BAND-MAID Announce New Album ‘CONQUEROR’ & Drop ‘endless Story’ Digitally Worldwide

02.October.2019 | MUSIC

Having wrapped up their “WORLD DOMINATION TOUR 2019 ~gekidou~” Echoplex in Los Angeles, US, on October 1, Japanese rock band BAND-MAID have just announced that they will release a new album entitled CONQUEROR on December 11.

The 5-piece band’s hugely successful world tour began back in June this year, with 10 shows played across 5 countries. Five of those concerts were held in North America, and all of them sold out.


CONQUEROR comes as the band’s third major album release, following the success of their 2018 record World Domination which established the rock maids’ desires to expand their popularity globally, effectively ‘taking over the world.’


The new album will feature 15 tracks, including their hit number glory which was used as an ending theme song for the anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINSBubble, which is used as the main theme for the  Japanese drama series Perfect Crime; and endless Story, which has already cemented itself as a mainstay in their set-list with fans already singing along to it. BAND-MAID are already one of the big contenders in Japan when it comes to performing worldwide, and this new record is looking to be another conquering hit.

The song endless Story will be released digitally worldwide on October 3 at 00:00 (JST) across major music download and streaming services.

New visuals have been released in promotion of the new album, including a new artist photo and Japan tour poster.

Stay tuned for more news about the album and BAND-MAID as the maids ready themselves to take over the earth once more.


  • BAND-MAID Release ‘Blooming’ Music Video From New Album ‘CONQUEROR’

    10.December.2019 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID just dropped their new music video for Blooming which is taken from their upcoming new album CONQUEROR which is set to hit shelves tomorrow on December 11, 2019.


    BAND-MAID「Blooming」Music Video: 

    BAND-MAID once again showcase their great musicianship in this headbangerーanother fast-paced tune, something which BAND-MAID have been rolling with recently.


    With the release of their third album CONQUEROR set for tomorrow, BAND-MAID released the album digitally worldwide on December 4 and it soon conquered the iTunes rock charts of countries all over the world.  The album currently holds third place in Japan. On December 5, it reached no.1 in Canada, no.7 in the UK, no.4 in France, no.3 in Australia, no.11 in Hong Kong, and even no.1 of 40 places on the America and World Music Charts.

    From working with world-renowned producer Tony Visconti and their Hollywood debut in a Netflix movie to their contracts with major booking agencies such as United Talent Agency and Live Nation, BAND-MAID are conquering the world with no intention of stopping.

    CONQUEROR will mark almost two years since the band released a full-length studio album.

  • BAND-MAID’s New Album ‘CONQUEROR’ Conquers iTunes Rock Charts Worldwide

    06.December.2019 | MUSIC

    With the release of their third album CONQUEROR set for December 11, BAND-MAID released the album digitally worldwide on December 4 and it soon conquered the iTunes rock charts of countries all over the world. 


    The album currently holds third place in Japan. On December 5, it reached no.1 in Canada, no.7 in the UK, no.4 in France, no.3 in Australia, no.11 in Hong Kong, and even no.1 of 40 places on the America and World Music Charts.


    From working with world-renowned producer Tony Visconti and their Hollywood debut in a Netflix movie to their contracts with major booking agencies such as United Talent Agency and Live Nation, BAND-MAID are conquering the world with no intention of stopping. 

  • BAND-MAID Releases 3rd Album ‘CONQUEROR’ Digitally Worldwide and Announces Guitar Battle on NHK TV Show

    04.December.2019 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID has just released all the songs from their third album CONQUEROR digitally. The physical album is set for release on December 11. 


    CONQUEROR holds a number of their greatest songs which became sensational hits even before their release such as the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS ending theme gloryBubble, which is the theme song for the ABC TV drama Perfect Crime, and even The Dragon Cries, which is a global hit produced by American veteran record producer Tony Visconti. 


    Having released all the songs from their new album digitally with a physical album to follow, BAND-MAID has proven their exponential growth to the world once again. Check out the streaming and download links below to hear their flawless musicianship.


    But that’s not all. BAND-MAID worked up a sensation on December 1 when they appeared on music news program SHIBUYA NOTE. On December 10, BAND-MAID’s guitarist KANAMI will appear on the NHK Educational TV show Shakiin! Sound Fighters (シャキーン!サウンドファイターズ). During the show, KANAMI will face off against Shinji Wajima from rock band Ningen Isu in a guitar battle.


    From their Hollywood debut to working with world-renowned producers and contracting with a world major booking agency, BAND-MAID are on a streak of global breakthroughs and have no intention of stopping. 

  • BAND-MAID to Appear in Netflix Original Movie ‘Kate’ as Themselves & Sign Contract With United Talent Agency

    27.November.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    It has been revealed that BAND-MAID are set to appear as the band themselves in the upcoming action thriller Netflix Original movie Kate. The band have also signed a contract with United Talent Agency, one of the biggest booking agencies in the world.


    Kate is being directed by French film director and visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (Snow White and the Huntsman) while the screenplay is being written by Umair Aleem. It will be produced by David Leitch, who directed Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde.


    The film will star lauded actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the protagonist, as well as numerous notable Japanese actors including Tadanobu Asano, Jun Kunimura, and musician and actor MIYAVI.


    Following BAND-MAID’s signing with booking agency Live Nation, it has now been announced that they have sealed a deal with United Talent Agency tooーone of the world’s four biggest booking agencies. They are known for having booked some of the world’s biggest artists, including Guns N’ Roses and Muse, as well as numerous top bands from Japan such as ONE OK ROCK and BABYMETAL.

    It was also revealed last week BAND-MAID’s song The Dragon Cries, which is featured on their upcoming third studio album CONQUERORーset for release on December 11, 2019ーwas produced by legendary American record producer Tony Visconti, who has worked with a plethora of some of the biggest names in music including David Bowie. All of this good news about BAND-MAID is pushing them further to their goal: conquering the world.

  • BAND-MAID’s Song ‘The Dragon Cries’ Was Produced by the Legendary Tony Visconti

    20.November.2019 | MUSIC

    It has been revealed that BAND-MAID’s song The Dragon Cries, which is featured on their upcoming third studio album CONQUERORーset for release on December 11, 2019ーwas produced by none other American veteran record producer Tony Visconti. The song was released digitally worldwide on all major music platforms today.


    Visconti is known for having worked with a plethora of some of the biggest names in music history, including David Bowie and T-Rex. He himself sent an enthusiastic offer to the band to work with them. He even saw the band live in September.

    In a Japanese interview speaking about working with BAND-MAID, Visconti said he liked the band’s originality, and that getting to meet them in real life was like a dream come true. He explained how Saiki and Miku sang for almost 8 hours, which he revealed is longer than any other artist he has known. He commended their professionalism, and that they greatly met his expectations.

    BAND-MAID vocalist and guitarist Miku Kobato also commented: “Tony is so kind, he really likes BAND-MAID. He’s a really sociable, friendly and wonderful person.”


    She continues: “We also got to record vocals in the same studio in New York where David Bowie recorded. He listened to our wishes and opinions while producing for us. We are truly grateful. We’d like to work hard so that the next time we meet Tony, we can show him we’ve grown even more.”


    BAND-MAID are set to perform the song live for the first time on NHK General TV’s Shibuya no Oto on December 1, 2019.


    BAND-MAID recently played 5 shows in the US, all of which sold out. As BAND-MAID continue conquering forward, the success of their quest for world domination is inevitable.

  • BAND-MAID Release New ‘Rinne’ Music Video On YouTube

    05.November.2019 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID just dropped a music video for a song entitled Rinne taken from their forthcoming studio album CONQUEROR which is set to hit shelves on December 11, 2019. The song will be released on digital music platforms at midnight (JST) tonight.


    BAND-MAID – “Rinne” Music Video

    The music video was directed by Ryoji Aoki, who has worked on nearly all of BAND-MAID’s videos to date, and makes free-use of an 8mm camera in a hardcore shoot.

    CONQUEROR comes as the band’s third major album release, following the success of their 2018 record World Domination which established the rock maids’ desires to expand their popularity globally, effectively ‘taking over the world.’ The new record has been in the works for over a year, and already it’s look to be another fire album from the maid outfit-clad rock musicians.

  • BAND-MAID Unveil New Album ‘CONQUEROR’ Artwork & Bonus Merchandise

    16.October.2019 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID have teased fans by showcasing the CD artwork for their upcoming album CONQUEROR which is set to hit shelves on December 11.

    The band has worked for over a year on the new record. The unveiled artwork features the band members with flowers blooming for them, signifying the blossoming of new music.

    Speaking about the artwork, vocalist and guitarist Miku Kobato commented: “We’ve put a lot of time into this album. It’s packed full of the best music we’ve ever written, which has been made possible by where we are today. I would be overjoyed if the album helps to blossom our Masters’ and Princesses’ dreams and desires.”

    The album will feature 15 tracks, including the song new Dilemma which until now was untitled. If you pick up a copy of the album at select stores in Japan, you can get your hands on some exclusive goodies too as pictured above. Full details below.

  • BAND-MAID Release Music Video For Epic New Song ‘endless Story’

    07.August.2019 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID just dropped a music video for their incredible new song endless Story which will be featured on their upcoming untitled third album which is set for a December 2019 release.

    The band’s lead composer and guitarist KANAMI explained that endless Story was written as a stadium and arena song for crowds to sing along to. The grand, huge-scale music video was shot on the island of Ōshima in Tokyo.


    Along with the music video, BAND-MAID have also just announced the schedule for getting pre-sale tickets to their new Japan tour which begins this October.

    BAND-MAID are set to perform at several big festivals this summer, beginning with ROCK IN JAPAN FES 2019 on August 10 followed by RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2019 in EZO and SUMMER SONIC 2019. They will subsequently head on the North America leg of their world tour before hitting up their home country for a nationwide 18-date tour.

  • Concert Review: BAND-MAID Announce New Album For December 2019 Release at Tour Finale

    01.August.2019 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID delivered the final Serving of their Japan tour “BAND-MAID WORLD DOMINATION TOUR 2019 [Gekidou]” at the Showa Women’s University Hitomi Memorial Hall in Tokyo on July 30―their first solo show playing at a hall―with an incredible 25-track set list.

    After the lights dimmed and the the sound effects began to roll, fans were first met by band drummer AKANE who ran onto the stage. She was followed by guitarist KANAMI, bassist MISA, and vocalist and guitarist SAIKI. Not far behind them was main vocalist SAIKI who walked out as cool and composed as a queen. As if to signal the start of the Serving―which the band maids call their concerts―the crowd roared the venue down.

    The opening song to the long night ahead was Screaming. Right from the get-go AKANE’s energetic drumming bellowed through the room while MISA’s bass reverberated into every fan’s core coupled with KANAMI’s enticing guitar playing. In mere seconds the thrill of the crowd skyrocketed into the stratosphere.

    With excitement through the roof, BAND-MAID then dropped glory on the crowd―the ending theme for the TV anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS―during which SAIKI shouted, “Everybody scream!” The Masters and Princesses did just that, offering their loud cries to the stage.


    Miku looked out to the crowd and said, “Welcome home, Masters and Princesses. We have arrived. This is the last show of our Gekidou tour, kuruppo!” She expressed the band’s gratitude for selling out the final concert of the tour and followed it up by saying, “Welcome to BAND-MAID’s Serving. Let me hear your voices!”


    Following the initial MC, the members went straight into Rock in me for which Miku is the lead vocalist. She brought fans together with a bout of call-and-response during the song.


    Kobato went to carry out her signature Omajinai Time―a section of the concert performed at every show―which consists of call-and-response with the crowd of the phrases “Moe Moe” and “Kyun Kyun.” But just when everybody thought she was about to start, there was a sudden “Pshh” sound. It was MISA opening a can of beer, something she has been doing since the European leg of this tour. When the mood in the room was a bit more relaxed, she finally began the call-and-response which also included “Gekidou Gekidou” which is the name of this tour and means tumultuous.

    After Omajinai Time, the fiery fans were treated to a performance of the band’s newest song Wonderland which they have performed across the tour. To ensure the crowd didn’t miss a single word the lyrics played on the five stage monitors that had been prepared. They were laced together with artistic visuals.

    The Masters and Princesses had no idea that they were in for another huge treat. “We’ve got a new song. It’s going to be carnage, so let’s go!” The song was Rinne and was performed for the first time ever. Every person in the audience were captivated by the upbeat music and emotional lyrics. This served as the final track of the night, wrapping up a display of what can be called the peak of J-rock entertainment.

    After the band left the stage, text on the stage screens appeared and read “BAND-MAID WORLD DOMINATION TOUR 2019-2020 [Gekidou],” announcing the continuation of the tour from autumn into February next year. It also unveiled that the band will release their first studio album in two years. The title has yet to be announced, but it revealed a December 2019 release date.

    And so ended the banquet of tumultuous Servings. At least for now until autumn. Join the Masters and Princess army and help BAND-MAID achieve world domination.

  • BAND-MAID Adds Second New York Date to 2019 World Tour

    24.June.2019 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID have added a second New York date to their ongoing 2019 world tour due to tickets having sold out in the US. The band will perform at Mercury Lounge on September 27.


    The tour began in the UK at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on June 22. The European leg of the tour will wrap up at DAS LOGOS in Hamburg on June 26. BAND-MAID will then stop in Taipei before heading on the sold-out US leg.

    Tickets for this show are VIP tickets only. Due to limited capacity, tickets are expected to sell out quickly. BAND-MAID’s world domination is clear for all to see once more.

  • BAND-MAID Announce Additional Date For 2019 World Tour & Unveil Tour Visuals

    03.June.2019 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID have announced a new Asia date to their upcoming world tour which will also see them perform in Europe and the US. The theme of the world tour is Gekidou, or ‘tumultuous.’ The Asia show will take place at HANA STAGE in Taiwan’s capital of Taipei on June 13.

    BAND-MAID previously shot their music video for Daydreaming which was included on the band’s second major single Daydreaming / Choose me.

    Two official visuals for the tour have also been unveiled.

    Both visuals align with the tour’s tumultuous theme. They will be used as official posters for the tour.

    BAND-MAID’s world domination is almost at hand once more. Check the dates of the tour below and be sure to catch them live if they’re heading to your city.

  • With summer fast approaching, concertgoers are gearing up for this year’s music festivals and live shows. We previously covered numerous Japanese bands and artists performing who overseas this year in parts one and two of this feature, but since the previous entry, even more acts have been announced.


    Here is a new list of artists embarking outside Japan this summer.



    For the first time in their career, rock group Suchmos are set to embark on their first ever Asia Tour this June. They will hit up 6 locations, beginning in Hong Kong before heading to Taipei, Seoul, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing.


    ▶︎ Suchmos ASIA TOUR 2019

    2019/6/2 @ Music Zone @ KITEC, Hong Kong

    2019/6/7 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei

    2019/6/9/ @ YES24 Live Hall, Seoul (*w/ HYUKOH)

    2019/6/12 @ B10 Live, Shenzhen

    2019/6/14 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    2019/6/16 @ Tango Live (Floor 3F), Beijing


    Suchmos Official Website:


    →News Update (June 1, 2019)
    Following unexpected illness of one of their members, Suchmos have cancelled all remaining dates on their upcoming overseas tour.




    Rock band [ALEXANDROS] are also heading on tour in Asia throughout June and July. The band are currently on their “Sleepless in Japan Tour” in promotion of their newest album Sleepless in Brooklyn and will take their concerts across Asia for 8 shows, starting with Shanghai on June 21 and wrapping in Seoul on July 21. This also marks their first time performing in Shanghai and Beijing.


    ▶︎ Sleepless 2019 Asia Tour

    2019/6/21 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    2019/6/23 @ Beijing Omni Space, Beijing

    2019/6/28 @ Jakarta (*Venue TBA)

    2019/6/30 @ Moon Star Studio 1, Bangkok

    2019/7/5 @ Music Zone @ E-Max, Hong Kong

    2019/7/7 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei

    2019/7/19/ @ Bentley Music Auditorium, Kuala Lumpur

    2019/7/21 @ MUV HALL, Seoul


    [ALEXANDROS] Official Website:




    Sakanaction have announced that they will play in Shanghai and Shenzhen at the end of June. Upon unveiling the news the band created their own Weibo account, a Chinese social media platform. The rock band will release their new album 834.194 in June, their first album release since sakanaction was released 6 years ago in March 2013. The Asia dates were added to their ongoing Japan tour. This will be their second set of headline concerts outside in Japan since they performed overseas for the first time back in 2013 in Taiwan. The band are known for their use of cutting-edge technology at their shows, so foreign fans can look forward to seeing what they have in store for them next month.


    ▶︎ SAKANAQUARIUM 2019 “834.194”

    2019/6/28 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    2019/6/30 @ A8 Live, Shenzhen


    Sakanaction Official Website:



    Earlier this month, five-piece maid rock band BAND-MAID announced the European leg of their 2019 world tour, one which will begin this June and one whose decided theme is Gekidou, or “tumultuous.” All shows on BAND-MAID’s 2018 world tour sold out completely. The initial European leg of their long-awaited new world tour will take them to 3 countries for 4 performances. They will then head to the US in September.


    Related Article: BAND-MAID Announces European Leg Of ‘Tumultuous’ 2019 World Tour


    ▶︎BAND-MAID WORLD DOMINATION TOUR 2019 【激動】 ~gekidou~

    6/22 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall

    6/23 – Paris, France @ Le Trabendo

    6/24 @ Bochum, Germany @ Zeche

    6/26 @ Hamburg, Germany @ DAS LOGOS

    9/26 @ NYC Gramercy Theater, US

    9/28 @ Dallas Cambridge Room, US

    9/30 @ LA ECHOPLEX, US

    10/1 @ LA ECHOPLEX, US


    World Tour Info:

    BAND-MAID Official Website:


    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, CAPSULE, m-flo & More

    The biggest names in Japanese pop music are set to take over Los Angeles at QTAQUEST LIVE and OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY which is set to take place at THE NOVO by Microsoft on July 3, 2019. Both OTAQUEST LIVE and OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY serve as the opener to Anime Expo, the biggest anime convention in the US, which will run from July 4 to 7. CAPSULE, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Crazy Boy, HIROOMI TOSAKA and m-flo are set to deliver Japanese entertainment to US lovers of Japanese music and entertainment.


    Related Article: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Yasutaka Nakata & CRAZYBOY to Perform at QTAQUEST LIVE in Los Angeles



    Date: July 3, 2019

    Time: OPEN 17:00 / START 18:30

    Location: THE NOVO by Microsoft, Los Angeles, California, US

    Line-Up: CRAZYBOY / HIROOMI TOSAKA / m-flo / CAPSULE / Kyary Pamyu Pamyu



    Date: July 3, 2019

    Time: OPEN/START 22:00

    Location: THE NOVO by Microsoft, Los Angeles, California, US

    Line-Up: ☆Taku Takahashi / TeddyLoid / Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE) / …and more


    Event Website:



    Ai Otsuka

    This year, Ai Otsuka celebrates her 15th anniversary since her debut. The singer-songwriter released her greatest hits album Ai am BEST, too in January this year, and she is currently in the midst of her nationwide Japan tour. 5 Asia dates have been added to the tour. Her previous Asia tour took her to just three cities: Taipei, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, but this year she is spreading her wings and will perform in Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai and Taipei.


    ▶︎ AIO PIANO at ASIA vol.2 

    2019/7/17 @ Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall, Guangzhou

    2019/7/19 @ 特侖蘇音楽庁, Chengdu



    2019/8/17 @ ATT SHOW BOX 大直, Taipei


    Ai Otsuka Official Website:



    If you love Japanese music and a Japanese band or artist are coming to a city near you this year, then be sure to show your love and support by getting your hands on a ticket to see them live.