the GazettE to release back catalogue in physical and digital formats in Europe

Japan’s ‘visual kei’ veterans the GazettE will release their first three major-label albums in physical and digital formats in Europe through London’s JPU Records, ahead of the release of their hotly anticipated eighth album “DOGMA.

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Breakthrough album “NIL” (Nameless Liberty Underground) saw the group emerge from Japan’s underground visual kei scene and become one of the biggest, most influential names in the genre. When released in 2006, the album reached number four in the Oricon Weekly Album Chart and the tour surrounding it brought the GazettE in front of 20,000 fans for its finale at the Nippon Budokan, the country’s most revered venue. “NIL” will be available from 10 July in the UK and soon after in the rest of Europe.

Follow up album “STACKED RUBBISH” gave the band their highest chart position to date, reaching number three in Japan’s album chart in 2007 and redefined visual kei in the process. The album experimented with elements of R&B, jazz and blues, and incorporated into the band’s existing heavy, aggressive and dark sound. The results crossed boundaries, even countries, as the GazettE embarked on their first world tour, including a show at a packed out O2 Academy Islington from word of mouth alone. “STACKED RUBBISH” will be available from 14 August 2015, and had several tracks available to buy in advance from iTunes right now, including fan favourites “Filth in the Beauty” (one unofficially uploaded video of the song has over five million hits on YouTube), high-energy anthem “HYENA” and the moody theme to the domestic release of Korean horror flick APT; “Chizuru”.

The last of this year’s re-releases will be “DIM”, an album described as having riffs as “heavy as the soul of Dracula” and sounding like “Slipknot playing Powerman 5000 covers” by AllMusic’s Alexey Eremenko. Leading up to its release, the GazettE managed to shut down part of Shinjuku Station, the world’s busiest transport hub, when several thousand fans turned up to the secret event. “DIM” includes the group’s first single to reach number two in the charts, “LEECH”. The album will also be released on 14 August 2015, with several tracks available now from iTunes.

The CD editions of the albums include the original photo and lyric booklets, as well as an all-new booklet containing new images and the lyrics translated into English and Romaji.

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NIL TRACKLIST:

  1. THE END
  2. Nausea & Shudder
  3. Bath Room
  4. Maggots
  5. Namaatatakai Ameto Zaratsuita Jounetsu
  6. D. L. N
  7. SHADOW VI II I
  8. BARETTA
  9. Cassis
  10. SILLY GOD DISCO
  11. DISCHARGE
  12. Taion

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STACKED RUBBISH TRACKLIST:

  1. ART DRAWN BY VOMIT
  2. AGONY
  3. HYENA
  4. BURIAL APPLICANT
  5. GANGES NI AKAI BARA
  6. REGRET
  7. CALM ENVY
  8. SWALLOWTAIL ON THE DEATH VALLEY
  9. MOB 136 BARS
  10. GENTLE LIE
  11. FILTH IN THE BEAUTY
  12. CIRCLE OF SWINDLER
  13. CHIZURU
  14. PEOPLE ERROR

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DIM TRACKLIST:

  1. 「HIKARI」
  2. THE INVISIBLE WALL
  3. A MOTH UNDER THE SKIN
  4. LEECH
  5. NAKIGAHARA
  6. 「ERIKA」
  7. HEADACHE MAN
  8. GUREN
  9. 「SHIKYU」
  10. 13STAIRS[-]1
  11. DISTRESS AND COMA
  12. 「KANSHOKU」
  13. SHIROKI YUUTSU
  14. IN THE MIDDLE OF CHAOS
  15. 「MORO」
  16. OGRE
  17. DIM SCENE

~Elisa (via JPU Records)