X JAPAN (named “X” until 1992-08-24)

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PSYCHEDELIC VIOLENCE CRIME OF VISUAL SHOCK

Japanese rock band. X who changed their name to X JAPAN in 1992-08, when HEATH joined the band, replacing TAIJI on bass.

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X Japan (エックス・ジャパン, Ekkusu Japan) is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi. Predominantly a power/speed metal band with heavy symphonic elements, they later gravitated towards a progressive sound with an emphasis on ballads. Besides being one of the first Japanese acts to achieve mainstream success while on an independent label, the group is widely credited as one of the pioneers of visual kei, a movement among Japanese musicians comparable to Western glam.

Originally named X (エックス, Ekkusu), they released their debut album Vanishing Vision (1988) on Yoshiki's own Extasy Records a year after finalizing their line-up including bassist Taiji, lead guitarist hide and rhythm guitarist Pata. They achieved breakthrough success in 1989 with the release of their second and major debut album Blue Blood. Following 1991's Jealousy, Taiji left the band in early 1992. He was replaced by Heath and the group changed their name to X Japan before producing the mini album Art of Life (1993), which is composed solely of the 29-minute title track. In 1995 the group dropped most of its original visual kei aesthetics in favor of a more casual look and released Dahlia (1996), which like their two previous albums debuted at number one. X Japan performed their last concert at the Tokyo Dome on December 31, 1997, making it the last of five consecutive sold-out New Year's Eve concerts the group held at the stadium.

After ten years, X Japan reunited in 2007 and recorded the new song "I.V.". Over the next two years they performed several concerts, including their first overseas show in Hong Kong, and formally added Sugizo as lead guitarist in place of hide, who died in 1998, before holding a North American tour in 2010. In 2011, the band went on their first world tour throughout Europe, South America and Asia.

X Japan has released five studio albums, six live albums, and 21 singles. Three of their albums have consecutively debuted at number one on the Oricon chart. In 2003, HMV Japan ranked the band at number 40 on their list of the 100 most important Japanese pop acts. In 2007, Rolling Stone Japan ranked Blue Blood number 15 on its list of the 100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time. It has been reported that X Japan have sold over 30 million records.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Vanishing Vision X 4.5 5
1989 BLUE BLOOD X 4.5 6
1991 Jealousy X 4.5 4
1996 DAHLIA X JAPAN 3.5 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 X Singles X 2
1996 B.O.X CD 〜Best of X〜 X 3
1997 BALLAD COLLECTION X JAPAN 2
1997 Singles 〜Atlantic Years〜 X JAPAN 1
1999 STAR BOX X JAPAN 2
1999 Perfect Best X JAPAN 1
2001 Rose & Blood {Indies of X} iX 1
2001 X JAPAN BEST ~Fan's Selection~ X JAPAN 1
2005 COMPLETE Ⅱ X JAPAN 1
2014 THE WORLD 〜初の全世界ベスト〜 X JAPAN 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 BLUE BLOOD TOUR 爆発寸前 GIG X 4 3
1989 刺激! VISUAL SHOCK Vol.2 X 3 3
1995 東京ドーム3DAYS~破滅に向かって~ X 3
1997 Live Live Live Tokyo Dome 1993-1996 X JAPAN 4.5 1
1997 Live Live Live Extra X JAPAN 3 2
2001 The Last Live~最後の夜~ X JAPAN 5 1
2010 X JAPAN Showcase in L.A. Premium Prototype X JAPAN 1 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 On Guitar X JAPAN 1
2002 Trance X X JAPAN 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 I’LL KILL YOU X 3 1
1986 オルガスム X 5 1
1989 紅 KURENAI X 5 1
1989 ENDLESS RAIN X 5 1
1990 WEEK END X 5 1
1991 Silent Jealousy X 1
1991 Standing Sex / JOKER X 1
1991 Say Anything X 1
1993 Tears X JAPAN 1
1994 Rusty Nail X JAPAN 1
1995 Longing X JAPAN 4
1996 DAHLIA X JAPAN 1
1996 Forever Love X JAPAN 4
1996 Crucify My Love X JAPAN 1
1996 SCARS X JAPAN 2
1998 THE LAST SONG X JAPAN 4 1
2008 I.V. X JAPAN 3 1
2011 Scarlet Love Song -BUDDHA MIX- X JAPAN 3 1
2011 Jade X JAPAN 3 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 ART OF LIFE X JAPAN 5 2

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Art of Life live X JAPAN 5 1
2008 X JAPAN Returns X JAPAN 3.5 2

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