X Japan Finally Release Debut English Single ‘Jade’
X Japan, one of the most influential rock bands in Japanese history, will be releasing their long-awaited new single, ‘Jade,’ tomorrow. ‘Jade’ is the first track from the act’s debut English-language album, which is currently in the final stages of recording.
“This is a year-long dream of X Japan’s, to release a record in the Americas and in Europe,” said Yoshiki, X Japan’s producer-songwriter-drummer-pianist. “Music is very powerful, and we believe it can help us bridge the gap between East and West. We hope that ‘Jade’ will be the first step.” Written and produced by Yoshiki and mixed by Andy Wallace [Slayer, Sepultura], ‘Jade’ was recorded in both Japan and at Yoshiki’s Los Angeles studio, where Metallica recorded its classic ‘Black’ album before Yoshiki bought it.
The song features the thunderous drums and bass of Yoshiki and Heath, the searing twin guitar work of Pata and Sugizo, and Toshi’s dynamic vocals. With most of its lyrics sung in English, ‘Jade’ is a hauntingly romantic tale of embracing the beautiful sadness of death. The stirring music showcases X Japan‘s eclectic mix of rock, goth and classical influences.
The release of ‘Jade’ coincides with X Japan’s sold-out show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the kick-off of their world tour which includes stops in Europe and South America.
Watch the video for ‘Jade’
X Japan is one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history, having sold more than 30 million albums, singles and videos. They have also filled the 55,000 seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. X Japan made its North American debut at the 2010 Lollapalooza festival, and sold out their New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom as part of the band’s first American tour last fall.