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New band: TAKE NO BREAK

New band: TAKE NO BREAK

Bassist Tomo (朋) [12012, More] has announced that he'll participate in TAKE NO BREAK, the new solo project of NIGHTMARE vocalist YOMI.


TAKE NO BREAK


  • V. YOMI [NIGHTMARE, etc.]
  • G. U.K
  • B. Tomo (朋) [ex-Mist of Rouge, 12012, More, etc.]
  • D. DEATHO (デスヲ) [P.I.MONSTER, etc.]

The band will hold their first live, Demonstration~Rei~ (Demonstration~零~), on 2017-07-11 at Sendai (仙台) MACANA, and their second, Demonstration~Ichi~ (Demonstration~壱~), on 2017-07-14 at Shimokitazawa (下北沢) GARDEN.


They'll release a live-limited version of their first maxi-single (for which Tomo has participated in the composition of 2 songs) at the lives, with a mail-order-limited version released sometime later in the month.


TAKE NO BREAK seems to be signed to a new label called Forty-Three,inc. Their first look is a collaboration with ugly fashion brand BACKBONE.




By the way, Tomo wanted to make sure everyone knows: it's not “Tomo (ex-12012)”!


Paranoid≠circuS: new label, member, name, and release!

Paranoid≠circuS: new label, member, name, and release!

Paranoid≠circuS has joined a label, gained a new member, changed their name, and announced a new release!




On Christmas Day, Paranoid≠circuS officially joined ex-SUZAKU-lead label king zeebra.


Then, on the 23rd of this month, they held a sponsored event Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) paradigm, JakiRAI (蛇喰ライ), celebrating the birthday of guitarist Jaki (蛇鬼). After the event, support guitarist Nayuta (那由多) [ex-AiM MaiM~etc.], who had been with the band since July 2016, officially joined, and the band officially changed their name to PARANOID≠CIRCUS.


PARANOID≠CIRCUS will release their 4th single, ENIGMA, on 2017-03-15. Their release celebration special event, Re:BIRTHDAY, will be held on 2017-03-17 at HOLIDAY OSAKA. The event will be comprised of a 60 minute oneman (attendees of which will receive a privilege offshot DVD), followed by an after party.


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Two little notes: they've finally “admitted” the members' positions (eg. garu is now vocalist instead of “leopard”); and they've actually used the PARANOID≠CIRCUS notation intermittently for the past few months.


SUI solo project "David" joins Chateau Agency

SUI solo project "David" joins Chateau Agency

Church-kei is SAVED...


At the beginning of the new year, KAMIJO, producer of the record label, Chateau Agency, and the singer of some well-known band, announced that there would be a new artist signing into the label. There was speculation surrounding the possible identity of the artist, until they were later revealed on January 24, 2017.


And that artist turned out to be none other than SUI (ex-Megaromania ~ LIN), who has started his own solo project, David! He will hold his first live on April 8 in Tokyo!! His official page on the label's website also reveals that there are worldwide plans in the making. (!!!) His new song "GENESIS" can be heard below:







As you may remember, SUI retired from band activities after Lin's untimely disbandment, as he had announced before that that would be his last band. However, his social media accounts (Twitter & Instagram (well, almost)) were deleted very suddenly at the start of 2017. This last cryptic tweet from Sui's old account especially didn't help with cooling off the rumors:




Sui last tweet


Sui last tweet


This further fueled speculation that he was definitely up to something, and after all, the reveal date was on the 24th - which is his birthday.


I'm glad to see Sui back and I truly hope he has better luck with this project!! ✨✨




If you're wondering, "What is Sui doing with Kamijo?!", "Why does he look like Kamijo Jr.?", then here's some history for ya: back in the day, Sui was first managed by Kamijo back at his old label, Sherow Artist Society. At that time, Sui was in a little-known band called Metis Gretel. The popular kotekei band was in the label from around 2005/2006 up until their disbandment in 2008. Since then, Sui and Kamijo have had a close relationship, so it's not surprising that Sui has popped up in this label also.


Posts from 2016

Avanchick Has Departed From ROCKSTAR RECORDS
Avanchick Has Departed From ROCKSTAR RECORDS

AVANCHICK's vocalist NOAH announced on Twitter that the band has since left ROCKSTAR RECORDS as of December 7th.







"赤坂BLITZありがとうございました!


たくさんの盲目少女、関係者様に祝ってもらえて幸せ者です。
ありがとうございました!


3月に全国リベンジワンマンツアー決定しました。


そして本日付で事務所を離籍し自主活動となりました。
今後とも宜しくお願い致します。#アヴァンチック"




If you've been following the drama surrounding this label since the fall of 2016, you might also be under the impression that this was the very last straw for RR. Currently, there is only 1 artist remaining with the label and he seems to only act more as an MC for shows rather than actually producing music.


Here is the current state of all of the bands associated with the former Eternal head's new label:


Devil Kitty: Seceded in the fall. Currently independently produced


THE EGOIST: Seceded at the end of the summer and is also independently produced.


Dear: Disbanded at the end of August and immediately became a new band known as Irodori with a new bassist.


Meary: Disbanding at the end of December.


Betty: Also disbanding at the end of December. Former band of their vocalist, which was also signed to Eternal, Cherry, will hold a revival show.


Visual-kei Enka Kashu Takashi: Still signed to the label, but he doesn't really seem to be active.




Is this the end for ROCKSTAR RECORDS? What else is in store for Avanchick?


Ice (ex-BFN) solo live

Remember Ice's solo project?


Well now, details of his first live have been announced! The former singer for Black Gene For the Next Scene will hold his solo event, "Revenant", and perform at TSUTAYA O-WEST on January 4, 2017.


Support members:


  • Gu.刻 (Toki) (ex.Black Gene For the Next Scene)
  • Ba.Natsuki (ex.DuelJewel)
  • Dr.MAKOTO(陰陽座 (Onmyoza), BREAKERZ(support))

†яi¢к and Makoto Takahashi (高橋まこと) (ex.BOØWY、JET SET BOYS) will also make guest appearances at the live event. Tickets will go on sale on November 26.


ex-Clearveil new band "ORCALADE" has formed + 1st mini-album, "Espada"

A new band, ORCALADE has formed, and it involves some notable visual veterans!


Lineup:


  • Vo.HIRO (ex-EAT YOU ALIVE)
  • Gu.NOZOMI (希) (ex-ClearVeil, carat)
  • Gu.TAKAKI (貴樹) (ex-ASS'n'ARRow, DEATHGAZE, etc.)
  • Dr.YUIZE (ゆいぜ) (ex-ASS'n'ARRow, ClearVeil (support))
  • Support ba.HISAYOSHI (ex-ClearVeil)

They will hold their first live on January 15, 2017, and will release their first mini-album, "Espada" on February 22. The EP will also be sold in advance at their live on February 19.




KISAKI PROJECT feat.Hitomi will perform!

KISAKI PROJECT feat.Hitomi has just been revealed, and will be the special guest at Lack-co.'s 2016-12-16 sponsored event at Shinjuku (新宿) ReNY!


The project features ex-Fatima~Moran Hitomi on vocals―when did he and KISAKI get together??―along with three support members:


  • B. KISAKI [ex-KISAKI PROJECT feat. Jui, KISAKI PROJECT feat. SATSUKI, LIN, etc.]
  • V. Hitomi [ex-Fatima~Moran, etc.]
  • Support G. Toki (刻) [ex-Black Gene For the Next Scene, etc.]
  • Support G. Yuuya (祐弥) [ex-DuelJewel]
  • Support D. Mikage (美景) [chariots, etc.]






KISAKI hasn't said whether this will be a one-off performance or a more permanent project. But, the fact that Hitomi is listed as a “regular member,” while others are listed as support, makes me hopeful. I guess we'll have to wait until December 16th for more information.


In the mean time, I'm just glad that KISAKI is performing~




By the way, ex-NEGA SAN (who's now in LACK-CO.) and ex-VIDOLL RAME (who's producing the live) seem really happy to meet back up with their former president. It's heartwarming to see that [some] ex-UCP musicians have such relationships with him 💖


LACK-CO. lineup revealed

The homepage countdown has concluded, and more details on SAN's newest band Lack-co. has been revealed!


First up, the lineup:


  • Vo.てんてん (Tenten) (ex-My Bacterial Heat Island)
  • Gu.SAN (ex-Black Gene For the Next Scene, NEGA, etc.)
  • Gu.milk (ex-Doak, D.I.D. (as Satoshi))
  • Ba.Ivy (ex-Moran)
  • Dr.higiri (ex-Black Gene For the Next Scene (support))

They've also released a teaser for a new song, Iromegane shikisai kaimu (『色眼鏡 色彩皆無』), which you can check out below.






If their tweet reaches 1000 retweets, then the band will release the full version. As of this posting, it looks like they're almost there~


Speaking of which, the song will be included in their first mini-album, Ayashi Megane-yasan (『怪しい眼鏡屋さん』)! The EP will come in three editions: limited edition will include the full PV and offshot, and will be released on October 1, and types A & B (regular editions) will each include a unique bonus track, and will be released later on November 9.


Lack-co. will hold their first 150-attendant limited demo live at Live House Sugamo Shishiou on November 3, followed by a sponsored-event tour at Osaka RUIDO on November 25, and the start of their first oneman tour on November 26.








PENTAGON and GIGAMOUS members in FREAKMAN.

Today it was announced that PENTAGON bassist Minpha (眠花) and GIGAMOUS drummer RAI (ライ) will participate in musical unit FREAKMAN..


FREAKMAN. is the time-limited “side project” of DaizyStripper guitarist Nao (なお) and Neverland vocalist Ryota (涼太). (It was formed by Nao as part of his band's 10th anniversary project, decade, which has seen each member embark on solo activities.) Aside from the two permanent members, FREAKMAN. will also feature “Special Support Memembers,” which include Minpha (眠花) and RAI (ライ).




As a time-limited project, FREAKMAN. has already announced its full live schedule, including its activity pause live:


  • 2016-10-20 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE: first live and oneman, A NEW HOPE
  • 2016-11-17 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE: sponsored event, Force Wars vol.1
  • 2016-12-06 at Shibuya (渋谷) REX: sponsored event, Force Wars vol.2
  • 2017-01-16 at Shibuya (渋谷) TSUTAYA O-WEST: activity pause oneman, Tanso Reitou (炭素冷凍)

V. Ryota and G. Nao will participate in each live, as will Sp G. LiN [UNiTE.] and Sp B. Minpha (眠花) [PENTAGON]. Sp D. RAI (ライ) [GIGAMOUS] will appear at the first two lives, but KAZI [FEST VAINQUEUR] will take his place at the last two.


The band will also release a CD in October (with no title or tracklist yet―I've always found that tacky 😒), but participating support members haven't been announced.




Notice all the STAR WARS references in their live titles? Kinda cute!


New band: Lack-co.

ex-NEGA ~ Black Gene For the Next Scene guitarist SAN has announced his next band: Lack-co. (ラッコ)!


The is signed to GLK MUSIC, the record label of ex-VIDOLL ~ Black Gene For the Next Scene bassist RAME (ラメ). According to him, although the band's name gives a cute image (ラッコ means “sea otter”), they are quite opposite to that name. Hopefully that means we can expect something dark and NEGA-ish 🤘


Unfortunately, no other information about the band is available... But their OHP is counting down to midnight on September 15th, at which point more will be announced. You can also follow their Twitter account or blog in the mean time.




By the way, BLaive is also signed to GLK MUSIC. It's great to know that RAME is still producing other bands.


Affective Synergy new members and single

Affective Synergy (the solo project of ex-brodiaea and Lilith guitarist 凛-Lin-) has unveiled their new activity!


The project will officially restart activities with mysterious new vocalist 蒼-Ao-, ex-brodiaea bassist 真央-Mahiro-, and a unspecified fourth member.


The fourth member (Mr. Cloak) seems to be ex-FANG drummer Takumi (たくみ), who is currently in Visual Lab (ヴィジラボ), but I suppose he'll stay as an unnamed support member.


I'm not sure who vocalist Ao is tho... Actually, he looks like Yuu+ (悠+) (ex-ZODIA ~ Ultimate Sonic), who has been acting as support vocalist lately. Officially, he'll step down as support vocalist on 2016-09-16, but maybe that's just a cover? Please check out the photo of him (third from left) and give your opinion!




Affective Synergy will release their new single DAZE in October, and will hold two sponsored lives to celebrate.




Judith's image revealed

Judith's, the new band of bassist Yuuki (有希) (ex-SUGAR FORKFUL), has finally―they formed in March 2015―revealed their lineup and artist photos!


The lineup is pretty simple: V. Mioto (渼凰) / B. Yuuki (有希). They don't have any lives or releases announced, but, if they get that far, I assume they'll use support members.




By the way, anyone know how to romanise 渼凰? Gengon is their Twitter handle, but I can't find anything to back up that reading. If it's Chinese, it might be Meihuang or something? Thanks Seraphim~




Edit: vocalist's name is romanised as Mioto, and he is also the vocalist of Villers la ville (under the name Mio). They previously played with SHERELLA, so I guess that's how Yuuki knew him.☆ミ


New Band - アシュリー (Ashley)

More ex-UCP bandmen are forming new bands, which is always a cool thing! Today, it was unveiled that Lara ( Cu[be] 's vocalist) is in a new band named Ashley . In this band, he goes by a new name: "霧崎ネク (Kirisaki NEKU)." 3 members are also ex-ARREST, which was a short-lived band that has the worst luck (a bassist that stole their costume money and ran, car accidents, a CD that just never got released, etc). Hopefully this band plays out more positively...


Ashley will hold their first presents live, "ラディカル舞踏会(radical butoukai)," on September 28th at NAGOYA HOLIDAY NEXT. Thus far, they have not announced any CD releases, but they have created Twitter accounts!


Official Band Twitter: @ashley_offi39


Vo.霧崎ネク(kirisaki neku) (ex-ジャガー(jaguar)→ブレア(burea)→ Cu[be] (螺々/lara)) @neku_kirisaki


Gt.可憐(karen) (ex-ARREST) @ashley_KRN


Gt.六華(rikka) (ex-Alioth-アリオト-(七緒/nao)→ARREST(結愛/yua)) @ashley_rikka


Ba.怜央(reo) (ex-Domain→ブレア(burea)→Avidit.(カイリ/kairi)) @ashley_reo


Dr.兎亜(toa) (ex-ARREST(悠/yuu)) @ashley_toa


New band: ZERO MIND INFINITY
ex-12012 guitarist Sakai Hiroaki (酒井 洋明) has started a new band with ex-DELUHI members: ZERO MIND INFINITY!

The same members originally formed as a session band, YORU CRIME (ヨルクライム), in November of 2015, and performed on January 24th and March 20th of this year. YORU CRIME was also scheduled to appear at a 2016-06-15 “fourman” with KUROYURI TO KAGE (黒百合と影), ZIN (ジン), and SCAPEGOAT, but it appears that ZERO MIND INFINITY will appear instead.

The new band will hold their sponsored event and special formation celebration live, ONE MIND, on 2016-07-16 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA.

I assume they'll sound like DELUHI, so I'm sure that's good news for some!
SAIKA (ex-the:Ø vo.) joins BLOOD STAIN CHILD
After short-lived band the:Ø had suddenly dissolved back in January 2015, it seemed unlikely that vocalist Saica (槐) would resume band activities. However, the latest band he's joined is quite a surprise.

Now going under the alternate spelling, SAIKA, the indie vocalist will join the popular rock band, BLOOD STAIN CHILD, on May 15, after their previous vocalists had already departed. They've already recorded a new single, which you can check out below:



The single, called NEXUS, is expected to be released this summer.

♦Because neither this band or SAIKA are UCP-related, further activity/news will not be covered here.
Lilith guitarist's company: Lin Ming Production
On April 11th, Lilith guitarist Lin officially announced his company Lin Ming Production (麟鸣创音文化传播有限公司).

It seems that the company was actually founded in July 2015, as a parent to his record label Grows Independent Music―but Lin hadn't mentioned it until now.

Grows Independent Music will continue to manage its artists―Affective Synergy, Lilith, and Addiction―while Lin Ming Production will focus on exposing other acts to China. Up first: they're behind the first NOCTURNAL BLOODLUST live in China on 2016-05-01!

It's so great to see Lin become successful. I've followed him since brodiaea, and have always admired his spirit♪

➡ Lin Ming Production OHP

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Meanwhile, Lilith has announced the second part of their collaboration with DEAL DESIGN. Please check here for images, and here for images from the first collaboration.
MARCO 3-month consecutive concept singles + quick introduction
Rutta (ex-CindyKate) new band Marco has been quite busy since their formation in 2014.

Lately, they've kicked off the year by releasing their third single, Torikago Lovers, on January 6. Marco would then later announce a string of three singles throughout three months, all focused on the concept of rain. The first one would be their first ballad, Amesansan, released only at their live with Otomekokka (乙女国家) on March 19. You can check out the preview here (a pity that we may never be able to hear the whole thing...;w;):


The band also announced that the second single, Sono yami ni ame ari, will be released later at their twoman live with fellow label band, Shinotsuku Ame (篠突く雨).

In the meantime, the last addition to the rain trilogy, Amaji, will be available nationwide on May 11. The single will come in two types, in which type A will include the full PV. Speaking of that, the PV spot is below:


In addition to that, the latest distributed single announced is Makka na Kuchibiru no Neko, which will be released at their oneman live on May 20.




Besides guitarist Rutta, Marco also features vocalist Rei (ex-Jisedai Excite, JIVE, etc.), guitarist Akira (ex-SectMa, etc.), bassist Shunsuke (ex-the Mouse, Utsusemi), and drummer Kyouhei (ex-the Mouse, Utsusemi). Although forming as an official band in 2014, Marco first started off as vocalist Rei's session solo project in 2012 under the name, Geese Purple. Rutta and Akira were involved in that project also; Shunsuke and Kyouhei joined the band later on after the previous two members had left the project earlier. To check out their earlier releases, go here.


New project: Aidoll
Aidoll has formed! It's a side project of Paranoid≠circuS vocalist 我儿-garu- and ex-SUZAKU~AiM MaiM drummer Karen (火憐).

Their first live will be held on 2016-04-02 at Shinsaibashi (心斎橋), at which their first CD, Namagomi ××ko no Isshou。 (生ゴミ××子の一生。), will be distributed. Attendees who spend 2,000 yen on the band's goods will further receive the CD SWEET PEA (スイートピー). Previews of both songs are up now:


我儿-garu- will perform under his pseudonym Yuuki Ai (優月 愛)―I didn't realize it before, but apparently some Paranoid≠circuS songs were written under this pseudonym!―but will appear as his normal self at the goods booth.

Aidoll will play the following songs:
Namagomi ××ko no Isshou。
SWEET PEA
Dokusenyoku (毒染欲) (Paranoid≠circuS cover)
CANARIA (リナリア) (AiM MaiM cover)
Minor news roundup 3/1
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:
    http://weloveucp.com/lives/221/
  • 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:
    http://weloveucp.com/lives/220/
  • 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
UPDATE: PISARRO prototype band, "INSHOUHA CAMILLE"
Yesterday, we introduced you to new band, PISARRO. Since then, it's been revealed that the band has more plans up their sleeve before their official debut in May.

Before then, PISARRO will perform under the name, "INSHOUHA CAMILLE" (印象派カミーユ), as a prototype band. They will first perform at their demo live at Ikebukuro EDGE on February 29, and then have their final demo performance at the same venue on April 7, where they will also release their three one-coin singles.
ex-SIVA/gaNesha & ex-VARYL members form new band PISARRO
Certain members of gaNesha, SIVA, and VARYL are back, and they've formed a new band together!

The band, named PISARRO (ピサロ), will feature the following lineup:
Vo. KOE (虎歪) (ex-SIVA, gaNesha (as Kairi), etc.)
Gu. KAEDE (楓) (ex-ZERθGATE, EXEQUTE (as Sou))
Gu. YAKO (弥妓) (ex-gaNesha (as Keisuke), etc.)
Ba. Vian (ex-VARYL (as Yume))
Dr. WATARU (渉) (ex-Lucaria, the Dice (as Miya), etc.)



Also making a guest appearance at their live will be chariots. Tickets are available on March 26.
Sherella members form new project, "Victorian Steam Caravan Arte Macchina"
If you thought this was the end of Sherella, then you're wrong.

Just last week, Sherella seemed to have went kaput after the sudden departure of their only guitarist, Nayu. However, even though their website had been taken down, remaining members Amu and Shio have returned with a new group, "Victorian Stream Caravan Arte Macchina", still keeping their "steampunk-kei" concept.

Here's the revamped lineup:
Vo. JIM (Sherella (as Amu (亜夢)))
Gu. HIDAKA
Ba. SHIO (Sherella (as Shio (紫緒)))
Dr. PEPA (ex-SLAVE TO THE MIND, FOWR (support), MASKED RIDER SYSTEM (support)

It seems that this project has been around for a good bit, since they've already prepared their well-designed website, and their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. They have also set up a goods workshop on their website, and staying faithful to the original band, gave it the name, Sherella.
THE BLACK SWAN label change and album
THE BLACK SWAN finished their oneman, Judge the Value, today. They made three important announcements:

First, they're joining the label Terakoya (寺子屋), which is currently home to Minus Jin-Say Orchestra, ENSOKU (えんそく), and OTOME-KOKKA (乙女国家).

Second, their full album will be re-released in stores on 2016-04-27 as OUSIA. Details are TBA. (Not sure if there will be changes to the tracklist.)

Finally, their 2nd anniversary oneman, OUSIA, will be held on 2016-06-03 at TSUTAYA O-WEST.
Sherella gt. Nayu joins FerrisWheeL
For newbie band FerrisWheeL, made up of ex-Crishuna and ex-Crucifixion members, yet another ex-Crucifixion member is added to the mix - guitarist Nayu (なゆ), who is currently in the band, Sherella.

Although his name is still the same, Nayu will join the band under the spelling ナユ. He replaced guitarist Ori, who has since switched to bass after support bassist Rou (also an ex-Crucifixion member) departed. (It should also be noted that Nayu had performed in a session with vocalist Seira and guitarist Kuja back in August.) The band itself will start as a new lineup, as support member Yusura (then known as Rajas in Crishuna) has officially joined the band. The lineup is as follows:

Vo: Seira (ex-Crishuna, Lily project, etc.)
Gu: Kuja (ex-Crucifixion, MISSA, etc.)
Gu: Nayu (Sherella, ex-Crucifixion, etc.)
Ba: Ori (カストリ(kastori), romelya)
Dr: Yusura (ex-Crishuna, etc.)

The new lineup will debut on February 28, 2016, at their presents live, "ガラス遊園地" (garasu yuuenchi), and are also due to release their second demo single, 廻想ルナシエル (kaisou luna ciel), and a live-distributed single in the future. So far, since forming in 2015, they've released only two singles and a handful of live-limited demo singles.

...because of this, I wonder if Nayu will continue on with Sherella, due to their limited activity. We'll wait and see, since FerrisWheeL is fairly still a new band and has yet to grow.

Posts from 2015

ex-DAS:VASSER and ex-Aliene Maφriage new band 「Insanity Injection」
ex-DAS:VASSER and ex-Aliene Maφriage new band 「Insanity Injection」

ex-Aliene Maφriage vocalist Kyouka (狂華) has finally revealed details of his new band, Insanity Injection.

The band features several of his long-time collaborators: CHAOS (ケイオス) [glamscure, etc.] as second vocalist, guitarist Makoto (魔琴) [ex-MISSA, etc.], and bassist Hideaki (秀暁) [ex-DAS:VASSER, etc.], along with new(?) guy Gaga (蛾々) as guitarist.

The band will hold their formation celebration three-city sponsored event, SLAUGHTER BANQUET, on 2016-02-22, 24, and 25 at Shinsaibashi BIG CAT, Nagoya HOLIDAY NEXT, and Takadanobaba AREA, respectively.

Their three-song single, ADVENT OF SLAUGHTER, will be released in two types on 2016-02-17: GORE Edition, which includes a PV; and CARNAGE Edition, which includes two bonus tracks (Aliene Maφriage and DAS:VASSER covers).

A preview of the B.R.N preview is up:

Black Gene's Ice starts solo project + major debut?!
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.
Introduction: upcoming new king zeebra band, Riddle=Dect
Unknown band Riddle=Dect will join the ranks of king zeebra in September.

To get more familiar with the band, let's introduce the members:

Vo. fumi
Gt. メロ (mero)
Gt. Rem
support Ba. 黒疾 (kuroto) (ex-SrivastA)

Former members:
Ba. Sou (left on August 18)
Dr.nao

So far, they've released a live-limited single, Keep one's word, which you can check out here:


They will also participate at Mischievous's oneman live, 『Gloomy Puppet Show✦✦✦』, at Osaka (大阪) LIVE HOUSE D’ on October 9.
New (???) Band - Devil Kitty
Related to the previous post, signed to Rockstar is a """new""" band Devil Kitty, fronted by the very sarcastic, and somewhat eccentric, Yuuga. As some of you may remember, back in the early 2000's (prior to the closing of Eternal) there was another band named DEViL KiTTY that Yuuga was in. While this band shares the same name, they are supposed to be considered two separate entities. Yuuga's also nabbed Majyu as the drummer for this band, so I'm interested to see how active Shape Shifter is with a part-time drummer.

The band started out as a session known as 悪魔鬼茶(akuma kicha), which only makes this situation more confusing as that was one of DEViL KiTTY's (the old one!) first releases.

Devil Kitty are:
V. Yuuga (優雅) [Chateau La Tour, Kar'MariA, DEViL KiTTY, GOKIBURI, etc]
G. kazuto (一斗) [Xaltea, GOKIBURI]
B. ruchi [xTripx, DOLLARS]
D. Majyu [Ex-Babylon, SIVA (Support), E'm~Grief~, Jikuu Kaizoku SEVEN SEAS (時空海賊SEVEN SEAS), Shape Shifter etc]

You can find their ohp here: http://rockstar-records.jp/devilkitty/
AVANCHICK joins new label 「ROCK★STAR RECORDS」
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!

ROCK★STAR RECORDS

THE BLACK SWAN new single―and more
THE BLACK SWAN finished their oneman, and have made several announcements. First: their new-maxi single, Kagune (赫音), will be released in August. Lovely boys that they are, they've already uploaded a PV preview (it looks great as usual ❤):




  • THE BLACK SWAN has announced special oneman live to be held in 2016... There's no set ticket price―fans can pay whatever they want, after the show, based on what they think the band's performance was worth. Pretty brave, and cool!

    http://weloveucp.com/lives/99/
  • The band has also announced another threeman live:
    http://weloveucp.com/lives/98/
  • At the aforementioned threeman lives, a free present will be distributed to attendees. I'm still not sure what the present is... However, attendees who bring their ticket stubs from the band's 2015-05-22 threeman, to the 2015-08-24 threeman, will receive a random type (TYPE-N, TYPE-A, or TYPE-K) of Nazo no Enban (謎の円盤). If I remember correctly, the previous Nazo no Enban turned out to be a comment video, so I assume that's what this is.
  • It seems that THE BLACK SWAN has formed their alter-ego band, “THE WHITE SWAN” (seen in the photo above). It seems that THE WHITE SWAN will “hijack” certain upcoming THE BLACK SWAN lives.
  • At their oneman today, the band held a special raffle (one turn cost 3,000 yen, or was free with purchase of the band's previous maxi-single). Available presents were satsueikai with the band, unspecified goods, purikura, or copies of previously live-distributed items. THE BLACK SWAN also sold a special 6-piece trading card photoset for 1,500 yen.
  • I'm not sure if I ever mentioned it, but THE BLACK SWAN was recently added to the VISUAL CRUSADE digital trading card game.
New Band - SHAPE SHIFTER
Vocalist Z (of Moi Dix Mois and Art Cube) has announced that he is making a new band featuring some former UCP musicians! Their name is SHAPE SHIFTER and they are signed to DUALCORE SOUND ENTERPRISE, like Art Cube was.

SHAPE SHIFTER are:
V. Z [Ex-After Image, Hizaki (Support), Brain Hacker, Art Cube, Moi Dix Mois, etc]
G. Igarashi Tomoka (五十嵐 友華)
G. Igarashi Takuya (五十嵐 拓也) (Tomoka's younger brother)
B. Houjou Jin (北條 迅) [Ex-Feather's Blue, Chariots (Support), UnsraW, etc]
D. Aki Majuri (安岐 真珠理) [Ex-Babylon, SIVA (Support), E'm~Grief~, Jikuu Kaizoku SEVEN SEAS (時空海賊SEVEN SEAS), etc]

They've both opened an official home page and a Twitter account.

Here's to hoping they're more active than Art Cube were. I, for one, am happy to see Maiju back!


New RIKU band: 「C」 SESSION
Vocalist RIKU (ex-Phantasmagoria~etc.) has announced his new session band, 「C」 SESSION, comprised completely of ex-chariots support members. 「C」 SESSION will hold its first live on 2015-08-25.

「C」 SESSION are:
V. RIKU (戮) [ex-Phantasmagoria, chariots, LIN, etc.]
G. KAZ [ex-chariots support, etc.]
B. Jin (迅) [ex-chariots support, etc.]
D. MIKAGE (美景) [ex-chariots support, etc.]

http://weloveucp.com/lives/79/

「C」 SESSION has opened its official website.
New band: More
More is the new project of ex-Sugar vocalist Loki, and features bassist Enya from 12012 (along with ex-kiss my way guitarist JUDYjun, ex-König drummer Yune, and support pianist Yamamitsu). The band will officially start on 2015-06-25, with their first DVD single, hypno, released the day before. Check their OHP for more info, and catch a preview of their first release below:


REALies best albums + tour announced
REALies has announced their best album, REALies 2011-2015, which will be released in two types on June 10th. TYPE A features single tracks and a PV collection, while TYPE B features B-sides―neither version features any new material. Furthermore, the band has announced their short Tokyo-Osaka-Nagoya sponsored event tour, EVERLASTING, and their “2man+1” to celebrate Ritsu's birthday, Chel's Birthday 2015.

This is all sounding very “disbandy” in my opinion, so enjoy REALies while you can!

http://weloveucp.com/lives/49/
http://weloveucp.com/lives/50/
http://weloveucp.com/lives/51/
http://weloveucp.com/lives/52/
New band: Dead Children officially revealed!
Ray's new band, Dead Children, has been officially revealed! Their first single, CLOSET, will be released at lives only on 2015-03-27 through Ray's label, Licht Entertainment. The band has also announced its 4-month consecutive sponsored events, DEAD CHILDREN PARTY. Details of that are below, but in the mean time, check out this awesome PV and song preview!

Dead Children are:
V. MINAMI (ミナミ) [ex-ROGUE] @dchildrenminami Ameblo
G. Cain @dchildren_cain Ameblo
G. MAST [ex-Aliene Maφriage, VABeL, etc.] @dchildren_mast Ameblo
B. Ray [ex-Aliene Maφriage, NEGA, etc.] @dchildren_ray Ameblo



Dead Children has also mentioned that their first tour will commence on 2015-03-31, with a tour final on 2015-05-03 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE. More details on that to come...

http://weloveucp.com/lives/38/
http://weloveucp.com/lives/39/
http://weloveucp.com/lives/40/
http://weloveucp.com/lives/41/

artist page
Dead Children official website official Facebook
Ray (ex-NEGA) new band 「Dead Children」 lineup and first photo revealed
I've confirmed the lineup of ex-NEGA bassist Ray's new band, Dead Children! I'm also sharing their first official photo―they look great! Full details will be revealed in about a day, on 2015-02-01.

Dead Children
V. MINAMI (ミナミ) [ex- VAMPIRE (ヴァンパイア) → ROGUE]
G. MAST [ex- au†ism → Aliene Maφriage → Noir fleurir → MIL → VABEL]
G. Cain
B. Ray [ex- au†ism → Aliene Maφriage → Vinett → MIL → NEGA]


It appears that they will use support drummers for now.
ex-NEGA Ray new band
ex-NEGA bassist and Licht Entertainment president Ray has mentioned that his new band will be announced in February. According to Trombe, the name of this band is Dead Children and the lineup is the same as Ray's session Kuromikado. (However, I can't find confirmation of either.)

While we wait for more information, Licht Entertainment has opened its official Twitter: @dchildren02.
New label: umbrella records
Lucifer's underground (and ex-Cu[be]) bassist Yuuri (憂里) has opened his record label, umbrella records. The label is Nagoya-based, and Lucifer's underground is the first artist. umbrella records will be releasing that band's mini-album on 2015-03-04.

Posts from 2014

Lucifer's underground first official photography
Lucifer's underground first official photography

Lucifer's underground—ex-hurts vocalist HINA's latest ongoing session project which features ex-Cu[be] members—has taken their first official photography. Check it out above.

king zeebra celebrates anniversary
king zeebra, the label founded by ex-SUZAKU vocalist Itsuki, will celebrate its 1 year anniversary!

king zeebra presents 1 year anniversary event Kaimamieru Zekkei vol.2 (垣間見える絶景 vol.2)
2014-10-29 at OSAKA MUSE
AiM MaiM / Tatoeba Konna Hanashi / XENON / CARDIA (カルディア) / REVINE / The Verse / countdown

GOEMON RECORDS new band: Call Me
GOEMON RECORDS has announced its new, limited-time, medical-themed band, Call Me!

Call Me
V. 千吊-chizuru-
B. 眠花-minpha-
Support G. 拓-taku-
Support D. 篤輝-murasaki- [ex-VARED (support)]
Mascot. PENTAGON (ペンタゴン)

Call Me will hold its formation live on 2014-09-15 at TSUTAYA O-WEST. The bassist's birthday live will be held on 2014-11-24, and, after that, Call Me will hold their disbandment(?) oneman on 2014-12-13.

In the mean time, Call Me will begin free distribution of their first (only?) single, OMUKAE (オムカエ). It will be limited to 10,000 copies and available exclusively in Like an Edison stores. You can already hear the title track, in full, below:



GOEMON RECORDS Presents Call Me formation live OMUKAE (オムカエ)
2014-09-15 at TSUTAYA O-WEST
Call Me / REALies / ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) (guest) / heidi. / DEZERT / Black Gene For the Next Scene / (TBA)


眠花-minpha- BIRTHDAY 3 MAN Min≠zai (眠≠罪)
2014-11-24 at Ikebukuro (池袋) BlackHole
Call Me / ARLEQUIN / REALies


GOEMON RECORDS presents Call Me disbandment oneman Botsu (没)
2014-12-13 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE
Call Me


OHP
BERLIN~GRIEVER and Synside new band, ALVION
Today, the new band of vocalist SIN (ex-BERLIN ~ etc.) and guitarist KKY (ex-Synside ~ etc.) has been announced! ALVION will hold its formation sponsored event, DAZZLING MARROW, on 2014-10-11 at Umeda (梅田) Zeela.

ALVION
V. SIN [ex-BERLIN ~ GRIEVER ~ etc.] Ameba @alv_vo
G. KKY [ex-Synside ~ MonoLog ~ etc.] Ameba @alv_kky
G. Katsuki [ex-ASTRAY ~ etc.] Ameba @Gt_Katsuki
B. Jun (潤) [ex-MonoLog ~ etc.] Ameba @bass_bvl

ALVION artist page OHP

As much as I hate to say it, SIN and KKY can't keep a band together to save their lives, so don't expect much... haha. We'll wish them luck anyway, right ;)?
Syndrome ~ zechs new band
Pami。 (ぱみ。), ex-vocalist of Syndrome and zechs, will start his new band Neologic. Their concept is “New Entertainment Orgamoze Logic”, and their self-described sound is “electro, emo, and screamo loud band”.

Neologic
V. Pami。 (ぱみ。) [ex-Syndrome ~ zechs]
G. Asami [ex-zechs ~ etc.]
B. yuki [ex-zechs ~ etc.]
Support D. Shizuru (静流) [閃-hirameki- ~ etc.]

Neologic will hold its first demo live on 2014-08-02 at Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) club FLEEZ (after which a fireworks demonstration will be held). Those who reserve tickets through Neologic will receive an unspecified present.
More limited releases from Ren project BALA★NCE
The other day, Sanada Ren (真田 廉) (ex-Dali, etc.), announced his new project BALA★NCE. He mentioned that they would release a CD at their first live on 2014-06-11―instead, they'll actually release three things.

They'll freely distribute a one track song called DANCING ALL RIGHT! (ダンシングオールライト!) to everyone who attends. At the same time, they'll sell a two track CD called Sarasa RANGER (さらさレンジャー) for 1,000 yen. Finally, anyone who spends 5,000 yen or more on their goods will be rewarded with a comment CD, a group cheki, and something else (unspecified).

Apparently, two of the songs are remakes of Mis†ake songs. You know, the gothic kote kei alter-ego band of ex-Dali members? Check out BALA★NCE's discography for more information.
the:Ø first photo and samples
the:Ø have revealed their first look and samples of their first songs!! All songs were composed by SAN... ...so why do they suck?!?! IMO they're surprisingly basic for such great musicians. But what do you think?


Ren (Dali ~ Tatoeba Konna Hanashi) new project
Sanada Ren (真田 廉)―vocalist of Dali, Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし), etc.―has announced his latest musical project: BALA★NCE.

BALA★NCE are:
  • V. †SODOM† (†ソドム†) [ex-Mis†ake] {alter-ego of Ren}
  • G. OSCAR (オスカー)
  • B. MUTTLEY (マトレー)
  • Support D. Kisshan。 (きっしゃん。)

So it seems that this will be some weird time-limited alter-ego band. I remember "SODOM” being the vocalist of Mis†ake, so that has to be Ren, but I'm not sure who the other members are. The other members of Tatoeba Konna Hanashi? Someone else? Maybe Trombe knows?

Anyway, BALA★NCE will hold their first live on 2014-06-11 at Ash OSAKA (other details about the event TBA... even though it's only days away...). To commemorate their formation, they'll release their untitled demo CD-R.
KAIRI and Iori news
ex-SIVA guitarist Iori Minamotono (源 依織) has officially joined Kaya's new band Femme Fatale. Meanwhile, ex-vocalist KAIRI (カイリ) will appear in a session called Bakemonogatari (化物語).

Bakemonogatari (化物語) are:
V. KAIRI (カイリ) [ex-SIVA ~ gaNesha ~ etc.]
G. Shintarou (慎太郎) [ex-Annie's Black]
G. Keisuke (圭介) [ex-gaNesha]
B. casiss [ALTERIAL]
D. hiro [ex-llll-Ligro-]

Femme Fatale are:
V. Kaya
G. TaNa [Gekijo TENNOR (劇情テノール) ~ etc.]
G. Iori Minamotono (源 依織) [ex-SIVA ~ cocklobin ~ etc.]
B. Toshi [ex-A]
D. CHARGEEEEEE... [Omega Dripp ~ etc.]

Kakusan Lv5 (拡散Lv5)
2014-07-10 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE
2014-08-19 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE
Bakemonogatari / (others TBA)


Femme Fatale currently have one single, FREYA, and I'm sure will be fairly active for the rest of the year. Bakemonogatari, I'm sure, is destined to fizzle out after a couple of lives 8D'.

ex-SUZAKU vocalist new unit
ex-SUZAKU (朱) vocalist, and president of king zeebra, Itsuki (樹) has finally announced a new band! His time-limited project AiM MaiM (曖ム昧ム) will feature the concept of “Gokusai RETRO POP” (極彩レトロポップ; colorful retro pop), and they've already uploaded a teaser video with a small music sample.

AiM MaiM (曖ム昧ム) are:
V. Edogawa Itsuki (江戸川 樹) [ex-SUZAKU (朱)]
G. Natsume Sakutarou (夏目 朔太郎) [ex-Lucid]



The project will hold its first live at the 2014-06-26 session event sponsored by ISORA (イソラ). The support members for that live are 【G. HARUKA (ex-Envus ~ MonoLog) / B. Kizuna (絆) (ISORA) / D. MAKI (ex-Lucid)】. AiM MaiM's next lives will be on 2014-08-07 and 2014-08-09.

AVANCHICK revealed
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.



AVANCHIK OHP artist page discography

ex-NEGA and Vior gloire new band: the:Ø
ex-NEGA guitarist SAN has officially announced his new band!!! the:Ø (pronounced “the o” [ジ オ]), which will also feature ex-Vior gloire drummer ARU (アル), will officially start this summer.

the:Ø
V. Saica (槐) 【ex-Reeper】
G. SAN 【ex-NEGA】
G. Hiroya (尋弥)
B. Nagi (凪) 【ex-Regalia】
D. ARU (アル) 【ex-Vior gloire】


the:Ø official website
ex-CindyKate new band: AVANCHICK
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?



AVANCHICK first live sponsored event Nuovo Strada Reale
2014-07-11 at SHIBUYA-REX
AVANCHICK / LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-) (guest) / ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) / THE BLACK SWAN / REIGN / AvelCain / the Gallo / Nihilizm



AVANCHICK OHP official Twitter Otake Twitter
First look at ISORA
ISORA (イソラ) successfully held their first live and sponsored event! Here's a [really shitty] look at their first costumes, culled from various photos on Twitter:


【clockwise from top】 G. Yuuho (優歩) → Support V ②. Ryo (亮) → B. Kizuna (絆) → Support V ③. Kikyo (祈狂) → G. 空-ciel


It seems that the live went really well, despite them already firing their vocalist! ISORA played the following original songs (some titles provisional):

  1. deadly tree
  2. (undecided title)
  3. rebirth
  4. ALKALOID (アルカロイド)
  5. Toriko (虜)

THE BLACK SWAN officially starts
THE BLACK SWAN, new band of ex-NEGA vocalist 儿-JIN-, has officially started!!! Check out THE BLACK SWAN's first official photo (above) and [awesome] samples of their songs Jishin Boukansha (自深傍観者) and ISOLATION:



Although THE BLACK SWAN has officially started, the band's full lineup still hasn't been revealed. From his hand tattoo, I'm pretty sure that's RENA (ex-Vior gloire) on the far left, but I can't confirm any of the other members (aside from assuming they're the same as the TBS session lineup).

At any rate, THE BLACK SWAN has announced their first tour, and more information should be revealed before their first live on 2014-06-06.

THE BLACK SWAN FIRST TOUR 2014 NEEDLESS × NEEDLESS
2014-06-06 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE
2014-06-20 at Shinjuku (新宿) RUIDO K4
2014-06-27 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA
2014-07-11 at Shibuya (渋谷) REX
2014-07-17 at Shinjuku (新宿) RUIDO K4
2014-08-04 at Sendai (仙台) MACANA
2014-08-06 at Niigata (新潟) RIVERST
2014-08-07 at Kanazawa (金沢) vanvanV4
2014-08-10 at Nagoya (名古屋) MUSIC FARM
2014-08-18 at Fukuoka (福岡) DRUM SON
2014-08-20 at Hiroshima NAMIKI JUNCTION (広島ナミキジャンクション)
2014-08-21 at Okayama (岡山) CRAZY 2nd ROOM
2014-08-24 at Osaka (大阪) VARON
2014-08-30 at Meguro Rockmaykan (目黒鹿鳴館)

NEEDLESS × NEEDLESS TOUR FINAL
2014-09-XX at somewhere in Tokyo


LIN and Tatoeba join Kansai promotion group NANIWA V
LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-) and Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) have announced their participation in the newly-established Kansai visual kei promotion group NANIWA VK Rengougun (NANIWA V系連合軍)!!


NANIWA V's first project is the Yougenkyou -WEST- (妖幻鏡 -WEST-) omnibus, which will be published in June by PLUG RECORDS' new Kansai sublabel―the one to which LIN now belongs―PLUG RECORDS west (again, West ≈ Kansai). An awesome lineup of bands (including LIN and Tatoeba Konna Hanashi) will contribute brand new (or unreleased) songs to the album.

The same bands featured in the omnibus will then participate in NANIWA V's first live event, Naniwatama ~Kekkishuukai~ (なにわ魂 ~決起集会~), on 2014-07-04 at Osaka (大阪) BIG CAT.

NANIWA V has promised more projects in the future, and I'm sure that LIN (or KISAKI) will continue to be involved. You can keep up by following the organization's OHP or official Twitter:
NANIWA V website NANIWA V official Twitter
LIN officially revealed and releases announced
As mentioned last week, the second period of LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-) features SUI, MIZALY, and YUSHI of Megaromania plus CERO of zechs. Today, the band has been officially revealed, meaning we have a slew of releases and live details. Let's get to it!



Releases

  • LIN will release their first maxi-single, Sacred Xanadu (what a name!), via mail-order in the 2014-04-21 edition of Cure magazine.
  • Their second maxi-single, Chaotic Resistance, will be released in two types on 2014-07-23. The normal type will be sold nationwide, while a Kansai-limited version with alternate jacket and different bonus track will be sold only at visual shops in Kansai. A double-purchase-application privilege will also be available; details TBA.
  • LIN will make their first omnibus contribution to Yougenkyou-WEST- (妖幻鏡-WEST-) on 2014-07-23. Further details about the omnibus TBA.

Lives

  • LIN's first lives will be two twoman events, Sacred illusionism~Battle Revival~, versus Grieva (グリーヴァ) and Black Gene For the Next Scene on 2014-06-01 and 2014-06-11, respectively. Special projects, TBA, will be held.
  • Their coupling tour with Jupiter and Black Gene For the Next Scene, Battle for Clans Tour 【V3】, will be held on June 12, 13, and 17, in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, respectively.
  • Their first foreign live will be held in Taichung, Taiwan on 2014-08-10 as part of HEART-TOWN FESTIVAL 2014.
  • LIN's first national tour, Sacred illusionism, will kick off on 2014-07-01 and will end with the tour final and first oneman, Sacred illusionism -FINAL-, on 2014-08-31 at Umeda (梅田) AKASO.

Label

  • LIN will be the first artist signed to a new label called PLUG RECORDS WEST.
  • PRW (PLUG RECORDS WEST) is a newly-established “western branch” of long-established visual label PLUG RECORDS―home to semi-famous indie bands such as Psycho le Cému, A (ACE), DaizyStripper, CELL, etc. So on one hand, we can presume that the label will have enough money to produce good quality releases; but on the other, the “brotherhood” of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION bands may not manifest in this new sublabel.
  • Is KISAKI the president of PLUG RECORDS WEST? I don't know. I do know, however, that KISAKI himself is listened as “organizer” for LIN's live events, which gives the impression that he'll still be fully in charge of LIN's activities―but he may not be managing other bands for the foreseeable future.
  • Just a note: that 2014-07-23 omnibus is a continuation of a classic line of visual omnibi that has been around since 2001. That, plus LIN being under an old label, plus the upcoming revival of the Rin・ne・ten・sei (輪・廻・転・生) events, gives me the impression that KISAKI is making an even bigger effort to bring old visual kei back to today's scene, somehow.
News roundup 3/14
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
  • GIGAMOUS revealed their Harajuku fashion brand collaboration jack:
    GIGAMOUS × 10st - Bracelet (YUKKIE model or GIGAMOUS model)
    GIGAMOUS × HELLCATPUNKS - T-shirt (red, black, or white) and necklace
    GIGAMOUS × Angelic Pretty - Bow and RAI produced broch
    GIGAMOUS × Like an Edison - Towel (seiya produced)
  • GIGAMOUS will hold a three-month-consecutive-release campaign of 3 new maxi-singles in June through August. Details TBA.
  • CARAT (カラット) will release their new single, High Color, in two types on 2014-04-23.
  • ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) will embark on a coupling tour with Grieva (グリーヴァ) (and others) called Kuroari NO MuRE (黒蟻ノ群レ). It starts on 2014-08-01 and ends with the tour final on 2014-08-30.
The new drummer of LIN is...
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LIN second chapter teased
LIN's second chapter teased

KISAKI has confirmed the second chapter of LIN!!! He mentioned that the band will play two lives in June, but full details of the revival will be released on March 20, 2014. Until then, check out LIN's new logo (above) and new name (below).

LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-) is the band's new name... (Yeah, they simply capitalized the subtitle.) But that's OK!―I can personally promise that the new lineup is much more exciting than the new name (◡ ‿ ◡ ✿). See you again on March 20th~
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi revealed
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi revealed

ex-Dali and ex-LOTMAN (ロットマン) members' new band, Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) has been revealed!

The band officially started activities after today's 2014-02-22 oneman live of their prototype band 2 Gatsu 22 Nichi, Sekai ha Bokura wo Shiru。 (2がつ22にち、せかいはぼくらをしる。) (which itself began activities on 2013-12-31). New band Tatoeba Konna has already opened its OHP and announced its first release, first live on 2014-03-22, and first sponsored event in May:

Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし)
【V. 真田 廉 (Sanada Ren) [ex-Dali~LOTMAN] / G. Ninna Kousuke (仁和 恒介) [ex-LOTMAN] / B. Takahashi Kento (高橋 研斗) / D. Kishihara Masami (岸原 雅巳) [ex-LOTMAN]】

Setlist on 2014-02-22:
  1. AMARETTO (アマレット)
  2. (new song)
  3. that's now free (ザツナフリ)
  4. NATIONAL MODERN (ナショナルモダン)
  5. SOLA 0.8mg (ソラ0.8mg)
  6. Zagyou Now (ざぎょうなう)
  7. Kimi ha 10 Gatsu (きみは10がつ)
  8. ORION (オリオン)
  9. (new song)
  10. Koroshiteyaro (ころしてやろ)
  11. 【EN】 (new song)
  12. 【EN】 NATIONAL MODERN (ナショナルモダン)
  13. 【EN】 Kimi ha 10 Gatsu (きみは10がつ)

Tatoeba Konna Hanashi first sponsored eventNOBEL BIRTHDAY (ノベルバースデイ) 2014-05-02 at OSAKA RUIDO
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi / Chanty (guest) / ELM (エルム) / the LEM / SIBILE BASHIR (シビルバシル) / Dangan NO LIMIT (弾丸 NO LIMIT) / inc.RIBON


Tatoeba Konna Hanashi
COMING SOON
2014-03-23 1,500 yen single CD

  1. アマレット AMARETTO
  2. ころしてやる (ロットマン cover) Koroshiteyaro (LOTMAN cover)


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Vior gloire serra new band
Vior gloire serra new band

ex-Vior gloire guitarist serra announced that he's joined a new, non-visual band called friguslumbare! Additionally, it seems that he's changed his name to 充紀-MITSUKI-.

Vior gloire serra new band

friguslumbare
L→R clockwise 【G. 充紀-MITSUKI- (ex-Vior gloire as serra) / V. Coris / DJ. May-Jing / D. 大介-DAISUKE- / G. 雅樹-MASAKI- / B. 環-TAMAKI-】

friguslumbare was formed by 4 core members in 2013, and new members G. MITSUKI (serra) and DJ. May-Jing have joined as of 2014-02-18. Now with a complete lineup, friguslumbare will hold their first live on 2014-04-13 at Nishikujou (西九条) BRAND NEW. Although, according to MITSUKI, their pace will be leisurely, the band has already announced its 3 song demo CD, ELYSIONE / BLUE TEARS / prepare myself, will be released at the live for 500 yen.



friguslumbare official
LIN first period last release
LIN first period last release

KISAKI mentioned that LIN (凛 -the end of corruption world-) has finished recording on a new live-limited release which will be sold at the the end of corruption world live on 2014-03-09. This new recording will be the last of LIN's first period lineup (RIKU / KANATA / KISAKI / REIYA) ...meaning that “second period LIN” with a new lineup will debut sometime in the future!

2014-02-14 edit: More details have been revealed: LIN's first period last song is Slander Crime! The live-limited single will be limited to 100 copies and cost 1,000 yen.

And for those who don't remember: Slander Crime was actually planned to be released last year! It was originally slated to be released via mail-order to those who purchased Reflect of Killing Fleur and 「Obscure Ideal」 (and it was called LIN's last song, even back then), but that plan was cancelled for reasons unknown. Nice to see them finally record and release the song, even if it is a year later!

LIN
Slander Crime
2014-03-09 1,000 yen single CD

  1. Slander Crime

ISORA debut event
ISORA (イソラ)―new band of ex-SUZAKU (朱) bassist Kizuna (絆) and first artist signed to ex-SUZAKU vocalist Itsuki (樹)'s visual label king zeebra―has announced their formation sponsored event!

ISORA formation sponsored eventother dimention 2014-03-29 at Ash OSAKA
ISORA (イソラ) / La'veil MizeriA / ZyncX / Headphone★Baby / 春雪-Sakura- / Kyou SESSION (狂セッション) / (others TBA)

RIKU live and revival?
ex-LIN (凛 -the end of corruption world-) vocalist RIKU will perform with chariots-requiem on 2014-04-15 at SHIBUYA REX. He hasn't given us further details yet―is this a full chariots revival? one-time session?―but let's hope for the best.

2014-04-15 at SHIBUYA REX chariots-requiem / CELL / RUVISH / mikey / SAVAGE / GLEIVE / Fixer / ONE night JOKER 【V. (TBA) / G. Tsukasa (つかさ) (★no HOUSE (★noハウス)) / G. Shuutarou (崇太郎) (ex-GAKIDO) / B. YUHSUKE (RUVISH) / D. Taiga (大河) (ex-ZUCK)】

shall to start activity?
ex-Vior gloire vocalist/genius shall has mentioned that he will start up some sort of band activity on 2014-04-06 at Nishikujo (西九条) BRAND NEW. He says that he wanted something with a “name” (imo more formal than a session band), but something slow, with a live only every month or two. So it sounds to me like he'll be starting a continuous session band... but it can't hurt to hope for more, right?!

By the way, shall started his reminiscence of visual kei influences influential to him. Check it out here.
Kizuna's new band
ex-SUZAKU (朱) bassist Kizuna (絆) has announced that his session band ABSOLUTE TERROR.F (アブソリュートテラ.F) will change to a new formal band, ISORA (イソラ) on 2014-03-08. The band will have 4 members and already has 2 original songs.
THE BLACK SWAN update?
NEGA vocalist announces new band

ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) bassist Shohei (祥平) has announced his May birthday event, and an interesting session band called TBS will appear there... Could this be ex-NEGA vocalist JIN (儿) new band, THE BLACK SWAN? Read on:

As I said, SESSION BAND TBS (セッションバンドTBS) will appear at the event―TBS just happening to be the same initials of THE BLACK SWAN. Furthermore, the lineup includes ex-Vior gloire bassist RENA and ex-ORIGAMI (オリガミ) guitarist Itsuki (樹), both of whom JIN follow on Twitter. The session's lineup is listed as follows:
【V. (undecided) / G. Itsuki / G. Chi? (千) / B. RENA / D. Kiryu? (希柳)】

But here's the real kicker: the Japanese version of the information includes the note “ボーカは未定です” (“vocal is undecided”). Notice the underlined character? ...That kanji, innocently slipped into the word “ボーカル” (“vocal”), is the kanji for “JIN”!!

So it looks like THE BLACK SWAN will be performing in May, at least in a session/prototype state. If the lineup stays the same (and I hope it does, 'cause JIN and RENA could be cool together!), we can expect THE BLACK SWAN to have the following members:
【V. JIN / G. Itsuki / G. Chi? / B. RENA / D. Kiryu?

What do you think? Will THE BLACK SWAN have the same lineup as this session? Is this a promising lineup? Do you know anything about mystery members Chi and Kiryu?
NEGA vocalist announces new band
NEGA vocalist announces new band

儿-JIN-, ex-vocalist of NEGA, has announced his long-awaited new band: THE BLACK SWAN!!! The mysterious project has been formed by JIN as his “own” band—but the members, musical sound, visuals, and world view are all shrouded in mystery... Check below for [a clumsy translation of] JIN's official comment:

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THE BLACK SWAN OHP
JIN (THE BLACK SWAN) official Twitter
2 Gatsu 22 Nichi details forming
Prototype band 2 Gatsu 22 Nichi (2がつ22にち、せかいほぼくらをしる。) has released details for the live which is foretold by their name: oneman live Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) will be held on 2014-02-22 at Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) LIVE HOUSE D'.

It seems that Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) will also be the official name of 2 Gatsu 22 Nichi once the band formally begins activities, as that phrase translates to “for example, such story” (the URL of 2 Gatsu 22 Nichi's blog).

Furthermore, at that live, 2 Gatsu 22 Nichi members will switch to using full versions of their names, and the new bassist will join (replacing ex-Dali bassist Yuu, who left 2 Gatsu 22 Nichi on 2013-12-20, before the band's first live).

In summary: on 2014-02-22, prototype band 2 Gatsu 22 Nichi will become official band Tatoeba Konna Hanashi, with lineup:
V. Sanada Ren (真田 廉) 【ex-Dali ~ LOTMAN ~ etc.】
G. Ninna Kousuke (仁和 恒介) 【ex-LOTMAN ~ etc.】
B. Takahashi Kento (高橋 研斗) 【?】
D. Kishihara Masami (岸原 雅巳) 【ex-LOTMAN ~ etc.】

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Two other bits of 2 Gatsu 22 Nichi news: ① those who spent 5,000 yen on goods at their first live received a free photoset; and ② those who participated in the game of onigokko were invited to a New Year visit to a shrine with 2 Gatsu 22 Nichi members after their first live.

Posts from 2013

SchwarzVrain, KISAKI birthday event, and LIN
SchwarzVrain, KISAKI birthday event, and LIN

One-day-limited band SchwarzVrain held their oneman today, at which a distributed flyer announced KISAKI's birthday live, FREEDOM 20140309. The main act at the event will be the end of corruption world, a [one-day-limited?] band with the same lineup as LIN (凛 -the end of corruption world-).

KISAKI BIRTHDAY EVENT 2014FREEDOM 20140309 2014-03-09 at shinsaibashi BASSO
the end of corruption world 【V. RIKU (LIN) / G. KANATA (LIN) / B. KISAKI (LIN) / D. REIYA (LIN)】 / GIGAMOUS / Lycaon / Hana Shounen BADDIES (花少年バディーズ) / Black Gene For the Next Scene / ARLEQUIN (アルルカン)


It's unclear if “the end of corruption world” will exist beyond that performance, or what exactly the group is. Is it: a “new” band? a name change? a limited revival? a disbandment performance? Personally, I can't see those 4 working together again, due to RIKU's activities and KANATA and REIYA's lack thereof. I really expected KISAKI to announce a new band or a new version of LIN today, but neither of those things happened... I just hope he gives us some clear information soon, because these mysteries are tiring!

What are your thoughts?

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By the way:
● There was a Christmas party after the live at TAKAFUMI's bar Brand New Lounge tres.
● At the party, KISAKI sold a 5-piece bootleg DVD set featuring lives of his previous bands (limited 5 copies, 4,000 yen each). He also sold a lucky bag (limited 1 copy, 5,000 yen) which featured 2 different live DVDs of his past bands.
● The picture used for “the end of corruption world” on the flyer is from LIN's black mask collection which they produced in collaboration with JIGGYS SEANA.
● Raychel BAND (れいちぇるバンド) played a CindyKate, NEGA, Phantasmagoria, and Dali song (specifics unknown).
MonoLog sample
MonoLog sample

MonoLog, the new band of ex-Synside guitarist kikyo, has posted a sample of their song No name.-1812-. Check it out below—what do you think?



MonoLog official website
Ray makes mini important announcement
Ray makes mini important announcement

ex-NEGA bassist/leader Ray appeared on the NICONICO internet radio show DANGAN・THE・DAN (ダンガン・ザ・ダン) to make a [mini] important announcement: he is now acting as producer for visual band PLACEBO (プラセボ)! This marks Ray's 2nd producing gig―he has been producing the band DECIDE since earlier this year.

PLACEBO is a two-piece indie visual kei band featuring V. rima and G. hina that formed in July of this year. On December 18th, they'll release their first mini-album, JAPANESE GOTHIC MARCHEN (ジャパニーズゴシックメルヘン). Photos of the band and samples from the mini-album are below:

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PLACEBO's first mini-album is available on CDJapan! Be sure to support them, and Ray in his future producing efforts!
2 Gatsu 22 Nichi member updates
2 Gatsu 22 Nichi member updates

2 Gatsu 22 Nichi, Sekai ha Bokura wo Shiru。 (2がつ22にち、せかいはぼくらをしる。)—the recently-revealed new band of ex-Dali & LOTMAN (ロットマン) members—has been slowly divulging (officially) its members' names over several blog posts. Here's what we have so far:

  • V. Ren (苓) [a.k.a. Ren (れん)] 【ex- etc. → SUGAR FORKFUL → Dali → LOTMAN】 ※ he hasn't revealed his name in the new band yet, but since the others are using kanji names, and Ren previously used this name in SUGAR FORKFUL, I'll just assume

  • G. Kousuke (恒介) [a.k.a. SORA (ソラ)] 【ex- MeLt. → LOTMAN】 ※ not 100% sure of romanisation, or if this is actually SORA; but it is assumed by fans

  • B. Miyauchi Yuki (宮内結規) [a.k.a. YUU (ユウ)] 【ex- etc. → SUGAR FORKFUL → Dali → LOTMAN】 ※ appears to be his formal name; unsure of the full romanisation

  • D. Masami (雅巳) [a.k.a. Miyabi (雅)] 【ex- AIRA (愛飴羅) → LiLith → LOTMAN】 ※ this person was previously listed as male in their blog, but is using the prefix Mrs (ミセス) as of joining 2 Gatsu―not sure if the usage is serious

Other bits of info: ● a clearer picture of the band has been released (above); ● the band will debut at two New Year countdown events: one at Ash OSAKA and the other at Shinsaibashi soma, both on 2013-12-31; ● the band might(?) have a Twitter @2gatsu22nichi.
Dali~LOTMAN new band revealed―sort of
Dali~LOTMAN new band revealed―sort of

LOTMAN (ロットマン) disbanded today, and flyers distributed during the show have revealed vocalist Ren's (れん) new band! ...sort of.

In classic troll fashion, the band is temporarily being called 2 Gatsu 22 Nichi, Sekai ha Bokura wo Shiru. (2がつ22にち、せかいはぼくらをしる。)―meaning “our world will be revealed on February 22”. So, while we wait for 2014-02-22 for the actual band to be revealed, let's speculate, shall we?

Despite the members' faces being blurred on the distributed flyer, the lineup is pretty clear:
  • V. Ren (れん) (ex-Dali~LOTMAN)
  • G. SORA (ソラ) (ex-Melt.~LOTMAN)
  • B. YUU (ユウ) (ex-Dali~LOTMAN)
  • D. Miyabi (雅) (ex-LOTMAN)

So... LOTMAN! The lineup, casual costumes, childish hiragana writing, and sort of “messy reveal” all imply to me that this new band's concept/music will be exactly the same as late-period Dali and LOTMAN―but hopefully without the same awful live-limited release schemes. Looks like we'll be waiting for February to know anything for sure, but hopefully we can get some revealing live reports after 2 Gatsu plays their first live at Planet CHILD Music's New Year countdown event on 2013-12-31!

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By the way, LOTMAN played with two lineups at their last live: first with Ren, SORA, Kayane, YUU, and Miyabi; and second with Ren, SORA, Ao, YUU, and Miyabi. In between the two lineups, the 90s-visual alter-ego band Mis†ake appeared―but this time it was actually just Dali!! In his MC, Ren mentioned that he felt the handling of Dali's last live was sort of messy, so this appearance served as a “re-do”.

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2 Gatsu has opened an official blog (“for-example-such-story”―wonder if that has to do with the band's actual name?), which you can follow for updates.

2 Gatsu 22 Nichi, Sekai ha Bokura wo Shiru. official blog
New band: FOODED SEAL
New band: FOODED SEAL

ex-CindyKate guitarist Sami has formally announced his new band: FOODED SEAL (フーデッドシール)! The band will officially start on 2014-01-18 with their sponsored event ~Kyuuaichan! Konnichiwa!~ (~求愛ちゃん!こんにちわ!~) at Shibuya (渋谷) REX, but they will also appear at several other events before then.

FOODED SEAL (フーデッドシール)
  • V. Masami (雅美) (ex- CindyKate)
  • G. kaoL (ex- GEEK → Space)
  • B. 7o
  • D. Sayuki (さゆき)

The name “fooded seal” is a misspelling of “hooded seal”, which is a special of seal that presents a bulbous red nose to attract mates. Vocalist and leader Masami (previously Sami of CindyKate) says that this grotesque animal mirrors the grotesqueness of our own courting rituals, and that this is the main concept of the band.

FOODED SEAL formation sponsored event ~Kyuuaichan! Konnichiwa!~ (~求愛ちゃん!こんにちわ!~)
2014-01-18 at Shibuya (渋谷) REX
(opening act TBA) / FOODED SEAL / ViV / Ray℃ / VAMPIRE (ヴァンパイア) / EXEQUTE / Virgil / LucaRia


Official website
Official Twitter
New band: ARLEQUIN
New band: ARLEQUIN

On August 5th, GOEMON RECORDS announced the second artist to join its label: new band ARLEQUIN (アルルカン)!! The band features ex-Cu[be] and ex-CindyKate members, along with the vocalist from Diverse glare in Riot, and others.

ARLEQUIN (アルルカン)
  • V. Aki (暁) (ex-Diverse glare in Riot)
  • G. Kuruto (來堵) (ex-Arpege)
  • G. Nao (奈緒) (ex-Cu[be])
  • B. Shouhei (祥平) (ex-CindyKate [as Maaya])
  • D. Damon(?) (堕門)

ARLEQUIN won't be completely “revealed” until October 26th (guess that explains the paper bags on the members' heads...), but, in the meantime, they will embark on their first tour, ARLHOLIC THEATRE (アルホリックテアトル). Their tour starts with their first live on 2013-10-02 at Sendai HooK, and ends on 2013-10-26 at Ikebukuro EDGE with their tour final twoman with a secret band (TBA on October 1st). Got it??

GOEMON RECORDS presents ARLEQUIN 1st tour ARLHOLIC THEATRE (アルホリックテアトル)
2013-10-02 at Sendai HooK
2013-10-09 at Niigata GOLDEN PIG BLACK
2013-10-10 at Nagano JUNKBOX
2013-10-11 at Kanazawa AZ
2013-10-17 at Nagoya HOLIDAY NEXT
2013-10-19 at Okayama IMAGE
2013-10-21 at Hiroshima NAMIKI JUNCTION
2013-10-22 at Fukuoka DRUM Be-1
2013-10-23 at Kumamoto DRUM Be-9 V1
2013-10-25 at Osaka MUSE
ARLEQUIN, (others)

ARLHOLIC THEATRE FINAL 2MAN (アルホリックテアトル)
2013-10-26 at Ikebukuro EDGE
ARLEQUIN × (band TBA 2013-10-01)



Lastly, ARLEQUIN has announced its first release, a self-titled demo CD to be released on 2013-10-02 for 980 yen. I'm not sure yet if the release will be available via regular shops, or GOEMON RECORDS' web shop, etc.

ARLEQUIN
ARLEQUIN
2013-10-02 980 yen single CD

  1. 白死蝶 Shiroshichou
  2. SynonyM
  3. blind bud
  4. Fiction

New band: GIGAMOUS
New band: GIGAMOUS

ex-HEISEI ISHIN and N@H members YUKKIE (ユッキー) and RAI (ライ) have announced their new band: GIGAMOUS!!

GIGAMOUS
  • V. Shiki (式) (ex-Ap(r)il)
  • G. YUKKIE (ユッキー) (ex-HEISEI ISHIN → N@H)
  • B. seiya (ex-SPIV STATES)
  • D. RAI (ライ) (ex-HEISEI ISHIN → N@H)

GIGAMOUS officially formed on August 1st, 2013, by the four members Shiki, YUKKIE, seiya, and RAI, with the concept of “GIGA PARTY ROCK!!!!”. Their name is comprised of the word 「GIGA」 (= 109, billion) and 「MOUS」 (made-up word meaning MOUSE and MOUTH), which implies “even a being as tiny as a mouse, if they loudly express their biggest dream, can see that dream come true”.

Although GIGAMOUS formed on August 1st, their activities will officially commence on October 4th at their sponsored event and first live, GIGA FEST.

GIGAMOUS first live and sponsored eventGIGA FEST 2013-10-04 at Ikebukuro EDGE
GIGAMOUS / Blu-BiLLoN / REALies / VELBET / Hanashounen BADDIES / (secret band TBA 2013-09-01)


GIGAMOUS is signed to BadeggBox (the label which was originally formed to house BILLY (ビリー) members' projects), and have already announced their first release through the label: GIGA SPEAKER, a two-type maxi-single which will be released on 2013-09-11. The band has filmed their first PV for the title track, although it seems that the PV won't be released with the single.

GIGAMOUS
GIGA SPEAKER Type-A
2013-09-11 1,575 yen maxi-single CD

  1. GIGA SPEAKER
  2. Make Noise!!!!
  3. 電脳ビッグマウス Dennou BIG MOUSE

GIGAMOUS
GIGA SPEAKER Type-B
2013-09-11 1,575 yen maxi-single CD

  1. GIGA SPEAKER
  2. Make Noise!!!!
  3. 極性ドリムベイビー Kyokusei DREAM BABY


For more information and a [really good!] sample of GIGAMOUS' first song, GIGA SPEAKER, is available on the PC version of their official website:
GIGAMOUS official website
CindyKate drummer activity
ex-CindyKate (シンディケイト) drummer Sami (沙美) has announced that he will participate in session band VIRGIN HUNTER (ヴァージンハンター) 【V. Takeru (DIANA) / G. Maki (DIANA) / G. Isami (DIANA) / B. Rei (ex-Hi:BRiD) / D. Sami (ex-CindyKate)】 on 2013-07-15 at Birth Shinjuku.

In addition, Sami has a 4 month consecutive release campaign of digital singles via YouTube. Full information for that release campaign, as well as his two previous solo albums, can be found at his entry in the WE LOVE UNDER CODE discography database.
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

Posts from 2012

Updates on Dali and their album


I have a ton of little bits of Dali information for you guys, so I figured I'd just round them up into one post. First up, a few things about their upcoming best album!
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Now some random bits about the band and their activities lately:
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One more little bit about their latest alter ego band...:
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Dali
ダリコレ ディスク
DALI COLLE DISC
2012-10-10 4,200 yen collection album CD + DVD

  1. 25:54 (SE)
  2. 25:55
  3. [s]hit parade
  4. どピンクナンバー D PINK NUMBER
  5. 星屑 Hoshikuzu
  6. S.O.S
  7. 印象派ポルノ Inshouha PORNO
  8. H.N[迷子] H.N[maigo]
  9. イタミワケ ITAMI WAKE
  10. Heroine
  11. a habit
  12. -
  13. アンプレザント リハビリテーション UNPLEASANT REHABILITATION
  14. りゅうせいこうば Ryuusei Kouba
  15. スロウメロウ SLOW MELLOW

  1. Placebo
  2. ant gallery
  3. sunny
  4. [s]hit parade
  5. 星屑 Hoshikuzu
  6. イタミワケ ITAMI WAKE
  7. 印象派ポルノ Inshouha PORNO
  8. downer
  9. ヨルノハテ YORU NO HATE
  10. マイン MINE

ex-ClearVeil members form new band


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).)

Member lineup:
  • 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)

CARAT formation sponsored eventGem of the Sun ~太阳の宝石~ (~Taiyou no Houseki~) 2012-08-17 at 池袋 (Ikebukuro) EDGE
カラット (CARAT), the LEM (guest), 血と包带 (Chi to Houtai) (guest), Quinstet, Signal, The 3rd Birthday, (others)


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?
CELL lineup revealed
La'Mule × NightingeiL new band CELL's lineup is revealed

As you know, legendary 90s visual kei band La'Mule came back this year to officially disband. At their disbandment live, they distributed a flyer which suggested that La'Mule would be combining with NightingeiL (the modern band of La'Mule vocalist Kon) into a new band. Today, the lineup of this new band, CELL, has finally been revealed.

Now the mystery of the hour is: who are YUKI and MASATO? One would assume they're from NightingeiL, but no members of NightingeiL used those names. One would then assume they simply changed their names (from MUKUI and HAKUYA, respectively), but ex-NightingeiL drummer HAKUYA has already opened a new personal blog (using the same name), so that doesn't seem to be the case. It seems we'll have to wait to find the answer!

※ CELL is not affiliated with UNDER CODE; I'm posting this here because La'Mule belonged to the parent label of Matina, and so La'Mule's activities are relevant to this site.
[Archived] zechs

Tatsuya (ex-Syndrome) new band.

Here is some sample about the first single.



I really like the music, its really good, but the too much autotune disturb me


Posts from 2011

[Archived] N@H
As you know, 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN) members YUKKIE and RAI has formed a new band called N@H. Here are some bits of information that I've been wanting to post about them.

  • N@H is pronounced “NOAH”, but also stands for new organization at HEISEI ISHIN. Apparently, when they announced their disbandment, HEISEI ISHIN had secretly been planning to reform under a new name; N@H was one of the possibilities.

  • ユッキー (YUKKIE) acts as the vocalist and guitarist (in HEISEI ISHIN he was only a guitarist). ライ (RAI) acts as DJ and programmer (in HI he was the drummer).

  • YUKKIE and RAI apparently plan to leave the bassist position unfilled indefinitely, in hopes that HEISEI ISHIN bassist 善 (Yoshi) will one day join (although it doesn't seem like this will ever actually happen).

  • For now, the band relies on several support members: support guitar: 雨宮 流斗 (Amamiya Ryuuto) (ex-ClearVeil)
    support bass: Ena (also support for SATSUKI solo project Aurora feather)
    support drums: Takeshi (カメレオ (KAMELEO))
    support drums: 嶋村 ひかり (Shimamura Hikari)
    support staff: Ryuta Washio

  • N@H is managed by ex-Anjyu' drummer りーた (Riita) (formerly known as 姫雛~hina~). The band is under an independent label called PRIMARY COLORS, presumably started by Riita.

  • The band has already released a mini-album. It was available at their first live (and presumably consequent lives), through AOO Store, and through Like an Edison (neither of those places sells to overseas customers). When purchased through Like an Edison, the mini-album includes a privilege comment DVD.
    READY? 2011-12-11; 2,100 yen; mini-album CD; published by PRIMARY COLORS; PCNH-001
    01. -Uzi on Iramijah-
    02. FLY HIGH!!
    03. スペース (SPACE)
    04. コトノハ
    05. Puzzle

  • A couple of N@H goods are already available: a scrunchie, a towel, and a t-shirt. Again, these are available through AOO Store, but it does not sell to overseas customers.

  • And finally, some links: OHP (PC version)
    OHP (mobile version)
    N@H at Facebook

    N@H staff blog
    YUKKIE blog
    YUKKIE twitter
    RAI blog
    RAI twitter

    Amamiya Ryuuto blog
    Amamiya Ryuuto twitter
    Ena blog
    Ena twitter
    Ena OHP
    Takeshi blog
    Shimamura Hikari blog
    Riita blog
[Archived] zechs
ex-Syndrome vocalist has started a new visual kei band called ぜクス-zechs-!



They officially formed in November, but won't start activities until January. On January 9th and 10th, they'll perform their first lives at club FLEEZ and officially start a period of trial activities. Anyone who attends both days will receive a free [unspecified] gift.

The band's music will be a hybrid of scream and electro, but no other information is available yet. In the mean time, you can follow their official blog while we wait for more information.

[Archived] HEISEI ISHIN new project
ライ (RAI) and ユッキー (YUKKIE) announced their new project today: N@H (pronounced “NoaH”)!

Although I said last month that the pair would be reforming 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN), I was incorrect—the pair still consider themselves members of that band, but their current musical activity will be with this new project. (Furthermore, N@H is not signed to UNDER CODE PRODUCTION, but I feel that it's important for me to post about them, at least for a little while.) At any rate, here's the lineup:
  • Vocals and guitar: ユッキー (YUKKIE) [平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN)] Ameblo, twitter
  • DJ and programming: ライ (RAI) [平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN)] Ameblo, twitter
  • Support guitar: 雨宮 流斗 (Amamiya Ryuuto) [ex-ClearVeil, -the MelT-] Ameblo
  • Support drums: Takeshi [ex-カル・ヴァリ (kalvary)]
The project has already announced it's first live, a sponsored event to celebrate their formation (additional bands will be announced on October 21st):
N@H formation celebration sponsored eventNew course of Action [Hi] 2011-12-11 at 渋谷 (Shibuya) REX
N@H, REALies, VOICE, メメント・モリ (MEMENTO ・ MORI), (additional bands TBA 2011-10-21)


Lastly, N@H already has an official website and a staff blog, so be sure to follow them!

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What do you guys think? I was quite surprised to see RAI acting as programmer rather than drummer, which I guess gives an indication of their style. Even though it's not what I expect, I'm still excited to hear what they have to offer—hopefully they'll release something soon so we'll get a chance to!

[Archived] Futurism•Boyz revealed
So here was be being skeptical it was Arc when all the signs pointed to it being Arc.......


Well Futurism Boyz...are indeed Arc



The line up hasn't changed but their names have

Vocal - CO-
Guitar - ユキヒロ
Bass - BB
Drums & Prog. -
俊 (Shun kept his the same)

They also have their new Ameba!

Edit with their Twitter!

CO-
Yukihiro
BB
Shun



[Archived] FUTURISM・BOYZ first release
New band FUTURISM・BOYZ has already decided their first release: a mini-album, in two types!

The mini-album is called New period and will be released on 2011-09-28. It will feature five songs plus a bonus track, with the bonus track differing between the two types. Both types will include an application form; the forms from both types can be mailed in to apply for a DVD containing the band's first PV. Furthermore, the privilege for buying both types from the official web shop is a making of DVD of that PV (and an early shipping date of 2011-08-25).

FUTURISM・BOYZ -
New period TYPE A
2011-09-28; 2,625 yen; mini-album CD; complete limited pressing
includes application form A for PV DVD
official web shop privilege for double purchase: making of PV DVD
01. 生きるとは闘いであれ (Ikiru toha Tatakai de Are)
02. SPICY
03. If ~もう少し勇気があれば君の隣にいれたかな~ (If ~Mousukoshi Yuuki ga Areba Kimi no Tonari ni Iretakana~)
04. micron
05. 【S】ound【E】ngine
06. 無数の均衡 (Musuu no Kinkou) (bonus track)

New period TYPE B
2011-09-28; 2,625 yen; mini-album CD; complete limited pressing
includes application form B for PV DVD
official web shop privilege for double purchase: making of PV DVD
01. 生きるとは闘いであれ (Ikiru toha Tatakai de Are)
02. SPICY
03. If ~もう少し勇気があれば君の隣にいれたかな~ (If ~Mousukoshi Yuuki ga Areba Kimi no Tonari ni Iretakana~)
04. micron
05. 【S】ound【E】ngine
06. Riser (bonus track)

生きるとは闘いであれ (Ikiru toha Tatakai de Are)
2011-??-??; 0 yen; mail-order-limited privilege PV DVD; limited pressings
mail-order privilege for sending applications from both types
01. 生きるとは闘いであれ (Ikiru toha Tatakai de Are) (PV)

Making of 生きるとは闘いであれ (Making of Ikiru toha Tatakai de Are)
2011-08-25; 0 yen; web shop privilege making of DVD; limited pressings
privilege for buying both types from official web shop
01. Making of 生きるとは闘いであれ (Making of Ikiru toha Tatakai de Are)
02. α


I can't help but be excited for this release! Hopefully I'll be even more excited once the members are announced, hahaha. Well, do any of you already plan to buy FUTURISM・BOYZ' mini-album?

[Archived] New band!! Pre-announcement-details
The new UNDER CODE PRODUCTION band is... FUTURISM・BOYZ!

「Enjoy the best music in the world」 These guys will destroy the old era!


From their concept (“a message of advancing toward new things”), to their motto (above), to their name and titles, it seems that these guys are serious about bringing something new to the scene. Furthermore, KISAKI says they're “newcomers who will breathe new life into the scene on a large scale.” Let's hope they accomplish their mission!

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The band won't be officially announced until August 1st, so I can't give details such as member lineup until then. However, I can say that they already have a mini-album (New period) and two sponsored event tours planned. More details to come over the next few days! (...or sooner, depending.)

(And if you didn't make the connection, this is the band that was teased about a few days ago.) So, what do you think of FUTURISM・BOYZ so far?

[Archived] New band?!
KISAKI has just posted a preview picture of a new band!! (As usual, it's a super small preview shot from the photography session, so don't expect to be able to identify much.) He said that he expects these newcomers to bring fresh air to UNDER CODE, but gave no other details—more will be revealed on August 1st.


Who do you think they are? Someone mentioned them looking like Arc, and I totally agree. I wonder if they'll have a similar style. At any rate, can't wait for more to be revealed!

Edit: this actually happened last night, and I've been trying to post since then, but LiveJournal has been having problems. So, for cases like that, you might want to follow my UNDER CODE twitter: @we_love_ucp.

[Archived] Affective Synergy
For those of you who don't know, Affective Synergy is the solo project of ex-Synside guitarist Lin. It's not UNDER CODE affiliated, but we all like Synside, and I like Lin, so~ Just wanted to mention the project's first release: 1st maxi-single, Eternity Colors, will be released on 2011-07-06.

More details are set to be announced soon. In the mean time, I'm keeping up with Lin and Affective Synergy in greater detail over at . 2011-06-11 edit: tracklist revealed, added to post.

Affective Synergy -
Eternity Colors
2011-07-06; maxi-single CD
not an UNDER CODE release
01. Signal of Procession
02. Another Sky
03. Depletion
04. Eternity Colors
05. Sleeping Forest


[Archived] Vior gloire 1st Single and Debut
KISAKI recently announced at his ameba blog that Vior gloire's 1st Single will be released on 2011.08.17 
It will be named 「インスパイア」 (inspired)
Also ViorGloire will make their stage debut 2011.07.16 at Ikebukuro CYBER

here's the
LINK for his AMEBA entry
[Archived] Vior gloire release, event, costume weirdness
Thanks to ViSULOG, we finally have some official announcements regarding Vior gloire! The band has announced its first release, its first live/sponsored event, and its first oneman. But let's start with their first official photo!



Notice that the costumes in this photo are completely different from the original picture that was secretly uploaded to the OHP. I have no idea why KISAKI would allow money to be wasted on two sets of costumes and two photoshoots—maybe the band changed its concept, or maybe they had a pre-formation lineup change? Well, whatever the case, that second lineup we found (ex. the one with RENA) is the official one.

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Anyway, on to their first live details! Although we know the band has secretly done lives as Vior, it seems that their first official live will be a sponsored event in July. Later in the month, the band will hold their first oneman. An unspecified present will be freely distributed at both.

Vior gloire debut sponsored eventCocktail party 2011-07-16 at 池袋 (Ikebukuro) CYBER
Vior gloire (first live), 朱 (SUZAKU), Arpege, Black berry, 水樂 (Byakura), Sirokuro, RAVI, RagEnd, Lauder
※ (unspecified present freely distributed to attendees)

Vior gloire formation commemoration oneman疑似カタストロフィー (Giji CATASTROPHE) 2011-07-30 at 心斎橋 (Shinsaibashi) FANJ-twice
Vior gloire (oneman)
※ (unspecified present freely distributed to attendees)

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And finally, release information, alright! Vior gloire's first release will be a maxi-single, to be released in August. ...And that's it! Kind of a simple way to debut, but I guess it's my fault for expecting a lot after all the confusion about them. Anyway, details~

Vior gloire -
インスパイア (INSPIRE)
2011-08-17; 1,575 yen; maxi-single CD; sole pressing; UCCD-296
01. (Unannounced new song)
02. (Unannounced new song)
03. (Unannounced new song)

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Tidbit: the name of SUGAR FORKFUL's first event was alsoCocktail Party. Rest in peace ;_;~

I still have so many questions about them: what is the point of Vior? do the two bands have truly different lineups, or just different member names? why wasn't the band revealed April 1st as planned? why did they spend money on new costumes and new photoshoots without ever revealing the first ones? why are you so angly? answer me my queltion!

Well, I guess we may never know the answers to all of Vior gloire's mysteries, but at least they seem cool. The new costumes look so much more professional than the last ones (even if less unique), and I'm super excited about their first release. What are your thoughts about everything?

[Archived] New band 2!: Vior gloire
UNDER CODE hasn't officially announced this one yet, but the second new band is called Vior gloire! (I suppose they were going for French, “see glory”?) As I said, they don't have a page up at the OHP yet, but this image was uploaded in a folder:


Edit: I just realized this is the “Vior” band that was opening for the Dali vs Megaromania twoman. Which means we already have member info!
  • Vocals: まひる (Mahiru) (ex-GRiST)
  • Guitar: ケイ (KEI) (ex-brodiaea)
  • Guitar: みつき (Mitsuki) (ex-GRiST)
  • Bass: シズク (SHIZUKU)
  • Drums: リョー (RYOO) (ex-LAGING)

Edit 2: Ok, found that they seem to be using different names (but it's still the same lineup as I posted—I think), and found their blogs! So updated lineup:
According to some bands' schedules, Vior gloire performed at UNITED LINK for JAPAN, but I don't know if that's actually the case or not. If not, it seems that their first live will be on 2011-05-05 at the Dali vs Megaromania show.

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Ok, now that I've realized who they are, I'm really excited! Mahiru is a superb vocalist, and I like KEI a lot. Two ex-brodiaea new bands in one day, yay!

Also, I've made , but only as a placeholder. If you'd like to run the community, let me know!

[Archived] New band! REALies (w/ PV sample)
The new UNDER CODE PRODUCTION band has been announced: REALies!


Official profile at the OHP


Their concept is “Nu wave”, and they've officially started activities as of May 1st. They've already announced their first release, a single called NuAGE, as well as their first sponsored events and oneman live.

Here's the exciting bit (at least for me): the vocalist and bassist are ex-Synside! I'm not sure about the other members yet, but speak up if you recognize them! ---





Their first release is a two type maxi-single, in celebration of their formation. Both types will contain the same two songs, while the A type will include a PV and the B type will include a bonus track. The privilege for buying both from the official web shop is an early ship date (2011-07-06) and a message + live DVD recorded at their 2011-07-01 oneman.

REALies -
NuAGE -A Type-
2011-07-13; 1,890 yen; maxi-single CD+DVD; complete limited pressing
※ with purchase of A+B from official web shop: message + live DVD

CD 01. NuAGE
CD 02. ヒカルセカイ (HIKARU SEKAI)
DVD 01. NuAGE (PV)

NuAGE -B Type-
2011-07-13; 1,680 yen; maxi-single CD; complete limited pressing
※ with purchase of A+B from official web shop: message + live DVD

01. NuAGE
02. ヒカルセカイ (HIKARU SEKAI)
03. D.O.P.E (bonus track)

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Surprisingly, their first live is also set to be their first oneman! The live is called REALies 1st One Man -NuWAVE ROCK SHOW-, and will be held on 2011-07-01 at OSAKA MUSE. Those who attend will receive a special DVD present, although the contents haven't been announced.

Then, on 2011-07-03 and 2011-07-23, they'll sponsor two events under the name Stund UP!! (hopefully a typo). A special present will be distributed at those lives as well, although details of that have not been announced either.

REALies 1st One Man NuWAVE ROCK SHOW
2011-07-01
REALies (oneman)
special DVD freely distributed to attendees



CD release celebration event REALive Vol.1 「Stund UP!! NuAGE~TOKYO~」
2011-07-03 at 渋谷 (Shibuya) STAR LOUNGE
REALies, DIAURA, TRIGGAH, 江戸川パラドクス (Edogawa PARADOX), ポルターガイスト (POLTERGEIST), RED universe, レクレンズ (RECLENS), -varell-
unspecified present freely distributed to attendees

REALive Vol.2 「Stund UP!! NuAGE~OSAKA~」
2011-07-23 at ESAKA MUSE
REALies, 朱 (Suzaku), DEAR, SILICA, LION-リオン-, FOWR, BIOSPHIA, 愛飴羅 (Aira), Larme noir, -Xion-
unspecified present freely distributed to attendees



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So! What do you think? It's a little weird for me to see Rayka doing something “light” like this; but then again, the sample makes it seem like it may be a mixture of light and heavy sounds. They seem like they're going for a mix of NEU and HEISEI ISHIN, but hopefully they'll carve out a niche of their own. I'm really excited and will definitely be buying their first release!

[Archived] The new bands "details"
Basicly we have waited for the details since the first day of this month and now we get something out of Kisaki. A couple of pictures taken from the shooting of the first PV. Apparently this band is starting with it. Though I might be wrong about all this so correct me if he's talking about some other producing company's band. That would be odd though...

Anyway he posted two pictures, one into his regular blog and one into his twitter.

Here's the blog entry: ameblo.jp/undercode-kisaki/entry-10857999084.html

So what do you guys thing, aye? It's not a surprise that it's once again really hard to recognize any members. But we can always try and have fun doing it, right?

//Oopsie doopsie, sorry about the link. XD I had some major issues with livejournal.
[Archived] New band(!) first photograph
If you recall, back in January I posted about two new bands joining UNDER CODE. The first band turned out to be 朱 (Suzaku), but no details were available about the other new band. Well, KISAKI has just made a post with a little information!

The new band will officially join UNDER CODE this May, and full details will be revealed on 2011-04-01! Also, the band held their first official photography session today, and KISAKI posted a preview!!

Feel free to join me in a resounding “WTF” about the picture. I'm not going to judge until I see the full official photos, but those seem like some really strange costumes. Anyway, anyone have any speculation?!

2011-05-01 edit: This turned out to be Vior gloire, although details weren't announced on April 1st as announced, but rather in May.

[Archived] Suzaku: photos, release, samples!
Edit: Since posting this morning, their details have been revealed! So first things first...

  • ...pictures!! Group picture and profile pictures. These guys clearly don't look like Synside guys, so I'm pretty sure that rumor was completely false.
  • Second up, a music sample!! These boys are so fast that they've already got a sample of the title track from their first maxi-single. The sample can be heard here. I quite like it! And you?
  • Third, member speculation: again, definitely not Synside guys, unless I'm blind. No longer looks like ClearVeil guys either.

    Several of you have pointed this out, and his official blog has confirmed: the blonde guitarist is definitely SHAGRATH (ex-AIKARYU/IRODORI/Ultimate Sonic), now under the name of 葉月 (Hazuki).

    As for vocalist, figured out it's ex-Envus/jubily vocalist 英樹-Hideki-! It looks like him, it features a kanji from his old name, and it sounds like him. Plus, his blog is set to close soon, so~

    Drummer: Trombe says ex-REZERG. I checked, and there was a member named Kajuu. So I'm inclined to agree, but don't know what the guy looks like or anything.
  • Fourth, let's talk about theme! As points out, the band name has to do with ancient China/Japan, and the clothing/titles/calligraphy logo fit that theme nicely. Those points, plus the style of the music and the “first mission” thing make me feel that they're aiming to be some sort of Kiryu/AND hybrid. Even if my comparison is crappy, I think we can safely say they're neo visual kei.
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The 朱 (Suzaku) page isn't open yet, but there's already some info available from it:

Vocals: 樹 (Itsuki) (2011-02-01 edit: Hideki, ex-Envus/jubily)
Guitar: 葉月 (Hadzuki) (2011-02-01 edit: Shagrath, ex-AIKARYU)
Guitar: 鴉 (Karasu) (2011-03-22 edit: Asuka, ex-Envus)
Bass: 時雨 (Shigure) (2011-02-01 edit: Shigure, ex-ヴェル(VELL)/ヱリザ(ERISA))
Drums: 華樹 (Kajuu) (2011-02-01 edit: Kajuu, ex-REZERG ??)

Next up, details of their first release! The release is a maxi-single with a very weird name (see below), to be released on 2011-05-18 in two types. Both types feature three songs, the third one being different for each type. The official web shop privilege for buying both is an early ship date of 2011-05-10 + a DVD with a comment and footage from their first secret live on 2011-03-10.

朱 (Suzaku)
曲ガル睡蓮`駆ケル[11ul] TYPE A (Magaru Suiren, Kakeru [11ul] TYPE A)
2011-05-18; 1,680 yen; maxi-single CD
official web shop privilege: message + live DVD with A&B

01. 曲ガル睡蓮`駆ケル[11ul] (Magaru Suiren, Kakeru [11ul])
02. 舌禍粧 (Zekkashou)
03. 『』曰わく、 (『』 Iwaku,)

曲ガル睡蓮`駆ケル[11ul] TYPE B (Magaru Suiren, Kakeru [11ul] TYPE B)
2011-05-18; 1,680 yen; maxi-single CD
official web shop privilege: message + live DVD with A&B

01. 曲ガル睡蓮`駆ケル[11ul] (Magaru Suiren, Kakeru [11ul])
02. 舌禍粧 (Zekkashou)
03. テオナナカトル (TEONANACATL)


Suzaku official first live sponsored event 朱宴-襲- (Suzakuen -Kasane-)
2011-04-26 at OSAKA MUSE
(details unannounced)

Suzaku CD release celebration sponsored event 朱宴-宵- (Suzakuen -Yoi-)
2011-06-19 at ESAKA MUSE
2011-06-25 at 池袋 (Ikebukuro) CYBER
(details unannounced)



Ok, some clarifications for their biography: it seems that the 2010-03-10 live at the UNDER CODE 8th anniversary event is a “secret live,” even though everybody knows about it. It seems that they'll officially form as of 2011-04-01 (2011-02-01 edit: their biography now says official formation as of 2011-03-01), with their official first live on 2011-04-26. So that's that.

As for members, people are saying that at least three are ex-Synside. Personally, I don't see it, and I think it's just because the web designer is lazy and using Synside's page as a template, but I could be wrong (2011-02-01 edit: definitely not Synside). If you have any info/thoughts, please share. As for the vocalist, Itsuki was the name of Bergerac's vocalist, and UNDER CODE had a relationship with them, so it seems possible, but a big Itsuki fan doesn't recognize him in that preview picture of the band, so... Thoughts?

ALSO, any idea wtf is up with these titles? What is this Kiryu-esque Japanese craziness? Upside-down commas ;O;?! 11ul!? Someone smart please explain!

[Archived] Some new band (“Aka”) information...
KISAKI posted about the new UNDER CODE band that we've been hearing about, 朱 (“Aka”).

First point of interest: it's actually romanized Suzaku.

Anyway, the post also contains the first picture of 朱 (Suzaku)! What do you guys think? Recognize any of the members? It's hard to tell from such a small pic, but I think they look damn cool! Can't wait to see more.

And finally, as mentioned before, more details are set to be revealed through the OHP on the 1st (today, in Japan). KISAKI says they'll be giving details of their “first mission,” so I guess that will be their theme, huh?

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2011-03-01 edit: New post! Let's discuss there~

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(So sorry , your shirt is ruined ;_;~)

[Archived] Aka coming soon
Details about 朱(Aka) will be announced at UCP OHP at 2011/03/01.

Excited? 8D

[Archived] Off topic: new band discussion~
Off topic 'cause this is more just bits of info for discussion~

  • 2 new bands Last time, I said that Vsoku had reported plans for 2 new UNDER CODE bands this year. I have no clue where they got that info—I thought they'd said it was from KISAKI's latest interview with Cure, but I can't find that anymore, and didn't notice any mention of new bands in the article—but Vsoku is trustworthy, so.

  • New band 赤 At any rate, one new band was already confirmed: 赤 (Aka). —and speaking of which, I emailed UNDER CODE to confirm the romanization (can't be too careful with one-character names), [2011-03-22 edit: the official romanization was later revealed to be Suzaku] and they said they won't reveal it until later. But anyway, aside from a name and live date, we know nothing about them.

  • New bands under way, totally fresh Today, KISAKI updated his blog, saying that he'd held an interview about and had some meetings with the new bands. Promisingly, he said that they'll breathe new fresh air into UNDER CODE, hahaha.

  • 3 new bands?! The next line in that same post starts off “though it was 3 bands in quick succession...” Assuming that means he held meetings with three bands in a row, does that mean three bands are already planned to join UNDER CODE this year?! I could be misunderstanding, or he could have met with two new bands and one current one, but if it does mean three new bands, increíble! [2011-05-01 edit: yep, it was three new bands total; aside from 朱 (Suzaku), the remaining two were REALies and Vior gloire

  • Potential costume designs Lastly, also in the same post, he uploaded a tiny picture of some official documents. Seems that two of them are prototype costume designs for the new bands? The one on top—I'm assuming 赤—seems really dark and kote-ish, which is awesome. The one on the bottom looks like DecoLa Hopping, which just confuses me. But I guess that would be fresh air, huh?

    Oh, one final thing: there are only two costume designs. So does that mean no third band? Or the third is so new that it doesn't have costume designs yet? Or the design drawings aren't for the new bands at all? Hmm~
Whatever's going on, it's very mysterious and exciting, isn't it? Let's hear your thoughts!

[Archived] UNDER CODE's new band
KISAKI threw us a little teaser... He's revealed the name of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's new band:

(Aka)

And that's it! Their first scheduled appearance will be on 2011-03-10 at the UNDER CODE 8th anniversary event, DYNAMITE EXPLOSION. Specifically, that's the third night of the event, which also happens to be KISAKI's birthday event.

Pretty mysterious huh? I guess UNDER CODE favors one-character names lately, haha. Who do you hope is in the band?

Posts from 2010

[Archived] UNDER CODE 8th anniversary event
UNDER CODE has just announced its 8th anniversary (!) event, DYNAMITE EXPLOSION. The event will take place over three days: 2011-03-06, 03-08, and 03-10. The event seems pretty standard, aside from Lycaon participating, but there is one really cool thing about it...

hurts will hold a one day revival! Pretty cool huh?

UNDER CODE PRODUCTION 8TH ANNIVERSARY DYNAMITE EXPLOSION

2011-03-06 at 吉祥寺 (Kichijouji) CLUB SEATA
凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin), Megaromania, Arc, PERESTROIKA, Dali, シンディケイト (CindyKate), Cu[be], Lycaon (Guest), (Large session)

2011-03-08 at 名古屋 (Nagoya) CLUB UPSET
凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin), Megaromania, Arc, PERESTROIKA, Dali, シンディケイト (CindyKate), Cu[be], Lycaon (Guest), hurts (One day revival), (Large session)

2011-03-10 at 大阪 (Osaka) BIG CAT
凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin), Megaromania, Arc, PERESTROIKA, Dali, シンディケイト (CindyKate), Cu[be], Lycaon, Synside, (Large session)



It's good to see that most of the UCP bands will be participating. I was hoping to see some mysterious, unknown bands playing the event, but no such luck. Guess this means no new UNDER CODE bands like we were hoping. Oh well, congrats for lasting 8 years! Let's hope the label lasts many more :D

Edit: KISAKI updated his blog saying that a new UNDER CODE band will appear!!! Hopefully he means a truly new band and not that Lycaon is joining. That would we weird.
[Archived] Announcement soon?
Just a quickie: KISAKI says that something will be announced at the New Year countdown live, and it sounds like something good. What do you think it is? 

[Archived] Cu[be] joins UNDER CODE! + first release

As of October 1st, Cu[be] has officially joined UNDER CODE PRODUCTION!


Vocals: 螺々 (Lara; ex-ジャガー (JAGUAR))
Guitar: 十夜 (Toya)
Guitar: (Nao; ex-Shelley)
Bass: 憂里 (Yuuri; ex-chariots)
Drums: 亜月 (Aduki; ex-ブレア (BUREA))

For those who don't know, Cu[be] is the new band of ex-chariots bassist 憂里 (Yuuri). They formed in December '09 and have already independently released two CDs. KISAKI said today that, although they are raw and underdeveloped, he recognizes definite potential in them. He hopes that we'll all cheer Cu[be] on and help them reach their potential!

They already have a release planned, and, excitingly, it will be their first release on a national scale! Thanks UCP! And, of course, they already have an event announced to go with it. Details of both are behind the cut:

Cu[be]
Pandemic CORE
2010-01-12; 1,575 yen; maxi-single CD
01. (Unannounced new song)
02. (Unannounced new song)
03. (Unannounced new song)

Cu[be] CD celebration sponsored eventRadical Party VOL:02 2010-12-28 at 名古屋 (Nagoya) HEART LAND
Cu[be], シンディケイト (CindyKate), Schwein, BAELSCOPE, ドメスティック (DOMESTIC), 歩-ふ- (Fu -fu-), Vallquar, DELACROIX, Fake Cradle, and -OMEGA-





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Personally, I'd rather have some new bands, but I'm happy to see Cu[be] join! They're not bad at all, and they've always seemed like they would fit in at UCP. What do you guys think of the new addition?



[Archived] PERESTROIKA fully revealed!
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's new “monster band” has finally been revealed. And it's literally just Nega.

Vocals: 春人 (Haruto, [Jin of Nega])
Guitar: 狛 (Koma, [SAN of Nega])
Bass: 如月 洸一郎 (Kisaragi Kouichirou, [Ray of Nega])
Drums: 宙宇介 (Yuusuke, [Yu of Nega])

Their section of the UNDER CODE website is here, so go ahead and check it out to see their official photos.

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I'm glad Nega's back, but to be honest, I think that's kind of retarded (and I was so 90% sure it was SIVA related!). But I'm curious as to what you guys think. So let's take a poll!



[Archived] New band?
I just arrived back home from Lin's performance in Meguro, where I got a bunch of Under Code-related flyers.

There was a "gazette" attached to them.

"Roikar Gazette - the world daily newspaper produced by THE UNDER CODE TIMES
This autumn, a monster band debuts. Their name is PERESTROIKA"

Who are they?
This autum, a mysterous large size new face band debuts from UNDER CODE PRODUCTION. Their name is PERESTROIKA. They're a Japanese Visual rock band. However. their information yet is hardly revealed. The one of the members talked. "I want to make it to the band that changes this scene." What music do they play? What figures are they? What live do they do? Everything is wrapped in the mystery. It is not possible tp take your eyes off their activities in the future."

The rest of the text is actually a small summary of the Soviet Union history and about the history of Perestroika.

I can't add any scans, sorry. Don't have a chance to scan.








ignore my ugly futon, please.


It's bit strange acutally, but I thought it was worth posting.

[Archived] Lin -the end of corruption world-
凛 -the end of corruption world-


Vocals: RIKU (ex. KAWON → HISKAREA → Phantasmagoria → chariots)
Guitar: MIZUKI (ex. ミサルカ (MISARUKA))
Guitar: KANATA (ex. chariots)
Bass: KISAKI (ex. La:Sadie's → MIRAGE → Syndrome → Phantasmagoria)
Drums: REIYA (ex. Pashya → chariots)

They already have several releases planned!
  2010-04-25 Mail-order-limited premium CD (Lin)
  2010-05-23 Omnibus participation NEO VOLTAGE
  2010-06-02 Formation celebration maxi-single As If Forever Exists.

And many lives as well!
Tour 2010: As If Forever Exists.
  05-23 at 難波 (Nanba) HATCH
  06-06 at 大阪住之江名村造船所跡地 (Osaka Suminoe Shokugyoukunrenkou Atochi)
  06-15 at 渋谷 (Shibuya) AX
  06-18 at 渋谷 (Shibuya) O-EAST
  07-18 at 渋谷 (Shibuya) O-EAST
  08-09 at 名古屋 (Nagoya) BOTTOM LINE
  08-15 at 埼玉会館 (Saitamakaikan)
  08-31 at 梅田 (Umeda) SHANGRILA

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  • It looks like we were wrong in calling them Rin. All of their websites are using Lin, so I guess that's actually the right one!
  • Glad to see KISAKI kept it in the UNDER CODE family a bit. Se'ikspia released a CD through UCP, if you didn't know. (2010-04-06 edit: I originally thought KANATA was ex-Se'ikspia, because that guy has the same name, plays guitar, and currently is without a band. Buuut it turned out to be Akito in disguise, so I guess this band did turn out to be chariots 2.0) I'm not sure where the MIZUKI connection comes from, but it's cool. I know some of us are surprised that a certain Megaromania drummer didn't join!
  • The band's first singles are being released through the Bands@id music label B.P.Records. I'm not really sure why that is; hopefully nothing bad is going on at UNDER CODE. May just be that Bands@id is doing a really great PV for them or something, or maybe they're doing premium packaging... Who knows
  • The covers are already up: premium CD and maxi-single A type, B type, and C type.
  • Official MySpace
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凛 (Lin) -
凛 (Lin)
  2010-04-25; 1,050 yen; mail-order-limited premium CD; limited 1,000
  01. (Unknown contents)
  ※ Available only through UCP OFFICIAL WEB SHOP
As If Forever Exists. -A Type-
  2010-06-02; 2,100 yen; maxi-single CD; limited pressings
  published by B.P.Records; BPRVD-011

  CD 01. As If Forever Exists.
  CD 02. Fall...
  DVD 01. As If Forever Exists. PV
  + one of twelve trading cards
As If Forever Exists. -B Type-
  2010-06-02; 1,670 yen; maxi-single CD; limited pressings
  published by B.P.Records; BPRVD-012

  01. As If Forever Exists.
  02. Fall...
  03. Imaginary Lover (Bonus track)
  + one of twelve trading cards
As If Forever Exists. -C Type-
  2010-06-02; 1,670 yen; maxi-single CD; limited pressings
  published by B.P.Records; BPRVD-013

  01. As If Forever Exists.
  02. Fall...
  03. Fake Dance (Bonus track)
  + one of twelve trading cards
As If Forever Exists. -MAKING DVD-
  0 yen; present making DVD
  01. Making of As If Forever Exists.
  ※ The DVD will be signed; given to those who send proof of purchase of all three types.
Fake Dance
  2010-05-25; 0 yen; present furitsuke DVD
  01. RIKU teaches Fake Dance furi
  ※ Mailed to those who preorder all three types through Bands@id.

V.A. -
NEO VOLTAGE
  2010-05-26; 2,500 yen; omnibus CD

  published by blowgrow/avex; XNBG-10001
  ??. 凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin): (Unknown song)

[Archived] KISAKI's New Band
The name of KISAKI's new band has been revealed: 凛 (Rin).

As of now, the band's logo says 凛 -the end of corruption world-, but I'm not sure if the subtitle will turn out to be a part of the name or just a band concept.

凛 (Rin) will play its first live on 2010-05-23 at なんば (Nanba) HATCH during the Over the Edge'10 @OSAKA event. The other bands playing are 12012, girugämesh, Sadie, ダウト (DOUT), ドレミ團 (Doremidan), heidi., VIDOLL, and Mix speaker's,inc., and two session bands.

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No details of 凛's (Rin's) lineup or potential first release have been announced. I'll post again as soon as any more details are revealed.

[Archived] KISAKI's Huge Announcement
① KISAKI has made an important announcement to all fans. As you know, on 2009-12-31, Phantasmagoria began an activity revival. However, this revival was never to be permanent. Therefore, Phantasmagoria's limited revival will end on 2010-04-05.

However! After much deliberation, KISAKI has decided on his future. KISAKI is officially coming out of retirement, and, later this year, KISAKI will form a new band and continue activities. He knows that many people will disagree, but asks that true fans come with him.

Read KISAKI'S announcement here.

Quite a surprise... I expected the big announcement to be a full Phantasmagoria revival. Guess not.

② Phantasmagoria's online event is still going on! The guys just came back and started tweeting again. I'm keeping track of important events at my previous post here. Also, a bunch of us are chatting about the event. Feel free to join your fellow friends at the online event chat!

[Archived] Phantasmagoria Online Event
Don't forget about Phantasmagoria's online event (details here)! It's supposed to start in an hour.

They still haven't announced anything about how to “apply” so I'm just going to assume that they didn't mean anything by that. Hopefully everything goes on without a hitch!

Edit 01/31 03:00PM EST: KISAKI says he'll reveal something at 15:00JST
Edit 01/31 07:00PM EST: It's supposed to start in 30 minutes!
Edit 01/31 07:30PM EST: Supposed to start now... Waiting.
Edit 01/31 07:39PM EST: It's started! Sort of. Riku just tweeted!
Edit 01/31 07:47PM EST: Tweet from the Cure staff~
Edit 01/31 08:00PM EST: By the way, started a chat room for anyone who's interested
Edit 01/31 10:30PM EST: The staff is taking a 3 hour break
Edit 02/01 12:30AM EST: The break ended early!
Edit 02/01 01:00AM EST: KISAKI's announcement revealed: a new band!
Edit 02/01 01:30AM EST: KISAKI has arrived!
Edit 02/01 01:50AM EST: KISAKI's made the event turn crazy
Edit 02/01 04:05AM EST: Another 30 minute break starts...
Edit 02/01 04:41AM EST: The break will last a little longer...
Edit 02/01 05:00AM EST: I give up, going to bed! Thanks to everyone who met me in the chat room. It was awesome!

Posts from 2009

[Archived] Band News
① I previously posted this here, but locked the entry since I wasn't 100% sure. But now I am! シンディケイト (CINDYKATE) is joining UNDER CODE PRODUCTION and already has a release planned. The band's section at the UCP OHP is here, and there's already a sample up!



Phantasmagoria will be participating at a pair of lives on 2010-02-05 and 2010-03-19. It's important to note that they are not announcing a comeback at this time; they are simply playing as guests. However... They have been removed from the “disbanded” page at the OHP, so maybe we can expect something more substantial soon~



Phantasmagoria has opened a special section at the OHP. See Phantasmagoria's page here for the first official shot from their recent photography session.



④ And for some live news~
  • Arc and 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN) are having a twoman, UCP突撃編2マン Arc維新隊 (UCP Totsugekihen 2 MAN Arcishintai), on 2010-02-11 at Shinsaibashi FANJ-twice.
  • 水風船 (Mizufuusen) and (有)ネガエンタープライセス ((Yuu) NEGA ENTERPRISES) (the Arc and Nega session bands) are sponsoring a VS event, ヴィジュアル界の阪神巨人戦!! (VISUAL Kai no Hanshin Kyojinsen), on 2010-05-04 at ESAKA MUSE.
  • And finally, UCP's 7th anniversary will be celebrated with the event 地下線7周年記念祭 (Chikasen 7 Shuunen Kinensai) on 2010-03-13 and 2010-03-14 at OSAKA MUSE and ESAKA MUSE.


シンディケイト (CINDYKATE) -

濱NIGHT☆CITYBOY (Hama NIGHT☆CITYBOY) -A Type-

  2010-02-10; 1,365 yen; Single CD; UCCD-256A

  01. 濱NIGHT☆CITYBOY (Hama NIGHT☆CITYBOY)

  02. -警告- (-Keikoku-)

濱NIGHT☆CITYBOY (Hama NIGHT☆CITYBOY) -B Type-

  2010-02-10; 1,365 yen; Single CD; UCCD-256B

  01. 濱NIGHT☆CITYBOY (Hama NIGHT☆CITYBOY)

  02. 教えてモンテスキュー! (Oshiete MONTESQUIEU!)


[Archived] Big News: New Band!
シンディケイト (CINDYKATE) is joining UNDER CODE! They've been around for a while, but it's always nice to have some new blood at the label.

I never got into them, but I'm not opposed to them either. Their current costumes remind me of early Arc, so maybe KISAKI is trying that route out again. What do you guys think?

(Locking this post because it hasn't been officially announced yet--files have just been uploaded at the OHP, so things could still change.)

[Archived] Huge News
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's new band has been revealed: Synside! (You may remember them as the unknown band appearing at UNDER CODE's new year event.) Lots of news regarding them, so hang in there. Just think of it as a Thanksgiving treat!

Synside

① Synside's concept is “INNER TRUTH,” and the band officially forms on 2009-12-01. The lineup is as follows:
  • Vocals: Rayka
  • Guitar: Lin
  • Guitar: kikyo
  • Bass: 明イ (Akino)
  • Drums: Yori

② Here's the part that some of you will love and some of you will hate: Rayka is ex-brodiaea vocalist 戀 (Ren), and Lin is ex-brodiaea guitarist 凛 (Rin)! I'm personally glad that they're back, but it's too bad that brodiaea is officially over. kikyo is ex-GRIEVER (I guess we know why he left that band now), but I'm not sure who Akino and Yori are.

③ Synside's first live will be at the UNDER CODE new year event on the 31st. After that, the band already has two sponsored events planned. The first, デュナミス -潜在- (DUNAMIS -Senzai-), will take place on 2010-01-31. The second, エネルゲイア -開示- (ENERGEIA -Kaijo-), will take place on 2010-02-27. Both will take place at 心斎橋FANJ-twice (Shinsaibashi FANJ-twice).

④ Those who attend Synside's sponsored events will receive presents (a different one for each live). The presents are most likely photocards of some sort.

⑤ Synside already has a release planned. On 2010-01-20, THE CORE -subconsciousness-, a “formation commemoration maxi-single,” will be released. The CD will contain three tracks for 1,575 yen. (Expect the first track to be an instrumental, though.)

⑥ The band's OHP can be found at http://www.synside.jp/, and their MySpace can be found here.

⑦ The MySpace page actually has cover art for the band's maxi-single. You can see it here.

⑧ A sample of one song from THE CORE -subconsciousness- is already up at the UNDER CODE OHP. It basically sounds like a new version of a brodiaea song. According to Synside's MySpace, the band's sound in general is “visual/metal/new wave/screamo.”

Synside -
THE CORE -subconsciousness-
  2010-01-20; 1,575 yen; Maxi-single CD; Limited pressings
  01. UNDER THE RIOT
  02. SENSE GATE
  03. IDEAL UNIVERSE

[Archived] New Band Soon
KISAKI confirmed today that a new band will join UNDER CODE PRODUCTION on 2009-12-01. Details should be revealed on that day at UNDER CODE's OHP.

Interestingly, about a week ago, KISAKI posted a picture of a band, but the members were facing away so that they couldn't be identified. So now it seems that it was the first picture of the new band! View the picture here and let me know if you can identify anyone by their heights and hairstyles alone!

I'd forgotten how exciting it was to report on new band news!

[Archived] テラ (ex. ゾディア) New Band
While not pertaining directly to UNDER CODE, ゾディア (Zodia) fans will be happy to see this bit of news!

tera, Zodia's former bassist, has finally formed a new band! The band is called HARNES (ハーネス), and it is described as a "pilot project" (it's not a session band, though). The lineup, similar to Zodia, consists of 3 members!

Vo: 葵 (Aoi) ex. Villain, CHIMERA
Gt: 剛 (Gou) ex. VULGAR
Ba: tera ex. Zodia

Their official homepage can be found here at harnes-web.com/.

Lets wish tera some luck and hope they last a little bit longer than Zodia!
[Archived] Catching Up
chariots officially changed their logo with the release of (Hikari) back on 2009-10-07. (Definitely old news, but I needed to put it somewhere for future reference.)

② chariots' ex-bassist 憂里 (Yuuri) has a new band called Cu[be]. They're not with UNDER CODE, but it's worth mentioning. (I don't know of an OHP for them or anything.)

chariots members 戮 (Riku) and 秋都 (Akito) will be holding live events to celebrate their birthdays:
  • 戮's (Riku's) event is Happy Birthday 33th Anniversary, which will take place on 2010-01-08 at OSAKA MUSE. It will feature chariots, 罪団法人黒十字2010 (Tsumidan Houjin Kurojuuji 2010) (the chariots × Dali session band), Bloodly-HISKA-clown (a variation of the Bloodly-clown session band), CORKSCREW (probably a KUROYUME cover band), and K.R.Paradox.
  • 秋都's (Akito's) event is 秋都HappyHappy Birthday Party (Akito HappyHappy Birthday Party) and will take place on 2010-01-17 at HOLIDAY NAGOYA. It will feature chariots; one night revivals of Mëbíus, ルフィー嬋命 (RUEPHY ALIVE), and Pashya; and guest bands Arc, Megaromania, 水風船 (Mizufuusen), and Cu[be].
④ It seems that ネガ (NEGA) has changed their name to Nega. We'll have to wait to see if it's permanent.

⑤ The covers of Nega's Haunted Jealousy singles have been revealed. A Type, B Type, and C Type.

⑥ The covers of 平成維新's (HEISEI ISHIN's) パブリックセンチメント (PUBLIC SENTIMENT) mini-album were released some time ago. The A type can be found here and the B type can be found here.

⑦ The cover of E'm ~grief~'s Amentia was released some time ago and can be found here. Oh, and it turns out that song “Seducd” is actually Seduce, so that's good.

[Archived] Shuto Seiatsu
Details of 首都制圧 2009~2010 (Shuto Seiatsu 2009~2010), UNDER CODE's New Year countdown event, have been released. As previously stated, it will take place on 2009-12-31 through 2010-01-01 at 東京キネマ倶楽部 (Tokyo KINEMA Club). Special goods will be available at the live. The lineup is as follows:
  • chariots
  • spiv states
  • ネガ (NEGA)
  • 愛狂います。 (aicle。)
  • 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN)
  • ClearVeil
  • ダウナー (DOWNER)
  • E'm ~grief~
  • Megaromania
  • Arc
  • ロットマン (LOTMAN)
  • ν
  • Zip.er
  • カル・ヴァリ (kalvary)
  • Juliette
  • Lycaon
  • 己龍 (Kiryuu)
  • Synside
  • Hi:BRiD
  • 花少年バディーズ (Hana Shounen BADDIES) (Announced 2009-09-27)
  • Jewel (Announced 2009-09-27)
  • ケミカルピクチャーズ (CHEMICAL PICTURES) (Announced 2009-10-01)
  • シンディケイト (CINDYKATE) (Announced 2009-10-20)
  • 水風船 (Mizufuusen) (Session)
  • Toshiya-Z (Session)
  • THE GREEN (Session)
  • 地下線ハミ出し組 (Chikasen Hamidashigumi) (Session)
  • Phantasmagoria (Special countdown guest) (Announced 2009-10-20)

[Archived] New Band for Ren
① Dali's rest period began today, so 苓 (Ren) started a new, temporary band for the meantime. 苓's (Ren's) temporary band is called ロットマン (LOTMAN), and they already have a maxi-single planned. More details can be found at the Dali LiveJournal community here.

ロットマン (LOTMAN) -
アンタイトル (UNTITLE)
  2009-12-02; 1,575 yen; Maxi-single CD
  (Unannounced tracklisting)

[Archived] HINA's New Band
This band does not belong to UNDER CODE PRODUCTION, but I thought it was cool/relevant enough to post here.

ヒナ (HINA), best known to us as the former vocalist of hurts and AZALEA, has a new band! The band's name is Schwein, and they're currently signed with the HOLIDAY label. The band is comprised of four members: vocalist ヒナ (HINA), guitarist 梁 (Yam) (ex-SHUFT), bassist 耶要 (Yairi) (ex-℃), and drummer 武 (Takeru). They have a single planned for release on 2009-08-05 entitled 独裁ノ豚 (Dokusai no Buta). You can see a picture of Schwein here.

Again, this doesn't have anything to do with this community other than the hurts connection, but ヒナ (HINA) is awesome and it's good to see him in a new band. It's just too bad that they didn't sign with UNDER CODE!

Schwein's (really nice) OHP

[Archived] UNDER CODE PRODUCTION Shopping Guide
( UNDER CODE shopping service guide )


2010-03-16 Edit: UNDER GROUND MUSIC was, unfortunately, abandoned in September of 2009. I'm not sure if it was from poor sales or from UNDER CODE's chronic inability to pursue projects to completion. Anyway, the site is still up as of now, but it is no longer linked from the main UNDER CODE site, and no further updates have been (or will be) made to it. I believe you can still purchase things from the site, as the files are still there. However, I cannot guarantee that. If you choose to use this guide to purchase music from the site, I cannot be held liable if your download doesn't work, because UNDER GROUND MUSIC seems to be no longer officially supported.

So feel free to purchase from the site anyway, but do so with caution.


UNDER GROUND MUSIC is the official download site of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION, opened 2009-06-01. Below is a short FAQ and a guide to using the site.

・ A (free) account and credit card is mandatory.
・ The site is completely in Japanese.
・ Non-Japanese may use the site, provided that they have a credit card (see guide below).
・ Files are in MP3 format, ripped at 160 KBPS.
・ Cover art is available at the site, but not within the files themselves.
・ Each song is 210 yen (about $2.22/€1.56).
・ Each purchased file may be downloaded three times before expiring.
・ There are store-limited downloads, mostly live tracks as of now.


(A working email address, free account, and working credit card are required to purchase from UNDER GROUND MUSIC.)
① Register for a free account by clicking the blue button on the main page.

② Enter your nickname (this is not a username, you will use your email address for that), email address (then re-enter to confirm), check the left radio option to agree to the terms of service, and finally click the button to continue.


③ Click the button on the right to confirm your account and return to the main page.


④ You will receive a confirmation email with your temporary password. Once at the main page of UNDER GROUND MUSIC, log in using your email address and temporary password.

⑤ Once logged in, click the pink/red button at the very top of the page to view available artists. Click on an artist to view their available releases, and click on each release to view it/start the buying process.


⑥ On the release page, check the boxes next to the songs you wish to purchase. Then, among the buttons below the tracklisting, click the one on the right to proceed to your cart.


⑦ At the next page, scroll to the very bottom and click on the big green button to pay with a credit card. You will be taken to a white page with only one button to click; click on the button to proceed.

⑧ The next page is for your credit card information. Select the second option in the dropdown at the top of the page. Next, select the radio button on the right. Then enter your credit card number, the month and year it's valid through, and your security number (usually on the back of your card). Leave the first option selected in the next dropdown. Finally, enter and re-enter a password.


⑨ You may be shown a screen with only one button to click; click that button to proceed. You will be taken to a screen showing some of your card information. Enter the cardholder's name into the empty box, and then click the button below it to continue.


⑩ You may be shown a screen with only one button to click; click that button to proceed. You will then be taken to your download center, which shows the tracks you have purchased, and how many more times you may download them. Click the folder icon beside a song to download it (you may view this page at any time by clicking the link "購入履歴" on the main page).



I hope that covers any questions and the whole process. This is a great site, and we definitely need to support it! If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask them here. Also ask if you need any help at all with any stage of purchasing; I intend to promote this site as much as possible, and will gladly provide one-on-one help if it's necessary.

(This guide may be linked to by any site.)


[Archived] UNDER GROUND MUSIC Update
I must have not been the only person having trouble downloading purchases from UNDER GROUND MUSIC. It seems that the site has been taken down and replaced with the "coming soon" page that was previously there.

I'll post here again as soon as I know that UNDER GROUND MUSIC is back up and working. Let's hope it's soon!

Edit: OK, the site is back up. And more importantly, the downloads are working for me now! I'll have a guide on how to purchase shortly (sorry for all the posts!)

Edit 2: The UNDER GROUND MUSIC staff sent out an email addressing the errors earlier in the day. There was an error on the site's part, but it has now been fixed. Those who purchased downloads that did not work have been given new links. The staff also confirmed that overseas purchasers are welcome (I'm working on a guide for that right now).

[Archived] UNDER GROUND MUSIC open
UNDER GROUND MUSIC, the UNDER CODE download site, is now open. It seems to be pretty nice! It features most major releases and a few distribution releases from a good amount of UNDER CODE's bands. It seems that it will also feature non-UNDER CODE bands sometime in the future. Registration is free, and each song is about 210 yen (around 2 dollars). There are also some site-limited releases, mostly live tracks as of now.

The site is a really great way to get releases for less than the physical copies while still supporting the label. Please consider buying one or two releases from there in the future!

I've already tried to buy the new ネガ (NEGA) single, but the download didn't seem to work correctly. I'm not sure if has to do with the fact that I'm in the US or if it was just a glitch that will be fixed soon. I'll post here again if I figure it out.

[Archived] UNDER GROUND MUSIC
① Some time ago, I mentioned that the title strip of The End of Missing announced an UNDER CODE PRODUCTION download site. At the time, I was unsure if it was still planned or not. Well, it's actually going to happen! Sometime in June, UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's download site, UNDER GROUND MUSIC will go online. Pretty cool!

At this point, I'm unsure whether it will contain songs, videos, or both. KISAKI posted a small screenshot of the site at his blog showing a page for ネガ's (NEGA) muddy cult, but I can't tell whether it's for a video or MP3. In any case, we should find out next month, assuming everything goes well.

I hope you'll all support it when it goes online~

[Archived] Big, big news
① KISAKI announced some big news on his blog today. First, it seems that UNDER CODE is to have a new sub-label: HAUNTED HOUSE RECORDS. The label's first release will be a best album for the band FLESH FOR FLANKENSTEIN. I honestly don't know much about them; they're somewhat old, and the project of former ALUCARD vocalist 伊集院 明朗 (Ishuuin Meirou? Corrections welcome). They seem to be kind of a big deal though; KIYOHARU is to be the guest vocalist on some songs on the best album, and the cover of it was done by Rockin'JellyBean (who have done work for ROLLING STONES and other big names). Those who buy the album from the UNDER CODE NET SHOP will receive a special CD. The band's website for now is here. I'm not sure if they're to be something permanent like VAGERKE or if they're going to be like Deshabillz.

② The other big news is that UNDER CODE will be releasing two new items from Kneuklid Romance and supporting their one day revival. (Kneuklid Romance was part of an older generation of visual kei bands who went major.) The first release will be a brand new single in two types, one of which contains a new PV. The other release is a four disc, remastered best album box set (disc 1 and 2 are best albums, disc 3 features remastered versions of the songs from their first demotape, which was limited to 10 copies, and disc 4 features a tribute track). All releases will come with an application for a special history DVD, which can be reserved until 2009-08-31. The revival live, Phantom ~phantom of the 10th year~, will be on 2009-06-27 at Tokyo KINEMA Club. The band's official site, http://www.kneuklid-romance.com/, will fully open on the 23rd.

These releases seem to be of a really high quality, and they all come with bonuses of some sort, so you should check them out (especially if you are actually interested in these bands)! It's pretty awesome that KISAKI is supporting these older bands lately.

FLESH FOR FLANKENSTEIN -
DJ FLANKEN STEIN
  2009-04-29; 3,150 yen; Full best album (SUPER BEST ALBUM); UCCD-228
  UNDER CODE PRODUCTION/HAUNTED HOUSE RECORDS
  01. LUSTY CRAZY LADY (with 清春) (with KIYOHARU)
  02. ROCK YOU
  03. BAT CITY
  04. NEW AGE SUCIDE KIDS
  05. RIDE THE SPEED
  06. あの娘につたえる恋の唄 (Ano Musume ni Tsutaeru Koi no Uta)
  07. NEVER RAIN
  08. MOON LIGHT BREAKER
  09. FLESH!
  10. BAD SOUL BEAT
  11. BLOOD SUPERMARKET
  12. SHUT UP!-BREAK THE MIND-
  13. BAT CITY (清春Version) (KIYOHARU Version)
  14. このままじゃいられない (Kono Mama ja Irarenai) (Bonus Track) (Corrections?)
  15. LUSTY CRAZY LADY (Bonus Track)
  16. ハイになろうよ! (HIGH ni Narouyo!) (Bonus Track)
  17. HIGH SPEED LIFE (Bonus Track)
DJ FLANKEN STEIN -UNDER CODE NET SHOP SPECIAL CD-
  2009-04-29; 0 yen; Privilege CD
  UNDER CODE PRODUCTION/HAUNTED HOUSE RECORDS
  01. HIGH SPEED LIFE -DEMO VERSION-

Kneuklid Romance -
SHINE -A Type-
  2009-06-10; 2,100 yen; Maxi single CD + PV DVD
  CD 01. SHINE
  CD 02. dreamy heaven
  DVD 01. SHINE PV
  + HISTORY DVD application
SHINE -B Type-
  2009-06-10; 1,890 yen; Maxi single CD
  01. SHINE
  02. dreamy heaven
  03. Wall (Bonus Track)
  + HISTORY DVD application
Kneuklid Romance -Phantom ~phantom of the 10th year~- -
  2009-06-10; 7,350 yen; 4 CD box set best album; Limited 1,000
  [DISC:1 第一期 (Daiikki) BEST ALBUM -1993~1994 Complete-]
  01. 瞬間の声 ~LOVE SONG~ (Shunkan no Koe ~LOVE SONG~)
  02. クモオンナノキス (KUMO ONNA NO KISS)
  03. Was Imitation But… So I Believe
  04. Rayly
  05. At Last For You
  06. 瞬間の声 ~パズル~ (Shunkan no Koe ~PUZZLE~)
  07. Flowers
  08. 雪の下で (Yuki no Naka de)
  09. Painted Time
  10. リフレイン (REFRAIN)
  11. 深い青の中で (Fukai Ao no Naka de)
  12. Sing For ...You
  13. 神風 (Kamikaze)
  14. An Infinity Of The Sky
  15. 鳥籠の中の彼女 (Torikago no Naka no Kanojo)
  [DISC:2 第一期 (Dainiki) BEST ALBUM -1996~2000 BEST-]
  01. 未来ある道へと (Mirai Aru Michie to)
  02. Go to bed
  03. want of sleep!
  04. Heaven’s Door
  05. 月と君と僕の関係 (Tsuki to Kimi to Boku no Kankei)
  06. むらさき色の鳥 (Murasaki Iro no Tori)
  07. 砂時計 (Sunadokei)
  08. ガーベラ (GERBERA)
  09. 歩道橋の上の空 (Hodoukyou no Uwanosora)
  10. ash train
  11. しあわせにできる権利 (Shiawase ni Dekiru Kenri)
  12. Dance to Babylon
  13. 天使のしっぽ (Tenshi no Shippo)
  14. マグナム (MAGNUM)
  15. ためいき (Tameiki)
  [DISC:3 DEMO TAPE 「クモオンナノキス (KUMO ONNA NO KISS) ~Re-MASTERING~」]
  01. クモオンナノキス (KUMO ONNA NO KISS)
  02. マスターベーションマイセルフサービス (MASTERBATION MYSELF SERVICE)
  [DISC:4 TRIBUTE BONUS DISC]
  01. KISAKI: Fantastic idea (Kneuklid Romance cover)
  + HISTORY DVD application

*phew*

Posts from 2008

[Archived] More Nega, Plus Arc and Dali
① [From the UNDER CODE OHP] More awesome news for ネガ (Nega) fans: the band will be releasing two brand new singles next year. There are no types, every song is new, and the tracklistings are already announced. Pretty cool! There's also an official privilege; those who buy both new singles at the same time will be eligible to receive a special DVD of some sort. No details regarding the DVD have been given, but more information will be available in the packaging of the CD's themselves.

② [From the UNDER CODE OHP] Dali will be sponsoring a new event called pain paint collection on 2009-02-13 at 心斎橋FANJ-twice (Shinsaibashi FANJ-twice).

③ [From KISAKI's blog] Arc will be holding a "triumphant return" two-part oneman live on 2009-02-22 at 生駒RHEB GATE (Ikoma RHEB GATE). The event is being called N・A・R・A, and the first half will start at 15:30, while the second half will start at 19:00. In his blog, KISAKI said that each part will be different, so fans should attend both!

④ [From KISAKI's blog] One of the staff at UNDER CODE, Staff N, will be having a birthday celebration event! The event will take place on 2009-02-07 at HOLIDAY OSAKA and will be called 暴走天使 ~Birth of "N"~ (Bousou Tenshi ~Birth of "N"~). The event is to feature Arc, Megaromania, and 平成維新 (Heisei Ishin), along with session bands DHaRiM (comprised of members from ダリス (Dhalis), M, and MaRiLL, all Planet CHILD Music bands), T.K.F.M. (featuring (Takafumi), Zodd of ゾディア (Zodia), 静-siz- of ネス (Neth), and 陽悸 (Youki) formerly of Madieduor), and 水風船 (Mizufuusen) (an ongoing session band that features KO~JI of Arc, SAN of ネガ (Nega), ケエト (Keeto) of Dali, and Ray and 優 (Yuu) of ネガ (Nega)).

⑤ [From KISAKI's blog] Arc, Dali, and (Nega) fans take note: According to KISAKI, 水風船 (Mizufuusen)--the session featuring members from those bands--will be releasing a special CD at the 暴走天使 ~Birth of "N"~ (Bousou Tenshi ~Birth of "N"~) event. The CD will be limited to about 100 pressings and will be for sale only at that live. Pretty cool though.

ネガ (Nega) -
dig
  2009-02-25; 1,575 yen; Maxi Single; Limited 5,000 pressings
  01. death warrant
  02. idle
  03. guilt trip
ill
  2009-02-25; 1,575 yen; Maxi Single; Limited 5,000 pressings
  01. idiot beauty
  02. labia
  03. lust[er]

水風船 (Mizufuusen) -
(Unknown Title)
  2009-02-07; Single; Limited 100 pressings
  01. (Tracklisting Unknown)
[Archived] New Band
① UNDER CODE PRODUCTION has a new band. Sort of? The band's name is GRIEVER, and, according to the OHP, they are receiving UNDER CODE's full support and backing. They will be holding two events on 11/29 and 11/30, at which their first two CDs will be freely distributed.

GRIEVER's profile at UCP
[Archived] Various Homepage Updates
Just a bunch of small updates I felt were note-worthy. 

Heisei Ishin has updated their page with a newer look (following the Bass-Guitar-Vocal-Guitar-Drum format), and now has a sample up! (Thanks Goukan!)

② For reasons unknown, Zodia, brodiaea, and Lamina are now in a separate grouping in the UCP homepage. No details on why or what, so I'll do some more digging and find out if it's something like a new sublabel or something (don't take that as official, I'm just as clueless as the next person).

E'm ~grief~, whose members have been shrouded in mystery for a while, have finally lifted the veil on it's drummer, Maju. He is ex-SIVA & ex-Babylon support drummer Aki. Rita was recently revealed to be ex-CalorZe, so now all of the band's member's histories are known.
[Archived] New Band, Release News
① As promised, details regarding the new UNDER CODE band have been released. The new band, as expected, is 平成維新 (Heisei Ishin) and is comprised of at least two(?) members of Anjyu'. The band's concept is "SECOND CULTURE," whatever that means, and its lineup is as follows: 拓 (Taku) on vocals, YUKKIE (most likely ex-Anjyu') on guitar, JILL on guitar, 善 (Yoshi) (definitely ex-Anjyu') on bass, and ライ (Rai) on drums.

② Of course, the band already has two releases and a few live events planned. Their first live event, held on 8/25, is called Outbreak of war and will be followed by a two-day event on 9/20 and 9/21 called THE FIRST HOLY COLOSSEUM -2 DAYS-. Release information is below:

Edit: Well, it's not the five month release campaign that I was expecting (there's still time guys!) but chariots will be featured in a coupling CD with Versailles. One that is live-distributed only. Start crying now~ Anyway, the title, tracklisting, and number of tracks are unannounced as of now, but it WILL feature new songs. The CD will be distributed at Osaka BIG CAT on 09/13 during the chariots × Versailles live event ART OF "Propaganda".

Edit: Jesus, remind me to go through the entire UCP site before making any updates. The stuff below is allll new:

④ SIVA, as expected, announced new releases finally. This time it's three new CDs, and, of course, there are a few live events to accompany them. On October 10th they'll be holding a oneman live entitled ZERO. But before the oneman...:

⑤ Dali and SIVA will be holding a two-day coupling event in September called art / smash (the second day happens to be my birthday! sweet). Both bands will "headline" I suppose, but there will be several other bands playing as well. Additionally, there will be a Dali × SIVA session band playing at the event.

⑥ I forgot to mention before that ClearVeil's profile page has been updated with their new look. As has SIVA's.

平成維新 (Heisei Ishin) -
Phantom
  2008-09-03; 1,575 yen; Maxi single; Limited pressings
  01. Unannounced new track
  02. Unannounced new track
  03. Unannounced new track
Shelter
  2008-09-03; 1,575 yen; Maxi single; Limited pressings
  01. Unannounced new track
  02. Unannounced new track
  03. Unannounced new track

SIVA -
demolish
  2008-08-20; 1,365 yen; Maxi single; Limited 3,000 pressings
  01. Unannounced new track
  02. Unannounced new track
libelalism (Hopefully it's actually liberalism)
  2008-08-20; 1,365 yen; Maxi single; Limited 3,000 pressings
  01. Unannounced new track
  02. Unannounced new track
death education -A Type-
  2008-10-08; 2,940 yen; Mini album + DVD; Limited 5,000 pressings
  CD 01. Unannounced new track
  CD 02. Unannounced new track
  CD 03. Unannounced new track
  CD 04. Unannounced new track
  CD 05. Unannounced new track
  DVD 01. libelalism PV
death education -B Type-
  2008-10-08; 2,625 yen; Mini album; Limited 5,000 pressings
  01. Unannounced new track
  02. Unannounced new track
  03. Unannounced new track
  04. Unannounced new track
  05. Unannounced new track
  06. greif (Bonus Track) (Hopefully it's actually grief)

chariots × Versailles -
(Unannounced Title)
  2008-09-13; 0 yen; Coupling; Distribution limited
  01. Unannounced new track
  02. Unannounced new track

The band's official UCP profile is here, and the band's official blog can be found at the address of the old blog of Anjyu'.

(Anyone have information on the other members? I can only recognize one Anjyu' guy by face, so maybe there are more? Hopefully more info will appear soon~)

[Archived] New bands + Phantasmagora releases.
Two new bands have been added to the UNDER CODE roster. lamina and E'm~grief~. You can view their pictures/lineups via the OHP.

lamina has 3 releases planned already.

2008.7.02『Samael』『Seraph』
2008.8.13『Zopiel』『Cherub』
2008.9.17『Cherubiel』『Throne』

E'm~grief~ has 2 releases planned.

MAXI-SINGLE「Eternal melody」
2008.7.02 Release!!

MAXI-SINGLE「Pains of aspiration」
2008.8.06 Release!!

Interesting note. Apparently KISAKI himself contributed the bass for E'm~grief~'s releases.

Also, Phantasmagoria has more releases planned. Even though they sealed last August.

Phantasmagoria渋谷AXライブ会場限定CD「Vanish...」(未発表新曲)発売決定!!

「Dejavu~Sanctuary of Revival~」
2008.8.20~発送開始!! 

SPECIAL CD
「Past New Phase」-Phantasmagoria Tribute Album DELUX EDITION-
2008.8.20~発送開始!! 

Basically, a new live only CD limited to 1,500 copies with a new song. And a documentery + CD to commemorate the one day revival. Also a second pressing of the tribute album. With 2 covers by chariots.

I'm sorry for my lack of formatting, but I'm far too tired to make this post as beautiful as the lovely usually does.
[Archived] News: New Band, Covers
① The newest episode of KISAKI's bi-weekly radio show revealed another new UNDER CODE band. The band's name is Lamina and they appear to be brand new. Two of the members, vocalist イブキ (Ibuki) and guitarist 晄 (Akira?) are featured as guests in the newest episode, so you can see them by watching it here (you'll need a Bands@id account).

I have no clue what (if any) bands the members were in before Lamina, so any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully more details will be released soon.

② The UNDER CODE OHP was updated with covers for several upcoming releases (Anjyu', Megaromania, and Dali). Megaromania's are pretty nice! (Anjyu', on the other hand, got probably the lamest best-of cover in UNDER CODE history.)
[Archived] News: Releases
① I'll get right to it. The UNDER CODE PRODUCTION OHP was updated this morning with additional details about several upcoming releases. The cover art of three CDs (by ClearVeil, chariots, and Dali) was posted along with some previously unannounced tracklistings/release information. Covers can be found at the new release page and the new information can be found below.

chariots -
我 (Ga)
  2008-04-16; 1,260 yen; UCCD-167; Maxi Single
  01. 我 (Ga)
  02. シュガーパウダー (SUGAR POWDER)
独 (Doku)
  2008-05-14; 1,260 yen; UCCD-172; Maxi Single
  01. 独 (Doku)
  02. 13 Python

Deshabillz -
酔生夢死
 ~無常の風は時を選ばず・・・
 朽ちるならそのまま従う事はない・・・
 合縁奇縁はセンスの相違。~
(Suiseimushi
 ~Mujou no Kaze wa Toki wo Erabazu・・・
 Kuchiru Nara Sonomama Shitagau Koto wa Nai・・・
 Aienkien wa SENSE no Soui。~)
  2008-04-23; 2,625 yen; Limited 5,000; UCCD-170; Mini Album
  01. 酔生夢死 (Suiseimushi)
  02. 絶叫 Japanese (Zekkyou Japanese)
  03. ×15?
  04. ・・・君,壊レ・・・ (・・・Kimi, Koware・・・)
  05. 闇夜 (Anya)

Dali -
Heroine
  2008-04-23; 1,260 yen; Limited 3,000; UCCD-169; Maxi Single
  01. Heroine
  02. 殺意の馬鹿 (Satsui no Baka)

ゾディア (Zodia) -
IN THE DARK
  2008-06-25; 1,260 yen; Limited 3,000; UCCD-179; Maxi Single
  01. Unpublished new song
  02. Unpublished new song
  ※ (The number of tracks is unconfirmed; this is just a guess based on price)
慟哭 (Doukoku)
  2008-07-30; 1,260 yen; Limited 3,000; UCCD-186; Maxi Single
  01. Unpublished new song
  02. Unpublished new song
  ※ (The number of tracks is unconfirmed; this is just a guess based on price)
果て無き絶望,朽ち果てる太陽 (Hate Naki Zetsubou, Kuchihateru Taiyou)
  2008-08-27; 1,260 yen; Limited 3,000; UCCD-196; Maxi Single
  01. Unpublished new song
  02. Unpublished new song
  ※ (The number of tracks is unconfirmed; this is just a guess based on price)

[Archived] News: New Band
① More details about the new UNDER CODE PRODUCTION band, Megaromania have been posted. Their lineup is 翠-Sui- on vocals, 美沙麗-Misery- on guitar, 蜘影-Chikage- on guitar, 氷牙-Hyoga- on bass, and 憐蛇-leda- on drums. Their only lives announced this far are a twoman with Deshabillz and participation in a Dali event. They already have three singles planned, all due out on 2008/05/28: 美醜の果実 (Bishuu no Kajitsu), God of Megaromania-純血ノ刻印- (God of Megaromania -Junketsu no Kokuin-), and Angelical Jewelry. Each single will cost 1,260 yen, contain 2 tracks, and be limited to 3,000 pressings. The official OHP (for now) can be found here, and it promises more details soon. (As of right now, there is no image of the band, but there is an image of their logo.)

This is just speculation, but the vocalist of Metis Gretel was named Sui, the guitarist was named Misery, they just recently disbanded, and their label (Sherow Artist Society) has a lot of connections with UNDER CODE PRODUCTION. Of course it could be coincidence, but~

[Archived] News: New Band
① Maybe this is old and I'm just crazy, but according to the Deshabillz page at the UNDER CODE OHP, the new UNDER CODE band is called Megaromania. They will be holding a twoman live with Deshabillz on June 1st.

② Also, Dali has added a tenth live to their 'nine' live series pulse plus 9 academies. The new live is special because it is also a twoman live with Nega. It will be filmed, and those who attend the live can get some sort of credit (towards buying whatever the footage will be released on I'm assuming? I'm not entirely sure).
[Archived] News: Deshabillz, Siva
① Earlier this month, KISAKI announced that he would be composing the first revival single for Deshabillz (a "legendary" group that had disbanded in 1998). Well, Brand X just listed the single (which means you can now pre-order it), and it's apparently being published with UNDER CODE. Although I doubt this means Deshabillz is part of the label, it's still pretty cool. Since it's an UNDER CODE release, information is below.

② Brand X also posted information for a CD we didn't know about~ We can now add Siva to the list of UNDER CODE bands with a best album. Siva's best album is entitled COPY, and it will contain tracks that are (for the most part) from releases that have sold out. Some of the songs will be remastered, but no specific titles are mentioned. Details belowwww.

Deshabillz -
ああ・・・風樹の歎 ~実の生る木は花から知れると教えよう・・・ 汚れた皆さんお久し振りです,汚れた皆様はじめまして・・・~ (Aa・・・ Kazaki no Tan ~Jitsu no Naru Ki wa Hana Kara Shireru to Oshieyou・・・ Yogoreta Minasan Ohisashiburi desu, Kegareta Minasama wa Jime Mashite・・・~)
  2008-03-26; 1,260 yen; Limited; Maxi Single
  01. Unpublished new song
  02. Unpublished new song

Siva -
COPY
  2008-03-19; 3,150 yen; Limited 5,000; SIVA-001; Album
  01. Riot
  02. マニアック.W.L (MANIAC.W.L)
  03. isolation
  04. Psychedelic bar
  05. No thank you.
  06. Ash
  07. 妖艶 (Youen)
  08. new born=kills newly
  09. 煉獄 (Rengoku)
  10. olive
  11. sense
  12. the back bottom

Posts from 2007

[Archived] ClearVeil page @ OHP
ClearVeil, the latest band scheduled to join UNDER CODE in Jan. 08', now has a page up on the UNDER CODE OHP! Information such as live schedules, discography, and releases are now up!

http://www.under-code.jp/clearveil/index.html

[Archived] News: ClearVeil
According to their blog, ClearVeil will begin a three month consecutive release campaign in March of 2008! I'm definitely impressed. Let's hope that the new releases are good!

ClearVeil -
the dropping sky
  2008-03-12; 1,260 yen
  01. Unpublished new song
  02. Unpublished new song
信者ニ捧グ謳 (Shinja ni Sasagu Uta)
  2008-04-16; 1,260 yen
  01. Unpublished new song
  02. Unpublished new song
lapis ~青の憂鬱~ (lapis ~Ao no Yuuutsu~)
  2008-05-14; 1,260 yen
  01. Unpublished new song
  02. Unpublished new song

[Archived] Releases
Brand X just updated with a slew of new releases @__@



☆chariots

「Jade / cold pray」 Type A/B

Release date: 2007/12/05

Type A has 2 tracks and a PV for cold pray
Type B has 3 tracks, bonus track: Marvel

Type A
Type B



☆attic (JUN solo works)

「Mechanical Ugly Gang」 Type A/B

Release date: 2007/12/19

Type A has 2 tracks and a PV for DRAMATIC
Type B has 3 tracks, bonus track: Flake

Type A
Type B



☆Dali

「the world is mine」 Type A/B

Release date: 2007/12/12

Both types have 5 tracks
Type A includes a PV for [s]hit parade
Type B includes a PV for 星屑

Type A
Type B



☆キボウ屋本舗

「希望ノススメ」

Release date: 2008/01/09

Best of album
11 tracks with 2 new ones

Link





If I'm wrong on anything, please correct me :x
[Archived] News: Anjyu', V.A.
① It's not extremely surprising, considering UNDER CODE's live activities lately, but as of yesterday, Anjyu' is now a part of the UNDER CODE PRODUCTION family. And it appears they've already announced their first UCP releases: two consecutive singles.

② In slightly less exciting news, the ninth volume of STRAWBERRY SEEDS (the HOLIDAY × UNDER CODE PRODUCTION live event series) will be completely free. Only Dali, Pashya, Anjyu', and a non-UCP will play, but it's still very cool.

Anjyu' -
純愛迷走カテゴライズ (Junai Meisou CATEGORIZE)
  2007-11-14; 1,260 yen; Limited 3,000
  01. Unpublished new song
  02. Unpublished new song
偏愛明快クォーター (Henai Meikai QUARTER)
  2007-12-12; 1,260 yen; Limited 3,000
  01. Unpublished new song
  02. Unpublished new song
[Archived] †News†
① Himitsu Kessha Codomo A (秘密結社コドモA) is back! With six members! I don't know why! Anyways, they've got new costumes, six members, and two new releases. Pretty awesome. Check behind the cut for information about the releases and a link to the new costumes.


Himitsu Kessha Codomo A (秘密結社コドモA) -
希望遊戯 (Kibou Yuugi) -A Type-
  2007-04-25; 3,150 yen; UCCD-126A
  CD 01. Unpublished new song
  CD 02. Unpublished new song
  CD 03. Unpublished new song
  CD 04. Unpublished new song
  DVD 01. Hansei Shimaseu (反省しませう) PV

希望遊戯 (Kibou Yuugi) -B Type-
  2007-04-25; 2,625 yen; UCCD-126B
  01. Unpublished new song
  02. Unpublished new song
  03. Unpublished new song
  04. Unpublished new song
  05. Unpublished new song (Bonus Track)


...Plus the awesome new look.

Posts from 2006

[Archived] Nega joins under code!
If I'm trasnlating correctly from Kisaki's blog, the band Nega, who Kisaki has been producing, officially joined Under code as of last night's live.

Just thought I'd pass this along!

http://www.ne-ga.com/

[Archived] Tons of News
Ok, I've gotten way behind on the release news (these like, stealth releases keep getting announced, so there's A LOT). So, here's kind of a quick overview:



KISAKI project feat.樹威 [KISAKI PROJECT feat.Jui]:

  • 枯想 Kousou; January 10th, 2007; CD+DVD; CD features 4 tracks, DVD features 1 PV
  • 回顧録 ~第一章~ (Retake Version) (仮) Kaikoroku ~Dai Ichi Shou~ (Retake Version); February 14th, 2007; CD; Remake of KISAKI PROJECT's first CD, 回顧録 ~第一章~ Kaikoroku ~Dai Ichi Shou~; Features 3 cover songs, and 1 original song; Title subject to change

ネガ [Nega]:

  • abase; January 24th, 2007; CD; Features 3 songs
  • quadrangle; February 21st, 2007; CD; Features 3 songs

秘密結社コドモA [Himitsu Kessha Codomo A]:

  • ウノウ式 UNOU Shiki; January 24th, 2007; CD+CD; Features 20~22 songs; 2-Disc best memorial album; Each disc features 1 new track
  • サノウ式 SANOU Shiki; February 21st, 2007; DVD; Recording of their 12/18 one-man; About 120 minutes long; Features live + offshoot

Schwardix Marvally:

  • Schwardix Marvally ~天空への物語~ Schwardix Marvally ~Tenkuu he no Monogatari~; January 1st, 2007; CD; Memorial album; Features 7 (?) tracks

回顧録 ~第一章~ (Retake Version) and Schwardix Marvally ~天空への物語~ are joint projects of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION and [kapparecords].



Other quick, important notes: 1 - 秘密結社コドモA's [Himitsu Kessha Codomo A] bassist will be quitting music, but the band will be continuing; 2 - Pashya's vocalist will be leaving the band, but they already have a replacement lined up, and the band will be continuing; 3 - ダリ [Dali] is still amazing. OK. There seems to be a flood of news lately, and I just can't keep up! (I know, I know, I'm horrible) Sorry!
[Archived] News ⇔ Various
● Dali [ダリ]: I can't believe I haven't whored this already. and I created a community for Dari some time ago. Go join.
NO LIFE。 NO 「無」SIC。


● hurts: Just letting you all know that has created the first fan community for hurts. ...So what are you waiting for? Go join!
hurts


Ok, I'm done harassing you all. (You guys have to get to work! There are only a few bands left without communities xD)
[Archived] News ⇔ New Band
Everyone knows that UNDER CODE has taken on three new bands this year, but apparently they aren't done. The borderline-oshare band Arc ~大人になりたくないコドモ達~ held a free one-man last night, where they apparently announced that they will be joining UNDER CODE. I wasn't at the live, and am going only on reports from other people, so don't take what I say to be 100% concrete.

I'm not sure what to think, but I'm sure that expansion is just a sign of UNDER CODE's prosperity right now. (And how funny would it be to have two UNDER CODE bands with コドモ in their name?)

Edit: It's also on grass thread (as Nadzuki said), and UNDER CODE's main page is blank right, which suggests changes being made. I guess it's official now xD

Edit 2: Ok, since all of you were whining politely asking for some Arc music, I upload their first CD. It's just a demo CD, so I assume it was free and is impossible to get now. Oh, and by the way, "Arc ~1st Demo CD~" is the actual title. Also, my romanizations may be horribly wrong. Anyways, on with it!

Arc ~1st Demo CD~ (xxxx/xx/xx)
01. 開殺 [Kai Satsu]
02. 花 [Hana]
Download: SendSpace
Download: MegaUpload
Download: RapidShare
Download: YouSendIt
[Archived] ROAD AWAKE
Wow. It seems that VAGERKE has really had an effect on KISAKI. After announcing that UNDER CODE will be publishing their new CD, KISAKI has announced that he is creating an entire sub-label for them. The new label, ROAD AWAKE, will be part of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION, but will sign only hardcore bands. Of course, VAGERKE is the new label's first band. Those of you familiar with Matina's history probably aren't surprised by this, as KISAKI just loves to create sub-labels.

Hopefully this one won't turn out like STORM or Eternal...

Posts from 2005

[Archived] (Untitled post 2005-12-28)
http://under-code.net/artist-siva.html

Siva has joined under code! :3

edit;→ For anyone who's curious about them, here's a Siva song from a 2005/04/24 free CD. I have no idea what the title is, it's just tagged as a distributed CD. :x Siva - (2005.4.24) CD

members:
Vocals. Kairi (ex. Vishnu)
Guitar. Iori (ex. Phobia, Lamiel & Blast)
Guitar. Yuu (ex. Fatima+Queen & Elldorado)
Bass. Cell (ex. Alc〈αA〉dia)
Drums. Karuto

concept: "back alley"
[Archived] Ruephy-Alive - Caribbean
As you all know, Under Code has signed 2 "new" bands to themselves (though neither are really new at all). The first is ダリ (Dari), but they're really just a re-born シュガーフォルクフール (sugar for/lkfull). The second (and the one this post is indirectly about) is Pashya. They are four of the five ex-ルフィー嬋命~Ruephy-Alive~ members (the fifth one I guess didn't make the cut... ;-;). So, seeing as how Pashya is releasing their first single on 2/15 called 優白な聲 (Mashiro na koe; Superior white voice), I figured I'd hook you guys up with some ルフィー嬋命~Ruephy-Alive~ to promote their new single!

I've like Ruephy Alive a lot since they released this single... but I always thought they could use some polishing. And who better to go to than Under Code! Anyways, here's their single~ Caribbean.

ルフィー嬋命~Ruephy-Alive~ - カリビアン (YSI)

They really have a strong, unique sound and I hope they retain a lot of that into Pashya!

x-posted to

[Archived] ダリ and pashya
the new undercode band ダリ is not this one:
http://ip.tosp.co.jp/i.asp?i=v_Dali_v (official site)
http://www.visunavi.com/artist/preview.php?id=808 (visunavi)

but this one, which has 3 ex シュガーフォークフル members:
vo - 苓 [ren]
gu - ケエト [keito] (formerly カオル [kaoru])
gu - 竣作 [shunsaku]
and 2 ex シュガーフォークフル support members:
ba - ユウ [yuu]
dr - 龍也 [tatsuya]

pashya is:
vo - 朋 [tomo]
gu - 秋都 [akito] (ex mebius and ルフィー嬋命~RUEPHY ALIVE~)
ba - 聖 [kiyoshi]
dr - 零也 [reiya] (ex イナズマ and ルフィー嬋命~RUEPHY ALIVE~)

so シュガーフォークフル fans should be happy :D i certainly am :3

also, i do not believe that ネガ [nega] or カーマ・シェンジン [karma shenjing] are joining undercode... just because kisaki is producing and releasing cds for them doesn't mean they're on his label unless he says they are. he produced cds for other bands such as visage and se'ikspia and those bands never joined his label either ^^;;
[Archived] Huge Updates + Release List
UNDER CODE News →
As you all know, 2005 has been a great year for UNDER CODE PRODUCTION (and a horrible year for our wallets). Well, it looks as if 2006 will be an even better year for UNDER CODE, and several releases have already been announced. Please check out the list, as all of UC's artists have several releases planned (Some of which haven't been announced until today). (To clarify, 12012, 秘密結社コドモA, カレン, KISAKI, 音鬼, -Phantasmagoria-, and ヴィドール are all on this list)

Upcoming Releases


12012 has two albums planned, both of which will be released on February 01st. The first of these is a best album called not obtain+1, and will contain 10 tracks. One track will be a completely new song, while the rest of the tracks will be rare-ish songs from their live only CDs and various omnibus CDs. The second album will be called PLAY DOLLs, and will contain 10 completely new songs. There will be two versions--A type and B type (KISAKI's such a sneaky bastard isn't he!). The A type will contain a PV for a song from the album called "icy~cold city~." The B type of the album will come with a CD with one more new track. More information as it comes.

秘密結社コドモA (Himitsu Kessha Codomo A) will be releasing three mini-albums, along with a bonus CD that can be obtained when you buy all three. The first album will be called 再放送+予告盤 (Saihousou+Yokokuban) and will contain five tracks. It will be released on December 07th. The second and third album will both be released on January 25th of next year, and will contain five new songs each. Their titles will be オトコノ個 (Otokonoko) and オンナノ故 (Onnanoyue). Buying all three mini-albums will entitle you to a special present of some sort, which hasn't been decided on yet.

カレン (Karen) has the most release planned at this point. Later this year, on December 14th they will release a DVD entitled mellow~創の旋律~ (mellow~Sou no Senritsu~). No other details about it are available yet. They will release three CDs in the first two months of 2006. The first will be a best album entitled primary song memorial~奏の旋律~ (primary song memorial~Sou no Senritsu), and will have a release date of January 18th. The second will also be a best best album, and it's title will be primary song memorial~想の旋律~ (primary song memorial~Sou no Senritsu~). It seems that カレン is playing word games with the titles of the albums and DVD, but someone who knows Japanese will have to figure out what they're trying to say. After releasing the two albums, they plan to give away a CD at live shows on four dates. Those dates are February 19th, 21st, 26th, and 27th. The CD will be entitled プラウド (Puraudo) and will most likely contain only one track.

KISAKI is next jump on the release-bandwagon, and seems to really have a love for photobooks. His first collection of photos comes out on October 19th of this year, and will be named a basement Melody 2.... It will include 30 full color photos (and 60 pages in total), and a free CD with one unspecified track (a new KISAKI PROJECT song perhaps?). Apparently, he already knows it's going to be a hit (the UNDER CODE site seems to suggest that demand for the book has been huge), and has already announced his second photobook, which will be called a basement Melody 3.... It will be released on December 15th of this year, and will come with a bonus DVD of the making of the photobook. (And no, as far as I know there has never been a a basement Melody 1...)

音鬼 (OTO-ONI) has only one CD planned this month, and it was released a few days ago. It's official release date is October 12th, and is entitled (Koku). It contains four new tracks. This is good news for 音鬼 fans, as they hadn't released anything in quite a while.

-Phantasmagoria- has several releases planned (which isn't surprising) and are taking advantage of all the forms of media available to them. First they're releasing a single on October 19th (the same day as KISAKI's first photobook) which will be called 未完成とギルト (Mikansei to Guilt). It will contain only two tracks, but will come in two versions; A type and B type. The A type single will include a bonus DVD with a "MEMORIAL LIVE CLIP" of their tour "TOUR#2「NEO ARK」." The B type will also include a bonus DVD, but this version will have a "MEMORIAL LIVE CLIP" of their tour "2nd concept TOUR「NEO ARK」." After that, Their PV DVDs must be selling really well, because they already have a third one planned! The new PV DVD will be named 幻影像III~for degradation crowd~ (GeneizouIII~for degradation crowd~). It will be released on December 14th, and will come with an eight page booklet. The DVD continues their tradition of releasing two PVs at a time; one will be for "NEVER REBELLION," and the other for "未完成とギルト" (Mikansei to Guilt). The very next day, on December 15th, they'll release their own photobook called 幻影グラフティー I (Genei Grafitti I). Like KISAKI's photobooks, this one will contain 30 pages of full color photos, and 60 pages in total. The number on the name seems to imply that -Phantasmagoria- anticipates making another photobook, so keep your eyes out for news of that as well.

ヴィドール (Vidoll) is last but certainly not least on this list. First they're planning to release a maxi-single, which has a street date of October 26th. It will have the strange title of Chocoripeyes, and will include only two tracks. Then ヴィドール will be joining KISAKI and -Phantasmagoria- and releasing their own photobook on December 15th. Like the other two photobooks coming out that day, it will contain 30 full color photos and 60 pages extra, but will also come with a free CD of some sort! The title of the photobook will be Back of 『AI』lids. Then will be the first UNDER CODE band to release a CD in 2006. On January 01st their new five track mini-album called Deathmate will be released. In keeping with the recent trend, it will come in to versions; A type and B type. Each type will sport a different jacket, as well as a different bonus DVD. The A type will include the PV for their recent single "シャットダウン," (Shutdown) and the B type will include the PV for their upcoming single "Chocoripeyes." When both versions of the mini-album are purchased, a special present DVD will be included, which will contain a making of clip of "シャットダウン" (Shutdown). According to the UNDER CODE site, the mini-album is being released in celebration of ヴィドール's upcoming one man tour "TOUR 2006-「Reload to living doll」."

Omnibus albums are also planned for release. First is SHOCK WAVE CD the SELECT, which is the next installment of the famous omnibus series. It will contain some of the best tracks of the series, and will features songs from 12012, カレン (Karen), -Phantasmagoria-, and ヴィドール (Vidoll). The omnibus will be released on October 25th. Then UNDER CODE will release the next installment of its omnibus series, "High Style Paradox." The new CD will be entitled High Style Paradox SPECIAL ~RARE TRACKS COLLECTIONS~. It will be released on November 09th, and will contain around fourteen to fifteen tracks total. The UNDER CODE website describes it as a second press of "High Style Paradox IV~re acceleration~" with a different jacket and "rare tracks" from KISAKI's favorite bands. So far ネガ (Nega) and Zephyr are the only non-UNDER CODE bands that are known to be on the CD, but expect more information on the actual tracklist soon.

ダリ and Pasyha haven't announced any upcoming releases yet. I suspect they'll announce something with their debut during UNDER CODE's Japan-wide tour, so keep an eye out for these guys!


Well that's it. This took me a looong time to write up, so I hope you at least scanned over it all! If you have anything to add or correct, please let me know! I'm sure I made mistakes (especially with CD names xD), so any help is appreciated. Also, if anyone could explain the word-play in the titles of カレン's new CDs, I'd be really greatful.

[Archived] (Untitled post 2005-01-08)
Appearantly Under Code has a new band コドモA (kodomo a, but romanized as codomo A)
I haven't heard any of their music yet and nobody seems to like them.
[Archived] New UNDER CODE band!
Just thought I'd write this here since no one has noticed yet...there is a new band on UNDER CODE! Himitsu Kessha Kodomo A! Also, Mar'derayla and Hiskarea have officially been taken down ;.; How sad! Anyway, thought you'd enjoy that!

(Also, a few Phantasmagoria scans and the Vidoll section are up on http://moonlight-revival.com! The Vidoll section is still under construction, though, but the profiles are up ^^)

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