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Aural Vampire – RAZORS ON BACKSTREET February 11, 2014

Filed under: Aural Vampire — solarblade @ 9:27 am

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Track Listing

  1. Main Theme
  2. Carpe Noctem
  3. MAILER-DEMON
  4. Kerguelen Vortex (Album Version)
  5. Bad Taste Youth
  6. NO-SEE-UM
  7. Yama no Ox Baker
  8. BIG BUG HUNTER
  9. Sex to Gang to Children
  10. Mukuromantic
  11. FRAGILE
  12. Soloween
  13. Robinson

1. Main Theme

Ahhh, the ever so great Aural Vampire kicks their 3rd album off with an intro and it sounds dark and heavy!  It’s got some dark chords being rammed down on piano and a guy talking (of course I don’t know what he says until the end where he says the band’s name).  Still, it sets the album up for a ride!

2. Carpe Noctem

The first actual song was also used to promote the album and while I’m still taking in the fact that Aural Vampire had added four new members and are now considered a band, it really worked for me!  It definitely feels like the change was only to broaden their sound and work with RAVEMAN’s productions.  EXO-CHIKA still sounds the same as she had since the first album and I found of surprisingly nice.  I really find it somewhat reminescent to “Shounan Zoku -cannibal coast-” in it’s speed and tone.  I really enjoyed the hell out of it for sure!

3. MAILER-DEMON

A nice beat opens our next track, MAILER-DEMON into a pretty edgy electro track!  It kind of feels like the band doesn’t have much to do with the song except for RAVEMAN and EXO-CHIKA so it’s a throwback to their really awesome darkwave style.  I will say that some of the sounds do overwhelm EXO’s vocals in the song but I still enjoyed the groove of the song and funny enough it slides smoothly into our next track.

4. Kergeulen Vortex (Album Version)

If you remember this, it was the title track from their mini-album!  The changes between the two is pretty evident.  There’s not as much synthesizer found here and the band took over some of the bigger parts (especially the bassist…he’s got a fun part xD).  I thought it was OK, but the original version was better IMO.

5. Bad Taste Youth

Moving on, Bad Taste Youth takes a slower route and focuses a little more on the band rather than RAVEMAN’s sound which gives us a glimpse into a more heavier rock sound (with some up and down twinkling of the synths).  For a mid-tempo but heavy rock track, I quite dug the sound and flow of it and EXO did a pretty good job singing as well.  Cool!!

6. NO-SEE-UM

I don’t know why, but this song reminds me of their old song “Preservative Woman” with the guitar/bass riff and the warped voice.  After that the song grows more and I’m enjoying what I’m hear although I can’t seem to form to much of a strong opinion on it…it’s just a nice song haha.

7. Yama no Ox Baker

As we make half-way, we’re greeted with…something that’s pretty bizarro.  It’s a total 180 on the album being more like a children’s song than anything else and it shows with EXO’s tone sounding like some idol😄.  Of course IZU is playing drums (and xylophone) in the track and it just doesn’t add up for me.  Though the area where they throw in random noises did make me chuckle and the tune fades out, but this song is the album’s sore thumb unfortunately.  What did I just listen to?😄

8. BIG BUG HUNTER

The next song is actually an interlude and I was surprised since it’s such an awesome song to listen to, but it’s only 52 seconds long so all that effort kind of just goes to waste with this.  It would’ve been a great electro track to listen to.  Such wasted opportunity here…>.>

9. Sex to Gang to Children

We get another tune that’s mostly done by the band and it’s a bit more upbeat and aggressive compared to “Bad Taste Youth”.  The song does sound loose, but the band sound great and the riffs are surprisingly nice to my ears!  For a rock song it’s not bad but it kind of does stick out on the album since there’s not a lot of RAVEMAN here.

10. Mukuromantic

We switch back to RAVEMAN and EXO for the next track with Mukuromantic and I thought it was going to be a RAVEMAN solo because it kind of had this solo vibe and it focused a lot of the stuff he was doing for the song.  Though EXO starts to sing at the 1:20 mark and this is definitely a nod to their past work and I quite enjoyed all of it!  It is slightly a bit long since it doesn’t fully grow much throughout, but it’s still an enjoyable track.

11. FRAGILE

FRAGILE is up next and damn I have to say that open woke me up to focus on it.  It has a pretty cool riff to it and while EXO’s auto-tuning is a bit much somtimes and she does the ~whoa-ing~ a bit too much, the song is hard-hitting I find it quite catchy.  Though the ending made it seem like it was ending the album even though we have two more songs left to go.

12. Soloween

Finally we have the single the preceded this album and was the first time we heard Aural Vampire as a band.  Back then when I reviewed the single, I totally didn’t notice the addition of new members and wasn’t totally fond of it.  Nowadays, Soloween slightly picked up on my radar and it kind of reminds me of “Carpe Noctem” in it’s electrorock style.  Not bad of a song.

13. Robinson

The final track is Robinson and it seems it’s focused on the band and they gel together so nicely for this tune.  It does suffer a little bit with EXO’s vocals sounding a little strained at parts.  Fairly straightforward and close the album on a good note…though it ends at 3:20…and there’s over 2 minutes left….Yep in AV style, the album closes out with an outro (though not made its own track for some reason).  A computerized voice starts to talk with this dark melody with a clapping beat…it’s so strange.  Then in the last couple of second the band just goes hogwild until it dies down and the voice closes the album…odd.

Tracks Recommended

  • MAILER-DEMON
  • Carpe Noctem
  • Bad Taste Youth
  • Mukuromantic
  • Soloween

Song of Avoidance

  • Yama no Ox Baker

Wow, this just came out of nowhere for me!  Aural Vampire’s 3rd album (and first as a band), RAZORS ON BACKSTREET is a pretty good album, but doesn’t seem to surpass “Vampire Ecstasy” and “Kergeulen Vortex” for me.  I’m enjoying that the band has meshed as well as they have so far and I hope to hear more from them in the future since this album has a lot of potential for future plans.  Though the song I didn’t like…yeah no more of that😄.

 

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