Yoshiki Donates $94,000 To the Victims of the Kyoto Animation Fire

Legendary X-Japan leader and solo artist Yoshiki had donated 10 million yen (approx. $94,000 USD) in support of the victims and survivors of the Kyoto Animation fire. The fire decimated the studio on July 18. Heartbroken by the news of the fire, Yoshiki made the donation to the dedicated support fund established by Kyoto Animation through his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America. The incident affected Yoshiki deeply due to his personal and professional connection to anime which has lasted for over two decades, and he was moved to take action as soon as possible. Continue reading

HYDE – Anti

One of the best things about reviewing music, in my opinion, is having a music-savvy senior editor that encourages me to review music that is not in my wheelhouse. I have realized that if I was left to my own devices, I would likely stay in my little Heavy Metal utopia, reviewing only what I picked. I received the promo email from my editor about doing a review of Japanese act HYDE. Full disclosure, the only musical act I was familiar with from Japan was Babymetal. So, when I got the promo of HYDE’s new album, Anti, (UMG), I felt a tiny twinge of trepidation. After all, what do I know about Japanese music? Absolutely nada. How was I going to do a fair an accurate review of this music was my query. As soon as the first track off of Anti, started playing, all my fears of doing an inadequate review dissipated. The music that came pouring into my earbuds was the kind of music that bridges all humanity. HYDE’s music possesses a universal sound that almost any person can enjoy or relate to. On a personal note, I broke out in goosebumps from about 5 seconds into listening to the album, an involuntary reaction my body reserves for only the best soul touching music. Continue reading

Yoshiki Teams With The H Collective On xXx 4 Film, Starring Vin Diesel

Celebrated composer and musician Yoshiki (X Japan)will compose music for the soundtrack to the next installment of the xXx movie franchise, xXx 4, contributing the films’ main theme song. xXx 4 is in pre-production with casting currently underway, and principal photography set to commence this year. In addition, The H Collective has invested in its first animated feature, Spycies, an action spy comedy produced by Chinese entertainment giant iQiyi. Yoshiki will be working on the theme song and music for the feature which has been animated in France by Lux Populi Production. Spycies will be released in theatres across China on August 8th, 2019. Continue reading

X Japan Shares Trailer For Their “No Audience” Concert

This fall X Japan was to play three sold-out nights in their homeland. Sadly, the third night was abruptly canceled due to the impending weather effects of Typhoon Trami. With concern for the safety of fans as their top priority, X Japan performed an unprecedented large-scale “closed-door concert” with complete stage effects and crew which was broadcast to an audience of over 1 million viewers. The No Audience concert is now being released and you can watch the teaser trailer, shared by Yoshiki on his YouTube channel right now and order it below!

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Yoshiki Shares Performance Video Featuring Sarah Brightman of “Miracle”

Yoshiki has shared a new performance video of his track ‘Miracle’, featuring legendary singer Sarah Brightman. As previously reported the two performed together at the sold-out “Yoshiki Classical” concerts in Japan recently, and the two will appear in just a few exclusive shows together in America in 2019. This track is phenomenal, as two of music’s true greats come together to make something really special for the fans. Continue reading