X Japan is a heavy metal band, which broke up in 1997. It was formed in 1982 by Yoshiki Hayashi and Toshimitsu "Toshi" Deyama, who were joined by Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Tomoaki "Pata" Ishizuka and Taiji Sawada.
Their first single, I'll Kill You was released on Dada Records in 1985.The following year, Yoshiki founded the independent label Extasy Records, on which Orgasm was released, as well as the group's debut album, Vanishing Vision in 1988.
In 1992, the band were renamed X Japan to distinguish them group from the American punk band X. Taiji was replaced by Hiroshi "Heath" Morie, due to creative differences with Yoshiki and went on to work with Loudness and Cloud Nine.
X Japan left Sony and signed with Atlantic Records. Art of Life was released in 1993, the title track of which was almost twenty nine minutes and was only performed twice for a live audience. By this time, the members of the group had several side projects.
In 1996, Dahlia was released and the group adopted a more casual look. This was to be the band's last major release as vocalist Toshi left the group. X Japan performed their farewell show at the Toyko Dome on December 31 1997, the last of five consecutive New Year's Eves they had performed there.
Pata and Heath founded Dope Headz in 2001, which released two albums but then ceased activity. Heath is now pursuing a solo career and Pata is a member of Ra:In. Yoshiki has been briefly a member of the pop band Globe, produced singles for the Korean band TRAX and worked on his solo project Violet UK.
In March 2007, Toshi announced on his website that he and Yoshiki had resumed working together and that the band would reform.
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