HESITATING MEANS DEATH
Naraku (Auditory Impression only)
Kicking the group’s first A-side on a new label, SHIVER to me sounds pretty basic (considering all the songs released after this one). RUKI sounds good but he doesn’t stand out me with his vocals in this one for some reason. I mean this song could be considered a D song for all I know and I wouldn’t know the difference. I do like the energy of the band though I will say that!
2. HESITATING MEANS DEATH
The B-side on both versions of the single picks up the mess after “SHIVER” and gives us this harder song…A MUCH HARDER song which surprised me but at the same time again I didn’t expect RUKI to scream his guts out in this one. Beyond the screaming, the song is really cool and the toned down parts are really nice and surprising. I must say this was a pretty awesome song and surprised this was just merely a B-side.
Of course with each single in the era, the Auditory Impression versions always includes an extra track. Naraku is a bit more tame when compared to either of the tracks before, but Naraku sounds like something they would release as an A-side because it feels complete and has an epic feel to it. I must say this was the best off the single.
the GazettE began their new era (and under a new label) with a rather disappointing A-side in SHIVER. Even though this kind of ranks low (with “Red”) SHIVER just didn’t really sound like it was gonna stand out from other songs that have a similar styling from other bands. However, HESITATING MEANS DEATH and Naraku both felt so much stronger and really captured their sound in both tracks. Makes me wonder why they chose SHIVER to be an A-side.