Mis†ake will also release a new single, Kakogawa Shinjuu, at their 2016-03-11 live.
At their 2016-03-26 live at Umeda (梅田) Zeela, Mis†ake will debut their new costumes and make an important announcement. (Actually, they say they will not do those things, but then say “(lying)” right beside that, lol. They're so stupid.)
More will be on FOOL'S MATE channel on 2016-03-07.
Those who spend 5,000 yen on the goods (cheki excluded) will receive an original totebag. Those who spend 10,000 yen will further receive an original badge (1 random of 10 possible).
Visual kei bar RAZZLE DAZZLE (run by HINA and Yuuri of Lucifer's underground) will hold an unofficial LIN/UNDER CODE/Matina day on 2016-03-12 in celebration of KISAKI's birthday.
ex-VARYL drummer Shikito (織人) has changed his name to 律-ritsu- and joined Ains band Gossip (大日本鬼端児組 悪童会に占拠され ゴシップ)! Since Shikito/ritsu isn't directly connected to UCP/Matina, we won't start following Gossip's activities, but it's cool nonetheless.
(Kinda interesting that ex-VARYL vocalist Hiro's previous band was called gossip too!)
chariots' store-distributed single, Togetoga, is officially sold out.
VARYL vocalist Hiro (緋絽) will participate in his long-running session band LUCY MONOSTONES (ルーシーモノストーンズ) on 2016-04-07 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE. (Btw, they are unrelated to the bands Lucy MonoStone and Lucy monostone'S.)
V. Hiro (緋絽) [ex-VARYL]
G. Kaie [ex-VARYL support
G. & B. (unannounced)
D. Masami (雅美) [D'efend Chroma]
ex-Oneness vocalist JUKI (ジュキ) will participate in a session on 2016-03-17, and ex-guitartist DAI will participate in a session on 2016-06-19.
Horobi no BURST STREAM (滅びのバーストストリーム)
V. JUKI (ジュキ) [ex-Oneness]
G. Miru. [Lylow]
B. Momonari Hajime (桃生 一) [ex-MONO (モノ)]
D. Ryou (りょう) [ex-Blitz]
V. Ryu (柳) [ex-MoNoLith]
G. DAI [ex-Oneness]
G. Hide [LAGNA]
B. Rito [ex-GAKIDO]
D. Kazuharu (和春) [DOAK]
AVANCHICK will hold two birthday events:
Several artists from Lucifer's underground, chariots, & etc. participated in a 雀羅-jyakura- session band on 2016-02-24 at Nagoya (名古屋) HOLIDAY.
V. Asuyu (明透遊) [UNDEAD, ex-AZALEA~jyakura (雀羅), etc.]
G. toki [Lucifer's underground, ex-UNDEAD, etc.]
G. Nao [ex-jyakura (雀羅)~UNDEAD, etc.]
B. Yuuri (憂里) [Lucifer's underground, ex-Cu[be], etc.]
D. Mikage (美景) [chariots, etc.]
AVANCHICK are selling signed posters (on which they'll hand-write your name) through the AOOS web shop.
Some sort of Really Big Deal™ drama happened, regarding tickets to LIN's 2016-03-18 live at Osaka (大阪) LIVE HOUSE D'. Tbh, I don't fully understand―I don't know how ticketing works in VK, and my translation skillz aren't good enough to make sense of it―but it seems that someone's tickets were lost in the mail (allegedly).
LIN made this post when the mistake first happened. And if I understand correctly, they said they sent two S-class tickets to the person whose tickets had been lost. Except the person actually received two A-class tickets, so they were pissed. (I think?) Cut to this apology post where they promise to fix it.
Imo who the fuck cares, but I understand that this is important to some people, so I hope it's resolved in a way such that all parties are happy. ('ω')ノ
The cover of THE BLACK SWAN drummer Len's photobook, Len to Kotetsu, is up.
Sad announcement for VARYL fans - VARYL will disband after their oneman live at Takadanobaba AREA on January 8, 2016.
The disbandment comes on the same day that guitarist 樹璃 (Juri) will depart and retire for "family reasons", and the band can't continue without him. Recently, Juri has suffered a number of health issues to the point where he was abruptly transported to the hospital while on his way to the studio. According to his blog, he was suffering from acute dizziness, nausea, cramping of his hands and feet, and also a worsening case of tinnitus and a severe headache - all reaching up to the possibility of Ménière's disease, an ear disease that affects hearing and balance.
A very tragic - and sudden - way to go...my thoughts go out to Juri. Hopefully the rest of the guys will continue on with band activities, this group was truly short-lived.
UPDATE: Guitarist Juri has departed early on September 16, 2015, due to his worsening condition caused by Ménière's disease, his father announced today.
Another update: Juri's departure is now questionable, as the rest of the band are waiting for a direct response from Juri himself about his departure. They hope he will be able to participate at their last oneman.
PENTAGON will appear in the following media outlets:
Radio program REDNIQS on 2015-08-31
Fashion magazine smart October edition
Free paper VR Virtual Reality vol.038
AVANCHICK will appear in Free paper EvoL'v vol.6.
VARYL members appeared in a session band on 2015-08-25:
Shikito SESSION (織人セッション)
【V. Siyu [ex-GLIEVE] / G. Tomo (友) [ex-A→Z] / G. Hinano。 (ひなの。) [VARYL support] / B. Yuto (侑斗) [LeviuS] / D. Shikito (織人) [VARYL]】
FAZ (the reincarnation of Matina band Facizm [aka Philia]) recently gained two new members: G. mitsuru / D. TAKAHIRO. The remaining members also changed their names:
V. toshia → ToshiA / G. SHINYA (シンヤ) → SHINYA / B. kappy → KATSUHISA
At Lucifer's underground's 2015-09-01 event, Shisakupj≠617■2 (試作pj≠617■2) was replaced by RARARAIBU (ララライブ).
On 2015-11-18, AVANCHICK and Dead Children members will participate in a session band:
liki BIRTHDAY SESSION (莉希-liki-BIRTHDAYセッション)
【V. 莉希-liki- [Synk;yet] / G. Sin (秦) [Minerva] / G. Noah [AVANCHICK] / B. Ray [Dead Children] / D. SAKU [VAASTU]】
As of 2015-09-01, AVANCHICK fans are officially called “Moumoku Shoujo (盲目少女)” (blind girls).
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi put up more items for mail-order.
On 2015-09-03, Dead Children and Vasalla members will participate in a session band:
【V. MINAMI (ミナミ) [Dead Children] / G. Shun (舜) [Vasalla] / G. Cain [Dead Children] / B. Akito [buccal cone] / D. Zukki [ex-OZ]】
MIZALY [LIN], Rame and SAN [Black Gene For the Next Scene], and Shohei (祥平) [ARLEQUIN] will appear on internet talk show YaME TALK (矢メトーク) on 2015-10-06. See the KSP channel for more info.
LIN will appear alongside other visual kei bands for not only one visual festival, but two this year!
First, the band appeared at the event, 「V-BAND 祭」 ～SUMMER FESTIVAL 2015～ at Shibuya REX on July 31, alongside HERO, MeteoroiD, Black Gene for the Next Scene, Souiumono, BLaive, etc. They will then perform for the next three days of the event at Osaka MUSE on August 7, at Nagoya E.L.L on August 9, and at Tsutaya O-WEST on August 14.
Then, later on October 18, they will appear alongside other visual kei bands from all over Japan and from other countries for the Visual Unite sponsored World Visual Festival at Shibuya SOUND MUSEUM VISION. Familiar faces include UCHUSENTAI:NOIZ, Jin-Machine, Scarlet Valse, and NINJAMAN JAPAN, while the foreign bands participating are DIE/MAY (from Sweden and Finland, consisting of ex-Seremedy members *cringes*), DNR (Dreams Not Reality) (from Italy and Germany), and MaleRose (from Thailand). The video that showcases the participating bands can be viewed below.
LIN will also be making a guest appearance at the SAITAMA Summer Rock Festival on August 11-12. Other bands performing will include THE BLACK SWAN, Devil Kitty, AVANCHICK, and VARYL.
In other news, they have also sold some bootleg DVDs at their live at Shibuya REX on July 31. The live footage featured are from their performances at Meguro Rokumeikan on June 30 and at Takadanobaba AREA on July 1. The DVDs were 3000 yen each.
VARYL has announced their new single, Haitoku no Senritsu to Guuiteki Genshou, which will be released in two types sometime in July. Before that, on 2015-06-12, the band will hold their free oneman, WORSHIP -Kaihou Junreishisha ni yoru Senreishiki-, at which they'll distribute a new song to those who purchase VIP ticket (3,000 yen, also includes photo with the band).
VARYL will also hold their anniversary oneman, Kaihou Junrei Dainishou -ARCADIA-, on 2015-07-24 at Ikebukuro BLACK HOLE.
ex-NEGA Ray will appear with MAST in a session band on 2015-02-13!
【V. MINAMI (ミナミ) [ex-ROGUE] / G. Cain / G. MAST [ex-Aliene Ma'riage ~ VABeL] / B. Ray [ex-NEGA] / D. (TBA)】
ex-CindyKate ~ FOODED SEAL Masami (雅美) will also hold his session, MASAMING (マサミング), at that event.
Maki (真稀) [ex-hurts, many others], will secede from his current band, UNDEAD, on 2015-01-27. It's assumed that he'll officially join Lucifer's underground, of which he's currently only a support member.
ex-SUZAKU Itsuki (樹) has announced his session band lineup for 2015-01-23:
【V. Itsuki (樹) [AiM MaiM] / G. Natsume Sakutarou (夏目 朔太郎) [AiM MaiM] / G. Ao (碧) [ex-paradeis] / B. UCHI [A113] / D. Shota (咲汰) [A113]】
ex-Cu[be] vocalist will appear in another session:
To celebrate the recent release of their single, AiM MaiM will commence their first tour, -Inochi no Yurai。- (-いのちのゆらい。-), on 2015-01-29. Their tour final will be announced a later date.
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?
Here's a roundup of the latest news related to ARLEQUIN, ISORA, VARYL, SIVA, E'm ~grief~, LIN, MASKED RIDER SYSTEM, and Vior gloire.
ARLEQUIN will begin their latest collaboration with Like an Edison on 2014-10-20. Like before, it includes special instores, shopping bags, etc., but more importantly, they'll distribute a new song called Ichijiku (無花果). Also like before, Like an Edison is an asshole, so this only applies in store; web orders won't include the distributed CD.
VARYL (ex-Visage vocalist new band) will release their maxi-single, Aitou (哀悼), in 2015. Their celebration event, Kaihou Junrei -Daiisshou- (解放巡礼 -第一章-), will be on 2015-01-23 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE.
Here's a sample from MASKED RIDER SYSTEM's upcoming single:
Soon-to-disband super indie band, Emlibeur, released their first (and last) single on 2014-10-19. Interestingly, they thanked ex-Vior gloire vocalist shall in the credits, so I guess he helped them somehow :) Here's a sample of some other songs from them, just for kicks:
LIN is in Vol.15 of Chinese visual magazine VISUALZINE.
ISORA will hold their threeman, Butterfly Effect, with DISGUST and CielGrave on 2014-12-05 at LIVE HOUSE D'.
ex-SIVA session Bakemonogo (化物語) will appear on 2014-10-28 with the lineup:
【V. KAIRI (カイリ) [ex-SIVA] / G. HIKARU (ヒカル) [THE GALLO] / G. Narumi (成海) [ex-Bergerac] / B. Mayu (真悠) [ex-HALCION (ハルシオン)] / D. aki [ex-E'm ~grief~, etc.]】