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music review: the GazettE – TRACES VOL.2

March 12, 2017 Leave a comment

 

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In this album, we have the band’s best ballad songs compiled here. At first, I thought this was just another cash grab for the band with no changes to the songs whatsoever but I was wrong. Thank goodness.

My first impressions have been pretty decent. Every song here is rerecorded with some added arrangements and lyrics. Also, every song does not fade out except for ITO. Long time fans of the GazettE will appreciate this album because it’s got oldie songs such as Kare Uta, Reila, D.L.N., and Taion. All the songs here are great.

Now for the bad. This could be a hit or miss with the new recorded sound. It sounds very compressed and thick where as the original has a more balanced sound mixing. This may be because I’m used to the way the original sounded but your mileage may vary. While I love the emphasis put into the drums, it sounds artificial here. Come to think of it, this production is quite similar to Dir en grey’s THE UNRAVELING. My favorite GazettE ballad is PLEDGE, and to hear that the song butchered here was quite disappointing. Ruki’s voice no longer has that emotional impact that was in the original. The same result happened when I heard Dir en grey’s rerecorded version of THE FINAL. Guren has these children giggling in the background which is kinda creepy. I really miss the piano standout that was in Reila.

I think of this album as another option or a 2nd chance for those who didn’t like the way the original sounded. Either way, it gave me a good reason to listen to the oldie tracks again. Without a doubt, the new Kare Uta will be on my phone.

Rating: 7/10

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Song of the Day: lynch. – FROZEN

December 8, 2016 Leave a comment

It’s freezing here in the central US which appropriately points to this track. Sad that I’ve never seen them perform this song live.

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KILLING THE KILL (Kill la Kill AMV)

May 2, 2014 1 comment

Where do I begin? Well, if you like Kill la Kill then you’ll definitely like this, I hope.

Before you watch it, please be aware this is a random action AMV and it may cause disorientation to the eyes or pump your testosterone to critical levels due to its fast, cut throat, linear editing style. 😉

I’m just glad to finally put this out because of my close burn out stages of both the song and the anime. Pretty sure this happens with most editors when you spend months or perhaps years on a single AMV. However, that kind of stress is nothing compared to the amount of technical difficulties I’ve encountered during the making. Vegas constantly crashing on me losing a few hours of my work, preview screen blanking out on random spots for unknown reasons, and worst of all, hard drive failure. Thankfully, I backed up most of my project files before that happened. With this outta the way, I’m reverting back to Vegas 8 which was the most stable for me. No more 12.

On an interesting note, this is the first time in 3 years I’ve used a full song on an AMV. In most cases, I shorten it so that I have enough footage to fit in that increment otherwise I’d be screwed but here I had more than I needed. Whew…

Due to my enjoyment of the show, the urge for making a Kill la Kill AMV was triggered by listening to the GazettE’s song, THE STUPID TINY INSECT, from their BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY album. It was the perfect mix and style considering how wacky & amusing the two are.

For download, click here: AMV.org

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Note: I submitted this to Anime Central’s AMV contest and I will attend to the convention this year.

Song of the Day: Lynch. – OBLIVION (+mini review)

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment

My favorite track of GALLOWS. The overall album is pretty good, sort like a continuation of EXODUS. Though I would have preferred a EP instead of a full length album so they can pour out memorable quality songs rather than make mediocre ones for the sake of putting out more. Some may complain about the sound production for being too high on its treble and bass equalizer. I didn’t have much of a problem with it so your mileage may vary.

Rating: 7.5/10

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music review: girugamesh – LIVE BEST

March 30, 2014 Leave a comment

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Wow. This has got to be the best album girugamesh has released since their self-titled album. Nearly every track is an improvement, even the ones I didn’t like actually sounds appealing. It’s easy to tell all the band members had fun recording this. It’s great to hear Volcano in a newly recorded format because that song desperately needed it considering how awesome it is. I really like the addition of the double bass drums in CRAZY-FLAG and SHADAN. For heavy songs like them, it felt most appropriate. I guess Ryo did improve his drumming a little. I didn’t hear much of a difference on ZANTETSUKEN but then again, I haven’t listened to much of giru’s recent stuff enough. But wow, overall this is great release. I honestly thought these were songs were recorded from their concerts but after hearing the preview, I was dead on excited.

Rating: 8.5/10

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music review: ViViD – THE PENDULUM

March 2, 2014 Leave a comment

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ViViD is back with a new album, THE PENDULUM. I honestly lost interest in them since their previous mediocre first album because their music direction went all boy idol band-ish pop rock. Then someone said this 2nd album is their heaviest yet, but I remained skeptical. After giving it a listen 3 loops around, I have to admit it’s pretty good however, it’s definitely not heavy. Still very pop rock but not in a bad way. The thick sound production helps a lot.

The Good:

Winding Road is a nice opener track to get things going on your road trip. Little Dreamer sounds like what UVERworld would do. ANSWER glitters a piano arpeggio then a small sedan char shatters the scene with its low tier sound system. AMAOTO serves as a nice track for background music in gaming. The mellow SCENE 033 leaves you wondering if you’re date went well with your girlfriend/boyfriend. HORIZON is fast and consistent, great use on the double bass drums.

The Meh:

The rest of the songs. HIKARI has anime written all over it…. actually *checks info* Yep! It’s the OP song for Magi S2. Ugh the engrish in THEATER. Note to all Japanese singers: don’t even try to attempt to sing in english until you get the Rs and Ls rights. Things start off seriously well in Crescent until the chorus shifts tone like someone who’s going through a bad day and suddenly your celebrity crush appears  before you. Celebrate = fangirl magnet. The Devil whispers is the band’s attempt trying to be heavy rockers, nice bass play. Letter is…. just meh. Good Morning World is only effective depending on your awakening.

The Bad:

Red. Who cares? 33-XVI, lame dubstep garbage.

Rating: 8/10

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