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With regret, ROKKYUU Magazine announces its official disbandment. Please read these messages from Editor-in-Chief Leela McMullen and Publisher Daniel Quinn for more insight.|残念なお知らせでございますが、ROKKYUUマガジンの解散を申し上げます。日本語の詳しくには2番目の「編集長リーラマックマレンからのメッセージ」をご覧下さい。

Leela McMullen

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Mayu is back and Daizy are stronger than ever with newly forged determination and an arsenal of new skills discovered on their journey. This is a band not just made up of the five indispensable members onstage but also the veritable army of fans whose involvement and participation in every concert completes the experience in a way that nothing else could.

Leela McMullen

The one-night revival live of TRANSTIC NERVE, which was announced in March, was held at Akasaka BLITZ on December 28, 2014. Many fans gathered at the venue, the air buzzing with excitement and anticipation for the special show.

Chika Yoshizawa

Six days prior to the live, the band had posted a message on their official news blog which stated: “An announcement will be made on February 8th at Shinjuku Blaze.” For frannies (fans) the words may have been to prepare them for what was to come on the day, foreshadowing an unfortunate turn of events.

Maya Kawaguchi

“DuelJewel ONEMAN TOUR 2014 Break through the story” started in Saitama in late August 2014 and raced through 23 shows before culminating in a two day final at Kichijoji’s Club Seata on November 15 and 16. This, the first of the two finals, saw a band on top of their game and eager to tell a story.

Leela McMullen

The last 2014 live of THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S was held at Shibuya WWW on December 21, 2014. The band had been working continually throughout the year with many tours and releases.

Chika Yoshizawa

The crowd that lined up outside Club Asia on December 9 had every reason to be excited because they were all in for a birthday live of the best kind. KNZ celebrated his birthday by inviting friends and fans to join him as he went onstage with brand new songs from this solo project’s third single, IX Lives, more than a week before the official release.

Leela McMullen

ROKKYUU Magazine first covered both FoLLoW and BASH! at one of Zin’s sponsored lives in 2014, before each band had been signed onto any labels. Now managed by KERBEROS ENTERTAINMENT, who organizes a variety of concert events such as ONE SHOT ONE KILL, the two bands took some time to answer questions over email.

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ROKKYUU Magazine first covered both FoLLoW and BASH! at one of Zin’s sponsored lives in 2014, before each band had been signed onto any labels. Now managed by KERBEROS ENTERTAINMENT, who organizes a variety of concert events such as ONE SHOT ONE KILL, the two bands took some time to answer questions over email.

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By welcoming a new vocalist to their funhouse, a new chapter unfolded at Shinjuku Blaze for Mix Speaker’s Inc.  The lights dimmed as spooky music filled the venue, the audience bore witness to the band’s new chapter “Ghost House.”

Maya Kawaguchi

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One of the few bands who hail from Kyoto, umbrella celebrated their vocalist, Yui’s, birthday with ‘Ayamadori -Shin no Jitsu Ichi-‘ ‘Bokutachi no Ashiato’ at Shinsaibashi Club ALIVE! on February 18 with an event live featuring a gathering of session bands that additionally served as mini revivals of umbrella’s past bands. The sold-out show was a delight for the many who attended, even if they weren’t familiar with all of the musicians assembled that day. Each session band brought their own style and energy to the event, leading up to a solid main act who blew away the crowd.

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Zin took on 2014 in a flurry of activity, of which included a commemorative live on December 6 at ASH Osaka to celebrate their two years of activity. Another fact that made this concert particularly special was that the band had previously held their first ever one-man at the same venue in 2013, which was continually mentioned during emcees. The night was packed with energetic and explosive songs that displayed the power and energy that Zin bring to every performance, be it one-man or event, they take part in.

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After their three-month consecutive free oneman performances in September, October, and November of 2014, LOST ASH took on another challenge at the end of the year. In December, the band held solo performances in Nagoya, Sendai, and eventually in Tokyo, as part of their tour titled GET TOGETHER FOR LOST ASH.

Leela McMullen

The sound of the wind prevailed as the lights dropped for the start of amber gris’s 5th anniversary show at Shibuya WWW on October 18. The title was Zekkai no Heterochromia. Guitarist wayne appeared first onstage as he strummed the intro phrase for their latest song, “from mouth”.

Maya Kawaguchi

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Kouki’s Solo Tour Final in Kobe

Following the departure of drummer Minase in September, Kouki of D=OUT embarked on his own adventure in the form of his first solo tour, making stops in Fukuoka, Tokyo, Sendai, and Nagoya before holding the final show at Kobe Mersey Beat on November 2. The initial show had sold out so quickly after its announcement that an additional afternoon performance was added. Similar to his previous solo endeavor on his birthday in 2013, Kouki put his own twist on the D=OUT songs that he had chosen for the night and also mixed in a short karaoke session to make quite the memorable show.

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Rayflower LIVE 2014 SUMMER

2014 has been a busy year for Rayflower; actively performing live, going on tours, and successfully executing their oneman final at Shinjuku BLAZE in March. The band then kicked off their summer with a strikingly vibrant, sold-out oneman at Akasaka BLITZ that no doubt swept away the packed venue.

Maya Kawaguchi

The 69 of 2014

The 69 of 2014 highlights what ROKKYUU discovered to be the best 6 singles and best 9 albums of all the music sampled by staff this year from a variety of bands and styles. Some powerful albums have hit the scene in 2014, making for a year of catalytic music. With emotional, inspiration, and forceful releases, it’s as if the visual kei scene is gearing up for war.

Leela McMullen

h.NAOTO’s New Gallery in Nishi Azabu

The showroom and gallery in Nishi Azabu is not just any store. The designer’s purpose in creating this space is to take things to a deeper level than ever before. “Even though it’s a little out of the way, you can purchase items you won’t find anywhere else.”

Leela McMullen

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Steam Ball by h.NAOTO for Christmas!

Renowned designer h.NAOTO will be producing the decoration and atmosphere for an all-night steampunk ball to be held at LEG.A in Roppongi on December 25. With the steampunk theme coloring the evening, it will be like a fairytale come to life amid live performances and events that offer up a fusion of art and fashion.

Leela McMullen

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Chanty held their 1st anniversary oneman at TSUTAYA O-WEST on September 16. The all-white costumes they had donned throughout their first year of activity were still fresh in the mind on that transformative day and what awaited the crowd was a night of fun and surprises; a glimpse of their 2nd year to come.

Maya Kawaguchi

This band is so much more than a fun and upbeat filler. Anyone who is not soaked in sweat and about to drop after their show is not doing it right. Vocalist Yugiri, guitarist Nao, bassist Rei, and drummer Kazami all made sure everyone knew that from the very moment they stepped onstage.

Leela McMullen

MUCC: SIX NINE WARS, THE END

On September 23, MUCC finished their marathon SIX NINE WARS-Bokura no Nanakagetsukan Sensou- tour at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. This show was subtitled as Final Episode “THE END” and was a suitable finale for an ambitious and impressive project.

Leela McMullen

BORN and Lycaon RAMPAGE in Paris

On September 13, two bands from the 4th generation of the visual kei scene united for an incredible show in Paris. After a pretty short but full-on tour, Born and Lycaon made their final stop in France for their last performance of The Rampage.

Leela McMullen

TSUKASA of THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S, the world’s first visual kei enka singer, held his first oneman show at Shibuya CLUB CRAWL on October 3, 2014, hot on the heels of his first performance last June.  | 日本発世界初ヴィジュアル系演歌歌手であるTHE MICRO HEAD 4N’SのTSUKASAは6月の初公演に続き、10月3日には初のソロでのワンマンショーを渋谷CLUB CRAWLで開催した。

Chika Yoshizawa

Gearing up for their final oneman of the year with a hot event, exist†trace performed a set full of songs from World Maker. “Diamond” and “Imagination” kicked things off in high gear, picking up the grind and heat left behind by Take Ambulance and showing off the same attributes found in  exist†trace’s own music.

Leela McMullen

From August 26 to 28 2013, a very special event took place at Kawasaki Club Citta to promote AIDS awareness in Japan. Entitled Hope and Live, the title was actually an acronym of the name Hal—the man the event was in honor of.

Leela McMullen

DIAURA’s special live on gumin’s day

The crowd that filled Shinjuku BIRTH on the night of September 3 was thoroughly excited as they waited for DIAURA. It was a special guerilla live, announced only a few hours before during a short set at the station-front outdoor stage in Shinjuku. The occasion was the release of DIAURA’s new single, blind message, released that very same day.

Leela McMullen

69: We’d like you to introduce an inspirational historical figure (or samurai) to the overseas audience. In addition, please share something you learned from that person. |今回はまず自己紹介代わりとして、自分が尊敬する歴史的な人物または侍を海外の皆さんに紹介してください。そして、その方から学んだことを教えてください。

Chika Yoshizawa

FEST VAINQUEUR’s Valencia and Virginia

After releasing their first full album earlier in the year, FEST VAINQUEUR show no signs of slowing down as proven with July single ‘Valencia and Virginia’ that displays the band’s ability of creating lively, guitar-reliant songs that fans have come to expect. The band continues to play with additional styles as they did with their first album, while keeping with their current style.

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Lycaon’s New Single, Shadow

Lycaon fans awaiting the release of Camera Obscura next year have something to tide themselves over with. The quintet has just released their single Shadow, which European fans got a taste of on their recent tour.

Leela McMullen

Kαin ~an act of -kaleidoscope- ~

Kαin held two oneman shows on May 3 and 4 at Mt. RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE, each featuring a conceptual background relating to the band’s first album and upcoming album, respectively.

Maya Kawaguchi

It was a bittersweet night on September 23 as D=OUT gave their last one-man show at Shibuya Koukaidou with drummer Minase. Serving as the tour final for their -kiz[U]na- TOUR ’14, the large hall filled with fans ready to see off Minase as well as to attend the rest of the band into a new chapter of their lives during a show full of tears of both sorrow and laughter.

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In a two month set of event lives to celebrate four birthdays between July and September, ZIN’s second one on September 6 took place at Shinsaibashi FANJ in honor of the rhythm squad, bassist Orochi and drummer Saku. Shuuen Shoshuu no Jin was certainly a memorable  night.

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You just never know what’s coming with LIPHLICH and the event they held at Akasaka BLITZ did not disappoint. The performances of amber gris, Nocturnal Bloodlust, Mejibray, JILS, and Hollowgram all complimented LIPHLICH’s free and unique style and amply set the scene for a grand headlining act.

Leela McMullen

“Humans are steam. Humans are steampunk.” The combined geniuses of Japanese alternative fashion, film making, and art have created a new term this year, just in time for Halloween: STEAM BLOOD.

Leela McMullen

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RYO:SUKE’s Birthday Blast at BLAZE

WING WORKS held the final for their nationwide summer event tour THE LIVE WORKS_#1 at Shinjuku BLAZE on the night of July 6, falling on the date of project leader RYO:SUKE’s birthday.  The band took to the stage in a show of brilliant lights, electro-mixed music, and bright smiles for all. There were even a few surprises thrown in.

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LUNA SEA 25th Anniversary

LUNA SEA gathered fans and friends to celebrate their 25th anniversary at Yoyogi National Stadium on May 29. After a long break, the band is back with its original lineup and ready to rock the world with old classics and long-awaited new songs. Contrary to what might have been expected, the show wasn’t a nostalgic review of old numbers but rather a new beginning, with the band playing plenty of new songs and promising to focus on the path ahead.

Diana Tome

The internet has taught us at least one thing: everyone loves cats. Therefore, it is not surprising that the fashion brand MINT NeKO is loved by many people, featuring over 250 different cat characters, quirky subculture cuts, and ethnic styles with the occasional VK touch.

Leela McMullen

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BORN Tour Final at Tsutaya O-EAST

February 22, BORN held the final of their interestingly titled tour, ALL NUDE SATISFACTION. It had been two years since BORN had stepped foot in O-EAST for a oneman show and Ryoga, Ray, K, and TOMO made sure to make the date unforgettable. “Come on, baby!” came the vocalist’s trademark yell as the crowd clapped in unison to the intro and the game was on.

Diana Tome

METEOROID took over O-West for their Gemini Tour Final one man show.  The show was not only the end of the tour but was also something of a swan song for the band’s guitarist Yutori, who had announced his departure from the band only a few weeks before.

Laura Cooper

While it was not their first time playing in Shibuya Kokaidou, August 16 marked the debut of UNiTE.’s new drummer. The atmosphere was a mix of excitement and curiosity. The quintet gathered in a circle at the center for a brief moment to link hands before taking their places…

Leela McMullen

For the release of Fake?’s new album The Lost Generation on September 17, ROKKYUU had the opportunity to sit down with Ken Lloyd and discuss the many themes that drive the release. From The Lost Generation, to serial killers via decadent nights in LA, there was plenty to talk about.

Leela McMullen

On July 6 in Paris, the first edition of Japan Music Festival was held in the famous l’Olympia. For their first appearance in Europe, Sadie had the honor of opening the show.

Leela McMullen

Fashion at Japan Expo

Events such as Japan Expo bring out the best in Japanese fashion and in cosplay, and while there were treasures in the stores, the attendees were a real feast for the eyes with creative and dazzling examples of Japanese street style.

Sarah Jones

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Mix Speaker’s, Inc. have been traveling across the country with two guest vocalists, ANGEL-TAKA of UCHUSENTAI:NOIZ and Baku (ex-Hana Shounen Buddies) since YUKI’s departure from the band.

Chika Yoshizawa

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DIAURA 10th single “blind message”

DIAURA’s commemorative 10th single blind message is a powerful song which has a serious and dark message encompassing life and death.

Chika Yoshizawa

Neko Planet: Sydney, 2014 (GPK & DJ Sisen)

Pulling up in a taxi amidst the rain outside the grey stone of the Imperial Hotel, a line of people clad in fluffy thigh-warmers with yellow and green tails thrashing furiously in the wind gave the passersby a glimpse of what Sydney was in for. This was, of course, the Neko Nation Tour comprised of GPK (Gothique Prince Ken), DJ Sisen, and cute J-pop icon LeLe.

Leela McMullen

KNZ’s unique and imaginative new project, BVCCI HAYNES, sees the drummer go solo as a vocalist. ROKKYUU met with him for the inside scoop on his thoughts on this transition and the low-down on BVCCI HAYNES’ second single, Squall. |KNZのユニークで想像力に富んだ新しいプロジェクト、BVCCI HAYNESでは、KNZはドラマーからソロのヴォーカリストとして活動していますROKKYUUは、この転換についてのKNZの考え方やBVCCI HAYNESのセカンドシングル「Squall」の実情に迫りました。

Leela McMullen

Kansai to the core, FEST VAINQUEUR held their second home region-based tour. Similar to the previous Kansai tour, each stop had a special theme. The August 25 show at Shiga U☆STONE was sports festival-themed, thus encouraging attendees to come in their gym clothes for a high energy night that was surely a workout for both audience members and the band themselves.

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As their guitarists’ birthdays are conveniently 17 days apart, ZIN decided to host a joint birthday celebration on August 2 in the form of an event titled Kaimaku-Manatsu no Jin. It was the first in a two-part series of summer birthday events, the second following on September 6 for the rhythm squad Shuuen-Shoshuu no Jin.

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