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HYDE, born Hideto Takarai in Wakayama, Japan, started out in music as the vocalist of L Arc En Ciel
. He debuted as a solo artist in 2000. Notably, his solo image is both Darker and Edgier
and more Visual Kei
-oriented than his image in his work with L'Arc: while some of his early solo work is quiet, soft ballads (and occasionally one will still pop up now and then) most of his solo work tends toward being Hard Rock
with some occasional Heavy Metal
, and the Protest Song
and Religion Rant Song
of all types are familiar territory. His solo work can be best compared to a Japanese Marilyn Manson
and also draws heavy
inspiration from the darker periods of Atsushi Sakurai
of Buck Tick
. After several solo albums, he joined up with KAZ Iwaike (ex. hide solo
, Oblivion Dust) and occasionally Ju-Ken (ex. Gackt
) and formed Vamps.
- Evergreen -2001
- Angel's Tale, -2001
- Shallow Sleep, -2001
- Hello - 2003
- Horizon -2003
- Orenji no Taiyou - 2003, duet with Gackt
- Glamorous Sky (lyrics and guitar) - 2005
- Season's Call -2006
- As Vamps:
- Roentgen and its English version - 2002
- 666 -2003
- Faith and its English version - 2006
- As Vamps:
Hyde and his solo works provide examples of the following tropes:
- Author Appeal: Exploring religion and the Religion Rant Song, anti-war songs, vampirism.
- Ax-Crazy: Quite a few of Hyde's solo songs have centered around this theme, often fused with Religion Rant Song. Some notables are Prayer and Masquerade from 666, Jesus Christ and Dolly from Faith, and "Satsugai."
- Biseinen: Hyde himself, and Kaz handily qualifies as well. Ju-Ken may to some.
- Bi the Way: Hyde is out as bisexual, though married to a woman and appears to prefer women, despite what the fanfics will tell you.
- Cover Version: Of everything from Mötley Crüe's "Live Wire" to the Britpop band Shampoo's "Trouble."
- Darker and Edgier: Pretty much every bit of his post-Roentgen output. Roentgen was actually Lighter and Softer than his L'Arc-en-Ciel work, but once he entered Hard Rock with Hello, his solo work has been consistently this to L'Arc.
- Dramatic Shattering: The Hello, Countdown, and Trouble P Vs. Often combined with fire.
- Expy: Marilyn Manson, Atsushi Sakurai, Miyavi, on occasion, and Buck Tick. Among other Goth Rock acts.
- Fanservice: It can be argued this was the very idea of Vamps.
- Gratuitous English: He occasionally indulges in this, though his English skills have improved.
- Guyliner: Hyde almost always has at least some eye makeup.
- Harsh Vocals: Hyde is definitely far more capable of this than most of his L'Arc work would indicate.
- Heavy Meta: Glamorous Sky, as it is a song about being a musician made for Nana, an anime and live action film centering around a musician. Mission could also qualify, as could Sex Blood Rock And Roll. All of these overlap with Rockstar Song as well.
- Intercourse with You: Sweet Vanilla, Midnight Celebration, Made in Heaven, Love Addict, Sex Blood Rock And Roll, Devil Side
- Long Runner: Hyde has been an active musician in some way or other since his debut in 1990 with Jerusalem's Rod, and his solo career has spanned around 12 years in and of itself.
- Metal Scream: There's quite a few examples in almost too many of his solo works to list. Suffice it to say anything that isn't from Roentgen or a ballad probably has at least one.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Roentgen is barely a 1, only brought onto the scale by "The Cape Of Storms." Anything after Roentgen will range from a 3-4 (the ballads and quieter pieces) to a 6-8 (anything else).
- No Export for You: Averted several times - Hyde has rerecorded lyrics in English and done many international releases so at least the English speaking world has had a chance at acquiring his solo works without piracy or having to rely on resellers.
- Number of the Beast: 666.
- Ode to Intoxication: Midnight Celebration, Made In Heaven, Angel Trip
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Performance Video: Almost all of his singles have these. Hello and Countdown are some of the best.
- Protest Song: LOTS AND LOTS of them, often overlapping with Religion Rant Song as his career went on, only becoming fewer with Vamps. A few examples:
- Religion Rant Song: See above. Pretty much all of 666 and Faith with the exception of a couple of songs to each album could be considered some variant of this.
- Self-Titled Album: Vamps
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: One of many in a crowded field in Visual Kei (in competition with Atsushi Sakurai of Buck Tick, Gackt, and Yoshiki Hayashi)
- Visual Kei: Hyde and Vamps are definite parts of the scene. His association with the scene, however, is somehow tainted by his main band, L Arc En Ciel, which is known for being against the label.