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
. 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
, 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.
- Ruki: Vocals
- Kai: Leader, Drums
- Uruha: Guitar
- Aoi: Guitar
- Reita: Bass Guitar
- Disorder (2004)
- NIL (2006)
- Stacked Rubbish (2007)
- DIM (2009)
- TOXIC (2011)
- DIVISION (2012)
- Beautiful Deformity (2013)
- Cockayne Soup (2003)
- Akuyuukai (2003)
- Hankou Seimeibun (2003)
- MADARA (2004)
- Gama (2004)
- 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: Than most bands in the visual scene. Alternatively, they are Darker and Edgier than their PS Company labelmates.
- 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.
- Expy: Ruki is one of Dir En Grey's Kyo and Kuroyume's Kiyoharu. He also tends to look like Takanori Nishikawa at times.
- Follow the Leader: Along with An Cafe, Versailles and Dir En Grey, they are one of the most imitated bands in Visual Kei; a direct consequence of their popularity among members of the scene.
- 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.
- Genre-Busting + Genre Roulette
- Genre Shift: They have been moving away from Eroguro since the release of TOXIC, though they still have elements of it, most notably in their album covers and live performances.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Some of their songs have unassuming song titles, however, do not be fooled: their lyrical themes are usually darker than many avowed Visual Kei acts.
- Gratuitous English: Pops up very often in recent material, but it is delivered so badly that nobody understands at all.
- Harsh Vocals: Ruki does these to rather epic results.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Every member of the band has at least worn some form of Badass leather.
- Iconic Logo: The band's logo is one of few iconic logos in Japanese metal. The band has adopted a new, more modern sans-serif logo akin to Khanate's typeface in recent years, as seen on the cover of DIVISION, though they still use the old logo from time to time. Beautiful Deformity introduced another iteration of the band logo.
- Impossibly Cool Clothing: Though such is often the standard in Visual Kei.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: "Discharge" from NIL sounds like Gratuitous English lyrics shouted over chaotic Nu Metal instrumentation. Good luck deciphering them since the actual lyrics are scribbled over in the booklet.
- Lead Bassist: Reita, a Type B and C, is one of the most notable members of the band, mainly for being half of the band's Vocal Tag Team and being one of the most stand-out members of the band.
- Long Runner Line Up: Ever since Yune was replaced by Kai as the bandleader and drummer in 2003, the band has not suffered any lineup changes, breakups or hiatuses.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Even some of their lighter material have dark, harsh and disturbing lyrics.
- Metal Scream: Ruki does these well, and does them even better during live shows.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually a 6 to a 9. Some songs are around the 3-5 range. They've done everything from a 1 ("Hakuri") to an 11 ("Discharge"), though, a range that's eerily similar to another popular J-metal band.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: In what genre of rock do they fall under is a matter of debate. Alternative Rock? Hard Rock? Nu Metal? Industrial Metal? Alternative Metal? Or something new and totally different?
- New Sound Album: NIL was arguably their first New Sound Album, followed by DIM, the band's first Magnum Opus. They topped that album with DIVISION, considered as their best work, which introduced even heavier elements borrowed from the Industrial Metal, Dubstep and Harsh Noise genres.
- Refuge in Audacity: Very often.
- Refuge in Vulgarity: As per Eroguro kei tradition, they are far more explicit than their non-Eroguro contemporaries
- 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.
- The Pete Best: Yune, former leader and drummer, who left in 2003 shortly before the band was signed to a major label. Quickly faded into obscurity.
- The Unintelligible / Word Salad Lyrics: 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.
- X Meets Y: Early on, Kuroyume meets Deftones. Now it's more like Rammstein meets Visual Kei.