[News] sleepyhead’s first full solo album will be available for streaming worldwide

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sleepyhead is the solo project from the ex-vocalist of SuG, Takeru.
On June 20,2018 he released his first full album “DRIPPING”, which you can listen to all over the world through major streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.
On this day he also held a YouTube live, which was done completely in English to involve the international fans in his music more.

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[Interview / Photography / Report] 砂月-SATSUKI- @ Tomocon 2018

砂月-SATSUKI-visited The Netherlands on April 7, 2018 for a quick stop at Tomocon 2018 which was held in Oss.
The portfolio page has been updated with a new link, but you can also click the image below to go directly to the album containing the photos for this show.

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Prior to the show I had a short photo session with 砂月-SATSUKI- around the area surrounding The Berchplaets where Tomocon was held this year.
The portfolio page has a link to this photo album as well, but you can also click the image below to go to it directly.

2018 - SATSUKI - PHOTOSHOOT

Despite the already very busy day there was some time left to sit down for an interview. You can read this interview on the website of AVO Magazine.
In English: https://avo-magazine.nl/en/2018/04/avo-interview-with-satsuki-at-tomocon-2018/
In Dutch: https://avo-magazine.nl/2018/04/avo-interview-met-satsuki-tijdens-tomocon-2018/

And of course a report about the convention itself, also available on AVO Magazine.
In English: https://avo-magazine.nl/en/2018/04/report-tomocon-2018/
In Dutch: https://avo-magazine.nl/2018/04/verslag-tomocon-2018/


I’d like to thank AVO Magazine, Francisca Hagen, REALive and of course 砂月-SATSUKI-himself for granting me this unique opportunity!

[Review] NOCTURNAL BLOODLUST – WHITEOUT

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NCBL-22Artist: NOCTURNAL BLOODLUST
Release: WHITEOUT
Release date: 2018/03/07
CD number: NCBL-22 (limited edition) / NCBL-23 (regular edition)

CD Playlist:
01 – Solstice
02 – WHITEOUT
03 – Live to Die -Rearrange Ver.-
04 – 無義道 (Mu Yoshimitchi)

DVD Playlist (limited edition only):
01 – BREAK THIS FAKE
02 – Calamity of Victims
03 – GENESIS
04 – Malice against
05 – V.I.P

It has been a while since NOCTURNAL BLOODLUST released something new (after their iTunes release of Live to Die in August of 2017). In March of 2018 the five guys dropped a mini-album entitled WHITEOUT, containing four songs on the regular edition and a DVD with five live songs included with the limited edition.
Is this new release still the familiar NOCTURNAL BLOODLUST as we know it, or have (Hiro), Cazqui, Daichi, Masa and Natsu taken a completely different turn altogether?
Let’s find out!

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[Review] TRNTY D:CODE – GRAVITY

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Artist: TRNTY D:CODE
Release: GRAVITY
Release date: 2018/01/31
CD number: KEJCDS-1 (limited edition) / KEJCDS-2 (regular edition)

CD Playlist:
01 – GRAVITY
02 – No PAIN No GAIN
03 – 喰row (regular edition only)

DVD Playlist:
01 – Gravity (MV) (limited edition only)

After KILLANETH disbanding in late 2016 vocalist 丐 (Kai) and drummer 39 were fairly quick with starting up a new project under the name TRNTY D:CODE, which debuted in April of 2017. For everyone outside of Japan there was a lot of mystery surrounding this project because of the live performances which had no coverage for foreign fans. The same goes for me. I don’t live in Japan and am not able to go to Japan just like that, so the first official sign of life I heard from TRNTY D:CODE was the announcement of the reboot and first single GRAVITY, to be released on January 31, 2018.
Along with this announcement was the information of two new members: SHiO (ex-LOVE LOCK as KAI) on guitar and MST (ex-THE DC as miki) on bass, as well as 39 changing his name to saku, and his position from drummer to manipulator.
The band is signed to KEIOS ENTERTAINMENT (which is the label started by the Swedish musician YOHIO, mostly known for his work with Seremedy and DISREIGN).

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[Review] 浅葱 (ASAGI) – 斑 (Madara)

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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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