X Japan Taking A Risk With New Album

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(Metal Hammer) X Japan mainman Yoshiki Hayashi admits the band are taking a risk with their upcoming English-language album. The release of the group's as-yet-untitled sixth record was put on hold earlier this year when guitarist Pata was taken to hospital with a "life-threatening" condition.

While X Japan have still not given an update on when the album might surface, Yoshiki tells the South China Morning Post it might not connect with Western audiences in the way they hope.

He says: "There are still a lot of challenges ahead. I don't know how many people in the West are ready for artists such as us, coming from the East. There are still walls between the East and the West, a culture barrier. Being an artist from Asia, to go overseas and to perform in Western countries, it's not easy."

But Yoshiki hopes the album can help beat a path towards the West for other Asian artists. "We want to break that wall for new artists so they can become popular anywhere in the world," he adds. Read more here.

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