X Japan

X Japan (エックス・ジャパン, Ekkusu Japan) is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi. Predominantly a power/speed metal band with heavy symphonic elements, they later gravitated towards a progressive sound with an emphasis on ballads. Besides being one of the first Japanese acts to achieve mainstream success while on an independent label, the group is widely credited as one of the pioneers of visual kei, a movement among Japanese musicians comparable to Western glam.

Originally named X (エックス, Ekkusu), they released their debut album Vanishing Vision (1988) on Yoshiki's own Extasy Records a year after finalizing their line-up including bassist Taiji, lead guitarist hide and rhythm guitarist Pata. They achieved breakthrough success in 1989 with the release of their second and major debut album Blue Blood. Following 1991's Jealousy, Taiji left the band in early 1992. He was replaced by Heath and the group changed their name to X Japan before producing the mini album Art of Life (1993), which is composed solely of the 29-minute title track. In 1995 the group dropped most of its original visual kei aesthetics in favor of a more casual look and released Dahlia (1996), which like their two previous albums debuted at number one. X Japan performed their last concert at the Tokyo Dome on December 31, 1997, making it the last of five consecutive sold-out New Year's Eve concerts the group held at the stadium.

After ten years, X Japan reunited in 2007 and recorded the new song "I.V.". Over the next two years they performed several concerts, including their first overseas show in Hong Kong, and formally added Sugizo as lead guitarist in place of Hide, who died in 1998, before holding a North American tour in 2010. In 2011, the band went on their first world tour throughout Europe, South America and Asia.

X Japan has released five studio albums, six live albums, and 21 singles. Three of their albums have consecutively debuted at number one on the Oricon chart. In 2003, HMV Japan ranked the band at number 40 on their list of the 100 most important Japanese pop acts. In 2007, Rolling Stone Japan ranked Blue Blood number 15 on its list of the 100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time. It has been reported that X Japan have sold over 30 million records.

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
X* - Blue Blood 1989 Vinyl, LP, Vinyl, LP, Single Sided, All Media, Album
X Japan - We Are X: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2017 CD, Compilation
X JAPAN - The World ~X Japan 初の全世界ベスト~ 2014 CD, Compilation, Remastered, Stereo
X JAPAN - X Japan Returns 2008 DVD, DVD-Video, DVD, DVD-Video, Limited Edition, Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition
X* - Vanishing Vision Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release
X* - Blue Blood Tour 爆発寸前 Gig 1989 VHS
X JAPAN - Special Box 1997 Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition, CD, Album, Reissue
X Japan - Dahlia 1996 Cassette, Album
X* - Visual Shock Vol.3.5 Say Anything X Ballad Collection 2001 DVD, Reissue
X Japan - We Are X 2017 Blu-ray, Special Edition
X* - Vanishing Vision Cassette, Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release
X Japan - Dahlia 1996 CD, Album, Unofficial Release
X Japan - We Are X 2017 Blu-ray, Limited Edition, CD, Album, Compilation
X JAPAN - X Japan Dahlia Tour Final 完全版(Audio Version) 2011 File, AAC
X Japan - X Japan On Piano 1998 CD, Album, Unofficial Release
X* - Sexy Scandal Love Violence 1987.7.18 目黒ライブステーション VHS, Unofficial Release
X* - Psychedelic Violence Crime Of Visual Shock 1990.2.4 Nippon Budokan Part.1 Cassette, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release
X* - Week End 1990 CD, Mini, Single, Limited Edition
X Japan - X Japan On Piano 1998 CD, Album
X* - Visual Shock Vol.3 刺激² -夢の中にだけ生きて- 1991 Laserdisc, 12"
X JAPAN - X Japan Returns 完全版 ‎1993.12.31 Tokyo Dome 2Days Live 2008 DVD, DVD-Video
X* - Message From X 1991 CD, Mini, Limited Edition, Promo
X* - Sexy Scandal Love Violence 1986.10.25 目黒鹿鳴館 Cassette, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release
X* - Sexy Scandal Love Violence 1986.8.2 大阪センサスホール Cassette, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release
X Japan - Longing ~跡切れた Melody~ 1995 CD, Mini, Single
X* - Endless Rain 1989 CD, Mini, Single, Limited Edition
X* - Blue Blood Tour 爆発寸前 Gig 1989 Laserdisc, 12", Stereo, NTSC
X Japan - The Last Live Video 2002 DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC
X* - Week End 1990 CD, Mini, Single
X Japan - Dahlia 1996 CD, Mini, Single
X Japan - Trance X 2002 CD, Album
X Japan - We Are X 2017 Blu-ray
X* - Blue Blood Tour 爆発寸前 Gig 1989 Laserdisc, 12", Stereo, NTSC
X JAPAN - Gold Disc Monument 1998 Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition, CD, Single, Mini, Reissue
X Japan - We Are X: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2017 CD, Compilation
X Japan - We Are X 2017 DVD, NTSC
X Japan - Dahlia 1996 CD, Album, Numbered, Promo
X* - Visual Shock Vol.3.5 Say Anything X Ballad Collection DVD, DVD-Video, Unofficial Release
X Japan - X Japan Best ~Fan's Selection~ 2002 CD, Compilation, Remastered
X* - 刺激! Visual Shock Vol.2 2002 CD, VCD
X JAPAN - X Japan Returns 完全版 1993.12.31(Audio Version) 2011 File, AAC
X Japan - Art Of Life CD, Mini-Album, Reissue
X* - Vanishing Vision 2000 CD, Album, Reissue
X JAPAN - Scarlet Love Song 2011 File, AAC, Single
X JAPAN - X Japan Clips II 2001 DVD
X Japan - We Are X: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2017 CD, Compilation
X* - Visual Shock Vol.3.5 Say Anything X Ballad Collection 2018 Blu-ray, Reissue
エックス* - オルガスム Cassette, EP, Unofficial Release
X Japan - Star Box 1999 CD, Compilation, Promo, Stereo
X* - Live ヤンタ鹿鳴館 1987 VHS, Unofficial Release

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