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January 28, 2011

News for Tekkoshocon 2011:

Japanese hard rock band Rampant to appear at Tekkoshocon 2011

Female-fronted Japanese hard-rock band RAMPANT will give a live performance at Tekkoshocon IX and participate in Q&A and autograph sessions during the 4-day event March 31 - April 3, 2011.

RAMPANT will perform their live concert on Saturday, April 2, with visual kei band lix.

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Female-fronted Japanese hard-rock group RAMPANT was formed in Osaka, Japan in November, 2005. In 2007, they released their mini-album "CHAIN," playing live shows across Japan with the likes of SURVIVE and METAL SAFARI. Their first full album "CHOICE OF LIFE" was released in September, 2008, followed by their 2010 album "BLOSSOM," featuring the single "Naked". RAMPANT recently performed a series of live shows with Japanese bands Guardian Hacker, Dazzle Vision, and exist trace.

Members: Vocals - Hiroko // Lead Guitar - Atsushi // Rhythm Guitar - Tomoya // Bass - Kei // Drums - KA+U

RAMPANT's performance at Tekkoshocon 2011 will mark their first USA appearance.
RAMPANT appears by arrangement with JapanFiles and Loopline.

RAMPANT official website:
RAMPANT on JapanFiles:

RAMPANT - "Naked" -
RAMPANT - "New Born (live)" -

Supporting Japanese artists since 2004, JapanFiles specializes in digital sales, merchandise, events, and media promotion for indie and major Japanese music artists. Music downloads at the JapanFiles Digital Music Store are DRM-free and only 99 cents each.

JapanFiles has sponsored Japanese artist appearances at Sakura-Con, Anime Boston, A-Kon, FanimeCon, Anime Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Media Expo, Anime Vegas, Animex (Mexico), SXSW, Slim's (San Francisco), and Knitting Factory (New York City).

JapanFiles has produced over 20 USA CD releases for Japanese artists, including HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR, exist trace, girugamesh, Onmyo-za, LM.C, Morning Musume, Hangry & Angry, Berryz Kobo, ketchup mania, Swinging Popsicle, LiN CLOVER, Budo Grape, BESPA KUMAMERO, and three volumes of the "Fresh Cuts from Japan" compilation series.

JapanFiles Digital Music Store:

JapanFiles is a division of Japanese education website


Founded in 2002, Tekkoshocon, Inc. is devoted to the enrichment and enlightenment of the Japanese animation and culture fan communities of Western Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Now planning their ninth annual TEKKOSHOCON convention to be held March 31 - April 3, 2011 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, Tekkoshocon Inc. is prepared to bring top-class industry guests, musical acts, events, panels, workshops, video game tournaments, costume competitions, and other exciting attractions for the enjoyment and benefit of Pittsburgh's Anime scene.

lix was formed in 2009 by former Suicide Ali guitarist Yuu. Inspired by the rock music of Finland and bands like HIM, Negative, and The Rasmus, Yuu embarked on a unique musical journey that lead him to question the very meaning of life, its contradictions, and opposing concepts. After finding fellow musicians to help him express his emotions, lix released their first maxi-single in the tail end of 2009. In 2010, they released their first documentary DVD bundled with their maxi-single, "The Swallowed World" that chronicled their rise to fame. After several line-up changes, the band's current official members are Yuu on guitars, and Chihiro on vocals.

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