|AKA||Night of the Children (2003)|
|Status||major (2008-2011), (2013-present)|
indies (2003-2008), (2012-2013)
|Years||2003.03 - present|
|Labels||Y YARD (2012 - present)|
GOD CHILD RECORDS (2011 - present)
avex trax (2008-2011)
GOD CHILD RECORDS (2003-2008)
S to M
D is a band formed in March 2003 from the ashes of the leading Matina band Syndrome.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Lineup
- 3 Discography
- 4 External links
Syndrome, the very last leading band of the indies label Matina, disbanded in November 2002 due to KISAKI's health problems. However, their vocalist ASAGI and guitarists Ruiza and SIN intended to continue playing together and started working on a new project called D. As the drummer, HIROKI from Mars was recruited to fill the lineup.
After the release of their debut EP, New Blood, SIN announced that he would leave the band; shortly after that Ruiza was suddenly hospitalized for unclear reasons, leaving the band without both guitarists. As a result, D decided to pause activities. However, ASAGI and Hiroki continued to play in concerts as a session band using the name Night of the Children with former S to M guitarist HIDE-ZOU and former Domestic†Child guitarist Tetsu as support guitarists.
First steps (2003 - 2005)
D resumed activities in September 2003 with HIDE-ZOU as the new guitarist. The first oneman show Believe or not Believe was held at Meguro Rokumeikan on November 27. The people attending received the free single Alice, which is the only song composed by Rena. A second oneman followed on January 24 to promote the release of the second mini-album Paradox.
The band fame quickly raised in the first half of 2004 thanks to two event tours with other indies bands: TOUR CANNONBALL VOL.1 (event tour to commemorate the release of a omnibus album featuring D) and STYLISH WAVE CIRCUIT '04 Haru no Arashi 春の嵐. Right after the STYLISH WAVE tour, D's first maxi-single Yumenarisi kūchū teien 夢なりし空中庭園 was released. The first press quickly sold out and an additional press with different cover art was put on sale. The rest of 2004 was filled with live appearances, including a three date oneman tour titled Mayutsuki no hitsugi 繭月の棺 in November. A special single of the same name was sold at the livehouses of the tour with a different cover art for each date. In December the debut album NEW BLOOD was re-recorded and re-released as NEW BLOOD～Second Impact～ with a bonus tracks.
The second maxi-single Mahiru no koe 真昼の声 was released in January 2005 and commemorated with a oneman live at Shibuya O-EAST. In April the band embarked their first national oneman tour titled The Phantom of the Opera, with eight dates all over Japan and a sold-out final gig at Ebisu LIQUID ROOM. One month later a new maxi single titled Yami yori kurai dōkoku no akapera to bara yori akai jōnetsu no aria 闇より暗い慟哭のアカペラと薔薇より赤い情熱のアリア was released and supported by a series of release commemoration events. The single was a sort of preview to D's first full-length album that was in the works at that time, but bassist Lena announced that he left the band on July 23 for unclear reasons. D didn't intend to stop, and kept playing live with HIDE-ZOU on bass and continued working on the album.
In August the band toured with D'espairsRay and in the meantime launched a self-produced visual kei music magazine titled Mad tea party MAGAZINE. On September 28 the first album The name of the ROSE was released with bass lines recorded by produced TATSUYA KASE. A release commemoration oneman tour titled Sub Rosa saw D touring Japan from late September to early December. At the final gig at Shibuya-AX on December 5 it was announced that former SCISSOR bassist Tsunehito would join D. The band lineup remains unchanged from that day. Tsunehito was introduced with a series of live events in December and the release of a Mad tea party MAGAZINE photobook.
Rise to fame (2006 - 2008)
The first half of 2006 saw D celebrating their third anniversary with a oneman tour titled Ultimate Lover and re-recording some of their previous works with Tsunehito on bass and additional tracks.
An additional seven-date oneman tour titled from Dusk till Dawn was scheduled in July and all its dates completely sold out. A new single titled Taiyō o okuru hi 太陽を葬る日 was released right after the tour as a preview to the second full-length album. In the meantime Ruiza worked one more time on his solo project (started during his Syndrome days) and released the instrumental mini-album amenity gain. ASAGI followed Ruiza's example and released a solo single titled Corvinus, together with a perfume of the same name.
The new album Tafel Anatomie went on sale on October 18 in a deluxe digibook edition featuring interviews with the band members. The deluxe edition copies instantly sold out and a regular jewel case was released on November 22. As always the album release was commemorated with a oneman tour from October 14 to December 6 (12 dates). The final gig was held at the famous Shibuya Kōkaidō live hall and all the tickets sold out in advance. The cocnert was filmed and released on DVD, and the people attending received a free single titled Ultimate lover. Ultimate lover is also the name of D's official fanclub, which was launched the following month. The first fanclub-only oneman took place on January 6 2007 at Takadanobaba AREA.
In 2007 D had several oneman tours, event appearances, fanclub-only gigs in order to promote their intense release campaign. As a new album release was expected by the end of the year, three consecutive singles were produced in Spring and Summer. Dearest you was released in April and reached the top of the ORICON indies chart. The band was interviewed by the famous TV host Noriko Shoji and had a small oneman tour. The following two singles, Ōka sakisomenikeri 桜花咲きそめにけり (#1 on the ORICON indies chart) and Schwarzschild (#2 on the ORICON indies chart), released in July and August, were promoted at the same time thanks to a big tour titled Neo culture from July 22 to August 25 (14 dates).
The full-length album Neo culture～Beyond the World～ was released November 7 in three different editions. A oneman tour of the same name took place from November 15 to December 21 (11 dates). At the final concert at Zepp TOKYO D announced that they would go major with avex trax after one last indies oneman tour titled FOLLOW ME (22 dates from February 23 to May 5 2008). At the last indies live, filmed for a DVD release, D played their major debut song BIRTH, which was released as a single on May 7. It was released in three different editions and was the first release by D to reach the ORICON top 10 best selling singles chart.
Major debut (2008 - 2011)
D's major debut oneman Sora e no kaiki 空への回帰 was held at STUDIO COAST on August 2 2008. In the meantime the band started a weekly TV show on TeleTama titled Bara no yakata 薔薇の館, and also wrote two songs for the Twilight Syndrome media franchise. Hamon 波紋 was produced for the Twilight Syndrome videogame, while Yami no kuni no Arisu 闇の国のアリス was produced for the Twilight Syndrome DEAD GO ROUND movie. Both songs were released as a single on September 9. The single concept was also the theme of the band's first major tour ALICE IN DARK EDGE, from October 26 to December 22 (15 dates). The tour final was filmed and released in March 2003 on DVD. A special CD+photobook package was also released at the same time. One more single, titled Snow White, was released in January 2009, and the major debut full-length album Genetic World followed in February ranking #11 on the ORICON chart. A huge tour of the same name was scheduled from April 11 to June 21 (27 dates), but two gigs was rescheduled in August due to the outbreak of H1N1 in the Kansai region.
In September ASAGI opened his personal website Rozen Kranz to sell works from D's indies days as well as other special products produced by himself. The Mad tea party MAGAZINE editorial office, which was suspended when D had their major debut, was revamped with the publication of Volume #11 in October.
In the meantime D released a new single in September titled Tightrope followed by yet another single in December titled Day by Day, theme song for the dating simulation videogame LoveφSummit. On October 24 2009, D performed at the biggest visual kei music festival V-ROCK FESTIVAL, held at the huge Makuhari MESSE live hall.
D planned the release of a new album titled 7th Rose on March 2010 to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the band. In addition, an anniversary live tour is going to kick off after the album release.
(2003.03 - Present)
|BALSAMIC → JE*REVIENS → Syndrome, Kochou → D → D, ASAGI|
Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
(2003.03 - Present)
|Distray → LAYBIAL → Syndrome, Ruiza → D, Ruiza|
Guitar, Backing Vocals
(2003.07.07 - Present)
|Lapis → Clair de Lune → As'REAL → S to M → D, Aiolos → D|
Bass, Backing Vocals
(2005.12.05 - Present)
|Relude → GIBBS → SCISSOR → +ISOLATION → D|
(2003.03 - Present)
|OVERTAKER → Michiru Project → Aioria → S to M, MU:TATION → D, Aiolos → D|
(2003.03 - 2005.07.23)
|PERSONA → D|
Guitar, Backing Vocals
(2003.03 - 2003.06)
|WITH SEXY → NEO-SADISM → Vasalla → Syndrome → Syndrome, KISAKI PROJECT (support) → D → L.I.S.K|
Live Support Guitar (2003)
|Domestic*Child → JOKER (support) → Night of the Children → GIMMICK → Juka (support) → Satsuki (support)|
- 2004.05.12 夢なりし空中庭園
- 2005.01.12 真昼の声～Synchronicity～
- 2005.06.22 闇より暗い慟哭のアカペラと薔薇より赤い情熱のアリア
- 2006.08.03 太陽を葬る日
- 2007.04.25 Dearest You
- 2007.07.18 桜花咲きそめにけり
- 2007.08.15 Schwarzschild
- 2008.05.07 BIRTH
- 2008.09.03 闇の国のアリス
- 2009.01.21 Snow White
- 2009.09.23 Tightrope
- 2009.12.02 Day by Day
- 2010.03.10 風がめくる頁
- 2010.06.28 赤き羊による晩餐会
- 2010.11.17 In the Name of Justice
- 2011.07.28 鳥籠御殿～L'Oiseau bleu～
- 2012.05.23 Dying Message
- 2012.07.18 断罪の銃士
- 2013.08.23 Rosenstrauss
- 2013.12.11 Dark Wings
- 2014.07.23 月の杯
- 2015.09.16 HAPPY UNBIRTHDAY
- 2015.12.09 MASTER KEY
- 2017.06.28 Dark fairy tale
- 2003.11.27 Alice (free distributed)
- 2004.11.04 繭月の棺
- 2005.02.17 白い夜
- 2005.09~12 Sub Rosa (free distributed)
- 2006.12.06 Ultimate Lover
- 2013.04.12 Bon Voyage!
- 2013.12.15 太陽を背にして (free distributed)
- 2014.12.13 Dandelion (free distributed)
- 2016.07.16 秘密結社K倶楽部
- 2017.08.29 斯くも深き魂の輪舞曲 (free distributed)
Reissued Versions, Remakes
- 2004.12.08 NEW BLOOD～second impact～
- 2006.02.08 The name of the ROSE
- 2006.05.03 Paradox
- 2006.05.03 夢なりし空中庭園 ~Remix~
- 2013.04.07 Treasure Box D
- 2013.08.21 Bloody Rose "Best Collection 2007-2011"
- 2014.03.26 D Vampire Chronicle ～V-Best Selection～
- 2007.03.14 Tafel Anatomie Tour 2006～12.06 Tour Final 渋谷公会堂～
- 2007.05~06 Tafel Anatomie～Sense Cell～ (mailorder only)
- 2008.07.30 LAST INDIES TOUR 2008 Follow me～05.05FINAL赤坂 BLITZ～
- 2009.03.04 TOUR 2008 "Alice in Dark Edge" Final
- 2011.04.27 TOUR 2010 "In the name of justice" Final
- 2011.10.20 D TOUR 2011 VAMPIRE SAGA ～Path of the Rose～ European Tour and A-Kon Documentary DVD
- 2012.10.18 Dying message ～2012 Overseas Odyssey Tour Documentary & Off-Shot DVD～
- 2013.10.30 D 10th Anniversary Special Premium Live 2013 "Bon Voyage!" ～at 渋谷公会堂～ (fanclub limited)
- 2014.10.07 D TOUR 2013 Rosenstrauss Documentary DVD (fanclub limited)
- 2015.03.18 D 47都道府県ツアー ファイナル at 舞浜アンフィシアター
- 2015.04.29 Ultimate lover 第二十一夜 (fanclub limited)
- 2016.04.06 2015.8.29 D 復活ワンマン HAPPY UNBIRTHDAY at 赤坂BLITZ
- 2016.04.06 D TOUR 2015 MASTER KEY ツアードキュメント & 3songs LIVE
- 2017.04.01 D TOUR 2016 Wonderland Savior ～太陽の歯車～ ツアードキュメント & 5 songs LIVE
- 2017.10.27 D TOUR 2016～2017 Wonderland Savior ～月の歯車～
Live distributed DVD
- 2005.05.21 2nd Anniversary
- 2005.09.26 Making of Sleeper
- 2005.12.05 Making of 繭月の棺
- 2006.05.21 3rd Anniversary
- 2007.04~05 Making of Dearest You
- 2007.08.25 Making of 桜花咲きそめにけり and Schwarzschild
- 2012.10.18 「Dying message ～2012 Overseas Odyssey Tour Documentary & Off-Shot DVD～」
- 2009.09.30 D TOUR2009 "Genetic World" Pohoto Book Vol.1
- 2009.11.07 D TOUR2009 "Genetic World" Pohoto Book Vol.2
- 2009.11.02 D OFFICIAL SCORE BOOK
- 2004.02.27 CANNONBALL Vol.1
- 2004.07.28 Cure - Japanesque Rock Collectionz
- 2011.01.26 CRUSH!-90's V-Rock best hit cover songs-