InObscuria Podcast

Ep. 13: Shock & Awe - Japanese Visual Kei

Episode Summary

In Ep. 13 Kevin & Robert return to the land of the rising sun to dig further into the uniquely Japanese genre of Visual Kei. A movement that was a Japanese interpretation of all-things rock n’ punk n’ metal n’ beyond that started the late 1980s with bands like X Japan. The genre has splintered into several sub-genres over the last 40-years while the appeal and reach of the music is an international phenomenon. While we’ve briefly discussed and played some of this music in the past, this time we go all in!

Episode Notes

This episode again tests Robert’s endurance as he listens to music outside of his wheelhouse. We do apologize in advance to Japanese and Japanese-speaking people for all mispronunciations and extreme naivete of Japanese culture and history! This is completely a Westerner’s take on Visual Kei and J-rock culture. Make sure you have YouTube or Google Images available as you listen, so that you can get the full effect of this very visual genre!

Our hope is that we turn you on to something new!

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Songs this week include:

  1. X Japan – “Silent Jealousy” from Jealousy (1991)
  2. Luna Sea – “Mechanical Dance” from Image (1992)
  3. Dir En Grey – “Drain Away” from Vulgar (2003)
  4. Inugami Circus-Dan – “Hone” from Setakumui (2010)
  5. MUCC – “Saru” from Hoyoku (2005)
  6. Merry – “Saihate No Parade” from M.E.R.R.Y. (2007)
  7. The GazettE – “July 8” from Disorder (2004)
  8. LM.C – “Space Wannabiez” from Wonderful Wonderholic (2010)
  9. Lynch. – “Guillotine” from Gallows (2014)
  10. Versailles – “Rhapsody Of The Darkness” from Versailles (2012)

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