Jupiter (band)

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Jupiter
Jupiter live 2015.jpg
Jupiter performing in 2015. From left to right: Teru, Zin, Hizaki
Background information
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres
Years active 2013–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website Official website
Members Hizaki
Teru
Daisuke
Rucy
Kuze
Past members Yuki
Masashi
Zin

Jupiter is a Japanese visual kei symphonic metal band, formed in 2013 by four of the five members of Versailles. After several personnel changes, guitarists Hizaki and Teru remain the only original members, with drummer Daisuke, bass guitarist Rucy and vocalist Kuze completing the current lineup.

History[edit]

Less than a year after Versailles ended activities, guitarists Hizaki and Teru, drummer Yuki and bass guitarist Masashi, announced they had formed a new band named Jupiter on April 1, 2013. Having recruited vocalist Zin, they also revealed plans for their first single in the summer.[1] According to Hizaki, the name is based on astrology and can mean protection, good luck or beautiful spirit.[2] They performed at the "Stylish Wave Generation Vol.4" event at Akasaka Blitz on May 26, alongside Penicillin, Diaura and other visual kei bands.[3]

The single, "Blessing of the Future", was released on July 24 and reached number 38 on the Oricon music chart.[4] Before the single was even released, their first album, Classical Element, was announced for August 28, 2013.[5] It peaked at number 31 on the chart. The band had its first concert at Akasaka Blitz on September 26, before embarking on its first tour in October.[6] In December, they took part in three of the "Stylish Wave Circuit '13 Winter Shogun" concerts.[7]

Jupiter had their first overseas performances in February 2014, in Warsaw, Poland (5th), Cologne, Germany (7th), and Paris, France (8th).[8][9] Their second single, "Last Moment", was released on March 12, 2014, and reached number 37.[10] The History of Genesis, the band's second album, was released on January 7, 2015, and reached number 32. The eight date Temple of Venus tour followed in April.[11] On November 19, 2015, one month before Versailles officially resumed activities, it was announced that Yuki and Masashi would be leaving Jupiter. They performed their last concert with Jupiter on April 29, 2016, at Shinjuku ReNY.[12] The single, "The Spirit within Me", was released on December 29, 2016, as a trio.[13]

In March 2017, Jupiter announced the mini album Tears of the Sun for release on May 10.[14] Their support drummer Daisuke (ex-Roach) and new bass guitarist Rucy (ex-Killaneth) were named as full members in April. The two made their first live appearance on the first day of the Under the Burning Sun tour on May 12.[15] However, in September, Jupiter announced that Zin would be leaving the band after the final date of their Ascension to Heaven tour. It took place at Meguro Rockmaykan on February 3, 2018.[16]

In July 2018, Jupiter announced their new vocalist Kuze (ex-Concerto Moon) and the August 8 single "Theory of Evolution", to be supported by a two-legged tour of the same name that will take place in September and November.[17]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Classical Element (August 28, 2013) Oricon Albums Chart Peak Position: No. 31[18]
  • The History of Genesis (January 7, 2015) No. 32[18]
  • Tears of the Sun (May 10, 2017, mini album) No. 77[18]
Singles
  • "Blessing of the Future" (July 24, 2013) Oricon Singles Chart Peak Position: No. 38[18]
  • "Last Moment" (March 12, 2014) No. 37[18]
  • "Topaz" (August 26, 2015) No. 59[18]
  • "The Spirit within Me" (December 29, 2016)
  • "Theory of Evolution" (August 8, 2018) No. 125[18]
Limited singles
  • "Arcadia" (September 13, 2014)
  • "Kōri no Naka no Shōjo" (氷の中の少女, October 26, 2014)
Home videos
  • Prevenient Grace (December 27, 2015)
  • Ange Gardien (March 14, 2016)
  • Blessing of the Future (July 27, 2016) No. 90[18]
  • Wind of Evolution (October 10, 2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Band from Versailles Members". jame-world.com. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
    - "Versailles members create new band, 'Jupiter'". tokyohive.com. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Interview with Jupiter". jame-world.com. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Jupiter will be part of "stylish wave GENERATION Vol.4" Event!". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Jupiter announce first single!". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "Jupiter to release first album!". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "Jupiter opens overseas ticket presale". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "Stylish wave has a winter event tour and countdown event decided!". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  8. ^ "JUPITER Europe-Tour Announcement!". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "Additional date for Jupiter Europe Tour 2014 has been announced!". syncmusic.jp. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  10. ^ "Jupiter to release new single". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  11. ^ "New Album from Jupiter". jame-world.com. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  12. ^ "Two Members to Leave Jupiter". jame-world.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  13. ^ Christopoulos, Christina (December 21, 2016). "Neue Single von Jupiter". AnimePro.de (in German). Archived from the original on January 1, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "New Mini-Album from Jupiter". jame-world.com. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  15. ^ "New Members Join Jupiter". jame-world.com. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  16. ^ "ZIN to Leave Jupiter". jame-world.com. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  17. ^ "Jupiter Unveils New Vocalist, Announces New Single + Tour". VKH Press. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h "JUPITERの作品". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved December 27, 2014.

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