Fans of visual kei band Kizu
are likely familiar with their session project "ICHIGEKI" by now. The video series involves frontman LiME
performing one take only covers of Kizu
songs live in the studio together with various guest vocalists. To
ring in the New Year, Kizu
launched a special "spin-off" of the project called "HANGEKI" where LiME
instead joins the guests in covering songs from their own projects.
The project stretched from January 1st to 4th, with a new video upload each day.
First up was NoGoD
, who also took part in the first season of "ICHIGEKI", joining LiME
for a rendition of Kizu's Kizuato
For this project, he and LiME
's 2010 major debut single Kakusei
told me 'I listened to this song a lot when I was a student', which made me think 'I'm glad I'm doing shironuri*'. Everyone, let's do more shironuri!" *A make-up style based on the traditional white face paint of geishas and
stage actors, which both LiME and Dancho use onstage
The second guest was solo artist and ex-Blu-BiLLioN
He and LiME
's 2013 single Aqua
"This is Mike
. First of all, this time, thank you LiME
from the bottom of my heart for inviting me to 'HANGEKI'. This has helped to reaffirm that Blu-BiLLioN
's music continues to live on after its disbandment and that it's
still part of me.
Please enjoy watching my voice and LiME
's splendidly swimming through Aqua
The third guest was another veteran from the first season of "ICHIGEKI", BugLug
. He first joined LiME
for a cover of Kizu's 0
This time, he and LiME
, a staple of BugLug
's live shows featured on their 2015 album HAPPY BIRTHDAY KILL YOU
"I had fun thinking 'There are no borders in music!'
There is truly NO BORDER NO BORDER, so we chose Saru
, so everyone join us and let's do the monkey dance!"
The fourth and final guest was An Cafe
He and LiME
covered An Cafe
's 2006 single Snow Scene
"When I received the invitation to 'HANGEKI', I made a triumphant pose right from my heart, since I really like Kizu
's music myself.
While it was my own song, honestly, I was a bit nervous about doing the recording in one take, but the anxious feeling that I got while I was in the booth with LiME
that was so unlike normal was really stimulating, and I couldn't get enough.
I think I'll be very happy if lots of people listen to the thrilling recording that was created in that space."