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Mp3tag integration: Mp3tag is a program that lets you tag your music files, and I'm currently working on making vkgy accessible as a data source--meaning you can rip your CD, select the album on vkgy, and tags and cover art will be automatically added. (Currently in alpha stage; will be made available to VIP members as a beta, and then eventually be available to all members.)
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More format options have been added to releases.
About one trillion bugs have been fixed. (If you spot any, feel free to comment or contact me directly.)
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The collection album will contain 14 songs. If I'm doing my math correctly, 3 of the songs featured are either new or were only performed live and never actually pressed to a disc. It shall be sold at visual-kei stores nation-wide, including favorites like Puresound, Tower Records, and Village Vanguard. The album will drop on August 1st, just like Mamireta (まみれた)'s collection.
Speaking of which 👀
As mentioned in my previous article, MORPHINE (モルヒネ) are going to be hanging out with the PUNCH RECORD dudes a lot this coming summer and fall. I'm also seeing that this collection album will be distributed through PUNCH RECORD. This seems to be more than coincidental.
Maybe we will see MORPHINE (モルヒネ) joining the label in the near future.
(I've been correct about things like this before... 🔮)
Additionally, the band announced a slew of upcoming performances, including a one-man show at Tsutaya O-West on August 6th and a bunch of "vs" lives at the start of the summer. All of the VS lives are held at Ikebukuro BLACK HOLE and include:
Lastly, the band will also participate in the PUNCH RECORDS nation-wide tour starting in October. So far, it looks like KRAD and Virge (ヴァージュ) will participate in most of the shows, but oddly enough DEVIL KITTY isn't listed at all...
For more information regarding any of their upcoming performances, you can view their annoucement on Visunavi.
Monster's Theater, which they're somewhat obliquely referring to as just a “full album,” will be available in a Gothic type and Fantasy type. Each will feature 13 old tracks and 1 new song. The Gothic version will also feature a PV.
The band also notes that two songs were previously only available on omnibus albums, and that this is the first time certain songs will have their lyrics available in print.
Also, a deluxe edition is in the works! Available at Sui's webshop only, this edition will contain 8 tracks in total, yet the other songs exclusive to this version have still not been revealed. (I have a funny feeling that either (1) they have both songs from the limited and regular editions; or (2) they have totally different songs altogether... #justvkthings) Being sold at a whopping 5000 yen, the deluxe edition will be available for preorder at the webshop from March 2 to June 30, and it's estimated to be shipped out in July. Those who do preorder will also receive a bonus DVD featuring a long interview with Sui.
So anyway, what do you think of "Souseiroku" so far? 😊 I'm getting Megaromania flashbacks all of a sudden...!
This will be the first time that RIKU (戮) and KISAKI have performed together since the last live of first period LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-). It will also mark the 10 year anniversary since Phantasmagoria's disbandment!
A flyer was distributed at today's MIRAGE live, which announces another MIRAGE/Matina memorial event!
The “MIRAGE & Matina 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR” continues with BURIAL OF EPISODE-OSAKA-, to be held on 2018-10-20 at Osaka (大阪) amHALL. If you like “old school” visual kei, the lineup of this one should be much more appealing than the previous event.
Old school band GRASS―who supposedly “restarted” in 2016 but haven't been active at all―will perform. (By the way, they're really cool! Check them out if you've never listened before.)
Seemingly-immortal dark visual kei band emmurée will appear, as will long running friend-of-the-scene rock band BEAST.
Surprisingly, MATSUTAKE WORKS (マツタケワークス), the solo project of Himitsu Kessha CODOMO A (秘密結社コドモA) vocalist EIJI (エイジ), will appear. This is especially shocking, as EIJI at one point seemed to hate KISAKI.
MAZOHYST TRANCE Gakudan Shion (マゾヒストトランス楽団 祇音) is notable because... they're not really notable at all 😅 They were active in the early 90s, and are so unknown that I can't even find a lineup for them. They seem to have been heavily “inspired” by KUROYUME (黒夢), like many bands of that era.
I guess Taniguchi TOMOROU just wanted to participate in all the kote-ness that will be going on that day.
Finally, another Matina session will perform! And this time it actually features Matina guys 😅