Top news this week is, of course, the disbandment of BORN. The visual kei scene is reeling after the announcement of their departure following their 8th Anniversary live at Zepp Diver City on May 26. Vocalist Ryoga left a heartfelt comment in which he takes responsibility for the breakup, expressing his deep love for the band and his regret at having come to this decision. The boys have a full schedule ahead, so there are plenty of chances to see them before they go. Be sure to support them until the end and we wish all the members luck in their future endeavors.
I really wanted to keep the news good this week, I really did, but it seems like another round of lineup changes has hit the news, starting with one that has already left the visual kei scene shaken. Bassist Masashi and drummer Yuki have announced their departure from Jupiter after their tour final on April 29. Both site the desire to expand their abilities as musicians, so while the idea of not seeing them with their brothers from Versailles is disheartening, there is a good chance we will see them again in future and possibly even more interesting projects.
I know I’ve been the bearer of bad news lately, but I’m going to start this week off with something awesome. The 2016 convention circuit is gearing up with a bang with the announcement of MeteoroiD‘s appearance at next year’s Tokyo in Tulsa. The convention is held at Cox Media Center July 15-17 and features all the convention staples including anime, art, music and games. MeteoroiD are confirmed for a performance as well as Q&A, Meet and Greet, and a special VIP dinner for Sakura Club members. Registration is only $35 until February 2, so get your tickets now.
DEATHGAZE frontman Ai has announced the release of his second solo single, Karasu. The three track release comes out December 23. In case you missed it, his debut release GLASS SKY is available for download on iTunes and it’s fab, so I highly recommend picking it up.
BREAKERZ also have a new release set for December. Titled Yaiba, the single releases December 9 in three types. If you caught them during the HALLOWEEN PARTY tour with VAMPS, you may have already heard the A side track. It will also be the opening theme for the anime “Card fight!! Vanguard G Gears crisis version” which began in October.
Our favorite devils, REIGN‘s first full length album, “6 6 6” will release on January 6. I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited. The album will release in two types and they do have a host of instore events already planned to celebrate the release. Check their OHP for details.
Keeping the positivity going with a super cool New Band Alert from Sadie members Mao and Mizuki. Their new project is called THE MUMMY and they already have two limited one-man lives scheduled featuring guest artists from also-defunct bands Awoi, 12012 and more. Tickets go on sale November 21 and are sure to go fast, so if you are in Tokyo, head to your nearest e+ machine and grab them while you can.
And, that’s the Quickie! Keep it real.