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ICEMAN – GATE II August 21, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. RED gate OPEN
  2. PERFECT FUTURE?
  3. Expander Drive Machine ~ Haten Tojoujin Gata Android no Mita Yume
  4. Wish Matrix
  5. CAUTION!
  6. Space Dreamer
  7. FATE WEATHER
  8. GATE II-sensitive gate
  9. Shining Collection
  10. For the next gate from RED

1. RED gate OPEN

Kind of a bleak opening to an album with this strange opening.  There’s some music to it but it’s happy and getting faster and faster…Definitly some odd stuff going on here.  Freaking out man!

2. PERFECT FUTURE?

Starts out with an odd clapping beat and then the song flies off and really sounds new and fresh.  Though I’m not sure why Michihiro has a lisp in the song.  It’s pretty good and they harmonize pretty well in the chorus.  It’s futuristic and rockin’ at the same time.

3. Expander Drive Machine ~ Haten Tojoujin Gata Android no Mita Yume

Pretty nifty title don’t you think?  This song is just like “PERFECT FUTURE?” but this time Michihiro sounds pissed in this song.  I didn’t really like that sound of his voice so much, and the chorus sounded weird and they say the title sooooo bad.  Though I do like Kenichi’s guitarwork in the song. 

4. Wish Matrix

The beginning left the song in a more standout position since it sounded almost naturistic.  Though I don’t know if I really liked the guitar to have been in this track.  It made it more complicated as song altogether.  Then the chorus comes out and he’s squeaking and that turned me off.  I loved the after-chorus though.  Different to my ears and pretty cool.

5. CAUTION!

A mysterious track this is for sure.  The start is so cryptic and alluring to me, then the dance beats start out which is usual, but then Daisuke plays piano and hits some god awful chords on purpose.  Luckily it didn’t bother me too much as the voices are still there.  It’s got such a hectic beat.  Michihiro comes in sounds pretty cool getting some fast lyrics out.  A very cool track.

6. Space Dreamer

Kenichi solo at the beginning, then becomes an odd pop tune.  With organ in it which is awkward and Michihiro being so forceful with the lyrics.  I like Daisuke playing the piano though that sounded nice but this was just weird overall.

7. FATE WEATHER

Kenichi totally owns in this song and so does Daisuke for that matter.  This is probably the fastest track so far and synths and fast and so is Kenichi too.  The chorus has them once again showing they can sing in tune.  If they were thinking space travel they hit gold doing this track.

8. GATE II-sensitive gate

Title track is actually a more subdued track and softer.  Michihiro though is speaking in the song which turns the listener off, it’s mostly a Daisuke track however since he’s leading most of the synths.  When he plays the melody it sounds like something from FFVIII.  Maybe it’s just me being too close to that series and all.

9. Shining Collection

ICEMAN is mostly famously known as them guys who did the Gravitation opening and this song was that song.  Even faster than “FATE WEATHER” this song is hectic and so damn fast.  Michihiro even is fast in the verses.  The chorus is prety cool and says ~Shining~ pretty well.  Kenichi and Daisuke worked together and synthed up the guitar actually.  The middle of the song was so cool sounding as epic and crazy at the same time.  No wonder why this song os one of their bests.

10. For the next gate from RED

The ending of the album is a bouncy ending from them, another Daisuke thing but Kenichi is in it also.  It sounds real sinister like something is going to happen.  Think of  the “Metal Gear Solid” series and you’ll that same feeling in this song.  Then the album goes back to the breathing found at the beginning of the album….hmmm strange

Tracks Recommended

  • Shining Collection
  • CAUTION!
  • PERFECT FUTURE?

Song of Avoidance

  • Space Dreamer

GATE II was actually pretty good and a definitly a turning point where they were getting more futuristic in their overall sound.  Actually most of it was based on that if not all of them.  Shining Collection definitly was a high point in the album, being so damn fast and all.  I recommend this album

 

 

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