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The drive is still down which = to ARTISTS BLOWOUT April 28, 2009

Filed under: ~Artists Blowouts~ — solarblade @ 5:13 pm

So I’m definitly taking your recommendations and you guys are good at reading me off.  Especially those people who know I like dance music, so here and by, this is the new artists I’m adding

SNoW

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She’s got quite the small discography for right now.  I’m happy to see at least an era’s worth though.  And she goes by Yukie now which is interesting (BATTLE ROYALE) moment.  Anyway, I think I’ll review her indies debut, YES first.

KOTOKO

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Yep, I’ve actually heard of KOTOKO beforehand…like in the early KM days, but I have no idea why I didn’t add her sooner, since she’s more popular than either of her I’ve Sound sisters, MELL and Mami Kawada.  I have no idea where to start, but I’m for sure reviewing Re-Sublimity

Daichi Miura

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Yep, I’m gonna add a new guy, hoshit!!!  Anyways, I know he’s a ug-fug.  But, his voice is pretty good and his new PV for “DELETE MY MEMORIES” is great and his dancing is sharp.  I’m gonna start with the current era with the first single “FLAG”

Aki Misato

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So she’s kind of an unknown by me, luckily her music is also pretty good.  Sadly, I can’t find her discography at all, but I did salvage to find the recent era of singles, so I’m starting with “BLOOD QUEEN”….BTW her track “UNLIMITED FIRE” sounds just like Ayu’s “Rule”

Kou Shibasaki

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I have to add her…WHY?  Just because she kicks so much ass in Battle Royale that she just needed to be on here.  I’m going to start with her single “Prism”, but I might strive to do the last album she did just for kicks….dunno.

Aya Ueto

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What?  Another badass girl who actually sings WTF?  Anyway Aya took a break from the music biz to do other things but now she’s back.  ISNT THAT AMAZING!!  I’ll review the current era starting with “Way to Heaven”

Chiaki Kuriyama

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Oh wait, she’s not a singer WTF….Way to break the trinity GIRL!!! GET A SINGING CAREER AND ILL REVIEW YOU ❤

 

Porno Graffitti – Koyoi, Tsuki ga Meizu Tomo

Filed under: Porno Graffitti — solarblade @ 2:27 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo
  2. Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo (Instrumental Track)

1. Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo

I’m never really got into them, but when I saw the PV for the song I was like this is one amazing track.  It first begins with some synths and Akihito singing the chorus before leading into the track with Haruichi playing some great guitar.  I like Akihito’s vocals a lot because their different from the norm.  It’s funny how the song sounds like a rock track, but also can sound like a dance track as well.  Nifty if you ask me.  It helps that it’s also an ending theme to a Bleach movie. 

 

 

Starting off a new era after their Best-of, “Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo” is definitly an anime-themed track, but it’s so damn catchy.  It’s kind of disappointing to see that the single is otherwise a very empty single because there’s no B-side or remix…just only an instrumental.  Hope they get back to releasing normally ^_^

 

SCANDAL – YAH! YAH! YAH! HELLO SCANDAL

Filed under: SCANDAL — solarblade @ 1:33 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Koi no Kajitsu
  2. Space Ranger
  3. Koi Mayou
  4. Kagerou

1. Koi no Kajitsu

Beginning this short mini-album, Koi no Kajitsu right from the start reminds me of something PUFFY would sing to.  Now I don’t who sings first, but she’s a got a pretty bad nasally voice, but the gal who sings in the bridge is quite good.  I don’t know how the ladies get through the chorus in one breath though.  It’s pretty wacky.  I thought it was a good track to start things off.

2. Space Ranger

Strings and some cybernetic sounds starts our next track and it actually sounds cool with how SCANDAL is working with it.  They shouldn’t hold their notes too long as they become flat pretty quickly and the music over drives them to actually yell out their lyrics. 

3. Koi Mayou

Koi Mayou is a bit better than “Space Ranger” because it’s all rock this time and one of the girls sounds really awesome and I love the strange things HARUNA is doing with her guitar.  There’s a lot of fun things about the song and everyone who’s singing is really showing excitement and energy.  This is my favorite song off the mini.

4. Kagerou

Kagerou definitly sounds like chatmonchy and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.  BTW This is the only new track since the other three were digital singles.  I think it carried a good flow and the band sounded pretty strong, even the higher set notes sounded pretty good.  AWESOME!

 

 

SCANDAL’s first mini-album shows off that the girls do mean business.  Their sound kind of takes off of chatmonchy which is also an all-girl band so hearing the same influences between the two is tough and could be possible rivals since both groups are pretty popular (chatmonchy has been working way longer).  The mini is like a taste of what’s to come lol.

 

Tommy heavenly6 – I KILL MY HEART

Filed under: Tommy heavenly6 — solarblade @ 11:37 am
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Track Listing

  1. Wait For Me There
  2. Leaving You
  3. Do You Know My Heart?
  4. Sad End To A Fairy Tale
  5. Shut Up
  6. Flower Crown
  7. Surely
  8. Gonna Change My Way Of Life
  9. Playground
  10. Things I Can Do
  11. You Should Live In The Sunny Light

1. Wait For Me There

The first PV known and featured a version with Tommy february6 as well.  The song has potential because it’s rock and is a little dark and foreboding.  The problem is that the chorus was the most boring thing ever.  I know she could’ve sang in the higher register, but this song really didn’t express her much.  I like the middle, but everything else was just very boring.

2. Leaving You

Leaving You was the 2nd promotional track for this album.  Oddly it seems like it’s a mixture of “Wait For Me There” and “Unlimited Sky” which definitly meant that this song was just unoriginal and more boring than the first track. It’s a bit slower though, but c’mon this is even worse.

3. Do You Know My Heart?

Our first new track comes up next and it’s a bit upbeat and lighter in moods.  I thought the song was good, at least until the strange chorus where’s she’s sounding a lot like something off her last album.  Sometimes it feels like the song is two ideas colliding together for a song.  So far I think this album has hope and hearing this track is pretty cool.

4. Sad End To A Fairy Tale

I kind of like this track as well because it’s a calm and raw track that’s quite different from the likes of the others so far.  The chorus is a bit louder than the rest of the song, but it sounds quite dark and cool.  Tomoko just sounds pretty rad in the chorus for sure.  I think this is my favorite track so far.

5. Shut Up

Shut Up is for sure Tomoko’s most relentless track on this album.  There’s some guitar wailing and Tomoko’s interest in the song just sounds so cool against the heavy guitar riffs and loud drum playing.  The chorus is so rockin’, it’s crazy.  Sadly, it’s the only hard track on the album which is disappointing.  Even sadder is the song’s track time of 2:36

6. Flower Crown

Flower Crown to me has the most interesting song title.  Then again, it’s also the worst song off the album.  There’s just nothing too spectacular about it and it just reeks of boring chords and a bad guitar line.  Tomoko tries to sound good, but she sucks altogether not even showing any signs of caring.

7. Surely

I’m pretty sure Tomoko had Avril Lavigne in mind with this track because it sounds exactly like something she’d pull off.  In other words, the song sounds a bit emo and the use of different guitars make the sound more complete than the others, but there’s something missing when I’m listening to this track…I just can’t put my finger on it.

8. Gonna Change My Way Of Life

At least this song was pretty good.  I think the best thing about the song is the crazy chorus where she sings the title and they how she gets enthusiastic at saying it.  Even the band sounds good otherwise.  It definitly raised my spirits, especially after the last few songs.  That is until it ends early at 2:40.

9. Playground

Playground has the same problem, and it’s the shortest track off the album, being two seconds shorter than “Shut Up”.  As we are on that song…Playground reminds me of the song as well, but given a smidge of upbeat sounds which does make it sound cool.  The way Tomoko is singing the verses makes this playground seem creepy almost to the point where it’s like “PAPERMOON”.  Weird huh?

10. Things I Can Do

Things I Can Do is alright, but her being monotone does not help the song one bit.  It’s like she only knows like what? three notes?  The song sounds more upbeat then a good portion of the tracks on the album.  I guess it’s a song to warm up to, but right now it’s kind of bothersome because of the staleness of Tomoko’s singing.

11. You Should Live In The Sunny Light

If you like melancholic tracks, this song definitly fits the persona well.  It’s kind of depressing and with nothing in the song except a muffled guitar playing the melody.  Honestly, I was happy to finally hear a song that doesn’t have the band, but why did it have to be the last song.  Tomoko sounds pretty good as well.  She definitly needs more of these kind of songs.

Tracks Recommended

  • Things I Can Do
  • Sad End To A Fairy Tale
  • You Should Live In The Sunny Light
  • Shut Up
  • Playground

Song of Avoidance

  • Flower Crown

Honestly?  This was Tomoko’s worst album to date.  First off, it was a concept album which I think meant that she just used one band for the recording which is unfortunate especially with what she did on “Heavy Starry Heavenly”.  Second the majority of the songs lacked any interest and was either a cheap knockoff of other tracks (previous albums, and tracks here).  I’m not sure why she decided to this, especially two months after her best-of albums…I don’t know but this was a bad album