Have you already heard of the german band Cinema Bizarre? Like many visual kei acts they try to combine rock and other influences with very stylish outfits and makeups. The little difference is that these guys don't reside in Asia and they use english lyrics. Their sound reminds me of other european (visual) acts like HIM or The Rasmus, but unlike them Cinema Bizarre tries to represent a visual kei band rather than a glam rock band. The artists use pseudonyms like Strify, Kiro, Shin, Luminor and Yu to emphasize that even more on top of the costume, haircut, makeup extravaganza.
As for now they have one album out, titled "Final Attraction" and released two singles from it, "Love Songs" and "Escape to the Stars". Check out the video for "Love Songs" and judge yourself if these guys are really visual or just a nice try.
Cinema Bizarre - Love Songs
Cinema Bizarre had some decent media coverage during the past weeks due to their application to the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Love Songs". The qualifiers for that event will be held on March 6th 2008.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest, let me explain. In a way that event is a battle between european bands. Each country is allowed to send in one band. And each country is allowed to give each band one vote, except of the band that country sent to the contest. In other words, all participating countries bring in the contesting bands and judge them. The event is widely known for alot of truly wacky acts. Winner 2006 was another pretty visual band, doing their show in zombie costumes. Check out their video to see what I mean.
Lordi - Rock Hallelujah live at Eurovision Song Contest 2006
Well, let's see if Cinema Bizarre will make it to the event representing Germany and if they have a chance against other european acts.
Hope you had some fun with this out of the frame visual kei news.