, stylized as the GazettE
, is a Japanese visual keiShoxx
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band formed in early 2002, and currently signed to Sony Music Japan
's VVV Records. They are now an influential pioneer of the Visual Kei scene around the globe.
2002: Conception and early work
The foundations of the band began with Ruki (vocals), Reita (bass), and Uruha
(guitar). After being involved with other bands in the visual scene, the trio decided that The Gazette would be their last band.Fool's Mate April 2006
Originally signed to Matina, they released their first single, "Wakaremichi
", and a video release on April 30, 2002. They re-released "Wakaremichi" in June. By September, they had released "Kichiku Kyoushi (32sai Dokushin) no Nousatsu Kouza" and their second PV release. In October they played their first solo live. On Christmas, the 5-song compilation 妖幻鏡 moon including the song "Yougenkyou" was released.
2003: New drummer and Cockayne Soup
In early 2003, Yune decided to leave the band, and he was replaced by Kai. Shortly after, they signed with the PS Company
label and in May, released their first EP, Cockayne Soup
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