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1) DEAD END is a hybrid rock band taking cues from metal, goth, new wave, and glam. The band first formed in 1984 in Tokyo, Japan and disbanded only six years later in 1990 . They had a signing with Metal Blade Records to release their “Ghost of Romance” and “Shambara” albums in the United States, but then reverted back to a Japanese label towards the end of their career.

Although their commercial success was limited, their albums have received positive reviews and their music videos for “Danse Macabre” and “Blue Vices” were airing on MTV’s Headbangers Ball television program and their songs had decent airplay on rock radio stations.

They along with X Japan and a handful other bands during that time, were predecessors of today’s visual kei and rock movement in Japan, though were more connected to the metal scene, bridging the gap between the Kiss worship (聖飢魔II, EZO) and the Japanese bands of the 90’s. It was especially the band’s vocalist, Morrie, who inspired the visual appearance and vocal style of many prominent singers.

The band reunited almost two decades later in 2009 and released a new album called “Metamorphosis” through Danger Crue Records. Their earlier albums also saw new releases, all with bonus tracks. Having performed many concerts since their reunion, not all of the original members remained. Drummer Minato choose not to participate during many lives, and so the band invited other drummers to take his place. As of now, they seem to consider themselves a three-piece band.

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