Sekiki Chou wa Yami yo ni Kiete
Kougyoku Zui (Canerian) no Sasayaki
Kuroi Hitomi no Majuu
Garasu no Toiki
I love the acoustic guitar that opens up Loreley for Oratorium since it’s relaxing and very pretty. It doesn’t last very long because things get hectic when Kurose brings his goth rock arrangement in full swing. I was surprised that it’s a pretty long intro before KOKOMI finally starts to sing. At first I thought she did well, but then her vocals became very strange in the chorus. It just turned me off right then. Yeah, so much for that right?
KOKOMI doesn’t really do a good job cleaning up her vocals but it’s a little more stable here than in “Loreley” which is a plus (I think…). The song itself is more of the same rock, but a tad anime-like in a sense. I’m not sure what to make of it, but I do enjoy it better than the opening song.
Next comes the album’s title track and I’m loving the intro of the song the most so far from the aggressive rock tracks. I usually don’t like these songs when there’s so much percussion being heard and it shows quite bluntly in this one. It took me out of the song and KOKOMI didn’t help much to alleviate the problem either…I forgot 6 minutes too… >.>
4. Sekiki Chou wa Yami yo ni Kiete
Thank god Sekiki Chou wa Yami yo ni Kiete has such an awesome opening with the strings and such. Sadly, it get overshadowed by the rest of the song which doesn’t seem to stray from the previous. Plus, KOKOMI’s vocals are just too much for me in this song. Way high and too much vibrato for me.
5. Kougyoku Zui (Canerian) no Sasayaki
I’m starting to wonder if this album is going to sound the same but luckily things change up with the fifth song on the album which is the album’s first ballad. I actually like the dark atmosphere of this one and the strings play such a creepy yet cool part. I can even say that I enjoyed KOKOMI’s vocal performance as well since it isn’t forced like the previous songs ^_^. Though the cat sounds are humorous, not gonna lie hahah. First song I’ve actually liked!
6. Kuroi Hitomi no Majuu
It’s interesting that the only old song on this album is this track which was the leading song from “Tsune Shie no Madoi Same Shidoku”. I will say that the intro does comes off a little like “Sekiki Chou wa Yami yo ni Kiete” but a little more foreboding. Luckily this is when the duo does music right since it’s strong in its arrangement and KOKOMI isn’t killing me with her vocals. I still think the waltz interlude was strange, yet compelling and probably the best part of the song TBH. Great song to choose to be put on the album!
Jeeze KOKOMI, this intro is really hard to get through! It does kind of gets stuck being a ballad, a mid-tempo, and a rock song so it’s a little weird at first, but this song is alright but nothing terribly amazing. Yeah, it’s just a normal Asriel song….bah…
I will say that Windalia reminds me of their anime releases which is good because I’d say this is catchy and while KOKOMI is using too much vibrato once again, it’s not as bothersome and it kind of works with the arrangement just a bit. Even Kurose’s guitar solo was pretty damn good. I wouldn’t say it’s the best on the album, but it’s pretty passable.
9. Garasu no Toiki
Piano and acoustic opens up our next song and it seems we get another ballad. It’s funny, I’m starting to think Asriel are better ballad creators than rock songs. I found Garasu no Toiki such a beautiful song to listen to and it utilized KOKOMI’s vocals the best IMO. Yeah, now this is the album’s best track hands down!
Is Lament supposed to be the somewhat odd one? I noticed this because the arrangement is slow and yet there’s accordion in the arrangement hahaha. KOKOMI sounds fluid and pretty singing in this rather minimal arrangement but still somehow can pull it off when more instruments are added. I like this!
As we near towards the ending of the album, things start to pick up with Romancia which kind of sounds like a bit of the stuff from the first half of the album but somehow a little more controlled. It’s not too bad and I say this sort of makes up for the album’s first four songs.
Closing the album is something I liked with the synthy opening. Sad, it only lasted a couple of seconds before the song changes into another rock track. It sounds like KOKOMI is doing a little better vocally except in the chorus but I’m used to that lol. I wouldn’t say it made for a good end to the album but whatever lol.
Song of Avoidance
I can’t seriously get through an Asriel album without feeling bored and disturbed just a little bit. I was seriously turned off by the album’s first four songs for sure and made me wonder if that was it. Luckily, the songs after got better and it became alright but it’s not as good as what “QuoVadis” was which was their last indies album. I’m even starting to dread their releases nowadays x.x (album-wise at least).