Girugamesh

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Girugämesh
Girugamesh 2007.jpg
Girugämesh performing in 2007
Background information
Also known as Girugämesh
Origin Chiba, Japan
Genres Nu metal, alternative rock/metal, industrial rock/metal, metalcore
Years active 2004–present
Labels Danger Crue
Gan-Shin (EU)
Website girugamesh.jp
Members Satoshi
Nii
Shū
Ryo
Past members Cyrien
Hotaru

Girugamesh (ギルガメッシュ Girugamesshu?) is a Japanese visual kei metal band, formed in 2003.[1] The name is sometimes stylized with a metal umlaut as girugämesh[2] and is derived from the Final Fantasy character.[3]

History[edit]

2003–2006: Formation[edit]

Formed in 2003 in Chiba, Shuu and Nii had been friends since elementary school,[4] the earliest incarnation of the band made its first performance while the members were still in high school.[5] Girugamesh began playing gigs with their current lineup in 2004,[4] until they were signed to record label Gaina-Japan. Their first single, "Kaisen Sengen" was ranked #10 on the Oricon Indies chart.[3] In 2005, Girugamesh embarked on a nation-wide tour, after which they released their first live DVD, featuring footage from the tour, and after more touring, released an EP, Goku -Shohankei Enban-.

In 2007, Girugamesh was signed to the European label Gan-Shin. The band then was part of a 9-band Japanese rock festival in Los Angeles, California called "J-Rock Revolution". They were part of the second night alongside Merry, D'espairsRay, and Mucc.[6] Around the time of J-Rock Revolution, some of the performing bands released material on the iTunes Store, including Girugamesh. On this, Ryo has commented that "if you really like the band after the initial listen, you will buy the original CD."[7]

2007–present: Girugamesh and international success[edit]

In the summer of 2007, Girugamesh released an EP entitled Reason of Crying, and in December released their eponymous album, Girugamesh.

Main article: Girugamesh touring

In 2008, in support of Girugamesh, the band toured in both Japan[8][9] and Europe,[10] under the tour title "Stupid Tour '08". The Japanese leg had Girugamesh performing throughout Japan,[8] and later in January, the band toured Europe for the first time, visiting Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Finland.[10] Following their European tour, Girugamesh continued the "Stupid Tour '08 in Japan".[8] In March, Girugamesh returned to touring visiting venues all over Japan including Okinawa.[9]

Following a performance at Wacken Open Air,[11] a support tour for Girugamesh will occur, entitled "Shining Tour '08".[12] The first performances will endure through July, visiting Osaka and Nagoya, with one finale performance in August at the Liquidroom in Tokyo.[12] Concerts in July will feature second acts, including Gelugugu, Tr. Dan, Sel'm, Dogma, and Deathgaze, while the tour finale show will be a one-man performance, with only Girugamesh.[12]

In July 2008, an English version of their website was activated; shortly after this, the band announced they would release their debut American album, with Girugamesh being sold exclusively through Hot Topic stores.

The band's third full-length album, titled Music, was released on November 5, 2008. After a lengthy Japan tour throughout the first quarter of 2009, the band made its second appearance in the United States, showcased at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington. Not long after the end of "Crazy Tour 2009" they released the live DVD "Crazy Crazy Crazy" on June 3. Another release was announced to be out on July 10 but this time it was a single named "Alive" which they had been playing for the audiences during the end of their "Crazy Tour". Just a month later on August 5 the single "Border" came out along with "Crying Rain" on October 7. On December 16 they released the fourth album with the name Now and this will be the name of their tour in 2010.

The band had a live album release, Premium Oneman Show 2010, on January 31, 2010 at Shinkiba Studio Coast, and at the same time, the members tweeted in real time through musicJAPANplus before the live began.[13]

Girugamesh released the single "Color" on July 6, 2010. On October 7 they released the single "Inochi no Ki". On September 19, 2010, the band performed at D'erlanger's "Abstinence's Door #005" with Head Phones President and Defspiral. The concert was streamed worldwide live on Ustream.tv.[14]

On January 26, 2011, Girugamesh released their album Go which includes their recent singles, "Color" and "Inochi no Ki",[15] one of the songs, "Destiny", leaked out a few days before. Go will be released in Europe on February 2, 2012. On April 22, 2011, Girugamesh played a concert at Anime Boston 2011.

In November 2013, Girugamesh performed at the Hush!! Full Band Festival in Macau as headlining act.[16]

Meme[edit]

The band became an internet meme after a 2009 Sakura-Con commercial, wherein several people discussing their love of Japan-related material are interrupted by a man who shouts "Girugamesh!"[17]

Members[edit]

Former members
  • Cyrien – vocals (2003, went on to play in Sel'm)
  • Hotaru – rhythm guitar (2003)

Discography[edit]

Albums
EPs
Singles
  • "Jelato" (August 3, 2004, distributed single)
  • "Midnight" (2004, distributed single)
  • "Kaisen Sengen -Kikaku Kata Enban-" (August 15, 2004)
  • "Mikongyaku" (August 24, 2004)
  • "Kuukyo no Utsuwa -Kyosaku Gata Enban-" (December 25, 2004)
  • "Kosaki Uta -Kaijou Gata Enban-" (February 8, 2005)
  • "Senyuu Kyoutou Uta" (split CD with Marusa, April 20, 2005)
  • "Kyozetsusareta Tsukue -Tandoku Gata Enban-" (June 17, 2005)
  • "Fukai no Yami -Mayosake Gata Enban-" (September 14, 2005)
  • "Honnou Kaihou -Kakusei Gata Enban-" (November 30, 2005)
  • "Risei Kairan -Ranchou Gata Enban-" (November 30, 2005)
  • "Rei -Zero- -Mukei Gata Enban-" (April 5, 2006)
  • "Omae ni Sasageru Minikui Koe" (April 12, 2006)
  • "Volcano" (DVD single, March 14, 2007)
  • "Alive" (June 10, 2009)
  • "Border" (August 5, 2009)
  • "Crying Rain" (October 7, 2009)
  • "Color"(ギルガメッシュ)(July 7, 2010)
  • "Inochi no Ki" (イノチノキ)(October 6, 2010)
  • "Pray" (Japanese and English versions) (April 13, 2011)
  • "Zecchou BANG!!" (July 4, 2012)
  • "Zantetsuken" (September 26, 2012)
  • "INCOMPLETE" (September 11, 2013)
Demos
  • "Dekiai -Shisaku Gata Enban-" (2003, first release with Satoshi)
DVDs
  • Crazy Crazy Crazy June 3, 2009
  • Gaisen-Kouen 'Chiba' February 22, 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reason of Crying Review by CD Japan Retrieved Jun 26, 2010
  2. ^ "Girugämesh J-Shock interview at JaME". jmusiceuropa.com. 
  3. ^ a b "Girugämesh interview". 
  4. ^ a b Christina (2008). "Interview with girugamesh: PART ONE" (Interview). jrockrevolution.com (in English). Jrock Revolution. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  5. ^ a b c "Girugamesh Jrock Revolution interview at JaME". jmusiceuropa.com. 
  6. ^ "Girugamesh at J-Rock Revolution". jrockrevolution.com. 
  7. ^ "Interview with Girugämesh in London". jmusiceuropa.com. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  8. ^ a b c "Stupid Tour '08 in Japan" (Database article). jame-world.us (in English). Asian Music Entertainment. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  9. ^ a b "Stupid Tour '08 Girugamesh Vs Roach" (Database article). jame-world.us (in English). Asian Music Entertainment. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  10. ^ a b "Stupid Tour '08 in Euro" (Database article). jame-world.us (in English). Asian Music Entertainment. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  11. ^ "Wacken Open Air 2008 lineup". wacken.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  12. ^ a b c "Girugamesh live info" (Information page). girugamesh.jp (in Japanese). p. 1. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  13. ^ "Next Event!![girugamesh]". Musicjapanplus. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  14. ^ "Live Stream of Abstinence’s Door #005, #006". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  15. ^ [1][dead link]
  16. ^ As shown in set of photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/azchael/sets/72157638376759135/
  17. ^ Sakura-Con 2009 Commercial, Jan 21, 2009, retrieved 11-17-2011, 5:00PM, UTC-6 

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