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General chat / Re: RIP X JAPAN
« on: January 16, 2019, 03:28:46 PM »
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.

It's a good job you're not a Queen fan.

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Toshi / Re: Toshl's first cover album 'IM A SINGER' (2018.11.28)
« on: December 06, 2018, 11:57:14 AM »
This album is a bit of a bargain bin, at HMV Japan (which still exists apparently in Asia, who knew?!) release. The material needs a bloody good re-arrangement by a decent producer; not expecting George Martin level, but its a bit "The Greatest Hits of Saccharine". Not saying it is strictly 'Muzak', but its definitely something I'll be listening to in the background when I purchase my next caramel shortcake at a Japanese coffee-shop, the performance at the shopping mall is an ironic precursor as I imagine shopping malls are where it will get most of its playtime.

I can't speak for the majorities who still remain here after all these years, but lets face it; if this didn't have Toshl stamped on the album cover, would we really be listening or considering this album? And the original I Love You is actually better than the Toshi version. Now if it had been a reinvention of the classics, made a little more complex and intriguing, it might be worth the expenditure, but I presume that is not the point of the album.

But this is just my tastes. :) Voice is good though, if we have to resort to technical appraisal.

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The Concerts / Re: London Concert 2017, anyone?
« on: March 07, 2017, 12:23:34 PM »
The concert was absolutely fantastic. There was this really annoying Japanese girl behind us who just kept screaming 'X' for the entire duration of the intermissions, with metronomic-like rhythm. But. because she couldn't pronounce it correctly, it just sounded like she was a big fan of eggs, and disappointed that none were sold at the venue.

As for the comments on people who were 'quiet'. I think it is totally appropriate for people to enjoy a concert in their own way. Not everyone is a raging extravert who has to let other people know they're having an amazing time.

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Community / Re: X JAPAN, NORTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM MEETUP
« on: May 09, 2015, 09:50:26 PM »
Am I too late to restart this nw meetup idea? Ha!

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Offtopic / So, is this forum dead now or something?
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:38:20 PM »
It seems to have died! =\

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Toshi / Re: ToshI featuring Yoshiki
« on: July 06, 2011, 08:00:05 AM »
Did they ever release the dvd?

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Other Bands / Re: Muse's new Album
« on: September 10, 2009, 08:03:16 PM »
seems like if nobody had ever listented to muse here... what makes muse such a wonderful band is their passion to always try new things, new sounds; guitar, orchestra, electronic, etc. and not getting stuck in the same sound like lot of bands do, they want something different in every album and now they even tried rnb with undisclosed desires or a whole symphony which, imo, makes the resistance a really good album

really, the resistance is a kick-ass album from start to finish, they wanted to experience with new sounds as they have always done and they have 'experienced' perfectly, if other people like other sounds they can listen to origin of symmetry as many times they want or even play unnatural selection which reminds me of oos

Even I Belong To You/Mon Coeur S'ouvre A Toi? :P Sorry, I respect your opinion but that song was like ear-rape. :P

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Other Bands / Re: Muse's new Album
« on: September 10, 2009, 07:33:43 PM »
Muse are getting more and more lame as time goes by. They're too busy trying to 'spread the message' of paranoia in their music. Matt is too up his arse about conspiracy theories and ufology these days and a lot of his songs come across as a semi-parody of certain musical genres. They're music sometimes sounds "over-melodramatic" if that is at all possible. The random placement of Romantic-era inspired Piano flourishes are coming across as a bit borderline. Their fanbase is an even greater story...

They peaked at Origin of Symmetry and sloped rapidly after releasing Blackholes and Revelations. I understand the need to be different and expand their musical horizons as it were. Although i'm a bit stumped on what market they are really heading for with the new album. The whole thing sounds like an experiment but the juxtaposition of each track are so unevenly matched that it makes the whole thing sound a bit of a mess to be honest. It's a bit beta; functional and capable of being used reasonably, but not fully tested for bugs and seems to be missing key features.

If you think Muse is 'over-melodramatic' then I dread to think what you regard X Japan as being :p

Just sayin'

But yeah, my opinion is that they peaked with Absolution, as it was there which they found their "sound" - Origin of Symmetry being a transitional album when they were still looking for it, Showbiz being the sound which earned them the title "Radiohead rip offs" even by Thom Yorke himself. Blackholes and Revelations was okay, but is nowhere near as good as Absolution. The Resistance is probably their worst album in my estimations. It lacks cohesion and borders between the sublime and the awful.

I was referring to the music than the stage performance really. :)

X Japan have the melodrama in a theatrical sense at their concerts, and lets not forget that a lot of this is contributed to common cultural influences in Far East Asia. Yoshiki is masterful at lyricism and composition though. His songs are heartfelt and he's one of the best ballad lyricists going today. They don't bask half as much into pretension, and they don't have an idiot fan base labelling them as "Space Rock / Space Opera" and other nonsense. It's the result of a post-Jeff Buckley movement I guess where music had to be 'more' than simply bringing enjoyment and occasionally beauty to the listener.

Matt seems to go out of his way to make the songs as awkward to understand as possible. It's not like you could ever work out what he was singing for the majority of their early releases anyway. His phonetics left a lot to be desired :P There is no denying Matt Bellamy's musicianship; he has more talent than the average generic pop/rock band does in today's industry for sure. There is an occasional air of superiority from their fan base simply because he incorporates Rachmaninov-esque interludes into his music.

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Other Bands / Re: Muse's new Album
« on: September 10, 2009, 12:54:24 AM »
Muse are getting more and more lame as time goes by. They're too busy trying to 'spread the message' of paranoia in their music. Matt is too up his arse about conspiracy theories and ufology these days and a lot of his songs come across as a semi-parody of certain musical genres. They're music sometimes sounds "over-melodramatic" if that is at all possible. The random placement of Romantic-era inspired Piano flourishes are coming across as a bit borderline. Their fanbase is an even greater story...

They peaked at Origin of Symmetry and sloped rapidly after releasing Blackholes and Revelations. I understand the need to be different and expand their musical horizons as it were. Although i'm a bit stumped on what market they are really heading for with the new album. The whole thing sounds like an experiment but the juxtaposition of each track are so unevenly matched that it makes the whole thing sound a bit of a mess to be honest. It's a bit beta; functional and capable of being used reasonably, but not fully tested for bugs and seems to be missing key features.

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Covers / Lee Hyuk of Norazo covers "Endless Rain"
« on: September 10, 2009, 12:32:33 AM »
Lee Hyuk pictured on the left with Jobin.

Just thought i'd share a little love from the Korea.

Lee Hyuk gives a fantastic tribute to Toshi's vocals. ^_^ This is sound only unfortunately. Lee Hyuk is renowned for singing songs that are placed in a very high register; he covers Steelheart's 'She's Gone' for example no problem whatsoever.

Lee Hyuk (Norazo) - Endless Rain
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E84SyEtBBDk[/youtube]

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Offtopic / Re: Your avatar...
« on: July 11, 2009, 12:46:43 AM »
Because Kim Kyung Ho is vocally orgasmic! xD

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X JAPAN World Tour / Re: X Japan in Paris - 10th October?
« on: July 11, 2009, 12:18:39 AM »
X love their awkward climates don't they? Play Asia at the hottest and humid part of the year, and play Europe when you're absolutely freezing.

Now I wonder if they plan to do an open air live in Rusia for Xmas xD

With the amount of pretentious melodramic crap that somehow wriggles out of Yoshiki's mouth occasionally, it wouldn't be much of a surprise. Seriously, there is only so many times I can watch Yoshiki pretend to 'die' on the drums. Make concerts theatrical, but does everything have to be acted out like a Korean TV Drama? Hopefully we won't be treated to another load of BS about management disorganisation, etc. I hope Europe finally gets an X Japan performance, it's just ashame that the whole tour has been full of disapointment, empty promises, and "recorded" lead guitar. hide will always be part of the band, it's history, it's formation and composition, but the idea of a live performance is that the music is actually live and not a rehash of years gone by.

Hopefully now that Sugizo is an actual member of the band, We may actually get to hear some dynamics in the guitar. However now that postponements are being handed out like free school book tokens, it wouldn't surprise me if it gets held back. I'll only be half satisfied when the tickets actually go on sale.

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X JAPAN World Tour / Re: X Japan in Paris - 10th October?
« on: July 10, 2009, 08:42:23 PM »
X love their awkward climates don't they? Play Asia at the hottest and humid part of the year, and play Europe when you're absolutely freezing. I'll never forget how cold it was in Paris, November last year. October might be a little better, but they've scheduled it whilst i'm in Hong Kong, so sowwie X, not going to make the trip this year!

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Merchandise / Re: X Visual Shock DVD Box Set
« on: March 11, 2009, 01:49:18 AM »
Does the complete II contain their early days for example rose and blood tour or any footage withof them with taiji as bassist? I want to get a collection which show their early days more. I am okie with heath playing but for my own personal preference, I prefer the era when taiji is bassist for X Japan.No offence to Heath fans^_^. I am not trying to compare the 2 bassists. We are all X Japan fans^_^.MC, since you have all the X Japan box sets , mind telling me which is the best for me? Thanks.

If you want to see Taiji, i'd go with the Visual Shock boxset. It's the only currently released set that has "proper" footage of Taiji on bass. However for what the Visual Shock DVD's actually are...they are grossly overpriced. It really should be a similar price to the X Japan Returns DVD Boxset. What I would recommend that if you 'aren't' too fussed on appearences, then just purchase the VS DVD's separately. The only ones really worth their value is Vol.1 and Vol.4. The others are pathetic excuses for the price.

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TV / Movies / Anime / Re: Asian Movies
« on: March 11, 2009, 01:33:16 AM »
among his movies Brother is the one I think is underrated the most, don't know why but imho it didn't get the attention it deserved cause it's a really good movie, story and actor wise

I think the reasons were that critics had been looking for another Hana-Bi, and it simply wasn't. However I very much doubt that Takeshi was aiming for that. I can't say myself that Brother was a bad film, because it simply wasn't; it was by far his weakest film though in my opinion. That is only though if you draw comparison to his past directoral achievements. On it's own merit, it decent enough to be a standalone gangster film without the Takeshi-Tag. It's drawback however is it's not abstract enough to appeal to the average art film consumer like most of Kitano's fans tend to expect. He came back to that audience with avengence though in "Takeshis" lol.

Going back to Cantonese films, I'd recommend Chow Yun Fat in "An Autumn Tale". One of them lovely sweet romances that standout in the thousands of 80's Hong Kong films. Chow's ability to make any of his characters so likeable definately backs up why he is one of the most popular actors in Asia.

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TV / Movies / Anime / Re: Asian Movies
« on: January 25, 2009, 01:22:23 AM »
Stephen Chow is great, although I only knew his newer movies, but really have to check out his old stuff.

Here the trailer for Goemon, the new movie of Kazuaki Kiriya (directed Casshern), enjoy ;-)

Alot of Stephen Chow's earlier films are very good, but unless you have a fluent command of Cantonese, alot of the humour will be lost on you; there is alot of wordplay. Relying completely on the slapstick element's of mo lei tau, can sometimes be a bit of a drain.

The best film's pre-shaolin soccer that are probably still funny to a non-speaker are; King of Comedy, Forbidden City Cop, and King of Beggars.

The Chinese Odyssey franchise is very good, but the translation is so horrendously butchered in English, it makes people think "where is the critical acclaim in this bunch of rubbish?".

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TV / Movies / Anime / Re: Dragonball: The Movie
« on: December 18, 2008, 10:21:24 PM »
No not uh? CHOW YUN-FAT as ROSHI!? LMFAO - that's a bad joke, isn't it? x'D

I think people forget how good Chow Yun-Fat actually is in comedic roles.

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General chat / Re: sankei hints possible disbandment
« on: November 01, 2008, 10:27:05 AM »
I've been very grateful that X has come back for one final stab and give new and long term fans something to look forward to. I don't think they 'have' to go on for much longer though because I don't know if they have all that much more to offer musicially whilst being together as "X Japan".

If X Japan brought out a new song then great, but i'm more interested in hearing the group do their solo thing. Toshi's Earth in the Dark could easily rival one of X Japan's soft ballad tracks. With the exception of Tears, to which nothing will ever come close.

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Thanks for the info, now it makes sense. But yes, that "pre-ordering" service troubles me as well :/

EDIT: By the way, am I totally blind or ticketnet removed X concert from their website? It's still on Bercy's site but on ticketnet I can't see it anywhere...

Yeah I noticed that this morning earlier. It could be that they're not selling them.

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Can anyone make sense out of the seating plan on FNAC?

I wouldn't be surprised if that isn't official yet. That would mean that 'everyone' would be about a mile away from the stage lol. Also I didn't think websites still used commodore computers to make web graphics! Cool ^_^

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X JAPAN concert will take place in Paris, Bercy on 22nd November 2008 at 7.30pm.

The tickets sale will start on 10th November at 12pm. You'll be able to buy the tickets on Avosbillets.com or on Fnac.com! Tickenet has not updated their website yet.

Standing tickets cost 45.50€ (5.689Y).
Seating tickets cost 56.50€ (7,064Y).

The tickets are NOT numbered.

Also from my understanding, they're introducing some sort of pre-ordering service? Which to me seems a bit unfair bu my french isn't good lol.
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Venez vous inscrire jusqu'au Jeudi 6 Novembre 14h pour obtenir votre code prioritaire pour la vente du 10 Novembre

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Just checked the site...and can anyone please translate it?

From what I can make out, there isn't much to translate at the moment. Prices are suggested at 45.50 € to 56.50 €

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Kim, there are people who have been robbed of thousands of dollars because of this fiasco.

This isn't just about being patient and staying positive.

Well forgive me for being harsh, but since the concert has been deemed to happen, they I would say nobody has been robbed of anything. And if you're referring to people who have only now just decided to book their tickets for France, etc...then I apologize but it was their decision to book flights even if they may have been lucacrisly high prices.

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Offtopic / Re: What makes you proud of your country?
« on: October 31, 2008, 11:09:19 PM »
Shakespeare! Who was probably Sir Francis Bacon; lol.

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I'm still not quite getting the whole "I don't have the same love for X" since this little concert fiasco. Yeah it was annoying as hell and unfortuantely people may or may not have been shafted in terms of expenditure, but I'm not quite understanding why people try to think up the reason that they don't like the band as much, etc.

By all accounts, this concert shouldn't even be happening. X ended back in 1997 and I would imagine that a virtually unknown act amongst the masses in a foriegn country with a whole continent that doesn't understand a word of Japanese would be slightly harder to plan than a concert in their native country. True it has been a little excessive and the information we have been given has been shockingly bad; however we don't know the full details on why.

Having said that...bad planning or whatever, they were and still are a band that makes great music and at the end of the day that's what we like about X Japan. People moan excessively like X is a close personal friend to them, and they've just found them in bed with their girlfriend, sister and mother all at the same time.

Try not to have a low opinion of them as a whole because of these slip ups. Maybe i'm just not wired up the same and I only have to hear the music to be happy. With X probably more so because lets face it, you'd think the whole concert had been pre-recorded and put through post-production since it always feels so scripted. Toshi is the only one who seem geniune at concerts...maybe because of Yoshiki's feeble attempts at trying to look like he can't walk another step after his drum solo.

Regardless of the number of attendants, the concert is still going to be rocking. Personally speaking I wouldn't need thousands of people in a concert hall because my musical taste is my own personl thin and i'm not gong to a concert to 'meet' people, so I don't care if 15,000 turn up, or only 15. I wouldn't have to put up with the annoying people who sing along toneless then! xD But that's just me! Each to his own! ^_^

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Right now, the best option is delaying the concert again to coincide it with the UK show.

What UK show? lol.

The rumoured one which is also rumoured to have been cancelled because it got revealed early. Yeah I don't believe that rumour all that much. I doubt there ever was a UK show more like a discussion about one which ended up in a big no. It would be cool if there was a UK show along with the Paris one though. I'm 95% sure the concert will be postponed again now. I just hope it gets changed to April then I'll be able to afford it. I'll cry if it's in May or June though since my final exams will prevent me from being able to go. All in all trying to see X so far has cost me around £500ish counting the July mess up lol

As crazy as it sounds. The UK just isn't international enough to be able to get a huge following of foreign acts. Because of English being so progressive as a language throughout the world, alot of the country is arrogant and quite xenophobic beliving that they shouldn't have to bend for anyone; the rest of the world should bend around them. Our lack of an official second language has made us less appriciative of international artists. X Japan would sell far less in the UK today than in Paris. Maybe 20 years ago they would have stood more of a chance.

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Right now, the best option is delaying the concert again to coincide it with the UK show.

What UK show? lol.

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Someone I know on another forum ordered tickets for the gig from http://www.seatwave.com/x-japan-tickets/bercy-arena-paris-tickets/22-november-2008/perf/154851

Anyone else tried these guys???

It's not exactly a 'con' but you'd be getting ripped off something awful. All this considering that they have as much chance of getting the tickets as the general public do. Providing you're monitoring the ticket situation and you are on the website as soon as they are released for sale, there is no reason that you won't get the position you want to stand/sit in.

They're just ticket touts only the online version and subsequently far less reliable of you actually getting something in return for your money. For example...would you buy a dvd off a website which get's it's stock from amazon.co.uk but doubles the retail price? Or would you go and buy it straight off amazon? Same thing! The only difference is seatwave is claiming it has tickets...which it clearly doesn't.


I don't think getting your tickets in "seatwave" packaging justifies the extra £100+ ticket pricing to be honest.

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Albums/Singles / Re: X's worst song
« on: October 11, 2008, 08:05:32 PM »
Desperate Angel. I don't mind the song, but it sounds like it was ripped out of 'somebody elses' album.

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X JAPAN World Tour / Re: Cheap Hotels near Bercy?
« on: October 05, 2008, 05:29:00 PM »
I booked my dates as soon as the concert date was released so I don't know how helpful i'll be at this stage of the game. We have a place booked at the Kyriad, Bercy. It's literately a 5 minute walk away from the Omnisport. It's important to get your lodgings as close as you possibly can. Because depending on the time that the concert finishes, you don't know whether the metro will be running or not.

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