Nil (band)

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Nil
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1998, 2002–present
Labels Afro Skull Records
Associated acts Zigzo, Malice Mizer,
The Cro-Magnons, Sads,
Oblivion Dust, Ner-vous
Website nil from hell
Members Tetsu Takano
Masaru Kobayashi
Hiroyuki Kazama
Past members Hiroyuki "Marawo" Kashimoto
Kyoshi Moro
Sota "Furuton" Ofuruton

Nil (stylized as nil) is a Japanese rock band that was formed in 1998 by Tetsu Takano (ex-Malice Mizer, ex-Mega8Ball, ex-Zigzo, The JuneJulyAugust), Hiroyuki Kashimoto and Kyoshi Moro. The original intent of Nil was to become Tetsu's solo unit and even though it has become a full fledged band, all lyrics and songwriting has been solely handled by Tetsu. The band only lasted briefly during its first incarnation and went on hiatus by the end of 1998. It would not resurface until the middle of 2002 when they would start recording again and Tetsu formed his own record label, Afro Skull Records. The name "Nil" literally means "absolute zero" and as an acronym refers to "native irreligious language".

In 2005, Nil had many setbacks which resulted in the departure of founding members Kashimoto and Moro who both left the band on January 10, 2005, the last day of the "Touring Inferno" tour. Eventually replacement drummer Furuton (ex-Oblivion Dust, ex-Mega8Ball support) left the band after only 6 months. By the end of 2005 Nil finally settled down with the addition of Masaru Kobayashi (ex-Soy Sauce Sonix, ex-Sads, The Cro-Magnons) on bass and Kazama Hiroyuki (ex-Fantastic Designs) on drums.

In the years since resuming activities, Nil has recorded and released 5 full albums, 7 mini albums, 1 cover album, 1 live album, 1 compilation album, 3 singles, 2 fan-club only CDs and 8 DVDs. Tetsu has claimed that Nil is his life's work and despite some bumps in the road he has showed no signs of slowing down with his music and the band Nil.

Members[edit]

Former[edit]

  • Hiroyuki "Marawo" Kashimoto – bass (1998, 2002–2005)
  • Kyoshi Moro (ex-Ner-vous, Mugiwara Boushi) – drums (1998, 2002–2005)
  • Sota "Furuton" Ofuruton (ex-Oblivion Dust, ex-Mega8Ball support) – drums (2005)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 12Inplosion (May 8, 2004), Oricon Albums Chart Peak Position: No. 161[1]
    • The song "Hate Beat!" was used as the ending theme of the TV program Quiz! Hexagon.
  • Excalibur (エクスカリバー, April 6, 2005) No. 184[1]
  • The Painkiller (January 24, 2007) No. 179[1]
  • The Great Spirits (March 19, 2008, compilation album) No. 211[1]
  • Multiness (マルチネス, September 10, 2008) No. 176[1]
  • Scotoma (September 16, 2009) No. 198[1]

Mini albums[edit]

  • Nil from Hell (September 1, 2002)
  • Sayonara da Vinci (さよならダヴィンチ, December 1, 2002)
  • Down to Dawn (September 18, 2003)
  • The Covering Inferno (November 25, 2004, cover album) No. 220[1]
  • Agape (アガペー, November 2, 2005, limited edition EP available only at live appearances or by mail-order)
  • Scherzo (スケルツオ, November 2, 2005) No. 259[1]
  • Man Woman (マンウーマン, October 25, 2006) No. 234[1]
  • Guitar and Skirt (ギタートスカート, November 22, 2006) No. 274[1]
  • Aria (December 13, 2006) No. 296[1]
  • Geron (ゲロン, September 12, 2007) No. 210[1]
  • Warp Rock (September 8, 2010) No. 223[1]

Singles[edit]

  • "Drop" (March 16, 2005), Oricon Singles Chart Peak Position: No. 121[2]
  • "Gita to Sukato" (ギタートスカート, November 22, 2006)
  • "Aria" (December 13, 2006)

Live album[edit]

  • Stroke! Swing!! Shout!!! (January 10, 2005)

Fan-club only CDs[edit]

  • Thank You (July 2004)
  • One Day Ver. DS Mix (November 2005)

Compilations[edit]

  • Search Out the Jams: The Pogo Tribute Album (October 8, 2008)
    • Contributed a cover of the song "1990 (Machiwabita Toki)" (1990(待ちわびた時))

DVDs[edit]

  • Stronger Than Paranoid (July 2004, PV collection)
  • Tears for Killers (March 4, 2006, limited edition collection of PVs available only at live appearances or by mail-order)
  • The Pirates (February 2007)
  • Tonight! Revolution! (March 24, 2007, live concert)
  • MultinessSpecial (April 11, 2009, live concert)
  • Sco-Tomato (September 13, 2009)
  • "W.H.M" (January 1, 2010, live concert)
  • The Warp Rock Studio (September 20, 2010, PV collection)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m nilのアルバム売り上げランキング oricon.co.jp Retrieved 2012-01-13
  2. ^ nilのシングル売り上げランキング oricon.co.jp Retrieved 2012-01-13

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