YOSHIKI is promising that the long-awaited X Japan comeback album will be released this year.
On April 7, YOSHIKI attended the "New Economic Summit 2017" in Tokyo. It was at this event that the band's leader shared the band's intentions.
"It is definitely coming out this year. There is no doubt," YOSHIKI said using no uncertain terms.
Recording for the album is ongoing, according to YOSHIKI. He shared that he hasn't been sleeping much lately due to all the work he's putting into the album, but does not want to rest and compromise on the quality of the album.
During a Nico Nico broadcast aired on April 1, YOSHIKI had stated that X Japan's new album would be coming out on June 30. However, due to the announcement coming on April Fool's Day, fans were hesitant to believe the news. YOSHIKI confirmed that the announcement was a joke.
"It will not be coming out. June 30 is no longer [the release] date," he said while laughing.
X Japan's last studio album "Dahlia" was released on November 4, 1996. Its comeback album was supposed to be released in 2016, but was ultimately postponed after guitarist PATA was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition that forced the band to go on hiatus.