European VK fans have it so good right now. It seems like everyone has their sights set on touring the EU and we can now add NIA to that list. NIA, formerly known as Ansia, just announced a 9-stop tour scheduled for this April. The tour will have several stops in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands starting April 8 through April 24. Tickets go on sale February 1. Make sure to check out their homepage for dates and details. They also have a new single titled PRAYER due for release on February 24.
As you may recall, X-Japan’s documentary, We Are X, recently debuted at Sundance Film Festival. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the film came away with an award! We Are X recieved the Special Jury Award for Best Editing. No word on a general release date yet, but make sure to follow them on Twitter to stay up to date.
Good news for LIPHLICH. Last month, they lost their drummer Maruyama Eiki due to lower back pain. It seems they’ve found their replacement in Kobayashi Takaaki, formerly of yazzmad under the name Zumi. They made the announcement during their live on January 24 at Akasaka BLITZ. We look forward to the new LIPHLICH.
Another lineup change of the negative variety. Kuroyuri to Kage drummer Mutsuki and Guitarist Koyomi have announced their departure as of March 2. They have both decided to retire from the music scene entirely. Not to worry, though! It seems a new lineup is already in the works and will be announced by April 1.
And, a New Band Alert for you….for no other reason than because I like it. DEVIZE will make their official debut on March 20 at ell.FITS ALL in Nagoya. They sport a dark, vampire image (I’m a real sucker for that) and a fun sound that I’m really digging. You may also recognize the drummer, former AvelCain Tomoe. Check out the preview for their first single, Axis, releasing February 14.