Matenrou Opera cancel “Euro Tour 2017” in light of terror attacks

Through a statement on the band’s official website, it has been announced that visual kei metal band Matenrou Opera‘s Euro Tour 2017 is canceled. Reasons stated for cancellation boil down to the recent deterioration of the security within Europe.

In light of recent events occurring in Europe, Matenrou Opera staff have consulted  and ultimately made the decision to cancel their European tour after considerations regarding the safety aspects of visitors, members, and staff. Cancellations include Finland, UK, Germany, Poland, France, the Netherlands and Russia tour dates from the end of June to July.

Europe, the United Kingdom, and Russia have witnessed terror attacks (or attempted attacks) every nine days in 2017 on average, including the the high-profile Manchester Arena bombing, London Bridge, and Notre Dame hammer attacks.

The tour organizers B7Klan have yet to release a statement on these cancellations.

Two weeks ago, boy band group GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE cancelled the European dates of their tour following the Manchester Arena terror attacks.

  • Comments

    • WhySoLonely

      They don’t have to be scared though. Even Europeans are chilling.

    • yacchaitai


      • They are a pretty huge name in the visual kei scene actually.

        • l3012

          Technically vk is dead like disco nowadays…even most of the international fans moved on/are leaning towards Kpop.

          Do they have other known song besides ANOMIE?

          • K.

            If only japan would get in the itunes and youtube bandwagon and stop being scared of piracy I think J-rock would make a huge comeback.

            • hasawa

              J-rock is so UNIQUE! I’m lowkey mad it never really got the attention it deserved in the West. The scene peaked in the mid to late 00s (we only focused on Vkei at that time) but i’m hoping for a come back as well.

          • hasawa

            “Technically vk is dead like disco nowadays…even most of the international fans moved on/are leaning towards Kpop.”
            From what i’ve heard of the insights of an insider in the Visual kei scene in Japan, Vkei is not really dead. It’s just back at being -sort of- underground, pretty much like it did before being on trend and going full on mainstream.But the scene is still fairly active, it’s just that it’s not as popular in the West as it did few years ago.
            The music scene is fairly segmented in Japan so ppl who listen to Pop music
            probably barely heard of Vkei (esp younger generations), it’s doesn’t
            mean Vkei doesn’t exist anymore like disco….(this comparison is a bit far
            fetched imo)

            • Actually many former European vk fans did switch to KPop. And when I say many I mean MANY. Probably because a lot of vk fans got hooked on that scene thanks to an interest in Asian culture in general and when vk stopped being the in thing and KPop was getting more and more popular they just checked that out and got hooked.

              • hasawa

                Well then you speak by YOUR experience then. From my own point of you view, Kpop fans either are mainly newcomers to the Asian pop music scene or old Jpop fans that switched to Kpop due to the disparity of Jpop acts since the turn of the 2010s. But i’d say that most Vkei fans moved on since Vkei got outdated… But another reason that tells me that kpop fans are mainly newcomers to the Asian pop music scene is demographic : kpop fans are mostly teens or young adults in their early 20s. Vkei boomed in the early to mid 00s (at least here in France) thus most old Vkei fans are now in their mid to old 20s. ..and i don’t see that many kpop fans from that age range tbh lol

                • But we weren’t talking about where the new kpop fans are coming from. We were talking about where did many of the old vk fans disappeared from that scene… and as you said, I am talking from my own experience when I say, that many of them switched to KPop. It started years ago, around 2010 when KPop started to get big, but it is still happening now (at least in Europe, I don’t know about the rest of the world) and I still see a lot of people that used to listen to vk a couple of years ago getting hooked on KPop.

                  • hasawa

                    My point to expose where Kpop fan came from was to show a bunch of fun didn’t come from Vkei. That being said, when Vkei became really mainstream and boomed in Japan and consequently in the West around the 2010s, some bands with really colorful imgery (An Cafe) and likeable lead singers represented something closer to Kpop than what Vkei originally was like (in its early years of existence), so i can actually get how ‘mainstream Vkei’ fans easily switched to Kpop

                    • Strange thing is that it’s not at all just the “mainstream vkei” fans as you call them, but also the ones who were into the darker, more aggressive stuff, like Gazette, Dir En Grey and all those indie bands.

                      • hasawa

                        Oh but u definitely consider these bands as ‘mainstream’ tho
                        Diru is technicallylly indie but they got so popular i consider them as being on the mainstream (in the sense of popular) spectrum of the Vkei scene
                        Ive got a friend Thomas who’s into Vkei since 10+ years and it helped me seeing in a whole new perspective the scene. He told me about a bunch of bands i never heard of, even tho i know a good amount of Vkei bands! Actually the scene is waaaay more diverse than how it’s perceived in the West, and the bands you listed are actually only the visible part of the iceberg most Vkei fans are into.

                      • Yeah, I know very well how diverse the scene is… but actually I think you don’t really know how familiar the more die hard western vk fans are about the scene, especially about all the tiny indie acts.

                        But… did you actually read what I wrote above? I mentioned Gazette and Dir En Grey as an example that not only fans of An Cafe and SuG (those more popish and colorful groups that you called “mainstream vkei” for some reason… even though that was never really the mainstream movement in the scene) turned towards KPop, but also the fans of the more aggressive sounding bands. And I did mention those countless indie bands for a reason.

                      • hasawa

                        Well actually I think it’s pretty tame to debate whether who knows or get better what vkei fans listened before switched before going to kpop since we both talk from our own experiences.
                        And yeah I did read right, but as I said above, i don’t think those former ‘aggressive vkei’ fan are mostly those who switched to kpop. Whiiich actually relates to my first sentence exposing that on this matter we’re only talking from our very own different perspectives hence we’ll never get along on this matter.

                      • It isn’t really just my experience, as I said, it is something that’s been happening all around Europe.

                      • hasawa

                        Sis, until you traveled all around Europe and meet every single (former) vkei fan let me allow to disagree…

                      • Sis? Also, I’ve been working as a vk party organizer and promoter for about 15 years now, and I actually did travel all around Europe for vk shows, worked with pretty much all the companies in some way that has ever done vk gigs in EU, talked to a lot fans and more importantly organizers and promoters, who know their local scenes and everyone has the same experiences. So, I think I know what I’m talking about.

                      • hasawa

                        Sis= sister lol
                        A shame you don’t seem to grasp ppl can have different perspective/opinion… (i mean, it’s not like i didn’t have my fair share of ‘insider experience’)

                      • … I know what sis means, thank you. I just don’t know why do you think I am a girl.

                        And a shame you act like you know your facts better than anyone else, thinking that everyone who has different experiences must be wrong. All I said was that I know from experience that there are a lot of KPop fans all over Europe that were hardcore vk fans before. And that’s it. I did not say any bullshit like “all vk fans turned to KPop” or “all KPop fans used to be vk fans”, that you seem to suggest… so, then why do I need to talk to each and every vk fan in the EU to prove my point?

                        Too damn bad… this could turn into such an interesting discussion about why some vk fans turned towards KPop… but oh well.

                      • hasawa

                        *sigh* you definitely missed the part when I said that our opinions were the product from our very own experienceS which actually meant that not that much more had to be said here. Imo seems like you’re the one trying to push your narrative onto mine when I admitted (or maybe it wasn’t clear enough) that both perspectives were valuable.
                        I’m sorry the discource didn’t take the turn YOU wanted to but I don’t feel necessary to continue a discussion were agreement is impossible. It’s not that dramatic…

            • l3012

              The ‘dead like disco’ thing was a quote reference (sorry for that!) and I don’t know any new bands from the current vk movement (I just recently listened a track from Pentagon though, sounded nice) but most of the bands I like have moved on from the image or are already disbanded.

              Most of the international fans I knew back in my teenage days (2002-2009) have moved with kpop mostly, so I spoke from my experience. Like you said, their tastes changed, and some bands disappeared or simply that there isn’t as many events featuring them anymore. Platforms have changed as well and while years ago it was easier to have access to many bands material/fanaccounts, nowadays it isn’t.

              Or maybe I grew up as well and not as invested as I was back then, there was a point when a lot of bands resembled each other. And I know that MO has been active for years but I could never get into them (Sono’s voice is an adquired taste imo).

    • l3012

      Probably they didn’t sell well to begin with.

    • *shrug*

    • Lame

      Terrorists win