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9mm Parabellum Bullet
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9mm Parabellum Bullet (キューミリ・パラベラム・バレット Kyūmiri Paraberamu Baretto) is a rock band formed in March 2004 from Yokohama, Japan. It consists of; vocalist and rhythm guitarist Takuro Sugawara, guitarist and backing vocalist Yoshimitsu Taki, bassist Kazuhiko Nakamura, and drummer Chihiro Kamijo, who came up with the band's name. Piano pieces included in some songs are performed by Taki, while the characteristic shouts are provided by Nakamura.


Formation and early releases (2005–2006)

The band signed with Reverb Records (on the under_bar label) and released two early mini-albums, Gjallarhorn in 2005 and Phantomime in 2006, and played live shows in Yokohama and Tokyo.

Signing to EMI and Termination (2007)

2007 saw the band signed to EMI Music Japan and the releases of the Discommunication e.p., which featured the song "Discommunication" and a 35 minute live recording, and The World e.p. which featured newly recorded version of songs from Gjallarhorn and two new tracks, "The World" and "Heat-Island". At the end of 2007 they released their first full album, Termination, after which they began their first one-man tour.

Vampire (2008–2009)

In the summer of 2008 the band released the double A-side single "Supernova/Wanderland", which also included piano instrumentals of both songs, and a third song called "Wildpitch". 9mm Parabellum Bullet were invited to play at Asian Kung-Fu Generation's "Nano-Mugen Festival" that year at the Yokohama Arena, a festival notable for featuring up-and-coming acts alongside more well known and foreign acts.

In October the band released their second full album, Vampire, and proceeded onto the "Vampire Empire Tour 08/09". In April 2009 the band released their first live DVD, Act I, which contained 4 concerts from different points in their career. The limited edition came with a copy of the "Vampire Empire Tour" VIP pass and a photobook of the band.

"999" and Revolutionary (2009–2010)

In late spring of 2009, the band released the single "Black Market Blues", which also included a recording of their free live performance at Yoyogi Park as a B-side.

2009 also saw 9mm Parabellum Bullet's first nomination at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan for "Best Rock Video", where they were nominated for the video of their song "Living Dying Message". They also performed this song live at the show.

9mm Parabellum Bullet appeared at numerous rock festivals across Japan notably including "Rock in Japan Festival", "Rising Sun Rock Festival" and Space Shower's "Sweet Love Shower".

On September 9, 2009, 9mm Parabellum Bullet had their first show at the Nippon Budokan titled "999". This performance would appear as a B-side on the Cold Edge e.p., released on September 30.

9mm Parabellum Bullet were invited to play at "Countdown Japan 09/10". In mid-January, they released their new single, "Inochi no Zenmai", to be featured as the theme for the live action adaptation of the Higanjima manga.

It was announced that April 21, 2010, would be the date of 9mm Parabellum Bullet's third full album release, titled Revolutionary. It was followed by a tour across Japan. In late March, a music video was shot for the last track of the new album, called "The Revolutionary".

Movement (2011–present)

On 18 May 2011, their latest single was released, "Atarashii Hikari". The band's fourth album, titled Movement, was released on June 15.

They also will be playing a live show in Yokohama Arena on June 26.

Band Members

- Takuro Sugawara (菅原 卓郎 Sugawara Takurō) – vocals, rhythm guitar, maracas
- Yoshimitsu Taki (滝 善充 Taki Yoshimitsu) – lead guitar, piano, backing vocals
- Kazuhiko Nakamura (中村 和彦 Nakamura Kazuhiko) – bass, screams
- Chihiro Kamijo (かみじょう ちひろ Kamijō Chihiro) – drums

some of their PVs

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