I can remember the very first time I heard L'Arc~en~Ciel, that high-energy J-rock group that's responsible for so many familiar hits, in addition to anime openings and endings: it was the third Rurouni Kenshin ending, "The Fourth Avenue Cafe." Since then we've heard them through GTO, Fullmetal Alchemist, Moribito, Gundam 00, and even seen lead singer and sometime-guitarist Hyde dodging bullets Matrix-style alongside Gackt in Moon Child.
L'Arc~en~Ciel is putting out their twelfth studio album, Butterfly, in a big international release to the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand via iTunes. Butterfly is an eleven-track album including "GOOD LUCK MY WAY," the hit single from recent theatrical release Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos. Check out the album cover and tracklist:
2. X X X
3. Bye Bye
4. GOOD LUCK MY WAY -BUTTERFLY Ver.-
6. shade of season
7. DRINK IT DOWN
8. wild flower
10. NEXUS 4
11. Mirai sekai
Starting in March, L'Arc~en~Ciel will be starting their WORLD TOUR 2012, hitting major cities around the globe.
March 3rd: Asia World Expo Arena in Hong Kong, China
March 7th: Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand
March 10th: Mercedez-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China
March 17th: TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei, Taiwan
March 25th: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, USA
April 11th: indigO2 in London, UK
April 14th: Le Zenith in Paris, France
April 28th: Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore, Singapore
May 2nd: Lapangan D Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia
May 5th: Jamsil Gymnasium in Seoul, Korea
May 12th and 13th: Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan
May 19th and 20th: Universal Studios Japan Open Air Special Stage in Osaka, Japan
I'm a little sad that the only US stop is in New York, but that's pretty awesome for fans living on the East Coast. Are you gonna be picking up Butterfly when it hits tomorrow, February 8th?