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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Legal name: X (PSYCHEDELIC VIOLENCE CRIME OF VISUAL SHOCK)

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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 Yoshiki and Toshi. Originally named X (エックス, Ekkusu), the group achieved their breakthrough success in 1989 with the release of their second album Blue Blood. They started out mainly as a power/speed metal band, but 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. In 2003, HMV Japan ranked the band at number 40 on their list of the 100 most important Japanese pop acts.

After sixteen years, four albums, and selling out the 55,000 seat Tokyo Dome 18 times, X Japan disbanded in 1997. However after ten years, the band 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, before holding their first North American tour from September 25 to October 10, 2010. In 2011, X Japan went on their first world tour throughout Europe, South America and Asia.

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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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