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Girugämesh

Girugämesh performin in 2007
Backgrund wittins
Eikname Girugämesh
Oreegin Chiba, Japan
Genres Alternative metal, nu metal, alternative rock,
metalcore, industrial metal, industrial rock
Years active 2003–present
Labels Danger Crue
Gan-Shin (EU)
Wabsteid girugamesh.jp
Members
Members Satoshi
Nii
Shū
Ryo
Past members Cyrien
Hotaru

Girugamesh (ギルガメッシュ Girugamesshu?) is a Japanese visual kei rock baund, formit in 2003.[1] The name is derivit frae the name o the auncient keeng Gilgamesh, o Babylonie an Sumerie meethos an is sometimes stylizit wi a metal umlaut as girugämesh.[2][3]

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

2003-2006: Formation[eedit | eedit soorce]

Formit in 2003 in Chiba, Shuu an Nii haed been friends syne elementary schuil,[4] the earliest incarnation o the baund made its first performance while the members wur still in heich schuil.[5] Girugamesh began playin gigs wi their current lineup in 2004,[4] till they wur signed tae record label Gaina-Japan. Their first single, "Kaisen Sengen" wis rankit #10 on the Oricon Indies chairt.[3] In 2005, Girugamesh embarkit on a naition-wide tour, efter which they released their first live DVD, featurin fuitage frae the tour, an efter mair tourin, released an EP, Goku -Shohankei Enban-.

In 2007, Girugamesh wis signed tae the European label Gan-Shin. The baund then wis pairt o a 9-baund Japanese rock festival in Los Angeles, Californie cried "J-Rock Revolution". They wur pairt o the seicont nicht alangside Merry, D'espairsRay, an Mucc.[6] Aroond the time o J-Rock Revolution, some o the performin baunds released material on the iTunes Music Store, includin Girugamesh. On this, Ryo haes commentit that "if you really like the baund efter the initial listen, you will buy the oreeginal CD."[7]

2007-present: Girugamesh an internaitional success[eedit | eedit soorce]

In the simmer o 2007, Girugamesh released an EP entitled Reason of Crying, an in December released their eponymous album, Girugamesh.

Main airticle: Girugamesh (album)#Touring

In 2008, in support o Girugamesh, the baund toured in baith Japan[8][9] an Europe,[10] unner the tour title "Stupid Tour '08". The Japanese leg haed Girugamesh performin throughoot Japan,[8] an later in Januar, the baund toured Europe for the first time, visitin Germany, Fraunce, the Unitit Kinrick, Swaden an Finland.[10] Follaein their European tour, Girugamesh continued the "Stupid Tour '08 in Japan".[8] In Mairch, Girugamesh returned tae tourin visitin venues aw ower Japan includin Okinawa.[9]

Follaein a performance at Wacken Open Air,[11] a support tour for Girugamesh will occur, entitled "Shining Tour '08".[12] The first performances endured through Julie, visitin Osaka an Nagoya, wi ane feenal performance in August at the Liquidroom in Tokyo.[12] Concerts in Julie featurt seicont acts, including Gelugugu, Tr. Dan, Sel'm, Dogma, an Deathgaze, while the tour finale show will be a ane-man performance, wi anerlie Girugamesh.[12]

In July 2008, an Inglis version o their wabsteid wis activatit; shortly efter this, the baund annooncit they wad release their debut American album, wi Girugamesh being sauld exclusively through Hot Topic stores.

The baund's third full-length album, titled Music, wis released on 5 November 2008. Efter a lengthy Japan tour throughoot the first quairter o 2009, the baund made its second appearance in the United States, showcased at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington. No lang efter the en o "Crazy Tour 2009" they released the live DVD "Crazy Crazy Crazy" on 3 Juin. Anither release wis annooncit tae be oot on 10 Julie but this time it wis a single namit "Alive" which they haed been playin for the audiences durin the end o their "Crazy Tour". Juist a month later on 5 August the single "Border" came oot alang wi "Crying Rain" on 7 October. On 16 December they released the fowert album wi the name Now an this became the name o their tour in 2010.

The baund haed a live entitled New Album Release "Premium Oneman Show 2010" on 31 Januar 2010 at Shinkiba Studio Coast, an at the same time, the members tweetit in real time through musicJAPANplus afore the live began.[13]

Girugamesh released the single "Color" on 6 Julie 2010. On 7 October they released the single "Inochi no Ki". On 19 September 2010, the baund performit at D'erlanger's "Abstinence's Door #005" wi Head Phones President an Defspiral. The concert wis streamit warldwide live on Ustream.tv.[14]

On 26 Januar 2011, Girugamesh released their album Go which includes their recent singles, "Color" an "Inochi no Ki",[15] ane o the sangs, "Destiny", leakit oot a few days afore. Go will be released in Europe on 2 Februar 2012. On 22 Aprile 2011, Girugamesh played a concert at Anime Boston 2011.

Meme[eedit | eedit soorce]

The baund became an internet meme efter a 2009 Sakura-Con commercial, wherein several fowk discussin their love o Japan-relatit material are interruptit bi a man who shouts "Girugamesh!"[16] This image-an-text macro suin became a meme on the imagebuird 4chan.

Members[eedit | eedit soorce]

Umwhile members
  • Cyrien – vocals (2003, went on tae play in Sel'm)
  • Hotaru – rhythm guitar (2003)

Discography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Albums
EPs
Singles
  • "Jelato" (August 3, 2004, distributit single)
  • "Midnight" (2004, distributit single)
  • "Kaisen Sengen -Kikaku Kata Enban-" (15 August 2004)
  • "Mikongyaku" (24 August 2004)
  • "Kuukyo no Utsuwa -Kyosaku Gata Enban-" (25 December 2004)
  • "Kosaki Uta -Kaijou Gata Enban-" (8 Februar 2005)
  • "Senyuu Kyoutou Uta" (split CD wi Marusa, 20 Aprile 2005)
  • "Kyozetsusareta Tsukue -Tandoku Gata Enban-" (17 Juin 2005)
  • "Fukai no Yami -Mayosake Gata Enban-" (14 September 2005)
  • "Honnou Kaihou -Kakusei Gata Enban-" (30 November 2005)
  • "Risei Kairan -Ranchou Gata Enban-" (30 November 2005)
  • "Rei -Zero- -Mukei Gata Enban-" (5 Aprile 2006)
  • "Omae ni Sasageru Minikui Koe" (12 Aprile 2006)
  • "Volcano" (DVD single, 14 Mairch 2007)
  • "Alive" (10 Juin 2009)
  • "Border" (5 August 2009)
  • "Crying Rain" (7 October 2009)
  • "Color" (ギルガメッシュ) (7 Julie 2010)
  • "Inochi no Ki" (イノチノキ) (6 October 2010)
  • "Pray" (Japanese an Inglis versions) (13 Aprile 2011)
  • "Zecchou BANG!!" (4 Julie 2012)
Demos
  • "Dekiai -Shisaku Gata Enban-" (2003, first release wi Satoshi)
  • "Stupid -Kyoku Gata Enban-" (live distribution, 2007)
DVDs
  • Crazy Crazy Crazy 3 Juin 2009
  • Gaisen-Kouen 'Chiba' 22 Februar 2012

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Reason of Crying Review by CD Japan Retrieved Jun 26, 2010
  2. "Girugämesh J-Shock interview at JaME". jmusiceuropa.com. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "girugämesh at JaME". jmusiceuropa.com. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Christina (2008). "Interview with girugamesh: PART ONE" (Interview). jrockrevolution.com (in Inglis). Jrock Revolution. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Girugamesh Jrock Revolution interview at JaME". jmusiceuropa.com. 
  6. "Girugamesh at J-Rock Revolution". jrockrevolution.com. 
  7. "Interview with Girugämesh in London". jmusiceuropa.com. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Stupid Tour '08 in Japan" (Database article). jame-world.us (in Inglis). Asian Music Entertainment. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Stupid Tour '08 Girugamesh Vs Roach" (Database article). jame-world.us (in Inglis). Asian Music Entertainment. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Stupid Tour '08 in Euro" (Database article). jame-world.us (in Inglis). Asian Music Entertainment. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  11. "Wacken Open Air 2008 lineup". wacken.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Girugamesh live info" (Information page). girugamesh.jp (in Japanese). p. 1. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  13. "Next Event!![girugamesh]". Musicjapanplus. 
  14. "Live Stream of Abstinence’s Door #005, #006". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  15. http://www.myspace.com/girugamesh/blog/540106535
  16. Sakura-Con 2009 Commercial, Jan 21, 2009, retrieved 11-17-2011, 5:00PM, UTC-6 

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