Kurayami Monogatari

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Asriel – QuoVadis May 9, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Hai’iro no Hitomi no Kenzoku
  2. roxalio
  3. xxx ni Sasagu Uta
  4. Dedicate
  5. 13 Banme no Unmei
  6. Dark of romantic
  7. kerveros
  8. Yubisaki no Tadoru Zankoku na Senritsu
  9. eternal melody
  10. Rouge no Kokuin
  11. Shuuen ni Saku Hana
  12. Glitter Rain

1. Hai’iro no Hitomi no Kenzoku

A very cold and empty strings section opens up the album to a good start.  It’s so freaky that the piano opening leads into a pretty cool rock track from the duo.  There’s other little tidbits like organ, and some orgel.  When KOKOMI comes in, the song sticks itself with the rock standards and she sounds pretty good.  It’s dark and it’s how I like them.

2. roxalio

roxalio comes up next with an organ opening the song up and hearing that with the loud rock instruments really stood out from the last track.  KOKOMI has more of stronger presence here which is fortunate for me because we get to hear her vocals more clearly, but at the same time, she’s hitting some sour notes along the way.  I guess I’m liking it as time goes by.

3. xxx ni Sasagu Uta

Unlike the last two tracks that slowly start up, xxx ni Sasagu Uta instantly starts off strong and honestly sounds like a bit more upbeat and not so much gothic-like.  KOKOMI’s vocals are a lot stronger here and I kind of like the mood the song is radiating.  The chorus is where things kind of get strange as her vocals get all over the place hitting low and high notes on an up and down kind of way….it just doesn’t work.

4. Dedicate

Dedicate returns us back into the darker sounds of the group.  The guitars are a lot more furious and in your face and the whole anxiety mood is carried well.  KOKOMI I think shines the most during the more slowish parts of this track.  Otherwise, this was a pretty cool track.

5. 13 Banme no Unmei

I’m starting to get a little tired of the same ole same ole.  13 Banme no Unmei, sounds like a fast waltz though so it does seperate itself enough away from the previous tracks and KOKOMI once again gives a powerful performance.  A bit later in the song, it gets harder and more towards a rock song, rather than the earlier waltz moments.  It’s definitly something fresh to hear on the album. 

6. Dark of romantic

Dark of romantic instantly reminded me of “xxx ni Sasagu Uta” with it’s harder yet upbeat sound.  So obviously, you can tell I’m kinda of getting tired of the sameness going around in this album.  So it’s basically the same kind of feeling with the track, but at least the chorus is a lot more tolerable and better as well. 

7. kerveros

I was happy that there’s a more hectic sound with kerveros because when you really take a listen into the melody without the guitars and such, there’s a pretty good melody throughout.  I actually think this is my favorite of the harder tracks because it’s so dark and shows off a terrifying mood as well.  Still, it kind of makes the album even more meh because of how similar the songs sound.

8. Yubisaki no Tandoru Zankoku na Senritsu

Finally something that doesn’t sound like another song, this song is a bunch of weirdness rolled up into one song.  First off it starts off mysteriously and with an orgel playing a melody.  Then the tracks goes into a very different sound not following a time signature straight which kept throwing me off.  At least it clears up after a while.  I don’t know but that part bothered me alot.  The rest of the song flowed well and this rock ballad definitly was better after a few listens.

9. eternal melody

eternal melody actually is the most upbeat song off the album.  Its got a great strings melody and the song has a pretty cool beat to it.  KOKOMI however does get covered up by the arrangement sadly.  I still like the track because it is its only flaw really.

10. Rouge no Kokuin

Then I start getting bored again because Rouge no Kokuin is another rock ballad song, but at least a good portion of it is in this ballad zone.  KOKOMI sounds pretty good and being filtered like that during the bridge sounded pretty nifty as well.  The chorus though sped the song up a bit.  Actually, this is a pretty good song as well. 

11. Shuuen ni Saku Hana

KOKOMI finally gets into a seiyuu voice for our next track and even though I don’t exactly prefer this style of singing, she does it well for a track that isn’t all hardcore or anything.  It’s actually quite calm considering the rest of the album’s stuff.  I feel though there’s better tracks than this one though.

12. Glitter Rain

Ending the album off is actually the only true ballad of the album.  KOKOMI’s vocals really sound distant and with only the acoustic guitar and some twinkling sounds, it sounds almost magical.  I definitly enjoyed the chorus because of the added piano hits that fuel it on.  I don’t know why, but it’s so good and awesome.  Definitly a nice way to end the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • Glitter Rain
  • kerveros
  • eternal melody
  • Yubisaki no Tandoru Zankoku na Senritsu
  • Rouge no Kokuin

Song of Avoidance

  • xxx ni Sasagu Uta

Asriel’s first and perhaps final indies album was actually maybe not the way it should’ve been handled because of how similar the songs were to one another minus a certain few.  Still, I gotta say KOKOMI sounds a lot better than she did on their first mini-album for sure.  Other than that, their major label debut comes in two weeks, so I’m wondering if it’ll sound totally different or something.