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.
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)]】
For reasons unclear to me, SHOXX is participating with various artists to release special lucky bags in celebration of the magazine's 25 year anniversary and New Year 2016.
Black Gene For the Next Scene, D, GOTCHAROCKA, GIGAMOUS, and LIN (along with several non-UCP-related bands) are participating. Each bag costs 4,200 yen, and contains items “worth 2~3 time the cost of the bag.” Orders are accepted from 2015-12-21 through 2016-01-20, via SHOXX Vol.276 or online order.
Black Gene for the Next Scene's time together may be ticking away, but that doesn't mean vocalist Ice plans to stop music soon. Rather, he's going solo.
Not long after it was suddenly announced that Ice joined the talent agency, UNION ENTERTAINMENT, he's also begun a new solo project(to no one's surprise). Not only is he doing that, he's also recruiting support members (guitar/bass/drums/keyboard), and is even set for a major debut. Along with his band, Ice will perform solo for the first time on the TOKYO MIX program, "Deep J Room".
No word on when exactly he will debut, but recruitment ends on January 31, 2016. For more information about Ice's project, go here.
Black Gene For the Next Scene has announced their best album and live DVD of their 2015-11-01 oneman at TSUTAYA O-EAST.
The DVD will be released on 2016-01-13, and the best album, CHAOS MONSTER, will be released in three types (BLACK, WHITE, and CLEAR) on 2016-02-03. Furthermore, the best albums have UPC through GLK-025, while the DVD is GLK-029, so it seems probable that the band will have 3 other releases in the new year (3-type last single, perhaps?).
BFN's winter oneman tour, Tokyo HARD MODE ~7days~ (東京 HARD MODE ~7days~), begins on 2015-12-05 and ends with Ice's birthday oneman on 2016-01-01. Their three-city last sponsored event tour, CHAOS FAMILY, will be held from 2016-01-29 through 2016-02-10. And, finally, their last oneman tour, Mikan no Kyoutai (未完の筐体), will occur from 2016-03-18 through 2016-04-04.
BFN's last live before pausing activities, Mikan no Kyoutai ~Bye For Now~ (未完の筐体 ~Bye For Now~), will be held on 2016-04-10 at Ebisu (恵比寿) LIQUIDROOM. Those who purchase a 9,500 yen premium ticket will receive a memorial ticket and exclusive tshirt.
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION session band Shingen Kichi SPECIAL ~PERMANENT BAND~ (神言基地SPECIAL ~パーマネントバンド~) successfully completed its live at Abeno ROCKTOWN. They played several staples of Kisaki & Kansai Kizoku setlists:
V. Rame [ex-VIDOLL] / B. KISAKI [LIN] / G. MIZALY [LIN] / G. SAN [ex-NEGA] / D. TERO [ex-VIDOLL]
Unfortunately, it seems that, after the live, Rame left in an ambulance D:! But he says it was only due to expending too much energy during the live―he's fine now.
On a related note, it seems that KISAKI, Jui [VIDOLL/GOTCHAROCKA], JUN [Phantasmagoria/GOTCHAROCKA], and Rame [VIDOLL/Black Gene For the Next Scene] did a photography/interview session with each other yesterday?! I guess it's for some upcoming magazine, probably... hopefully something really good!
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.
A special session band made of ex-UNDER CODE PRODUCTION members will perform on 2015-11-17!
Session band Shingen Kichi SPECIAL ~PERMANENT BAND GUEST~ (神言基地SPECIAL ~パーマネントバンドゲスト~) will appear at the CYBER CIRCUS TV featuring 【~Chikasen Shingen Kichi~ 2015】 (CYBER CIRCUS TV featuring 【~地下線神言基地~ 2015】) event at Abeno (あべの) ROCKTOWN.
Shingen Kichi SPECIAL ~PERMANENT BAND GUEST~ B. KISAKI [ex-Phantasmagoria ~ LIN] V. Rame [ex-VIDOLL ~ Black Gene For the Next Scene] G. MIZALY [ex-Megaromania ~ LIN] G. SAN [ex-NEGA ~ Black Gene For the Next Scene] D. TERO (テロ) [ex-VIDOLL ~ †яi￠к]
By the way, the “Chikasen Shingen Kichi” title is a reference to a 2006~2007 television program of the same name which KISAKI hosted in collaboration with HOLIDAY. It appears that the session will perform Kamiuta (神 歌), the representative song of Phantasmagoria which often ended UNDER CODE PRODUCTION events.
The full lineup of masked idol group Kamen Joshi (仮面女子) will appear as a second special guest. The bands XENON, Paranoid≠Circus, and Mischievous will also appear (adding to the UCP reunion!).
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.
The songs from LIN's Memento-Mori are available for karaoke through LIVE DAM. See KISAKI's post for more info.
Visual shop fiveStars is holding its three-day event, fiveStars no Natsumatsuri -2015- (ファイブスターの夏祭り-2015-), on 2015-08-21, 22, and 28. Attendees who purchase any CD from the shop's booth, which will be set up at each live, will receive a special signed fan featuring the participating artists. Those artists include Black Gene For the Next Scene and PENTAGON.
ARLEQUIN will participate in a twoman versus DIAURA, DARK AGES -The third Rebellion-, on 2015-11-29 at Yokohama (横浜) BAYSIS.
PENTAGON sold a few additional quantities of their original parkas, but they've since sold out again.
The latest magazine and television appearances from our lovely bands:
ARLEQUIN and PENTAGON are the cover and back cover artists of Vijuttoke vol.42. Black Gene For the Next Scene is also featured.
PENTAGON is in SHOXX vol.272.
KISAKI (LIN) is the back cover artist of Cure Vol.145. ARLEQUIN, Black Gene For the Next Scene, GIGAMOUS, GOTCHAROCKA, and PENTAGON are also featured.
GOTCHAROCKA and PENTAGON are featured in SHOXX POSTER MAGAZINE #6.
On 2015-08-18, LIN was the special featured artist on MUSIC ON! TV program BMXrobot Presents! 「V to I no Gakkou ~Amen: VISUAL no Kyoushitsu / Bmen: IDOL no Kyoushitsu~」 (BMXrobot Presents! 「VとIの学校 ~A面:ビジュアルの教室/B面:アイドルの教室~」). GIGAMOUS was also featured.
ARLEQUIN and PENTAGON will appear on talk program NICO Visu (ニコびじゅ) on 2015-08-25.
Live reports (with image galleries) of ARLEQUIN's 2015-08-09 oneman were featured on Pia (ぴあ) and OKMusic.
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.
I've been too busy updating layout stuff to bother posting news m(_ _)m. So here's the latest minor stuff:
ARLEQUIN will stream at NICONICO on 2015-08-05 from 21:00. They'll watch and talk about offshot footage from their tour for 1 hour.
ARLEQUIN and PENTAGON are featured in free paper VR Virtual Reality vol.037.
ARLEQUIN bassist Shohei (祥平) and PENTAGON guitarist Yutori (ゆとり) are in Cure Vol.144.
Session band G:K will perform on 2015-08-17 at Ikebukuro (池袋) RUIDO K3 with lineup 【V. toshia [ex-Philia~FAZ] / G. YOUDAI [ex-WHITEBLACK] / B. leaya [Vasalla] / D. Mikage [ex-chariots support ~ etc.]】.
FOODED SEAL vocalist Sami (雅美) will also have a session band at the event (as drummer). [And completely unrelatedly, ex-SULFURIC ACID vocalist MASAKI will be there. Cool~]
On 2015-08-07 at Osaka (大阪) MUSE, KISAKI (LIN), and SAN and Rame from Black Gene For the Next Scene, will appear in a session band together:
【V. KOU (コウ) [Shounenki (少年記)] / V. YOU (ヨウ) [BLaive] / V. SACCI [SOUIUMONO (サウイフモノ)] / G. SAN [Black Gene For the Next Scene] / G. SARSHI [HERO] / B. KISAKI [LIN] / D. Ichirou (一朗) [Lycaon] / MC. RAMEtan (ラメたん) [Black Gene For the Next Scene]】
LIN is the cover artist for free paper SEVEN Vol.025. They'll have a special interview about their activity pause.
Oneness, who recently disbanded, are liquidating their goods via the Double River Record web shop. Rare posters, towels, cheki sets, and other goods are available again, as are additional quantities of their memorial pamphlet.
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi will hold a sponsored event on 2015-06-19:
ARLEQUIN will appear in the July edition of Men's SPIDER, to be released on 2015-05-25.
ViSULOG has posted an article with loads of pictures from PENTAGON's 2015-04-25 Harajuku jack event: check it out!
Several artists will feature comments and photos in a pamphlet by TOWER RECORDS, VISUAL LIFE Vol.1: ARLEQUIN, GIGAMOUS, Tatoeba Konna Hanashi, Dead Children, Black Gene For the Next Scene, THE BLACK SWAN, PENTAGON, REALies, Lucifer's underground, and Oneness.
Shop fiveStars recently sponsored a tour called Realistic ideal 2015. Starting on 2015-05-12, the shop is running a campaign: those who spend 1,500 yen will receive a pamphlet containing comments and photos from the tour. Among others, PENTAGON and Oneness will be featured.
Oneness posted a privilege list for their upcoming final single, GO!!.
LIN, ARLEQUIN, and PENTAGON will appear in VR Virtual Reality vol.034.
REALies' 2015-06-20 and 2015-06-21 sponsored events are sold out!
REALies has new goods featuring the slogan “I DID IT MY WAY”. They were designed by Ritsu and look pretty cool!!
In TYPE:C of PENTAGON's new single, Shounen WALTZ (少年ワルツ), the bonus track ANEMONE (アネモネ) was misprinted as Suisai (水彩). GOEMON RECORDS apologizes for the mistake.
REALies vocalist Rayka has produced his own clothing brand, MY/WAY. The first item of the collection is a shirt called “-DROWN ME-”, which he designed. The size-free shirt will be sold at lives beginning on 2015-04-28 for 3,500 yen. Check it out here.
At their 2015-04-29 live, Tatoeba Konna Hanashi [performing under the name NOBEL LABEL (ノベルラベル)] will release a demo of “new song 5” (awarded to those who spend 5,000 yen on goods).
Recently-disbanded the:Ø has re-opened their web shop after their previous drama, and is selling limited quantities of their last mini-album, cold the:Øry. I bought a copy, so I'll share it here if it's not available any more...
Anime-theme-song cover band SPATS (スパッツ) has announced its second live. The “legendary” session band―comprised of V. Jin [HERO] / G. JUN [ex-Phantasmagoria~GOTCHAROCKA] / G. Toki [Black Gene For the Next Scene] / B. HIIRO [ex-NEU] / D. TERO [ex-VIDOLL]―will hold its first oneman on 2015-05-12 at Takadanobaba AREA; due to that oneman selling out in minutes, a second oneman has been announced for 2015-10-14 at TSUTAYA O-WEST. If the second oneman doesn't sell at least 550 tickets, the group will disband.
SPATS will release its first CD, Mori no Kumasan (Kari) (もりのくまさん(仮)), at the 2015-05-12 live. The CD will contain two songs for 1,500 yen. Here's their cover of the song Yuuki 100% (勇気100%):
Here's the news that I never got to. Featuring ARLEQUIN, Black Gene For the Next Scene, carat, GOTCHAROCKA, LIN, and the Samurai Crows:
ARLEQUIN will participate in Lycaon's last twoman, Masochist×Modernist, on 2015-09-20 at Shinjuku ReNY.
ARLEQUIN will participate in a twoman with DIAURA, Takadanobaba WO SenkyoSEYO。Date:20150531 (高田馬場ヲ占拠セヨ。Date:20150531), on 2015-05-31 at Takadanobaba AREA. Tickets are already sold out.
Rame (Black Gene For the Next Scene) will hold his birthday event, Sei☆maguso Gakuen Kessei LIVE (聖☆馬糞学園結成LIVE), on 2015-06-11 at Takadanobaba AREA. Alongside BFN, LIN will appear in a special Rame cosplay version. MEGMASSO (メガマソ), an unannounced session band, and an unannounced additional band will also appear.
carat members and THE RHEDORIC members will participate in a special event, RHEDORIC VS carat ~Yuushi/Yuuji。 Machi Shonichi~ (RHEDORIC VS カラット ~雄志/ゆーじ。待ち初日~), on 2015-04-27 at WILD SIDE TOKYO. Details TBA.
Here's a preview of Black Gene For the Next Scene's Uragaeri (裏返り) PV―the first footage of the band since the joining of ex-NEGA guitarist SAN. I'm somewhat surprised that the guitars aren't emphasized at all in this portion of the song, but at least there's a tantalizing taste of a guitar solo from SAN at the end. What do you think?
Black Gene For the Next Scene has announced that ex-NEGA (and ex-the:Ø) guitarist SAN has officially joined! The band's first release with this new lineup is a 3 type maxi-single on 2015-04-22, Uragaeri (裏返り). The first live featuring SAN will be on 2015-03-01, and the group's oneman tour will start on 2015-04-29, with a tour final on 2015-07-11, at which an important announcement will be made and a new song will be freely distributed. Good luck BFN!
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..