SWAN will participate in a twoman with SCAPEGOAT in April:
THE BLACK SWAN, More, and HOLLOWGRAM will participate in a threeman, along with opening act bask in the deep, in May:
The 2016-02-21&28 edition of ARLEQUIN's radio show, KOTO NO HA ALGORITHM (コトノハアルゴリズム) will feature V. Aki (暁) as personality and MERRY V. GARA (ガラ) as guest.
Lilith appeared on International Channel Shanghai. Lin posted some clips of the appearance here.
PINOKIO has several songs available on KARAOKE NO TETSUJIN (カラオケの鉄人) since 2016-02-18: CHAOS RIRON (カオスリロン), ANGEL CALL (エンジェルコール), HELLO HOLLOW (ハロウホロウ), TORIKAGO (トリカゴ), Ryuusei LYRICAL (流星リリカル), TSUMETAI SEKAI (ツメタイセカイ), KOKORO NO OTO (ココロノオト), Kuroneko SHERRY (黒猫シェリー), and Tears blurred my shadow.
THE BLACK SWAN had an English interview at Shattered-Tranquility. There are a few interesting bits in there, but I'd thought I point out that they say the next version of OUSIA will include a few more songs, including a ballad.
KISAKI (LIN) will appear in magazine ROCK AND READ Vol:064, to be released on 2016-02-26.
GLARD uploaded the song Days from their CD From The 3 Words:
Their 4th oneman live, Jinsei GAME (人生ゲーム), will be held at TSUTAYA O-WEST on 2016-07-08, at which they'll make an important announcement. I hope it's something good, like an album D: http://weloveucp.com/lives/203/
Mischievous has announced the details of their two-part tour final at HOLIDAY OSAKA on 2016-03-31. Their PV will be distributed to attendees, and message disc will be further distributed to VIP ticket holders.
Paranoid≠circuS released the tracklist for their upcoming mini-album, DREAM BOXX. It includes 4 old songs and 4 new songs―which is longer than a mini-album, so I wonder if some of the new ones are SE tracks...
PENTAGON has released new goods through the GOEMON RECORDS official shop, available for order 2016-02-01 through 2016-02-05. (They appear to be sold out already, tho...!).
Se'ikspia posted a trailer with some footage from their “replay” live (tho they unfortunately didn't use the live-recorded audio). It seems that the band hopes to play another live, but that's still undecided.
AVANCHICK vocalist NOAH will participate in American rock project Lightning Strikes, which features musicians related to KISS, Yngwie Malmsteen, and more.
Lightning Strikes was a short-lived rock project formed in 1985 by drummer Karpis Maksudian, that reformed in 2011. They're currently recording their full length album, with the following lineup:
Vocals. Nando Fernandez [Hangar, etc.]
Guitar. Rob Math [Seal, Toni Braxton, Leatherwolf, etc.]
Bass. Cat Tate [Snew, Red Again, etc.]
Drums. Karpis Maksudian
Key. Derek Sherinian [Dream Theater, KISS, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.]
Guest vocals. Tony Martin [Black Sabbath, etc.]
Guest vocals. NOAH [AVANCHICK]
Guest koto. Masayo Ishigure
Tony Martin [Black Sabbath] will act as guest vocalist for two songs, and NOAH will act as guest vocalist on two additional songs. The remaining songs' vocals will be performed by Nando Fernandez [Hangar].
NOAH will sing on the track Kamikaze (which was written by the band's original lineup in 1986) and will provide Enka-style vocals for Doki no Sakura (which will further feature traditional koto artist Masayo Ishigure).
The Lightning Strikes album will be mixed by Roy Z [Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, Bruce Dickinson, Helloween, Sepultura], and is set for a May, 2016 release.
PENTAGON's fashion brand PENTAGON will hold its collaborative two-part instore event with KERA at their Shinjuku (新宿) brand on 2016-01-16. Their collaborative blue parka (9,720 yen) will be sold. Those who spend 10,000 yen can participate in either part of the event, while those who spend 18,000 yen can participate in both. (Both parts consist of a talk, signing, and cheki shooting session.)
Cure Vol.149 features Black Gene For the Next Scene, GIGAMOUS, LIN, PENTAGON, and GOEMON RECORDS president YU-I.
REVINE vs SHAPE SHIFTER twoman, Shinsaibashi Gekka Raimei (心斎橋月下雷鳴), will be held on 2016-04-06 at Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) paradigm, with opening act 無玄-MUKURO-.
PENTAGON × Belle (ベル) twoman, AGAINST THE RULES, will be held on 2016-03-03 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA.
PENTAGON sponsored event, TEAR'S LIBERATION, will be held on 2016-02-24 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA.
Like an Edison 2016 HAPPY NEW YEAR DVD [Type-A] features: AVANCHICK, ARLEQUIN, GIGAMOUS, SHAPE SHIFTER, D, and many others.
[Type-B] features: Dead Children
, Devil Kitty, THE BLACK SWAN, PENTAGON, Minus Jin-Say Orchestra, More, and many more.
Those who spend 1,000 yen at Like an Edison stores can choose either DVD, those who spend 2,000 yen receive both.
ARLEQUIN vocalist Aki (暁) will participate in seek's session band during Tokyo Chaos 2015 on 2015-12-31 at Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyougijou Dainitaiikukan (国立代々木競技場 第二体育館).
seek SESSION (seek セッション)
【V. Aki (暁) [ARLEQUIN / G. Kazuki (一樹) [BugLug] / G. Kayuu (華遊) [ex-ν] / B. seek [Mix Speaker's,Inc.] / D. 宏崇-hirotaka- [R Shitei (R指定)]】
ARLEQUIN debuted new goods. Some are kinda ugly, huh?
HINA (ヒナ) [Lucifer's underground] will act as guest vocalist for GRIM (グリム) at their 2015-11-13 sponsored event, 13 Nichi no Kinyoubi ~Samayoeru Mamono to 13 no Shito~ (13日の金曜日 ~さまよえる魔物と13の使徒~), at Deto (出戸) ORTOLOUNGE.
ARLEQUIN and PENTAGON posted a comment video:
ARLEQUIN live footage is played on MUSIC JAPAN TV show, Velvet Music, starting on 2015-10-01 and repeating through the month.
RHEDORIC's first album second press is available for overseas digital purchase via CD Baby.
Mischievous will participate as guest at the CARDIA (カルディア) VS GAGA threeman tour, MAD, on 2015-12-07 at Dotonbori (道頓堀) SHRIMP.
ex-ClearVeil~carat guitarist Ryuto Amamiya (雨宮 流斗) is posting his original vocaloid songs on his blog.
「C」 SESSION, the newest band of Riku (ex-LIN, chariots, etc.) will be performing again (and have also uploaded their first promo picture~)! This time they'll be performing with ROCKSTAR RECORDS bands at Shinjuku Blaze on December 14.
Now shortened as 「C」, and with the same lineup, the band will perform as guests at the ROCKSTAR RECORDS presents event, 大激突, alongside ROCKSTAR bands AVANCHICK, Devil Kitty, etc. Other bands include SHAPE SHIFTER, THE GALLO, Synk;yet, NINJAMAN JAPAN, and GELLONIMO.
PENTAGON will appear in the following media outlets:
Radio program REDNIQS on 2015-08-31
Fashion magazine smart October edition
Free paper VR Virtual Reality vol.038
AVANCHICK will appear in Free paper EvoL'v vol.6.
VARYL members appeared in a session band on 2015-08-25:
Shikito SESSION (織人セッション)
【V. Siyu [ex-GLIEVE] / G. Tomo (友) [ex-A→Z] / G. Hinano。 (ひなの。) [VARYL support] / B. Yuto (侑斗) [LeviuS] / D. Shikito (織人) [VARYL]】
FAZ (the reincarnation of Matina band Facizm [aka Philia]) recently gained two new members: G. mitsuru / D. TAKAHIRO. The remaining members also changed their names:
V. toshia → ToshiA / G. SHINYA (シンヤ) → SHINYA / B. kappy → KATSUHISA
At Lucifer's underground's 2015-09-01 event, Shisakupj≠617■2 (試作pj≠617■2) was replaced by RARARAIBU (ララライブ).
On 2015-11-18, AVANCHICK and Dead Children members will participate in a session band:
liki BIRTHDAY SESSION (莉希-liki-BIRTHDAYセッション)
【V. 莉希-liki- [Synk;yet] / G. Sin (秦) [Minerva] / G. Noah [AVANCHICK] / B. Ray [Dead Children] / D. SAKU [VAASTU]】
As of 2015-09-01, AVANCHICK fans are officially called “Moumoku Shoujo (盲目少女)” (blind girls).
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi put up more items for mail-order.
On 2015-09-03, Dead Children and Vasalla members will participate in a session band:
【V. MINAMI (ミナミ) [Dead Children] / G. Shun (舜) [Vasalla] / G. Cain [Dead Children] / B. Akito [buccal cone] / D. Zukki [ex-OZ]】
MIZALY [LIN], Rame and SAN [Black Gene For the Next Scene], and Shohei (祥平) [ARLEQUIN] will appear on internet talk show YaME TALK (矢メトーク) on 2015-10-06. See the KSP channel for more info.
AVANCHICK and Synk;yet will sell a live-limited coupling single during their coupling tour in December.
It features the song Maria by AVANCHICK, but with re-recorded vocals from Synk;yet's vocalist, and Messiah by Synk;yet with AVANCHICK's vocalist. As far as I know, the instrumentals haven't been touched.
LIN will appear alongside other visual kei bands for not only one visual festival, but two this year!
First, the band appeared at the event, 「V-BAND 祭」 ～SUMMER FESTIVAL 2015～ at Shibuya REX on July 31, alongside HERO, MeteoroiD, Black Gene for the Next Scene, Souiumono, BLaive, etc. They will then perform for the next three days of the event at Osaka MUSE on August 7, at Nagoya E.L.L on August 9, and at Tsutaya O-WEST on August 14.
Then, later on October 18, they will appear alongside other visual kei bands from all over Japan and from other countries for the Visual Unite sponsored World Visual Festival at Shibuya SOUND MUSEUM VISION. Familiar faces include UCHUSENTAI:NOIZ, Jin-Machine, Scarlet Valse, and NINJAMAN JAPAN, while the foreign bands participating are DIE/MAY (from Sweden and Finland, consisting of ex-Seremedy members *cringes*), DNR (Dreams Not Reality) (from Italy and Germany), and MaleRose (from Thailand). The video that showcases the participating bands can be viewed below.
LIN will also be making a guest appearance at the SAITAMA Summer Rock Festival on August 11-12. Other bands performing will include THE BLACK SWAN, Devil Kitty, AVANCHICK, and VARYL.
In other news, they have also sold some bootleg DVDs at their live at Shibuya REX on July 31. The live footage featured are from their performances at Meguro Rokumeikan on June 30 and at Takadanobaba AREA on July 1. The DVDs were 3000 yen each.
As of 2015-07-07, a brand new label has opened: ROCK★STAR RECORDS. One of the first artists to join is AVANCHICK, along with newly-revived Devil Kitty, BETTY (ベティ), THE EGOIST, MEARY (メアリー), Dear, and VISUAL Kei Enkakashu TAKASHI (ヴィジュアル系演歌歌手 TAKASHI). Check out the label's OHP for more information!
In January, Tatoeba Konna Hanashi sold lucky bags (5,000 yen each) via online mail-order, limited to 10 copies. Unfortunately, they didn't contain any CDs or DVDs―instead, they contained a calendar, photoset, masks, and t-shirt.
In an attempt to promote their upcoming oneman of the same name, Tatoeba Konna Hanashi is performing under the name 90min no AUDITORIUM (90minのオーディトリアム) at their 2015-02-17 live.
LIN's re-recording mini-album, Recollection of Phoenix, is available on Japanese iTunes. Unfortunately, it's not available on American iTunes―not sure about European, etc. Fairly pointless if we can't buy it though :'D
ALVION, ARLEQUIN, LIN, and label king zeebra are featured in Vol.021 of freepaper SEVEN.
With their latest single, Oneness reached #8 on the ORICON indies and #65 on the ORICON major charts, respectively. Good job!
Paranoid≠circuS buffalo 紲-kizuna- had a hernia and didn't attend the band's 2015-02-05 live. The band performed with 3 members instead.
AVANCHICK have announced the lineup for their 2015-04-11 event:
Today, LIN began shipment of the double-purchase mail-order-application privilege of their single Chaotic Resistance―a signed postcard. (There's no explanation of why it took so long... a postcard shouldn't take much time to produce, I would think!)
AVANCHICK will commence their 3rd season (tour), Mikan (未完), on 2015-02-01, which will run until their tour final oneman on 2015-03-21. The band will also hold its birthday events for kagari and Hyu-ga, and Otake. AVANCHICK's first anniversary live event will be held on 2015-07-31 at TSUTAYA O-WEST.
ex-Cu[be] vocalist has mentioned starting a new band soon. His session will perform on 2015-01-23 with this lineup:
【V. Lara (螺々) [ex-Cu[be]] / G. Mayu (繭) [ex-ArcGarden] / G. Ayato (絢都) / B. KAIRI (カイリ) [ex-Avidit.] / D. Azuki (梓姫) [A'LETZA]】
AVANCHICK has announced their two new releases!! First, their limited single, Eternal, will be sold at lives and through the AOOS web shop. Then, their secnd maxi-single, To Heart, will be sold in three types! Samples of both are available below:
REALies will hold their 7-day retrospective event series, at which they'll perform a different period of their history at each live (complete with costumes from that period). The band has also uploaded PV previews for their upcoming singles:
AVANCHICK (アヴァンチック) will release their second maxi-single, To Heart, although the date has not been announced. (By the way, their first single, Maria, was excellent!)
The second track on the new single is Tsumi to Batsu (罪と罰), and AVANCHICK will hold an unprecedented collaboration with Like an Edison, called Gridi×Shout:
Between 2014-08-10 and 2014-09-10, special kiosks will be set up in Like an Edison stores. Fans can go to those stores and record themselves shouting for 2~3 second on those kiosks, and the data will be uploaded to the band's LINE account. From there, the data may be used in the making of the song!
Those who participate in the shouting event will receive a special sticker. Furthermore, the band will hold special shouting seminars at various Like an Edison stores.
The lineup of AVANCHICK (アヴァンチック) was finally revealed yesterday! The band has also announced its first release and uploaded a clip of a PV for the song Maria.
AVANCHICK (アヴァンチック) are: (※ L→R in photo above)
G. Otake (おたけ) [ex-CindyKate] B. 篝-kagari- [ex-Veled ~ ArcDeaR]
V. NOAH [ex-A→Z.]
G. YOSHITO (ヨシト) [ex-SAINTIA (セインティア)]
D. Hyu-ga [ex-A→Z.]
AVANCHICK will release their first single, Maria, on 2014-06-25. For more information, please check the AVANCHICK discography page.
The band will hold their first live and sponsored event, Nuovo Strada Reale, on 2014-07-11 at SHIBUYA-REX. They will then embark on their first tour, Fukaki (孵化) from 2014-07-16 through 2014-10-11, with their tour final threeman, Fine Di Covare, on 2014-10-25 at SHIBUYA-REX.
On 2014-09-22, legendary visual kei hair & makeup house Tritt für Tritt will celebrate its 10th(!) anniversary with a huge modeling & live event in Ikebukuro (池袋). After teasing details for the past five months, Tritt für Tritt has finally announced the full lineup of participants in its event―and a plethora of ex-UNDER CODE PRODUCTION musicians will appear!
While Tritt für Tritt will handle all hair and makeup for the modeling portions, they will collaborate with the following fashion houses for clothes and accessories: SEX POT, Royal Princess Alice, Angelic Pretty, SUPER LOVERS, Rion, and mIRA..
ex-CindyKate (シンディケイト) guitarist Otake (おたけ) has announced his new band: AVANCHICK (アヴァンチック)!!
Besides Otake, the other members haven't been revealed yet. However, the band has announced that it will hold its first sponsored event on 2014-07-11, and that its full details will be announced on 2014-05-21. In the mean time: do you recognize the voice in the sample that they uploaded?