祈~INORI~ HeavensDust 2015.12.06 at Christon Cafe Tokyo


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Those who would like to listen to a slice of the great repertoire of Japanese rock music ought to visit one of a HeavensDust´s concerts. 

The HeavensDust concert on the 6th of December in Christon Cafe Tokyo was a great chance to listen to sound of traditional Japanese instruments in an unusual combination with the sound of rock music. The concert started with the sounds of the sharp notes of the shakuhachi (尺八) flute played by TOUZAN, which returns you to the Japanese middle ages and suggests that all of a sudden a ninja or samurai might appear right next to you. This sound and feeling was accomplished by KAI_SHINE´s versatile taiko (太鼓) drums playing, which was followed by KoREDS rhythmic handling of an ordinary drum set, as well as the sound of a bass guitar played by you+. Next, the sound of 5hiNo´s guitar playing mingled with the complex soundscape of traditional and modern instruments, which found its climax in the advent of vocalist Shin´s rough singing.

The concert could be divided in five different parts, which mostly alternated hard rock music and quite reserved songs, with the aforementioned pieces either sung by Shin, or delivered as a purely instrumental performance. The first part used the songs “Rise from the ashes”, “Distressed” and “Unknown pain” as interlude. Although in the beginning, the traditional instruments dominated, Shin´s strong voice quickly became the focus of the performance. The last song of this set created a dramatic transition to the second part, which featured a bondage show accompanied by the song “Silent Scream”. Both songs underlined the play of the bondage show until it was suddenly interrupted with the songs “Annihilation” and “Word in my Head”. While the main theme was still dramatic, the lyrics didn´t fit to the show at all. The mood changed rather quickly, but the concert carried on delivering a great performed rock style. The third part of concert was reserved for a quieter atmosphere than the beginning and featured the songs: “In my sleep”, “More than this”, “1000 Paper cranes on a string”, “Before I die”, “Red So Deep”, “Fade” and “Fate”. The song “In my sleep” was dominated by the normal drumset as well as the bass guitar. For the following song the talented kou from Tsukiyoi was attending the show as a guest artist and left a great impression by playing the koto (琴), a Japanese tableharp. For the introduction of “Before I die” she performed together with TOUZAN. Yet again a dramatic acoustic aura was created, which was soon joined by the soft singing of Shin, which allowed the traditional instruments remain in focus.

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The third part was used to give some of the artists a chance to rest, while giving kou and TOUZAN the chance to take the audience into a bygone era again, performing the songs “Jyougen” and “Emerge from Silence”. Once more, in the background, they held another bondage show, exchanging the first "victim" for another girl. Since the music did not really fit the performance at all, it seemed to be an altogether parallel event like watching a muted television screen. The fourth part started with the songs, “Your whisper”, which had a sound sound similar to music by the band Rammstein, and “If I”, which included some pop music elements. These songs created the base for the songs: “This is where it ends”, “Drowning” and “Closure comes”. From the dark again into the light, these songs created a jaunty feeling, with the help of Shin´s vocal act. The fifth and last part of the show was opened by a drums solo of taiko drums by KAI_SHINE and was accompanied first by only KoREDS and soon also by the bass guitar talents of you+. The songs performed were “Embrace the chaos” and “Taiko Battle”. These two were the transitional part for the two final songs “World goes gray” and “Gaze (through your heart)”, which, for a last time, again featured an innovating mélange of traditional music and modern rock music. Even though the first three songs of this part were loud and powerful, the final song “Gaze (through your heart)” was performed in a quiet, silent and sad mood: The grand finale of this concert.

In conclusion this concert was a great opportunity to explore the impressive and innovative repertoire of the Japanese rock music by HeavensDust. This band and their concerts are highly recommended to anyone. Also the band cares incredibly for their fans, giving autographs and mingling amongst them after the show.

Setlist:

SE Rise From The Ashes
Distressed
Unknown Pain
Silent Scream
Annihilation
Words In My Head
In My Sleep
More Than This
SE 1000 Paper Cranes On A String 
Before I Die
Red So Deep...
Fade 
Fate
Jyougen
Emerge From Silence 
Your Whispers 
If I
This Is Where It Ends
Drowning 
Closure Comes 
Embrace The Chaos
Taiko Battle
World Goes Gray(Re:GRACED Remix)
Gaze (Through Your Eyes)

 

in collaboration with: www.radio-diabolus.eu 

pictures taken by Tsuki Ukita

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