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Ho boy, have these guys gone far. From fighting in the clubs in Tokyo’s scene to Europe, Australia, and now the U.S…. and now with a record deal with Metropolis – awesome. Now you can experience one of Japan’s hottest industrial rock outfits at your computer!
An hour of glorious Japanese underground music recorded in high-quality video. Watch and SCREAM boys and girls!
After a few months buried under work Igor has finally got around to writing an update. Today, I’m just want to show off my Psydoll CD, which I picked up at the Artism Market in April when I got a chance for a chat with Nekoi Psydoll and the gang.
Psydoll are a concept band whose sounds are built around the idea of escaped rogue robots from a slightly darkened near-future Japan:
Japanese companies (including S#NY, Mit#ubishi, Hit#chi, S#nyo and P#nasonic) usually use the word “DOLL” to name their production robots for military, business and home use. However, PSYDOLL (Psycho-Doll) are illegal robots manufactured and remodeled without proper licenses and with enhanced abilities unlike other “DOLLs”. View full article »
Hey there folks. I got quite excited when I saw that David Bowie is releasing a new album. I got even more excited when he said it would be streaming for free on iTunes for a limited time (how kewl is that?!).
Tokyo-based heavy electro unit, Vanished Empire, are set to release their new album, The Unnameable Symphony, on December 13. The album concept focuses on the myth of of Cthulhu and includes nine tracks – five songs plus four remixes by other artists. There will be a release party for the new album at the Darkest Fest event to be held at Club Crawl Shibuya on November 26. This promises to be a great album with powerful vocals from DJ Chihiro and the musical genius of 2 Bullet’s Dee Lee on programming and keyboards. The album will be released on the Darkest Labyrinth label which has quickly developed a reputation for quality production of artists in the Japan scene.
2nd album [The Unnamable Symphony]
Dec 13th, 2010 Release
Label: Darkest Labyrinth
Distrubution: Daiki Sound, CD baby, Tainted Reality
Disc number: DLVE-2
1. Necronomicon Prologue
2. Mindless Outer God
3. Temple Of R’lyeh
4. At The Edge Of Kadath
5. Al Ajif Epilogue
6. Mindless Outer God (Tragic Black Mix)
7. Temple Of R’lyeh (Takuya Angel Mix)
8. Temple Of R’lyeh (Noir du’Soleil mix)
9. Temple Of R’lyeh (marlee mix)
Calmando Qual are set to release their new maxi single, “Deadman’s Party” on December 22, 2010 through Darkest Labyrinth, Starwave Records. Release details from the label are as follows:
Calmando Qual’s second maxi single since their comeback. The horror rock show constructed in their previous work, Doors, is given an even deeper expression in this release. Within its dark party rock style is a danceable avant-garde sound, and lurking behind its developing romantic edge is a twisted love story. After stepping through the Doors into the great hall that lies beyond, enjoy the party within to your heart’s content! A release event will be held at Ikebukuro Chop on November 20.
Live Schedule :
Nov 20 Ikebukuro Chop (Release Party)
new maxi single “Deadman’s Party” Nov 20, 2010: available for pre-sale at live venues
Dec 22, 2010: on sale in stores
Disc number: SWCQ-2
Label: Starwave Records
Distribution: Daiki Sound, Tainted Reality, CDbaby, Code 7
Price: 1,890yen (tax in)
Limit 1000 copies
1. Haunted Home
2. The monster
3. Blood Red Shoes
5. Deadman’s Party
This is just a short update on two bands that Igor really loves.
2 Bullet are now under the Darkest Labyrinth label headed up by Blood’s and GPKISM’s ax man Kiwamu. I lost the official release, but from vague recollection the album should be available towards the end of the year. 2 Bullet are an anti-totalitarianism unit with a hot, tactical industrial sound. Look to the links list to find a connection to the band’s homepage.
BAAL, possibly the most intense hard-hitting industrial band in the scene today, are also heading towards recording new songs. This is an eagerly anticipated follow-up to the band’s Religion 616 release back in 2007. The band had already shown itself to be a rapidly maturing high-caliber unit with Religion 616 and the new release should be awesome. It is still early days yet and how or where it will be released is under wraps, but Igor and the rest of the BAAL groupies are really looking forward to the next chapter.
All righty folks. Igor’s gonna be dressed in a suit and all, especially for Friday night’s Psydoll gig. Well, I have to wear a suit on Friday so I don’t have any choice in the matter, but still… Psydoll, The Royal Dead and Psychodream – Awesome.
If any of you folks out there are rocking up to the night feel free to hassle out the suit. Or better yet, let the bands know that Igor @ Jgoth.com sent you!
So just to whet your appetite, here are a few movies of the bands…
Fancy a bit of dark indie J-rock? Then this night should have you gamboling in the dance pit. The Lechery from Mara is a frenetic punk rock act with Gothic undertones and have played a number of evil events in Tokyo. 13th Moon is a darker shade of hard Gothic rock with an infectious beat. For those with a penchant for Clockwork Orange, the droogs from Hat Trickers’ style of punk should whet your appetite. Finally there is the sultry alternative rock from Royal Cabaret. There are also other acts due to join in making for a pretty kewl event. There is a 1,000 yen premium for ticket sales at the door so pre-booking with one of the bands is recommended.
Event: November Noire When: November 19, 2010 Open: 18:30 :: Start: 18:50 Live: The Lechery from Mars, 13th Moon, Hat Trickers, Royal Cabaret and more. Tickets: 2000 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
Another sleepless night in Tokyo. I am not sure what to do so will write a little entry here.
Currently I am just getting back into the scene again and really looking forward to seeing some of the bands I used to follow before I got sick back in 2007. Bands like Baal, Destruct System, Psydoll and many others. Mmmm. Nice. Hopefully I will even get out to a few overnight events as well. I really miss the heavier nights at Tokyo Dark Castle. Incidentally the Halloween edition of TDC will be tomorrow.
So here I sit, brain slightly fried from the day’s frustrations. Trying to think what to do… what to do.
Hey what’s that? It’s like… It’s like… Sawdust in Me, but only with more angst. Youtube is playing some kind of crazy hard electro with femme screamo overlay… and I think I like it! It’s Toxic Strawberry “Doubt Her Suffering!!!” Goodnight all.
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.