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"ALSDEAD at A-Kon Dallas"

Visual kei band ALSDEAD’s first performance in the U.S. was a definitive success.

On Friday May 29th, through the organization of JSHOXX, ALSDEAD performed for their first time in America at the oldest anime convention in the U.S., A-Kon. They were given a huge concert space which was quickly filling up before their show, mostly by fans familiar with visual kei but who were unfamiliar with ALSDEAD. Despite some technical problems with the sound system, the band took the crowd by surprise with their energy and music, and MAKI impressed everyone with his seamless blend of singing and screaming. Though they were the opening band for Camino, they played as though they were the main event, and the crowd received them as though they needed nothing else.

The group started out with the aggressive Violent of Reason, which had the fans headbanging along to the fast beat while strobe lights cast the hall into an alternate reality. Setsua especially went all out, beating the drums as though he wanted to tear them apart. After this song, MAKI announced in English, “We are ALSDEAD! We are so happy to be in Dallas for you.” His words sent the audience into a frenzy of cheers.

The audience fell into a trance during the following F99, mesmerized by the atmosphere created by the slower song. MAKI was especially dramatic here, putting all of his energy into his singing. In the following song, bassist Reito showed the fans an impressive crazy solo, and during the heavy parts he and guitarist Shin threw their whole bodies into their movements. The crowd went wild for Kizu, punching the air from the first chords as the lighting changed from red to black and then purple. They jumped excitedly to the beat in the chorus and both members and audience went all out during the headbang section after the chorus.

The next song was a heavy, screaming number with a fast beat. MAKI led the crowd in clapping, and they continued clapping throughout the song. In the following number, Shin took over, playing the dominant melodies. The beat increased and the strobe lights began flashing again. Despite the loudness of the number, the chorus was melodious while heavy. Reito gave another crazy solo and MAKI was headbanging through the end. Next came the fast and heavy S.a.g.A., during which MAKI’s screams and Setsua’s beat had everyone punching the air and headbanging enthusiastically, and Shin gave off a taste of his speed playing during his solo. It seemed to be a fan favorite and at the end after MAKI’s final scream, the audience echoed his scream back at him.

MAKI then did a call and response of screams with the fans, saying in English, “With a loud voice I wanna hear you scream!!”, to which he received an enthusiastic response. While the fans seemed to grow restless in his following announcements which were in Japanese, they were more than ready to scream again when he let loose another yell at the end.

For the next ballad, the background was lit with a red glow, and the fans raised their hands in the air, waving them slowly from side to side, pumping their fists during the more powerful parts of the song. At the start of the next song, with music playing under his voice, MAKI addressed the crowd in English: “We’ll come back to see you soon. Dallas, we love you!” The audience let out a deafening applause before MAKI continued, announcing “Last one!”

Setsua then launched into a heavy beat, and MAKI called out in time with the drums, “Oi! Oi! Oi!” The members headbanged along to the aggressive number, then at one point the music stopped completely and MAKIwaited until everyone screamed loudly, after which the music resumed. With red lights flashing on him, MAKI directed the crowd in punching the air, then moved to sing back to back first with Reito and then Shin on the other side of the stage. The song had a heavy finish with all the members and fans headbanging.

When the song ended, instead of exiting immediately, the band members lined up at the front of the stage, joining hands and bowing as everyone cheered them on. The fan response was so positive, it was clear they would have been calling for an encore if CAMINO were not following. ALSDEAD seemed to be soaking in the victory of their first American performance, enjoying the relentless screams from the audience, eventually exiting the stage as the lights dimmed.

While most of the crowd had not known ALSDEAD before that night, the band gained many new fans after their amazing performance. The show was a success in every way, and we hope they will return soon for another performance in the states.


Setlist:

V.O.R.
PM Insistence
F99
Kizu
Nounai Ranbu (Unreleased Track)
S.a.g.A
Eternal Insanity
Kairi


- JaME World


"ALSDEAD The little band with surprisingly big impact"

I think most people reacted to the announcement that ALSDEAD would be making their first appearance on United States soil with a disapproving scoff. This band isn’t exactly one of the major players, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at them. They sport the sexier, darker, fiercer aspect of visual style without leaning too heavily on leather or tossed-up fetish gear. Vocalist Maki wields a fairly good range for an indies band. He can shred screams or croon equally as well with seemingly little effort. The song writing leans strongly on classic formulas without repetition. In short, ALSDEAD is a group to keep your eye on.
This is of course, no surprise to anyone on the JSHOXX team. ALSDEAD has been dominating their request charts for months and sits only behind Deluhi popularity-wise, according to the station owner. The band claims that 3,000 fans showed up for the ALSDEAD show at A-Kon. The Vice Chairman of A-Kon, Laura N. MoOrris, confirmed this number.

The guitar player, Shin, agreed to speak with Askew about his experiences abroad once he returned home.

“We didn’t expect people to know ALSDEAD because it was our first time to appear here, yet many of them actually knew us! That was impressive,” Shin reminisced. “Two of us had never been outside of Japan until A-Kon. We didn’t know that the United States is such a cool place!”

When we asked about the plane ride over Shin shared that “Maki was playing a PSP soccer game, and the others were watching movies. One of the movies was just so boring, and we were just complaining about it. Yea, that’s pretty much it. Maki had trouble when we went through immigration, so we couldn’t make the connecting flight that we were supposed to take. Therefore we had to wait for the next flight which was going to Dallas via Denver. That really sucked…”

However, once they got here, “Almost everything was perfect, and as we imagined except the trouble at the airport. JSHOXX and the A-Kon crew had done everything for us so we didn’t have to worry about anything. They were really comfortable to be around and easy to work with.”

Now with all those travel troubles behind them, you would think that the real adventure would the begin. Most everyone spoke an entirely different language and needed to get setup and moved around the venue. Things can often get tricky. Shin brushes it off with ease. “Honestly, we didn’t really feel the barrier of language. We were able to be friends without long conversation. Somehow we could understand and feel what they were saying without saying anything. Not sure they felt the same way or not,” he laughs.

What if they could speak English? What would they say, and who would they say it to?

“We would definitely ask Michael Jackson to join ALSDEAD!”
(This interview was of course completed shortly before the recent news of his passing.)

They didn’t get to spend any time exploring the city though because of their tight schedule. Shin said that it sure didn‘t stop anyone from bringing back souvenirs. “Setsua bought a black cowboy hat. He really likes that hat and keeps wearing it even after we got back to Japan.”

“We drank together till morning and had a wonderful time. It will be unforgettable memory,” Shin spoke of his best experience during the trip. He laughs, “We had too big of a celebration, and then we all had a hangover the next day.”

So did we manage to convert a Japanese band to Americana? Well, probably not. “When we ate Japanese rice on the plane, we were so happy to be going home. U.S is cool, but if we talk regarding food, we would be happier to be in Japan for sure.” No despairing though, Shin and the rest of ALSDEAD have every intention of coming back. “We are pretty sure that we will come back to play in U.S someday soon so please keep following us,” Shin asks of the fans.

Shin’s final verdict of their first show in America?

“It was an awesome trip!”
- ASKEW Magazine


"A-KON Live Report: ALSDEAD and camino"

The Sheraton Dallas bustled with activity on Friday May 29, 2009. A-Kon 20 was underway. Registration lines were long. Costumed revelers prowled the hallways and common areas. Various demonstrations and competitions attracted excited participants. JShoxx blasted new music from ALSDEAD at a booth in the center of the second floor and fans snapped up the ALSDEAD CD singles they had on sale.

To say that the convention center was filled with excited fans and concert-goers would do the word "filled" a disservice. By 7 p.m. the line to get in to see ALSDEAD and camino already wound down one wall and was well down the second hallway, though the show wasn't due to begin for two hours. Line monitors cracked jokes, danced and sang for the anxious fans as they waited to be allowed into the convention center’s huge ballroom.

The fans were a mixture of ages from 10 to over 50, but the majority seemed to be under 25. What united them was a love of music and the opportunity to see acts that had made journeys of thousands of miles just to be able to play for them. The buzz running through the crowd centered on the forthcoming "live" and what it would be like to see bands from Japan, which many would be doing for the first time. Every single one of them wanted a place in the front row.

When the doors opened around 8 p.m., the crowd of more than a thousand flowed into the room, quickly filling up all the spaces in front of the stage before moving to fill the wings and then the sides. Chairs were lined up by security to allow for space between the audience and the stage, and the eager fans leaned against the chairs, each trying to position themselves to get a good view of the coming spectacle. Overhead the ceiling glittered and glowed with a mass of tiny lights that twinkled like distant stars. The room was dim and it was easy to pick out those wearing glow-sticks in the darkness.

The stage was large and to the left stood a large video screen for the live feed offered to fans further back so that they could see close-ups of their favorite musicians. The stacks of Marshall Amplifiers reached towards the ceiling 20 feet overhead and a gleaming red Pearl drum kit filled the center of the stage. The fans looked around in awe, chanting "ALSDEAD" as the room filled with ever greater excitement. Whenever a roadie moved across the stage shouts came from all around the room.

Finally, as 9 p.m. approached the anticipation expanded and the assemblage cheered to entice ALSDEAD to the stage. Their cries were soon rewarded as the band was introduced and filled its place on stage. The members wore shiny black patent leather and lace, their painted faces beautiful in the soft lighting of the stage lights. -setua- came out first, quickly followed by -shin- and -reito-. They filled the stage with exuberance, bouncing up, playing to the crowd, grinning as the cheering grew. They took their places, -reito- on bass to the left, -shin- on guitar to the right, -setua- at the drums in the back and Maki in the center, microphone in hand.

The music began and the house went wild. Cheering fans raised their arms in excitement, releasing some of their pent-up energy by waving their hands and pumping their fists. Maki, clad in a black patent leather jacket, shorts, thigh-high leggings and lace, began to sing and the focus turned to him. He raised his arms and the adulation began. Strutting around the stage, he enticed the crowd with his movements and the fans’ energy continued to grow. Even those unfamiliar with the songs were enamored by his charms. He spoke predominantly in Japanese but the fans didn't seem to care.

-shin- and -reito- wore more of the black patent leather short shorts and thigh-high leggings, their outfits complimenting each other in color and texture, though -reito's- black and silver beribboned hair piece set him slightly apart. Both wore black lace and a small lace overskirt over their shorts and their hair took on the tones of the lights each time the spotlights shifted. They moved back and forth across the stage, taking each others’ places at times so that everyone in the crowd could see them. -shin- seemed the more playful of the pair, grinning whenever he wasn't concentrating on his playing. Each of them played to the crowd and showed off for the audience.

At the back -setua- wasn't about to be outdone. His face was covered in a cybernetic-influenced array that appeared as a mask of wires, and his clothing had a more futuristic inspiration. His vest was covered in rings and chains and he wore full body make-up. He wore pants rather than shorts and seemed more a character from science fiction than his band mates. His steady drumming added to the scene and even when there were a couple of cymbal malfunctions he continued to play, not letting slight technical missteps mar his professionalism.

The band played eight songs including “VOR- Violent of Reason,” “S.a.g.A.” and “F-99” but no set list was available for the full line-up. It appears that they played everything on their two singles and perhaps something from their former band, Dice and Joker. There were changes in tempo throughout, but each medley contained its own bit of showmanship. Maki has the tongue wag down and they all played with the crowd, working the fans into a frenzy of jumping and arm waving in imitation of the band’s own upraised hands. They clapped and sang and the crowd chanted and sang along. Many of the girls in the audience were using their hands to make hearts whenever one of the band members, especially -reito-, happened to look her way. While many fans didn't know the Japanese words, you could see them singing along to the chorus, undeterred by the language barrier.

Maki called "last song" just before their final and as the crowd groaned it was clear that those gathered would like to have heard much more. When the band finished the last notes, it stood and waved, posing for the audience, playing up to its fans for a few minutes more before grabbing hands and taking a final group bow. The chant "ALSDEAD" continued as the members disappeared. They did not do an encore.

- JRR (JROCK Revolution)


"ALSDEAD"

Following Akon, JrockRevolution.com had the opportunity to interview special musical guests ALSDEAD. Please enjoy the interview and look for them at Anime Vegas, September 5-7, 2009.



For a fairly new band, has the prospect of playing overseas so soon been exciting? Were there any worries for performing overseas in general?

Because it’s been only 6 month since ALSDEAD formed, we didn’t even think about to play overseas so soon. Of course, we were able to make it due to a support from staff and fans. It was the first appearance at U.S therefore we were slightly anxious for the trip. However once we stood on the stage, fear, worry, and any other negative mood that we had went away. We were confident.

One thing that we worried was that Maki had a trouble at the SFO. He took hours to get through immigration and we didn’t make a flight that we supposed to take. We had to arrange schedule because of him…

What is the history behind the name "ALSDEAD"?

ALSDEAD is an abbreviation of ‘ALL IS DEAD’. Nobody can escape from death. Once you were given birth in this world, you start to walk the way to the death. But it would be also true that even though everyone will pass away sooner or later, someone will deliver new life, and that new life will begin its life. We were impressed by the huge energy that comes from death. The concept of death could be understood with the same concept of starting new life.

Your MySpace reads that ALSDEAD's music aim is to "assume mental disorders are basis," can you elaborate more on that?

A mind is a fragile and weak. It could be influenced by various things; bad relations with others, or drugs, etc. We are trying to express those negative sides in your mind, but we aren’t talking about only despair, but also trying to find a new way to escape from the situation.

Since December, two singles have been released, Kizu and SagA. Can fans anticipate an upcoming album release this year?

3rd single “PARADOX” will be released on Oct 7. We are planning to sell out side of Japan though we are not sure yet. PARADOX consists of 3 songs and we are very confident with those songs. We didn’t include a ballad song this time since we wanted make the single more aggressive and heavy. You can preview our new songs at myspace.com/alsdead666!

Maki, as the music composer for all the songs, how long does it take for you to compose music? Do you write the lyrics by yourself as well? Can you share some inspirations you use in the creation process?

(Maki) I am working on composing with Shin. We make the base of a song, arrange the base, adding melody, and arrange again….. It is like we are playing catch between Shin and I. We are inspired from lots of stuff in our daily lives, but stuff that’s nothing special. Because we are so into music, we are in another world during the time we are working on new songs.

Do you think an international audience will understand the concept of Visual Kei? Do you think your international fans will understand ALSDEAD's purpose as much as your Japanese fans?

Visual Kei is now becoming a big part of Japanese culture, however back in the day there were only a few bands that both visually and musically stood out. Now Visual Kei has grown and some bands have been changing to be a band that both look good and good sound. Therefore, as long as bands try to keep a high quality look and high focus on music, international audience would understand and like us, even though Visual Kei isn’t familiar with them.

We think international fans will understand ALSDEAD’s purpose well enough, though it is depending how we act out side of Japan.

Were you surprised you would have such attention from an international audience? Has that influenced or changed how you approach the music?

We are very surprised about such attention since we hadn’t expected it at all. We are glad that more people like “Eternal Insanity” from D&J than we thought. We were influenced by the event and that experience will definitely make us change in some way.

Was your performance at A-Kon any different than how you would typically perform in Japan?

Not really, we just added few songs from the D&J album. Sound equipments that they provided were different with what we are using in Japan, so in sound wise, we tried adjust to the equipment provided.

Is it possible you might play more overseas shows? If so, what are a couple of places you'd like to visit?

Absolutely! We want to attend overseas’ show more. We want to come back to U.S for sure, but Europe is pretty interested too. Last time, we had no time to go sightseeing, so it will be great if we can have more free time next time. (NO WAY. Comment by AKIE)

What was each of your favorite things about performing for an international audience?

(Maki) The audience was so energetic! They made me think of coming back to the U.S again. (Shin) Even though nobody did know us before A-Kon, they enjoyed our live from the bottom of their heart. I was very impressed. (Reito) As Maki said, the crowd was really cool. Besides, I enjoyed their cosplay too. (Setsua) Compared with Japan, people are more ROCK’n. Japanese should be more ROCK’n too. Were you able to check out local sights before or after your performance? Any particularly interesting memories?

We had a little time for sightseeing, so we hung out (drank a LOT) with staff outside, and at the hotel room. Taking a limousine was quite memorable. Also, we had never seen that much cosplay before, so that was a good memory too.

Can you describe each other's personalities for us?

(Maki) Hard worker and idea man.
(Shin) Perfectionist. Non-stop talking when drunk.
(Reito) Like a woman.
(Setsua) Total ROCK n’ ROLLER

Do you have a favorite fashion designer?

Not really.

Where do you see ALSDEAD in five years? In ten?

We don’t exactly know our future yet, but certainly we would still quest for music. Make up could be sober by then.

Please give a message to our readers and your fans.

Through A-Kon, we got lots of precious experiences and memories. Thank you so much! Next time, we’ll do our best to insure that our fans have even a better time than last. Please listen to our new single. We look forward to seeing you guys again! See you at the next live!

- JRR (JROCK Revolution)


"ALSDEAD at A-KON20"

The event memorably marked as A-Kon 20 was held over a sweltering, sunny, late spring weekend in the sprawling metropolis of Dallas. Anticipating this epic milestone in the impressive history of the country’s oldest anime convention, Animefood staff packed our bags and headed for Texas. Foremost on the list of our curiosities was a veritable last-minute addition to the A-kon guest roster, the neophyte visual kei band ALSDEAD. Traipsing after the foursome of musicians to various events from their Friday night concert to an in-depth interview on the twilight of the weekend, we have for you a report covering all of the band’s events at A-Kon 20!



If the four members of ALSDEAD (vocalist Maki, guitarist Shin, bassist Reito, and drummer Setsua) were experiencing any nervousness before their first live event in America on Friday night, it was not at all apparent as they strutted gracefully onto the stage. Each member confidently took his place onstage, then as one tore into an energetic, interactive set that gave no indication that this band has only been playing live together since January of this year. Although perhaps only a handful of attendees in the crowd were familiar with their music, the band’s energy and tight playing (including two MCs that were partially in English) held the entire audience’s attention for the duration of their show. The sizeable stage provided by A-kon allowed the members to move about freely, and to really express through their actions just how excited they were to be there. At the Q & A panel held for the fans the following day, guitarist Shin remarked:

“This was our first time in America so we really didn’t know what to expect. The crowd was really friendly, so we really enjoyed it. We had a great time.”



Immediately following the concert, the band proceeded to sign autographs for the fans. A fairly large crowd showed up, lining the walls of the wide hallway that led to the autograph area and even trailing into the main hall of the International Conference and Exposition Center. As the band members, still in full costume and makeup from their show, proceeded down the hall they were welcomed by a deafening wave of cheers and applause. They signed autographs for every fan in the full-to-capacity line that evening.



Saturday’s events began with an hour and a half long question and answer panel for the band, who good-naturedly replied to questions ranging from what their hobbies are to revealing their goals in the band’s future. Some of the most memorable questions and answers can be found later in this article. After the Q & A panel, the band returned to the autograph area for another meet and greet. The crowd was nearly as large as Friday night’s, and another thunderous welcome greeted the band as they stepped into the hall and passed the line to the autograph tables. Again they signed for as many fans as time allowed, and departed in apparently in the same good spirits in which they’d arrived.



The diminishing convention crowd yielded a much smaller line for the band’s third and final autograph session, which took place just after lunchtime on Sunday. Because of the shorter line, the members had more time to talk with the fans who had come to see them and to receive gifts. The two translators present did a wonderful job of relaying the conversations between the fans and ALSDEAD.

After the Sunday autograph session, the four members of ALSDEAD held a press conference where Animefood had the opportunity to ask some in-depth questions about the band.












AF: How did all of the members of ALSDEAD meet?

ALSDEAD: Three of us used to be in a band called Dice and Joker. When our bassist from that band left, the band broke up. We wanted to continue on, so when we found Reito we got back together and called the new band ALSDEAD.

Shin: The concept for the name and the band is from the phrase “all is dead”. It’s the ability to continue to live and grow, to survive when everything in the world is dead.



AF: What inspired each of you to start playing music?

Shin: I had friends in school who played, and they inspired me to start. I also get a lot of my inspiration from video game music.

Maki: My older brother started listening to Megadeth when I was younger. Dave Mustaine inspired me to become a vocalist.

Setsua: When I first saw the cover of Bon Jovi’s “Runaway”, I knew I wanted to be a musician.

Reito: Once when I was small, I watched the Kohaku Uta Gassen New Year’s Eve special with my parents. X Japan performed on it, and I was very surprised that a Japanese band was playing heavy, fast music like that. That inspired me to start.



AF: What artists influenced your playing back then? What artists do you listen to now?

Shin: I don’t listen to many Japanese bands. My inspiration for the music I write mostly comes from gaming music. I also listened to Led Zeppelin growing up. I really like the American band Dream Theater.

Maki: I don’t listen to many Japanese bands, either. I still listen to Megadeth; bands like Skid Row, Motley Crue, Led Zeppelin- older bands like that have a certain quality to their music that never diminishes with time.

Setsua: I listened to a lot of rockabilly. I like The Stray Cats. I like Poison, too.

Reito: The biggest influence on my songwriting and compositions is the Japanese band L’arc~en~Ciel. Lately I have been listening to a lot of hip-hop and club music; obviously I can’t play that kind of music in the band but I try to integrate those styles into my playing.



AF: Do any of you have any relatives who are musicians and if so, how have they influenced your playing?

Shin: There is no one else.

Maki: No one else is a musician, but my older brother is a big music fan. When I write new music, I bring it to him to let him listen to it and tell me his opinion. I use what he says to tweak anything that may be awkward or sounds weird.

Setsua: My father was a big fan of Elvis. I used to listen to Elvis with him, but no one plays music.

Reito: I have relatives who play piano, guitar and sing. But they are all classically trained and very high level; when I go see them perform I get frustrated because I am not up to their level.



AF: Who designs your outfits? Is there a theme to them?

ALSDEAD: There is a Japanese design company called Jack +A napes. Really it’s just one woman, and she made all our outfits. For the theme, we gave her our music and she listened to it while she made the designs.



AF: What message or emotions are you trying to convey to the audience during a live? What would you like the fans to come away with?

Shin: I want quiet people to come there to be loud and get excited. I want them to carry that excitement with them afterwards.

Maki: The live space is a very special place. You can be anyone you want when you’re there. I want to play louder, harder music so that they will get loud and crazy, and it’s okay!

Setsua: I want what Maki said (laughs).

Reito: I want the audience to feel like they’re becoming one with the band, and the band is becoming one with them. I want them to feel that way afterwards, too.



AF: If you could trade positions with anyone in the band, who would it be? Why?

Shin: The vocalist gets to be at the front with all the attention. I would want to be a vocalist.

Maki: I would want to be the drummer, so I could try to break through from the back. To bring myself to the front with aggressive playing.

Setsua: I like playing air guitar! (laughs) I would want to play guitar and sing.

Reito: I can understand the difference between being in the front or being at the back, and why they want to be there. I’m in the middle and I’m comfortable with that for myself, but I would make sure my child became a vocalist.



AF: Look at the band member sitting on your right. If you were to turn him into an animal, what would it be and why?

(all laughing)

Shin: (his subject is Reito) I would turn him into a fish so I could eat him.

Maki: (his subject is Shin) A mosquito. So I could squish him.

Setsua: (his subject is Maki ) A mosquito. SPLAT!

Reito: (his subject is Setsua) A Hamster. Then I’d put him in a wheel from which he couldn’t escape. I’d make him run in the wheel, and push it faster and faster!



Other media questions:



If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?

Shin: I want to see the aurora borealis.

Maki: I would like to go to Spain. I love ancient ruins and old architecture, so I would want to go to Spain or anywhere that I could go to see things like that.

Setsua: I love metal music from L.A., so that’s where I would want to go.

Reito: I want to go to France and Italy to see the art there. I also want to go to New York because it’s one of the central hubs of the world. The bass I play is made in new York; I’d like to see where it was born.



What has left the biggest impression on you at this convention?

Shin: The autograph sessions. Signing various body parts was interesting.

Maki: In Japan there are few opportunities for anime and bands to come together in a setting like this. It’s very different and very exciting. I’ll never forget it.

Setsua: Watching the arena fighting in the main hall.

Reito: I like anime a lot; I probably am the biggest anime fan in the band. I was happy that I was able to recognize a lot of the cosplay characters and the shows they came from. I can’t speak any English, but I felt a connection through the cosplay that transcended language.



What is your favorite thing about cosplay?

Maki: I love the difference between the actual character and the person cosplaying them. Some cosplayers I look at and think: “Wow! If that actual character suddenly gained a lot of weight, they would look just like that!”

Reito: Like I said, I really love anime and cosplay. It’s my dream to one day be the subject of someone’s cosplay.



Fan Questions from the fan Q & A panel:



Are there any places in America that ALSDEAD would want to play?

Maki: Anywhere that the crowd would be really into it.


What brand of guitars and drums do you play?

Shin: I play a custom made ESP guitar.

Setsua: I play Pearl [drums].

Reito: I play a ZON Elite Legacy II [bass].



What are some of your hobbies?

Shin: I play video games. I get a lot of inspiration from video game music.

Maki: I really like video games and sports.

Setsua: I drink alcohol and play air guitar! Every day!

Reito: I don’t really have a hobby…but I like going for walks.



Finally, Animefood asked ALSDEAD to give a parting message to their American fans.

Maki: We want to move around, go to a lot of places. We don’t want to become stalemate. Please check our information online- we would really like to play another event like this one. Please check our information often, and if we are playing near you please come and see us!


- Anime Food


Discography

"Eternal Insanity" - Mini Album "Tracks Eternal Insanity & Kairi ranked #2 by listener votes on JSHOXX Radio"
V.O.R. Single "Reached Number 1 on JSHOXX Radio"
SagA single "Reached #3 on JSHOXX Radio, and coupling track F-99 reached #2 on Cure Rock Radio"

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ALSDEAD (Then known as Dice & Joker) was formed in May of 2007 by childhood classmates and friends Maki: Vocal, Shin: Guitar, Camel: Bass, & Drums: Peanuts Benjamin. ALSDEAD (Then known as Dice & Joker) released its first mini-concept album “Eternal Insanity” later that year, providing a mix of western style heavy metal, along with Japanese technical guitar riffs. Vocalist Maki unleashes powerful vocal chords that match the intensity and raw sound of Shin’s guitar riffs, heavy bass and drum line of the band. In 2008, this album was noticed by an online JROCK web & streaming radio station called JSHOXX at www.jshoxx.com (now Cure Media USA www.curemediausa.com). JSHOXX contacted this band to learn more about them and to help introduce this sound to international listeners. ALSDEAD (Dice & Joker) quickly became a favorite among listeners with title track “Eternal Insanity” & “KAIRI” reaching Number 1 and Number 3 status by votes from over 35,000 listeners world wide. That same year, IRONWERK RECORDS (now Heretic Sound USA www.hereticusa.com) out of Reno, NV signed ALSDEAD (Dice & Joker) to re-release “Eternal Insanity” for international distribution. As of today ALSDEAD (Dice & Joker) are the highest selling band from the label.

In December of 2008 a small line up change took place for ALSDEAD (Dice & Joker), with bassist Camel leaving the band, and was replaced by Reito. Also Peanuts Benjamin changed his name to Setsua. With this small line-up change, Dice & Joker came to an end and was reformed with a new look & band name of ALSDEAD. ALSDEAD released its first single V.O.R. (Violent of Reason) with coupling track “Kizu” on 1/28/09 followed by another single “SagA” with coupling track power ballad F-99on 2/25/09. ALSDEAD has toured consistently throughout Japan playing over 150 shows this year.

With their popularity growing with-in the Japanese Visual Kei rock scene here in the U.S., through streaming radio play, ALSDEAD was invited by A-Kon to perform in Dallas, TX for Japanese Anime & Pop culture convention in May of 2009. ALSDEAD packed the 3,000 seat venue. ALSDEAD received 5 star reviews within the Japanese Rock industry, and has been invited back to the U.S. to headline Anime Vegas in Las Vegas Sept 5th, 2009.

ALSDEAD third single is due out this October 2009, entitled “PARADOX