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19/02/2015

FACT ANNOUNCE 6TH STUDIO ALBUM 'KTHEAT' AND RELEASE NEW VIDEO 'WAIT'


Last year 6-piece rock unit FACT dropped their 5th studio album 'Witness', their first album to hit the UK since 'In the Blink of an Eye' back in 2010. Famous for overstepping classification with every release, and though their most straightforward release to date, 'Witness' only cemented this fact (no pun intended) with a sound that ticked all the boxes for a classic FACT album. And on March 4th they prepare to do it all over again with their new album 'KTHEAT' (an abbreviation of each band member's first name).

2014 saw big things for the Japanese mainstays, with a UK tour with Memphis May Fire, a 19-date nationwide tour, as well as taking over the massive MAKUHARI MESSE to play host for the first ever Rock-O-Rama as part of their 15th anniversary, a day long event featuring some of the best rock acts, both big and small, Japan has to offer including Ken Yokoyama, HER NAME IN BLOOD, Crystal Lake and many more.

With a band as mercurial as FACT it's hard to predict what we can expect from this new release, but if their new track 'wait' is anything to go by, it's going to be a scorcher!


Pick up 'Witness' now from Amazon.co.uk!

17/02/2015

DIR EN GREY ANNOUNCE TWO LONDON DATES AS PART OF UNSTOPPABLE LIFE TOUR 2015


After a long three year wait, DIR EN GREY made their comeback with the release of 'Arche', the bands' first album release in three years at the tail end of 2014, now one of Japan's biggest names in metal will be returning to the UK for not one, but two shows at the O2 Academy Islington as part of their 'The Unstoppable Life tour 2015'.

Last year we saw frontman Kyo take to the same stage as part of his newest project sukekiyo, but it was in 2011 when we last saw the original avant-garde unit take to our shores where they were met with with a sold out show and stellar reviews across the board. Once a commodity in the UK's Japanese rock scene, DIR EN GREY are back to put themselves on the radar once again.


DIR EN GREY: Tour15 The Unstoppable Life
Sat 23rd May – London, O2 Academy Islington
Sun 24th May – London, O2 Academy Islington

28/12/2014

5 BANDS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2015


waterweed

Despite these guys being on the scene since 2003, waterweed have managed to go pretty much undetected by the hardcore crowd outside of Japan, that is until the release of their 2013 album 'CICADA' where they truly proved that they were here to change up the game. In March next year the band let loose their new EP 'Ashes', and judging from the new live videos on record label maximum10's YouTube channel, this might be the release that waterweed needs to push them over the edge and into the line of sight of the international market. 

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HER NAME IN BLOOD

Fronted by the beast himself, HER NAME IN BLOOD are undoubtedly our most powerful band of 2014, with the release of their flawless self-titled album earlier in the year catching us completely off guard with it's killer riffs, delicious breakdowns, and explosive vocals from the one and only Ikepy. We're still not tired of this one, and I don't think we will be till they give us something new to sink our teeth into. The only way is up for these guys in the coming year!

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THE STARBEMS

After the members of BEAT CRUSADERS parted ways in 2010, vocalist Toru Hidaka went at it solo until re-emerging in late 2012 with an all new entourage calling themselves THE STARBEMS. Looking like they just walked out a North London pub, decked out in denim jeans, Fred Perry shirts and Dr Martens boots, this hardcore/punk troop blew us away in 2014 with the release of their four track EP 'ULTRA RENEGADES' in June, only to do it all again later in the year with their 2nd album 'VANISHING CITY'. They've already toured the US and are truly making waves up and down Japan as we speak. Here's hoping they wash up on our shores sometime in 2015 to share some of the action.

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HenLee

Is it punk? Is it Emo? They call it “easycore”, we like to call it Monstermash Rock. Since these newcomers broke out their first mini-album 'Dance Pit Mother Fucker!!' back in 2013 we've kept an eye on this lot of masked sprogs, and after seeing them cause mayhem as they opened the first day of Knotfest Japan in November, we're glad we have been! Nearly missing out on a 2014 release, HenLee dropped their 2nd mini album 'DANCER'S PIT ANTHEM' (seeing a pattern emerge here?) at the end of last month and it certainly lives up to the title!

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CHRONOMETER

With a sound exuding that of some of Japan's biggest electronic rock and metal bands of the 90s and 2000s, newcomers CHRONOMETER have provided us with a nostalgia goldmine, with a truly worthy throwback to the old time greats of Boom Boom Satellites and Mad Capsule Markets in the form of their first album 'CONSTRUCTION OF DESTRUCTION'. With tour dates lined up for the coming year, we reckon these guys will be causing quite the ruckus by the time 2015 draws to a close.

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