New JRock Band Emerges

Meet UROBOROS, also known as Ouroboro from the Greek “ουροβóρος” it’s a symbol showing a snake eating his own tail creating with his own body a circular shape. The Uroboros symbolizes the eternal cycle of things, also the eternal effort, the eternal struggle of the futile effort, as the cycle begins again despite efforts to prevent it. The artists inside this secret project are Kurose Keisuke … Continue reading New JRock Band Emerges

Thursday Melodies: “Always” by Superfly

I love me some Japanese rock, and of course, I love me some Superfly. Check out the music video for the band’s latest single ‘Always‘. I think the song’s awesome. Just listen with an open mind and bask in the melodies. Always comes from Superfly’s Best of Album, set to be released on September 25th 2013. be sure to support the band and purchase a … Continue reading Thursday Melodies: “Always” by Superfly

In The Mood For A “Virgin?”

No sexual inquisition implied, just simply referring to exist†trace‘s upcoming album. “Virgin” will be the band’s first major label release since their debut to the Jrock scene in not-sure-when, and I know their avid followers are very much elated about this news. Too bad they’re gonna have to wait until next month before getting their hands on this new album. Still, until then check out the music video for exist†trace’s latest single “Ginger,” and be sure to support the rocking badass ladies by pre-ordering “Virgin” now on CDJapan. Mark your calendar for the official release: May 23, 2012. Continue reading “In The Mood For A “Virgin?””

[Review] the GazettE’s “Toxic”

The GazettE’s new album is sounding like a revamped version of their previous “DIM.” And in case you’re wondering, it’s definitely “Toxic”; like a ballistic reaction from mixing explosive poisonous venom with acid. It’s like their old school style of hard-hitting, heavy metal charged tracks, while showing us they can record ballads just as well. I’m sure we’ve all been convinced since the release of “Cassis.” With all that said, “Toxic” is an exceptional album after two years of anticipation. The Jrock album of the year. If you’re into head bangers, dramatic concepts, or sorrowful numbers, then this is the album for you. Continue reading “[Review] the GazettE’s “Toxic””

Kalafina’s “Symphonia”

I first learned about this dazzling trio’s music on YouTube some time ago. Their harmony is quite admirable; I like how they compliment each other’s voice so beautifully. Kalafina has released their third album “After Eden“, which includes dramatic and theatrical musical arrangements and breathtaking songs I’ve never heard before from a Japanese rock group. Their latest single and music video has so much depth its mind blowing. “After Eden” is truly a remarkable album and if you’re into this kind of music or not, I recommend purchasing it. Check out the uplifting video for their song “Symphonia” below and tell us what you think: Continue reading “Kalafina’s “Symphonia””

SOD Up!

 

Song of the Day!

presented by Kai’s playlist

 

I listened to one particular song more than any other on this day. I’ve yet to grasp a clear understand of the words, yet every line reaches the core of my soul. There’s so much raw emotion and passion filled in the singer’s voice and the instruments playing. No other song has captivated me so. The song I’m going on about is The GazettE‘s “Nakigahara,” from the band’s fourth studio album “DIM.” Listen to it below and tell us what you’re currently listening to over and over again. Continue reading “SOD Up!”

“Love is Ecstasy” for Mika Nakashima

Jrock beauty Mika Nakashima has unveiled the music video for her upcoming single “Love is Ecstacy.” The heavy hitting track will be the theme song for the movie “Unfair the Answer“. The song’s inspiration comes from the lead actress’ character, which is about a woman full of confidence and impeccable strength. Be sure to purchase the new single on September 14. Check out the video below and tell us what you think. Continue reading ““Love is Ecstasy” for Mika Nakashima”

Olivia Lufkin is Jrock’s treasure

Olivia Lufkin, or OLIVIA, is a Japanese rock singer-songwriter. She is best known for her musical work on the popular anime series “NANA”, as well as for her artistic creations. Olivia first made her debut as one third of the pop group D&D. And in 1998, she dropped out of the group to become a solo artist. Olivia’s music is quite far fetched from that of her previous group, which recorded mostly europop/dance songs.  She went on to release six singles throughout 1999 and 2000, until later releasing her debut album “Synchronicity”. Continue reading “Olivia Lufkin is Jrock’s treasure”

[Review] DIR EN GREY’S “Dum Spiro Spero”

DIR EN GREY has always projected sorrow, pain, and aggression in their music. A theme they’ve carried right throughout the band’s lifetime. What I like about them is their ability to transition but remaining true to their original concept. The band’s 8th studio album “Dum Spiro Spero”, which literally translates to “While I Breathe, I Hope”, provides more evidence to the fact that DIR EN GREY’s music is ever timeless; this is rock undefined. A rare quality found in the industry. Each track symbolizes something of great meaning, whether it’s the recent event that took place in their homeland Japan, or from personal experiences faced by the members. There is great depth in the music and I couldn’t bypass a review of this fascinating album. Continue reading “[Review] DIR EN GREY’S “Dum Spiro Spero””

The emerging musical depth of GARNET CROW

 

 

In 1999, four individuals possessing their own unique talent collaborated on a demo tape for singer Mai Kuraki. They soon came to the realization that they work well together and decided to form a band of their own. It was then that Yuri Nakamura, Hitoshi Okamoto, Nana Azuki, and Hirohito started GARNET CROW. I recently came across their music via YouTube and instantly fell in love with their sound. Yuri has pure, raw emotion in her singing that sincerely touches my heart; I’ve never appreciated a pop/rock/neo band like this before, so allow me to put GARNET CROW on spotlight at this moment. Continue reading “The emerging musical depth of GARNET CROW”

Spotlight – the GazettE

Aoi, Reita, Ruki, Uruha, and Kai are ‘the GazettE‘, a talented Japanese visual kei/rock band making music that can move the hearts of many without the understanding of their lyrics. the GazettE has been in the entertainment industry since 2002; they have released 19 singles, 4 studio albums, and 6 EPs.

Their musical style varies from heavy metal, funk rock, hard rock, metal core, to rock ballads. Currently signed to Sony Music Japan, and managed under the popular PS Company, the GazettE have become one of the most influential bands on the Jrock scene. Their music is widely known throughout Europe, North America, and Asia.  Continue reading “Spotlight – the GazettE”

Kazha – “a young band with great potential”

Kazha is a rock band hailing from Tokyo and Los Angeles. They’re “a young band with great potential, combining the softness of a falling feather with the heaviness of a hurricane”. With big tours coming up in the new year, along with a new single, Kazha hopes to take their music far beyond expectations.

If you have doubts, then visit their myspace page to hear the music, and check out the interview below for more details:

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