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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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  • Eric_2112

    Finally lived the impossible dream and saw them live last weekend, shit was amazing. Was disappointed that the setlist was almost 100% the Best of Tornado but I guess I was expecting that.

    24 Feb 10:59am Reply
  • ShadowMaiden

    Enigmatic Feeling <3

    16 Feb 2:33am Reply
  • SinkingStarship

    Sinking Starship's Sigure Best Of: 1. Beautiful Circus 2. Telecastic Fake Show 3. Disco Flight 4. This is is this? 5. Acoustic 6. Replica 7. Monster 6. OFT 7. I not crazy am you are 8. Last Dance Revolution 9. Seacret CM 10. Souzou no Security 11. Boukan 12. mib126

    28 Jan 8:27pm Reply
  • poxpotz

    Isn't this the best band ever?

    26 Jan 3:57pm Reply
  • iijamak

    In case you missed it, you can see a few photos of the hyper tornado edition on the band's official website :

    25 Jan 3:50pm Reply
  • CSthereader

    Perfect! I kind of was hoping for a mini photobook. And photos of the band from 2004-2013! Too good. Yes, I am such a big fan of Ling Tosite Sigure. So spending $100 is no problem. I can make accommodations for Ling Tosite Sigure anytime. I kind of feel their music is worth it. It is a kind of "name your price thing" for me. Thanks again iijamak for all the good information.

    25 Jan 2:49pm Reply
  • iijamak

    @CSthereader : The photobook is a 25x25cm square book containing approximatively 100 pages : 20 pages containing the lyrics of the songs along with photos from TK, 70 pages with photos of the band from 2004 to 2013 (it ends with the concert at the budokan), a 6 page interview (in japanese) -and a few pages containing photos of 345 and Pierre Nakano taken by TK. The packaging of the whole hyper tornado edition is really classy. If you're fan of the band (and if you can afford to spend about 100$) go ahead...

    25 Jan 10:19am Reply
  • CSthereader

    FuzzyxPickles, well, actually I don't see why anyone would like to make comparisons to Ling Tosite Sigure's music to other bands. Categorizing seems pretty dull considering trust me I have heard my share of American rocks bands and British rock bands. Of which British rock bands are tops. But Ling Tosite Sigure really are quite unique and I think with them it is best not to classify them since they are rather unorthodox. I mean categorizing is ok to get a feel for the genre but there at times when a band breaks the mold so much it becomes unnecessary.

    25 Jan 12:46am Reply
  • CSthereader

    PokeBaal-I can't wait to get my own copy of Best of Tornado. With songs like Beautiful Circus, Illusion is Mine, and Abnormalize it is sure to be good. I am kind of on the fence of which version should go with Limited Edition or the Hyper Tornado Edition. I want the Hyper Tornado Edition mostly because it comes with the photobook that has many photos of the band. I just wonder the size of the actual photobook. That will probably sway my choice.

    25 Jan 12:44am Reply
  • FuzzyxPickles

    you dont hear tfot? lol well the intricate leads def. but the structure and songs are more like MASS OF FERMENTING DREGS or an american post hardcore band

    24 Jan 11:36pm Reply
  • MetalForSDF

    For the longest of time I had grown tired of Inspiration is dead for listening to it way too much. It's such a good feeling to now play it and realize it rocks like it did at first.

    24 Jan 9:01am Reply
  • PokeBaal

    Best of Tornado is a great compilation, even if Sitai Miss Me isn't in it.

    23 Jan 9:52pm Reply
  • Szamot97

    v Can't wait till "hyperactive emo" tag becomes a thing :D

    22 Jan 7:17pm Reply
  • SinkingStarship

    More like Japanese Saosin or maybe Circa Survive. Never really got the Fall Of Troy comparisons. Sigure is basically intricate, complex instrumentation over pop song structures, there's a lot less similarity with math rock than I realized when I first started listening to them. They're more like hyperactive emo than anything else.

    21 Jan 3:54am Reply
  • Unsaidxpl

    V damn true

    18 Jan 9:26pm Reply
  • Vakarimasen

    Japanese Fall of Troy

    16 Jan 10:25am Reply
  • Verblichener

    who what who what is great ! Not as bad as some people say

    15 Jan 8:40pm Reply
  • SinkingStarship

    That video is beyond awesome. I love the parts where he tries to do "harsh" vocals.

    15 Jan 5:44pm Reply
  • CSthereader

    LoL. Pierre's Best of Tornado Digest is absolutely hilarious! It is so obvious that Pierre is not made to be a vocalist but he still tries. It's so adorable! This should totally go viral on the Internet. And totally makes me want to try karoake singing.

    15 Jan 1:46am Reply
  • CSthereader

    iijamak you are awesome you know that? I actually was wondering if someone would later upload Pierre's Best of Tornado Digest. Yay!

    14 Jan 11:50pm Reply
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