I still have not had enough time to get into the site yet, but this event is too good not to mention! On Sunday March 10 from 3:30 pm, the Goths will be invading Ikebukuro Rosa Live Inn in Tokyo! Organizers are calling this Gothic 2013 SPRING FESTIVAL, and festive it is!
Featured bands include Psydoll, Vanished Empire (DJ Chihiro and 2Bullet’s Dee Lee), Suicide Squad, Dark Insanity, Zodiaque, Hernia_44, PeaceToPieces and Gothic Logic! There will also be DJs Chihiro, Wakana and tAk, along with exhibition space, fang makers, dancers and more! THIS IS NOT AN EVENT TO MISS!
Where: LIVE IN ROSA :: Map
When: Sunday MARCH 10
Price: Book/w flyer 3,000 yen (+1 drink) :: @Door 3,500 yen (+1 drink)
* If you want to book just do a quick search of the band and send them a mail – Psydoll or Vanished Empire (via 2Bullet’s Dee Lee) should be cool. Any problems? Buzz me and I’ll see what I can do!
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)
Here is a nice Gothy event towards the end of the month. This overnight event is a showcase of artists from the Darkest Labyrinth label created by Blood and GPKISM guitarist Kiwamu. The night features six bands including GPKISM, Seileen, Vanished Empire and BLAMHONEY. It will also be populated by hot underground DJs Takuya Angel, Chihiro and Sisen. In terms of caliber of the artists this event would approach the levels of Tokyo Dark Castle, although the ambiance would tend to be a little softer than TDC in Igor’s opinion. Considering the rapid rise of Darkest Labyrinth and its high production values, the label’s events will become an important part of the Gothic landscape of Japan in the near future. Overall, this is definitely an event worth staking out.
As with all overnight events it is important (i.e. absolutely VITAL!) to bring a photo ID with you for entry. Basically, without ID you will not be able to get into the club – which will make for a pretty dreary time!
Event: Darkest Fest. Vol 2
When: November 26, 2010
Time: 24:00 ~ 6:00
Live: GPKISM, Vanished Empire, Seileen, BLAMHONEY, Rose Noire and marlee
DJs: Takuya Angel, Chihiro, Sisen and Manik
Tickets: 3,000 yen adv. :: 3,500 yen @ door
Club Crawl: 東京都渋谷区東1-25-2丸橋ビルB1 :: 1-25-2 Shibuya-ku, Tokyo east Maruhashi Building B1 :: 03-3498-3114 :: Map
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.
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.