Official Japanese Music News

KARI BAND -

The original demo EP from KARI BAND, Kari Ongen, has been re-released digitally from Japanese music specialists JPU Records. The project was formed by three prominent session musicians from Japan; famed, late guitarist Mikio Fujioka, bass-player BOH and drummer Yuya Maeta. Between them they have performed for the likes of BABYMETAL, Blue Man Group and NANA starring MIKA NAKASHIMA. Kari Ongen is a cumulation of everything the three musicians have experienced in their expansive career, engaged in a wide range of genres. From things learnt and gained from moments of passion, to times of necessity, and from a desire for...

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Idol, J-pop, Niji no Conquistador -

It's not officially winter until Japanese idol group Niji no Conquistador unleash their annual Jpop winter single. Despite being made up of sun-dodging otaku (they'd rather be inside watching anime or drawing), Niji no Conquistador's music is usually packed with happy rays of sunshine and vibes of the summer. But once a year they swap their usual summery flavour in favour to bring the warmth and fuzzy moments of winter. This year's single might just be their warmest and fuzziest yet. Title track 'Koi Whiteout' sees the group once again team up with the creative talents of Takeshi Asano (PUFFY,...

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LOVEBITES, Metal -

LOVEBITES, one of Japan's most important heavy metal bands, have today revealed plans to release new EP GLORY, GLORY, TO THE WORLD on 10 March, 2021. The four-track beacon of heavy metal hope was recorded under the darkness of the coronavirus pandemic. All four tracks will be exclusive to the EP and will not feature on or be rerecorded for future albums, like 2018 EP BATTLE AGAINST DAMNATION. On creating the EP the band comments, "On one hand, working on this album during the spread of coronavirus has been mentally draining. On the other, the music created in such darkness...

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J-pop, J-rock, Live / Tour Dates, SCANDAL -

SCANDAL, one of the most famous Japanese girl bands who will celebrate their 15th anniversary in 2021, performed a special show in Tokyo on Christmas Eve, 2020. The unique performance, in collaboration with creative company NAKED, INC., saw all four seasons of the year regained and projection mapped across the stage. The magic from this intimate one-time event will now be available to stream across the globe from 29 December. Held at Toyosu PIT following full coronavirus guidelines, the collaborative live show delivered a heart-warming concept for a year lost. Through SCANDAL's electric live performance and NAKED, INC.'s eye-popping projection...

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J-rock, One Eye Closed -

New Japanese rock band One Eye Closed have released their first winter ballad. It's entitled 'With How I Feel' and is available to download and stream worldwide from today. The Tokyo-based band gained global recognition earlier this year when their ace rock anthem 'Low' was featured as the ending theme to No Straight Roads ("The coolest game of 2020" – Forbes). The game went on to be nominated in the 2020 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year awards in the 'Best Independent Game' and 'Best Soundtrack' categories. 'With How I Feel' sees One Eye Closed take a new direction in sound...

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