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X Japan working on its first album in 20 years

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X Japan, the biggest rock band in their home country that has made some waves in the U.S., is preparing its first album in 20 years. The band formed in 1982 and is considered one of the founders of the visual kei movement, although it dropped that look before 1996's "Dahlia" album, it's last.

The band broke up a year later and its popular guitarist hide committed suicide in 1998. It traumatized the nation even more than Kurt Cobain's suicide. Three fans killed themselves in the same manner as hide (hanging) and 50,000 people attended his funeral.

X Japan reunited in 2007 and has done multiple tours in Japan and the US, including a gig at Madison Square Garden last October.

The new album is due on March 11, 2016, and after the album arrives in stores, X Japan will debut a new documentary film chronicling their music career, including the MSG show. The film will be part of what’s being dubbed as the #XDAY celebrations taking place on March 12.

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