KISAKI has announced a special Christmas Day sponsored event, at which his one-day-limited special band SchwarzVrain (featuring ex-Megaromania and F・B members) will perform!!!!
C'est la vie ~REMAIN OF THE 20TH YEARS HISTORY~ Saishuushou is the final chapter in the celebration of KISAKI's 20 years of band activity, and will be held on 2013-12-25 at OSAKA MUSE. It will primarily serve as a oneman for special band SchwarzVrain, but will also feature a friendship performance by Raychel BAND (れいちぇるバンド), and special opening acts GLARD (ex-VAGERKE) and DECIDE (produced by Ray).
So what do you think?! Personally, I'm super excited. I just wish we could see this event!! Let's pray for a live DVD... and that SchwarzVrain and Raychel BAND will become real bands!!
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:
Apparently VAGERKE disbanded last night, at their 2010-12-05 sponsored event ROAD AWAKE vol.8. It was their 10 year anniversary...
I guess this means ROAD AWAKE is officially dead, since harvest never did anything with the sublabel after that initial mini-album, and VAGERKE was seemingly the only thing keeping the sublabel alive by holding sponsored events.
Anyway, I only found out through KISAKI saying how he wishes they'd continue, and then one of the members mentioning the last live in his blog. Seems they didn't make a big deal about it at all. Ten years of activity, gone just like that; a little sad isn't it?
① KISAKI and UNDER CODE PRODUCTION are sponsoring the live area side of this year's STRAIGHT LIFE event on 2010-06-06. The event is basically a massive tattoo convention featuring over forty tattoo shops, pole dancers, an S&M show, a DJ, and live bands. As I said, KISAKI is producing the live side, and he's chosen 凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin) and BALZAC to headline. Additionally, VAGERKE, 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN), 宇宙戦隊NOIZ (Uchuu Sentai NOIZ), The ROMEO, In The Enz, and WHITEBLACK will also appear.
② 凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin) will also be appearing at Kaya's ソドムの晩餐 第一夜 (SODOM no Bansan Daiichi Yoru) event on 2010-07-03 at O-EAST. The cool thing about this event is that La'Mule will also be holding a one-night revival! (Which is totally relevant since La'Mule was signed to Soleil, which was the precursor of Matina.)
③ VISUNAVI will be kicking off a new event series, SUMMER MASQUERADE 2010, in Kansai. And, well, you can't say Kansai without saying UNDER CODE PRODUCTION, so the live will fittingly be UCP supported. The specific show is called SUMMER MASQUERADE 2010 ~Phantasmagoria MEMORIAL TRIBUTE NIGHT~ and will take place at 梅田 (Umeda) SHANGRILA on 2010-08-31 (as if any other date was possible!). 凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin) will be performing and カレン (KALEN) will hold a one-night revival. The rest of the lineup hasn't been revealed yet.
④ Eternal and CLIMAX ENTERPRISE are having a one-day revival and co-sponsoring a crazy event. (How is this relevant? Eternal was a sub-label of Matina and CLIMAX ENTERPRISE was the next version of Eternal.) The event is called ETERNALISM†CLIMAXISM and will take place on 2010-08-08 at 目黒鹿鳴館 (Meguro Rock Maykan). 弥生 (Yayoi; president of Eternal), E'm ~grief~, and ex-members of Syndrome, Earl Grey, and Kilah will appear, along with many, many others (I've only mentioned the ones relevant to UCP/Matina). Additionally, guests are allowed to exit and re-enter one time (which is rare), a secret guest will appear, a spur-of-the-moment guest will appear, and a large session featuring everyone will be held at the end of the show. Pretty freaking awesome!
⑤ Edit: Forgot this one, which was the whole reason I made this post! Anyway, Shinobu (vocalist of the perpetually inactive band Zephyr) is getting married! And since he and KISAKI are such good friends (Zephyr was once a Matina band and their comeback mini-album was to be released through UCP), he's holding a special live event to celebrate. The event is called Shinobu HAPPY WEDDING LIVE PARTY ~みんなに幸せおすそ分け・リターンズ~ (~Minna ni Shiawase Osusowake ・ RETURNS~) and will be held on 2010-05-02 at ESAKA MUSE. This basically means a bunch of Matina bands are holding one-day revivals (I love this trend!): Lavender, Zephyr, MIRAGE, DAS:VASSER, Eze:quL, ZXS, vellaDonna, Lagna, DERAIL, オルゴール (ORGEL), Distray, and a large session of random members called Shinobu&Friends. Obviously, not all of these bands will have complete lineups (ex. RUIZA definitely isn't showing up for Distray), but it's still super awesome. I wish UNDER CODE would film and release these Matina lives!
・・・Mass Update Trilogy・・・ —Blood-red Final Chapter—
① 凛 (Rin) updates!
Yesterday, KISAKI posted a sneak peek of his outfit. Today, he changed the picture, so it now gives a glimpse of another member! Anyone happen to recognize that hand?
KISAKI posted a full-shot solo picture here. Looks good!
On 2010-04-13 and 2010-04-20, KISAKI will appear on television program LIVE Cheese. He'll give a comment and play a PV (not sure what the PV is for!).
The band members apparently did an interview. And in the 2010-04-21 issue of Cure, KISAKI will have a large feature as a member of 凛 (Rin). I don't think the other members will appear though ;(
② TAKESHI of VAGERKE was in the recording studio with KISAKI to do the chorus for a song. I'm pretty sure it was for 凛 (Rin), but it could possibly be Phantasmagoria. Hopefully this doesn't mean 凛 (Rin) is going in a super hardcore chariots-esque direction!
③ As part of the UNDER CODE 7th anniversary, more special photosets are on sale at the OFFICIAL WEB SHOP.
Two are of Phantasmagoria's 2010 look.
The other is a set with pictures of session bands that played at UNDER CODE's 2010-03-14 event. The session bands include 水風船 (Mizufuusen), (有)ネガエンタープライセス ((Yuu) NEGA ENTERPRISES), 罪団法人黒十字2010 (Tsumidan Houjin Kurojuuji 2010), メガ龍 (Megaryuu), ハッピーセット (HAPPY SET), 地下線顔面偏差値トップ5!? (Chikasen Ganmen Hensachi TOP 5!?), and バースデー祝い隊 (BIRTHDAY Iwaitai).
④ The privilege for buying both types of 平成維新's (HEISEI ISHIN's) Prism. single from the OFFICIAL WEB SHOP is a signed cheki of the member of your choice. (May have posted that before, but it can't hurt to do it again.)
⑤ By the way, this is the ugly mirror that you could receive by purchasing Phantasmagoria's Diamond Dust and Seeds of Brain through the OFFICIAL WEB SHOP. It was designed by IORI. Good job bro.
⑥ Pretty sure no one reads all of these. New band: 「THE CAPITALS」 feat.KISAKI, MIYAVI, and LADY GAGA.
⑦ Old news, but relevant news: Cure Vol.81 will include a free omnibus CD called Cure NEW AGE COLLECTIONS, which features シンディケイト (CINDYKATE), ex-chariots band Cu[be], ロットマン (LOTMAN) -related band LOKI, and many others. And the whole thing was produced by KISAKI and UNDER CODE PRODUCTION! Apparently, a second CD will be included with Vol.82 and will feature different artists, but those haven't been announced yet.
⑧ Really old news! You know those unspecified presents UNDER CODE bands like to distribute? Here's what a few of them turned out to be.
The Synside present on 2010-02-27 was a comment CD.
The Megaromania present on 2010-02-28 was a comment CD(?). The Megaromania present on 2009-11-13 was Amethyst DJ MIX.
The シンディケイト (CINDYKATE) present on 2010-03-13 and 2010-03-14 was シンディケイトCM音源 (CINDYKATE CM Ongen), a sampler CD.
The 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN) present on 2009-11-28 was a postcard and a special CD with unknown contents. The 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN) present on 2009-12-25 was the same postcard and Merry Christmas SPECIAL CD with a comment and サンタが街にやってくる (SANTA ga Machi ni Yattekuru). 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN) also released two untitled sampler CDs, one with a blank white label and the other with the default CD-R surface. I'm not sure when they were released, but it seems to have been at the same events as the last two presents I mentioned.
⑨ The Phantasmagoria version of the UCP 7th anniversary lucky bag present DVD that I mentioned here was filmed on 2010-03-18. Dali and Megaromania versions still haven't been announced. They better hurry up! Bag's supposed to ship soon!
⑩ Online store THE OFFICIAL SHOP sells Japanese photosets to overseas customers. Apparently, UNDER CODE released a bunch of photosets through the store way back in February and decided not to tell anyone. Anyway, you can find photosets of Phantasmagoria (2010), chariots, ClearVeil, Synside, two sets of Megaromania, two of Arc, two of 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN), and a special live photoset of Nega. Buy them and scan them for us!
V.A. - Cure NEW AGE COLLECTIONS 2010-04-21; 860 yen; Omnibus CD; Published by Cure 01. Cu[be]: 閃光プロローグ 02. Gallows: Masochist【K】 03. Six Bullet'z: Guilty 04. SOMATIC GUARDIAN: フリージア (FREESIA) 05. SIN: Faith less 06. My heaven's luck sisters: Love carved for the memories 07. アケノカラス (AKE NO KARASU): 職権乱用 (Shokkenranyou) 08. 69: Fly high 09. LYCORICE: 夕食 (Yuushoku) 10. NEOPHILIA:DRUG 11. Serendipity: 欠けた音符 (Kaketa Onpu) 12. Marie: Visualize Cinderella 13. ACTWEED: VampiЯe 14. SWEET MADONNA: Voice 15. LOKI: 真夜中衛星 (Mayonaka Eisei) 16. シンディケイト (CINDYKATE): -警告- (-Keikoku-)
① It has been announced through Brand X and VISUNAVI that there will be a new solo release from KISAKI. The CD+DVD two disc set features no new material (that I am aware of) except for more footage from the 2004 KISAKI PROJECT live in France. The special edition release comes with a photo booklet. Supposedly the release is being distributed worldwide, with only a certain number being available for purchase in Japan. Of course, specific details are very sparse (can anyone figure out the distribution label by the product number?). Reservations through the UNDER CODE OHP will begin on the 29th and will come with a special privilege.
② VIDOLL's 2007 two disc best album is being re-released. The second press is to feature a new jacket and the addition of one old song.
③ VAGERKE will release a two disc best album featuring songs from all of their releases with the addition of one new track. The price is actually pretty good for a two disc album.
KISAKI - The Solitude Songs 2008-07-23; 2,625 yen; Album + DVD; WTCD-10531 CD 01. 勿忘草 (Wasurenagusa) CD 02. memory of tears ~忘却の落陽に映る情景~ (memory of tears ~Boukyaku no Rakuyou ni Utsuru Joukei~) CD 03. fragments voice CD 04. farewell CD 05. (Currently undecided) CD 06. (Currently undecided) CD 07. (Currently undecided) CD 08. (Currently undecided) DVD 01. 憧憬 (Shoukei) LIVE CLIP DVD 02. Midnight Promise LIVE CLIP DVD 03. 沈黙の羽根 (Chinmoku no Hane) LIVE CLIP DVD 04. 道標 (Michishirube) LIVE CLIP DVD 05. 硝子のアルバム (Garasu no ALBUM) LIVE CLIP DVD 06. eternal separation ~セピア色の天使~ (eternal separation ~SEPIA Iro no Tenshi~) LIVE CLIP
VAGERKE - Historia 2008-07-30; 2,940 yen; Album; UCRW-005 -CD 1- 01. THE WORLD EDGE METAL ANTHEM 02. RECOVER 03. DESTRUCTION OF ACCURATE RECKONING 04. J.S.BACH ALLEGRO 05. 40HOURS 06. SACRIFICE 07. SAGRADA FAMILLIA 08. TRUTH TOO 09. THE EARTH 10. REQUIEM OF AN END 11. SABBAT OF INSANITY 12. COLD BLOODED MADNESS 13. AFFECT (New Song) -CD 2- 01. A Tear Returns To The Ground Soon 02. Circulation Of 03. Requiem Of An End 04. Six Feet Of Earth Make All Men Equal 05. Circle Of The Seasons 06. Recover 07. Ever On Word 08. Resisting it 09. EL Camino REAL 10. Nothing remain there 11. An end of blue trace... ~青の軌跡の果て...~ (An end of blue trace... ~Ao no Kiseki no Hate...~)
● ROAD AWAKE: Ok, this will be the first and the last time any ROAD AWAKE news is posted here. and I have created a community for UNDER CODE PRODUCTION's hard core/heavy metal sublabel, ROAD AWAKE. Honestly, there's not much there at the moment, but there's not a whole lot that can be put up! In any case, any upcoming news about the sublabel will be featured at its community. If you want to keep up with VAGERKE and any future additions, make sure to join!
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...
By now, almost everyone knows about KISAKI's sudden love of photobooks, so it should come as no surprise that he's announced another one. However, the surprise this time is that he's announced to do a photobook with Kalen! Like all the other photobooks, this one will have 30 color pages. This photobook will be unique though; it will come with a free CD featuring 10 live Kalen songs. Because it basically comes with a full album, this photobook will cost a little more than others.
[Photobook] 「ARTISTIC in BLACK 1」 (2006/01/25) Features: KISAKI × VAGERKE Bonus: 01 Track CD
[Photobook] 「ARTISTIC in BLACK 2」 (2006/02/25) Features: KISAKI × Tenten (KuRt)
[Photobook] 「ARTISTIC in BLACK 3」 (2006/03/25) Features: KISAKI × Makoto (Doremidan)
[Photobook] 「emotional graduation」 (2006/04/25) Features: KISAKI × Kalen Bonus: 10 Track live CD