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General chat / Re: RIP X JAPAN
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:25:01 AM »
Dear all, I LOVE to see the forum so active with so many interesting discussions, different opinions and even some new faces on board! Feel free to debate and to defend whichever opinion yours is, but remember to keep it civil and avoid personal attacks on other users just because you disagree or dislike them. That's all, folks. Happy thursday and happy (civil) debating.  8)

General chat / Re: RIP X JAPAN
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:53:53 AM »
10-15 shows in each continent? Heh. I'd be happy if they did just one show in show in the US and one in Europe per year. Sounds even more doable.

General chat / Re: RIP X JAPAN
« on: January 14, 2019, 04:09:22 PM »
@matsumoto: Sugizo is an amazing musician. The best song from the post-reunion era is Beneath the Skin, the only one composed by him. But he doesn't have the "authority" hide has.

Totally agree that Beneath the Skin is the best X thing I listened to since 1997.

General chat / Re: RIP X JAPAN
« on: January 12, 2019, 10:18:07 PM »
Feudal raised some fair points. Unfortunately I agree with some. But hey, for the sake of argument let me debunk a few of the others.

- No promise of more tours/shows outside of Japan.

X Japan sucks at planning. They announce all their major stuff out of the blue and just a few months in advance. Last year they did Coachella and Makuhari Messe, both announced in 2018, IIRC. There's a good chance they'll still announce stuff for this year, I have hard time believing they won't do at least one big show overseas. < / wishful thinking >

- Rumors of difficulties between Yoshiki and Toshi.

It really is just a fan rumor. They've probably ran out of crap to argue about after 50 years dealing with each other.

- Yoshiki increasingly more interested in anything other than X Japan (Hyde, Sarah Brightman, his wine label...)

True, but that's expected. Wouldn't expect him to be doing the exact same stuff since 1987. That would have been boring. Come to think of it, the Hyde thing is not such bad news. Hyde is a skilled artist and he's very active in the industry. I don't fancy the Red Swan thing but I guess there's potential in that duo. Hope they do more stuff.

- Increasingly more obvious that Yoshiki cannot write good rock songs anymore without hide.

We don't know enough about Hide's role within the old X to make that assumption, I guess. Would totally love to see him alive and well, but they've got a new guitarist that's just as excellent and an accomplished musician. Toshi himself is a creative powerhouse. If the two of them can't kick Yoshiki's ass, I'm not sure Hide could.

I'll always remember this band for what they were and what they gave to me through their music but the future in my opinion is pretty grim for them.

I don't expect Paul McCartney to pull some Beatles-grade stuff anymore either, but I'd still pay to see him live. There's a great chance the new X album will suck compared to their old stuff, but I'll still buy it. It'll still be better than Ed Sheeran or whatever kids are into these days. Or like we say on the internetz, it'll still be a better love story than Twilight.

Offtopic / Re: What are your New Years resolutions?
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:05:52 PM »
You've got some great ones there, Hatsor!

  • - Finish my current to read books, which includes War and Peace, LOTR 50th Year Anniversary Edition, Foundation Trilogy, Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Hyperion, The Slow Regard Of Silent Things, 'Os Maias' and 'O Livro Do Desassossego', along a few others.

I read the ones in bold. The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favourite books ever. You'll roll on the floor laughing reading that one, it's super funny! I had to read Os Maias when I was in high school in Portugal and didn't like it. I find Eça de Queiroz kind of overrated. Fernando Pessoa (and his alter-egos) are amazing though.

  • - Get a motorcycle license and then work towards car license.

YEY! Join the Moto (Guzzi) club!

Offtopic / Re: What are your New Years resolutions?
« on: January 09, 2019, 09:29:44 AM »
Is it rude to say that they are searching for foreigner Hostesses a lot? Even in massage Parlours.
Maybe someday you'll serv Yoshiki  ;D

Hahaha nope, not rude at all. I'm serious when I say I wouldn't mind doing the maid café thing!
As for serving Yoshiki, nah man, you need to be a registered geriatric nurse to serve 50+ year olds, if you know what I mean  ;D

I also want to search for a job in Japan but first I want to improve my japanese and finish my masters. I want a job in engineering / data science because I know I'm unable to do anything else, in my sister's words: "You're only smart for engineering. You're stupid for every other areas of life"

Yey! Maybe one day we'll Toshi concerts together my kween!

Yoshiki / Re: Barks Interview with Yoshiki - Translation
« on: January 07, 2019, 10:09:34 AM »
Not that I particularly feel like white-knighting him, but upon reading the whole thing I came up with the two most likely possibilities:

1. He's lost his mind

2. There's label/legal/money/staff/band/whatever problems going on that we don't know about

If #1 applies, then honestly, I feel for him, but someone please hand the controls over to someone else already. He's still a great musician and performer, but can't be trusted with core decisions anymore. At first glance I'd say hand the leadership over to Sugizo, since Toshi is very busy with his own career.

If #2 applies, hppe they sort the thing out because seriously, what a waste of time, money and talent, and most importantly, what a waste of a loyal, devoted fanbase.

Option #3: Yoshiki really sucks at his bandleader job and he's just making bad decision after bad decision. Maybe. If that's the case, someone call all hands on deck and apply solution #1. 

Offtopic / Re: What are your New Years resolutions?
« on: January 04, 2019, 12:54:50 PM »
Oooooh? Really? Link plz!

Other Bands / Re: VAMPS (Hyde x K.A.Z. project)
« on: January 04, 2019, 09:39:28 AM »
So true! That feeling of bliss when one of the bands you like announces new singles, new albums, new tours, new concerts, new everything!

Offtopic / Re: What are your New Years resolutions?
« on: January 04, 2019, 09:36:22 AM »
I had a cactus named cactus but he died, then I got another cactus named cactus, another one called Sue Jr and I forgot the name of the 3rd one. They actually survived for a couple of years but last year I forgot I even had cactus and somehow killed Cactus and Sue Jr. Unknown cactus still alive.

Oh noooooo, we're plant killers, this can't be good for our karma.  :-[
I almost cried when Bob the Bonsai died. He was getting drier and drier but I kept feeding it water and that special green bonsai fluid thingie but he wasn't getting any better so I took him to the bonsai shop. The guy looked at it and declared it dead on the spot. I felt like a disaster human being.

- Improve my japanese and take the N3 test (last month I took N5), since they only do it in December I might just skip to N3.

Kanpaaaaai! Aiming for N3 too by the end of the year. It seemed doable at first but now I'm really struggling to memorise the 50+ new words/week our teacher hands out. She's super fast-paced. How long have you been learning Japanese?

Okay! I got a goal now too! I wanna practice the piano every day. Even if sometimes just for a few minutes, but I wanna try to practice every day! No excuses.  :D

Kasumi, play some X on the piano and post videos!

Offtopic / Re: What are your New Years resolutions?
« on: January 03, 2019, 04:14:00 PM »
A few of mine, in no particular order:

> Meet the X Freaks in person!

> Improve my photography skills (I bought two new lens for my DSLR in December, now I need to be less lazy and use them to take pictures of stuff that isn’t my houseplants).

> Get to advanced (B2 or C1) level in Russian - last year I decided to go from beginners to intermediate and I made it, so… За здоро́вье comrades!

> Get to intermediate level in Japanese - this one’s gonna hurt. But hey, KANPAI motherfuckers!

> My bonsai Bob passed away mysteriously in November. Get a new bonsai. Keep it alive. Don’t call it Bob.
> Work out at least once in 2018. I didn’t work out a single time in 2018 or 2017, so if I manage to drag my heavy derrière to the gym at least once in 2019 that can only be an improvement, right?

> Learn how to cook. Don’t burn the kitchen in the process. Living off frozen lasagna is probably not #healthylife goals.

> Try to find a job in Japan that isn’t at a cat or maid café because #career and #adulting and stuff. Actually no, screw that. Find a job at a cat café or a maid café or scraping feet at an onsen or whatever. It can’t be worse than writing press releases about military appliances.

> I’m stressed AF all the time. My coworker who shares an office with me says just looking at me gives him anxiety. You need to chill, matsumoto. Look into some meditation sh*t or something.

> Stop being an office rat. Overtime isn't paid and sitting at my desk at 9pm on a Friday is not gonna get me any further than this. Also, make some more friends outside of work.

> Stay alive. I’m prone to freak accidents. Having my name on Wikipedia’s list of unusual deaths sounds pretty badass, but let’s save that for later.

> Believe in unicorns*

*This includes X Japan's new album.

ETA: fold more origamis!

Offtopic / What are your New Years resolutions?
« on: January 03, 2019, 01:21:20 PM »
Share them here and cross them off as you go! I'll post mine this afternoon, still deciding on whether or not I want to lose those 5 pounds.  8)

General chat / Re: Do you think the new album will come out in 2019?
« on: January 03, 2019, 01:18:10 PM »
I voted yes because my main resolution for 2019 was "believe in unicorns".  8)

General chat / Do you think the new album will come out in 2019?
« on: January 02, 2019, 03:45:44 PM »
And aditionally, do you think 2019 would be a good year to release it? (let's help Yoshiki on this one)

Bonus question: what strange things do you predict will happen in 2019?
E.g.1: Yoshiki stars in a movie with Gackt.
E.g. 2: Hyde composes a song with J of Luna Sea and calls it L'arc~en~ciel feat. J
E.g. 3: Sugizo becomes an underwear model

Albums/Singles / Re: X JAPAN New Album(When??)
« on: January 02, 2019, 03:35:00 PM »
Should have hit CTRL+S before your computer crashed, Yoshiki.

Community / Re: X-FREAKS からのメリークリスマス
« on: December 27, 2018, 03:55:48 AM »
Your wish shall be granted senpai!

Community / Re: X-FREAKS からのメリークリスマス
« on: December 26, 2018, 12:11:32 PM »
Yup, I still have it! I'm loading my spare suitcase with chocolate, so prepare for the sugar coma you two!  8)

Forum Games / Re: 5 Questions you would ask X Japan members.
« on: December 26, 2018, 09:40:57 AM »
Cool topic! Love Kasumi's questions, lots of interesting things I'd like to know about them! My version bellow.

Question for Heath:
Do you ever eat? If yes, can you prove it to me?

Question for Pata:
Jack Daniels is the worst whiskey ever. Fight me.

Question for Toshi:
What are the exact thoughts on your head when you go live on Instagram in a pink fuzzy sweater, a single crystal earring and a bunch of stuffed animals? Your. Exact. Thoughts. It's eugh... for a science paper.

Question for Sugizo:
Give me style tips, senpai.

Question for Yoshiki:
Tell me something interesting about yourself that doesn't include any of the following facts:
1. You started playing piano at age 4.
2. Hide is dead and you're sad.
3. You like cheesecake.


Question for Taiji:
You totally got the sack because you outglamed Yoshiki in at least 3 music videos, right?

Question for Hide?
If you were a psychedelic pink tapeworm how long would you be and what kind of parties would you throw in the bowels of your unsuspecting inncocent victims? Would you have made a film about it, had you lived?

Community / Re: X-FREAKS からのメリークリスマス
« on: December 26, 2018, 09:25:38 AM »
Merry Xmas from Japan, land of matcha KitKats, creepy arcade joints, sexy animated characters with bosoms the size of Yoshiki's ego and rockstar turn-baker tycoons!

Matsumoto Claus will be back in business in a few days and with three suitcases full of chocolate!!!!1!!!!!111 Claim your part and favourite flavours and send me your addresses by MP if you haven't already  8) (here because Discord barely works on the phone I rented).

A few sh*tposts about life in Japan, Japanese idiosyncrasy, the adventures of two gaijins trying to find an Halal Kebab joint at 3 am in the outskirts of Tokyo and ending up at the weirdest supermarket/sexshop ever, the j-music scene in Osaka and a live report from a huge band's end-of-year show will be up in the early weeks of 2019 so let's all grab popcorn for the worst, meanest, most awful jokes on the internetz!

Albums/Singles / Re: X JAPAN New Album(When??)
« on: November 25, 2018, 09:07:43 PM »
The "momentum" would be 2016. The release of "We are X" and the Wembley concert he was announcing for an year, which would be exactly THE concert to release the new album.

Agree. I cannot quite comprehend how they missed the boat back then. Perhaps the damn thing *really* wasn't ready or maybe there was stuff happening that our fan minds cannot even fanthom. Either way, it's a bloody shame. Unless they throw a stellar world tour in the coming years, I don't see how they'll be able to replicate the 2017 hype.

There is no more excuses for this delay. The band isn't active anymore, their last performances were far from their best, Toshi and Yoshiki are noticeably not in good terms.

Disagree. I thought their last performances were pretty good for dudes their age (hit me up when I'm 50, I doubt I'll be in the mood to throw a speed metal concert for 100 000 people). And as far as I know, there's no actual evidence that they're on bad terms, just that Toshi was mildly bummed about the Red Swan thing. After all this time, can they really get on each other's nerves? They probably know each other's antics far too bloddy well by now.  ;D

Albums/Singles / Re: X JAPAN New Album(When??)
« on: November 24, 2018, 05:53:14 PM »
1. He isnt on good terms with Toshi right now and is being coy about future X activities

2. He is waiting for the band to have more momentum (a USA tour or something)

3. He doesn't care


I think when Yoshiki says it's not the right time to release the album I think deep down that may mean that its not the right time for him to release the album, as in some ways I think it has become a crutch that keeps him going. I think he knows that this is going to be the last album and I don't think he is ready to let go of that just yet
There is also the possibility that he has the inside knowledge on the music scene and may know something we don't.

And this.

Methinks that waiting much longer to release it would be a big mistake, though. He wasted a few great opportunities to drop this album with all the va-va-voom it deserved: the first "world" tour circa 2011, post-Madison Square Garden in 2014, post-Wembley in 2017 and around the We Are X hype last year. Right now the band is not very active and have no major scheduled performances in Japan or in the West, so I agree that there's a lack of momentum. But don't sit on that album for another ten years, Yoshiki, I'm afraid there won't be many of us around by then.

Please tell me 'fucking Hyde' is a new action figure? It sounds like something I would be interested in!  ;D ;)

Can confirm, it's an action figure. Five inches tall, comes with a glitter and bodypaint kit so you can style it as you like. ;D

Other Bands / Re: Lovebites
« on: November 23, 2018, 11:30:22 AM »
The Love… who?

Picture the words heavy metal. What do you see? I see a bunch of dudes in panda facepaint howling and screeching in their Slayer t-shirts. Dudes, you read that right. Now think outside the box. Exit the panda makeup, enter flawless eyeliner and flat-iron curls on fleek. Exit the Slayer shirts reeking of second-hand booze and Clearasil, enter virginal white cocktail dresses showing off endless legs and sumptuous round bosoms. Exit the dudes, enter five jaw-droppingly gorgeous chicks (no, we’re not talking about X Japan).

Yeah bros, I predicted you’d snort around this part. Chicks in metal? Mother of god. Holy Moly. Can chicks even do metal? Japanese chicks? Japanese chicks styled like they’re about to hit the runway on an Issey Miyake spring/summer collection unveil show? Cool story bro. Unless they’re anime characters or Babymetal-grade puppets, they sure can’t… right?


I was introduced to the Lovebites by Morgan and nb around the time I also discovered Aldious, Band-Maid, Destrose and a few other Japanese girls-only metal bands. The first song of theirs that I listened to was Shadowmaker. A few hours later I was on CD Japan buying their debut album, Awakening From Abyss, a groundbreaking record that went on to score #18 on the Oricon chart in 2017. And then I was buying their EPs. And then I was buying tickets for their European tour. And then I was broke.

But hey, screw that. Screw that slice of paycheck that went straight to Victor Entertainment, it’s not everyday that you find a new band that sweeps you off your feet this quick. In our day and age where Rock’n’Roll is an old man that struggles to keep a timid remnant of independence in the same nursing home where New Wave, Punk Rock and Batcave are also aging tenants, finding a new metal band with a statement vibe is quite something. So it’s safe to say there’s not a lot in this world that could make me rush across the city on a Tuesday evening, in subzero temperatures, right during rush hour and after a ten-hour workday to go find refuge in a shoddy Parisian live house with overpriced beer that tastes like piss left to brew overnight in a mouldy barrel. This band better be worth it. And oh yes, they are.

Rock it, Midori!

On stage, the Lovebites are even more mind-blowing than on your headphones. As legitimate granddaughters of the Visual Kei movement of the early 1990s, Miho, Haruna, Miyako, Asami and Midori know the importance of looks, stage play and va-va-voom. The outfits are carefully coordinated and match the trademark image they claimed as theirs for their debut tour. Asami plays her MC role with grace and parsimony (you don’t want to demystify the myth, do you?). She has her set of carefully rehearsed English and French phrases and she is eager to please the front row with disarming smiles are frugal contact here and there. Miho, the bassist and band leader, uses every break between songs to chug down some more beer. Because she can, motherfucker. She’s a rock star. We’ve had enough of uptight rockers who bring their mugs of warm tea and throat medicine on stage. We’re the children of Slash, Patti Smith, Janis Joplin and Taiji Sawada, motherfuckers. We eat our breakfast cereal with Jack Daniels, motherfuckers (don’t, kids).

Still, crying victory for girls in metal at this point would be precocious. We still have a long way to go. This one’s for you, bunch of old mofos on the far left of the stage who spent the entire concert filming Midori’s glorious legs. Who are they? Japanese?, said one to his slightly buzzed white-collar pal. Dunno, but they’re hoooooot!, he growled back. Yes they are, sir. But they’re so much more than that. Had you bothered to drop the cam trying to get a pic under their skirts, you’d have noticed that Midori is a kickass guitarist and that Miho slaps the bass with her bare fingers. Badassery level 500+. And that Miyako does an even better job on keyboards than she does on guitar, and bro, were the stakes high. And you would have noticed little Haruna behind her drum set, banging those drums without complaining once about her neck and wrists (subliminal message for a certain drummer the X Freaks hold dear). Had to add this bit. It’s a Zeitgeist thing. Hashtag me too.

Their setlist included The Awakening, The Crusade, Don’t Bite The Dust, Break The Wall, Scream For Me, Shadowmaker, Above The Black Sea, Rising, The Hammer Of Wrath, Liar, Under The Red Sky and Edge Of The World + Bravehearted on the encore. Their second album, from Rising was taken, will be out on December 5. Eleven days to go and I’m crossing them off my calendar already. Because as Halestorm would put it, and you should repeat after me, love bites and so do I.

Suggestions / Re: Background
« on: November 20, 2018, 02:03:54 PM »
Hi there grezsy,

I'm one of the admins of the forum. We have recently updated the forum's layout to this default dark blue theme. You may change the layout you see from you account by going to Profile > Account Settings > Modify profile > Look and layout > Current theme.

This layout is Night Breeze. You change it to SMF Default Theme Curve, which is the light grey layout we had before, or the X Freaks theme, it works really well too  ;)

News / MOVED: Background
« on: November 20, 2018, 01:57:32 PM »

« on: November 04, 2018, 08:15:18 PM »
SORRY GUYS! I keep forgetting to update the topic. We are watching X live in Yokohama 2014 right now: https://www.rabb.it/matsumoto73391

Come join!

Other Bands / Re: Lovebites
« on: November 02, 2018, 04:53:19 PM »
I'm going to the Paris one! Super excited for this, those girls are badass 8)

Yoshiki / Re: Yoshiki channel Halloween special
« on: October 30, 2018, 11:09:12 AM »
So I got wind that he dressed up as a younger version of himself?  ;D

Hyde dressed up as the Cheshire Cat? Bless that dude.

Offtopic / Re: books
« on: October 29, 2018, 02:37:35 PM »
...and could probably quote all the article’s on psychology today! Ha!

High five, #metoo!

and one that Matsumoto may appreciate: A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke.

HOHAHAHA how did you know it? That was the funniest book ever written on France. I still quote it when I need to piss off the French (i.e. very often). Clarke wrote a whole series, I think, and I read them all. If you a slightly more premium version of Clarke's series, read Paris To The Moon by New Yorker journalist Adam Gopnik. Gopnik does an even better job at exposing French idiosyncracies, except he does it with a whole new level of finesse and literary elegance.

I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird but I have an old, old copy of the movie on VHS and believe it or not, I play it often to fall asleep.

This is one of the best films ever made, IMHO. It has these little moments that are just so simple and so trasient and so candid yet so genius, like that one fleeting moment where Atticus reaches out to close the door, revealing Boo Radley hiding behind it. The sequence lasts about two minutes, but I assure you those are some of the best two minutes in film history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRmIef02Ajk

Do you have to have an ereader or an iPad to read these kindle publications? Sorry I am really out of the loop with these things as I just didn't think I could hold my mind still enough to read online or on a device so I didn't try it.

You don't need a Kindle or an iPad, you can read e-books on any smartphone or tablet with the Amazon kindle app. But I agree with you and Kasumi, I can't read long formats on screen, I just lose focus.  ;)

Offtopic / Re: books
« on: October 26, 2018, 04:40:41 PM »
YEY, thanks Kasumi for reviving this topic!

I see that we have similar tastes in books. Tolstoy, Dumas, Huxley and Harper Lee and some of the best authors I ever read.

Interesting books I read this year (in honour of the third (?) feminist wave and all that jazz, this year I comitted to reading only books written by women):

- Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel > the kind of book you read when you're either depressed or in a lifelong love affair with Sigmund Freud, and lucky for me, I'm the latter.

- How to be a woman, by Caitlin Moran > would never have picked this one up if a friend didn't challenge me to. Those were seriously the funniest 300 pages I ever read.

- The Female Eunuch, by Germaine Greer > Germaine has a bad rap and I don't fully agree with some of her views, but this one's a classic.

- The Colour Purple, by Alice Walker > this one hits very close to home, especially when you've got a lot of African folks in the family, which is my case.

- I, Tituba, black witch of Salem, by Maryse Condé > SOMEONE GIVE THIS WOMAN A NOBEL PRIZE. Same as the above, dropped a lot of tears reading this one.

- The Vernon Subutex triology, by Virginie Despentes > this French author is still largely unknown abroad but trust me, this Despentes lady is Yoshiki, if Yoshiki was into punk literature. 10/10

« on: October 21, 2018, 07:15:42 PM »
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