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9GOATS BLACK OUT – CALLING January 6, 2013

Filed under: 9GOATS BLACK OUT — solarblade @ 6:01 pm

calling

Track Listing

  1. you
  2. dye an unease
  3. BLANK BLACK
  4. Tsuioku wa Tsumi
  5. Panta rhei
  6. Shut up “G”
  7. Canaria
  8. Asche
  9. Yurikago
  10. rip current
  11. 8byou
  12. in nirvana (bonus track)
  13. true colors (bonus track)
  14. Ballad No.2 Op52 in B minor Den lille Havfrue (bonus track)
  15. in the rain -remix- (bonus track)

1. you

Opening the album, I really like how the band started slow with you.  Fits the band as it has this melancholic but really melodic tone which is one of the more stronger things this band is known for.  ryo sounds nice and tackles those high notes in stride and watching that plus the band slowly rising to the occasion as well is impressive.  Great song to open the album with!

2. dye an unease

Moving on, dye an unease brings more of that alternative sound that I’ve gotten accustomed to through the singles, but this has a little more edge with that chorus with all that heavy percussion and sense of unrest.  It’s an OK track, but that percussion did slightly get annoying after a while.  If they had toned that down a little bit, this song would’ve been more enjoyable.

3. BLANK BLACK

Back into 9GOATS’ mysterious tracks, BLANK BLACK is a great represention of what the band has sounded like through the last few singles.  I like the band a lot in this song and ryo sounds amazing with his deep vocals.  It just sounds dark and epic when it picks up the pace and gets that gritty rock sound going.  Definitely an early favorite!

4. Tsuioku wa Tsumi

When I turned this on, I immediately thought I was listening to “you” again because it has the same laidback and rock-ballad tone, plus ryo is singing with more of his higher register which makes sense why I felt this was similar to the aforementioned track.  Suffice to say, I wasn’t too intrigued by it but if I had heard this first, I’m sure that I would have enjoyed this more oddly enough…so it’s not that bad.

5. Panta rhei

As the album’s long track (I think), Panta rhei is another one of the slow songs on the album, but I also find myself liking it despite being almost 6 minutes long.  What I really like the melodic tone between ryo’s high and low vocals…it made the song very creepy but sad as well.  It was a really interesting ballad and one of the better ones from the album!

6. Shut up “G”

As odd of a title it is, it’s also the album’s interlude.  At this point in the album, we haven’t heard anything this chaotic and heavy yet so this is a welcome change but I didn’t expect ryo to growl his lines…it was a very strange and kind of the oddball track IMO because of it’s hardcore sound.

7. Canaria

Though I guess it was a bridge to more of the progressive stuff the band likes to release.  Canaria is one of the more unique tracks because we hear ryo under some filters, but the band is also playing a lot louder.  I actually kind of like this slick track and even though the filters do get somewhat tiring, it’s not too much of a negative that I can’t enjoy it because it is really good overall ^_^

8. Asche

It sounds like 9GOATS wanted to be a little more artsy with Asche, but it felt like a mess throughout the song because the verses and the chorus did not sound right together and the transition into each other are really are a bit strange as well.  The guitar solo is awesome, but doesn’t really save the song sadly.

9. Yurikago

The next song, Yurikago sounds really cool and a bit more experimentive and this time it worked for them because for being a little more upbeat and (slightly) danceable.  I just really loved the instrumental of the song because it shows a bit more diversity from the more darker songs.  This is definitely my favorite song from the album.

10. rip current

I kind of was hoping we’d get a song like rip current because while it might not be the most interesting song the album has to offer, it’s a pleasant song and works with 9GOATS’ strengths in mid-tempo tracks and it worked.  Not bad actually!

11. 8byou

Closing the album (on the CD, the bonus tracks are actually on the DVD), 8byou ends the album on a high note with one another energetic song.  I like the movement of the song quite a bit it’s like they turned the tempo up from “rip current” and let it fly.  It’s great to hear ryo pulling the song off nicely with the other members pulling their weight quite smoothly.  Awesome way to end the album!

Tracks Recommended

  • Yurikago
  • BLANK BLACK
  • Panta rhei
  • you
  • Canaria

Song of Avoidance

  • Asche

*wil lreview the bonuses if they appear* Damnit, another band that’s disbanding right when I get into them.  I’d say this is a pretty above-average album…there were some great songs and them songs not-so-good songs here, but it’s about what I expected from 9GOATS BLACK OUT, only thing is is that I wish it wasn’t the band’s final album T.T

 

9GOATS BLACK OUT – Karte February 19, 2012

Filed under: 9GOATS BLACK OUT — solarblade @ 11:54 am

Track Listing

  1. Table of the Mortal Sins
  2. any
  3. nude
  4. Melancholy and the loneliness -“Yuutsu no Kodoku” re-mix-
  5. Wish you -“Negai” re-mix-

1. Table of the Mortal Sins

Kicking the single off, Table of the Mortal Sins acts more of an introduction to the single than actually being a track since it’s so short and all that.  I did like the arrangement since it’s heavy and kind of edgy in a good way, though I was curious to see if ryo was going to actually sing and oddly enough he did!  I will say the light dance beat is cool as well…I liked this intro!

2. any

The actual single cuts into any.  I was a little surprised with the way it started with ryo under filters before clearing up and introducing us to the song which has a depressing vibe to it which includes the band, piano, and strings.  It’s dark and dreary but it has this gloss of hope slightly on top of it to make it rather impressive to the ears.  I found myself really enjoying this song and loved this it was the promoted song.

2. nude

I’m curious why the two main tracks are titled with short words but that’s OK.  Unlike the slower “any”, nude has a bit more going with it but at the same time doesn’t have a lot of sound to it.  It’s almost mysterious and creepy to be honest but I do like that about it.  After a while, it does gain better momentum as the band puts a bit more oomph to it.  It’s nice and all but I felt the previous track was a bit more impressive here.

4. Melancholy and the loneliness -“Yuutsu no Kodoku” re-mix”-

As bonuses we get two remixes of previous released songs.  The first one I recognized because it was one of the songs from “Rorschach inkblot”.  Now I wonder what happened here because the remixed version of Yuutsu no Kodoku is pretty bizarre and messy.  Hearing ryo being so filtered out and echoed really made it a mess to listen.  Add in the odd sounding guitar melody just didn’t work for me.  This was just crappy…

5. Wish you -“Negai” re-mix-

Now Negai I’ve never heard before but I do know it was the promo song for their first album, “TANATOS”.  Unlike the remix for “Yuutsu no Kodoku”, I think Negai’s is a little better because it’s natural and doesn’t have the weird, disconnected sound that the former showed.  ryo also sounds quite nice but with the rather orchestral/woodwind-heavy arrangement it’s different.  As it keeps going we gain this lil march activity which adds a little fire to the song that I liked the most before fading back into the slower style again.  For being a 7 minute remix, this was actually nice.

 

 

As it’s the band’s 3rd single, I felt Karte was a little weaker than last year’s “draw” single to be honest.  I mean any was the best song off the single followed by the remix of Negai.  They both carried what to me makes the band sound great!  Then after that was Table of the Mortal Sins, but it was so short…that was its biggest fault IMO.  nude was alright but it kind of felt a little bland to me but not terrible.  Terrible was the Yuutsu no Kodoku remix to be honest, it just didn’t work to the favor and it was beyond messy…makes the original seem like it’s the most amazing thing ever lol.  I wonder if there’s an album coming soon from them…

 

9GOATS BLACK OUT – draw November 22, 2011

Filed under: 9GOATS BLACK OUT — solarblade @ 1:47 am

Track Listing

  1. Kanbi na Shigai
  2. Lilith
  3. Keibetsu

1. Kanbi na Shigai

Starting the single off, Kanbi ga Shigai was a bit more mysterious than “missing” from their last single and that’s good to hear actually.  ryo sounds pretty good if not a little pitchy with high notes.  It’s a pretty strong song and it really gives this creepy but cool vibe to the song.  Add in the strings that fill in the background and it’s just a magical song for a V-kei group.  Even utA’s guitar solo was pretty nifty to hear.  Yeah, I’m liking this song!

2. Lilith

The beginning of Lilith was pretty spooky XD.  I found this song to be more creepy than mysterious which is good and I’m loving the rather interesting rhythm of the song.  Though the biggest thing is moving from the dark glow into utA’s solo and then ryo’s scream afterwards.  It was random and actually pulled me back into the song again.  There’s just some oddball time changes, but this was an ok song at best.

3. Keibetsu

The third song off the single, Keibetsu might be the quickest of the three songs, but I found it to be quite strong for some reason.  It could be from the fun melody and ryo’s performance that stood out the most for me.  The chorus is great as well even with ryo hitting high notes.  I say they scored bonus points with this one.

 

 

As their second single in the era, draw is definitely a step up after “Rorschach inkblot” since all three songs are pretty strong from them.  I think ryo is going to be a great singer (he just has to get the higher notes a lil better) and the other two members are holding up the fort quite as well.  Funny…no drummer XD.  Hmmm…I’m starting to liiike this band!

 

9GOATS BLACK OUT – Rorschach inkblot November 6, 2011

Filed under: 9GOATS BLACK OUT — solarblade @ 7:41 pm

Track Listing

  1. missing
  2. Yuutsu to Kodoku
  3. Athena no Nai Tegami [live in “Melancholy pool”]

1. missing

I actually kind of enjoyed the first track on the single for some reason.  I mean, the acoustic touch, mixed with ryo’s softer vocals really gave me something to look for in the band.  It’s different from other V-kei groups which is a plus.  As the song delves further, it gets stronger and more dreadful.  ryo’s vocals remind me of someone, but I can’t place it just yet.  Maybe DIR EN GREY’s Kyo?  Otherwise, I’d say this is a pretty good leading track here.

2. Yuutsu no Kodoku

I’m starting to enjoy the band’s depressing and dark tones in their music.  Yuutsu no Kodoku does slightly lighten up the mood but the dreading feeling is still there but mixed with an ethereal kind of background as well which caught my attention.  After a while, the song starts getting edgy and loud and we see ryo’s growls which are pretty cool.  I liked this track!

3. Athena no Nai Tegami [live in “Melancholy pool”]

The final song on the single is a live cut of their song from their first album, “TANATOS”.  To me it fits on this single quite comfortably by being more of a ballad.  It’s an interesting sounding song since the band isn’t fully there, so it gives ryo more room to sing.  However, his vocals aren’t totally great but it’s ok. 

 

 

As my first single reviewed for 9GOATS BLACK OUT, I have to say that I was prepared for something more heavy and dark (looking at their promotional pictures and all) but it seems with Rorschach inkblot, they toned it down for three songs.  I will say that Yuutsu no Kodoku is my favorite of the single with missing not far behind.  The live version of Athena no Nai Tegami is alright but simple and ryo isn’t singing that well lol.  Good single and start of a new era.