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Oct 28

[review] THE LAST DAYBREAK by exist†trace

THE LAST DAYBREAK opens with a primal call from Jyou, but instead of singing in her trademark growling alto, she keeps her voice light and clear in “Daybreak ~Jyusan gatsu no shikisai.”  Unexpected moves like these are the highlight of exist†trace’s new album.  Guitarists Miko and Omi still grind out heavy riffs that complement Naoto’s …

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May 16

[interview] TAIA – "Gothic Metal," Quoth the Raven

Okinawa seems to be the incubator for great acts. A wide range of artists have all called Okinawa home, including pop songstress Cocco and rock band High and Mighty Color. Gothic metal group TAIA keeps the tradition going, highlighting their female vocalist and tight musicianship over a discography of six albums. purple SKY: Please tell …

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May 10

[photo] Berryz Kobo @ Sakuracon

The seven-member Hello! Project idol group Berryz Kobo made their American performance debut at Sakura-Con 2011 for an audience of 3500 fans. Fans traveled from all over the world including multiple parts of the USA, plus Canada, France, Mexico, and Japan to support the pop vocal group who is celebrating their 7th year together. Berryz …

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Apr 12

[interview] RAMPANT – Rock Music for Kicking Down Doors

Interview by Dave Cirone Osaka-based hard-rock band RAMPANT made their American debut at Tekkoshocon IX in Pittsburgh, PA. Playing for an audience of over 900 (the highest in the event’s history), the band delivered a 11-song set from their two latest releases, Choice of Life and BLOSSOM. A regular performance partner of exist†trace and Dazzle …

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Mar 23

[live report] HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR @ Shibuya Club Quattro

Written by Sarah Dworken Meet HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR. Or rather, meet the new HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR. I’m well aware that this band has some decent exposure in the English-speaking world. From their relatively frequent appearances at anime conventions to their involvement in popular anime soundtracks, at the very least, the overseas anime fans …

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