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Gazette/the GazettE (ガゼット Gazetto) is an Indie-Japanese rock band of the visual kei variety. The band formed in early 2002 and is currently signed to Sony Music Japan. They are now influential role models all around the world. The members of the band consist of Ruki (vocals), Aoi (guitar), Uruha (guitar), Reita (bass guitar), and Kai (drums).
In their early years, the formation of the band began with only Ruki, Reita, and Uruha. They have stuck together, despite the fact that their old band has disbanded. The three of them recuited Aoi and Yune (formerly on drums). With the 5 of them, the band was complete, and their first single, "Wakeremichi" was released with a PV (promotional video) after signing to Matina.
During the beginning of 2003, Yune decided to leave the band, then replacing him with Kai, signing to PS Company.
Over the course of 2004 - 2009, the band has gained significant fame and success, with some of their releases reaching almost to the top of the charts!
Their new single Vortex was released of the 25th of May this year, 2011.
the GazettE's musical style varies greatly. Even though their music is considered to be a form of rock, they still include many other styles from ballads to funk rock, heavy metal, and many more.
One of the GazettE's songs, "Shiver", is used in the anime opening for Kuroshitsuji II.
Together, they have released 4 studio albums, 2 complication albums, 6 EPs, 21 singles, and 3 video albums.
To many non-fans, they’re often compared to Dir en grey, but in actuality, the bands have very few similarities. This comparaison is held true for some of the band’s older songs, such as ‘Maximum Impulse’ in which they mix dark and heavy verses with joyful, upbeat choruses which features in a lot of Dir en grey’s songs. However, during an interview in the magazine "FOOL’s MATE", most of the members in the band have cited Luna Sea as their favorite and most respected band.
Their name change is due to "Gazette" being written in kana, while "the GazettE" is written in English. If you look at early Gazette merchandise, they have ガゼット (Gazette, Gazetto) written on it.
Information taken from Wikipedia.