Saber Tiger - DEVASTATION TRAIL: The Documentary (March 13, 2019)
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At least you're not as utterly confused as most people are when I say that Laugh
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Doesn't matter where you see certain bands, just that you can say you got to. Big Grin It's certainly a unique place you can say you saw them though for sure.
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I never thought I'd go to Lithuania ever, but really, the club was great, the people were great and as you may have seen in the trailer, the weather was fantastic. Simply a great day.

I also never thought I'd be in a documentary in the same capacity as the likes of Syu, Kiyoji Yamamoto and the Loudness guys Laugh
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You've now become a Japanese metal god. Laugh
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Metaru Goddo? Laugh
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(03-13-2019, 03:51 AM)Agonymph Wrote: After all, Japanese bands have quite a bad reputation of being difficult to work with, having special rules and sensitivities to consider.

Really? This is the first time I've ever heard anything like this. I've always been under the impression that the main issue was the language barrier. Is that not the case?
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I can't say I'm an expert on seeing Japanese bands on this side of the globe, but I could see them being difficult in a bunch of ways, such as the headache of merely getting the band into different countries (see Loudness' U.S. visa problems over the years). Then I'm sure the language barrier is often a problem, plus really different cultures mixing and trying to deal with foreign management could also cause interesting scenarios. Tongue
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(03-13-2019, 03:51 AM)Agonymph Wrote: Japanese bands have quite a bad reputation of being difficult to work with, having special rules and sensitivities to consider.

I wouldn’t know where that might come from, but speculating - touring in Japan must be the easiest of anywhere in the world. You have good transport infrastructure, and the venues all have good equipment for hire (in terms of amps/drum kits etc), if you didn’t want to bring your own. That would never, ever be an option in the U.K.



(03-13-2019, 01:23 PM)Agonymph Wrote: I never thought I'd go to Lithuania ever, but really, the club was great, the people were great and as you may have seen in the trailer, the weather was fantastic.

Lithuania was a great place to visit when I went in 2004. It’s a lot more expensive now, I imagine, but I remember getting a 3 course meal in a decent restaurant for £5 (what, 8 or 9 bucks?) back then.

But it wasn’t just cheap, there was a decent amount to see and do also.
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(03-13-2019, 02:23 PM)bhg70 Wrote: Really? This is the first time I've ever heard anything like this. I've always been under the impression that the main issue was the language barrier. Is that not the case?

An acquaintance of mine worked with a few Japanese bands that were really used to having everything done for them in Japan and didn't deal with the fact that they had to work harder in Europe all that well. The Japanese music business just works a lot different than it does in Europe. He also complained a lot about the fake politeness being more important to them than actually getting things done and that really slowed down the progress. He's not the first one I've heard say things like that too.

(03-13-2019, 03:52 PM)TimJ Wrote: Lithuania was a great place to visit when I went in 2004. It’s a lot more expensive now, I imagine, but I remember getting a 3 course meal in a decent restaurant for £5 (what, 8 or 9 bucks?) back then.

And I was already pleasantly surprised at how cheap everything was now, go figure Smile But then again, I've been there for less than 20 hours, so I don't really have a true grasp of what it's really like.
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(03-13-2019, 04:48 PM)Agonymph Wrote: He also complained a lot about the fake politeness being more important to them than actually getting things done and that really slowed down the progress. He's not the first one I've heard say things like that too.

Not to "loose your face" is more important as everything else in Japan, China, Korea and SE Asia.
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