Kagerou (band)

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Kagerou
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Alternative rock, alternative metal
Years active 1999–2007
Labels Loop Ash, Lizard,
Gan-Shin (EU)
Associated acts The Studs, Boogieman, Guiche, Daisuke to Kuro no Injatachi
Past members Masaya
Kuya
Daisuke
Yuana
Kazu
Shizumi

Kagerou (蜉蝣 Kagerō?) was a Japanese visual kei[1] rock band, formed in September 1999 by vocalist Daisuke and bassist Masaya, with guitarist Yuana joining shortly afterward. In 2000 Kagerou left their record label Loop Ash to sign with Lizard, a sub-label of Free-Will. After experiencing success within Japan, the band set their sights abroad and in 2005 they played in both Germany and France.

At their live on September 16, 2006, at Liquid Room Ebisu, Kagerou announced that they would disband. Member comments on their official website stated that their last live would take place on January 8, 2007 at Zepp Tokyo. On December 27, 2006 they released a final greatest hits album entitled Shinjuka.

Upon releasing their first single in June 2010 and the second in July, Daisuke's solo project, "Daisuke to Kuro no Injatachi", was due to release an album and follow it with a tour in Europe and the US. However, Daisuke died on July 15, 2010.[2]

Daisuke to Kuro no Injatachi then released an album on February 20, 2011. Composed of unfinished works by Daisuke, it was entitled Shikkoku no Hikari (漆黒の光, "Black Light"). It features Shizûmi, Yuana, Kazu, aie (ex:Deadman, The Studs), Kyo (Dir en grey), Tatsurou (MUCC), Karyu (ex: D'espairsRay, Angelo) and members of Merry, 12012, Kannivalism and Boogieman.[3][4]

Style[edit]

Kagerou was a visual kei band that played music ranging from metal to ballads. Early on their look consisted of costumes and makeup, but later on in their career they began to wear simple suits and refrained from wearing makeup.

Band name[edit]

Kagerou means "mayfly" in the Japanese language. Mayflies can be as old as three years. However, when mayflies reach their adulthood, their life span varies from two hours to three days. The short lifespan of a mayfly was thought to be symbolic of vocalist Daisuke. He suffered heart problems since infancy and knowing that his heart could stop any day the band was named Kagerou in honor of him.

Members[edit]

Daisuke (大佑) – vocals – Daisuke penned all the lyrics for Kagerou and was renowned for his unique vocal styles and impressive range. His previous bands included Le'Cheri and Fatima, in which he was the drummer. Aside from drums, he also played the piano. Daisuke was known for his audience interaction such as stage diving and was commonly nicknamed 'charisma vocalist' despite his small stature. Following the dissolution of Kagerou in 2007, Daisuke formed The Studs with aie (ex:Deadman). After they went on activity pause, he created his solo project, Daisuke to Kuro no Injatachi. Daisuke died on July 15, 2010. Despite speculation of possible suicide or heart attack the cause of death is unknown.

Yuana (ユアナ) – guitars – Yuana wrote the majority of the band's songs. His past bands include Sweet Hallucination, and Alicia where he was known as "Ewana". He is currently the guitarist of Boogieman.

Kazu – bass – Kazu's past bands include Research, in which he played under the name "Kazunori", and Aioria.

Shizûmi (静海) – drums and percussion – Shizumi's past bands are Mitre Cure and Melusine.

Past members

Masaya – bass – He left in 2000 and joined Kar'Maria. He then retired and left the music industry.

Kuya – bass – Kuya joined Kagerou in January, 2001 and subsequently left in August to join Guiche.

Discography[edit]

Daisuke, Yuana, and Masaya[edit]

Demo tapes[edit]

  • Biological Slicer
  • Biyou Seikei Ishi no Shumi (美容整形医師の趣味) (April 21, 2000)

Singles[edit]

  • Biological Slicer (April 4, 2000)
    1. "Eroa" (エロア)
    2. "R shitei" (R指定)
    3. "Saigo no Kensa" (最期の検査)
    4. "Wrist-cutter" (リストカッター)

Daisuke, Yuana, Masaya, and Shizûmi[edit]

Compilation and distributed[edit]

  • "0718" (July 18, 2000, distributed CD)
  • "Meisou Honnou" (迷走本能) from Japanesque Rock Collectionz (July 28, 2000, compilation CD by Cure Magazine)
  • "Mousou Chikashitsu" (妄想地下室) from Kakumei ~Voice of Rebirth~ (August 30, 2000)

Daisuke, Yuana, Kuya, and Shizûmi[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Hakkyou Sakadachi Onanist (発狂逆立ちオナニスト) (June 27, 2001)
    1. "Seitekikinchou Implant" (性的緊張インプラント)
    2. "Nawa" (縄)
    3. "Shikkou Yuuyo Sannen" (執行猶予三年)
  • Jikasei Full Course (自家製フルコース) (July 18, 2001)
    1. "Joumyaku Salad" (静脈サラダ)
    2. "Urami Koto" (怨み言)
    3. "Kakusei Jelly" (覚醒ゼリー)

Omnibus[edit]

  • "Kichiku Moralism" (鬼畜モラリズム) from LOOP OF LIFE (February 20, 2001)
  • "Kakusei Jelly" from Shock Edge 2001 (September 29, 2001)

Daisuke, Yuana, kazu, and Shizûmi[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Iro Megane to Scandal (色メガネとスキャンダル) (January 9, 2002)
    1. "Yūgure no Shazai" (夕暮れの謝罪)
    2. "Exotic na Kansenshou" (エキゾチックな感染症)
    3. "Soushitsu" (葬失)
  • kagerou no Jiten (蜉蝣事典 <大人の書店>) (May 4, 2002)
    1. "Idol Kurui no Shinrigaku" (アイドル狂いの心裏学)
  • Mizu Hitari no Kazoe Uta (水浸りの数え唄) (July 10, 2002)
    1. "Yubikiri" (ゆびきり)
    2. "Kikaku Mono" (企画モノ)
    3. "R Shitei" (R指定)
  • Hiaburi no Kazoe Uta (火炙りの数え唄) (July 10, 2002)
    1. "Gozen sanji no taiyou Kōsen" (午前三時の太陽光線)
    2. "Utsu" (鬱)
    3. "Wrist-cutter" (リストカッター)
  • Sakebi (叫び) (February 28, 2003, distributed at the "Katana Kari Tour")
    1. "Sakebi" (叫び)
    2. "Kichiku Moralism" (鬼畜モラリズム)
  • Kakokei Shinjitsu (過去形真実) (May 7, 2003)
    1. "Kakokei Shinjitsu" (過去形真実)
    2. "Sekkyou 38.5℃" (説教38.5℃)
    3. "Kakokei Shinjitsu (Remix)" (過去形真実)
    4. "Sekkyou 38.5℃ (Remix)" (説教38.5℃)
  • XII dizzy (January 28, 2004)
    1. "Xll dizzy"
    2. "Soine Pesari" (添い寝ペッサリー)
    3. "Kuchita sekishin" (朽ちた赤心)
  • Sakurakurakura (サクラクラクラ) (February 10, 2004, distributed at the "Kaijou Gentei Tour")
    1. "Sakurakurakura" (サクラクラクラ)
  • Kurokami no AITSU (黒髪のアイツ) (December 8, 2004)
    1. "Kurokami no AITSU" (黒髪のアイツ)
    2. "Shibire Kokoro (Live)" (痺れ心)
    3. "Koi uta (Live)" (恋唄)
    4. "Masatsu Shinkou (Live)" (摩擦信仰)
  • Shiroi Karasu (白い鴉) (December 8, 2004)
    1. "Shiroi Karasu" (白い鴉)
    2. "Soine Pesari (Live)" (添い寝ペッサリー)
    3. "3・2・1 (Live)"
    4. "XII dizzy (Live)"
  • Zetsubou ni SAYONARA (絶望にサヨナラ) (March 23, 2005)
    1. "Zetsubou ni SAYONARA" (絶望にサヨナラ)
    2. "Watashi." (私。)
    3. "Ai wa Savage" (愛はサベージ)
  • Kusatta Umi de Oborekakateiru Boku wo Sukutte Kureta Kimi
    (腐った海で溺れかけている僕を救ってくれた君) (November 30, 2005, (Three Versions, A, B, C)
    1. "Kusatta Umi de Oborekakateiru Boku wo Sukutte Kureta Kimi"
      (腐った海で溺れかけている僕を救ってくれた君)
    2. "Hibike, Kono koe." (響け、この声。)
    3. "Shuuchi no Ori" (羞恥の檻) (Only available in Version A)
    4. "Yuuyami wo Saita Hana" (夕闇を裂いた花) (Only available in Version B)
    5. Making of Footage (Only available in Version C)
  • Tonarimachi no Kanojo (となり町の彼女) (June 6, 2006)
    1. "Tonarimachi no Kanojo (となり町の彼女)
    2. "Seija no Ame" (聖者の雨)
    3. "Ragan (Remix)" (裸眼)
    4. "Sabashisa to Nemure (Remix)" (寂しさと眠れ)

Albums[edit]

DVDs[edit]

  • kagerou no Video Clips (Clip Collection) (蜉蝣のビデオクリップ) (September 9, 2002)
  • Zekkyō Psychopath (絶叫サイコパス) (January 28, 2004)
  • Rakushu Enjō Saishū Kōen (落首炎上最終公演) (June 29, 2005)
  • kagerou: Tour '06-'07 Last Live (March 28, 2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/groupe-groupe-Kagerou-l-en.html
  2. ^ "Kowai ima wo kurai ima wo kuroi ima wo koero... | JaME U.K". Jame-world.com. 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  3. ^ "大佑と黒の隠者達". The-studs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  4. ^ "ナタリー - 大佑と黒の隠者達1stアルバム、盟友たちの手により完成". Natalie.mu. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 

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