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Visual Unite: Your source for visual kei!

Airu Hino (founder and creator of Visual Unite) is on a mission! Not only to bring you the best interviews with visual kei bands from Japan but also to explore new and emerging talents on a worldwide scale! Visual kei is not new on the scene, in fact this dates back to the 1980’s. Pioneered by bands such as X Japan, the term visual kei is believed to come from one of X Japan’s slogans, “Psychedelic Violence Crime of Visual Shock”. Examples of modern bands would include: The Gazette & Dir en Grey. Airu’s website features all the latest news...

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Accessing music from your favourite Japanese artists.

Ok, let’s say you’ve just got back from Hyper Japan and you’ve now fallen in love with a band or artist and you’ve got no idea where to find their music online. After the panic sets in, you immediately turn to Google. You locate the bands website (with a little help from Google Translate) but the postage costs and the 2-3 week shipping may dampen your spirits. Where do you turn to next? Well, hopefully we can help! Below is our current list (to which we’ll be adding to if we find any other sources) of the best ways to locate...

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EP REVIEW: Taffy ‘Darkle’

It might seem that Taffy have been out of the limelight for a while but their last release (Plus +++) was only released in June 2014. There’s something magical in Taffy’s formula. It’s their fresh take on the Britpop sound with Iris’s dreamy vocals and crunchy, distorted guitars that make your feet tap and ever curious to see what this foursome will create next. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long. ‘Darkle‘ will please the ears of current fans and newcomers alike. They have carried on with their Britpop-esque tones with a matured sound. Opener ‘Suicidal Bunny’ (also featured...

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