Legend of Sanctuary, became a Violet UK song, then was debuted as an X Japan version in a "surprise video shoot" in Japan, became a part of X Japan's concert setlist at Yokohama Violet UK version is officially released on the film soundtrack. X Japan version still does not have a complete studio version released. Related Bands A full list of the bands signed by Yoshiki and hide during the days of Extasy Records as an indies label can be found at Extasy Records.
It used to be listed in this article, but due to the creation of that article and the formatting issues it presents here as a floatbox, it's been moved. Useful Notes relevant to XJapan: The Extasy Records studio, which can be and has been used for many artists, but is specifically customized for X Japan, Violet UK , and Yoshiki's solo works. Yoshiki's acrylic "crystal" drum kit and piano, and his drum configuration.
Sugizo has a few guitars and one violin that are this, as well. Yoshiki himself has said in many interviews that one reason XJapan accomplished so much was that they didn't know or care about the rules about how metal musicians were "supposed" to behave or perform, about "proper" ways to promote, about how to be successful in the Japanese entertainment industry, or even how to create the genre they created, and almost all of the band was drunk all the time.
And yet they along with four or five other bands created Visual Kei , gave it its name themselves, and accomplished quite a lot of other feats once deemed impossible for metal or indies label acts in Japan. It would not end well for him.
It's also widely rumored that Taiji's becoming so was one part of the decision to kick him from the band in Pata had slowly been becoming this as a result of alcoholism, though due to his health problems, he has gone into recovery and seems to be doing much better as of Advertising Disguised as News: For a while at the beginning in Japan they used variants: They tried it again in with Yoshiki making a few US TV appearances around the Lollapalooza tour then over his charity efforts for the Tohoku quake but, due to the increased presence of PR and staging that made it look even more fake, it only appealed to fans.
The theme of the anime Rusty Nail PV. Yoshiki's character is Crystal Dragon Jesus and the only one who can get hide's character out of his Meat Puppet status and end the invasion, drawn back to the destroyed earth by Toshi's character's prayer for help A Lady on Each Arm: Taiji in the Celebration PV..
To list all of the times something related to this has affected the band would likely take up an entire page for itself. All Drummers Are Animals: In the Jade music video, Yoshiki becomes a werewolf. At least used by Yoshiki obvious, his being the drummer Annoying Arrows: Played straight and then averted in what exists of the Kurenai PV footage the pachinko clips - in one of its alternate endings, Yoshiki catches a flaming arrow in his hand saving the princess from it.
In another, he takes an arrow through the shoulder - which causes him to collapse and die inside the burning castle. It's possible that this is referred to in the lyrics of Orgasm, along with, obviously, it and the song being an aversion of the trope.
For the official record, in a Tokyo Journal interview and a interview, Yoshiki claims none of the band members ever did any kind of drugs beyond alcohol and tobacco. In light of other evidence including actual medical evidence for hide in the coroner's report though, this is either Blatant Lies to protect everyone including himself from Japan's strict drug laws or to present a more socially responsible image, the result of his having incredibly Failed a Spot Check in regard to both hide and Taiji, or some combination of both.
The live concert intro, delivered in Toshi's best Metal Scream: Kurenai, at least during the last live. In the and lives, it was "Tears" and "X. In , almost every other song. Their style, pretty much all along, has been fusing genres of metal, rock, and neo-classical music that purists would say have absolute zero place with each other.
It's Crazy Enough to Work. A recurring theme possibly due to Author Appeal - Yoshiki, hide, Taiji, and Toshi all suffered from mental illness to varying degrees in X Japan 's lyrics. Averted for Pata and Taiji offstage - becoming fathers did not cure their alcohol problems or violent tendencies, and each's marriage ended in divorce as a result of their being alcoholics and engaging in Domestic Abuse. Played straight with Sugizo, for whom the birth of his first child made him seek to better himself as a person, even if he and the wife with whom he had his child eventually divorced.
Subverted in the version of the Rusty Nail PV. Toshi looks like he's going to be the Badass Driver , until his self-driving car hits LA traffic in the future, some things never change, after all Taiji WAS this trope, combining biker and cowboy style.
In a more meta sense, Yoshiki and Toshi were also ex-bosozoku, though Yoshiki and Taiji were the only ones who actually knew how to ride a motorcycle from that era. Pata, especially as the years went on. He became and is the least visual and extravagant member of the band, but is also the most skilled of its guitarists. The band was notorious for getting involved in tons of these in the early days, to the extent that their reputation as violent drunks still haunts them to this day and makes some people still find them repugnant and that at the time it got them or Yoshiki or Visual Kei artists entirely banned from many Japanese bars.
The anime avatars of the band members in both the original Rusty Nail and in the pachinko-game tie-in videos, all except for Pata. Both Taiji and hide did it onstage in the early days of the band. There is in fact some concert footage of Taiji and hide actually both doing it at the same time in a classic Alcohol-Induced Idiocy stunt to create an "X" with the flames. Yoshiki, although bound and blindfolded, not gagged, in White Poem PV and live.
Arguably three if you count Voiceless Screaming, some fans think it foreshadowed Taiji Sawada 's later downward spiral. Careful with That Axe: Toshi in live performance, though not on studio albums for the most part. In some intros to "Sadistic Desire," hide on backing vocals. Cast Full of Pretty Boys: The band until roughly , when Pata dropped Visual Kei as a style.
The cover art of Vanishing Vision. It depicts photoshopped rape imagery and is pretty much irrelevant to the actual album contents only the songs "Vanishing Love" and "Sadistic Desire" could even be argued to be related to it. Whether "Vanishing Love" does is arguable because the "rape you" chorus could be due to "Blind Idiot" Translation and also translate as "make a pass at you," which is obviously not the same thing as rape, and Sadistic Desire isn't the title track, so the cover still makes little sense.
These have made a few appearances in PV: Courtesy of Taiji Sawada , you have the old-style Honda e. The real car actually belongs to Yoshiki, though it is obviously not self-driving.