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Yoshiki Says X Japan LP Due By Fall With Marilyn Manson Track
Flush with new fans from X Japan wowing Coachella festivalgoers and performing "Sweet Dreams" at the fest with Marilyn Manson during the second weekend, Yoshiki has promised his band's next album by "late summer or early fall."
The band's previous studio album was Dahlia in 1996. The current album has been in the works for 10 years already. While the band previously announced a new album would be coming in 2016, X Japan guitarist Pata had a serious medical issue that led to the project being shelved. "I know it's a long time," said Yoshiki, "but when you listen to the sound you'll understand why it took that long."
"Recording's done pretty much, we just have to mix it," Yoshiki told Consequence Of Sound. "It's pretty edgy. It's eclectic. Even though people want to say X Japan is heavy-metal or hard rock, the album is very eclectic and a wide range is covered."
Yoshiki also revealed that "99 percent of the songs are in English and it's our first record targeting a worldwide audience." In addition, fans can look forward to a Manson collaboration on the new record, which seems to be a perfect fit given their amazing performance at Coachella.
"This is the evolved version of X Japan," Yoshiki said. "Regardless of what happened in our past, it's a new album."