I haven’t been in a cd store in yeeears. I used to LIVE in cd stores.

LUNA SEA’s 25th Anniversary Tour & 2 New Best Albums

Continuing to celebrate their 25th anniversary, LUNA SEA has announced a nationwide tour titled “THE LUNATIC -A Liberated Will- with a total of 16 stops.

LUNA SEA 25th ANNIVERSARY LIVE TOUR
THE LUNATIC -A Liberated Will-

2014
6/7-6/8 MATSUDO MORI NO HALL 21
6/14-6/15 NIIGATA PREFECTURE CIVIC CENTER
6/28-6/29 HONDANOMORI HALL
7/5-7/6 KURASHIKI CIVIC HALL
7/12-7/13 NAGANO PREFECTURE HOKITO BUNKA DAI-HALL
7/26-7/27 OSAKA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER MAIN HALL
8/9-8/10 NAGOYA CONGRESS CENTER CENTURY HALL
8/30-8/31 SENDAI SUNPLAZA HALL
9/6-9/7 SHIZUOKA CITY CULTURE HALL
9/13-9/14 SAPPORO NITORI BUNKA HALL

2015
1/10-1/11 OMIYA SONIC CITY
1/17-1/18 IBARAKIKEN KENRITSU BUNKA CENTER
1/24-1/25 UENO GAKUEN HALL(HIROSHIMA)
2/7-2/8 KANAGAWA KENMIN HALL
2/21-2/22 FUKUOKA SUNPALACE
2/28-3/1 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM HALL A

In addition, they will release 2 best albums, NEVER SOLD OUT 2, a live best album, and LUNA SEA 25th Anniversary Ultimate Best -THE ONE-, a singles collection spanning throughout the band’s 25 year history all the way to “THE ONE -crash to create-.” A box titled LUNA SEA 25th Anniversary “Ultimate Best -THE ONE-” + “NEVER SOLD OUT 2″ will also be released, that contains both albums. All are scheduled to be released on May 28, 2014.

NEVER SOLD OUT 2
UPCH-1980/1 / ¥3,121(tax in)

LUNA SEA 25th Anniversary Ultimate Best -THE ONE-
UPCH-1982/3 / ¥3,542(tax in)

LUNA SEA 25th Anniversary “Ultimate Best -THE ONE-” + “NEVER SOLD OUT 2″
UPCH-9944 / ¥7,441(tax in)

Anyone else getting tired of best albums?

dir en grey | sustain the untruth (2014)

It’s been a trek through the waste lands being a Deg fan these past six+ years, and time will tell if 2014 is merely an oasis or the life-giving sea, but one thing’s for sure, and that is that “Sustain” is the first Dir song in eons that hasn’t negatively affect my bowels or given my ears cancer.

There’s a hummable melody and actual songcraft!  Wherein decipherable NOTES and CHORDS and also humanlike BEATS are the main part of the song and not just addenda to the distorted wall of flatulent death that was Kyo’s “vocals” and Toshiya’s “bass” and Tweedle-Die and Tweedle-Kao’s “guitars” in that long ago of Dum Spiro Dummer.

I unbelievably made it through this whole single in one sitting without feeling the need to call a rape hotline or check if my soundcard was malfunctioning. One regrettable twinge of disappointment arose when Kyo did the gutturals in “Gaika (live)”, a song that rests on the tail end of my positive memories of this one fantastic and possible fantastic again band (and are those vocals true to the studio recording?)… but otherwise, a completely listenable set of songs. It’s disorienting.

Anyway, here’s to glasses of ice water in hell, let’s hope there’s more to come…

:/

Will the hand of crock save all people from their sins in Sphire-Croid?

In crock we trust.

Ridiculous engrish aside, Sphire-Croid is my favorite Rentrer en Soi album. The one-two punch of the manic Iconoclasm followed by the beautiful Secret Scars is where ReS peaked.

The V’s.

review: Dead End Tribute | “Song of Lunatics” (2013)

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I own none of the early Dead End albums.

I like the latter Creature Creature stuff Morrie (v) has done, and that led to the new Dead End albums of 2009 and 2012, which are pretty badass — and far cooler than this tribute album ever gets.

Problem #1: These are very ’80s hard rock tracks that no amount of production can elevate to masterpieces. Either you give in to the nostalgia, or hope the numerous skilled artists on this disc reinterpret the tracks for you. (A third option is that you never lived through the late 80s hard rock scene, and somehow avoided all exposure to it thoughout the last two decades, and love the fuck out of this cool new sound you’re hearing.)

Alas, all these songs sound like I’ve heard them a thousand — a hundred thousand — times before, not even in my own collection but just during the hour before your favorite bands take the stage and the sound guy is blasting 80s rock/metal over the club’s PA. 

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Having said that, “Spider in the Bran” (lol I’m not fixing that) managed to pluck a few nostalgia synapses in my head, tho. But the track after, “Dress Burning”, is just a lame-ass redo of a song off the aforementioned 2009 album Metamorphosis, and I’ve heard better karaoke versions of jrock songs at 3am, and not even in Tokyo but in the States! Fucking BOO.

The cali=gari track is completely powerless and ignorable. The Boris track that closes the album is a mushy, tedious mess.

Problem #2: The opening songs, with vocals by Hyde (L’Arc), Ryuichi (Luna Sea) and Kiyoharu (Kuroyume) are probably the quantifiable best, but also feel the most “wealthy”; meaning you can hear that money was spent, expertise was expended, but no one brought much heart to the studio. Hyde’s performance especially just feels so practiced and calculated, but it’s all the musicians underneath too doing a fantastic computer/like perfecto-job without any risk, no seizing the day, no going for it, just faultless robotic paycheckery… I used to like that kind of thing, now I miss the humanity.

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I had high hopes for this, because Dead End seems to be one of the few bands around that still have that magic mixture of talent and heart and CRED, and that that facet would inspire the musicians on this project to become youthful and GO FOR IT one more/last time, that these songs would be new to me (but still known quantities and familiar)… but alas. 

But I’ll go check out Dead End’s old stuff now. 

:/

X Japan: Before and After

It’s not so much the reduction of gigabytes from 2.5 to 1.0, it’s the reduction of detritic song files from 435 to 184. This is a band that literally has like forty songs total, of which only about a dozen are great. 

Those songs (in order of release) are:

  1. Sadistic Desire
  2. Week End
  3. Rose of Pain
  4. Endless Rain
  5. Kurenai
  6. Silent Jealousy
  7. Miscast
  8. Desperate Angel
  9. Stab Me in the Back
  10. Joker
  11. Say Anything
  12. Dahlia
  13. Scars
  14. Rusty Nail
  15. Tears
  16. Forever Love

Still, you have to admire a band where an entire THIRD of their output is classifiable as “great”. Most bands it’s like one-tenth?

However, the studio versions are inferior to the live versions on the 1992 “Verge…” and 1997 “Live Live Live” DVD releases, so you could knock your whole collection down to those two releases and have more than enough X-ness in your life.

Now all I have to do is dig up those DVDs, and rip them at 320k… (I ripped them at 160k cbr at a time when that was considered ~extravagant~.) Guess I’m gonna go do that now, I think I still have my DVDs in CD wallets in a closet somewhere here…