Silent Jealousy

"Silent Jealousy" is a single released by X Japan (then named X) on September 11, 1991.


The song's structure is comparable to "Kurenai", opening with a calm intro, performed on a single instrument, followed by a speed metal composition with symphonic elements. It also includes a short excerpt of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" during the piano-driven bridge. The B-side is an alternate version of "Sadistic Desire", originally featured on the band's debut album Vanishing Vision.

Live recordings of "Silent Jealousy" can be found on the "Say Anything" single and various releases featuring the band's Tokyo Dome performance on January 7, 1992, as part of the three-day concert series On the Verge of Destruction.

On November 21, 1993, SME Records released , a short film based on the manga series X by Clamp and set to X Japan's music. It features a slideshow of the manga's artwork set to a medley of X Japan's "Silent Jealousy", "Kurenai" and "Endless Rain" and a music video for the song "X" directed by Shigeyuki Hayashi.

Australian metal band Lord covered the title song as a bonus track on the Japanese version of their 2007 album Ascendence, with vocals performed by Hideaki Niwa. Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica also covered part of the song during one of the concerts on their Japanese tour and according to Tony Kakko, the song is "absolutely splendid" but some parts are "hyperfast" that it does not suit Sonata Arctica's style well. It also served as wrestler Chris Jericho's one night entrance song for his return to Japan.

Commercial performance

The song reached number 3 on the Oricon charts, and charted for 18 weeks. In 1991, with 234,950 copies sold was the 58th best-selling single of the year, being certified Gold by RIAJ.

Track listing


  • Toshi – vocals
  • Pata – guitar
  • hide – guitar
  • Taiji – bass
  • Yoshiki – drums, piano

  • Co-Producer – Naoshi Tsuda
  • Mixer – Rich Breen
  • Cover photo – Michihiro Ikeda