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Kaya – GOTHIC February 26, 2014

Filed under: Kaya — solarblade @ 5:11 am

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Track Listing

  1. Gothic Elements (Instrumental)
  2. Vampire Requiem
  3. remains of mind
  4. Curse of Rose
  5. Traumerei
  6. PENDEL-drei (Instrumental)
  7. Marionetto
  8. Coppelia
  9. BABYLON
  10. PENDEL-zwei (Instrumental)
  11. SODOMY
  12. Infection
  13. SALOME
  14. PENDEL-eins (Instrumental)
  15. Memento mori
  16. VORWISSEN-null (Instrumental)
  17. Danse Macabre (Type A only)
  18. Tempest (Type B only)

1. Gothic Elements (Instrumental)

Opening the album, we get an introduction, woo >.>.  It’s the longest of the 5 instrumentals this album has…yeah…Like the title says the intro is dark and has a haunting piano line mixed with some filtered sounds thrown in.  Things get louder as the opening moves further and then meets its high point and dies off until all you hear left is crackling fire.  Interesting…

2. Vampire Requiem

Fitting to see that the album really begins with the first A-side he released after “QUEEN”.  Back then however, I wasn’t a fan of this song.  Working with HIZAKI, you can really tell the gothic tones with this song and I love the stringwork with the intro.  As Kaya begins singing the song changes into this oddly crawling goth track.  As he gets closer to the chorus, the tune cleans up and it starts to sound better.  BTW, it seems like most of the A-side got touched up VERY slightly for the album, but I couldn’t tell the changes.  Overall it’s not bad, but still my least favorite A-side of the era.

3. remains of mind

I was surprised Kaya would bring back remains of mind on this album.  If you remember, this was the B-side from his debut single, “Kaleidoscope”.  It was also redone to fit more of Kaya’s current voice and the arrangement has been updated slightly too.  I love the changes and they still kept a lot of what I enjoyed from the original.  Not too much was changed though so its relatively the same tune from before and it still is one of his bests IMO.

4. Curse of Rose

Moving to the B-side from “Vampire Requiem”, Curse of Rose still kind of sticks out as a sore thumb to this album by being more rock than electro so it kind of finds itself just a bit out there but fits with the goth look for the album.  It’s pretty dramatic of a song and I like it for it, but it kind of seems out of place amongst the multitude of electro songs here.

5. Traumerei

Wow, with each edition it’s weird that we only got 4 new songs each.  The first new song opens up with some lone, dramatic violin before the song opens with a dark arrangement, like “Vampire Requiem”.  It kind of sounds like it would’ve fit more after the intro as it’s dark and it’s raining in the background while Kaya sings.  It kind of sounds like a folk song which caught me off guard.  It’s a nice track to listen to to get the theme of the album perfectly.  Still surpassed by many of the other tracks, but still good!

6. PENDEL-drei (Instrumental)

We come to our first interlude with PENDEL-drei.  As a minute long interlude, it really stands as the creepy one that’s for sure.  Some creaky sound and a ticking clock (or a metronome) moves and it’s just there for aesthetic aural noise…didn’t make sense to me.

7. Marionetto

I’m not sure why the song has a new title, but it’s “Marionette” from the “Nocturne” single.  The changes here were pretty minute, but some of the arrangement was tweaked better and Kaya’s build in lines sound a bit cleaner as well.  Overall, the song is still pretty good and brought the album to focus more on the electro songs.

8. Coppelia

Fitting that Coppelia would come after “Marionetto” as it was the same way on the “Nocturne” single.  Coppelia is still that creepy song, almost a bit too creepy especially with that pipe organ intro.  I have decided that I really like the whispery lines he does, but otherwise this is kind of a typical song for Kaya…though the chorus is playful…I liked that.  It’s a tune that’s slowly growing on me.

9. BABYLON

Moving to the B-side from “SALOME”, BABYLON really suited to be right after “Coppelia” because they both had a certain circus melody going.  He sounds like he’s being even more playful in the song and Kaya gave a pretty good performance with this song.  It’s dark, danceable, but a bit fun…definitely one of the album’s cooler songs.

10. PENDEL-zwei (Instrumental)

Another minute long interlude comes our way and it’s the same goddamn thing as the previous interlude…with the ticking pendulum (hmm…seems to make sense with the title) it fades out though when it ends.  Strange…

11. SODOMY

It leads to a song that really throws me back to the “GLITTER” days with the synth arrangement having that certain “Epicurean” feel but not as heavy.  Kaya’s darker vocals really seem to catch me here and I enjoyed losing myself to this song.  Even though the song could’ve been a tiny bit more faster, this song is pretty nifty and is probably the best of the new songs.

12. Infection

Back to old songs, we move into the B-side from “TABOO”….wait…why is TABOO not even on this album?!?  Anyways, I’m OK with this as well because Infection keeps with the motif of the album and the harpischord is here to add amongst the creepy strings and flute and timpanis here before suddenly becoming this fast-paced electro track.  Kaya is being filtered similarly to “Rose Jail” but Kaya’s vocals are just flying through the arrangement and I love it!  Definitely another favorite from the album!

13. SALOME

As the 2nd A-side, I was definitely hoping Kaya would redeem himself after the “Vampure Requiem” single and he did it in a pretty big way.  Just like “Infection” it’s pretty fast-paced and has a lot going for it.  Kaya is singing in a deeper tone and there’s some growls and then Kaya just is singing powerfully all over.  Great A-side!

14. PENDEL-eins

>.> Is this really all there is to it with these instrumentals…35 more seconds of the ticking.  Though there are clocks going off as well which kind of brings a lil something, but it’s still useless.

15. Memento mori

As the song chosen to promote the album, Memento mori starts with some metal xylophone which gets replaced by piano once Kaya begins to sing.  This kind of reminds me of “Curse of Rose” earlier because of its more guitar-heavy sound than other tracks.  It’s OK, but I don’t think it made a good song to promote IMO since it really is outside of Kaya’s electro stuff.

16. VORWISSEN-null (Instrumental)

The ending of the album is really the final instrumental xD.  At least it breaks from the “PENDEL” tracks by sounding like almost like an ethereal ending to the album.  It’s a lot brighter and happier chords are played by synths it goes on for its 1:15 length which is a bore to me…but whatever lol.

17. Danse Macabre

Depending on which type you got, you ended the album with the different song.  Type A gets Danse Macabre and I was surprised it wasn’t on the main tracklist but at the same time it kind of worked after “VORWISSEN-null” as its arrangement is more electro and the synths were brighter (as in, this probably should’ve been on “QUEEN”).  Kaya is singing in English and I could barely understand what he was saying and his vocals were a little higher in places.  It’s a good song, but definitely doesn’t fit on GOTHIC.

18. Tempest

Type B buyers get Tempest which was written by Kaya himself so this was an interesting song to listen to.  This has a bit more fire behind it and suits more for the album than “Danse Macabre” did that’s for sure.  The arrangement doesn’t let up a lot and it has twist and turns, but for some reason I totally forgot about it.  I don’t know, but I suppose it’s good but there were better songs!

Tracks Recommended

  • Infection
  • SALOME
  • BABYLON
  • Danse Macabre
  • remains of mind

Song of Avoidance

  • Vampire Requiem

Where do I start with this album?  GOTHIC to me seemed a bit more random than “QUEEN” did even though it did have a cohesive sound (disregarding Danse Macabre).  Most of it was pretty good, but only 5 new tracks? and 5 instrumental tracks…the latter just seem too much for this album especially three of them were of ticking pendulums…wtf.  Still it’s a smidge better than “QUEEN” but I think the tracklist could’ve done without some songs (and had “TABOO” tbh).

 

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