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Posts from 2016

Minor news roundup 2/17
Here are some more minor news items:

  • ARLEQUIN × BugLug twoman, NONFICTION (ノンフィクション), will stream via NICONICO on 2016-02-20.
  • AVANCHICK guitarist REY (レイ) is on Instagram @avanchick_rey01.
  • 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:

LIN (minus KISAKI) to participate in live event, HAUNTED HOUSE Vol:4
LIN, with the exception of leader KISAKI, will make a guest appearance in the live event, HAUNTED HOUSE Vol:4, at Osaka LIVE HOUSE D'.

The event will take place on March 18. Until then, tickets will be available for sale at the band's official webshop, starting on January 17. Guitarist CERO will perform alongside Paranoid≠circuS, while the rest will perform in the session group, Chika-sen PARADOX (地下線パラドックス).

Chika-sen PARADOX (地下線パラドックス) lineup:
Gu.HIRO (ひろ。) (Gimmick.)
Ba.KATCHIN (カッチン) (THE FLYING PANTS) (⬅ yes, that's actually the band's name)

Other participating bands include FAZ, GLARD, JOKER, etc.

Posts from 2015

GLARD new visual, member, and single
GLARD new visual, member, and single

GLARD has recruited a new drummer, Sunny, and revealed their new look! It seems that they'll be going in a more visual direction🎶 The band, which will revive on 2015-07-13, has also announced their new single: [Invisible] will be released at their lives starting on the 16th. Check the preview below―what do you think of the new GLARD?

GLARD loses member and restarts
GLARD drummer Ryota seceded from the band on 2015-05-17. However, GLARD will restart on 2015-07-13 at the NOIZ sponsored event at ESAKA MUSE.

Posts from 2014

News roundup 7/27
The latest minor news, featuring: AiM MaiM, ARLEQUIN, DECIDE, GLARD, LIN, Paranoid≠circuS, and REALies.

  • AiM MaiM will make an announcement at 19:00 JST on 2014-09-28.
  • ARLEQUIN have collaborated with fashion brand WRouge to produce their own t-shirts, which feature a caricature of vocalist Aki (with his signature hairstyle). They could have been purchased here―but sold out immediately.
  • DECIDE, the band which ex-NEGA bassist Ray produced, has announced their disbandment.
  • GLARD have announced their first oneman and mini-album!! The mini-album, From The 3 Words, doesn't have a release date yet, but their first oneman live, Straight Ahead, will be held on 2014-12-13 at FANJ-twice.
  • GOEMON RECORDS has re-opened its OHP. It seems that the label will start something called “goemon club” soon―maybe a fan club or a live stamp card.
  • GOEMON RECORDS has announced its Christmas live, which will feature ARLEQUIN, REALies, and a mysterious opening act: which―let's be real―is probably Call Me in their “we're an official band now!” form. Right?

    GOEMON RECORDS Presents Merry ChREALies ☆ 2014 ~ARLEQUIN to SANTA no Oshigoto Hajimemashita~ (めりくりあらいず☆2014 ~アルルカンとサンタのお仕事始めました~)
    2014-12-24 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE
    ×XxXxx (opening act) / ARLEQUIN / REALies

    ※ attendees will receive “GOEMON RECORDS ALL MEMBERS” special Christmas card

  • LIN has another comment DVD.
  • Paranoid≠circuS will begin their second tour, SUICIDE PARADE ~Kyousei Renkou~ (SUICIDE PARADE ~強制連行~), on 2014-11-27. Their tour final oneman, NECROPHILIA, will be held somewhere in Osaka in January, 2015.
GLARD musical equipment stolen
GLARD has reported that someone broke into the band's van during their previous live and stole various musical equipment, including amps, equalizers, effectors, and more. The members have contacted the police, but have also posted two lists of missing items―they ask that anyone who sees these items contact the band.

Posts from 2013

GLARD photo and PV
GLARD photo and PV

GLARD (ex-VAGERKE new band) has revealed their new official photography, above. They've also released a live PV of their song Ray of hope as a Christmas present! What do you think?

Full details of KISAKI and Sui in Taipei
Full details of KISAKI and Sui in Taipei

As I revealed in October, KISAKI will be returning to Taipai with special guest Sui (ex-Megaromania) next year! Complete details (mostly) of the event have been released:

KISAKI will return to Taipei on 2014-01-11 for a special additional performance of his 20th anniversary celebration event series. C'est la vie ~REMAIN OF THE 20TH YEARS HISTORY~ Taiwanhen (台湾編) will be held at PIPE Live Music, and will feature KISAKI in a special band with ex-Megaromania vocalist Sui. (The full lineup of the special band is TBA, but my guess is that it's similar to SchwarzVrain!)

Several Taiwanese visual bands will appear at the event, as will ex-VAGERKE leader's new band GLARD. A special tour package for Japanese fans, which includes exclusive events and an exclusive novelty present, has been prepared. Furthermore, special presents will be distributed to attendees on the day of the event.

KISAKI Returns to Taipei Zenyasai Yamucha PARTY (前夜祭飲茶パーティー)
2014-01-10 at undisclosed location (details TBA via email)

※ signing, handshake, and tea/snack party
※ admission limited to participants of tour package


C'est la vie ~REMAIN OF THE 20TH YEARS HISTORY~ Taiwanhen (台湾編)
2014-01-11 at Taipei (台北) PIPE Live Music
KISAKI SPECIAL BAND 【V. Sui (ex-Megaromania) / B. KISAKI / (others TBA)】
GLARD (opening act) / Ultra-Violet (紫外線樂團) / Lycoris (蕊) / Spade 14

※ first 30 ticket purchasers will freely receive the 2nd press Phantasmagoria pamphlet and Phantasmagoria × SHOXX two-piece backstage photoset (originally the privilege for the 1st press of the pamphlet)
※ all ticket purchasers will further freely receive an additional photograph (quantities limited)


AFTERPARTY (アフターパーティー)
(participants and details TBA)

※ admission limited to participants of tour package

tour package information※ tour package for Japanese fans handled by TABX ※ cost is 68,000 yen for 3 days & 2 nights round trip
※ trip is entirely led by guides (ex. on sightseeing, to and from live house, etc.)
※ an unspecified novelty present will be distributed to participants
  • 【2014-01-10】 meeting ~ departure from Osaka or Narita ~ arrival ~ free time (Narita package only) ~ Eve party
  • 【2014-01-11】 hotel meeting ~ guided sightseeing ~ live ~ afterparty
  • 【2014-01-12】 departure ~ arrival in Japan ~ dispersal

Official event website
The organizers of this year's “KISAKI advent in Taipei” have announced that KISAKI will return! On 2014-01-11, he will appear at Taipei live house PIPE Live Music with the event C'est la vie ~REMAIN OF THE 20TH YEARS HISTORY~—this time featuring ex-Megaromania vocalist Sui and ex-VAGERKE band GLARD. Full details TBA on 2013-10-26!!

GLARD, TAKESHI new band, forms!

ex-VAGERKE (lead band of UNDER CODE heavy metal sublabel ROAD AWAKE) guitarist/vocalist TAKESHI has announced his new band! GLARD will formally begin activities on June 23rd!!

GLARD is comprised of V. Naoya, G. Takeshi (ex-VAGERKE), G. Hayato, B. Kyo, and D. Ryota. Their name is inspired by the English words “GRAND”, “GLARE”, and “GLAD”, leading to the band concept of “grandly shining joy”. The band will hold their first live and sponsored event, Straight Ahead, at FANJ-twice. For more information, and full samples of their first 3 songs, please see GLARD's official website:

GLARD official website
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