Archive for October, 2010

After an informative night on what my job prospects may or may not be, I was sitting down at my computer and suddenly received a Facebook friend request from Chihiro of Vanished Empire – how cool is that. Chihiro is one of the veteren DJs of the Goth and underground scenes in Tokyo and is always spinning at Tokyo Dark Castle events. The last couple of years he has also been vocals for Vanished Empire, a heavy electro unit with 2 Bullet’s DeeLee on keyboards and programming. Well worth listening to, here is a track from a year or so ago – Ghost.


Calmando Qual are back in the local live scene with a two-man event at Club Chop! CQ (a.k.a. Twisted Clock) are a hard rocking Tokyo band who have done numerous tours in Europe and definitely worth catching for their powerful live shows. They are sporting new hellatious costumes to go with the mini album released earlier this year. They will be teaming up with Piano Zombie for the night.

Event: ピアノゾンビ vs Calmando Qual
Live: Piano Zombie and Calmando Qual
Open: 18:30 :: Start: 19:00
Tickets: 2500 adv. :: 3000 @ door
Club Chop: 東京都豊島区池袋2-46-3 シーマ100-B1 :: 2-46-3 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo :: 03-5951-1127 :: Map


“to the people of HATE who swallowed the…destruct system”


Yes kids, another Halloween gig with one of my favorite hard industrial bands, Destruct System. DS have been around for a long time and have been one of the main fixtures at many Tokyo Dark Castle events over the past couple of years and are definitely a band worth catching.

They will be appearing with Erdbeeren, Sole Prove, The Glams, CBS and Cronth-D @ Head Power Shinjuku on October 29. I only know a little bit about the other bands, but my guess is the sound-scape is a mix of heavy rock and J-rock – could be quite an interesting night.

Event: Deity Deride Vol. 5
Live: Destruct System, Erdbeeren, Sole Prove, The Glam, C.B.S. Cronth-D
Open: 18:00 :: Start: 18:30
Tickets: 1800 yen adv. :: 2300 yen @ door
Head Power: 東京都新宿区大久保2-5-19 :: 2-5-19 Okubo, Shinjuku Tokyo :: 03-6380-3769 :: Map


Hard-hitting industrial cyber rockers BAAL were on fire at the Bayside+Genocide 2010 event on October 10. They were joined by over 20 high quality bands from indy scenes across Tokyo. BAAL have been around for a number of years and have several international tours to Europe and Australia under their belt. The band is working on a new CD, which should deliver another dose of powerful music to its fans. Once again, excuse the film and audio quality – that’s just my little camera melting under the aural onslaught. Great band.


Classic dark Gothic rockers Stabat Mater were playing at Bayside+Genocide 2010 and Igor managed to grab a quick video of them. Stabat Mater are a new name to Igor, but according to their bio, they have been playing around since 2007. Hopefully they will playing at a few more gigs in the months to come. Anyway, here’s the video – excuse the poor quality of the recording as Igor only has a little old camera.


This is an exciting little event featuring two bands who have gone out and got themselves a name at international Gothic events. The bands are, electronicka unit Psydoll and ambient dance muses The Royal Dead (formerly Phantasmagoria). These two bands will be playing with the recently reformed Psychodream, and others in Machine Magic Oktober. The event starts at 7:30 on Friday and goes to around 11 pm in the evening and will be a good way to dispel the week’s demons and defrag the brainstack.

As of the time of screaming, the price has not been set (don’t worry it will be reasonable), but the event will be at Shinjuku Urga (map). For the latest details and bookings, just hop across to the Psydoll site. There you will find maps and other information on the event and can contact Nekoi Psydoll for more information and bookings.

Just an update for the October 16 Tokyo Dark Castle night. Acts include organizers, Auto-Mod, Destruct System, Vanished Empire, Royal Cabaret, Romeo Mirror and Gabriels Stiletto. Reflecting my long time away from the scene I only know Auto-Mod (venerable punk-goth rock), Destruct System (heavy industrial rock) and Vanished Empire (Goth electro). Those three acts alone should make for a cool night and the other acts should be the usual top quality that you can expect from TDC. Check here for event details.

After three years of being mothballed, I have taken steps to kick this site into gear again. Wow, there is a lot of debris that needs to be cleaned up here. I will be working to update the category system of the site so it is a little easier to navigate for visitors. This will mean that content will be jumping around a bit depending on where it is stored on the site database. Hopefully you should be able to find items that go into hiding by using the search box.

The goal is to re-initiate the site so people can find more underground events in Tokyo and the rest of Japan and also to keep up with some of the bands as they work on new projects. We shall see in the days ahead.

In the meantime, I have to get prepared for the Bayside+Genocide that will be happening tomorrow on October 10, 2010. I am so looking forward to seeing my old friends U-tarou and Mikito BAAL again, and to meet new friends on the hard-core independent scene.

That’s all for now – cheers.

For those looking out for Bayside Genocide on 10/10 here is a Baal video recorded earlier this year to hold you over to the event!

Woe is me. Need to update the codes here so things will pop out. Just click the link above to see the viddy on YouTube. Cheers!