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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”…

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

DEATHGAZE New Best of Album and European Tour

Visual Kei band DEATHGAZE announced a new single that is scheduled to be released in May. Celebrating their 10th anniversary they also will release a Best of Album in July.

DEATHGAZE will be going on a European Tour. The tour is titled “THE END OF LAST DECADE”! They haven’t revealed the dates and cities yet but B7Klan announced that the band will tour July 28th to September 23rd in Japan.

Stay tuned! We will inform you as soon as they’ve revealed more details on it!