In what seems like a terrific start to 2017, Marco has announced some new releases, including a new live-limited single! :)))
Their new single, Henjin Kikou (変人奇行), will be released at their live at Takadanobaba AREA on March 9, 2017. The single itself will cost 1000 yen, and can be bought with a photoset, which will be an additional 500 yen.
In addition, they will also participate in the omnibus album, DEEP MORE DEEP #5, which will be released on April 12. The album will also be sold in advance at the COMPILE RECORD presents event, “CHEMICAL SYRUP VOL.35 -DEEP MORE DEEP#5-”, on March 30. No word yet on whether a new song will appear in the release.
Vocalist Rei and guitarist Akira recently participated in a session event at Takadanobaba AREA on January 4, along with drummer Sera (セラ) (ex-GAMEOVER) and bassist Gou (ごう) (Ms. Habit). As it was fronted by Rei, they played a rather interesting setlist, according to a personal source:
ジャパニーズモダニスト (Japanese Modernist)
バイオレットハレンチ (Violet Harenchi)
閉ざされた楽園 (Tozasareta rakuen)
ジャパニーズモダニスト (Japanese Modernist)
All songs were originally by MERRY~♥
Guitarist Rutta will later hold a birthday live along with guitarist Yazuki (耶月) (GAMEOVER) on January 9 at RUIDO K3; the band will be dressed in their Torikago Aijin (鳥籠愛人) costumes per Rutta's request; coincidentally, this comes a few days after this single's release from last year.
EDIT 1/7: Marco have unveiled their new look, which looks like it was shot in the back of a lobby or something...their ties are fucking awesome btw. 🤘
chariots and PISARRO will participate in the new omnibus DEEP MORE DEEP#4!
The compilation will be released on 2016-10-12, and will also feature THE EGOIST and VAN9ISH. Each band will contribute one new (or unreleased) song.
A release celebration event featuring those bands and others, CHEMICAL SYRUP VOL.31 -DEEP MORE DEEP#4, will be held on 2016-10-05 at Shinjuku (新宿) RUIDO K4.
By the way, PISARRO will hold a “fourman” live, the chaotic gallery:picture02 edge ikebukuro -Yako Seitansai- (the chaotic gallery:picture02 edge ikebukuro -弥妓生誕祭-), on 2016-11-19 at EDGE IKEBUKURO, to celebrate the birthday of guitarist Yako (弥妓). Shinotsukuame (篠突く雨), Fixer, GLAM GRAMM@R, and a special birthday session opening act will participate.
Missed out on LIN's performance at FEST FES 2015 back in August? Then worry no more, the live event is now available to watch on DVD!
LIN will be featured in the FEST FES 2015 live DVD, along with hosting band FEST VAINQUEUR, amongst other bands. In fact, they're the first act to perform! The DVD will be released under Plug Records West, and it will cost ￥4,860. There will also be backstage interviews with the bands, plus an encore session towards the end! Check out the tracklist here.
The tracklist for upcoming omnibus, Agitation Clysis ~Integrity~ has been announced. Unfortunately, as expected, all songs are old―except maybe emmurée's? Check out the song list here to decide if you're still interested.
A new omnibus series has been announced! On 2015-08-19, the Agitation Clysis ~Integrity~ volume will be released, which features THE BLACK SWAN, Femme Fatale, Lucifer's underground, MASKED RIDER SYSTEM, More, GIGAMOUS, and more. They've not yet announced if any tracks will be new.
Agitation Crisis is a new series sponsored by the label LIZARD NEO. The series is a tribute to the famous indies compilation series that were popular in the 90s, and seeks to revive the feeling of “finding a diamond in the rough”. Three CDs in the series will be simultaneously-released on 2015-08-19.
The ~Integrity~ volume features cult-following bands solid fanbases and rich careers. Including the bands listed above, emmurée, HOLLOWGRAM, Sel'm, and STEREO.C.K!
The ~Reckless~ volume features young bands who are currently competing in the fierce visual scene. They include A.S.K, BUG scream, Diana, Dear, GateNo.14, STELLA・・・, UNDER FALL JUSTICE, VABEL, Kimi ha Surudoku (君は鋭く), CHRONOGEAR (クロノギア), and Kuro No Usagi (黒乃うさぎ).
Finally, the ~Metalize~ volume features metal bands DEAD EYE SPIDER, Death Land, Knock'em Dead, Leraje, RED RAW, SKILL ACTOR, VELL'z FIRE, SEXUA ROSE, Takeru (武尊), Tenrin (天憐), Narita★Family (成田★一家).
Each CD will include a sticker with bands' logos.
The tracklists for all three CDs are currently unannounced. I'm really hoping for new songs (especially out of the ~Integrity~ volume, which has an exceptional lineup), but we should probably expect old ones... At any rate, I'm excited for this new omnibus series with great lineups.
The tracklisting for upcoming omnibus Yougenkyou -west- vol.2 ~Osaka・Nagoya Rengou~ has been revealed. LIN will contribute the song Missing Melody, which we've seen mentioned a few times before. Also, the bonus track will feature FEST VAINQUEUR plus all other vocalists (including SUI), although the song is TBA.
The cover has also been revealed. It was designed by DAIKI, of GLAM BOY, which is the graphic design unit that often works for FEST VAINQUEUR.
At most shops, the album will include a privilege comment DVD. There are 4 types in total, and each customer will receive one at random. All 4 types include all 11 bands (excluding Cocoon), and differ only in contents of the comment.
LIN will be featured in the latest omnibus album from Plug Records West, 『妖幻鏡 -west- Vol.2 ～大阪・名古屋連合～』 (Yougenkyou-WEST- Vol.2 ~Osaka•Nagoya rengou~), which is due for release on August 5, 2015 and is priced at 3240 yen.
The CD will also feature:
The 3rd Birthday
Rides in ReVellion
Besides having 11 songs, the album will also include a bonus track featuring the vocalists of all participating bands.
LIN and THE BLACK SWAN will participate in KUROYUME (黒夢) tribute cover album, Revision Underwear, to be released on 2015-03-25! Check here for the full tracklist, and check out these previews of the original songs which those two bands are covering:
(Unfortunately, full studio versions are available on YouTube, sorry!)
Hot indie visual label started by ex-CindyKate, GOEMON RECORDS, has several live tours and events planned for 2015, including its 2nd anniversary tour! On 2015-04-22, the label will also release its first coupling omnibus, ALL I NEED, including new songs and live footage from ARLEQUIN, PENTAGON, and REALies. Check below for all the live details:
GOEMON RECORDS 2nd ANNIVERSARY TOUR
2015-05-02 at Kanazawa AZ
2015-05-03 at Niigata RIVERST
2015-03-04 at Sendai HooK
2015-05-05 at Takadanobaba AREA
2015-05-09 at Fukuoka DRUM SON
2015-05-10 at Namiki JUNCTION
2015-05-12 at (undecided)
2015-05-15 at Okayama IMAGE
2015-05-16 at OSAKA MUSE
2015-05-17 at HOLIDAY NEXT NAGOYA
2015-05-23 at Kashiwa ThumbUP
2015-05-24 at Urawa NARCISS
2015-05-27 at Utsunomiya HEVEN'S ROCK VJ-2
2015-05-28 at Kobe SONIC
The details have been revealed for upcoming omnibus DEEP MORE DEEP #2 (which features THE BLACK SWAN, VARYL, Fixer, and Nihilizm).
You can view the tracklist and cover art above. In the mean time, privileges: each store will have its own privilege DVD (I think they're comment DVDs but can't be sure). Like an Edison will get Fixer DVD; Jishuban Club (自主盤倶楽部), THE BLACK SWAN DVD; closet child, VARYL DVD; and ZEAL LINK, Nihilizm DVD.
I'll probably buy from Jishuban to get the THE BLACK SWAN DVD... but interested in seeing VARYL too. Anyone else buying a copy?
LIN has announced that they will release a coupling CD with CELL!! The CD will be sold exclusively at the lives during the two bands' coupling tour, 「Infinite」 ~Gekishin no Toki~ (「Infinite」 ~激震の時~), which will begin in October.
Here's the latest news featuring ARLEQUIN, carat, KISAKI, LIN, REALies, and Tatoeba Konna Hanashi:
ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) appears on VISUAL Keiji Z Vol.38 (ヴィジュアル刑事Z) which is broadcasting from April 16 until April 30.
carat (カラット) will hold their threeman tour with the Raid. and LUCHe. beginning in August, and will finish the tour with their 2 year anniversary oneman in September:
GOEMON RECORDS has announced two new sponsored events.
KISAKI will be featured [briefly] in the first issue of new visual kei magazine Stuppy (which features an awkard-looking RUKI on the cover). It will be released on 2014-04-24 for 980 yen.
The cover of upcoming omnibus featuring LIN, Yougenkyou -WEST- THE CONQUEST OF NANIWA, has been revealed. Check it here.
Goods sold at LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-) guitarist MIZALY's birthday event have been announced: cheki from LIN's photoshoot and PV shooting (set of 2 / 1,000 yen), MIZALY birthday session cheki (set of 2 / 1,000 yen), and SchwarzVrain's live DVD (3,500 yen).
REALies and ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) live photosets, from their respective 2014-03-19 and 2014-03-15 oneman lives, are being sold via 7-ELEVEN. They can also be purchased online (with shopping service) via AOO Store.
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) will release a “silent music video” for their song MONOLEON (モノレオン) on 2014-06-01. It's intended to be watched while listening to the Yougenkyou -WEST- omnibus which will feature that song.
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) will sell their limited-design t-shirts for 3,000 yen at their 2014-05-02 sponsored event.
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) continues a tradition started by LOTMAN (ロットマン) and will hold their game of onigokko with fans on 2014-04-26. Purchase of a 1,000 yen balloon is required to participate.
Prize for capturing Ren is a live DVD #1; prize for capturing Kousuke is 3,000 yen; prize for capturing Kento is live DVD #2. There are further prizes of a Tatoeba mask an unspecified good. Follow their onigokko Twitter account @1222_222 for more info.
I've found the tracklisting for the upcoming omnibus Yougenkyou -WEST- (妖幻鏡 -WEST- The Conquest of NANIWA) featuring LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-), Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし), Minus Jin-Say Orchestra (マイナス人生オーケストラ), and more (track order still unconfirmed).
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 websiteNANIWA V official Twitter
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
The jacket and tracklist have been revealed for hide tribute cover album, hide TRIBUTE SPIRITS Ⅱ -Visual SPIRITS-, which features UNDER CODE PRODUCTION collaboration band D・N・A. The album will be released on July 3rd, and is available at CDJapan now. Check out the cover art and tracklist below:
UNDER CODE artists have been featured in a lot of omnibuses lately. First, there's the last memorial omnibus, High Style Paradox 2003~2013, which features all UCP artists. Second, Megaromania and LIN will participate in a special omnibus compiled by PENICILLIN guitarist Chisato (to which LIN will contribute a new song). And finally, sever UNDER CODE bands have been featured in a digital compilation series called VISUAL☆INVASION. Details for all are below:
Good news everybody!—I've checked with my shopping service, and they can help us buy High Style Paradox 2003~2013! I've created a special group order page at WE LOVE UNDER CODE; check it out below if you'd like to order the album.
Please be advised that the album will be a little expensive, due to SHOXX limiting it to mail-order and convenience store payment only. The initial cost of the album (base price + domestic shipping + initial service fees) is 5,790 yen.
Once the order is placed, the albums will be shipped to my house; all participants in the group order will pay an equal share of that fee. Finally, all participants will pay a 3rd fee encompassing an equal share of the final service fees + full cost of shipping to their house. (If the initial service fees turn out less than I'm estimating, the overage will be applied toward the final service fees.)
Regardless of the expense, there's no other way for overseas customers to get UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's final omnibus! So, if you want it, better join now. I'll be placing an order at the end of the week.
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION has announced that, in collaboration with SHOXX, it will release its 10th anniversary memorial last omnibus, High Style Paradox 2003~2013. The mail-order-limited omnibus will be released in March, and will feature all significant bands (32 in total) signed to UNDER CODE PRODUCTION throughout its 10 years of activity.
Those who purchase the omnibus before February 28th will receive a special 24 month calendar.
Because the omnibus is mail-order-limited through SHOXX, it will not be available to overseas customers via usual means. However, I organize a group order as soon as I find a viable shopping service—expect a separate with details.