Music / The Gazette

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The Gazette (stylized as THE GAZETTE and formerly the GazettE) is a Japanese Visual Kei heavy metal band formed in Kanagawa in 2002. Originally an Alternative Metal band, their sound has evolved throughout the years, encompassing Nu Metal, Hard Rock, Industrial Metal and Metalcore. The name "gazette" is possibly a reference to their frequent use of lyrical themes that deal with violent crimes and worldly issues.note .

The band was originally signed to Matina, but shortly after producing a few songs, they switched labels to PS Company, a sub-label of Dynamite Tommy's Free Will Records. Their material is released by PS Company through Sony Music Entertainment Japan.

Along with An Cafe, Nightmare, exist†trace, Miyavi, and post-Visual Kei prog-death metallers Dir en grey, they were part of the second wave of Visual Kei bands, and are currently one of the biggest names in the modern VK scene, both in and outside Japan. They are often described as PS Company's best-selling visual band, as well as an important act in the modern VK scene.

Members:

  • Ruki: Vocals
  • Kai: Leader, Drums
  • Uruha: Guitar
  • Aoi: Guitar
  • Reita: Bass Guitar

Discography

Studio albums:

  • Disorder (2004)
  • NIL (2006)
  • Stacked Rubbish (2007)
  • DIM (2009)
  • TOXIC (2011)
  • DIVISION (2012)
  • Beautiful Deformity (2013)
  • Dogma (2015)

EPs:

  • Cockayne Soup (2003)
  • Akuyuukai (2003)
  • Spermargarita(2003)
  • Hankou Seimeibun (2003)
  • MADARA (2004)
  • Gama (2004)

"the TropeS":

  • Adorkable: All the members have their moments, especially in interviews, but fans always like focusing on Kai in this aspect.
  • Careful with That Axe: Ruki loves dropping a Metal Scream or two on some relatively light songs.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Most of their songs with English lyrics contain at least a few.
  • Darker and Edgier: Their album Dogma has them taking on an incredibly dark and gothic look.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Every member of the band, at some point. Ruki and Uruha tend to look less masculine compared to the band's other members. Ruki's appearance for the song Inside Beast has him in a red outfit that could easily be a woman's clothing, and with red lipstick.
  • Epic Rocking: Throughout their career, The Gazette have crafted a couple tunes that could easily qualify. "Taion," "Defective Tragedy," "Nakigahara," and "PLEDGE" are pretty noteworthy examples.
  • Expy: Ruki is one of Dir en grey's Kyo and Kuroyume's Kiyoharu. He also tends to look like Takanori Nishikawa at times.
  • From Clones to Genre: The band has drawn comparisons to Dir en grey, with many purists calling them expies or outright rip-offs. This is mainly due to both bands going through a Nu Metal phase, sharing the same musical formula, and showcasing similar edgy, stripped-down visual styles. Not to mention that Ruki sounds almost exactly like Kyo. Many other artists followed, which led to the popularization of the Eroguro kei sub-movement.
  • Refuge in Vulgarity: As per Eroguro kei tradition, they are far more explicit than their non-Eroguro contemporaries
  • Secret Relationship: According to Japanese gossip site Tanuki, Uruha is in one of these. As of 2017, it's a secret marriage.
  • Signature Style: Distorted guitar riffs drowned in harsh effects, Hip-Hop-influenced drumming and bass, extensive use of Soprano and Gravel, and high-pitched electronics.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Ruki can do this all by himself.
  • Spiritual Successor: In the early days they were this to Deftones. As of late, they became this to Ministry and Pitch Shifter.
  • Strictly Formula: Many songs from their Nu Metal era are relatively simple and roughly follow the same formula as earlier J-metal acts (especially Nagoya kei acts). Averted slightly in their more recent songs, however, as the last three albums introduced songs with harder riffs and more sonic variations.
  • The Unintelligible: Ruki's English.
  • Too Many Belts: Some of the band's outfits showcase lots of belts in places where one would not normally expect any. Then again, they're Visual Kei.
  • Visual Kei: They have been a pure VK band from the very start. And together with Dir en grey and L'arc-en-Ciel, they are one of the biggest names in modern Visual Kei.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Ruki does the long, guttural screams while Reita does the gang vocals.
  • Vocal Evolution: On the band's latest album, Dogma, Ruki's screaming vocals have gotten more vicious... to say the least. His cleans, meanwhile, have remained fairly consistent since inception.
  • When She Smiles: This is especially for Kai, whose smile is described as being absolutely adorable. See for yourself here

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