Sanctus no Kanata ni
Tada Hitotsu no Monogatari
Pandora no Yoru
Yami ni Nureta Catastrophe
Mayoi no Mori
Confutatis no Inori
Sanctus no Kanata ni (ARTERY solo)
Pandora no Yoru (VEIN solo)
Confutatis no Inori (ARTERY solo)
Sanctus no Kanata ni (VEIN solo)
1. Sanctus no Kanata ni
Kicking things off, we jump in ARTERY VEIN’s album with the first of only two new songs in Sanctus no Kanata ni. I really do enjoy that the piano kicks things off because it’s really gloomy and depressing of an intro (fits with their gothic style I guess). As I learned that the deeper voice is ARTERY (Asami Imai) and the higher voice is VEIN (Eri Kitamura). So I’ve noticed that Asami has been leading the songs for most of the era and she has a beautiful voice in this song. It’s actually not a bad song funny enough and I love the chorus a lot. Though it seems like Eri is just in the background. Would’ve loved her being utilized more but I’m OK with this one.
2. Splendid Flowers
Now the rest of the album is cluttered with old stuff minus one track. Starting with the B-side from their debut single, “Confutatis no Inori”. I still feel underwhelmed with this song because it felt so typical and doesn’t feel like it stands out amongst the other songs on the album sadly. Once again I feel like Eri could’ve took over some places but ehhh beyond the beautiful ending to the song, this didn’t work for me.
3. Tada Hitotsu no Monogatari
The B-side from “Pandora no Yoru” comes up next and it’s definitely a ballad which is something I appreciated because we get to hear the beautiful melodies between Asami and Eri (despite Asami leading again). It’s actually a pretty ballad and different because it has such a distant feeling to it that makes it pop out at me. Pretty song!
4. Pandora no Yoru
Moving to the A-side, Pandora no Yoru might be least favorite of the A-sides but I do like the guitars of the song for some reason and the whole anison aspect of it really stands out. Plus the verses with the cute but creepy instrument (xylophone?) is kind of interesting. I can’t help but think Eri is bored with this song because she doesn’t seem as into it like the previous songs. Yeah, that’s why I don’t find it as special as the other two A-sides.
5. Last Judgement
Then we move to the 2nd A-side released and I said Last Judgement was my favorite of the A-sides and it still holds strong because it’s edgier and heavier (even though the drumming is on the brink of annoyance). I just love both ladies…powerful performance and just downright rockin’!
6. Yami ni Nureta Catastrophe
The other new song on the album (I swear they could’ve just released “Sanctus no Kanata ni” and made this song the B-side and then we would have just had an album of no new tracks), Yami ni Nureta Catastrophe is another ballad on the album and sadly I don’t remember it quite as well like “Tada Hitotsu no Monogatari”. Beyond the good vocals, the song is just uneventful and kind of bored me the entire way.
7. Mayoi no Mori
Which is a problem in these two songs because both are the longest tracks on the album (“Yami ni Nureta Catastrophe” is 6 minutes long while this track is 7 and a half minutes). As another ballad, Mayoi no Mori never stood out to me either on the “Last Judgement” single and continues to unimpress me here since it suffers from the same stuff the last song did (plus the added effect of being too long!). Bleh song.
8. Confutatis no Inori
Then at the ending (well of the original songs) we get their debut A-side. Confutatis no Inori is creepy but in a good way because I love both ladies singing in such a dark and mysterious vibe. Plus hearing the bridge always gets me since it was handled so well. Add in that the chorus makes things speed up surprised me. Definitely a strong track here!
9. Sanctus no Kanata ni (ARTERY solo)
The rest of the album is solos between Asami and Eri which is nice but I wished it would be new tracks not already-known songs. Both ladies do get their own version of Sanctus no Kanata ni which is nice right? Of course it makes no sense really for Asami to have solos because she leads like majority of the songs. Her deeper vocals really fit this style and I really enjoyed her singing. Though I still hear backup vocals but whatever.
10. Pandora no Yoru (VEIN solo)
Pandora no Yoru is interesting because now I feel like I’ve done it wrong because Eri’s vocals are deeper than I thought and it makes me wonder who’s singing in the main tracks. Her vocals does emote stronger I think while Asami’s has better control on the deeper tones (I don’t know anymore x.x). Still, I was impressed by this song and she somehow sounds a little more lively?
11. Confutatis no Inori (ARTERY solo)
Asami once again gets a solo and that’s of their debut and she doesn’t sound as deep as she normally is. I think Eri did a better job as coming off as creepy but it’s not to say I was impressed by Asami’s take on the song because she has this dark and hurt tone to her voice that’s really nice. It’s alright but eh, I like the original.
12. Sanctus no Kanata ni (VEIN solo)
Finally we get Eri’s take on the new song. Nothing really huge to report on here really since it’s just a different lady singing under the same arrangement really. I mean it’s a nice version for her…though I just thought it was unneeded (like I feel for these other solo versions)
Song of Avoidance
I was pretty much disappointed with this release in many ways I think. From the viewpoint of the tracklist…having only two new songs depressed me and they could’ve worked on more new songs and not just tacked on solo versions of three songs. Now the fact that all of the songs in the era made the cut is OK…but some of them shouldn’t have been here like “Mayoi no Mori” or even “Splendid Flowers”. I don’t know I like half the songs on the album but thought the rest was meh or just uncalled for (like the solo songs)….It’s an alright debut album…but next 5bp…..don’t do it this way!