Guitar: 弐 (Nii, born 22 Jul… Read Full Bio ↴Vocals: 左迅 (Satoshi, born 13 October, 1984)
Guitar: 弐 (Nii, born 22 July, 1984)
Bass: 愁 (ShuU, born 26 December, 1984)
Drums: Яyo, born 20 September, 1986)
girugamesh (ギルガメッシュ) was a Japanese alternative metal Visual-kei band, formed in 2003 and disbanded in 2016. The name was believed to be derived from the earliest known poem; Epic of Gilgamesh, but when asked about their choice for the name in an interview it was revealed that it actually came from the Final Fantasy character Gilgamesh, written as "Girugamesh" in japanese. The music of girugamesh is metal with gloomy undertones, sometimes experimenting with more electronic pop-rock sounds. Formed in 2003 in Chiba, ShuU and Nii had been friends since elementary school, the earliest incarnation of the band made its first performance while the members were still in high school. girugamesh began playing gigs in 2003, until they were signed to record label Gaina-Japan. Their first single, “Kaisen Sengen” was ranked #10 on the Oricon Indies chart. In 2005, girugamesh embarked on a nation-wide tour, after which they released their first live DVD, featuring footage from the tour, and after more touring, released an EP, Goku - Shohankei Enban.
In 2007, girugamesh was signed to the European label Gan-Shin. The band then was part of a 9-band Japanese rock festival in Los Angeles, California called “J-Rock Revolution”. They were part of the second night alongside Merry, D’espairsRay and MUCC. Around the time of J-Rock Revolution, some of the performing bands released material on the iTunes Music Store.
Their appearance gradually changed, while girugamesh began in the visual kei scene over time their style changed to a more casual look.
In 2016 they announced that their "chimera" Europe tour would be the last one and that they will hold a last live on July 10th at ZEPP DIVER CITY.
On November 22, 2017, girugamesh appeared on "[2017.11.22] TRIBUTE OF MUCC - 縁 [en] -" with a cover song titled: 五月雨 which was included as 1 of 2 secret bonus tracks (the other 恋は水色 by ムック(MUCC)). They also released this under the alias 左迅×弐×愁×Яyo.
Vocals: Cyrien (2003, went on to play in Sel'm)
Guitar: Hotaru (2003)
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The lyrics to ギルガメッシュ's song 遮断 discuss the feeling of being trapped and cut off from the outside world. The singer is being blocked by a wall, the source of which is unknown, but it instills a sense of fear in them. They blame the situation on low-class individuals who they deem unworthy of being near them. The singer begs for the wall to be opened, so they can return to the place they once knew. They mention the physical pain they feel, labeling it a "loss" or "grief." They assert that they will not be stopped by those who are not worthy of getting in their way. The lyrics also allude to the idea of holding onto something that no longer exists, represented by a chain that causes pain when held.
The lyrics suggest that the singer is nostalgic for a place they once knew, but the wall is keeping them from returning. The theme of pain and loss is weaved throughout the song, almost as if the singer is in mourning for the place they once knew. The lyrics also suggest that the singer is somewhat entitled and places themselves above others. The chain mentioned could represent their desire to hold onto the past, even when it causes them pain. The song examines themes of loss, nostalgia, and the human tendency to hold onto things, even when it causes us pain.
Interesting facts about the song "遮断":
Note: This section uses generative AI, which can be inaccurate.
• "遮断" was released on October 3, 2012, as the lead track of ギルガメッシュ's 11th single.
• The song features a heavy metal influence, with a prominent guitar riff.
• The music video for "遮断" features the band performing the song in various locations, including a street and a rooftop.
• ギルガメッシュ disbanded in 2016 after a successful 13-year career.
• The band members were known for their distinct visual kei style, with elaborate hairstyles and makeup.
• The band members often wrote their own lyrics, and 遮断 was written by vocalist Satoshi.
• The song was included in the band's final album, "Crazy-Flag," released on July 27, 2016.
• 遮断 was one of ギルガメッシュ's most popular songs, with over 2.6 million plays on the music streaming platform, Spotify.
• The band members were known for their dynamic live performances, often jumping around the stage and interacting with the crowd.
• The chords for the song are not publicly available, but the song features a prominent guitar riff in the key of D.
Line by Line Meaning
You choose to call it fear, but it's just a wall that's been put up before you.
You're too vulgar, and so I'm telling you not to take another step.
Open the lock. You can hear it too, can't you?
This darkness is closing in.
That's where I used to be. Open this door right away.
This throbbing pain called loss is getting redder and redder.
壊れてく お前如きなどには 容易く邪魔される義理は無い
Breaking down, there's no obligation to be easily interrupted by someone like you.
The chain that was held tightly is painful again as it laughs.
諦めれば楽になれる? 手を差し伸べる 君はもう居ないから...
Will you be happier if you give up? You’re not here to offer me your hand anymore.
That's the view I'm meant to see, and yet now I can only glimpse it through this small gap.
I can't see it if I don't peek.
The blocked view disappears softly without a sound.
怨んだ声叫んだ声 帰らぬ理想 見つめ塞ぎ込む
Voices of resentment and cries, staring silently at ideals never to return.
諦めれば楽になれる? 手を差し伸べる 君はもう居ないから...
Will you be happier if you give up? You're not here to offer me your hand anymore.
Contributed by Owen M. Suggest a correction in the comments below.