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Asriel – Tsune Shie no Madoi Same Shidoku May 3, 2011

Filed under: Asriel — solarblade @ 2:50 am

Track Listing

  1. Kuroi Hitomi no Majuu
  2. Shiroi Yubisaki
  3. Hai’iro no Amaoto

1. Kuroi Hitomi no Majuu

Ahhhh, it’s been a while coming but we get a good song for an A-side (I guess this is the A-side at least).  I found the opening to this song to be so epic and true to Kurose and KOKOMI before it lets loose and gets overall faster and more energetic.  KOKOMI’s vocals have always been hit or miss for me and while she does try to support her voice the best way she could, she still has hiccups in notes.  Other parts of the song were more Kurose based like the waltz-y middle and the edgy arrangement overall.  It’s pretty good actually and surpasses a bunch of songs from “Angelrhythm”.

2. Shiroi Yubisaki

Sort of starting like “Kuroi Hitomi no Majuu”, it quickly turns into the hardest song off the single.  Unfortunately with that comes with the poor KOKOMI vocals as well.  I can sense a little bit of some randomness like filters being used and a little latin passage before the choruses.  It does have its quirks but KOKOMI still can’t keep it together vocally.

3. Hai’iro no Amaoto

I do think Hai’iro no Amaoto is the slowest track off the song and it’s also one of the more straightforward songs they’ve done since it sounds like a good portion of Asriel’s slower indies stuff which might be good or bad, depending on your outlook towards them.  Yeah, not much to really else say but KOKOMI’s vocals sound a little better here.

As it’s their 3rd indies single (I’m thinking an album with “Devils Lullaby” and “Aoi Hitomi no Hikari wa Kieyu” is coming soon), Tsune Shie no Madoi Same Shidoku is alright but nothing too special like the other singles.  KOKOMI still has vocal troubles and Kurose doesn’t step outside of the box of his arrangements…yeah it’s seriously is what’s keeping them from getting better…

 

Annabel – ignis

Filed under: Annabel — solarblade @ 12:43 am

Track Listing

  1. ignis
  2. pulse
  3. innocent flame
  4. ignis -instrumental-
  5. innocent flame -instrumental-

1. ignis

The first thing I start to think when I begin listening to ignis is….what the hell Annabel, this sounds like something school food punishment would exactly release.  It has that same mood, but less synthy which is kind of ironic yet pretty cool since there’s someone else that like’s this kind of music.  Annabel’s vocals do kind of get strained sometimes…but it’s nothing damaging to the song…it’s still pretty good ^_^

2. pulse

Seeing as pulse is kind of the interlude of the single, it’s a just simple and mostly has a guitar-based sound to it…but also feels almost odd since there’s little twists here and there.  The only thing that’s vocally audible from Annabel is her breathing and then sounds like something she sung but played backwards…it’s a freaky interlude overall, but kind of cool too.

3. innocent flame

Beginning the song, it sounds like Annabel is singing in a different language almost…perhaps French?!?  I’m not sure to be honest, but it sounds quite chilling yet almost epic.  The arrangement is also kind of mix of dance, ethereal pop, and maybe slightly rockin’ since there’s a good amount of guitars in this song.  It does go back to quiet and then back to rockin’ which is a bit weird I guess, but it’s still a great track

Annabel’s first single after her mini-album, ignis is quite an upgrade for some reason.  “Noctiluca” was pretty boring after a while with the exception of one song because it was upbeat.  The others lacked interest for me and were slow.  This time things look well for this single as the two main songs are nice to listen to and the interlude was interesting as well.  I could see myself getting into her music if she continues like this.

 

ON/OFF – Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara

Filed under: ON/OFF — solarblade @ 12:00 am

Track Listing

  1. Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara
  2. Kimi ga Inakerya
  3. Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara (TV Size Ver.) (CD only)
  4. Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara (Instrumental)
  5. Kimi ga Inakerya (Instrumental)

1. Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara

Starting the single off, I actually kind of enjoyed Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara for seem reason.  It could be from the kind of synthy dance style we have here that sounds like something Nami Tamaki would’ve used for some reason.  I still have somewhat a difficult time differentiating Kazuya and Naoya’s vocals since they’re really similar, but they both pulled the song off well.  Still more used to their Vampire Knight songs though.

2. Kimi ga Inakerya

As for the B-side, Kimi ga Inakerya does follow in the footsteps of the A-side with a kind of upbeat dance style, but at the same time is more relaxed and not heavy on the synths, paying attention to the guys vocals.  The good thing about the song was the latin guitar interjection half way in the song…but that’s really the only thing that stood out as the rest of the song was pretty much forgettable.

As the second single of the era, Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara is a slight step down from “Butterfly” honestly.  I liked the A-side since it’s upbeat and quite catchy for sure but I felt Kimi ga Inakerya lacked a lot of interest and really doesn’t stand out for me.  Let’s not take so long with the next single! XD