DIR EN GREY
『VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES』
DIR EN GREY
『VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES』
The suck has been real this past couple of weeks, folks, so I’m going to speed through it as fast as I can. Disbandments are, unfortunately, a part of life as a VK fan, but the recent string of departures has hit the entire community hard. Not one, but four great bands will be leaving us in the coming months: Girugamesh (July 10), Screw (November 1), DOAK (August 20), and The 3rd Birthday (May 22). It is always sad to see bands go, but this particular round has many fans wondering about the state of the scene as a whole. It’s true the scenery has changed quite a bit in the past year and the absence of Jrock staples like Girugamesh and Screw will only highlight that change, but I remain optimistic. New bands are popping up faster than they can be knocked down and I’m sure the next great one is in there somewhere just waiting to be discovered. In the meantime, let’s show these guys some love and support them until the end.
That wasn’t so bad, right? Like pulling off a bandaid. Made of duck tape. Sealed with superglue. Yikes.
A bit of scary news from BugLug this week as they’ve been forced to suspend activities due to injuries sustained by vocalist Issei during a fall down the stairs. He sustained a serious head injury and was rushed to the ER where he underwent emergency surgery. We haven’t received any information on his current condition, but we’ll be sure to keep you informed as things develope. All scheduled shows have been postponed until further notice and instore events canceled. More
I’d like to start off this week with a couple of announcements that made me personally squeal with happiness. First off, the return of ALSDEAD…sort of. The group, which went on hiatus in October, have announced a live performance, ALSDEAD presents Zaora, on April 29 at Takadanobaba AREA. According to vocalist, Maki, this is NOT, however, a comeback live. The members will also be participating in two seperate sessions that night, Maki and Nikki in one and Yousuke and Shin in the other, along with members of DOAK, Nocturnal Bloodlust and Far East Dizain. The show should be an interesting one, for sure.
I know we are all beyond excited for the return of X-Japan, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a little bit longer. Unfortunately, guitar player Pata’s health has taken a turn. He was recently admitted to the ICU for diverticulitus and portal vein thrombosis which caused a serious blood clot. Needless to say, their upcoming show at Wembley Arena has been postponed. The new date is set for March 4 and all tickets purchased for the original show will be honored.
I would like to start off this week’s Quickie by addressing the recent changes that took place this week on YouTube. The video streaming giant has officially implemented its paid subscription service, YouTube Red, offering add-free streaming and premium content for $9.99 per month. While this seems all well and good, it has effected their licensing agreements with many big entertainment companies, including many that provide video and music streaming for the Visual Kei and Jrock bands that we all love. Videos from Victor Entertainment, Dangercru Records, Sony Entertainment, Dir en grey, and the Gazette are all unable to be viewed in the US. So far, independent bands seem to be unaffected. For those of you worried about how you will get music from your favorite bands, DON’T FREAK OUT. YouTube is still in negotiations with its content providers and I anticipate things will change in the near future.