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Mattel's Monster High line revealed a lot of new dolls at this year's San Diego Comic Con. A lot of which are due out this fall, which includes Sweet Screams, Haunted, Vinyl figure collection, 6-pack box set, and so much more! Find out about all of the upcoming guys and ghouls HERE.
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J-Pop female vocal duo YANAKIKU made their USA debut at San Francisco's J-Pop Summit last weekend, giving American fans their first opportunity to see YANAKIKU's high-energy performance and comedic MC. The duo gave a special name to the packed audience in San Francisco's Japan Town, proclaiming "You are the lettuce, we are the meat!" before beginning their live set which included recent releases "FUJIYAMA DISCO" and an English version of their unreleased song "Ninja Iroha".

Vocalists YANA and KIKU spoke in frequent English to the audience, giving a positive message that "Music is stronger than our differences," a statement with special meaning to YANA as a representative of San Francisco's sister city Osaka.

In addition to their live performances, YANAKIKU served as judges for J-Pop Summit's cosplay and idol performer contests, as well as taking photos with fans and giving KIMOCOS (Kimono Cosplay) and Shuji calligraphy demonstrations at their booth.

YANAKIKU's new song "Orihime" was released July 2 on iTunes and Spotify worldwide. They will follow their J-Pop Summit performance with a return engagement at London's Hyper Japan Festival July 25-27.


SE ("We are YANAKIKU")
"High BEAM"
"NINJA IROHA English Version"
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Internationally renowned rock icons X Japan announced today that tickets for their highly anticipated October 11th concert at Madison Square Garden will go on sale this Friday at 10:00AM EDT at The Madison Square Garden concert event is sponsored by New York Comic Con.

X Japan, led by co-founder, drummer, pianist and songwriter Yoshiki, will return to New York City for their first concert since 2010, performing both fan favorites and previously unreleased music from the band’s decades of recordings.  This Madison Square Garden concert marks a significant milestone for the band who made their U.S. debut with a Rockefeller Center press conference over 20 years ago, which presented the fierce J-Rock stars to an American audience.  The band is finally fulfilling the promise they made to the fans to return. The group has since toured 16 countries, sold over 30 million albums and singles combined, and sold out Japan's 55,000 seat Tokyo Dome a record-setting 18 times. The concert trailer for X Japan Madison Square Garden can be viewed here:

X Japan has had a notoriously tumultuous career, even among the world of rock, which includes the loss of two of its five founding members to tragic death. Amid death and breakups, the band has steadfastly maintained X Japan's vision and this year brought themselves together to perform where their U.S. story started, in New York City.

In line with October’s Madison Square Garden concert, Yoshiki and X Japan will appear at New York Comic Con, where Yoshiki will participate in a panel with Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee and discuss the pair’s collaborations, including the comic based on Yoshiki, Blood Red Dragon. New York Super Week is an immersive and inclusive experience that will bring the energy, passion and color of the entire pop culture universe to every corner of all five boroughs of New York City. Featuring concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, food tastings, and more – New York Super Week will take place October 3-12, leading into the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting convention – New York Comic Con.
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Chicago based label PAVEMENT Entertainment (Soil, Tantric, The Charm The Fury, Hed.Pe., Smile Empty Soul, Future Leaders Of The World, and more ) signed Italian death metal act PULVIS ET UMBRA for the worldwide distribution of band's new album titled "Implosion Of Pain" which is schedule to be release on October 21.


01. Lift Off
02. Lost Moon
03. End Of Emptiness
04. Implosion Of Pain
05. ...'Til It Keeps Me Awake
06. Psicostasia
07. Soul Vertigo
08. Ordinary Scars
 09. Lullabye
10. Look Through The Eyes
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Die So Fluid are the modern incarnation of a ‘power trio’. Their style being their own outlook and outsource to creating their music and touring as well as playing shows here and there across the globe. Frontman vocalist and bassist Grog discusses the band's latest album and plans for the remainder of the year.

1. Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography? Why did you see being a trio was the way to go? Do you regret your choice?

Grog: We all got together in a previous band which had a second guitarist. He was too ill to play a gig one day and so just the three of us decided to play it and that changed everything. Suddenly we could hear each other and play with a greater unison which actually sounded bigger. It made song writing much quicker and sparkier too.  It’s never stopped us experimenting with instrumentation and influences, we love the idea of one day being able to have the strings and other parts on some of our songs played live on stage.

 2. How did you guys come up with your band name?

Grog: It’s a kind of drunken poetry we liked the sound of. We like the concept of leaving something cool and beautiful behind, we’ll have it put on a band coat of arms. Also we kept coming up with names other people had already thought of so we thought let’s keep it weird.

 3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Grog: We’re all English, the boys still live in London but I relocated to Los Angeles about five years ago. Obviously you are spoilt for choice in those two cities for music. As London draws bands in from all over I tend to seek out the exotic. Last band I saw was Las Kellies, a sort of up to date Slits from South America.

 4. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Grog: We have a re occurring theme of overcoming struggle together, and that it’s the togetherness and intention that is important, not some glittering prize at the end.  There is a naturally dark aesthetic to our music because we’re drawn to the mystery and power of that, but generally negative is turned to positive in our subject matter. People feel all the more isolated in the social media obsessed world so I feel good if lyrically I can reach out to people and inspire them or share something they relate to on a personal level.

 5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Grog: We all share a love of Deftones, and collectively have influences ranging from Black Sabbath and Led Zep through Pixies, Bass Nectar, Johnny Cash, Debussy, Dolly Parton, The Cure, Jeff Buckley, to Mastodon, Rush, Rob Zombie, The Cult and on and on.

6. Is there any story or concept behind the "The Opposites Of Light" title?

Grog: We knew we wanted to explore two recognizable elements of our sound, the heavy and also the sparser dark torch song side. When Drew came up with that title it was really as a joke but it proved to be a great framework for writing the album.

 7. Who produced "The Opposites Of Light" and what was it like working with them?

Grog: It is self produced. We developed such a clear vision as the body of work took shape that it felt natural to continue with that flow and record it ourselves. Sylvia Massy (SOAD, Johnny Cash, Tool etc) mixed ‘Comets’, and we also had mixes by Mark Williams and our very own Drew. It’s always a question of what works best musically in the end. I think our perfectionist attitude paid off.

 8. Who did the cover art for "The Opposites Of Light" and how much input did you have on it?

Grog: The artwork was done by Shelley Hannan using images from a video we made for the song ‘Black Blizzard’ with director David Kenny. We had a great deal of input in providing the images used and approving the designs. I designed the slightly masonic looking logo beneath the CD and we've now made that available as a patch at

 9. You released this album in the U.K. and plan to release it in the U.S. How has the label searching been for the overseas terrain?

Grog: We haven’t done much searching, we put it out ourselves on our label Vorvolaka. We’re known for our DIY ethic but we’re open to realistic offers from labels who’s promotion we would benefit from now as our operation expands. We currently have ongoing label interest but until they put their cards on the table we don’t see the point in losing momentum, we’ll just release ourselves again and carry on fresh from there if necessary. We intend to tour the U.S. November onwards.

10. "Black Blizzard" was the single and video chosen can you tell me as to why you thought this song was the best fit? Will you be releasing anymore singles and or videos?

Grog: It’s a powerful song, inspired by the Dust Bowl disaster of the 1930's,with an epic video. I think it commands attention and demonstrates what Die So Fluid is about, our strengths and our potential. The song and video deal with a serious message based in reality- about the dire results of messing with nature,  and place it in a fantasy context, bringing it to a wider forum. We have more singles and videos up our sleeves yes.

11. What are your upcoming touring/show plans?

Grog: We head to the UK to appear at Alt fest on August 17, then we fly to Finland for a tour starting September 3. After that we want to concentrate on the USA and finally do the touring we've been wanting to do for a long time, starting November onwards.

12. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Grog: We have a bandcamp page:  and you can find us on iTunes and all the other major retailers. We recently put the catalog back on Spotify and other streaming services. We have merch for sale in our shop at  Also check out all our vids at Die So Fluid Official on YouTube.

 13. What is it you'd like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Grog:  Consistently people have said our music grows on you.. People get excited by the power of the three of us  when they first see the band then unexpectedly a melody or lyric pops in their head three days later.

 14. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Grog: I just bought a motorcycle so maybe I’ll come onstage jumping through a ring of fire. Got to outdo Rob Halford. Haha. So yeah- a lot more work in the U.S.A., tearing up the live scene, more kickass tunes and fun times!

 15. Do you have any last words?

Grog: Please come join us at and twitter: @diesofluid for all the latest news and info! Thanks for the chat and see you on the road!
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White Empress releases new video for their song "Darkness Encroaching". Check it out HERE.
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Living Dead Light's releases new video for their song "Follow". Check it out HERE.
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Avion Roe have released their new video for the song "The Escape". Check it out HERE.
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Fearless Vampire Killer's new video for their song "Neon In The Dancehalls" has been released. Check it out HERE.
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Crown The Empire has released their new video for the song "Machines". Check it out HERE.
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Upon A Burning Body's new video for the song "Red Razor Wrists" has been released. Check it out HERE.
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Mattel's upcoming Monster High movie is all new and called "Freaky Fusion" to tie into it's doll line of the same name of course. The official trailer and several sneak peaks have been posted. Check out the trailer HERE and sneak peaks HERE, HERE, and HERE.
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