Again I went to an Artism event, this time the 7th anniversary of the Club Theatic Show at Live Inn Rosa in Ikebukuro. This “Gothic Culture Club Party” consisted of nine musical performance by goth, rock and metal bands, interspersed with DJ music. Among the music groups were Vanished Empire, Zodiaque, well-know Psydoll, Death Trance Delilah, Hernia 44, Zwecklos, PeaceToPieces, Remnant and Solomon Grandy.
But first I want to show some pictures of the people attending such an Tokyo underground goth party. Unsurprisingly, many were dressed up in elaborate costumes as they are artists and DJs themselves (or just love the chance to wear a gothic cosplay).
Japanese goth girl with headphones holding a drink.
A long-haired girl wearing colored contact lenses dancing at the Artism event.
Dressed-up goth DJ Mikan on the dancefloor.
Another costumed goth girl with a pink wig and blue contacts.
Japanese goth couple of a cute magical girl and an elegant aristocrat.
A Club Theatic Show 22 guest wearing a gothic Helloween costume.
Japanese girl with a plaid skirt and white shirt.
Goth club party girl Chiaki dancing at the Live Inn Rosa.
Japanese goth lady at the Club Theatic Show vol.22 club event.
Japanese goth guy on the dancefloor.
Another female patron of the Club Theatic Show 22 7th anniversary.
Cat-eared goth girl Fumika in Japanese club.
Gothic lady 玉虫 (Tamamushi) in front of the merchandise vendors.
Goth guy with white facepaint holding a blinking toy gun during a band performance.
Another shot of DJ Mikan happily dancing at the Club Theatic event.
The first band of the day was the heavy dark rock PeaceToPieces. They played Japanese metal with female lyrics.
Metal band PeaceToPieces performing on stage at the Live Inn Rosa in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
From left to right: Bass player Peat, singer Ryo☆キラリーン and guitarist Sujio of PeaceToPieces.
A shot of guitar player Suijo with his bandmates Ryo☆キラリーン and Peat in the background.
Peace To Pieces' bassist Peat playing at the Club Theatic Show 22 event.
Vocalist Ryo☆キラリーン of Japanese goth band PeaceToPieces during their gig.
PeaceToPieces' Ryo☆Kiralin singing live on stage.
Next came Remnant, who played some kind of ElectroGothic music, a mix of electronic and darkwave. This three-piece band had elaborate costumes and narration for their performance, which is not that unusual for Tokyo goth concerts. I quite liked the style of them.
Japanese goth band Remnant on stage: guitarist Takmi, singer Marie and narrator Rober_tJ.
Remnant's guitar player Takmi playing his instrument.
Marie of Remnant singing at the Live Inn Rosa.
The supporting singer of Remnant with Rober__tJ in the back.
Another shot of Remnant's vocalist Marie in her gothic lolita outfit.
The end of the performance: Marie in backlight.
The third performance was by the solo project Solomon Grandy. The main protagonist of this project is a guy called Mars Medicis Mephistopher, who dances and sings to darkwave music.
Mars Medicis Mephistopher beginning his performance with carrying a Hanukkah menorah candelabrum.
Solomon Grandy's front man Mars Medicis Mephistopher singing with guest dancer Gucci in the background.
Mars Medicis Mephistopher and Gucci during their gothic performance at the Live Inn Rosa.
Mars Medicis Mephistopher during his intense performance.
Another shot of Solomon Grandy's main performer at the Club Theatic Show vol.22.
Spotlights paint singer Mars Medicis Mephistopher of Solomon Grandy orange.
The next music group was a familiar sight. I saw the industrial band Zwecklos several times last year, and their performance had quite improved. It was less static but with more moving and dancing around on the stage during their songs.
Japanese Industrial band Zwecklos performing at the Live Inn Rosa.
Zwecklos' singer Ageha in her scary make-up.
Tak, the programmer and bass player of Zwecklos.
Japanese singer Ageha dancing during the Zwecklos concert.
Goth guy Tak of Japanese dark electro band Zwecklos.
Zwecklos vocalist Ageha at the Club Theatic Show 22.
After Zwecklos came one of the headliners of the evening: The Japanese metal band Hernia 44. They put on quite a show with extensive costumes and an over-the-top macho performance for the wild crowd in the small club. Very kakoi and very Japanese.
Hernia 44's guitar player Multi_co wearing a mask during the first songs.
Bassist Thunder of Hernia 44 playing his 'axe' next to guitarist Multi_co.
Japanese metal band Hernia 44 on the stage of the Live Inn Rosa: keyboardist Tsuyoshi, singer and bassist Hirohisa Nagao (Thunder) and guitarist Multico.
Guitar player Multico Honekawa of Hernia 44 with skeleton skull make-up.
Hernia 44's frontman Hirohisa Nagao (Thunder) performing at the Club Theatic goth event.
Sparks fly during Hernia 44's act as Thunder and Multi-Co give it all.
Multico in his psycho skeleton outfit playing his instrument with Hirohisa Nagao behind him.
The keyboard player Tsuyoshi of Hernia 44 wearing a gas mask during the concert.
Hernia 44's line-up at the end of their live show, including their drummer Takayuki.
As the evening got later, the shows got stranger. The next band was Death Trance Delilah, a group of singers/dancers in weird fetish fashion doing a kind of burlesque performance to electronic dance music.
Big hair and leopard print unitards were important accessories for Death Trance Delilah's members.
Singer Angelix in front of dancer Dark666 and vocalist Jesus.
Death Trance Delilah's choreographed dance show at the Live Inn Rosa.
Death Trance Delilah's Dark666, Angelix, Maiya and Jesus during their act at the Club Theatic Show event.
Singer Maiya of Japanese 'death disco' band Death Trance Delilah.
Death Trance Delilah's singers Maiya and Jesus performing together in their matching unitards.
Next came familiar sights and sounds again with the Japanese cyberpunk industrial band Psydoll. Having seen them many times over the years, they kind of form an important backbone of the Tokyo underground gothic music scene. Although their show was quite short here, it was nice to see them live at this anniversary Artism event.
Japanese cyberpunk industrial band Psydoll at the Live Inn Rosa in Ikebukuro.
Psydoll's percussionist and theremin player Uenoyama performing.
Nekoi Psydoll is the frontwoman and singer and keyboard player of Psydoll.
Psydoll's guitar player Ucchi with singer Nekoi in the background.
Psydoll's Nekoi wearing her cyber fashion during their show.
Another view of guitarist Ucchi of Psydoll at the Club Theatric Show #22.
Next came a Japanese hardcore band again. Called Zodiaque, they played very loud and powerful metal music. The crowd sure loved their performance, especially when the singers from Vanished Empire joined them on stage.
Zodiaque at the Live Inn Rosa: singer Naoto, guitarist Jun and drummer LRZ.
Bass player and singer Ken of the Japanese metal band Zodiaque.
Zodiaque's frontman Naoto singing and playing guitar.
Chihiro in the background joined Zodiaque's Naoto and Jun during their show.
The people at the Club Theatic Show went wild at the double dose of hardcore metal by Zodiaque and Vanished Empire.
Zodiaque's bassist Ken and guitarist Jun playing side by side.
The final act of the evening was provided by the industrial metal band Vanished Empire. As is typical of many Japanese bands of the genre, the visual imagery plays a big part in their stage image, emphasizing elaborate costumes, accessories and scary make-up. Fronted by the popular goth DJ Chihiro, they put on a very impressive performance, as they had no other musicians on stage — with lots of room to jump around.
Japanese singer Chihiro of Vanished Empire in red light.
Vanished Empire's programmer and synth player Dee Lee greeting the crowd at Live Inn Rosa.
Fans raise their fists for Chihiro during Vanished Empire's performance.
Vanished Empire's Dee Lee singing in his black cowl.
The crowd watches transfixed the performance of Vanished Empire at the Live Inn Rosa live house.
Vanished Empire's singers Chihiro and Dee Lee entertaining the crowd at the Artism live event in Ikebukuro.