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X Japan Planning New Album + Documentary for 2016

X Japan remain one of Japan’s biggest bands even though it’s been 20 years since their last studio album. But the long layoff from recording is coming to an end.

In early June, drummer Yoshiki revealed that he was in a Hollywood studio with the band’s singer Toshi. According to AFP, the group’s sixth studio album and their first since 1996’s Dahlia disc will be released on March 11, 2016, but that’s just the start of big things for the band.

A day after the album arrives in stores, X Japan will debut a new documentary film chronicling their music career. The movie will be part of what’s being dubbed as the #XDAY celebrations on March 12 and will screen at London’s SSE Wembley Arena along with a performance by the band. The Stephen Kijak-directed movie includes footage from the band’s 2014 Madison Square Garden Concert as well as the start of their current project. Tickets are now available for the #XDAY celebration via Live Nation.

To help build the buzz for the upcoming album, documentary and concert, Yoshiki and Toshi will turn up at Hyper Japan, an event taking place July 11 at London’s O2. The pair will unite for a special unplugged performance. For additional details, click here.

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