Tag Archive: Visual Kei

Feb 15

[live report] the GazettE–A Live for the GazettE Virgins

I may remember January 14, 2012 as the day I discovered the soft, gooey, gross affection I have for the GazettE. That’s right folks, a live performance made me like a band I had never really heard before. All signs pointed to disliking this band simply for the fact that they’re a new school, post-Dir …

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Jan 13

[live report] ViViD – When Good Looks Come in Handy

Some bands have the skills. Some bands have the attitude. Some bands have the drive. Other bands are just plain nice to look at. I’m not saying a band like ViViD doesn’t have the talent or enthusiasm to make a great concert. I am saying, however, that in front of the steady vocals and melodic …

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Dec 15

[interview] YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz Won’t Forget

Pop quiz: What are YELLOW FRIED CHICKENZ? a) The Colonel’s new yet somehow original recipe. b) Mega-triple threat GACKT’s slightly satirical project. c) A surprisingly sensitive band that just wants to instill some charitable thoughts in their audience’s brains. If you answered b) and c), you’re correct. When I sat down with GACKT and the …

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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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Oct 24

[interview] BORN to Rock Nekocon 2011

Almost three years after they first performed at Onicon in Texas, BORN is back in North America for Virginia’s Nekocon. With a new single, “Psycho Diva,” BORN continues to mix up pop choruses with thrashy metal riffs and growling counter vocals. Nekocon 2011 will take place on November 4th-6th at the Hampton Roads Convention Center …

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