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Girugämesh performin in 2007
Background information
Forby kent asGirugämesh
OreiginChiba, Japan
GenresAlternative metal, nu metal, alternative rock,
metalcore, industrial metal, industrial rock
Years active2003–present
LabelsDanger Crue
Gan-Shin (EU)
Past membersCyrien

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 whiles 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 thair current lineup in 2004,[4] till thay wur signed tae record label Gaina-Japan. Thair first single, "Kaisen Sengen" wis rankit #10 on the Oricon Indies chairt.[3] In 2005, Girugamesh embarkit on a naition-wide tour, efter which thay released thair 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". Thay 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 thair eponymous album, Girugamesh.

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 thair 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 throu Julie, visitin Osaka an Nagoya, wi ane feenal performance in August at the Liquidroom in Tokyo.[12] Concerts in Julie featurt seicont acts, includin Gelugugu, Tr. Dan, Sel'm, Dogma, an Deathgaze, while the tour finale shaw will be a ane-man performance, wi anerlie Girugamesh.[12]

In Julie 2008, an Inglis version o thair wabsteid wis activatit; shortly efter this, the baund annooncit thay wad release thair debut American album, wi Girugamesh bein sauld exclusively throu Hot Topic stores.

The baund's third full-lenth album, titled Music, wis released on 5 November 2008. Efter a lengthy Japan tour throughoot the first quairter o 2009, the baund made its seicont appearance in the United States, showcased at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington. No lang efter the en o "Crazy Tour 2009" thay 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 thay haed been playin for the audiences durin the end o thair "Crazy Tour". Juist a month later on 5 August the single "Border" came oot alang wi "Crying Rain" on 7 October. On 16 December thay released the fowert album wi the name Now an this became the name o thair 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 throu musicJAPANplus afore the live began.[13]

Girugamesh released the single "Color" on 6 Julie 2010. On 7 October thay 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 thair album Go which includes thair 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 thair luve 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]

  • "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)
  • "Dekiai -Shisaku Gata Enban-" (2003, first release wi Satoshi)
  • "Stupid -Kyoku Gata Enban-" (live distribution, 2007)
  • 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. a b "girugämesh at JaME". jmusiceuropa.com. Archived frae the original on 5 Julie 2008. Retrieved 29 Mey 2012.
  4. a b Christina (2008). "Interview with girugamesh: PART ONE". jrockrevolution.com (in Inglis). Jrock Revolution. p. 1. Archived frae the original (Interview) on 12 Mey 2008. Retrieved 5 Juin 2008.CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)
  5. a b c "Girugamesh Jrock Revolution interview at JaME". jmusiceuropa.com. Archived frae the original on 20 Juin 2008. Retrieved 29 Mey 2012.
  6. "Girugamesh at J-Rock Revolution". jrockrevolution.com.
  7. "Interview with Girugämesh in London". jmusiceuropa.com. Archived frae the original on 1 Mairch 2008. Retrieved 25 Mairch 2008.
  8. a b c "Stupid Tour '08 in Japan". jame-world.us (in Inglis). Asian Music Entertainment. p. 1. Archived frae the original (Database article) on 29 Januar 2008. Retrieved 16 Mey 2008.CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)
  9. a b "Stupid Tour '08 Girugamesh Vs Roach". jame-world.us (in Inglis). Asian Music Entertainment. p. 1. Archived frae the original (Database article) on 11 Mairch 2008. Retrieved 16 Mey 2008.CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)
  10. a b "Stupid Tour '08 in Euro". jame-world.us (in Inglis). Asian Music Entertainment. p. 1. Archived frae the original (Database article) on 15 Januar 2009. Retrieved 16 Mey 2008.CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)
  11. "Wacken Open Air 2008 lineup". wacken.com. Archived frae the original on 31 October 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2007.
  12. a b c "Girugamesh live info". girugamesh.jp (in Japanese). p. 1. Archived frae the original (Information page) on 4 Julie 2009. Retrieved 25 Mey 2008.CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)
  13. "Next Event!![girugamesh]". Musicjapanplus. Archived frae the original on 22 Julie 2011. Retrieved 29 Mey 2012.
  14. "Live Stream of Abstinence's Door #005, #006". jame-world.com. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  15. "Archived copy". Archived frae the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 29 Mey 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. SakuraConPR (21 Januar 2009), Sakura-Con 2009 Commercial, YouTube, retrieved 17 November 2011

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