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News, page 254

State of vkgy 6/2

Hi everyone! It's been half a year since vkgy launched. Here are some important updates since then:


Patreon

  • vkgy is on Patreon!
  • If you enjoy the site, you can keep it running by contributing any amount.
  • $5 per month grants your account VIP status, and $15 per month allows you to advertise on the main page.
  • Early contributors of at least $5 per month will receive a sticker of the vkgy logo--only 3 remain! (Btw, the rest of these should be sent out this week.)

Huge thanks to witchthrone, biopanda, suji, Leo, redaudrey, and vk_lover for their early support!


Contributors


Social media


Features

  • Artist of the day: learn about a selected artist in the database each day.
  • Flyer of the day: a flyer scan uploaded every day (we have enough for about 10 years or so...!). VIP members can access full, unwatermarked versions.
  • Exclusive artists: artists that have exclusive information (i.e. not available at other databases) are marked as such. Use the “exclusive” filter on the artists page to see them.
  • Comments: you can now comment on artists, releases, blog posts, and VIP posts. All comments now display on the main page.
  • Main page: features comments, database updates, news, artist of day, flyer of day, upcoming releases, artist ranking, and most recent development update. VIP members can access all development updates.
  • 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.)
  • Signature banner: show your custom banner (https://vk.gy/sig.jpg?yourUsername) on forums, blogs, etc. It shows the latest news, artist/flyer of the day, plus your username and the size of your collection. Mine is below:

Development

  • Speed has been increased across the site.
  • When adding bands, the database now attempts to automatically link them to musicians (see Add Artist documentation).
  • 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.)
  • Seraphim now has access to the backend, and has been holding the site hostage, send help helping with various things. (Thank you!)
  • Full development log, and area to make suggestions, is available to VIP members.

That's all the important stuff for now. Thanks again to anyone who supports the site in any way (including visitors). It's so nice to know that we're archiving information which may be lost otherwise!

As always, let me know if you have any questions/concerns.

Morphine's New Collection Album モルヒネ

MORPHINE (モルヒネ) are jumping on the collection album band wagon, with the announcement of their self-titled CD.

2018-08-01

  1. Haikei, Higaisha no Kimi e
  2. Sweet poison Lolita rock
  3. Hanagasumi
  4. Houtai Shoujo
  5. Doro Doro Jikken
  6. Otogiri Shou
  7. Sorede wa Minasan Sayounara
  8. Boku ni Furu Ame
  9. Shikeishokkou
  10. Omaemitaina Yatsu ga Sin'nebaii no ni...
  11. Sayounara Jinsei
  12. Houkai
  13. Another Story
  14. Baka

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... 🔮)

Mamireta is Releasing a Collection Album

On Tuesday, Mamireta (まみれた) announced that they will be releasing a collection album.

The album's name is Sei (逝) and it will contain 14 tracks. Most of them have been previously released, but there are two new songs featured on this album. Sei (逝) comes out on August 1st.

2018-08-01

  1. Ojamashimasu
  2. Darumasan
  3. Shiin: Higaimouzou
  4. Shiin: Kurashi
  5. Oshiete
  6. Tabetai
  7. Shiin: Mushi
  8. Kahan Shin Chuudokusha
  9. Yuukoukigen -Kyou-
  10. Shiin: Wakaran
  11. Boku ga Toketeku Karerimichi
  12. Shima Nagashi
  13. Yuka Name no Tensai
  14. Shuujitsu Owari

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:

6/20: VS Miztarva

6/27: VS MARBLE HEAD (マーブルヘッド)

7/02: VS Meidara

7/06: VS Virge (ヴァージュ)

7/09: VS MORPHINE (モルヒネ)

7/13: VS FIXER

7/18: VS SAVAGE

7/25: VS JIGSAW (ジグソウ)

7/30: VS LABAISER (ラヴェーゼ)

8/02: VS Tensai (てんさい。)

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.

Two collection albums for Leetspeak monsters

Leetspeak monsters will simultaneously release two best albums this July.

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.

2018-07-11

  1. Wonderland
  2. Welcome to Grave Town
  3. Cheeky devil
  4. mind control
  5. Thunderman
  6. Black Cat (Midnight Cat Remix)
  7. Jack
  8. The wizard said laughing
  9. What do you want?
  10. Oh, Eliza
  11. Crimson Sky
  12. Checkmate
  13. Turn off the radio!
  14. The world is unfair
  15. Wonderland (MV)
  16. Wonderland (offshot)

2018-07-11

  1. Dawn song
  2. Night at the museum
  3. Sweet Nightmare
  4. Black Cat
  5. Dance Dance
  6. Dead man's Love
  7. Witch's House
  8. Eat the moon
  9. Devour weak self
  10. Ghost behind you
  11. Good night, moon light
  12. Love in the Dark
  13. Red-nose Pierrot
  14. Here the march of the ghost

Leetspeak monsters is signed to GLK MUSIC.

REIGN's upcoming singles

REIGN will release two, two-type singles in June. Full versions of both lead tracks are up at YouTube.

2018-06-20

  1. Yurari
  2. Yurari (MV)
  3. Yurari (making)

2018-06-20

  1. Yurari
  2. Wedding of Death

2018-06-20

  1. Kanzenmuketsu Zettaiteki Ruler
  2. Kanzenmuketsu Zettaiteki Ruler (MV)
  3. Kanzenmuketsu Zettaiteki Ruler (making)

2018-06-20

  1. Kanzenmuketsu Zettaiteki Ruler
  2. Shuusoku no FREESIA

Samples for David's mini-album, "Souseiroku Ⅰ ~Birth and Confession~" released!

As the release date edges closer and closer, samples for David's first mini-album, Souseiroku Ⅰ ~Birth and Confession~ have finally arrived! 🎆👏

In addition, more details on the tracklists have been finalized:

  • after many typos, the first track has been finalized as Confession -Awakening of Genesis-
  • bonus tracks have been revealed as Ancient Resonance (limited edition) and Behind (regular edition, and the only track sampled in the above video...).

  • Judging by the sample, Genesis -In Bible- sounds the same as it was when it was first released, so...good for those who haven't checked it out yet :)

For more details that you missed, click here!

The cover art has also been released:

Limited edition
Limited edition
Regular edition
Regular edition

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...!

2018-06-06

  1. Confession -Awakening of Genesis-
  2. Metempsychosis
  3. Fated Conscious
  4. Kowaku
  5. Ancient Resonance
  6. Genesis -In Bible- (Bonus Track)

2018-06-06

  1. Confession -Awakening of Genesis-
  2. Metempsychosis
  3. Fate Conscious
  4. Kowaku
  5. Behind

2018-09-21

  1. Birth and Confession (Instrumental)
  2. Confession -Awakening of Genesis-
  3. Metempsychosis
  4. Fate Conscious
  5. Kowaku
  6. Paradise lost for Requiem

RIKU & KISAKI SPECIAL BAND, Ren SESSION to perform

KACCHIN (カッチン), longtime friend of KISAKI, will celebrate the 15th anniversary of his bar Bar Paradox with a special live event featuring a gorgeous lineup:


RIKU & KISAKI SPECIAL BAND (戮&KISAKI SPECIAL BAND)

  • V. RIKU (戮) [ex-Phantasmagoria~LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-)~etc.]
  • B. KISAKI [ex-Phantasmagoria~LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-)~etc.]
  • G. Suga Yuusuke (須賀 勇介) [ex-12012~etc.]
  • G. YUKKIE (ユッキー) [ex-HEISEI ISHIN (平成維新)~etc.]
  • D. Mikage (美景) [ex-chariots~etc.]

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!


Ren SESSION BAND (苓セッションバンド)

  • V. Ren (苓) [ex-Dali~etc.]
  • G. Ao (碧) [ex-LOTMAN (ロットマン)~etc.]
  • B. YUU (ユウ) [ex-Dali~etc.]
  • D. Kishihara Masami (岸原 雅巳) [ex-Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし)~etc.]

Note that this is the same lineup as LOTMAN (ロットマン), but they're just calling it a session for some reason.


  • THE FLYING PANTS [KACCHIN's band]
  • †яi¢к [ex-VIDOLL member]
  • Shina Pikarin (椎名ぴかりん) [idol]
  • SPEED-iD [early 90s band]

The event, 「PARASONI・SPECIAL」 (「パラソニ・スペシャル」), will be held on 2018-08-25 at Osaka (大阪) BananaHall. Special tickets (8,000 yen) will include a free t-shirt with all bands' logos.

Second MIRAGE & Matina event announced!

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.


MIRAGE's lineup will change once again:

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Three neo old school opening acts will perform:

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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.

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One of the weirder appearances will be a one-day revival by a band called MAZOHYST TRANCE Gakudan Shion (マゾヒストトランス楽団 祇音), which was the first band of 【denno:oblaat】 (電脳オヴラアト) vocalist Taniguchi TOMOROU (谷口トモロウ).

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.

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Finally, another Matina session will perform! And this time it actually features Matina guys 😅

Matina OLDIES (魔帝那オールディーズ)

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The event will end with a large session.


Just like last time, special tickets are available for 8,000 yen, which include a t-shirt (with a different design than the one from March). No word yet if there will be additional privileges/goods.


Live-limited Matina and MIRAGE DVDs

Good news: KISAKI's new label LORELEI ENTERTAINMENT GROUP has released several bootleg DVDs! Bad news: they're live limited and are likely already sold out.

The LORELEI BOOTLEG DVD SERIES was sold at today's (May 13) MIRAGE live, each volume featuring previously-unreleased footage from Matina bands:

  • VOL:1 is a second press of a previously-released MIRAGE DVD, with a bonus disc of additional MIRAGE footage.
  • VOL:2 is a second press of a previously-released Matina DVD, with a bonus disc of MIRAGE, AZALEA, and vellaDonna footage.
  • VOL:3 is a brand new DVD, featuring MIRAGE and Madeth gray'll.
  • VOL:4 is a brand new DVD featuring a MIRAGE oneman.

I'm sure many of us would love to get our hands on these, but there seem to be no plans to make them available for purchase 😢


2018-05-13

  1. GRAVE-Koe no Nemuri-
  2. Hyakka Ryouran
  3. EDGE IN MIND
  4. Wind Whisper
  5. DeathtopiA
  6. Feeling Melody
  7. Remembrance
  8. DRUM SOLO
  9. MOON-LIGHT-DANCE
  10. ...Air
  11. PERSONA
  12. Risk en Eve
  13. ESCAPE
  14. DRAIN
  15. BACTERIA
  16. Fear Nalcis
  17. Rain
  18. I.D
  19. Feeling Melody
  20. I.D
  21. DRAIN
  22. Risk en Eve
  23. Fear Nalcis

2018-05-13

  1. (Unspecified live recordings)
  2. (Unspecified live recordings)
  3. (Unspecified live recordings)
  4. (Unspecified live recordings)
  5. (Unspecified live recordings)
  6. (Unspecified live recordings)
  7. (Unspecified live recordings)
  8. (Unspecified live recordings)
  9. (Unspecified live recordings)
  10. (Unspecified live recordings)
  11. (Unspecified live recordings)
  12. (Unspecified live recordings)
  13. Cradle of Labyrinth
  14. Sexy
  15. Death Mania
  16. Hyakka Ryouran
  17. KoNO Yo NO HaTE
  18. RAFFLESIA
  19. Kamikakushi no Yoru
  20. Horobi no Niwa
  21. Liberation
  22. SABOTAGE
  23. Human on the rack
  24. CAUTION

2018-05-13

  1. 「Zwei」 Dataisha TO Moumoku NA Chuuzetsuji・・69 Nichime NO Sogai
  2. Kyoushikyoku
  3. missantroop
  4. Kuroshouzoku NO ShiraBE
  5. Haijin KuruI Ningyou
  6. Feeling Melody
  7. ...Air
  8. DRAIN
  9. BACTERIA
  10. I.D

2018-05-13

  1. ・・・Air
  2. BACTERIA
  3. Wind Whisper
  4. EDGE IN MIND
  5. DeathtopiA
  6. Hyakka Ryouran
  7. (YAYOI&AYAME UNIT)
  8. GRAVE -KoE NO NemuRI~
  9. Remembrance
  10. Feeling Melody
  11. Risk en Eve
  12. DRAIN
  13. I.D
  14. Death Mania
  15. BACTERIA
  16. Feeling Melody

By the way, a few cheki sets were recently on sale at the LORELEI ENTERTAINMENT GROUP web shop, and they included an exclusive MIRAGE live DVD. Only three sets were available.

2018-04-21

  1. DeathtopiA
  2. Ryuusei
  3. Wind Whisper
  4. ・・・Air
  5. BACTERIA
  6. I.D
  7. Feeling Melody
  8. Death Mania
  9. Hyakka Ryouran

European Tour and worldwide release for KAMIJO

Following his second full album Sang, KAMIJO will embark this fall on another European Tour! First tour dates are as follow:

Sang Project Act III 「Europe Tour 2018」

Sep.13(thu) London-UK @ the Underworld

Sep.15(sat) Helsinki-Finland @ Gloria

Sep.21(fri) Barcelona-Spain @ Apolo

Sep.22(sat) Paris-France @ Backstage by the Mill

More dates will soon be announced by B7Klan.

It was also announced that Sang will have a worldwide digital release on May 16th.

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