Kagrra, (神楽) was a five member Japanese rock band in the visual-kei scene. They formed in October of 1998 as CROW under the independent label KEY PARTY. A little more than two years later the band signed with PS COMPANY, and in the process changed their name to Kagrra. At the end of 2003 Kagrra debuted as a major act with Columbia Music, adding the comma to their name. Kagrra, incorporated "wa" (和) into their music and visuals, creating a neo-japanesque image. They often wore kimono or other traditional Japanese clothing.
After more than 10 years of activities together, Kagrra, announced on November 11th, 2010 that they would disband (though the members' expressed to use the term "demise") after their one-man tour finale on March 3rd, 2011 at Shibuya C.C.Lemon Hall. Their last studio album, Hyakki Kenran, was released on February 2nd.
Kagrra, was formed in October of 1998 under the name CROW along with a "sister" band, Lar~Mia. They were both signed with independent label KEY PARTY and informally called themselves "black feathers" and "white feathers" respectively. Unfortunately, not much information is available about their CROW days. They did, however, release a demo tape titled "Momoyo-e" on June 13th, 1999 and contributed a track on the HOLD YOUR KEY 2000 compilation album on January 21st, 2000.
Before the summer CROW signed with PS COMPANY, another independent label and changed their name to Kagrra. They performed for the first time with the new name on June 3rd, 2000 at a memorial one-man live at Takadanobaba AREA. Later on in the month they released their second demo tape "Kotodama". A studio version of the song would later be released as their second single four years later.
Kagrra's first studio release was their first mini-album Nue, which was released on December 1st. After selling fairly fast the mini-album had a second pressing released the following March (on the same day as the release of their second mini-album) and a third pressing in December of the same year. The later presses have renewed cover artwork and contain one new track, "Shiroi Mashu".
On March 3rd, 2001 Kagrra held their first one-man live "Ouka Ranman" at Shibuya ON AIR WEST, released their second mini-album Sakura, and opened up their official fan club "Auga". This mini-album's second pressing was released almost exactly a year later. The second press has renewed cover artwork and contains an acoustic version of the first track "Sakura ~Saikai no Hana~". A few days later (March 5th), Kagrra went on their first nation-wide coupling tour. It was called PK Kassen and went for 10 stops.
Starting with the release of "Genwaku no Joukei" on April 27th, the band started a four consecutive month single release plan. The four singles were each centered around the themes of one of the four seasons. They were available at their lives and were limited to 1,000 copies each. "Memai" was released on May 26th, "Kami Uta" on June 29th, and "Tsurezure Naru Mama ni,,," on July 21st. In September Kagrra, along with other PS COMPANY acts at the time, had a live event in Hong Kong. Also in September they had their first one-man concert Tenchi Souzou ~Kamigami no Utage~. The tour only had four stops and the finale was at Shibuya ON AIR EAST.
Their third mini-album Irodori was released on October 3rd. The mini-album contains all four of the live-house only singles released earlier in the year. A month later, on the 1st, the band had a one-man tour titled Kyouki Ranbu ~Zoku･Kamigami no Utage~. The tour went for 10 stops and its finale was at Shibuya ON AIR EAST. For three consecutive days later on in November they had fan club one-man "Auga Battle" concerts. The lives were on the 22nd to the 24th and were all at Takadanobaba AREA.
The band's next activity was the "Kazarihina Emaki" one-man live on March 3rd, 2002 at Shibuya ON AIR WEST. On the 6th Kagrra had their first video release, Kagura Fuuun Roku. It is their first and only widely available VHS release and its contents are live and offshot footage with backstage images. Next month on April 3rd they released their debut single "~Yumeizuru Chi~".
On May 5th they started the one-man tour Gun'yuukakkyo. During the tour two singles were sold at the venues, "Kakashi" and "Iro ha Niho he to". There are five different covers per single: the covers for "Kakashi" are the members while the covers for "Iro ha Niho he to" has the item on the cover in different positions. This tour was 10 stops and its finale was at Shibuya ON AIR EAST. In the middle of May the band released their fourth mini-album Kirameki on the 15th.
In the summer, on August 20th, they had the "Dairokkan" one-man live at Shibuya ON AIR WEST. On October 4th two singles were released simultaneously. They were their second and third singles "Kotodama" and "Sakura Mai Chiru Ano Oka de". Next month, starting on the 4th Kagrra held a tour in the Kanto region in Japan. It was called Kanto Toubatsu Angya Oku no Hosomichi and hit five stops. Similar to last year, they held another round of the "Auga Battle" one-man concerts. They happened in three consecutive days starting on November 21st, all at Takadanobaba AREA.
Two years after the band's formation (four if you count since the formation of CROW), Kagrra released their debut album [gozen]. The album would reach #14 on the indies Oricon charts and #146 on the major Oricon charts, where it would chart for a week. A photobook based on the album would later be released on May 5th, 2003. A one-man tour to support and promote the release of the album, titled [gozen]-dead of human world-, started on December 18th. The tour was TouNaKa (東名阪; Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka) based and hit three stops.
- [2002.12.11] [gozen]
- [2004.03.03] Miyako (京; The Capital)
- [2005.07.20] san (燦～san～; Brilliant)
- [2007.02.14] shizuku (雫～shizuku～; A Drop of Water)
- [2008.01.09] Core
- [2009.04.01] Shu (珠; Jewel)
- [2011.02.02] Hyakki Kenran (百鬼絢爛; Gorgeous Pandemonium)
- [2011.06.29] Kagrra Indies BEST 2000~2003
- [2000.12.01] Nue (鵺; Japanese Chimera)
- [2001.03.03] Sakura (桜; Cherry Blossoms)
- [2001.10.03] Irodori (彩; Color Scheme)
- [2002.05.01] Kirameki (煌; Sparkle)
- [2003.09.24] Ouka Ranman (桜花爛漫; A Riot of Cherry Blossoms)
- [2002.04.03] ~Yumeizuru Chi~ (～夢イズル地～; Dreams Commanding the Land)
- [2002.10.04] Kotodama (恋綴魂; Love Binding Soul)
- [2002.10.04] Sakura Mai Chiru Ano Oka de (桜舞い散るあの丘で; The Fluttering Cherry Blossoms Fall on That Hill)
- [2003.05.28] Haru Urara (春麗ら; Lovely Spring)
- [2003.07.30] Yotogi Banashi (夜伽噺; A Story of Attending Someone Through the Night)
- [2004.01.01] Urei (愁; Unhappy)
- [2004.07.21] Rin (凛; Dignified)
- [2004.10.27] Omou (憶; Think)
- [2005.02.02] Gen'ei no Katachi / Sara Souju no Komoriuta (幻影の貌 / 沙羅双樹の子護唄; Shape of an Illusion / A Sal Tree's Lullaby)
- [2006.02.01] Chikai no Tsuki (誓ノ月; Oath of the Moon)
- [2006.11.22] Utakata (うたかた; Bubble on the Surface of Liquid)
- [2008.09.10] Uzu (渦; Swirl)
- [2009.10.21] Shiki (四季; The Four Seasons)
- [2010.06.16] Tsuki ni Murakumo Hana ni Ame (月に斑雲 紫陽花に雨; Uneven Clouds Upon the Moon, Raining on the Hydrangeas)
- [2010.08.11] Shiroi Uso (白ゐ嘘; White Lie)
- [1999.06.13] Momoyo-e (百夜絵; Picture of a Hundred Nights) (CROW; Demo)
- [2000.06.21] Kotodama (恋綴魂) (Demo)
- [2001.04.27] Genwaku no Joukei (幻惑の情景; A Scene's Fascination)
- [2001.05.26] Memai (眩暈; Vertigo)
- [2001.06.29] Kami Uta (神謌; The Song of God)
- [2001.07.21] Tsurezure Naru Mama ni,,, (徒然なるままに,,,; I Have Nothing to Do as it Is...)
- [2002.05.05] Kakashi (案山子; Scarecrow)
- [2002.05.05] Iro ha Niho he to (いろはにほへと; Although its Scent Still Lingers On)
VHS / DVDs
- [2002.03.06] Kagura Fuuun Roku (神楽風雲録; Kagrra's Elements Record)
- [2003.11.19] Hisui (秘祭; Secret Festival)
- [2004.04.07] ~Kaika Sengen~ "Ouka Ranman" (～開花宣言～「桜花爛漫」; ~Blooming Proclamation~ "A Riot of Cherry Blossoms")
- [2004.07.21] Miyako ~Inishie no Tobira ga Ima,,,~ (古の扉が今,,,; The Ancient Door is Now...)
- [2005.08.03] Sara ~Natsukashii no Rakuen~ 2005.04.14 (Moku) SHIBUYA-AX (沙羅～懐かしの楽園～2005年4月14日(木)SHIBUYA-AX; Sal Tree ~A Dear Paradise~ (Thursday))
- [2005.11.30] -unsanmusyo- 2005.08.22 (Getsu) Tokyo Kousei Nenkin Kaiken (～雲燦霧消～2005年8月22日(月)東京厚生年金会館; ~Vanishing Like Mist~ (Monday))
- [2006.09.27] Kiseki~Ni (鬼跡～弐; Demon Tracks~Two)
- [2011.05.09] Kagrra, LAST LIVE LIVE DVD "~Shuen~ Sakura Mai Chiru Ano Oka de" (～終焉～桜舞い散るあの丘で; ~Demise~ The Fluttering Cherry Blossoms Fall on That Hill)
Books / Magazines
- [2003.05.05] [gozen] Shashinshuu (写真集; Photobook)
- [2006.07.07] "Sacra" Shashinshuu (写真集)
- [2007.04.25] shizuku Band Score (雫～shizuku～)
- [2008.07.19] Core Band Score
- [2011.02.xx] ARENA37 Degree March 2011 Issue (Feature)
- [2011.03.xx] SHOXX May 2011 Issue (Feature)
- Official MySpace
- Kagrra, KING RECORDS Official Profile
- Kagrra, Columbia Music Entertainment Official Profile