PROFILE L’are En Cie’L
Group Name : L’arc En Ciel a.k.a Laruku
Origin : Osaka, Japan
Genres : Alternative rock, hard rock, pop rock, art rock
Years active : 1991–present
Labels : Danger Crue, Ki/oon/SMEJ, Tofu, Gan-Shin
Member : Hyde, Tetsuya, Ken, Yukihiro
L’Arc-en-Ciel (ラルク アン シエル, Raruku an Shieru?, “The Rainbow” in French), usually stylized as “L’Arc~en~Ciel”, is a Japanese rock band that formed in 1991. The group has sold over 13 million albums, 16 million singles, and millions of other units, including videos. They were ranked at number 58 on a list of Top 100 Japanese pop musicians, provided by HMV Japan in 2003, and are among the most influential artists in the Japanese music scene.
In February 1991, bassist Tetsuya, later band leader, recruited vocalist Hyde along with guitarist Hiro and drummer Pero, and formed a band under the name of L’Arc-en-Ciel. After a year of gaining notoriety in their hometown of Osaka, Hiro left the band on June 12, 1992. Tetsuya convinced his friend Ken to quit his university studies (he was an architecture major at The Nagoya Institute of Technology) and join the band as the guitarist, but soon Pero left the band on December 30, 1992. In 1993, a new drummer, Sakura, joined the band.
On April 1, 1993, the band released their debut album Dune under the indie label Danger Crue. The album was a success and rose to number one on the Oricon indies charts, catching the attention of some major labels. In 1994, L’Arc-en-Ciel signed on with Sony’s Ki/oon division, releasing their second album, Tierra that same year. Heavenly followed in 1995. True, released in 1996, became their first number-one, million selling album. In February 1997, drummer Sakura was arrested for illegal drug possession. He officially quit the band on October 4, 1997. This proved to be the lowest point in the band’s history.
* DUNE (April 27, 1993)
* Tierra (July 14, 1994)
* heavenly (September 1, 1995)
* True (December 12, 1996)
* HEART (February 25, 1998)
* ark (July 1, 1999)
* ray (July 1, 1999)
* REAL (August 30, 2000)
* SMILE (March 31, 2004)
* DUNE 10th Anniversary Edition (April 21, 2004)
* AWAKE (June 22, 2005)
* KISS (November 21, 2007)