the GazettE to Re-release NIL, STACKED RUBBISH and DIM in the UK and Europe

the GazettEJapan’s ‘visual kei’ veterans the GazettE will release their first three major-label albums in physical and digital formats in Europe through London’s JPU Records, ahead of the release of their hotly anticipated eighth album DOGMA.

Breakthrough album NIL (Nameless Liberty Underground) saw the group emerge from Japan’s underground visual kei scene and become one of the biggest, most influential names in the genre. When released in 2006, the album reached number four in the Oricon Weekly Album Chart and the tour surrounding it brought the GazettE in front of 20,000 fans for its finale at The Nippon Budokan, the country’s most revered venue. NIL will be available from 10 July in the UK and soon after in the rest of Europe.

Follow up album STACKED RUBBISH gave the band their highest chart position to date, reaching number three in Japan’s album chart in 2007 and redefined visual kei in the process. The album experimented with elements of R&B, jazz and blues, and incorporated into the band’s existing heavy, aggressive and dark sound. The results crossed boundaries, even countries, as the GazettE embarked on their first world tour, including a show at a packed out O2 Academy Islington from word of mouth alone. STACKED RUBBISH will be available from 14 August 2015, and had several tracks available to buy in advance from iTunes right now, including fan favourites Filth in the beauty (one unofficially uploaded video of the song has over five million hits on YouTube), high-energy anthem HYENA and the moody theme from Korean horror flick APT; Chizuru.

The last of this year’s re-releases will be DIM, an album described as having riffs as “heavy as the soul of Dracula” and sounding like “Slipknot playing Powerman 5000 covers” by AllMusic’s Alexey Eremenko. Leading up to its release, the GazettE performed a guerrilla gig outside of Shinjuku Station, the world’s busiest transport hub. Police had to pul the plug on when several thousand fans turned up to the secret event. DIM includes the group’s first single to reach number two in the charts, LEECH. The album will also be released on 14 August 2015, with several tracks available now from iTunes.

The CD editions of the albums include the original photo and lyric booklets, as well as all-new booklets containing new images and the lyrics translated into English and Romaji.

theGazettE NIL JPU010NIL TRACKLIST:
(Release: 10 July)
01. THE END
02. Nausea & Shudder
03. Bath Room
04. Maggots
05. Namaatatakai Ameto Zaratsuita Jounetsu
06. D. L. N
07. SHADOW VI II I
08. BARETTA
09. Cassis
10. SILLY GOD DISCO
11. DISCHARGE
12. Taion
Pre-order on CD.

the GazettE STACKED RUBBISH JPU012STACKED RUBBISH TRACKLIST:
(Release: 14 August)
01. ART DRAWN BY VOMIT
02. AGONY
03. HYENA
04. BURIAL APPLICANT
05. GANGES NI AKAI BARA
06. REGRET
07. CALM ENVY
08. SWALLOWTAIL ON THE DEATH VALLEY
09. MOB 136 BARS
10. GENTLE LIE
11. FILTH IN THE BEAUTY
12. CIRCLE OF SWINDLER
13. CHIZURU
14. PEOPLE ERROR
Pre-order on CD or from iTunes,

the GazettE DIM JPU013DIM TRACKLIST:
(Release: 14 August)
01. 「HIKARI」
02. THE INVISIBLE WALL
03. A MOTH UNDER THE SKIN
04. LEECH
05. NAKIGAHARA
06. 「ERIKA」
07. HEADACHE MAN
08. GUREN
09. 「SHIKYU」
10. 13STAIRS[-]1
11. DISTRESS AND COMA
12. 「KANSHOKU」
13. SHIROKI YUUTSU
14. IN THE MIDDLE OF CHAOS
15. 「MORO」
16. OGRE
17. DIM SCENE
Pre-order on CD or from iTunes.

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the GazettE Unleash New Vision with Seventh Album BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY

Fresh from completing a world tour with sold out dates across Europe, Japan’s ‘visual kei’ veterans the GazettE return with their seventh full length album BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY, due for a worldwide digital release on 23 October, and a physical release in the UK, Europe and Russia from JPU Records.

BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY captures the essence of what it means to be an outsider. Since their inception over a decade ago, the GazettE have found themselves being somewhat of an anomaly – separated from regular bands and musicians. Their singles have continually ranked in the top ten in Japan, but their music is far too aggressive, dark and disturbing to be recognised as pop; their guitarmanship and sea of fans headbanging in unison at live shows is a spectacle to witness, but the band’s androgynous demeanour and attention to art and aesthetics makes them an irregularity in the rock and metal worlds. The album title, combined with its unusual artwork, is a physical representation of a band that never compromise in the way of expression.

The cover art is a further metaphor, envisaging a hybrid beast made from five distinct but very different creatures. “the GazettE’s creativity depends on the individuality of all five member of the band”, explains vocalist RUKI. “Our art is a distilled combination of audio and visual”.

JPU Records’ regular edition of the album will also marry the sound and vision of the GazettE. Its 24-page booklet embodies all 14-tracks with unique artwork depicting each song, while an additional booklet will be included exclusive to the UK, Europe and Russia, containing translations of the lyrics into English.

BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY will be released in 79 countries across the world from 23 October 2013, making it the GazettE’s biggest release so far as their overseas fandom continues to swell. If you haven’t already, it’s time to tune in and celebrate the beauty of deformity.

Pre-order details coming soon.

the GazettE – BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY

BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY Track List:
01. MALFORMED BOX
02. INSIDE BEAST (Teaser Video)
03. UNTIL IT BURNS OUT
04. DEVOURING ONE ANOTHER
05. FADELESS
06. REDO
07. LAST HEAVEN
08. LOSS
09. THE STUPID TINY INSECT
10. IN BLOSSOM
11. KARASU
12. Kuroku Sunda Sorato Zangaito Kataha
13. TO DAZZLING DARKNESS
14. CODA

Pre-order BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY:
JPU Records (Worldwide Shipping), Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Plastic Head (UK), Season of Mist (France), Metal Mailorder (France)Metal Mailorder (Germany)CDstarts (Germany), Lesen (Germany)Levykauppax (Finland), Supersounds Music (Finland)Record Company X (Finland), Bengans Record Store (Sweden), cdon (Sweden)cdon (Norway), Free Record  Shop (Belgium), Sound of Japan (Hungary)Free Record Shop (Netherlands), Music Meter (Netherlands), Kroese Online (Netherlands)SMF Music Hunter (Bulgaria), Supershop (Slovakia), Supershop (Czech Republic), ZOSO Music Shop (Slovenia), imusic (Denmark), ECI (Netherlands), ECI (Belgium), COSMOX (Netherlands), Disc-order (Spain), CD Shop (Greece), (more links coming soon)

Download Digitally from 23 October from:
iTunes UKiTunes FR (France)iTunes DE (Germany / Deutschland)iTunes ES (Spain / España)iTunes IT (Italy / Italia)iTunes AM (Armenia / Հայաստան)iTunes AT (Austria / Österreich)iTunes AZ (Azerbaijan / Azərbaycan)iTunes BY (Belarus / Белару́сь),, iTunes CY (Cyprus / Κύπρος / Kıbrıs)iTunes CZ (Czech Republic / Česká republika)iTunes DK (Denmark / Danmark)iTunes EE (Estonia / Eesti)iTunes FI (Finland / Suomi)iTunes GR (Greece / Ελλάδα)iTunes HU (Hungary / Magyarország)iTunes IE (Ireland / Éire / Airlan)iTunes KZ (Kazakhstan / Qazaqstan / Казахстан)iTunes LV (Latvia / Latvija)iTunes LT (Lithuania / Lietuva)iTunes LU (Luxembourg)iTunes MT (Malta)iTunes MD (Moldova)iTunes NL (Netherlands / Nederland)iTunes NO (Norway / Norge / Noreg)iTunes PL (Poland / Polska)iTunes PT (Portugal)iTunes RO (Romania / România)iTunes RU (Russia / Россия)iTunes SK (Slovakia / Slovak)iTunes SI (Slovenia / Slovenija)iTunes SE (Sweden / Sverige)iTunes CH (Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse/ Svizzera / Svizra)iTunes TR (Turkey / Türkiye)iTunes UA (Ukraine / Україна).

the GazettE Line-up:
AOI – Guitar (twitter account)
REITA – Bass
RUKI – Vocals (twitter account)
KAI – Drums
URUHA – Guitar

the GazettE online:
http://www.pscompany.co.jp/gazette/
http://www.youtube.com/gazetteSMEJ
https://www.facebook.com/pages/the-GazettE-Official/255684944526717
https://www.facebook.com/theGazettEmedia

JPU Records Online:
http://jpurecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/JPUrecords
https://twitter.com/JPUrecords

Anime Rock Stars SPYAIR Celebrate Album Launch With European Festival Appearance

They’ve penned songs for some of the biggest entertainment franchise; from the Japanese version of hit film The Amazing Spider-Man, to tracks featured in some of the leading anime shows, such as Bleach and Gundam. Now, Nagoya’s hottest rising rock talents SPYAIR prepare to burst out of Japan with the release of their first album in the UK and Europe via JPU Records; MILLION – and the physical version is packed with exclusive tracks and bonuses!

To celebrate the release the quartet will jet off to Paris for Tokyo Crazy Kawaii on Sunday 22 September, a new festival that will tour the world to localise Japanese entertainment. There they will rock the main stage of the cultural extravaganza, as well as meet fans and sign copies of MILLION ahead of its general release date.

SPYAIR formed from a shared love of KORN, Linkin Park, and… Michael Jackson! The unlikely combination has resulted in the foursome’s fresh signature sound; a mixture of heavy and aggressive breakdowns and guitar riffs, married with optimistic pop melodies, creating truly catchy songs with a distinct edge.

SPYAIR was rated ‘the band most likely to breakthrough in 2012’ by Japanese media, and to prove them right the band did exactly that, managing to sell out their nationwide tours, including shifting all 10,000 tickets for their first concert at the mighty Nippon Budokan. Their success has also spread further than just Japan. Korean fans demanded for the band to come to South Korea, leading to SPYAIR being billed alongside Radiohead and The Stone Roses at the Jisan Valley Rock Festival.

2013 continues to be a strong year for the recently formed group. MILLION went straight to number two in Japan’s official Oricon Weekly Album Chart. The album contains their top ten singles Sakura Mitsutsuki and Genjyou Destruction, popularised further when they were used as theme songs to the Gintama anime series and the live action Warner Brothers film, respectively. JPU Records’ physical release of the album will also include three of SPYAIR’s most popular tracks that were previously unavailable in Europe. These are Last Moment from smash hit series Bleach, Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot!!) from Gintama and My World from Mobile Suit Gundam AGE. It also boasts an exclusive additional booklet containing all of the album’s lyrics in Romaji as well as translated into English.

MILLION Track List:
01. OVERLOAD
02. Turning Point
03. Genjyou Destruction (Official Music Video)
04. Sakura Mitsutsuki (Official Music Video)
05. Winding Road
06. Are You Champion? Yeah!! I’m Champion!!
07. STAND UP
08. Supersonic
09. Ameagari ni saku hana
10. Niji (Official Music Video)
11. 16 And Life
12. Last Moment [bonus track]
13. Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot!!) [bonus track]
14. My World [bonus track] (Official Music Video)

SPYAIR Lineup:
IKE – Vocals. (Twitter Account)
UZ – Guitar, programming. (Twitter Account)
MOMIKEN – Bass. (Twitter Account)
KENTA – Drums. (Twitter Account)

Buy MILLION From JPU Records directly at;
Japan Matsuri (Trafalgar Square, London, UK – 5 October)
MCM London Comic Con (Excel Centre, London, UK – 25-27 October)
Doki Doki Festival (Manchester, UK – 9 November)

Order MILLION (CD) From:
JPU Records (Worldwide)Amazon.co.uk, MSE (UK), CD Market (UK), Amazon.frAmazon.de, Treff Punkt (Germany)Free Record Shop (Netherlands)Discorder (Netherlands), ECI (Netherlands), Sounds Haarlem (Netherlands), Sounds Delft (Netherlands), Sounds (Netherlands)COSMIX (Netherlands)De Jongens van Hemmes (Netherlands),  CD Pince (Hungary), CDON (Denmark), imusic (Denmark)CDON (Finland), CD Market (Finland)CDON (Norway)CDON (Sweden), Tradera (Sweden)COSMOX (Belgium), ECI (Belgium)HIt Parade (Switzerland), CD-world (Russia)Plegion (Russia), Purple (Russia), Super Shop (Slovakia), Weby Shopping (Slovakia), Zoso Music Shop (Slovenia)CD Market (Estonia),

Download MILLION From:
Amazon MP3 (UK), iTunes UKAmazon MP3 (France), iTunes FR (France)Amazon MP3 (Germany), iTunes DE (Germany / Deutschland)Amazon MP3 (Spain)iTunes ES (Spain / España)Amazon MP3 (Italy)iTunes IT (Italy / Italia)iTunes AM (Armenia / Հայաստան)iTunes AT (Austria / Österreich)iTunes AZ (Azerbaijan / Azərbaycan)iTunes BY (Belarus / Белару́сь),, iTunes CY (Cyprus / Κύπρος / Kıbrıs)iTunes CZ (Czech Republic / Česká republika)iTunes DK (Denmark / Danmark)iTunes EE (Estonia / Eesti)iTunes FI (Finland / Suomi)iTunes GR (Greece / Ελλάδα)iTunes HU (Hungary / Magyarország)iTunes IE (Ireland / Éire / Airlan)iTunes KZ (Kazakhstan / Qazaqstan / Казахстан)iTunes LV (Latvia / Latvija)iTunes LT (Lithuania / Lietuva)iTunes LU (Luxembourg)iTunes MT (Malta)iTunes MD (Moldova)iTunes NL (Netherlands / Nederland)iTunes NO (Norway / Norge / Noreg)iTunes PL (Poland / Polska)iTunes PT (Portugal)iTunes RO (Romania / România)iTunes RU (Russia / Россия)iTunes SK (Slovakia / Slovak)iTunes SI (Slovenia / Slovenija)iTunes SE (Sweden / Sverige)iTunes CH (Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse/ Svizzera / Svizra)iTunes TR (Turkey / Türkiye)iTunes UA (Ukraine / Україна).

SPYAIR online:
http://www.spyair.net/
https://www.facebook.com/spyairofficial
https://twitter.com/SPYAIRSTAFF
http://www.youtube.com/spyairvevo

the GazettE – New Single FADELESS released in UK and Europe via JPU Records

Modern heroes of Japan’s ‘visual kei’ rock scene, the GazettE, return to cause chaos with their hotly anticipated single FADELESS – out now across the UK and Europe from London based label JPU Records.

The three-track release covers the topics of filthy desire, loss and ‘sex addiction’ – as the chorus of B-side FORBIDDEN BEAVER eloquently chants. Bass player REITA comments “We hope people will enjoy FADELESS as a complete package, including the B-sides. Each track is very different and should be listened to together to offer a balanced glimpse into the GazettE’s current sound.”

The single is released ahead of the GazettE’s world tour this September, and follows the rock group’s ‘stunning’ (Allmusic.com) concept album DIVISION, which triumphantly entered Japan’s official album chart at number four – highly unusual for a heavy rock album. DIVISION also gained top ten positions across rock charts in Europe, leading to the GazettE being rated best band of 2012 by the readers of NEO Magazine, and claiming six out of 12 awards in the JpopAsia Awards 2012, including best album.

FADELESS, mixing the influential quintet’s punk roots while combining influences from progressive metal and J-rock reached #4 in the Weekly Oricon Single Chart in Japan upon release, and is the first single from the GazettE since 2011’s REMEMBER THE URGE. Despite two music videos released from DIVISION last year, including electronic-metal hybrid track DERANGEMENT (‘Best Video 2012’ – JpopAsia Awards 2012). Yet the band decided against releasing any tracks from the record as singles, arguing that the album should be experienced as a whole and not as individual tracks, much like FADELESS.

Now, with the GazettE’s seventh full-length album BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY readying itself for impact, and rumours about the band’s direction running rampant on the internet, FADELESS proves that the GazettE is far from fading away any time soon.

FADELESS Track List:
01. FADELESS
02. QUIET
03. FORBIDDEN BEAVER

Available From: Amazon MP3 (UK), iTunes UK, Amazon MP3 (France), iTunes FR, Amazon MP3 (Germany), iTunes DE (Germany / Deutschland), Amazon MP3 (Spain), iTunes ES (Spain / España, Amazon MP3 (Italy), iTunes IT (Italy / Italia), iTunes AM (Armenia / Հայաստան), iTunes AT (Austria / Österreich), iTunes AZ (Azerbaijan / Azərbaycan), iTunes BY (Belarus / Белару́сь), iTunes CY (Cyprus / Κύπρος / Kıbrıs), iTunes CZ (Czech Republic / Česká republika), iTunes DK (Denmark / Danmark), iTunes EE (Estonia / Eesti), iTunes FI (Finland / Suomi), iTunes GR (Greece / Ελλάδα), iTunes HU (Hungary / Magyarország), iTunes IE (Ireland / Éire / Airlan), iTunes KZ (Kazakhstan / Qazaqstan / Казахстан), iTunes LV (Latvia / Latvija), iTunes LT (Lithuania / Lietuva), iTunes LU (Luxembourg), iTunes MT (Malta), iTunes MD (Moldova), iTunes NL (Netherlands / Nederland), iTunes NO (Norway / Norge / Noreg), iTunes PL (Poland / Polska), iTunes PT (Portugal), iTunes RO (Romania / România), iTunes RU (Russia / Россия)iTunes SK (Slovakia / Slovak), iTunes SI (Slovenia / Slovenija), iTunes SE (Sweden / Sverige), iTunes CH (Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse/ Svizzera / Svizra), iTunes TR (Turkey / Türkiye), iTunes UA (Ukraine / Україна).

the GazettE Line-up:
AOI – Guitar (twitter account)
REITA – Bass
RUKI – Vocals (twitter account)
KAI – Drums
URUHA – Guitar

the GazettE World Tour Dates:
06 September: Jose Cuervo Salon, Mexico City(MEXICO)SOLD OUT
08 September: Teatro Caupolican, Santiago(CHILE)
11 September: Teatro Vorterix, Buenos Aires(ARGENTINA)
14 September: Espaco Victory, Sao Paulo(BRAZIL)
20 September: Le Trianon, Paris(FRANCE)SOLD OUT
22 September: Le Phare, Toulouse(FRANCE)
25 September: FZW, Dortmund(GERMANY)SOLD OUT
27 September: Tonhalle, Munich(GERMANY)SOLD OUT
29 September: The Circus, Helsinki(FINLAND)SOLD OUT

the GazettE online:
http://www.pscompany.co.jp/gazette/
http://www.youtube.com/gazetteSMEJ
https://www.facebook.com/pages/the-GazettE-Official/255684944526717

JPU Records Online:
http://jpuecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/JPUrecords
https://twitter.com/JPUrecords

VK Superstars NIGHTMARE Release New Abum: SCUMS

NIGHTMARE group photo SCUMS

It’s been seven long years since major Visual Kei band, NIGHTMARE very successfully brough their two albums Libido and Anima to Europe, but they are finally back. Their new album, SCUMS, releases all over Europe today; available on iTunes, Amazon and (ding ding ding!) CD.

Just for one moment, let us have a little reminiscence of days gone by. Days when I used to scavenge CD stalls for Visual Kei. Barely ever lucky (never lucky), but always looking anyway. And then one day, behold! NIGHTMARE CDs! A shining light in the darkness for the impoverished teenage Visual Kei fan. Those two albums, Libido and Anima, still sit on my CD shelf now, valuable as the first European released Japanese CDs I ever owned.

Luckily, sentimental value is not the only value NIGHTMARE CDs have either, they also sound pretty good.

Nightmare have not been slacking in their time away from Europe. With 13 years experience at the top of their game, NIGHTMARE have some impressive credentials. Made famous internationally for their musical contributions to the anime Death Note, the band have become a serious institution, and in recent years they have continued to experiment freely. This album follows their usual path of baseline metal, piled on with funk and jazz elements along with gigantic vocals (ironic, as their vocalist stands a mere four feet in height).

The lead track for the album, ASSaulter, not only has a suspicious name, but also has some strange keyboard accompaniment, and an even stranger music video – which you can sample below if you really want to. However, once things get going, I promise they get better. In fact, they get better immediately with their single from this time last year, Mimic. This not only provides a much better music video, but also less weird synth and some nifty guitar. This up and down quality has existed on every NIGHTMARE album I’ve ever heard; brilliance and strangeness mix together to produce an album which is constantly changing direction.

It’s a very long album though, and there are a lot of very bright highlights. There’s Riddle, which contains some very interesting experiments with electro and ska elements. DISSEMBLE goes hard and fast with impressive rhythmic guitar and some super high-speed drumming. Amongst the softer, more toned down tracks, it really stands out. Deus ex Machina, which was a recent single, is another stand-out. There’s some great harmony between guitar and vocals and the melody is very uplifting. The track which stood out the most though, is 404, which is right slap bang in the middle of the album. Packed full of jazzy riffs and a load of electronic accompaniments, this song is the bounciest, most feel good thing on this album. Vocal participation by all band members is required and the overall effect is set off by an outstanding funk filled bass line.

NIGHTMARE use all their many talents to the full. If they have the faintest desire to make a song which sounds like it has jumped straight out a Disney movie, they will make it (and have, in fact, check out I’m not). If they want to make a pumping hardcore party metal track, they will also do that (Behind The Mask). This whole album has a cheerful sense of freedom about it, like they piled one project on top of another until – tah dah – an album appeared.

So if you need an album in your daily life which contains a great variety of music, lots of fun and no small amount of talent, you should probably buy this one. And who doesn’t need that album?

NIGHTMARE SCUMS cover-001Title: SCUMS
Tracklist:
1. My name is “SCUM” (1:37)
2. ASSaulter (3:43)
3. Mimic (3:49)
4. Riddle (3:48)
5. Ame to Yoru ni Ochite (5:44)
6. DISSEMBLE (3:31)
7. ERRORs (3:41)
8. Owaru Sekai no Hajimari ha Kinari (4:22)
9. Droid (4:32)
10. 404 (4:35)
11. I’m not (5:12)
12. Deus ex machina (4:25)
13. Black Out (3:59)
14. Behind The Mask (4.03)

Release Date: April 12, 2013

Available from: Amazon (CD), Amazon mp3, iTunes

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