Live Report – Tokyo Dark Castle (2010-03-06)

So after our trip to the metal university, David and I headed to Tokyo’s den of vice and fetish… Kabuki Cho.
The mission was Tokyo Dark Castle. A monthly Goth industrial event with both live bands and DJs… Think of it as a Japanese Omega. This was the second time I made it to a TDC and like most Goth/industrial events it was not any better or worse than the previous one. It was awesome, don’t get me wrong. It just seems that Goffs in Japan have the same problems as Goffs in SA but without The Henkie to make things interesting… It bothers me less at home because I am part of the ‘scene’ to some degree. I don’t need to make a name for myself. In Japan I do. and you know how annoyingly elitist Goffs are if you are not part of the clique. To be honest… I couldn’t be bothered.
Politics Aside… Its fun this side!

These guys are the residents… I think the whole TDC thing is their idea. Their sound is not my thing… very over the top, and their Dancer and fans (especially the gaijin ones) are a bunch of CUNTS. Not a good experience to be honest, even if I was keen on their sound. They do make great photos though, and their female vocalist is really hot… but not hot enough for me to keep watching. Give them a look however… Many of you will like them.

Ken Morioka
WOW! EE BEE EM from Japan. well not quite full on EBM but say a mix of EBM and Muse like rock and roll. It was most interesting. It got my head bopping and my feet stomping which was the important thing. The sound was win!

Destruct System
I swear these guys are a VK band that didn’t make it into the VK scene for whatever reason. Good hard rock. Reminiscent of older D’espa. However with their sound and look more appropriate in another alternative scene they felt a little out of place. They were popular however and their fans were not arseholes which is a winner. I would reckoned them, but due to their circumstances, I seriously doubt they will rise much further than where they are.

HARDCORE VIOLENCE TECHNOLOGY SONIC ADDICTS… took that straight off their website. It is appropriate! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Best industrial band in Japan and My favourite industrial band EVAR!!!! Yes. The reason I went to TDC was to see Despair. Much to my dismay, Ana was not present. Only Riu and Jude were there but since Riu IS the man behind everything he is what counts.
They headlined the event at some ungodly hour of the morning and  blew my mind. Which is amazing because they were nowhere near 100%. Riu was not feeling the crowd at all, and I cannot blame him. It had thinned out by the time they went on. and there seemed to be a distinct lack of energy save for but a few of us who saved it. Riu was tossing the mic around and his body language said how he felt. It was not all bad though. There were few enough big fans that he could visually acknowledge all of us when we went berserk which is always a great feeling. It was like when I had that short word exchange with Karyu at the D’espa live In Takasaki.
I was screaming out bits from Jarring God that were missing with Ana. Riu looked at me, pointed and nodded. that just sent my neck into overdrive and I feel that that's probably where I pressed the buttons on my camera that deleted all the footage. Who the hell cares… I SAW DESPAIR!!!!!!!

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