The holidays may be long over, but it's never too late to break the news on a new(ish) band!
ZERO MIND INFINITY broke up on December 30, but their sudden activity pause was met with skepticism as they hadn't released anything during their year-long stint. However, a band called breakin' holiday was announced today! Initially announced as JURI (ex-DELUHI)'s new band, it's been revealed that the rest of the members (minus Gt.John) are involved!
Along with a slew of live dates starting on March 10-18, they're already breaking out with a new release! breakin' holiday's first single, LILITH, is slated for release on March 20. There are no other details at this time; be sure to check out the single's release page below for any updates!
Like the announcement of Ryuto as guitarist, MiA makes the name “Matina ALL STARS” somewhat dubious--MEJIBRAY performed with LIN, but has literally no connection to Matina--but the lineup is cool regardless.
Santa cheki of KISAKI were available for a limited time, and sold out immediately.
Two Matina lucky bags (contents unknown) were available, but sold out immediately.
Ten copies of rare LIN privilege CD for Lapis... were sold for 1,296 yen each. (The CD was previously available only with the band's box set when purchased from TOWER RECORDS, but earlier in the year, KISAKI included it with the box set when purchased from LORELEI ENTERTAINMENT, and gave it updated CD art. This month, he made it possible to order the privilege CD by itself--though it's unclear if it featured the original art or new art.)
Several LIN t-shirts, and their parka, are available.
LIN's IC card sticker set is available.
Several LIN (and one Kisaki & Kansai Kizoku) bootleg DVDs are available at the web shop, for 3,240 to 4,320 yen each. Five of them seem to be previously-unreleased (though LIN had so many bootlegs it's almost impossible to know).
Mana (lead guitarist of Moi Dix Mois, Malice Mizer and visual-kei icon) announced on his Twitter that drummer GAZ has passed away on December 22nd. The reason stated was due to an illness he succumbed to yesterday.
初めてのMALICE MIZERの音源オムニバスに収録されているSPEED OF DESPERATEは彼が叩いています。
Mana's tweet states that he though GAZ was an interesting guy, in spite of only being with the band for a brief period of time. GAZ was also featured in the song "Speed of Desperate," which was the first song Malice Mizer had pressed to a CD.
GAZ later went on to be a member of Kneuklid Romance, another influential group that had a bit of main-stream success in the late 90s. In the late 2000's, the band also revived and was briefly produced by UNDER CODE PRODUCTION. If you haven't tried them before, I highly recommend the collection album that KISAKI helped produce.
Kisaki also shared his condolences about GAZ's passing earlier this morning.