ART OF LIFE (29:00)

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Art of Life is an album released by X Japan on August 28, 1993. It consists of only one song of the same name, which is nearly 29 minutes long, and was written and composed by Yoshiki Hayashi. The heavily orchestrated piece (recorded with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) is partly based on Schubert’s unfinished Symphony No. 8 and comprises several passages of varying speed and instrumentation, including eight minutes performed solely on piano. It was rarely played live, an early performance taking place on July 30, 1992 at Nippon Budokan and two more on December 30 and 31, 1993, at the Tokyo Dome. These were later released on the Art of Life Live album and the Art of Life 1993.12.31 Tokyo Dome VHS/DVD, respectively. It was also performed at the band’s reunion concert on March 28, 2008 at the Tokyo Dome, but was cut short when Yoshiki collapsed mid-way through the song, just before the piano solo. The rest of the song was played at the same venue, two days later.

During the Hong Kong Live on 16th and 17th January 2009, X JAPAN split the song into two. performing the song from the intro to right before the piano solo on the 16th and performing the remainder on 17th January as YOSHIKI still has injuries, making him unable to play the song one shot.


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  • DonMatt447

    This is how I interpret the song. The first half of the song, the person wants to die because the person he loves rejected him. The "Desert Rose" is the person's heart. The woman's voice is a personification of the depressed man's heart. The second part of the song, the piano solo, the man tries to die. In the beginning, he is unsure, but his heart beat becomes faster (when the piano starts getting faster) and attempts suicide (the piano goes crazy). Still, the piano continues but softer (he's still alive). Finally the piano stops and the orchestra comes through (meaning he was saved). The final part, he realizes he can live life. He still feels depressed and sad, but he is confident of picking up the pieces. [2]

    17 Aug 11:53pm Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    Without a doubt one of the greatest musical experiences of my life

    28 Jul 10:23am Reply
  • Ramonzito-ito


    27 Jul 6:01pm Reply
  • herzblutnord


    29 Jun 7:26pm Reply
  • xclaimation

    the remastered version is so good.

    14 Jun 12:22pm Reply
  • SousuKe_

    The greatest masterpiece of all times in the history of the music.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Demivee

    Does anyone know, where I can get the Studio Version?

    12 Mar 2013 Reply

    one of the few things in life that are so beautiful they bring a tear to my eye.

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Hikarichi


    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • FolkBlackDoom

    I LOVE classical music and I LOVE metal. This track is absolutely perfect.

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • darkonyxswe

    My life is now complete.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Pheneks

    This is one of my favorite songs of all time. The sheer orchestration, the piano and the guitars give me goosebumps each time I hear 'em.

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    Epic 30 minutes. Holy crap.

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • RosielMisery

    I love the piano improvisation part!(人´∀`*)

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • BlackAngel912

    Without a doubt one of the greatest musical experiences of my life. The piano part can be a bit much, but it just gets better with each listen. It's a masterpiece in every sense of the word, there's really no other way to put it.

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Ghestal

    Yuuki sums it up quite nicely. I guess the concept is a little much for people used to listening to an otherwise pretty musically "normal" band.

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • YuukiX

    to me this song is one of the greatest songs ever, it's always overwhelming. I know the piano solo probably is disturbing to people who aren't used to modern classic, but after a few times listening and thinking about it this solo really shows how life is. A beautiful melody, getting stronger and higher just like the growing of a child, and then getting more and more distracted and damaged by the discords one meets in life, but then hopefully being able to still remember the own rhythm... The art in this solo is not the perfection, because it aimed to show the imperfection. I think I don't need to explain the rock music pats and lyrics, they are just great, too.

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • psycho-lizard

    I totally agree with Itochan60. I know it was supposed to be dramatic but got only annoying after few minutes. As a former pianist I'm horrified that someone could consider chaotic smashing the keybord "true art". Poor, poor piano.

    22 May 2012 Reply
  • elsenari

    The solo at 10:20 <3

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • HowDisgusting

    Or perhaps a drum solo? Shit, that would have been fantastic.

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
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