Nightmare - Drastica (Short PV edit)

Nightmare's new album, “TO BE OR NOT TO BE”, drops next Wednesday. This PV looks almost the same as the last one, “Gallows,” except with hoods. (-_-;) Wow what happened? The “Dizzy" PV was actually cooler in terms of sound and visual style. I wouldn’t have mind to get more of that.

OHP: http://www.nightmare-web.com

NoGoD - Sakura (promo edit)

NoGoD's latest mini “四季彩 [Shikisai]”, which has three re-recorded tracks and one new song, just went on sale last Wednesday. Anyone heard it yet? I am liking the acoustic intro here for “Sakura,” but got kinda bored when the real song kicked in. :/

NoGod- Shikisai Mini Album Cover
KICS-3027~8 (2 CDs - second disk has the acoustic versions of the mini)
¥2,676

1. 櫻 (Re-recording)
2. 千夜を越えて花束を
3. あの日の空は極彩で (Re-recording)
4. 彩白 (Re-recording)

OHP: http://www.artpop.org/nogod/

Babymetal | “Gimme Choco!”

Okay, so I find this all disgusting.

It is a violation of youth and innocence, AND a violation of metal!

Metal is anger. Aggression. If you’re that angry at such a young age, then something is REALLY WRONG, and it shouldn’t be celebrated on stage or for money.

If nothing is wrong, you’re being fake. Metal embodies a lot of things, but inauthenticity is not one of them.

This entire enterprise rots from its own malignant intrinsic antitheticality. 

In a couple years, when the “twins” are in high school, or dropouts, and have lived a ~little~, then, MAYBE, this pop-n-death conjoining might work.

But for now, it’s just plain IMMORAL! I say that both ironically and not. I truly think Babymetal’s existence is, like, a destructive embodiment of social evils.

I do admire the choreography and editing a ton though (the “pushback” sequence especially, in the 2:00-2:20 breakdown… and the fistpumps after, I would not be surprised to learn these girls burn 18,000 calories per day). 

More discussion/arguing here: http://jrocknyc.tumblr.com/post/78210881010/babymetal-gimme-choco-okay-so-i-find-this#disqus_thread

Nightmare - Gallows (Short PV version)

The PV is too short for me to say it’s great, but it’s at least more interesting than the latest single, “Rewrite.” The new album “TO BE OR NOT TO BE" is coming out March 19th. There are 3 versions. Below is the track list from the regular version.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE
CD
YICQ-10344 - ¥2,800 (w/tax)

Nightmare - TO BE OR NOT TO BE (version C cover)

01. Gallows
02. TO BE OR NOT TO BE
03. Dizzy
04. 東京都羅刹区
05. リライト
06. Melt into blue sky
07. -TRUTH-
08. Lulla[by≠bye]
09. TERMINAL
10. ドラスティカ
11. 極上脳震煉獄・弌式
12. L.L.B
13. KENKA DRIVE -instrumental-

Type A Cover:

Nightmare - TO BE OR NOT TO BE (version A cover)

CD+DVD
YICQ-10342/B - ¥3,600 (w/tax)

DVD contains “Gallows” PV + making of PV

Type B Cover:

Nightmare - TO BE OR NOT TO BE (version B cover)

CD+DVD
YICQ-10343/B - ¥3,600 (w/tax)

DVD contains “Drastica" PV + making of PV

OHP: http://www.nightmare-web.com
Via: SR: Jrock UK Updater

Gackt - P.S. I Love You (PV)

The PV is a seven minutes mini-film for his latest single released two days ago, so the song pauses a bit here and there. It’s actually better than I expected and not full of the “daikishimeru” or various forms of this word that was used in his old ballads. Still “P.S. I Love You" is not much of a departure from what he has been releasing lately. "Sakura, chiru…" is the only standout so far. :/

Gackt visits Shibuya Tsutaya on release day

Love that he gets mobbed by guys and girls!

Via: The GACKTofficial YT channel

Wagakkiband - Senbon zakura (PV)

Neo Japanesque 2.0? The vocalist is not too bad and she’s cute. And it seems the band members play most of the major traditional instruments like the koto, taiko, shakuhachi (flute) and of course the shamisen. I wonder if this band has the same members as the traditional instrument VK music students band that someone posted in the CBOX 1-2 years ago. Does anyone remember? Anyways, I will keep my eye out for them for now.

Wagakkiband - 天樂 Tengaku (PV)

Wagakki Band Members Photo

Via: SR Jrock UK Updater
OHP
: wagakkiband.jp

zigzo | shoudou(2013)

My recent rejuvenated obsession with Malice Mizer’s discography — particularly the short-lived Tetsu era — got me remembering that Tetsu didn’t fall off the planet. Never checked out any of his other bands until just now, so here we are with Zigzo which also features Sakura from L’Arc~en~Ciel / Creature Creature? Who knew?!

Not me!

This is no-frills rock along the lines of 9mm Parabellum Bullet, another band that I absolutely adore. There are definitely times where the drama queen tendencies of VK get to me, so I flip the coin for straight up hard driving rock ‘n’ roll. There’s a catchy poppiness to this song, but the best part is that while Tetsu has gained control of his voice over the years, there’s still that endearing wild abandon that shines through at the right moments. It provides just enough punk edge to keep it from being too cloying.

This song grabbed me pretty hard halfway through the first listen, and when I spun it again earlier today, my nearly-2-year old son rocked the fuck out for the entire thing! This is where I go back and check out the rest of these guys’ catalog.