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Posts from 2015

LIN last live special goods
LIN last live special goods

LIN will sell several special items at their last live [before pausing activities] on 2015-11-22 at Shinjuku BLAZE―including some that are limited to 1 copy. Furthermore, customers who spend 4,000 yen will be allowed to take a photograph with the band (or favorite member). The band will also collaborate with visual shop Like an Edison for regular sales.

  • BOOTLEG LIVE DVD 2015.9.13 Takadanobaba AREA (4,000 yen / limited quantity)
  • KISAKI special lucky bag (10,000 yen / limited 1)
    ※ KISAKI's costume from 2015-11-17 live (see this post)
    ※ 10 videos (probably VHS) from KISAKI's personal collection―contains live footage of MIRAGE and Syndrome (originally produced for the bands' personal review)
    ※ CD-R containing rip of Levia's live-distributed demotape
    ※ more?
  • MIZALY special lucky bag (10,000 yen / limited 1)
    ※ contents undecided
  • new photoset (2,000 yen / set of 6 photos)

  • large artist photo
    (1,500 yen per photo / member comment & signature / A3-sized [29.7×42 cm / 11.69×16.54 in])

  • large group photo
    (2,000 yen / signed / A3-sized [29.7×42 cm / 11.69×16.54 in])

  • current cheki (1,000 yen per set of 2)
  • old cheki (1,000 yen per set of 2)
  • muffler towel (2,000 yen)
  • mirror w/ sticker (1,500 yen)
  • Chaotic Resistance double-sided poster (1,000 yen)
  • Memento-Mori ~Embrace of Utopia~ DVD (4,800 yen / only 10 copies available)

Visual shop Like an Edison will maintain a special booth before the live, at which old LIN releases can be purchased. Furthermore, customers who purchased either Dedicate to Graveyard or Sacred illusionism through the Tokyo branch of Like an Edison, and received a special coupon, can receive a signature on the booklet of that release, after the live.

Posts from 2014

LIN web shop temporary order privilege
LIN web shop temporary order privilege

LIN will award those who spend 5,000 yen at the official web shop, from 2014-11-10~30, a present photo of the band's maid outfits from their Halloween live.

In addition, the band has sold several 1-copy-limited cheki sets (10 cheki / 5,400 yen) of each member. (CERO and YUSHI have had fewer sets, as theirs don't sell out often, lol.) Of course they've also had several 1-copy-limited bootleg DVDs, which will be added to their discography.

Currently, you can still buy two MIRAGE limited revival bootleg DVDs.
MASKED RIDER SYSTEM lineup change and release details
MASKED RIDER SYSTEM has lost members Shio (ex-HISKAREA) and PEPA, but has gained bassist Mikoto (ex-Vallquar) and zodd (ex-ZODIA)! Details of their first single, Kairai (傀儡) have also been revealed.
ex-MIRAGE band MASKED RIDER SYSTEM have announced that they will release their first single, Kairai (傀儡), some time in November.
LIN official web shop, blog, and Twitter open
LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-) have opened their official blog, official Twitter (@LIN_V_OFFICIAL), and official web shop. In true KISAKI fashion, the web shop already has a number of exclusives, including a bunch of 1-limited releases we'll never see 8|

As I've mentioned previously, those who purchase both types of Chaotic Resistance via the official web shop will receive a re-recording of Metamorphose. Those who spend 5,000 yen (buying both singles isn't enough) will further receive a DVD with the PV for Sacred Xanadu. Those who spend 8,000 yen will receive free shipping.

The 1-limited items I mentioned are all bootleg DVDs, mostly around 3,500 yen each. There have been about 10 so far, and all are sold out already. MIRAGE lives, Syndrome lives, Matina sessions, 1st period LIN lives... ;_; In addition to that, the shop is selling limited goods such as photosets, Slander Crime, etc.
LIN live limited sales
KISAKI has announced that several limited goods will be sold at the KISAKI birthday event / the end of corruption world live on 2014-03-09:
  • LIN new single (1000 yen / limited 100)
  • SchwarzVrain 2013-12-25 bootleg live DVD (4000 yen / limited 50)
  • LIN 2010-05-23 (first live) bootleg live DVD (3000 yen / limited 5)
  • unspecified LIN & KISAKI previous band bootleg live DVDs (3000 yen each / limit undecided)
  • LIN cheki 2 set (old cheki + new cheki) (1000 yen / limited quantities)

So, um... DEFINITELY need that SchwarzVrain DVD. And LIN's first live wouldn't be too shabby either.

BTW, although he doesn't specify, I'm pretty sure that the “KISAKI past band bootlegs” will be Stella Maria, MIRAGE, and Syndrome ones mentioned here, here, and here.

Posts from 2013

AYAME memorial 90s visual event
AYAME memorial 90s visual event

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:

AYAME (MIRAGE) memorial eventRemembrance Day
2014-03-16 at Osaka (大阪) AM HALL
MIRAGE / THE DEAD P☆P STARS / vellaDonna / CROW-SIS / SUICIDE ALI / Lavender / SYO SESSION (SYOセッション) 【V. SYO (ex-WITH SEXY) / G. Nao (ex-TRESOR) / G. Izumi (泉) (ex-Madeth gray'll) / B. Shio (紫緒) (ex-Remage~HISKAREA) / D. Shion (紫音) (ex-Syndrome)】 / Haruhi (春陽) (ex-Ove)

2014-03-21 at Meguro Rockmaykan (目黒鹿鳴館)
MIRAGE / NéiL / DEJAV / ANGEL+DUST / Aliene Maφriage / DAS:VASSER / Cynthia

2014-03-22 at Meguro Rockmaykan (目黒鹿鳴館)
MIRAGE / RAPES / La'Mule / THE DEAD P☆P STARS / Vasalla (覇叉羅) / DEFLOWER / vellaDonna

※ all one-day revivals, except SUICIDE ALI and THE DEAD P☆P STARS
※ Matina/UNDER CODE PRODUCTION bands bolded


KISAKI posted this announcement yesterday as the leader of MIRAGE: MIRAGE drummer AYAME (Furukawa Hiroyuki (古川浩之)) passed away on March 16, 2013, at the age of 35. His funeral was private, as per his family's wishes.


Posts from 2012

KISAKI 90s session band

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!

【zɔ́ːdi̽æ̀k】 revival sponsored event Zodiac,Resurrection~THX'90
2012-12-06 at OSAKA MUSE
  • 【zɔ́ːdi̽æ̀k】 (zodiac)
  • KISAKIセッションバンド (KISAKI SESSION BAND) (special guest) [V. MASA (Dear Loving) / G. #4 (ex-Stella Maria) / G. 春阳 (Harui) (ex-DOREMIDAN) / B. KISAKI (ex-MIRAGE/Syndrome/Phantasmagoria, LIN) / D. 葵 (Aoi, ex-PLE,SURE)]
  • S-M-L [V. AKIRA (ex-MIRAGE, FOWR) / G. Shinobu (ex-Lavender, Zephyr) / G. 真巳 (Masami) (ex-Scar.) / B. Syuren (ex-Lavender, Zephyr) / D. 大亮 (Daisuke) (ex-Scar.)]
  • 覇叉罗-vasalla- (one day revival)

Pretty exciting stuff. Love these 90's visual revivals―only wish we could see them!
Last Rinne Tensei
On August 5th, 輪・廻・転・生 -Matina VS UNDER CODE PRODUCTION- (Rin・ne・ten・sei) was held at HOLIDAY OSAKA. I thought I'd post the setlists and a couple of photos from the event.

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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?


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.

KISAKI PRODUCE 90s visual kei revival event 轮・回・転・生 -Matina VS UNDER CODE PRODUCTION-
2012-08-05 at HOLIDAY OSAKA

MIRAGE (guest), NEGA, DAS:VASSER, Megaromania, Zephyr, Vior gloire, 地下线魔帝那松浦一家 (Chikasen Matina Matsuura Ikka) [V. 龙夜 (Tatsuya) (Syndrome); G. KANATA (LIN); G. MIZUKI (LIN); B. 紫绪 (Shio) (HISKAREA); D. 紫音 (Shion) (Syndrome)]

Posts from 2010

[Archived] AKIRA has a new band?!
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!

Posts from 2007

[Archived] †News†
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 -
  2007-05-30; 1,050 yen; UCPM-4
  01. Unpublished new song
  02. Unpublished new song

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)
  02. Mystery
  03. Cradle of Labyrinth
  04. NADIR・・・
  05. Sexy
  07. Ryuusei (流星)
  08. Wind Whisper
  09. Dress
  10. Silhouette
  12. CROSS
  13. Science
  14. Rain
BEST COLLECTION 1997~2000 -Disc.2 1998~2000-
  2007-07-04; 3,465 yen (both discs sold together); FWR-056/FWR-057
  01. ・・・Air
  02. Risk en Eve
  04. GRAVE ~Fue no Nemuri~ (GRAVE ~古エノ眠リ~)
  05. DRAIN
  06. DeathtopiA
  08. ESCAPE
  09. Feeling Mellody
  10. Remembrance

Syndrome -
BEST COLLECTION 2000~2002 -Disc.1 2000~2001-
  2007-07-04; 3,465 yen (both discs sold together); FWR-058/FWR-059
  01. do・mes・tic
  02. SEXUAL
  03. Usagi to Hitsuji (兎と羊)
  04. Namida no Kagen・・・ (涙ノ下弦・・・)
  06. Tensei (転生)
  07. Sosei Gengaku Shugisha no Jishou (蘇生衒学主義者の自称)
  08. Nostalgia
  09. Tou ~Last Child (蟷 ~Last Child)
  10. [slaever]
  11. Realize
  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.

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