2018/02/03 – [Review] 浅葱 (ASAGI) – 斑 (Madara)


Artist: 浅葱 (ASAGI)
Release: 斑 (Madara)
Release date: 2018/01/31
CD number: YICQ-10401 (limited edition) / YICQ-10402 (regular edition)

review-YICQ-10402CD Playlist:
01 – 天地行き来る小船 (Tenchi iku kuru kofune)
02 –
月界の御子 (Tsuki-kai no miko)
03 –
畏き海へ帰りゃんせ (Kashikoki umi e kaerya n se)
04 –
花雲の乱 (Hanagumo no ran)
05 –
隠桜 (Komo sakura)
06 –
螢火 (Keika)
07 –
大豺嶽(おおやまいぬだけ)〜月夜(つくよ)に吠ゆ〜 (Dà chái yuè (O oyama inu dake)~tsukiyo (tsuku yo) ni hoe yu~)
08 –
冬椿 〜白妙の化人〜 (Fuyutsubaki ~shirotae no kenin~)
09 –
白面金毛九尾の狐火玉 (Hakumenkonmōkyūbinokitsune hidama)
10 –
鬼眼羅 (Guǐ yǎn luó)
11 –
雲の通ひ路 (Kumo no kayohiji)
12 –
妖刀玉兎 (Yōtō gyokuto)
13 –
物の怪草子 (Mononoke sōshi)
14 –
アサギマダラ (Asagimadara)

When most people hear the name ASAGI, they’ll immediately think of the vocalist of the visual kei band D, and that is no different in this case. Only now we’re not talking about a release by D, but by ASAGI himself as a solo artist.
Did you know that ASAGI already released a two-track single called “Corvinus” as a solo artist in 2006? After this single he stopped his solo activities and instead focused his attention on working as a desinger, perfumer and of course as the vocalist of D.
For this album he got help from other musicians from the visual kei genre, but also from the traditional genre, all of them playing various instruments (modern like guitar, bass and drums but also traditional shamisen, koto and taiko) while ASAGI himself wrote and composed all lyrics and music for the album. All members from D provide parts with their familiar instruments to various songs, but other artists include SUGIZO (Luna Sea), Shinya (Dir en grey), Leda (Far East Dizain), MiA (MEJIBRAY), yo-ka (DIAURA), Sakito (NIGHTMARE), Jui (GOTCHAROCKA) and JUN (GOTCHAROCKA) (and more!) from the visual genre, but other instruments, not limited to the traditional ones, are played by Ikuro Fujiwara, Sho Tomoda, Yasunori Sakurazawa, Fumiko Kai and Misako Arameki, among others.
There’s a whole list of artists who contributed to this album, which you can view on his own page here.

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2018/01/05 – [Review] DEVILOOF – Devil’s Proof


Release: Devil’s Proof
Release date: 2017/11/15
review-DAKDVLF-4CD number: DAKDVLF-4

CD Playlist:
01 – Devil’s Proof
03 – Natural Born Killer
04 – Return of the Curse
06 – LOVER
07 – InCipit -Instrumental-
09 – M.F.JAP
10 – 怠惰の罪 (Taida no Tsumi)

DEVILOOF is a relatively young artist on the scene and have gone through quite some events already, both positive and negative. Losing a guitarist (and gaining a new one), ranking #12 on the Oricon Indies Chart as the second artist ever in their genre and being selected at Metal Battle Japan as one of the six Asian artists to play at Wacken Open Air (a metal festival in Germany) in 2016.
The new logo (as from 2017) and artwork for this album have been made by Toshihiro Esgawa (who is mostly known for his illustrations for BABYMETAL, SiM and ARCH ENEMY) and Яyo Trackmaker (formally the drummer of girugämesh) has been welcomed as their Mix Engineer in the same year.
A long story short, DEVILOOF already has quite a history in such a short amount of time.
After the music videos for Ruin, ESCAPE and M.F.JAP as well as a mini-album “PURGE“, let’s take a look at their newest release “Devil’s Proof”.

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2017/12/10 – [Interview] with SANA SAMA


Just before the start of his Eastern European tour that will last until March 2018 (dates weren’t fully announced yet during the time the questions for this interview were written) I managed to ask SANA SAMA several questions about this tour, his feelings about touring in general and some of his influences on why he decided to become a musician.

I’d like to give my special thanks to Christina from AnimePro for helping me out with this interview!

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