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ICEMAN – GATE I March 18, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. THAT’S BLACK GATE
  2. Strike Back of PSYCO
  3. Deep Wild ~Genkaku Chitai ni Okeru Shinkai ni te~
  4. Last wild wind
  5. In The Black Hole
  6. DEVIL CRY-MAX
  7. Eyes Bright
  8. Gate I-gate odyssey
  9. For the next gate from Black

1. THAT’S BLACK GATE

The 2nd of the GATE series begins with a very haunting opening that slowly builds up to a climax which is then cut short into the next track.  Not really what I’d call exciting, but at least it’s there.  I guess..

2. Strike Back of PSYCO

Our first full track has a pretty heavy beat to start things up.  I found it funny that a lone piano chort splits the song before the crazy arrangement starts up.  I’m not sure about this but but how Kenichi was singing was so messy and the song just didn’t sound right and was probably too much for one song to handle.  I do love Michihiro’s guitar solo though.  It really reacted with the chaotic speed this song was going and Daisuke’s crazy beats.

3. Deep Wild ~Genkaku Chitai ni Okeru Shinkai ni te~

Deep Wild took things and calmed down a bit.  The first thing I reaslly noticed was how Kenichi’s vocals were filtered and giving an echoey glow to it which I thought worked nicely, but the chorus wasn’t climatic and I didn’t even notice it happening until I heard Daisuke’s vocals.  Not really helping out much. 

4. Last wild wind

Things calm down further with Last wild wind and my interest was also cut down.  Instead of the hard rock, we get a cheesy pop tune with synths.  I’ll tell you, I was not impressed with what was happening around here.  I even thought of Takami from access because of the similar vocals heard here. 

5. In The Black Hole

We actually get back into a better direction one this song starts.  I can really sense the space theme going on with all of it based off of Daisuke’s playing.  It still isn’t as fantastic as “Strike Back of PSYCO”, but at least it’s better than those last two tracks.  Oh that inderlude in the middle was so boring IMO.  meh.

6. DEVIL CRY-MAX

LOL, Everytime I read the title, I think of Devil May Cry.  We see a return of Kenichi trying to sing like Takami which is very disheartening and pretty bad if I may say.  Anyways, the song sounded pretty empty as songs go and the chorus was repetitive and boring to me as well.  I’m pretty sure they didn’t mean to do that, but this song was bad.

7. Eyes Bright

The ethereal synth playing was pretty spooky, but then Daisuke came in with the beats and Eyes Bright lost points again.  It reminds me too much of access’s “VIEW” to not find itself differentiate itself from it.  I’ll say it’s a good pop track with no focus on the guitar moments.  Just not that good to call it original.

8. Gate I-gate odyssey

It has a pretty dark opening that lasts for a bit and they dramatic strings and Michihiro’s hard guitar playing brings the mood into an epic zone.  Once again Kenichi’s vocals are filtered to fit the mood of the song and his singing is so hectic and pretty cool.  I can’t believe it took the album this long to get a good track.

9. For the next gate from Black

Another one of these tracks?  The ending interlude of the album has a pretty light electronica feel with some ethereal sparkling moments popping in and out of the track which is intriguing, but for a track that’s 2 minutes long I was expecting some vocals.  Near the end though, a countdown starts and then everything ends when he says ~1~…It’s weird because the electronica sounds this song has appears on the next album as well.

Tracks Recommended

  • Strike Back of PSYCO
  • Gate I-gate odyssey
  • Eyes Bright

Song of Avoidance

  • DEVIL CRY-MAX

 ICEMAN’s 4th album was more or less the same as “GATE II” was in fact, It’s hard deciding which of the two I really liked more.  I really enjoy their let loose and rock hard tracks, but their pop tracks are better left forgotten.  Eyes Bright would be the only exception because it did sound quite good, but familiar to a another Daisuke track.  Still it’s an ok album at best.

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