UVER Battle Royal ~Ketahazure mix~
CORE PRIDE (Anime Version)
1. CORE PRIDE
Hey, UVERworld plus saxophones in their songs again? Are we going back to Sangoku Road? Besides that little surprise, I’m pretty much happy they returned to something simple to them like a rock song that isn’t as random as “GOLD” and “NO.1” or slow like “Qualia” and “MONDO PIECE”. This is basic UVER at its best and I really enjoyed the song a bit. TAKUYA really sounds pretty damn epic here and I love the song from the saxes to the piano to the rest of the band exploding. Best A-side for me this era.
2. Kyouchi Mantra
As the B-side of the single Kyouchi Mantra was surprising with a nice amount of synths and a pretty fund melody and arrangement from the band. The thing that get me is that this is pretty much an instrumental with only a few lyrics found towards the end of the song….3 minutes just for this…talk bout salt to the wounds…I was expecting a little more (then again this was released pretty soon after “MONDO PIECE”) so it’s not surprising there’s no true lyrical value here.
3. UVER Battle Royal ~Ketahazure mix~
Closing the single out is this kind of mish-mash of two or three songs (at least from what I can tell) in the song. I recognize only one of the songs which is “GOLD”, but the other songs pass over my head which sucks because I thought this was pretty cool of a song giving it a dance beat but not letting up on the guitar riffs from the band. If someone helps me figure the other song or songs, I will love you XD….06/02 – Well it seems that Nitro from “Timeless” and “Corona” from “AwakEVE” were used as well. Interesting mix since none of the songs would be normal choices but it works for some reason.
As UVERworld finishes the “Life 6 SENSE” era, I found CORE PRIDE to be the bands best A-side beating out “NO.1” for sure. While due to the short spread between this and “MONDO PIECE”, I can tell they weren’t really doing a lot on this single adding an instrumental piece and a mash-up. Not exactly their best single, but not too bad either.