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Aural Vampire – RAZORS ON BACKSTREET February 11, 2014

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razorsonbackstreet

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 XD.  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? XD

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 XD.

 

Aural Vampire – Soloween October 14, 2012

Filed under: Aural Vampire — solarblade @ 9:14 pm

Track Listing

  1. Soloween
  2. Halloween Jitterbug
  3. Back to Halloween
  4. Soloween (instrumental)
  5. Halloween Jitterbug (instrumental)
  6. Back to Halloween (instrumental)

1. Soloween

For being their first A-side, Soloween is kind of a step away from what the duo has released.  I mean it’s still pretty much a darkwave track surrounded by Halloween which is awesome in its own right.  Though something about the song doesn’t work here and I’m not sure what that is because they’ve had many epic songs in the past.  Maybe it’s EXO-CHIKA’s voice and how it’s filtered.  Does remind me a little of “Shounan Zoku -cannibal coast-” in places, but this song isn’t sitting well with me.

2. Halloween Jitterbug

I was kind of curious as to how they can make a Jitterbug from Halloween but it was quite a loud impact.  It’s a little more outside of the box for the duo since they cut down the electronics a little bit and added more guitars and piano.  It’s still a heavy song but it also sounds like they are having fun here.  EXO-CHIKA’s voice is pretty good and this song has such a unique approach.  I enjoyed it, even if it does come of as a hot mess lol!

3. Back to Halloween

The second B-side, Back to Halloween is a lot more poppier than I would’ve expected Aural Vampire to go down.  I’m not sure how to really explain the song because unlike the previous two tracks, this one is upbeat and bright which is like the antithesis of the group.  I’m not sure how to really take the song at the moment becuse it’s so out of character (unless the lyrics say otherwise).

 

 

For a group that’s been together for as long as they have, it’s really shocking they would finally release their first single now (though fitting since it is close to Halloween).  Soloween isn’t really what I was expecting after “Kerguelen Vortex” since this single is really mostly trying to pull away from the electro status they have.  Soloween has the most but the song sounds like a clone of an older song and I’m a little bleh.  Halloween Jitterbug is unique and my favorite off the song but it isn’t electronic as it’s more rock/jitterbug/electro.  Back to Halloween….I really don’t know what to think…it’s just so mainstream J-pop x.x…..strange release this was for them >.>

 

Aural Vampire – Kerguelen Vortex November 23, 2011

Filed under: Aural Vampire — solarblade @ 1:10 am

Track Listing

  1. Kerguelen Vortex
  2. Kuuchuusen wa Phenomenon
  3. HUMAN NOISE
  4. THE REPOMAN
  5. Makki no BODY CHECKMATE
  6. Raging City
  7. GENOM

1. Kerguelen Vortex

I love the first song from the duo!!  Kerguelen Vortex might be a little more upbeat and brighter than previous works, but this sounds really cool and energetic thanks to RAVEMAN’s arranging skills.  Add in EXO-CHIKA’s vocals and you get this great mix of synths and dark that just sounds great together.  It’s a great title track and perfect for what I like in electro music.

2. Kuuchuusen wa Phenomenon

The next song was something I wasn’t really prepared for actually.  Kuuchuusen wa Phenomenon started off like it was produced more for School Food Punishment with the way the drumming and piano chords were going.  At least after that bit, the song adds more synths and EXO-CHIKA started to sing like her normal self.  It reminds me of “Flare Stack”, but less epic.  It’s an alright song and it’s different from the norm.

3. HUMAN NOISE

I’m happy we get back into what Aural Vampire is best known for and it’s their darker-tinged songs.  HUMAN NOISE has a great beat and arrangement here and was the first song that caught my eyes fully.  It’s really edgy and while the music seems to overtake EXO-CHIKA, she does a good job whenever I hear her better.  Yeah, this is a pretty epic song!

4. THE REPOMAN

OMG HELL YEAH!  We get a new version of THE REPOMAN (an album song from their first album, “Vampire Ecstasy”.  I still think it’s one of the duo’s best songs ever and to see it redone was quite the treat (at least for me to hear a new take on the classic).  It’s great they kept the same flow and style of the original for the most part (but added more to it).  It sounds harder and with EXO-CHIKA resinging the song so it sounds stronger as well.  Yeah, this was impressive as hell and I’m loving this new take just as much as the original!

5. Makki no BODY CHECKMATE

I knew they weren’t gonna forget the fans that enjoy their personas of the dark and dreary and Makki no BODY CHECKMATE fits the category quite nicely.  It’s an oddball track for me since I’m not used the that springy synth beat that’s found throughout the song.  It’s interesting and EXO-CHIKA’s more sexier sound really puts the song up there, but I could’ve lived without out that strange bouncy-sounding synth tbh.

6. Raging City

Hm…?  That’s creepy that Raging City begins which a crash and then a creepy as all hell laugh comes in XD.   I don’t remember the exact last time we had a solo from RAVEMAN but looky! we have one right here.  It’s a funky 4 minute solo with a whole bunch of synths that kind of remind me of a video game.  Since there’s no EXO-CHIKA on this track, it does feel slightly empty without a singer but for an instrumental, this was interesting at the least. 

7. GENOM

The final song on the mini-album, GENOM kind of goes back to what “Kerguelen Vortex” with it’s bright electro sounding arrangement and I’m not bothered by it since it’s actually quite catchy to me even if there isn’t any backup vocals here (though I’m sure it’d help EXO-CHIKA in the chorus).  The middle interlude of the song was really awesome but that’s what really stood out to me…Not as strong as “HUMAN NOISE” but it’s solid.

 

 

Wow!  I didn’t even know Aural Vampire was returning with a mini-album in Kerguelen Vortex.  I actually think after “ZOLTANK”, they really wanted to make this an experience and they did just that.  All the songs were pretty awesome (including that instrumental, Raging City).  They got a lot of promise if avex continues to back them up for sure!  *RECOMMENDED*

 

Aural Vampire – ZOLTANK May 6, 2010

Filed under: Aural Vampire — solarblade @ 9:41 pm

Track Listing

  1. Flare Stack
  2. Shounan Zoku -cannibal coast-
  3. Freeeeze!!
  4. V. Madonna Schizoid
  5. 69 Balloons
  6. Transcrypt
  7. Hot Blood Workout
  8. Innsmouth
  9. Border of the Dead
  10. voodoovocoder
  11. Suriwikufu
  12. PNPFN
  13. Economaical Animal Superstar
  14. Darkwave Surfer
  15. Kaidoku
  16. MAD SPORTS

1. Flare Stack

I think Flare Stack has one of the coolest sounding intros ever!  I love how that synths sound then mixing in with the lower ones before we see EXO-CHIKA comes in.  It’s not as dark as I thought it was going to be from the title, but I love the slower electronica feel I get from the song.  I’m trying to remember what it reminds me of, but I really love the song right now and kicks the album off in a great way.

2. Shounan Zoku -cannibal coast-

I’m happy they decided to choose Shounan Zoku to represent the album and the PV is quite something.  Since none of the songs from the digital releases were changed for the album, I was happy with this song staying the same because this song is just pure lust.  It’s got that dark atmosphere and with EXO-CHIKA making it sound sexy, I was surprised.  One of the best Aural Vampire songs out there. 

3. Freeeeze!!

As the only digital single released for the album, Freeeeze!! is another one of those songs that just kind of sticks to you after you listen to it.  I did totally forget how the original went, but I do feel this is the more productive version and the various random noises thrown in are for good kicks.  It’s pretty darn catchy and I still love RAVEMAN’s synth work here as well.  Good song

4. V. Madonna Schizoid

Ending out the first E.P. that was released, V. Madonna Schizoid was a song that really never garnered my attention because of its rather empty arrangement.  It still doesn’t really leave a mark on me, but I like the rhythms and EXO’s fun vocals.  I also totally forgot the clapping and time changes as well.  Ok, it’s not terrible, but after 3 strong tracks, this is the first slip for me.  Then again it’s pretty short only topping a little above 3 minutes.

5. 69 Balloons

I do admit that 69 Balloons was my favorite out of the 2nd E.P.  I think it could be because of the loud synth arrangement.  Then I start to notice that EXO is oddly nasal in the song, especially when she’s holding out longer notes.  I guess since then this has died down for me, but I still love the aggressive nature of the song and the random speeding up for the interlude was ridiculously random haha.

6. Transcrypt

It’s kind of strange when you start off a song without any traces of electro, but this addition of guitar, bass, and actual drums fitted quite nicely with RAVEMAN’s lessened synth involvement.  I’ve actually grown to like this song a bunch since I reviewed it last.  It’s catchy, straightforward and fun…which is odd for me since it’s not uber dark.  I like it!

7. Hot Blood Workout

There’s really only one word to describe Hot Blood Workout and that’s funky.  I don’t know why but the simple arrangement with this low synth melody was pretty strange and gave this off-sounding sound.  Even then there’s various countermelodies that make this song a bit more funkier.  I’d say this is their oddest song in the collection. 

8. Innsmouth

I still adore Innsmouth because it’s energetic just like “Shounan Zoku” if not more to be honest.  Though the name of the game to this song is repetition, but I don’t mind it because I’m loving this arrangement.  Edgy synths, 16bit moments, and never letting up on the great tempo that it’s set in.  Great tune

9. Border of the Dead

As the lone song from their 3rd E.P., Border of the Dead is a bit more like they mixed “Shounan Zoku” with “Transcrypt” and we ended up with this song.  I don’t mind it at all because it’s actually throwing the duo back into some darker-tinged music.  It’s got a pounding rhythm that never lets up as well and just expects you do keep dancing the entire time.  The only time it does is for the very short bass solo.  Still not a bad song.  About 3:40, we actually get an interlude as well…as this is a new addition to the song.  I don’t really understand because the interlude is like this voice saying ~bubble, bubble, bubble~ in this heavily distorted voice.  Freaky little bridge into our next song.

10. voodoovocoder

After all the previous released songs we get into voodoovocoder which turns out to have been released, but not onto their official discography.  I haven’t heard the original yet, but the new cut of it sounds rather lowkey and somewhat boring.  It could be EXO’s kind of detatched singing that’s off putting.  The music as well doesn’t sound as energetic as it should be either.  I don’t think I enjoy it much.

11. Suriwikufu

Finally a new song!!!  I was surprised when EXO came in the verses that I was reminded of Ayu’s “Sexy little things” because of that same kind of groove both songs have.  It just seems like Aural’s take of it and I once again finding myself loving it because of its actual liveliness and EXO’s vocals sounding stronger.  Though I can’t defend that ending…that was a bit of a slip-up.

12. PNPFN

Awesome, we get a new recording of the final track off their debut album, “Vampire Ecstasy”.  Now from the original take, it sounds a lot more refined and EXO-CHIKA’s vocals aren’t filtered in the song as much as the original as well which is so much better.  Also this version is about a minute shorter because it doesn’t have that ending from the original (y’know, the song being messed around and cuts to the final speaking moments with the creepy guy).  This one actually fades out.  I still love PNPFN even though it’s the biggest WTF the album has to offer because it’s so upbeat and positive.  Almost Perfume happy XD.  Still a good song!

13. Economical Animal Superstar

When I listen to this, I get these deja vu moments because the arrangement reminds me of Xtina’s “Genie 2.0”.  The song suffers from the absence of full sound for me and kind of gets draggy…and this is an up-tempo song.  The chorus though is what’s good about the song.  It’s just alright.

14. Darkwave Surfer

I think out of the songs that were reedited, Darkwave Surfer was the one that disappointed me the most becuase it did take all that was good from the original and took it away.  At least they kept it sounding like a Mortal Kombat tune right?  I guess that’s why I still kind of like it a bit. 

15. Kaidoku

Another song that was known beforehand, but wasn’t added to their official discography till now, Kaidoku is different and is the closest counding to “Preservative Woman” but without the oriental shtick.  Though I do wonder why there’s a dog barking in it…Like what kind of random is this?  I think this is also the first time there’s vocals that aren’t EXO’s in the song.  I liked knowing that, so that makes it stand out on the album.

16. MAD SPORTS

Ending the album off with a new song, MAD SPORTS is definitely the hardest hitting song off of ZOLTANK.  At first it’s like wow, I did not expect this at all because of the aggressive mood and loud arrangement.  It’s like a bit shocking.  After the chorus it dies down and gets into it’s breakdown before coming right back into uber fast rock sound.  The initial song is like 3:18, but since this is a 7 minute track the rest just seem to be more of an annoyance than anything.  Let’s say that it’s a bit like how “Border of the Dead” finished with that interlude.  The first part is a robotic voice talking right bout to 6 minutes while the last minute is just even more weirder shit.  Ok, I much prefer “PNPFN” ending the album still.

Tracks Recommended

  • Shounan Zoku -cannibal coast-
  • PNPFN
  • Flare Stack
  • Kaidoku
  • Innsmouth

Song of Avoidance

  • MAD SPORTS

Aural Vampire debut album under avex was actually surprisingly a little less memorable than “Vampire Ecstasy”.  I mean don’t get wrong this is a great album, but I think maybe they could’ve left a few songs off and added more to it.  For the most part the new songs were actually good songs…well except MAD SPORTS since that was just too messy for me to handle.  Otherwise, Aural Vampire has done quite well here!

 

Aural Vampire – Freeeeze!! May 19, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Freeeeze!!

1. Freeeeze!!

Do you guys remember this track from their first album?  I’m pretty sure you do.  Anyways Freeeeze!! is still the dark electro tune that’s still awesome, though the took out some of the good qualities that were in the original like the piano use.  They did add an introduction to the song and so other random sounds which is pretty cool.  There interlude is pretty freaky with the synth melody and I loved it .  I’ll just say they are both equally good.

 

 

Even though this is considered a digital single, I love that Aural Vampire is rearranging a few of their tracks when they were indies and mostly they’ve been ending up quite good.  Freeeeze!! even though it’s lost a little bit of the originality, is still an awesome dark electro track from AV.

 

Aural Vampire – Aural Vampire EP I, II, III April 26, 2009

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Track Listing

EP 1

  1. Shounan Zoku -Cannibal Coast-
  2. Darkwave Surfer
  3. Transcrypt
  4. Hot Blood Workout
  5. V. Madonna Schizoid

EP 2

  1. Innsmouth
  2. 69 Balloons
  3. Economical Animal Superstar

EP 3

  1. Border of the Dead

1. Shounan Zoku – Cannibal Coast-

The first EP begins with a new track of theirs.  I’m so used to the music that they were bringing out that this isn’t very different except they aren’t using horror films to fuel the songs.  EXO-CHIKA sounds pretty good with her voice and RAVEMAN’s synth usage has definitly gotten better.  I just wish the song wasn’t so short….This could’ve been an amazing rave song.

2. Darkwave Surfer

Coming from their last release, “DEATH FOLDER”, Darkwave Surfer has gotten a bit of a change since the single.  First off the beginning is revamped around and then EXO-CHIKA gets the echo treatment which the synths don’t sound as raw as they did back on the single either.  I’m not sure if I like the new version as much as I enjoyed the older version.  It still has the crazy synth melody though so iono…

3. Transcrypt

Transcrypt to me has a more band sound from the start with a guitar melody playing with loud drums.  To say this is the most organic song of the EP isn’t much because there’s still a lot of synths present.  I’m also noticing that EXO-CHIKA is singing at a better tone than she was back on “Vampire Ecstasy”.  I’m not sure, but this song doesn’t do anything for me.

4. Hot Blood Workout

The same problem resides in our track as well.  It oddly sounds a little bit too empty at the start with just EXO-CHIKA and synths keeping in rhythm with a boom-chick drum.  What really surprised was the squeaky synth that played a melody by itself which made me laugh hard.  Other than that there’s other tracks.

5. V. Madonna Schizoid

Ending off the first EP, V. Madonna Schizoid sounds like it’d be really interesting and it actually is.  EXO-CHIKA is singing pretty damn fast and then the time signature changes throwing me off into the chorus where it consists of a clapping beat.  I don’t know, but this felt very empty, even moreso than “Hot Blood Workout”…It even ends in a poor way not really leaving much of an impression.

EP 2

1. Innsmouth

Our 2nd EP begins once again with an upbeat sound which made me happy right from the start.  Innsmouth to me sound like 16-bit with RAVEMAN working behind the synths.  I don’t know why, but this song feels energetic and EXO-CHIKA’s hectic and repetitive lyrics fit the mood of the song just right.

2. 69 Balloons

Other than the suggestive title.  69 Balloons is probably the most energetic song of the three EP’s because it’s basically trance.  EXO-CHIKA sees this as a pretty good opportunity to really give the song a darkness boost and her anguish shines in this track.  It’s definitly my favorite off of the 3.  GREAT SONG!

3. Economical Animal Superstar

Is it bad that I can’t remember when it was on “DEATH FOLDER”?  I know that they revamped it like “Darkwave Surfer”, but somehow I feel this is too slow, but melodically is better.  I’m pretty sure the addition of bongos was making the song stand out and it did, but I’m just still not feeling this song as much.

EP 3

1. Border of the Dead

The final EP contained a lone track.  Border of the Dead should’ve been put on the second because representing as the lone track was a very poor plan.  The song is good because it has a sense of direction and sounds almost New Wave-ish.  Good song, but doesn’t deserve to be by itself.

 

 

The 3 EP’s (that all came out different times) all had their ups and downs.  Some of the tracks are neatly created and the tracks that got retouched got it good too.  Though, releasing them seperatly was a very poor plan on avex’s account and the last was just unneeded.  Maybe they should’ve just released all these songs as an album perhaps?

 

Aural Vampire – Vampire Ecstasy April 7, 2009

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vampireecstasy

Track Listing

  1. opening
  2. Vampire Ecstasy
  3. Freeeeze!!
  4. Terror Vixen
  5. Hana no Sakigake
  6. THE REPOMAN
  7. Preservative Woman
  8. Crimson Tyrant
  9. S.O.B
  10. Disco King
  11. Banburo Koubou
  12. Murealism
  13. PNFPN

1. opening

Haha, the opening to this album is so freaky with some guy speaking in a creepy kind of way.  No idea what he’s saying, but I can wonder right?  A minute in the song, the song kind of starts up with a quite psychotic mish-mash of voices and a heavy beat.  Strange, but cool nonetheless. At the 2 minute mark, more music comes in to round out the opening.  Interesting opening.  Sweet that it ends with the guy announcing the group.

2. Vampire Ecstasy

Our first song from the album definitly shows off the darkwave style AV is producing and surely it’s a pretty creepy track.  Now since I’ve heard the remix before the main track, I was taken aback with the synth sound and how EXO-CHIKA was singing the track.  I have to say the the time trip-ups make the song more cooler than the remix IMO.  Definitly a great vocal track.

3. Freeeze!!

Just like the last track, I hear some snippets of horror films and that gives AV a pretty interesting way to take their songs.  It’s kind of like the last track with the dark synths and EXO-CHIKA’s cold vocals.  In some way I like how she does it, but I want her to get emotional, but what gave the song life is how the piano was included in a few parts. 

4. Terror Vixen

Terror Vixen is actually the shortest track off the album, and yet EXO-CHIKA is also singing but with some guy singing like opera.  It’s a pretty dark song that sounds perfect in a Mortal Kombat film.  I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be longer, but I was like (Damn…this ended too soon). 

5. Hana no Sakigake

Hana no Sakigake takes thing at a slower pace, sadly the song sounds messy and doesn’t quite match up to itself much.  I mean there’s the heavy beat and the erratic piano chords mixed with EXO-CHIKA’s unstable vocals.  For being a ballad of sorts, this was pretty terrible.

6. THE REPOMAN

Luckily, THE REPOMAN fixes everything.  It brought the dance fever back and included another movie theme in the song.  EXO-CHIKA’s hectic singing totally fit with the mood of the song and the musical arrangement is just amazing IMO.  RAVEMAN totally pulled a great song out of his hat.  Amazing track.

7. Preservative Woman

Preservative Woman has the most obvious Asian influence with all the Japanese strings and synth melodies.  Sadly, it feels a little bit empty at the start because it was just the synths backing up the song and nothing else.  This is also the first time I hear EXO-CHIKA under auto-tune which sounds pretty cool and yet too obvious for the song.  Iono, I just didn’t connect to it.

8. Crimson Tyrant

Crimson Tyrant is possibly the most demonic song of the album.  The creepy voice scares the shit outta me.  Then a beat comes in and the voice kinda just goes with it for a while.  Then this heavily vocodered and robotic voice just pops in, and then becomes something else.  Strange and long instrumental, but really creepy.

9. S.O.B

Our sort of next interlude begins with a creepy orgel melody.  As time goes by, synths and a pipe organ come in with EXO-CHIKA singing in her cold tone again.  It’s weird because the music is like all jungle-like and interesting.  For being so short, this was a nice new sound to the album that I liked.

10. Disco King

The heavy darkwave makes a reappearance here and once again shows a great overall sound.  I’ve actually grown fond of EXO-CHIKA here because she’s actually showing some emotion, but she’s covered up by the vocoder.  Pretty sad revelation right?  In some farfetched way, this does sound like a disco song.  Sweet.

11. Banburo Koubou

I love the drum opening into this trance track of theirs.  Some of it sounds really amazing, but once again the music just overrides the vocals a bit too much.  There’s just so much activity here and it might be too hectic for some people, but I actually quite like it.  Though the break in the song was just terrible…

12. Murealism

Murealism is probably the fastest song on the album.  Add on the darker synths and the cool male voice was an interesting addition and sounded pretty cool by my standards.  It might come as weird, that there’s a rapper in a darkwave track, but it actually worked this time around.  EXO-CHIKA continues to be overwhelmed by the volume of the music…sad huh?

13. PNFPN

Why is the final track the oddest of the album?  PNFPN is totally different with it’s happy synth sound.  It’s like so upbeat and cheery that it’s quite strange.  I do love the fact I can hear EXO-CHIKA sing finally and she sounds a bit happy as well…this is just a random track amongst the darker tracks on the album.  It’s good, but definitly a WTF track.  Though…as I get into the track…it just goes everywhere and skips and then “opening” somehow reappears out of random and it’s like weird and messy and such…and it ends with the guy repeating ~oto~ and then pouring a drink…the end

Tracks Recommended

  • THE REPOMAN
  • Vampire Ecstasy
  • Murealism
  • Terror Vixen
  • PNFPN

Song of Avoidance

  • Hana no Sakigake

Aural Vampire’s debut album is definitly for the hardcore trance fans out there.  All of the songs were danceable, except “Hana no Sakigake” and brought the darker side of trance in an awesome way.  In some songs I wish they didn’t hide EXO-CHIKA behind the music, but the songs she did stand out from were amazing with her chilly vocals.  Still a great album nonetheless.