X Japan plays Vancouver October 3rd. Those of you wondering what those gig posters are all about should check out my article on them in the Straight. As with all visual kei bands, not all of their songs will sit well with metalheads here, but check out their "theme song," "X," on their breakthrough album, Blue Blood (the one with the insert that's apparently modelled after the gatefold in Roxy Music's For Your Pleasure, except with more outlandish costumes. No, really).
(Note: the decision to render my references to the Emperor with a lower case-e was not mine! Apologies to anyone it offends - you'd be better off commenting on the Straight site than here.)