D (band)

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D
Also known asNight of the Children
OriginKanagawa, Japan
GenresProgressive rock, gothic rock, hard rock, symphonic rock
Years active2003–present
LabelsY-Yard, God Child, Avex Trax/hpq, Gan-Shin (EU), Victor Entertainment (As of 2013)
Associated actsSyndrome, S to M
WebsiteD Official website
MembersAsagi
Ruiza
Hide-Zou
Tsunehito
Hiroki
Past membersSin
Lena
 
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D
Also known asNight of the Children
OriginKanagawa, Japan
GenresProgressive rock, gothic rock, hard rock, symphonic rock
Years active2003–present
LabelsY-Yard, God Child, Avex Trax/hpq, Gan-Shin (EU), Victor Entertainment (As of 2013)
Associated actsSyndrome, S to M
WebsiteD Official website
MembersAsagi
Ruiza
Hide-Zou
Tsunehito
Hiroki
Past membersSin
Lena

D is a Japanese visual kei rock band formed in 2003 by Asagi, Ruiza and Sin, after their previous band Syndrome disbanded.[1]

History[edit]

Indie (2003–2007)[edit]

In March 2003, D was formed with their initial lineup of vocalist Asagi, guitarist Ruiza, drummer Hiroki, guitarist Sin, and bassist Lena. They released their first EP, New Blood on July 18. Soon after its release, Ruiza was hospitalized for an unknown illness and Sin decided to leave the band. D went on a short pause of activities from that point, however Asagi and Hiroki continued to play concerts under the name "Night of the Children" with a support guitarist, Hide-Zou. Once Ruiza was released from the hospital on September 27, D officially resumed activities with Hide-Zou replacing Sin on guitar. Two months after their reunion, they recorded their first single "Alice" which given away for free at only one show in Tokyo that November. On Jan 7 of the following year, they released their second EP Paradox.

During 2004, D released another EP Yume Narishi Kuuchuu Teien, as well as a single entitled "Mayutsuki no Hitsugi", which was only for sale at three concerts in November, in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. They also released a remastered version of their first EP, with a previously unreleased track "Gareki no Hana". New Blood: Second Impact was released on December 8 of that year, quickly followed by their fourth single, "Mahiru no Koe: Synchronicity".

In 2005, Lena remained in the band long enough to release one more single and promotional video, "Yami Yori Kurai Doukoku no a Capella to Bara Yori Akai Jounetsu no Aria". On July 27, after finishing the recording of the forthcoming album, Lena left the band. They released their first full album The Name of the Rose on September 28 in two versions, each packaged with a DVD containing a different promotional video. D also launched their own publication called Mad Tea Party Magazine on August 7.

On December 5, 2005, Tsunehito joined as the new bassist. The band re-released their first full album The Name of the Rose, with re-recorded bass tracks by Tsunehito. The updated album contained three extra tracks: "Shiroi Yoru", "Tsukiyo no Renka", and "Mayutsuki no Hitsugi".[2] Keeping with the trend of remastering their old albums, in 2006 D re-released their EPs Paradox and Yume Narishi Kuchuu Teien. The latter came with two additional tracks that were previously unreleased. Their seventh single, "Taiyou wo Okuru Hi", was released in two types: a limited edition with the promotional video for the title track, and a regular edition with an instrumental version of the title track.[2] Two months later they released their second album, Tafel Anatomie on October 18.

In 2007, D launched an official fan club, Ultimate Lover, and released their first DVD of live concert footage, Tafel Anatomie: Tour 2006 Final on March 14. Soon after, the band announced in-store events and a three-date tour in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo on their website to support their "Dearest You" single to be released on April 25. In the summer, D had a dual single release campaign, with "Ouka Sakisomenikeri" released on July 18 and "Schwarzschild" on August 15. On November 7, they released their third full-length album Neo Culture: Beyond the World with an expanded version of their usual multiple-version marketing tactic; buyers could choose from two special editions each containing a DVD with different promotional video, and a regular edition with a thirty-six page booklet.

Major (2008–present)[edit]

D signed with the major record label Avex Trax in 2008. Their last indies tour was called "Follow Me", and a DVD of footage from the final concert was released later in July. Their first major single called "Birth" was released on May 7. Their second major single, "Yami no Kuni no Alice/Hamon", was released on September 3. The title track was used as the theme for the movie Twilight Syndrome: Dead-Go-Round, and the b-side track "Hamon" was used as the ending theme for the Nintendo DS game Twilight Syndrome. Their first major label-sponsored concert entitled "Birth: Sora e no Kaiki" was held on August 8, followed by their year's end "Alice in Dark Edge" tour.[2]

Their first activity of 2009 was the release of their third major single, "Snow White". Then on February 25, they released their first major full-length album titled Genetic World. In the months following, they released a special combination concert photo book and live album "D Tour 2008: Alice in Dark Edge Final", and a live DVD D Tour 2008: Alice in Dark Edge in March.[2]

D's tour for Genetic World kicked off in April 2009 and ended that May. In September, Asagi opened a website for his company Rosen Kranz (Japanese) (God Child Records). Soon they announced the revival of Mad Tea Party Magazine, and it was decided that the eleventh volume and eighth special edition photo book would be released on October 13. D's fourth major single "Tightrope" was released on September 23. A previously unreleased song "Day by Day" was soon announced to be the theme song for a dating simulation game for Japanese mobile phones called LoveφSummit, part of the Neo Romance series from KOEI, as well as the title track of a new single that was to be released on December 2.

The band's first single of 2010, "Kaze ga Mekuru Peji", was used as the opening theme for the television drama Shinsengumi Peacemaker, aired on TBS and MBS, and was scheduled for sale on March 10. Their second major album, titled 7th Rose in honor of their seven years of activity,[3] was released later that month. A compilation DVD containing footage from their short television program Bara no Yakata, and several promotional videos from their independent and major releases was also released on March 31.[2] Their single, "In the Name of Justice", was released on November 17, 2010. It featured two special editions, one carrying the song's PV, other packing "the making of" the title track, also including "Grand Master", and a regular edition featuring "Yoru no Me to Ginyushijin".

D covered Malice Mizer's song "Gekka no Yasoukyoku" for the compilation Crush! -90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Songs-. The album was released on January 26, 2011 and features current visual kei bands covering songs from bands that were important to the '90s visual kei movement.[4]

In the spring of 2011 D did its first overseas tour through Torpedo Productions, in May the group visited Europe and played with the tour name "VAMPIRE SAGA in Europe - 'Path of the Rose'". France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Russia, England and Finland (to name a few) were the lucky ones to have this first time event. In July through August the band traveled to South America and a Chile tour called "L'Oiseau bleu" same year.

On November 21st the same year the band released their new mini album "Huang Di -Yami ni Umareta Mukui", the release was limited and sold out quickly thanks to the group's expanding fanbase and popularity. On December 28th an article with the band was published on MJP.jp with a long interview with the singer Asagi, who discussed the evolution of the songs on the new album.

20 April 2012 was the first stop of D's second European tour. To promote their new single "Dying Message" and also to again feel the energy of their western fans. Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Italy, Austria, Russia and Finland was on the tour schedule. Last show was May 9th in Russia. After the tour the group released the single "Dying Message" on May 30, 2012. The band also released the single "Danzai no Gunner" on July 18. In the PV to "Danzai no Gunner", Asagi (vocal) used a gun for the first time to save Tsunehito (bass) from a mad doctor. From July to August the band did a promotion tour called "Danzai no Gunner". On October 18 the band released a documentary DVD about their visit in Europe "Dying message ~2012 Overseas Odyssey Tour Documentary & Off-Shot".

November 4 the band appeared on YouTube on the Online TV-show (visual kei)Viju Love Cafe, where they promoted their latest PV for "Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari". On November 14 the band released their latest EP Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari with songs including "Hikari no Niwa", "Canis Lupus" and "Like a Black Cat - Mujitsu No Tsumi". The musicians are still in their infant years, reaching out into the world and broadening the visual kei stage.

April 2013, around the celebration of their 10th anniversary, D released news about joining the major label "Victor Entertainment", and plans for the release of a game based on their Vampire Story, a new single, and a best album.

May 2013, the band started their 10th year anniversary tour. Between May 1st till 5th each band member had a show where their played their personal favorites from the band's many songs. The next 5 dates each had a show for each big record the band had released during their 10 years of performing. The band has expressed interest for a new tour in Europe.

July 2013, the band began touring Japan and visiting each of the members home towns in celebration of their major label signing with a new visual for "Rosenstrauss", focusing the theme of the tour on the character "Rosalie" of their Vampire Story.

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

EPs[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

DVDs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Visunavi Profile Retrieved September 8, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e D Official Web Site Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  3. ^ 7th Rose promotional page at Rosen Kranz Retrieved June 10, 2007.
  4. ^ "'90s Visual Kei Cover Album". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j www.oricon.co.jp D Oricon Weekly Singles Ranking Retrieved February 20, 2011
  6. ^ a b c d e f g www.oricon.co.jp D Oricon Weekly Albums Ranking Retrieved February 20, 2011

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