Oshare Kei is a sub-set of Visual Kei that began to appear in Japan around 2001. Oshare means "stylish" or "fashionable".
Visual Kei is a music genre that began in the late 1980s and was popular during the Japanese "Band Boom" of 1988 - 1998. When Oshare began, the majority of the Visual scene was normally considered to be "dark" in style and lyrical content, with music similar to alternative, metal, and similar rock genres.
Oshare bands incorporate a sound that is influenced by modern Pop Punk while retaining Visual sounds such as rhythmic shouting, guitar solos and songs that are around 5 minutes in length. The lyrics, in general, tend to focus on subject matter that is positive, often about love and relationships. The clothing style is usually bright and colorful and incorporates Japanese street fashion.
Since the introduction of Oshare Kei, many Visual bands have begun to include brighter colors and more cheerful content into the repertoire, blurring the lines between Visual genres.
Angura Kei (Underground Style) is often classified as sub-genre within visual kei. However, in actuality, Angura Kei finds its roots way back during the 60's. The word 'Angura' is a Japanese abbreviation of the word 'underground'. The concept was first applied by independent Japanese theatre companies who wanted to create something uniquely Japanese. This was almost a 'counter-culture' movement, with aims to challenge the authenticity of so-called 'traditional' genres as well as the westernization that had swept across Japan since the industrial age. In similarity to EroGuro, themes are often of a sexual nature, though more in response to the free love movements of the 60's.
19-07-2006: Tetsu no shima (2nd Press) 26-10-2005: EquAL pRayer 2 aLL (CD DVD) 26-10-2005: EquAL pRayer 2 aLL (Cd Extra) 01-01-2005: Tetsu no shima
28-06-2006 : FAINT/topaz (A) 28-06-2006 : FAINT/topaz (B) 15-02-2006 : Japaneses ROUREZO caramel town 15-02-2006 : Japaneses ROUREZO caramel town ( DVD) 18-01-2006 : mafuyu, yon renya sou 10-08-2005 : ~manatsuyukitorokerushyougen~ kiss me snow 10-07-2005 : ~kakoyakasuresakebishi~ tsukikoi 15-06-2005 : Hinata (Distribué en live) 10-06-2005 : ~igyou no sou no doujisha~ taikanshiki zenya 23-05-2005 : kuroi stukai to shikinegai name (2nd Press) 24-04-2005 : kuroi stukai to shikinegai name 00-04-2005 : mail to in Cinnamon 10-02-2005 : M 29-12-2004 : Lovers name 11-12-2004 : Romancer (3rd Press) 15-10-2004 : Gothic Party 15-09-2004 : Chousoi sou yori san rin 17-07-2004 : Romancer (2nd Press) 19-05-2005 : Kagen no sakura, ame 08-05-2004 : Romancer 08-05-2004 : Kagen no sakura, ame
21-05-2006 : Tsuki no kakera furisosogu (3rd DVD live) 01-02-2006 : TOKYO pRayer (2nd DVD live) 20-08-2005 : Ichidan tobi ~2005.4.1 SHIBUYA O-EAST~ 21-12-2004 : Daikei / Misery in the desk
Very competitive in nature, Gackt goes all out when he starts something. Throughout his life, this approach allowed him to master several instruments: Trumpet, tuba, horn, trombone, piano, guitar, drums, bass; he is a one-man orchestra. Even with this array of competences, he decided to concentrate on composing and writing during his solo career. He recruited a score of talented musicians who lend him a hand during shows and recordings. However, his talents as a pianist could not be surpassed as he often takes care of the ivories himself.