D Gets Bustier With Each New Release

D for 7th Rose

D‘s recent activity has been a mixed bag for me. They got quite a makeover for their latest releases album 7th Rose and the up-coming (their 7th single) Akaki Hitsuji ni Yoru Bansankai. However, what’s new for a band oh-so-familiar with black leather slightly dom Gothica, has been tried and tired by our own little historical-fiction genre of bands such as Versailles~PQ~ and solo artist Kaya. I’m slightly disappointed to see that the only apparent changes to D‘s look since 7th Rose has been to add, well, to put it frankly, busts to his bustier.

Some added 'oomph' for 7th single

While I wouldn’t say that D has ever had the most creativity insofar as their image changes go, I’m just profoundly bored with this needless dominatrix drag. If a man wants to wear a dress, or bustier, for that matter, I wish him joy in it, and I will always have, and have always had, a deep appreciation for HIZAKI, Kaya, Mana, and other leading dragsters. However, in my biased and heavily judgmental opinion, I feel like the above mentioned artists have so personalized the style that now for D to attempt to pull it off feels like a desperate cry for attention. In the same way that I appreciate our favorite men in tights, I will always have a reigning admiration for a Visual Kei artist who is confident he can be popular without masquerading as Marie Antoinette.

On the other hand, I would like to add that although I hope I can go until their next makeover without ever having to look at the band again, I think that D has been able to carefully retain their creativity in the musical department. When I first heard the new album 7th Rose, I was skeptical at best. Once I gave it a 2nd chance, however, I was able to find so much to like about the album that all of my doubts were instantly put at rest. As long as they keep making music like this, ASAGI’s ridiculous dress and Ruiza’s equally obnoxious headdress will be forgiven…well…accepted, anyway.

Akaki Hitsuji ni yoru Bansankai will be released on July 28th, and the band will hit up 4 more dates for a second major tour, beginning with a sold-out show in Ebisu on July 18th.

D 2nd Major Tour – Spiral Castle-

Spiral Castle ~Second Door~
2010/07/18 LIQUIDROOM ebisu
OPEN/START:
16:00 / 17:00
Tickets: SOLD OUT

Spiral Castle ~Third Door~
2010/09/04 Akasaka BLITZ
OPEN/START:
17:00 / 18:00
Tickets: On sale July 25th

Spiral Castle ~Fourth Door~
2010/09/21 OSAKA MUSE

OPEN/START: 18:00 / 19:00
Tickets: On sale August 7th

Spiral Castle ~Fifth Door~
2010/09/22 Nagoya ell.FITS ALL
OPEN/START:
18:30 / 19:00
Tickets: On sale August 8th

Akaki Hitsuji ni Yoru Bansankai / D

Translation/source: neumania

2 responses to “D Gets Bustier With Each New Release

  1. I was actually anticipating seeing your reaction to these covers. I get your point about it “seeming” like a cry for attention but I know we both can forgive D for pulling stunts like that. I’m going to be like you and give it the benefit of the doubt because I think the way I prejudged 7th Rose ultimately hurt my first experience with the album. After all, the clothes aren’t nearly as important as the music.

    Glad to see this write-up, and equally glad that we totally agree. ;)

  2. Well, if 7th Rose had actually turned out to be a total flop then we’d be in a different ballpark altogether. As I said in the post, as long as they keep making quality music, my issues with their wardrobes will remain as petty, neurotic opinions. I hope I didn’t give too much of an impression of doubt in regards to the new single, as I’m actually looking forward to it.

    I guess a lot of my attitude in regards to the image and everything ( this also goes back to the conversation we were having about girugamesh’s new single) just comes from how tired a lot of VK is now, and somehow I keep looking to these bands to bust out something innovative and inspiring. On one hand it could be a negative thing to have such high expectations, but I don’t know, I think if we don’t raise our expectations, bands won’t have to rise to meet them anymore.

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