Girugamesh: MONSTER – New Album Out Now!


It took its sweet time coming, but Girugamesh‘s sixth album has now been released in the UK and Europe courtesy of Gan Shin Records. It follows in the questionable footsteps of the band’s 2011 effort GO. Sure, single COLOR had its moments, but for the most part the whole album went the way of INOCHI NO KI and stripped the power and aggression that powered some of Girugamesh’s greats over the years. If you were looking for something to rival Break Down, Owari to Mirai and our personal favourite volcano, you’d probably GO [ahem] right off this album… thankfully, MONSTER redeems all the wrongs of recent years and brings the electro-metal quartet right back to their former glory.

The album starts in standard Girugamesh style (like most of Danger Crew’s releases for that matter) with an upbeat electronic track that leads directly the first proper song. The transition is perfect and Drain sets the pace for the rest of the record, as well as Girugamesh’s progression. It’s clear they’ve been listening to a bit of Skrillex recently, but that’s no bad thing. MONSTER’s electronic elements are their most mature, proper sounding efforts to date. If you felt some of their previous efforts fell flat, MONSTER’s electronic parts have found that much needed oomph. Similarly, production this time round is perhaps at the band’s most solid. The double kick pedal gives the kind of thick, deep thud that very few Japanese bands seems to achieve, while the lower end riffs on guitar and bass feel powerful yet clean. In a nutshell; this is the Girugamesh album we’ve all been waiting for for years. Let’s hope it persuades them to return to the UK for another live show soon.
Our top 3 tracks: takt, Live is Life, Drain.

MONSTER Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Drain (Music Video)
3. VOLTAGE
4. INCOMPLETE (Music Video)
5. Zantetsuken -MONSTER ver.- (Music Video)
6. antlion pit (Live Video)
7. Resolution
8. BAD END DREAM
9. Live is Life
10. Zecchou BANG!! -MONSTER ver.- (Music Video)
11. Another way
12. ALONE
13. Limit Break (European Bonus Track)
14. takt (European Bonus Track)

Buy from Amazon: European Special Edition, Digital Edition, Japanese Limited Edition.

Summary: MONSTER is a great album. If we had to compare it to anything, we’d say it falls somewhere between the GazettE and Crossfaith, while sounding nothing like either. Essentially it’s party metal with substance. 7/10

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

VAMPS Rocking Back to Europe This October

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Hard rocking, hard rolling and hard touring; VAMPS have announced that they will once again tour Europe!

VAMPS, a unit of two members; hyde from legendary rock band L’Arc~en~Ciel, and K.A.Z from Oblivion Dust, will be returning to Europe this October. They will play at London’s O2 Academy Islington on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th October. Tickets for Monday’s show have now sold out. The remaining tickets for Sunday’s performance are available from TicketWeb by clicking here.

Since 2008 VAMPS have been rocking live houses all over the world with their mixture of rhythmic rock and sexy vocals. Not only do they love it live, they also make an intoxicating mix in the studio with a string of singles, every one of which has been in the Japanese charts.

London has played host to hyde once before for a legendary show by L’Arc~en~Ciel in 2012, we can’t wait to have him back with VAMPS. European tour dates are as follows:

28 September: Barcelona, Sala Apolo
1 October: Paris, L’Olympia
3 October: Berlin, Kesselhaus
6 October: London, O2 Academy Islington
7 October: London, O2 Academy Islington

As well as announcing this tour, VAMPS have also revealed a new album, SEX BLOOD ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, which will contain re-recordings of all their hit singles to date. There is not yet a date for release. We can’t fault their classic choice of album title.

For more information on the London show:
London O2 Academy Islington
Ticketmaster ticketing for this event

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