The members' comments seem--in my opinion--to say that they're disbanding due to simple lack of success and momentum. Their last live oneman will be held at TSUTAYA O-WEST on 2018-05-01.
I'm not shocked by the outcome, but I am disappointed. I'll remember THE BLACK SWAN as a band who put in effort and made good music. Maybe with better management or better luck, they could have been something bigger.
First, major soft visual 90s/00s band Dear Loving, who recently revived, have joined the cast! Hopefully they'll get some fans in the door.
Second, one of the guitarists for the Matina ALL STARS (魔帝那オールスターズ) session band has been announced: Ryuto (龍兎) [ex-Saruin, lolita23q (少女-ロリヰタ-23区), the LOTUS]. There's not really a Matina connection, except that lolita23q did a photobook with KISAKI once... I guess. The second guitarist is still TBA.
Third, the event will have an opening act: Sclaim. Not sure why tbh, but they don't sound bad. Here's a sample from their YouTube:
Finally... new music will be released at the event!!
There's not much information yet―presumably it will be a CD by MIRAGE, but even that's not specified by the text―except that the new music release will be live-limited. Hopefully it will pop up for purchase afterward!
Earlier this fall, GOEMON records announced that they would be adding a new band to their roster. After releasing a teaser single, the band's look has finally been unveiled. At the time of writing this, their names and band histories are still unknown, but at least we know what they look like. ¯\(ツ)/¯
With only a month away until the release of David's first single, Requiemage, the sample trailer has been released - on Twitter.
This straight-up gives me Megaromania vibes...I'm excited!! Although I'm not a fan of having an SE song in the middle, from what it looks like... What do you think?
In other news, another live date has been added! David participates as a main-event act in yet another DUAL CORE SOUND ENTERPRISE event on December 26 at Ikebukuro CYBER. They will perform alongside Sibilebashir (シビレバシル), an odd choice for a twoman live. Other supporting acts include Larme Belladonna, TTC (Z, TOMOZO, (both ex-SHAPE SHIFTER) KAIE, SHIO (汐) (ex-GHOSE)), and the Chris (hajime (ex-TRIGGAH, now in DARIAN MARIAN), Igarashi Takuya (ex-SHAPE SHIFTER), MAKOTO (誠), and one other member TBA).
Good news for us dirty gaijins - after opening their official webshop a month ago, David will expand its activities overseas! Wizard Store -Global- has been opened for business on October 8. Here's the basic rundown of the shop:
Unfortunately for some of us, the shop currently accepts bank transfers only. That means no Paypal, etc. The shop gives you a week to pay for your order after checking out. Once the deadline is reached, your order is automatically cancelled if not paid.
Shipments for the first batch of orders will be on October 31; estimated time for delivery will be approximately 3-10 days.
It has the same goods available at the regular webshop, including the other edition of Requiemage and personal message DVD bonuses, except there's also an exclusive cheki set for us too!
For some of us who like to shop for goods from Japan, we all know that shipping can be expensive, whether you buy from a shop that ships overseas (ex. CDJapan, closet child, etc.), or from a proxy shopping service (ex. FromJapan, Shopping Mall Japan, etc.). David's store is no different - here's the rundown on shipping prices for each region:
Europe - 2,600 yen ($23.13 USD)
Oceania/North America/Central America/Middle East - 2,400 yen ($21.35 USD)
Asia (excluding Japan) - 1,800 yen ($16 USD)
*Protip: in case you want to avoid the high shipping price for your order (although there may not be much difference), using a proxy shopping service will NOT work in this case. David's global shop will not accept proxy services. :(
As reported a bit earlier this month, D are releasing a new dragon-themed mini-album at the end of October. They have updated their OHP with some samples for each of the songs, as well as released the music video for the title track.
What do you think? From the samples, it seems like this mini-album has more of a folk-metal influence (much like their last mini-album, "名もなき森の夢語り"). I personally like that the music video seems like a throwback to their 7th Rose album, and enjoy that they incorporated some Russian lyrics as well.
Full details about both editions of the album are also now available, including album art.
Back on September 9, guitarist KAZ took a leave of absence due to being hospitalized for poor health. Unfortunately, it seems that KAZ has had little contact with the band, and has not made any plan for returning--as such, as of today, KAZ has seceded.
For the remainder of the band's live schedule through November 23, they will perform with the 3 current members plus a support guitarist. They'll hold a oneman, Zankyou CRADLE (残響クレイドル), on 2017-11-23 at EDGE IKEBUKURO, and will then pause activities.
After pausing activities, it seems that the members of chariots will continue under the pseudonym 37564-MINAGORO- (37564-ミナゴロ-), with intentions of completely reviving as chariots when possible.
Ashley announced on twitter earlier this morning that they will be disbanding after their last live on December 8th.
Their last live will be held at Nagoya ell.FITS ALL. I've screen shotted their official message (band Twitters tend to be deleted shortly after the band breaks up):
Also, it looks like at some point they lost their drummer? His Twitter handle is no longer a working link, and all of their band pictures after May of 2016 have him cropped out. I didn't see anything that looked like an official message, but this seems like a low-budget way of getting their point across!
No specific reason for the cancellation has been given, except that it was “at the organizer's discretion” (主催者側の都合). And since KISAKI is the organizer, I guess it was his decision.
No clue why he would have cancelled their appearance, unless this is a weird Japanese social thing where they pulled out but the blame has to be on him (e.g. maybe they hadn't paid attention to his scandals in previous years, and pulled out as soon as they caught up lol).
Tbh it was weird that they were appearing in the first place; at least the bands have some sort of established history with MIRAGE.
It seems that the power of the Requiemage was not enough to appease David - at least for one edition. A new edition of the single, simply titled as Requiemage -Another Edition- has been announced for a limited release later on November 11.
While it still has the same first track, "Mage", -Another Edition- is slightly different from the original version as it has another B-side, a bonus disc (whose contents are currently unknown), and is only available via mail-order at their official webshop, Wizard Store, or at a live event (because of the release date, I'm starting to believe that this might be sold at Megaromania's revival live). The reservation period to preorder this edition from the webshop will be from October 5 to October 27; the purchase privilege will be a special message DVD from Sui himself.