Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas (フィアー·アンド·ロージング·イン·ラスベガス) is a Japanese electronicore band from Kobe that was formed in summer 2008.[1] The band currently consists of vocalist So, keyboardist Minami, guitarist Taiki, drummer Tomonori, and bassist Tetsuya. They are best known for their heavy use of vocoder and synthesizer blended with emo/metalcore music and rave beats.[2][3]

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas
Also known asFALILV
OriginKobe, Japan
Genres
Years active2008–present
Labels
Websitelasvegas-jp.com
Members
  • Minami
  • Taiki
  • Tomonori
  • So
  • Tetsuya
Past members
  • Mashu
  • Sxun
  • Kei

HistoryEdit

 
The first band logo 2010–2014

Founded in 2008 summer, the band was originally formed by members of the bands Ending for a Start and Blank Time. A year later, after an extensive search, So (former member of Bombreligion) joined as the sixth member.[4]

In 2010, PAC started using their song "Evolution (Entering the New World)" as his theme music when wrestling in Dragon Gate.[5]

In 2011, the song "Jump Around" from the band's EP Nextreme was selected to appear in the video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (in Asia: World Soccer: Winning Eleven 2012) as the fourth track.[6] The song "Chase the Light!" was used as the opening theme for Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku-hen (逆境無頼カイジ 破戒録篇 lit. Suffering Outcast Kaiji: Maverick Arc). In late 2011, the band's song "Just Awake" was featured as the closing song in the Hunter × Hunter reboot anime; as a single it was released later in 2012.[7][8]

On 22 June 2012, the band announced that they will be releasing their second studio album on 8 August, titled All That We Have Now, with a tour in September.[9]

In April 2013, the band announced the release of their first DVD, called The Animals in Screen, scheduled to be out on 26 June.[10] On 26 October, they announced a new single, "Rave-up Tonight", expected to be released on 15 January 2014, which is to be the theme song for Gundam Extreme VS. Maxi Boost.[11][12][13] In September 2013, the founding bassist Mashu left the band, as a result, on their official website announced on 23 September 2013 that Kei replaced Mashu as the new bassist.

On 23 March 2014, the band announced that they will be releasing a new album this summer. The album release was announced at the Kobe World Memorial Hall live during their first headlining show. As a result, they will start a new tour. The song "Virtue and Vice" is featured as the opening theme for Gokukoku no Brynhildr and the song "Thunderclap" was made by the band for the third anime season of Sengoku Basara, subtitled Judge End. Both songs are taken from their third album, Phase 2. On 5 September, the band announced on their official site that they will release a new limited single on 7 January 2015 called "Let Me Hear". On 8 October, the short version of their new single premiered as the opening theme of Parasyte.[14]

On 13 May 2015, the band released a new limited singles "Starburst" and "Struggle to Survive". A few days after the release of "Starburst", the band announced on their official site that they would be releasing their fourth studio album this autumn including the two main songs from their last two singles, "Starburst" and "Let Me Hear". On 12 August, the band released a new PV for the song "Cast Your Shell" which also was included to the album. On 16 August, they announced the title of the album as being Feeling of Unity which was released on 30 September 2015.

In 2017, the band signed onto a new label with Warner Music Japan. On 2 April 2017, the band announced on their official site the trailer for their new single, "Shine" on 23 June. On 26 May, they released a trailer for a PV for the song "Shine" with the full version being released the following month. The second single "Return to Zero" was released on 11 July. On 11 October, an PV was released for their new song "LLLD" which is featured on their newest fifth studio album New Sunrise. On 23 October, they released another new PV titled "The Sun Also Rises" which is the final track of the album. New Sunrise was released 25 October 2017 and includes the songs "Shine" and "Return to Zero".

On 31 January 2018, the band released a new PV for the song "Keep the Heat and Fire Yourself Up" which is also the opening for the anime Hakyū Hōshin Engi.[15] The full single was released 2 May 2018. The band also provided "The Gong of Knockout" for the second opening for Netflix and TMS Entertainment's anime adaptation of Baki the Grappler in 2018.[16] On 30 June, their official website announced that the guitarist, Sxun had left the band due to personal circumstances.[17]

On 16 January 2019, the band's official website announced the bassist, Kei had died due to an acute heart failure at his home on midnight of 12 January. They discontinued a release of a new album and their Japanese tour in the spring of 2019. However, they announced that this will not stop the band's activity.[18]

On 19 March, the band's official website announced to hold a tribute concert "Thanks to You All" in the memory of Kei on 7 June 2019 at the "Namba Hatch". The reason they chose "Namba Hatch" was because it was Kei's first live performance for the band. On 29 June, the band's official website announced that Tetsuya replaced Kei as the new bassist.[19] On 4 December, the band released their sixth studio album titled Hypertoughness in Japan with an announcement that the worldwide release date is set on 15 January 2020.

Musical styleEdit

The band's musical style has been described as electronicore,[20][21][22] post-hardcore,[21][23][2] digital hardcore, screamo,[23] metalcore,[20][21][24] and dance-metal.[25]

Band membersEdit

Current members
Former members
  • Mashu – bass (2008–2013)
  • Sxun – lead guitar (2008–2018); backing vocals (2010–2018)
  • Kei – bass (2013–2019; died 2019); backing vocals (2018–2019)

TimelineEdit

 

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak position Sales
JPN
[26]
Dance & Scream N/A
All That We Have Now
  • Released: 8 August 2012[28]
  • Label: VAP
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 23,525[29]
Phase 2
  • Released: 6 August 2014
  • Label: VAP
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 21,978[30]
Feeling of Unity
  • Released: 30 September 2015
  • Label: VAP
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 N/A
New Sunrise 5 10,132+[31]
Hypertoughness
  • Released:
    • 4 December 2019 (JPN)
    • 15 January 2020 (NA, UK, EU)
  • Label: Warner Music Japan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
10 11,835[32]

Extended playsEdit

Title EP details Peak position
JPN
[26]
Evolution: Entering the New World
  • Released: 16 February 2010[33]
  • Label: VAP
  • Format: CD
Nextreme 8
Rave Up Tonight
  • Released: 15 January 2014
  • Label: VAP
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3

Live albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak position
JPN
[35][36]
The Animals in Screen 13 (DVD)
16 (BD)
The Animals in Screen II
  • Released: 27 April 2016
  • Label: VAP
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, CD, digital download
12 (DVD)
14 (BD)

DemosEdit

  • My Dear Lady, Will You Dance with Me Tonight? (2008)
  • Scorching Epochal Sensation (2008)

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak position Notes Album
JPN
Oricon

[37]
JPN
Billboard
"Burn the Disco Floor with Your 2-Step!!" 2009 Dance & Scream
"Evolution: Entering the New World" 2010 Pac's theme music when wrestling in Dragon Gate.[5] Evolution: Entering the New World
"Take Me Out!!" Dance & Scream
"Twilight"
"Just Awake" 2012 8 24[38] Ending theme for anime Hunter × Hunter (2011).[7] All That We Have Now
"Rave-up Tonight" 2014 3 7[39] Theme song for Gundam Extreme VS. Maxi Boost.[12] Phase 2
"Let Me Hear" 2015 3 7[40] Opening theme for anime Parasyte.[14] Feeling of Unity
"Starburst" 6
"Shine" 2017 7 36[41] New Sunrise
"Return to Zero"
"Greedy" 2018 10 32[42] Non-album singles
"The Gong of Knockout" Opening theme for anime Baki the Grappler.[43] Hypertoughness
"Be Affected"
(with Takanori Nishikawa)
Ending theme for anime Gakuen Basara.[44] Non-album singles
"The Stronger, the Further You'll Be" 2019 Hypertoughness
"Massive Core"

Music videosEdit

Year Song Director(s)
[45][46]
Album Link
2009 "Why Couldn't I Say the Last Goodbye to You?" Unknown Burn the Disco Floor with Your 2-Step!! [1]
2010 "Stray in Chaos" Suzuki Daishin Dance & Scream [2]
"Love at First Sight" [3]
2011 "Chase the Light!" Nextreme [4]
"Jump Around" [5]
"Shake Your Body" [6]
2012 "Just Awake" (English version) Hiroshi Moriyama Just Awake / Acceleration [7]
"Crossover" Suzuki Daishin All That We Have Now [8]
"Scream Hard as You Can" [9]
"Ley-Line" Wakame [10]
2013 "Step of Terror" Unknown Rave Up Tonight [11]
2014 "Rave-up Tonight" Suzuki Daishin Phase 2 [12]
"Virtue and Vice" [13]
"Thunderclap" [14]
"Swing It!!" [15]
"Let Me Hear" Suzuki Daishin & Takayuki Kojima Feeling of Unity [16]
2015 "Starburst" Suzuki Daishin [17]
"Cast Your Shell" [18]
"Party Boys" Unknown [19]
2017 "Shine" Suzuki Daishin New Sunrise [20]
"Return to Zero" Unknown [21]
"LLLD" Koh Yamada/Hiroya Brian [22]
"The Sun Also Rises" Suzuki Daishin [23]
2018 "Keep the Heat and Fire Yourself Up" Inni Vision Hypertoughness [24]
"Treasure in Your Hands" [25]
2019 "The Stronger, the Further You'll Be" [26]
"Massive Core" [27]
2020 "The Gong of Knockout" Unknown [28]

Concert toursEdit

Japanese toursEdit

World toursEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work/Nominee Result
2012 CD Shop Awards New Blood Nextreme Won[64]
2013 CD Shop Awards Grand Prix All That We Have Now Nominated[65]
2014 Space Shower Music Awards Best Video "Rave-up Tonight" Nominated[66]
2016 Space Shower Music Awards Best Punk / Loud Rock Artist Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas Nominated[67]

See alsoEdit

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