Category Music

Song of the Day: Ulm – “Flood of Light”

Nagoya post-rockers Ulm released their first EP, after dark, earlier this summer. While clearly influenced by the likes of MONO and World’s End Girlfriend, the band also has a distinctive metal foundation in their sound. There is a bleakness and “blackness” that runs throughout the music that evokes bands more like Jesu and Vampilia, and […]

Song of the Day: MONO – “After You Comes The Flood”

One of the first things apparent on MONO’s latest track are the drums. Courtesy of new drummer Dahm Majuri Cipolla, the pounding sounds are big, beefy and heavy. Cipolla replaces original drummer Yasunori Takada, who abruptly left the band after an 18 year tenure. After the seeingly career-defining magnum opus, Requiem For Hell, the first […]

Song of the Day: YOSHIKI feat. HYDE – “Red Swan”

After a very public incident of changing the song’s credited artist from “X JAPAN feat. HYDE” to “YOSHIKI feat. HYDE,” the ever ambitious drummer and X JAPAN spokesman has revealed his latest opus. Serving as the opening theme to acclaimed anime series Attack On Titan, “Red Swan” features all the operatic sweeps and epic qualities […]

The Japan Times: Opinion – Pretty Good Year: Gesu No Kiwami Otome

Publications such as Oricon Japan are touting a “band boom” — a term thrown around the Japanese pop culture lexicon occasionally, signifying a surging popularity of rock bands — on the horizon for a new generation, with Gesu No Kiwami Otome. as one of the premier acts. While it remains to be seen whether a […]

The Japan Times: X Japan Live Review

Indeed, it has been a very long time since we’ve had an X Japan album. But to fans, even the delays are part of the mythos — one full of hardship, success, tragedy and resurrection. This time, however, it looks certain that a comeback is going to happen. Read the full article at The Japan […]

The Japan Times: “We Are Perfume — World Tour 3rd Document” Review

On the other hand, the film finds the trio during their downtime at the Merlion in Singapore, ordering at In-N-Out Burger in Los Angeles and shopping at Uniqlo in New York. This overseas aspect seems overtly tailor-made for a Japanese audience — at times I wondered if the film was just a glorified kaigai(overseas) photo […]

Red Bull: Red Bull Thre3style World Championships Report

After a week-long battle featuring 18 DJs from 17 different countries duking it out in clubs across Tokyo, the Red Bull Thre3style world final came down to six DJs competing for the title of the world’s ultimate party-rocking DJ. Read the full article at Red Bull.com.

The Japan Times: Inoran (Luna Sea) Interview

Kiyonobu Inoue, more commonly known as Inoran, is a very busy man. Aside from his day job, in which he plays to sold out arenas as a guitarist for rock band Luna Sea, he juggles being a producer, playing in a handful of other projects and managing a solo career. He admits life wasn’t always […]

The Japan Times: Godflesh (Live Preview)

The former Napalm Death guitarist and his companion, bassist Ben “G.C.” Green should feel right at home on a roster that includes Japanese acts Boris and Cohol. The label has been chiefly responsible for introducing them to a Japanese audience, while also introducing what metal fans in the West have known for years now; that […]

The Japan Times: Opinion – The City Pop Revival

What was originally used to refer to as “urban music made by people in cities” in the pop scene, now seems to be more of a simplified indie buzzword used to induce feelings of sophistication, fashionableness and nostalgia. And while it’s easy to dismiss the term as a generalized, convenient marketing gimmick to sell records […]