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Saitama, Japan (2002 – present)

凛として時雨 (Ling Tosite Sigure, aka Rin Toshite Shigure) is a Japanese band from Saitama, formed in 2002. Rin Toshite Shigure is the conventional Hepburn romanization of the bands name. However, the band uses the Kunrei-shiki romanization Ling Tosite Sigure on their website, albums, and other materials. The band’s name means “A frigid autumn’s rain shower.”

Their music style is aggressive, fast-paced rock with rapid changes of tempo and mood reminiscent of styles as diverse as , , , and . They utilize both male and female vocals ranging from soft singing to loud wails and screams. As of 2013, they’ve released five full-length albums, an EP, and three singles, as well as various demos. Their latest album, i’mperfect, was released April 10, 2013. It features the single “abnormalize” which was used as the opening theme for the anime Psycho-Pass. This album is also their first to be released in Europe as they signed for distribution with JPU Records in June 2013.

Ling Tosite Sigure has maintained its original lineup of guitarist/vocalist Toru “TK” Kitajima (北嶋徹), bassist/vocalist Miyoko “345” Nakamura (中村美代子), and drummer Masatoshi “Pierre” Nakano (ピエール中野). TK also writes solo music as TK from 凛として時雨; he released his debut album Flowering on June 27, 2012.


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  • a_spaceman

    Saw the track-listing for the upcoming best of album a while back... looks really solid, very interested in hearing the new versions of older songs

    20 Nov 9:29am Reply
  • Sadistic_TK

    And new national tour starting in February, so the new album should be released some time in-between.

    17 Nov 3:13pm Reply
  • CalvinMousse

    LTS's compilation album - Best of Tornado and new single - Who What Who What will be release same day on 15/01/14.

    17 Nov 9:29am Reply
  • PokeBaal

    i'mperfect never gets old, godlike album

    13 Nov 1:27am Reply
  • KenjiIkari

    Sorry SinkingStarship, but I personally like #4 way more than i'mperfect, I think one thing I liked about them was the catchy riffs. IMO, i'mperfect was basically way more consistently high speed than a lot of their previous albums, rarely giving time to let more catchy/interesting riffs sink in. Secondly, it felt like there were fewer new techniques introduced, and more recycling of techniques and riff-types from previous songs, unlike the prior albums. So I guess I also liked how they seemed consistently innovative, but now it seems as if they plateaued. Though, it's worth mentioning that I do like Filmsick Mystery and Missing ling. (Possibly more than most songs on SASV) That said, other people might not care about the same elements as I do as much, and might prefer the fact they're playing faster and with more riff switching during songs. I fully understand how people could like the newer stuff or older stuff more.

    12 Nov 6:36am Reply
  • enumea

    They are my electric treasure. TK can't be real.

    12 Nov 12:27am Reply
  • kouta55

    this band is a gold mine

    11 Nov 2:57pm Reply
  • ftkftw

    Glad to see 時雨 popular enough to invite a fanbase war :D While I'm grateful for "abnormalize" for introducing me to the band, their songs have always taken sweet time to grow on me (including "abnormalize"; didn't like it first when I saw the anime). Initially I like still a Sigure virgin? > i'mperfect > just A moment > Inspiration is Dead in that order, but lately the more I listen to Inspiration is Dead the more I'm loving it (like that spacey "gazing at my shoes" feeling in "am3:45" XD). I thought "Enigmatic Feeling" was underwhelming after my first listen, but maybe in time it'll grow on me (like a majority of their songs). One thing is certain though; their discography over the years has evolved so much that #4 practically sounds like it was released by a different band. Personally I wish they'd make more instrumental songs like "a over die", even though I know that'd alienate a whole chunk of their fanbase who listens for TK's and Miyoko's vocals.

    7 Nov 7:33pm Reply
  • Sadistic_TK

    First of all, thank you for the job you did on the lyrics ;) I've got issues with the band since they came back with Abnormalize being their first anime opening. I feel like the craziness of the band has been chastened, for the most part due to the prod of the releases; too smooth. There are some good riffs here and there but there is a strong lack of impact from the vocals. It took me some time to get over Still a Sigure Virgin? but in the end it turns out to be an amazing album. I'mperfect on the other, I mostly get bored while listening to it... Enigmatic Feeling is far too conventional (better than Abnormalize, I'll give you that), on the other hand Dynamite Nonsense throws stunning changes in tempo right in your face just like in the old days. That being said, I haven't had the chance to see them live since their just A moment tour. I guess it gets back to wilderness on stage (damn that was some crazy concert back in 2009, like being in a club-lighted washing machine)

    6 Nov 1:04pm Reply
  • SinkingStarship

    What's up with the bitching here? First, i'mperfect is awesome; fact. Enigmatic Feeling is also awesome, and Dynamite Nonsense sounds pretty good on first listen. Interesting that there wasn't any backlash against Abnormalize "being an anime theme song" particularly since Enigmatic is really a much better, sleeker song than Abnormalize (which has good instrumental parts but fairly weak vocal melodies.) And if anyone wants to whine at me, I'm just going to point out that I'm the guy who's reviewed and translated all of Sigure's discography up to the new single, and I've been listening to them for nearly eight years.

    6 Nov 1:31am Reply
  • damthauer

    The fact that it's an anime opening does not make it a crap song. It's very different from pretty much every anime opening I've ever heard, and it got me into the band so there's that. Also that opening riff is just plain awesome. Anyway, I don't see the point in people trying to polarize opinions. Why not just say you like Dynamite Nonsense better? Why you gotta hate?

    6 Nov 12:49am Reply
  • Sadistic_TK

    The B-side Dynamite Nonsense humiliates anime opening crap Enigmatic Feeling

    5 Nov 8:19pm Reply
  • kouta55

    oh gee, your opinion is different than mine! you must be out of your mind!

    5 Nov 6:19am Reply
  • SinkingStarship

    Anyone who thinks i'mperfect sucks is out of their mind, it's way better than, say, #4.

    5 Nov 1:18am Reply
  • Kuribboh

    leaked guys?

    3 Nov 7:57pm Reply
  • CalvinMousse

    and new single released as same!?

    3 Nov 7:55am Reply
  • CalvinMousse

    heard a rumor about a compilation album on next year february......D=

    3 Nov 7:54am Reply
  • kouta55

    last album is generic crap

    3 Nov 2:45am Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    one of the most consistent discographies i know, every album is great

    2 Nov 7:00pm Reply
  • Fenix_7

    Just discovered this band but man are they fucking good.

    21 Oct 1:13pm Reply
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