Reviewed by Michael
City: Paris, France
Venue: La Locomotive
Date: 09 August 2005
Set length: 80 minutes
It is time I introduced a group called Mucc (pronunciation: Muuku).This
isn't any ordinary group, and they don't play any ordinary metal. What
do you call a mix of hard rock, metal, pop, jazz, weirdness and fantastic
japanese vocals? You call that mix Mucc.
band is from the land of the setting sun, Japan. A country filled with
great music just waiting to be noticed. Formed in 1997, the band started
early to get a big fanbase in the underground japanese "Visual kei"-scene
(Visual kei is a loose term for japanese bands who "dress up"
in some sort, it doesn't tell what genre the band plays). Mucc have
released 5 albums, 2 maxi-albums and a number of singles. 2002's album
"Homura Uta" has even been released in France. Mucc is a four
piece group formed by Miya, guitarist and bandleader, Tatsurou (vocals),
Yuuke (bass) and Satochi who plays the drums.
to the concert: This year has been the year of the Japanese bands' invasion
of Europe, and of course Mucc is not late to join the invasion. Their
mini-tour "Mucc in Europe" has taken them to Munich, Wacken
Open Air festival and Paris. It was a big anticipation for me to see one
of my favorite japanese bands. The Locomitive club offered a capacity
for 900 persons and to my knowledge there was at least 800 tickets sold.I
have only one word to say since most of the concert was a blur of cheer
happiness: intense. The band performed exactly as you would expect, professionaly
and with feeling.
crowd went wild from start to finish, and the band noticed this. Great
tracks like "Daikirai" ("the big hate") created
moshpits and crazy fans jumping about. You could see that the band enjoyed
themselves and that they were impressed by the audience. After the gig
they gave everybody in the crowd the chance to get something signed, that's
caring for your fans!
is so special with japanese music?", you might ask. You can't
even understand what they sing about, let me tell you this, I'm sure this
has been said many times, but - great music is universal.
8 chalices of 10
(Sorry, no setlist)
Here are two short samples from the latest album "Kuchiki no Tou".
A new album is soon to be released (in Japan).
inai Ie (1:24)