Category Reviews

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: 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