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ARTERY VEIN – Confutatis no Inori August 22, 2011

Filed under: ARTERY VEIN — solarblade @ 8:10 am

Track Listing

  1. Confutatis no Inori
  2. Splendid flowers
  3. Confutatis no Inori (off vocal)
  4. Splendid flowers (off vocal)

1. Confutatis no Inori

Creepy beginning for a debut with the duo.  Somehow, the dark arrangement and the two ladies sound relatively good together.  I’m not sure why but the song sounds like an actual GOOD Asriel song with much better vocals which is a surprise since I didn’t expect 5pb. Records to start up a duo in goth pop.  I really enjoyed this A-side…great debut song.

2. Splendid flowers

The B-side sadly isn’t up to par with its A-side and it sounds really basic and very bland even for 5pb. to throw something like this together is not a good sign.  It’s not as dark as “Confutatis no Inori” nor the vocals were as together as well.  It just seems very plain and vanilla of a song and I know they can do SOOOOO much better.

 

 

I kind of felt that ARTERY VEIN’s debut single was pretty much good and bad.  The A-side shows a lot of hope for these two and with such a sinister and dark vibe from the song one can hope the other singles will sound similar.  However, Splendid flowers was bad and plain and just didn’t interest me in any way possible.  Here’s hoping “Last Judgement” fares better!

 

ORANGE RANGE – Uturusanu

Filed under: ORANGE RANGE — solarblade @ 7:35 am

Track Listing

  1. Uturusanu
  2. five mic
  3. 2 Kagetsu Buri no Holiday ~Petunia Rocks Remix~

1. Uturusanu

I’ve been a fan of ORANGE RANGE since “*~Asterisk~” was released so long ago and I’ve been off and on with their music and they’ve been consistent in style…until now.  ORANGE RANGE’s second indies A-side Uturusanu is such a twist after “Hitomi no Saki ni” that it makes me wonder if this was the same ass band.  Instead of fun pop rock, we get like new wave/rock from the band and it’s bizarre AND short being under three minutes (DEVO much???).  All three singing members sound robotic too which is also adding to the oddness of this.  I don’t know but this is such a freaky song from the band.

2. five mic

Now this is the OR than I remember and five mic sounds actually like some of their singles back a while since it has this light reggae feel with the bands rock sound.  Honestly, RYO’s rapping bothers me to know end and he sounds oddly creepy but HIROKI and YAMATO sound much more exciting and with the rather empty arrangement kind of works but the lack of a real melody until 2/3 of the song passes by then it gets exciting when everyone just wails on their instruments.  It sounds like it actually turns V-kei with the yellin XD.  Interesting song.

3. 2 Kagetsu Buri no Holiday ~Petunia Rocks Remix~

The single oddly ends off with a remix of a new song that we’ll see on “orcd”.  Sadly the remix is pretty damn annoying since most of the song is plagued with weird tempo changes, vocals under many filters and the music being a little too wacky for the group.  I can’t even hear what the hell YAMATO is saying.  There are times where he does come out of the filter shell but it’s so repetitive what he says I’m already going crazy.

 

 

Wow, I didn’t think OR would slump this low after returning to an indies label.  It doesn’t feel like ORANGE RANGE to me anymore since Uturusanu was so synthy and very abstract along with five mic but at least that felt more like rock during the last half of the tune.  The remix though was a travesty…what in god blazes decided that was OK to release to the fans?!?

 

NICO Touches the Walls – Te wo Tatake

Filed under: NICO Touches the Walls — solarblade @ 6:31 am

Track Listing

  1. Te wo Tatake
  2. Sokudo
  3. Te wo Tatake (Instrumental)
  4. Matroska Live Ver. (bonus track)
  5. Hologram Live Ver. (bonus track)
  6. Ame no Blues Live Ver. (bonus track)

1. Te wo Tatake

After the rather serious “PASSENGER” era of A-sides, it’s a nice change to hear more of a brighter and upbeat NICO song.  Tatsuya even sounds like he’s having fun in the song and his vocals are loud and just full of life…seriously if it wasn’t for his vocals, I’d say I was listening to an ikimono-gakari track hahaha.  Seriously it’s so random from the band but I really liked this somehow!

2. Sokudo

So the B-side of the single is not as light and spazzy like “Te wo Tatake” but it’s still a little brighter than stuff in their last era and yet I get this serious vibe from listening to Tatsuya’s powerful vocals.  It has a strange feel though but I think it makes the song sound better and stronger.  I’d say that it’s just as good as the A-side…listen to it!

3. Matroska Live Ver.

So one of the versions of the single comes with three bonus tracks containing lives of songs performed at at ZEPP Tokyo.  The first tune up is one of the album tracks from their last album, “PASSENGER” and the energy is still blasting through my speakers.  This song has not lost any of its rockin’ steam and it sounds great live!

4. Hologram Live Ver.

The next two tracks are songs I’ve not heard yet.  Hologram was released as the band’s 5th single since becoming a major label group and from the sound of the live, I could see myself enjoying the studio version.  It isn’t as hard like “Matroska” but more like “Diver” but there’s a good riff and Tatsuya sounds stable and straightforward and not taking risks… (well until he shouts to the crowd LOL).

5. Ame no Blues (Live Ver.)

I didn’t think they’d go that far back in their music catalog to do a live version of Ame no Blues (which is off their debut mini-album, “Walls Is Beginning”).  I kind of looked shocked seeing the near 7 minute time length of the song and wondered why it was so long.  Ame no Blues is quite bare-boned and very slow-moving especially when the rest of the band joins Tatsuya after two minutes pass by.  Somehow the song starts feeling like a lullaby and I kind of doze off after 4 minutes…just too slow and draggy…

 

 

 

Te wo Tatake starts off NICO’s 4th era on a good note…different…but good note.  Te wo Tatake was actually good because it’s uncharacteristic of the band to pull of such a happy-go-lucky tune but it was done very well.  Sokudo was also quite good for a B-side and goes back to their usual style so there’s consistency there.  The lives were good for sure, especially Matroska and Hologram (Ame no Blues suffers from sleepy disease).  I’d say this was a solid single!