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Mejibray – 3 consecutive singles on their way out starting September 4th

MEJIBRAY’s first single “a priori” will hit stores in two weeks on Sept 4th. “Shuuei” will follow on October 2nd, and on November 6th another single titled “DECADANCE-Counting Goats…if I can’t be yours” will be out.

Track list for the singles:

Limited Edition Type A (2100 Yen)
[CD]
01. a priori
02. -XV-
[DVD]
a priori PV
documentary from their live at Akasaka BLITZ on June 9th

Limited Edition Type B (1890 Yen)
[CD]
01. a priori
02. -XV-
[DVD]
live scenes of their live at Akasaka BLITZ on June 9th

Regular Edition (1575 Yen)
[CD]
01. a priori
02. -XV-
03.RISK:er

Shuuei
Limited Edition Type A (2100 Yen)
[CD]
01. Shuuei
02. Gesshoku
[DVD]
Shuuei PV
documentary of their live at Akasaka BLITZ on June 9th

Limited Edition Type B (1890 Yen)
[CD]
01. Shuuei
02. Gesshoku
[DVD]
live scene of their live at Akasaka BLITZ on June 9th

Regular Edition (1575 Yen)
[CD]
01. Shuuei
02. Gesshoku
03. Shitto
DECADANCE – Counting Goats … if I can’t be yours –
Limited Edition Type A (2100 Yen)
[CD]
01. DECADANCE – Counting Goats … if I can’t be yours –
02. Melancholia
[DVD]
DECADANCE – Counting Goats … if I can’t be yours – PV
documentary of their live at Akasaka BLITZ on June 9th

Limited Edition Type B (1890 Yen)
[CD]
01. DECADANCE – Counting Goats … if I can’t be yours –
02. Melancholia
[DVD]
live scene of their live at Akasaka BLITZ on June 9th

Regular Edition (1575 Yen)
[CD]
01. DECADANCE – Counting Goats … if I can’t be yours –
02. Melancholia
03. Sou to utsu to kyoukai

Southern All Stars to return after 5 years

Widely popular Japanese rock band Southern All Stars marked its 35th anniversary on Tuesday with an announcement that it will reunite after a five-year break.

In August, the five-member band will release a new single, its 54th, and kick off an outdoor concert tour.
Southern All Stars is one of the best-selling music groups in Japan and known for such blockbuster hits as “Itoshi no Ellie” (Ellie My Love) and “TSUNAMI.”

The band indefinitely suspended touring after a 30th anniversary concert in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, in August 2008.

One Ok Rock Asia Tour Dates

Rock band One Ok Rock, announced two weeks ago the band’s first European tour and after all of the shows were sold out they added more dates to their schedule. Now also Asian fans will get the chance to see the band live!

Shortly after yesterday’s announcement the band revealed their plans for an Asia Tour starting in November and going through December. Asian Tour Dates:

November 08: Hong Kong @AWE Hall 8

November 10: Seoul, Korea @UNIQLO AX

November 19: Bangkok, Thailand @Central World Live Arena

November 21: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @KL LIVE

November 23: Singapore @Hard Rock Coliseum

November 24: Jakarta, Indonesia @Skeeno Hall, Gandaria

December 07: Taipei, Taiwan @Xinzhuang Gymnasium New Taipei City

PLASTICZOOMS Release “Fritillaria Camtschatcensis -Three”

PLASTICZOOMS have announced the release of a third installment of "Fritillaria Camtschatcensis" an experimental project of frontman Sho Asakawa, It’s titled "Three", and themed as "Sleepy in the Deep Sea". This release will hit stores on July 2nd, 2013. It contains a 30 page book by Nao Takeda and three songs on CD that have not been announced.

Fritillaria Camtschatcensis, "One" was released in late 2012 and sold out immediately. There were two songs on CD, "talk" and "Ga.Su" on DVD, "Botanical Garden" and "End".

Fritillaria Camtschatcensis, "Two" was released March 30th, 2013 which contained a CD with songs "Gloom" and "ONE EYE" on DVD, "Flow" and "Aquarium".

To describe PLASTICZOOMS style of music is difficult to put into one catagory. They are goth, experimental, noise, an alternative type of band.

The Members are:
Vocals: SHO ASAKAWA
Keyboards and Guitar: SHINPEI MORISHIGE
Guitar and Synthesizer: TAIYO IKEDA
Bass: JUN YOKOEDrums: YUTA KURATA

CM for Fritillaria Camtschatcensis “Three”…

Signal Announces Their Disbandment

Visual Kei band Signal has announced to disband in September.

In April the band’s drummer Raychel announced his departure from the band after their live at Ikebukuro EDGE on June 28th. The members have decided they don’t want to continue as Signal if it’s not the five of them.

Their final show will be on September 14th at Meguro Live Station – the same place they had held their very first live.

They are very sorry for such a sudden announcement and apologize for not being able to keep their promise to continue making music as Signal.

Raychel didn’t comment on the disbanding yet but check out the other comments below:

ShinyA

We’ve just announced that Signal will disband after the live on September 14th.

I wanted to see a wider scenery and I wanted to take you along. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it come true.

We have been really selfish but even in the end we betrayed the people who supported us and make them sad. I’m really really sorry for that.

This is something we’ve decided by ourselves but I really didn’t sort my feelings yet.

I love all the fans that are supporting our band Signal. I’m really proud of that and that will never change. And because of that this result makes my heart hurt.

The remaining time is limited but during that time we will give our very best. I want to look back and be proud of being able to have an effect on your feelings until the very end.

There’s a lot more I want to say but I didn’t sort my words yet, sorry.

SHION

This should have been a weekday like every day but due to our announcement this morning we made you upset. I’m really sorry.

On September 14th Signal will disband.

We’ve betrayed you so often and even in the end… . I’m really sorry.

We’ve discussed this so many times and it’s really hard that we came to the result that “disbanding” is the answer.

Because we love Signal.

There are a lot of our fans who said that their wounds won’t heal after we’ve announced Raychel’s departure. My heart hurts.

In 3 months Signal will end.

As of that moment Signal will be only a memory and CDs for us and everyone else.

But until the remaining live span ends we want to create as much memories and leave as much traces as we can. Together with everyone. As the band “Signal” we want to leave as much traces in you as we can.

The final stage is Meguru Live Station. It’s the memorable live house we’ve held our very first live as Signal two years ago. As Singal’s SHION, as bassist, I will make noise and let you hear my voice and blow with my fist in the air with all of our fans at the live until the very end. I want to think back to this time.

I don’t like those serious words but in the remaining time we want to show our loyalty to all of you.

Sorry for not being able to write a proper entry.

Rua

I’m sorry for that really sudden announcement.

It’s really hard, also for us, and we can’t change that.

Signal was my reason to live. An important thing.

It was my life.

It’s so hard that it won’t be there anymore. And I’m scared.

But it’s the result we came to all together after thinking about it.

All we can do is to look ahead and move forward.

Until the very last day.

Yuri

I’m really sorry for such a sudden announcement that makes us betray our fans.

The shape breaks and the thing that should live will surely die.

Sooner or later the end comes.

But… We will disband and that’s really hard. Even if it’s something we’ve decided by ourselves.

To not fall… to not break… We have to act happy but as soon as I’m not with the members I start to think of many things.

For me there’s no band that can replace Signal.

And so it’s really hard. To be honest, I still can’t believe it. I’m selfish.

Andit must be hard for you, too. It’s irresponsible.

But I want you to believe just that: Even though we disband Signal won’t die at the core. I will keep the love you all gave us and the time and memories in my heart and it will last for a lifetime.

Which way I’ll ever go after the disbanding, I promise you to live with my heartbeat made out of the experiences I’ve gained while playing for Signal. And I hope that you will keep us in our hearts as well.

There are only a few lives left but I hope for more power than we had until now, so please stay with us until the very and.

Let’s create a living “evidence”!

Meguru Live Station on September 14th. It’s the first stage on that we were standing as Signal. Close the curtain in this memorable live house together with us!

REDRUM’s Mini Album “INITIUM” landing end of May

April 9th 2013 at SHIBUYA REX, REDRUM mentioned that their new mini album entitled "INITIUM" will be coming out May 29th 2013.

INITIUM was produced by Hizumi who was once the vocalist of D’espairs Ray. Hizumi will also design the cover art for the release.

The limited edition will include a CD containing 5 songs and a DVD featuring the "INITIUM" PV.

The regular edition will include the CD containing 6 songs and "INITIUM (Voiceless) only.

Additionally, their live-distributed DVD (including the making of the "INITIUM" PV) will be released at their 2nd anniversary one-man live "INITIUM~REMEMBER the REAL MADNESS~" at Ikebukuro BLACK HOLE on August 25th 2013.

“Vampire Sanctuary” new solo mini album by Satoshi of Ex-EREMIA

Ex-EREMIA Vocalist Satoshi’s solo project VAMPIRE ROSE has a new mini-album titled "Vampire Sanctuary". The mini-album will be released on April 24th, 2013.

Tracks

1. Ichizokukourin
2. Lunatic Bite
3. Forbidden
4.Mother Doll
5. Sorrow
6. Barameikai
7. Chibara no Utage

Also you might want to check out the show:

MEGADETH’s David Ellefson gives a preview of the Jackson Guitars MEGACLINIC to JapanSmash.com

David Ellefson interview April 4th, 2013 with JapanSmash.com

Can you feel the ground rumbling Japan? No that is not yet another earthquake, it’s a legion of Megadeth fans in the Kanto & Kansai areas. There is an army of Metalheads marching forward to their respective venues to catch some up close and personal time with their heroes because next week Heavy Metal royalty will be in town. Bassist David Ellefson & Guitarist Chris Broderick from Megadeth will be in Japan to promote their new Jackson signature model Guitars. I caught up with the veteran Bassist on the importance of Japan to the band and a sneak preview of what fans can expect from their visit to the land of the rising sun.

Jason McNamara: So back to Japan next week. Do you have any idea how many times you’ve been here now.

David Ellefson: It’s been quite a few times now!  We started touring Japan on the “Peace Sells…” album back in 1987 and I remember it like it was yesterday.  However, I haven’t been over to Japan since “The World Needs a Hero” tour in 2001 so I’m REALLY looking forward to getting back to see the fans there once again.

Jason McNamara: It’s been well documented that many bands really had the door of success opened to them by visiting Japan back in the 70’s & 80’s. Megadeth has been a main stayer in the music industry for almost 30 years now. What role if any did Japan play in Megadeth’s rise to the top, especially in those early years?

David Ellefson: Fortunately, Megadeth got in during a fantastic period of Japan’s international music interest. More than that, the Japanese fans and music industry have taken such an amazing interest not in our music but our lives as musicians. We enjoyed many years there with our fans, who were instrumental in our success both internationally and throughout the Pacific Rim, too. From Japan’s enthusiasm we have been able to branch out to many of the neighboring Asian countries over the years.

Jason McNamara: Have you ever had time to actually see anything here aside from airports, hotel rooms and the shows?

David Ellefson: Yes, I have. In particular, I went to Japan for a special pre-tour promotion back in 1992 and got to experience some of the nightlife that I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to participate in if I was just passing through on a normal tour schedule. Then, we spent almost a month touring Japan back in 1995 on the “Youthanasia” record. That tour saw us go from cities like Sendai all the way down to the South-Western regions with stops in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and the beautiful city of Kobe along the way.

Jason McNamara: These days any person who has Metal on their iPod would most likely have Pop, Jazz, a few movie soundtracks, Hip Hop etc. What do you listen to when it’s not Metal?

David Ellefson: Well, I’m the same way because I listen to all styles of music in my down time, too. I’ve always gone out of genre as a musician and songwriter to investigate other genres for inspiration. As a life long musician, it’s sometimes difficult to just sit back and listen to music without analysing it. I think its just part of how I’m wired.

With that said, my kids listen to pop in the car on the way to school (Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Pink, etc.) while I still trend toward Metal and music I grew up on from the 1970s…everything from Kiss, Montrose & Aerosmith to more mainstream pop stuff like The Eagles.

Jason McNamara: Have you ever been approached to do music outside of the Metal world and if so, why did or didn’t you get involved?

David Ellefson: Yes, all the time. I’ve participated playing and writing on records that covered everything from singer/songwriter coffeehouse type music all the way to Christian and Inspirational music. I guess that is one cool thing about being a bassist is that I can be an artist and create songs or I can simply show up and just play bass lines to other people’s music. It’s nice to have the options.

Jason McNamara: Back to your next visit to Japan. I remember back in the early days you were with BC Rich. For those who may not know you’ve also had a Peavey Signature Series Bass, played some Modulus Basses & have a P-Bass. However, you’ve been with Jackson pretty solidly for the greater part of your career. The obvious question, why Jackson?

David Ellefson: When I picked up my first Jackson bass at the Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, CA back in 1986 the bass was simply a natural fit for me on every level. It played great, sounded amazing and looked modern and edgy. There is something about a traditional P-bass style body shape that sounds good because of the mass of wood on it.  However, because I’m a little bit smaller guy, the standard P-bass is usually too big on me and is somewhat uncomfortable for me to play. But, the Jackson Concert bass has always been a slightly smaller size, which is great for my height and stage performance needs. The necks are slimmer and that helped me really create a uniquely fast Thrash style of bass playing. The tone center is uniquely scooped in the mids but boosts the lows and highs so it cuts through our wall of mid-range power heavy guitars in our band. Although I’ve played many brands over the years, the Jackson’s have really been the anchor sound for me in Megadeth for most of our years.

Jason McNamara: Speaking of Jackson Guitars, what can you tell us about your new David Ellefson signature series Kelly Bass? How did it come about and why the Kelly Bird? By the way, very cool look with the Maple fingerboard and those block inlays. Very reminiscent of a ’76 Jazz Bass.

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David Ellefson: Thank you. Back on the “Countdown to Extinction” tour in 1992 I created a similar looking bass, so that was the inspiration for me to create the Kelly Bird. For the KB I incorporated the lower horn of the Jackson Kelly guitar but retained the traditional ‘bird’ look for the rest of the instrument. We brought in the EMG Hz pickups and used a high mass bridge to get a modern sound to the bass. I think we hit the mark as the bass sounds powerful and looks like a true rock n roll axe.

Jason McNamara: What can fans expect from what’s been billed as the MEGACLINIC’s in Tokyo & Osaka?

David Ellefson: We will definitely be doing some playing together but also talking about our instruments and taking questions from the audience during a special Q&A segment of the clinic. In my mind, the fans can see us play songs all the time on the stage so the Q&A portion allows us to really be personal with those in attendance…maybe even learn a few things from them, too. After all, if we quit learning we don’t grow. So, these clinics are about musicians learning from each other…and to me that is the real heart of making music.

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You can catch David & Chris at their MEGACLINICS in Tokyo & Osaka

David Ellefson and Chris Broderick (MEGADETH)
Apr 10, 2013 @ Omotesando Ground, Tokyo
Apr 12, 2013 @ Shinsaibashi Club Jungle, Osaka
Info: Kanda Shokai Corporation

Jackman Injured in Car Accident

Visual Kei band Jackman was involved in a car accident last Saturday, on February 23rd.

The band was on the way to Urawa when the accident happened. Fortunately it seems like the band and staff members are safe and have only minor injuries.

Due to the accident they had to cancel their show at Urawa Narciss that evening. The members also announced that they won’t cancel the performance in Shinjuku today but it seems like bassist Yu-ta won’t be able to perform.