X Japan Announce New Song

"Jade", the long-awaited new single from X Japan, will be released in North America, Europe and Latin America on Tuesday, June 28 in all digital formats.

X Japan Announce New Song
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According to Blabbermouth.net, "Jade", the long-awaited new single from X Japan, one of the most influential rock bands in Japanese history, will be released in North America, Europe and Latin America on Tuesday, June 28 in all digital formats. "Jade" is the first track from the band's English debut album, currently in the final stages of recording. Click here to listen to a sample of "Jade". A "Jade" full-length ringtone will be made available exclusively in Japan on June 28, and the single will be released there and in Southeast Asia two weeks later on July 13. "This is a years-long dream of X Japan's, to release a record in the Americas and in Europe", said Yoshiki, X Japan's leader/producer/songwriter/drummer/pianist. "Music is very powerful, and we believe it can help us bridge the gap between east and west. We hope that 'Jade' will be the first step." Written and produced by Yoshiki and mixed by Andy Wallace, "Jade" was recorded in both Japan and at Yoshiki's Los Angeles studio, the same facility where Metallica recorded its classic "Black" album before Yoshiki bought it and turned it into a private studio. The song features the thunderous drums and bass of Yoshiki and Heath, respectively, the searing twin guitar work of Pata and Sugizo, and Toshi's dynamic vocals. With most lyrics sung in English, "Jade" is a hauntingly romantic tale of embracing the beautiful sadness of death, and showcases X Japan's eclectic mix of rock, goth and classical music. The release of "Jade" coincides with X Japan's June 28 sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire and the kick-off of their world tour that includes stops in Europe and South America. X Japan is one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history, having sold more than 30 million albums, singles and videos, and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times with its classic "Queen meets Guns N' Roses meets 'The Matrix'" sound. The popularity of the band in Japan has made them a cultural phenomenon in music, fashion and business. X Japan made its North American debut at the 2010 Lollapalooza festival, and sold out their New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom as part of the band's first American tour last fall.

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    bustapr
    Ive never heard this band, but that clip was just awesome. If their work really was better before like some people say, I think Im gonna have a new addiction.
    night warrior
    ericthered88 wrote: When are they going to remaster and reissue their entire discography? I would love to get a copy of "Dahlia," but their hard to find for under $50-60.
    their albums are on itunes.
    ericthered88
    When are they going to remaster and reissue their entire discography? I would love to get a copy of "Dahlia," but their hard to find for under $50-60.
    CrawlingHorror
    First, very cool that X Japan is getting a write up here on UG since I have been into the band since their first album came out in Japan. bustapr : Ive never heard this band, but that clip was just awesome. If their work really was better before like some people say, I think Im gonna have a new addiction. You won't be disappointed. It's great stuff, though their cds were like $30 back in the day thanks to the price rigging the Japanese record industry is allowed to engage in (known as the "saihan seido," or"agreement governing re-sale price"). I don't know what they are now. You can order their stuff from Yes Asia or Amazon Japan. I also recommend the first Live at Tokyo Dome video set. The staging was awesome.
    ericthered88
    their albums are on itunes. Only some of them. iTunes only has Blue Blood and Jealousy. Vanishing Vision, Art of Life, and Dahlia aren't there yet.
    Night_Lights
    Igamikun wrote: One of the few real rock bands out of Japan, including Dir En Grey (which Shinya their drummer learned to drum from Yoshiki) and Maximum the Hormone. The rest is just a little too poppy for me.
    dude you realise the closest comparison, status-wise, of those bands is like... Slipknot? (quite well known, very commericially successful metal) (im a huge diru fan btw)
    Cold Reader
    Hells yes! Only discovered these just over a year ago and got all their back catalouge straight away. I really wasn't expecting more from them since Hide and because they all seemed to be focusing on other projects. Well chuffed, song sounds pretty decent too, sweet intro
    arcwarrior
    it's good to hear this from X Japan. Yoshiki is extremely talented. love other jap bands like L'Arc~en~Ciel and Versailles
    GimmeRock
    Igamikun wrote: One of the few real rock bands out of Japan, including Dir En Grey (which Shinya their drummer learned to drum from Yoshiki) and Maximum the Hormone. The rest is just a little too poppy for me.
    yeah...i agree.
    Kowaru
    wow i was just re-watching hide's death report (
    ) and then i saw this.
    Igamikun
    One of the few real rock bands out of Japan, including Dir En Grey (which Shinya their drummer learned to drum from Yoshiki) and Maximum the Hormone. The rest is just a little too poppy for me.
    UVER
    Meh. At least I.V. was a continuity of the last album. Jade, Born to be Free and Scarlet Love Song just doesn't compare AT ALL to what Yoshiki is capable of writing. (and no, i'm not just ripping on them for fun, they're my favorite band)
    Wakisazhi
    ^Agreed. hide can't possibly be replaced but Sugizo is definitely the most appropriate person they could have chosen to help fill the void (hell, hide was one of the principal reasons why Sugizo and Luna Sea got famous.) So far though X's music seems to be picking up where they left off, pretty much the same old same old (Jade seems reminiscent of Rusty Nail and Dahlia to a degree and Scarlet Love Song is your run-of-the-mill X Japan ballad.) Hopefully Sugizo has a bit more presence and sway in the band instead of merely being a hired-gun.
    fenderstrattele
    Altough they have already been playing this song live for over 2 years now this is great news, and I can't wait for the new album. X JAPAN F*CKING RULES!!!!
    lee13169
    I honestly expected this song to suck, thinking theres no way the band can achieve its past legacy. Fuck was i wrong, the clip made me think this was one of their older albums, cannot wait for the album.
    Night_Lights
    I know its not my place to say what the band should or shouldn't do, but I'd never expected them to record more music after the death of Hide... Though Sugizo is possibly the best replacement possible.