Category Reviews

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 Japan: RBMA presents Dorian Concept Liveレポート

Red Bull Music Academy主催のDorian Conceptの来日公演のレポートを書きました。Red Bull Japanのカルチャーページにて: http://www.redbull.com/jp/ja/music/stories/1331687749236/music-blog-ryutaro-aoki-141031

The Japan Times: X Japan Live Review

My report on X Japan’s Yokohama Arena show on September 30th, before their show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/10/09/music/review-x-japan-yokohama-arena/

Red Bull Japan: 迫力のCrossfaithライブをレポート

新木場スタジオコーストで行われたRed Bull Live on the Road 2014 FINAL STAGEのCrossfaithのライブのレポートを書きました。Red Bull Japanのカルチャーページにて: http://www.redbull.com/jp/ja/music/stories/1331681195979/music-blog-ryotaro-aoki-140926-2

Red Bull Japan: “Layered Memories -Searching For Sound With Yosi Horikawa”プレミア上映会レポート

8月22日、渋谷Uplinkで行われたRed Bull Music Academy制作のドキュメンタリー”Layered Memories -Searching For Sound With Yosi Horikawa”の上映会とトークイベントのレポートを書きました。Red Bull Japanのカルチャーページにて掲載: http://www.redbull.com/jp/ja/music/stories/1331674644064/yosi-horikawa-layered-memories

The Japan Times: Rock In Japan Festival 2014 Live Review

My review on Rock In Japan Festival 2014, featuring Dragon Ash, Chara and more. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/08/05/music/dragon-ash-chara-impress-at-rock-in-japans-first-weekend/#.VF2vq_SUcuE

The Japan Times: The Best Japanese Albums of 2014 So Far

The Japan Times asked me to pick my favorite Japanese album of 2014 so far. I picked Boris’s new album, “Noise.” http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/07/01/music/leftfield-j-pop-70s-influenced-rock-shadowy-rb-favorite-albums-2014-far/#.VF2ydPSUcuE

The Japan Times: Luna Sea Live Review

I reviewed Luna Sea’s 25th Anniversary Show on May 29 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Check it out at the Japan Times: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/06/19/music/review-luna-sea-at-yoyogi-national-gymnasium/#.U64aWY2SywE

The Japan Times: Marty Friedman – “Inferno” Review

I reviewed former Cacophony and Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman’s new solo album, “Inferno,” for the Japan Times. Check it out here: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/05/22/music/cd-reviews/marty-friedman-reminds-metalheads-he-hasnt-forgotten-his-roots-on-inferno/