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.
RHEDORIC has announced some special privileges for those who purchase Jiggy 2nd Press through TOWER RECORDS:
Anyone who brings the title strip to a November concert will receive 1,000 yen off the ticket price.
Those who purchase from TOWER RECORDS will receive a bonus “cover single CD,” which contains 2 tracks (of 4 possible) of RHEDORIC covering a song from its members' previous bands. There's a TOTAL OBJECTION, Misery, Deshabillz, and carat track, although the band doesn't specify which songs were covered.
Also limited to TOWER RECORDS: each customer will receive 1 random (of 5 possible) “Jiggy another Jacket”. These are alternative jackets; one designed by each member, and a special secret fifth.
I'd really like to get the cover CDs, especially the Deshabillz one ;_; Unfortunately, these privileges are only available in store. For a list of participating stores, see this tweet.
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.
CARAT has postponed their last live, which was scheduled for 2015-04-03, due to vocalist Yuuji。 (ゆーじ。) being involved in an unspecified accident which has fractured his jaw. In such a condition, it's impossible for him to sing, so the live will be rescheduled to some time in the summer of this years. Details TBA once they're decided.
Each omnibus costs 3,000 yen, and they'll both be released on 2015-02-11. Between the two, almost all of carat's discography is collected, so it's a good chance for casual fans (like myself) to catch up!
CARAT has announced that they will be disbanding. Their last oneman tour, Fuugetsu Muhen (風月無辺), will start on 2015-03-08, and their oneman tour final/last live, Shuuen ~SAKURA ITSUKA~ (終宴~サクライツカ~), will be held on 2015-04-03.
No reason for the disbandment is given, aside from “repeated discussions with the label (Sound Addict Laboratory)”.
CARAT will hold a birthday event for Amamiya Ryuuto, Amamiya Fuyu Matsuri (雨宮冬祭り), on 2015-01-22, at which his session Neji (ねじ) will appear. The band's sponsored event tour, Kachoufuugetsu (花鳥風月), will begin on 2015-02-01, and its birthday threeman to celebrate the birthdays of Nozomi (希) and SHIRO (シロ) will be held on 2015-02-12.
Cure magazine, Tune in Tokyo, Nameless Group, and XENON shop have teamed up for an event called VK FEST in Los Angeles, California, in the USA. carat (カラット) vocalist Yuuji。 (ゆーじ。) and guitarist Nozomi (希) [ex-ClearVeil] will perform at the event, along with ANTI FEMINISM, vocalist Kon of CELL, and guitarist TOMO from THE RHEDORIC.
For those of you lucky enough to live nearby (and who are 21 years or older), here's the full info:
And here's the official press release (in English):
GOEMON RECORDS will sponsor its event Goemon NO Kado -Sono Ichi- (五右衛門ノ門-その壱-) on 2014-07-08 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA. ARLEQUIN will appear as guest.
ARLEQUIN guitarist Kuruto (來堵) has healed from his ligament injury and is planning to return at the band's 2014-05-05 live appearance.
Those who purchase tickets for Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし)'s 2014-05-02 sponsored event through the band will receive a 2-song live DVD or a CD(?) with drummer Kishihara Masami (岸原 雅巳)'s version of Binetsu Tairiku (微熱大陸).
Some self liner notes of upcoming omnibus Yougenkyou -WEST- THE CONQUEST OF NANIWA (妖幻鏡-WEST-) have been posted. About LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-)'s song, the band says:
Vocalist KAGUYA (ex-BERLIN~GRIEVER) has mentioned that he plans to start a new band soon.
Mizuki (美冬), former roadie for Vior gloire, has mentioned that former UNDER CODE PRODUCTION roadies are planning to reunite for a special session band! Details TBA.
There was a printing error in the booklet of carat (カラット)'s latest single. If you purchased it, please see the notice.
Lilith has served as the opening act for Kiryu (己龍)'s overseas live on 2014-04-20.
ex-Syndrome vocalist who now calls himself Pami。 (ぱみ。) has released the PV for his first solo song. Despite seeming like it's going to be unbearably embarrassing, it's not half bad in the end!
Here's the latest news featuring ARLEQUIN, carat, KISAKI, LIN, REALies, and Tatoeba Konna Hanashi:
ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) appears on VISUAL Keiji Z Vol.38 (ヴィジュアル刑事Z) which is broadcasting from April 16 until April 30.
carat (カラット) will hold their threeman tour with the Raid. and LUCHe. beginning in August, and will finish the tour with their 2 year anniversary oneman in September:
GOEMON RECORDS has announced two new sponsored events.
KISAKI will be featured [briefly] in the first issue of new visual kei magazine Stuppy (which features an awkard-looking RUKI on the cover). It will be released on 2014-04-24 for 980 yen.
The cover of upcoming omnibus featuring LIN, Yougenkyou -WEST- THE CONQUEST OF NANIWA, has been revealed. Check it here.
Goods sold at LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-) guitarist MIZALY's birthday event have been announced: cheki from LIN's photoshoot and PV shooting (set of 2 / 1,000 yen), MIZALY birthday session cheki (set of 2 / 1,000 yen), and SchwarzVrain's live DVD (3,500 yen).
REALies and ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) live photosets, from their respective 2014-03-19 and 2014-03-15 oneman lives, are being sold via 7-ELEVEN. They can also be purchased online (with shopping service) via AOO Store.
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) will release a “silent music video” for their song MONOLEON (モノレオン) on 2014-06-01. It's intended to be watched while listening to the Yougenkyou -WEST- omnibus which will feature that song.
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) will sell their limited-design t-shirts for 3,000 yen at their 2014-05-02 sponsored event.
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) continues a tradition started by LOTMAN (ロットマン) and will hold their game of onigokko with fans on 2014-04-26. Purchase of a 1,000 yen balloon is required to participate.
Prize for capturing Ren is a live DVD #1; prize for capturing Kousuke is 3,000 yen; prize for capturing Kento is live DVD #2. There are further prizes of a Tatoeba mask an unspecified good. Follow their onigokko Twitter account @1222_222 for more info.
carat, GIGAMOUS, Oneness, and Tatoeba Konna Hanashi have all announced new releases:
GIGAMOUS will hold a three-month consecutive-release campaign starting in June. Their two-type maxi-single, PLATONIC (プラトニック), will be released in June, and their two-type maxi, Tokyo (東京), will follow in July. August's release hasn't been announced yet.
⇒ GIGAMOUS discography
Oneness will release their first mini-album, Akumani Xchange, in two types this July. Type A includes a PV and type B includes a bonus track―and both will include a random trading card (of 5 possible).
⇒ Oneness discography
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) will award a DVD-R containing digest footage of their February~March lives to those who spend 5,000 yen on their goods at their 2014-04-12 live.
⇒ Tatoeba Konna Hanashi discography
carat (カラット) will release their new maxi-single, High Color, in two types later this month.
⇒ carat discography
Here's the latest slew of minor-ish updates featuring, in no particular order, FOODED SEAL, Paranoid≠circuS, Vior gloire, SUZAKU (朱), GIGAMOUS, CARAT (カラット), and ARLEQUIN (アルルカン):
FOODED SEAL will release a new live-limited single beginning with their appearance at SHIBUYA REX's 2014-03-26 sponsored event. The single includes 3 new songs for 500 yen (including one song which was previously released by Sami during his solo activity).
→ FOODED SEAL - Aitakute
FOODED SEAL will make an important announcement at their 2014-03-24 sponsored event.
Paranoid≠circuS (ex-roadie of SUZAKU band) will release their first single, BoXX-D- on 2014-04-23.
ISORA (ex-SUZAKU new band) will participate in PureSound Records' omnibus SOUND OF NOISE 2014 on 2014-05-14.
ex-Vior gloire vocalist shall (シャル) has announced his new “intermittent band” remembrance. (Although it's an official band, he expects that they won't be very active: so possibly no releases and lives only every few months.) They will debut at 2014-04-06 event INDEED... at BRAND NEW, with their next live to be on 2014-06-08.
→ remembrance lineup details
Some minor updates featuring GOTCHAROCKA, Syndrome, ARLEQUIN (アルルカン), CARAT (カラット), Oneness, and hurts:
GOTCHAROCKA bassist Shingo (真悟) had the flu and was absent at the band's lives and instores from 2014-02-01 through 2014-02-03.
ex-Syndrome ~ zechs vocalist Tsutaya changed his name to Pami。 (ぱみ。) and opened his new official Facebook
Tickets for ARLEQUIN's 2014-03-15 first oneman have sold out!
Oneness will hold a twoman with the Raid. on 2014-06-01 at HOLIDAY NAGOYA NEXT. Details TBA.
ex-hurts guitarist Mukku (むっく) will appear in session CUSUCO THE KAN CREW 【V. Mukku (ex-hurts) / G. Zin (迅) (ex-Schwein) / B. TAKA (AxiL) / D. Eve (ex-Lycaon)】 on 2014-02-28 at HOLIDAY NAGOYA NEXT.
GOEMON RECORDS will hold its sponsored event, Fuki no Tou (ふきのとう), on 2014-04-08 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA. ARLEQUIN and REALies appear as guests, along with Crazy★shampoo, VOW, Oneness, METEOROID, Airish, and Sick².
Jikkentai NEMESIS (実験体NEMESIS) performed the following setlist on 2014-02-06:
01. DELUGE (NEGA cover)
02. BREAK DOWN (girugamesh cover)
03. AGITATOR (Vior gloire cover)
04. MaGARU Suiren ` KaKERU (SUZAKU cover)
The memorial event for ex-HEISEI ISHIN (平成維新) vocalist Taku (拓), who passed away two years ago, was just held on December 10th. It seems that the event was memorable and went really well. I thought I'd share the setlists and a few pictures from the event, just as a little reminder of Taku (whose birthday will be tomorrow, December 13th!).
※ N@H is the “second stage” of HEISEI ISHIN, formed by members YUKKIE (ユッキー) and RAI (ライ). They're quite good, and enjoying success right now! 01. Prism. (HEISEI ISHIN cover)
※ Oneness is the new band of ex-Anjyu' (former band of HEISEI ISHIN bassist yoshi) vocalist JUKI (ジュキ). This was their first live! 01. IKASAMA Speakers (イカサマSpeakers)
02. LOST WORLD (HEISEI ISHIN cover)
03. Hankou Koemei (反抗声命)
※ CARAT is the new band of ex-ClearVeil (label-mate of HEISEI ISHIN) members. 01. SWIMMY (スイミー) (HEISEI ISHIN cover)
02. Renaiteki Sensou (恋愛的戦争)
03. Utageuta (宴歌)
04. Wasurenai (忘れない)
※ Arc (previous band of FUTURISM・BOYZ) was a label-mate of HEISEI ISHIN. 01. Ruru~Ruru~ (縷々~るる~) (HEISEI ISHIN cover)
※ NEGA was a label-mate of HEISEI ISHIN. 01. Kakera (破片) (HEISEI ISHIN cover)
Enya Tomoyuki (塩谷 朋之)
※ He's a member of 12012, which was a label-mate of HEISEI ISHIN. He performed as a solo project, but was backed on guitar and drums by members of JILLED RAY (the drummer of which was in Taku's first band). 01. Endless voyage (HEISEI ISHIN cover)
HEISEI ISHIN (平成維新)
※ The 4 members appeared in HEISEI ISHIN's last costumes (from the REVOLUTIONS era), along with a large picture of Taku as the backdrop. For most songs, they played with Taku's recording―but in the middle, Taku's brother Kinari (生成) provided vocals for a few songs!! According to the members, his vocals and physical movements were strikingly similar. 01. THE BUTTERFLY
02. LOST WORLD
05. good morning Human
06. Prism. (featuring Kinari)
07. 縷々~るる~ (Ruru~Ruru~) (featuring Kinari)
08. Endless voyage (featuring Kinari)
09. SWIMMY (スイミー)
10. Kanka (干戈) (encore)
As I previously mentioned, HEISEI ISHIN (平成维新) will revive for one day in memorial of vocalist Taku's death in 2010. Full details of the live have since been revealed:
The live is sponsored by HEISEI ISHIN (平成维新) with support by UNDER CODE PRODUCTION. In addition to HEISEI ISHIN and its continuation N@H, some old colleagues of Taku from UNDER CODE PRODUCTION will appear: FUTURISM・BOYZ, CARAT (カラット) (ex-ClearVeil), and Enya Tomoyuki (塩谷 朋之) (12012).
According to HEISEI ISHIN bassist yoshi, this will be the band's last revival.
ex-ClearVeil members Nozomi, Amamiya Ryuuto, and Naruka are back with a new band! The new band is called カラット (CARAT), and it will officially start activities with its first sponsored event live on August 17th. (By the way, La'Mule × NightingeiL new band CELL will also be at the event, under the name 血と包带 (Chi to Houtai).)
V. ゆーじ。 (Yuuji。)
G. 希 (Nozomi, ex-ClearVeil)
G. 雨宫 流斗 (Amamiya Ryuuto, ex-ClearVeil)
B. シロ (SHIRO)
D. 成华 (Naruka, ex-ClearVeil)
Unfortunately, CARAT is not signed to UNDER CODE PRODUCTION, but I'm sure we'll all be keeping an eye on them anyway. What do you think? Are you excited to see [most of] ClearVeil back?