Nemuri no Mori
Yoiyami no Gaibana
I really loved the intro for Catharsis, it was dramatic and pretty to listen to. After that, Kurose comes in with his goth-rock shpeal and we’re back to something we probably have heard once already with the duo. I mean it’s energetic for sure and it’s a fun arrangement and all but I’m so busy paying attention to KOKOMI that three’s not a lot of time to pay attention. I do love the guitar solo though, that was pretty awesome. About KOKOMI, she’s not as bad as she is normally…but she uses too much vibrato to express herself…it’s kind of frustrating sometimes (especially with the high notes she’s forcing out)…not bad of a start though.
2. Souyoku Fuuga
Oh hey, I hear synths once again being used. It reminds me of “Silencia” from their first mini-album. I love the fact the arrangement is pretty awesome and all but damn KOKOMI near ruined that for me. Her vocals don’t seem to fit the song (except in the verses) but the chorus just sounds all kind of bad for me. At least Kurose’s doing better arrangement-wise.
Once again, I’m really like Kurose on this mini, I still think he’s still inside his box with the strings/electric guitar/anime-esque feel but at least he’s changing it up slightly. KOKOMI does slightly sound better here which is good but the chorus is slightly missing that spark that’s found in the previous two tracks but it’s a nice enough song for me to praise.
4. Nemuri no Mori
A 7 minute Asriel song? Jeeze, that’s just wanting to put ignored haha. The strings that open the song sound really nice and then the actual song starts quite smoothly with mostly piano, strings, and percussion which is simple but works before Kurose’s edgy guitar sneaks its way into the arrangement. For being as long as it is, I didn’t mind it because once again…everything sounds good for once! A solid Asriel track we have here and it’s the longest song of the mini XD.
5. Yoiyami no Gaibana
I was expecting the title track for the mini to be something a bit more different than what we got but it’s just like “Catharsis” but more dramatic and heavier with Kurose’s rock arrangement. These kind of songs just make me yawn and the fact that there’s so much percussion annoys me to death. The good thing is that KOKOMI isn’t too bad singing here and the slow parts were random but cool.
Closing the mini-album off, Loveless acts as the lone ballad here and it sounds totally uncharacteristic for Asriel because it’s bright and KOKOMI’s vocals are put on this light echo-y feel which REALLY works for this setting. I really like this song for some reason…it’s just calming and really well put together!
After all that time that I’ve disliked something from Asriel, they finally got a good solid one in Awaki Yumemiru Yoiyami no Gaibana! Only two songs I really didn’t enjoy, their 13th indies album (11th mini-album) was well structured and Kurose put a lot more effort in songs like Nemuri no Mori and Loveless…they still have some issues like clearly being obvious to what they’re doing (a problem they’ve had since the beginning) and KOKOMI’s vocals (which can’t be helped at this point XD) but this was something you wouldn’t expect Asriel of achieving LOL.