Rave (レイヴ) One of those illusion bands who you think are gonna be too new and not-yet-good but actually are really polished because they already have a lot of experience and popularity in Kyuushu. Very fun concept; cute sadism. Much enthusiastic dancing, full of beans. Vocalist fully resembles a Japanese version of Joffrey from Game of Thrones.
LUCHe. Awful. Go find a singer who can actually sing. And don’t just put the better looking guitarist on the right hand side. He’s not actually good looking anyway, he’s a starved hair trap. Also, bangya wearing five flashing rings on every finger of both hands AND holding two lightsticks in each hand too? No.
AvelCain This band clearly don’t have much to work with, but they sure make good with what they have got. Musical talent/experience somewhat thin on the ground, but the atmosphere was cool and they are clearly very creative with their concepts. Had sorta expected more from them though, after all the good reviews I’ve heard, but I was told they weren’t on top form today.
BLITZ Too busy drinking in the bar, didn’t see. From what little entered my ears, they sounded fairly normal.
Arlequin (アルルカン) Mad and super fun. Metal bands with good senses of humor are my favourite thing. Arlequin are in posession of an excellent vocalist who has very good vocal control. His favourite thing to do is laugh hysterically between blood curdling screams. Still leaning quite heavily towards a VK style show than a metal one, they are 100% a band to watch for the future. Much promise.
NOCTURNAL BLOODLUST Playing last? What’s this!? Actually, playing last possibly screwed them over, they may have messed up their equipment check. Their backing tracks were on and off and Cazqui’s guitar broke twice, the second time permanently. Right before a guitar solo. Thankfully, it was saved by Masa improvising a spectacular bass solo instead. Before the death of the lead guitar though, they were awesome. Very heavy setlist from the beginning. It was nice to see them in such a tiny venue too, they were practically in the mosh pit with us. You know a band is good when even after half their equipment is fucked up they still lay down a killer of a show.
Another super short taiban review? Yuup. I feel like I need to register my unnecessary opinions on indie bands somewhere, k. Going to go write an actual blog post on my actual blog now about albums I’ve been listening to lately ooohhh.
NOCTURNAL BLOODLUST As usual, NCBL played first. I’m pretty sure they always play first at taibans because they induce actual mosh pits, which mess up rows for other bands’ fans so it’s best to get them out the way first so no one gets pissy. They were the band I was there for and I hadn’t had a good ticket, so I was sort of panicking about getting stuck at the back, but it was fine I ended up in the fourth row with loads of room. Their set was a mix of old and new stuff, and it was awesome, as usual. We all had fun screaming and thrashing about and hitting each other on the head while Hiro made a fool of himself on stage. NCBL are the best.
DEZERT Myself and quite a lot of other NCBL fans were at the back for DEZERT’s set after making room for their fans at the front, so we held a little mosh pit of our own back there. It was my first time seeing DEZERT, and I was really impressed. They’re a tank of a band live. Their recorded sound is pretty normal, but live they’re loads of fun. I cannot wait for their 2-man with NCBL now. It’s gonna break my neck but I’ll die happy.
FEST VAINQUER No, idk how to pronounce their name either. First time seeing them too. Didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. They’re that adorable thing; a metal band with a pop vocalist. They sort of reminded me of Ayabie. I’d recommend them to old Ayabie fans, although their image is kinda boring usually. It wasn’t boring this live though, they all wore yukata. Their set probably had the least headbanging and the most prancing.
Black Gene For the Next Scene I find this band scary beyond all reason, but I canot deny they put on a good show. Their set was a riot. Lots of mad dancing. Their guitarist had a lot of technical trouble, but he’s pretty superfluous anyway, BFN are probably the best bass-lead band in the business. Ice’s MC was spoken at break neck speed, I could not tell you a word of what he said. The actual songs were super fun though. But are those outfits really necessary. No I don’t think so. No one needs vinyl pants that shiny. Or that short.
BORN Didn’t get a very clear view of this set, but there are many more worthy than I to get the good views of the stage, I’m not mad about BORN. Their outfits were epic though, and the dancing by Ryouga was fun (lots of high kicks?), but their sound is so boring, and it doesn’t really improve much live.
Lycaon I was really surprised by Lycaon. I haven’t payed much attention to them since their first few singles, which were so so bad, but their image has always been so cool, I love seeing them in magazines. I had been wondering what they were doing amongst all these crazy metal bands, but once they started playing I realised. Their sound has changed quiiiiiite a lot since their debut, huh! They now perform this mad… sort of… burlesque effect metal. It’s awesome. Yuuki is brilliant. He had a chair covered in ropes and chains and a creepy lamp he shone at people. Also Satoshi is amazing, I can appreciate a man with that much dedication to being Slash II.
SCREW After all their FC lives lately, I’ve been missing SCREW, so it was awesome to see them again. They demonstrated perfect outfits, perfect synchronised headbanging and Byou (as usual) brought perfect crazy with perfect hair. Their single, FUGLY, sounds amazing live. It’s different from their usual sound so I had been curious, but it sounds really cool. At one point Rui threw his mic stand over his head and it hit all the amps behind him and nearly incapacitated several staff members. What a badass.
Jupiter Jupiter were as flawless as usual. I don’t really understand why they stopped being Versailles, when Kamijo sounds exactly the same and so do they. They are literally just doing the exact same thing as they’ve been doing for years only seperately. Wouldn’t it be more fun to take on a new challenge/image/sound/anything? Still, it’s always amazing to watch HIZAKI and TERU play guitar.
At the end they all got together on the balcony of EAST and had chats. Hiro (NCBL) and Ice (BFN) compared abs, SCREW fucked up talking, as usual, FEST VAINQUEUR got all hyper and Ryouga (BORN) kept trying to jump down into the audience. And HIZAKI came out in yukata and everyone went ‘awwwwww’.
OK HERE IS A SUPER SHORT CONCERT RECAP mosty so I remember it myself ‘cause this was a night to remember for it’s eternal epicness to the world of VK metal music.
hi do you know what's up with knz's last tweet? i didnt understand everything but everyone was like "you okay?" etc so--
Seems he’s in a bit of a bad way after touring/recording/promoting constantly for the past few months and he’s got pretty ill. He says he won’t be off long, but he hates complaining on Twitter so he’s not gonna post at all. And all fun is suspended until he gets better (oh nooooo).
Yuusei (THE KIDDIE): Brother, don’t die! KNZ: It’s OK. I can’t die yet.
Went to see SADS last night on their 15th Anniversary at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM.
I have never been to a live like it, especially in Japan. Especially in Visual Kei. I have never been kicked in the face so many times in one day. Stage diving such as I have never seen (and I worked in a London live house for three years). Everyone was drenched in sweat and screaming. There were middle aged women throwing themselves into mosh pits. KAZ played a guitar solo with his tongue. Go did a twenty minute drum solo when the rest of the band ran off. Kiyoharu wore many beautiful and spakly outfits.
Then again, I suppose what else is to be expected of SADS celebrating their 15th anniversary. I should have expected a complete riot.
Kiyoharu had a half hour ramble about life as a ‘visual kei ojiisan’ and how the competition from other vk ojiisan’s is quite tough lately.
No one has a patch on you Kiyoharu. All the rest of them vk ojiisan’s can go fuck themselves.