Muku Naru Bara no Inori
in the name of justice
Midori no Tsubasa
Tsuki to Umi no Seiyaku
Ai wa Hitsuji no Naka ni
Akaki Hitsuji ni Yoru Bansankai
Taiko no Kiba
Quartet ~Mayonaka no Shijuusou~
Der König der Dunkelheit
Silver acorn bullet (CD only)
Type A Disc 2
what is Going On with The Human
Lapis lazuli ~Kimi wo Omou Hodo Boku wa Hoshiku Naru~
K no Hyousoukyoku
Snow White ~Another gift~
1. Muku Naru Bara no Inori
I love the beginning of the album with a chorale mixed with ASAGI singing in front of them. I thought it was going to explode, but it starts out with a quiet guitar melody from either Ruiza or HIDE-ZOU, but the song has a pretty interesting flow to it. I also love that ASAGI goes into his lesser seen falsetto vocals take over for a good portion of the song. It’s a good opening but I liked “7th Rose’s” better.
2. in the name of justice
Being the 2nd A-side and final single released in the era, in the name of justice still disappoints me on the album. I like that they made the song more powerful, but it sounded so messy and all over the place. When ASAGI was singing the song isn’t that bad and is the best part of the song, but the growling kind just ruined the experience for me. Luckily I guess since the single’s release, the song is slightly gotten better, but the growling is still the worst part of the song IMO.
3. Underground road
I wonder if D is basically making VAMPIRE SAGA a much harder album unlike the last few. With Underground road, the mood is very dark and edgy and while I love ASAGI’s more sly vocals found here, the bridge is still kind of weird since it’s like growling and something else that I just can’t stand. For being one of the more shorter songs off the album, it wasn’t so bad.
4. DAY WALKER
Why am I loving the openings for each song so far? Ok, also what is up with ASAGI overusing the growl now? I’m starting to get really tired of hearing this style because it’s like terrible and just not good. Besides that, the songs lighter sound is actually a nice change from the previous songs. I think I’m gonna have to have time to get used to the GRAWWWR of the song, but it’s good.
5. Midori no Tsubasa
At least we’re getting into some light stuff now with Midori no Tsubasa. Besides the opening, this is the first song to feature no growling in the sense and I was happy with that and add that this song was light and more melodically together made me happy as well. Even Ruiza’s solo was just epic and made the song so much more better. It’s along the lines of “Day By Day” from their last album, but I enjoyed this one a lot.
6. Tsuki to Umi no Seiyaku
Well, I guess taking the lighter route only lasted one song since Tsuki to Umi no Seiyaku basically put us back to the band’s more hard sound, but I thought ASAGI and the rest of the band did a much better job keeping themselves together. This reminded me on how awesome some of their previous songs were without any problems…it’s like a much harder version of “BIRTH” and I missed that.
7. Ai wa Hitsuji no Naka ni
Taking more of a mid-tempo sound for Ai wa Hitsuji no Naka ni, I actually enjoyed this song as well. I love the opening, but the verses actually pull me in this time with the strings and ASAGI by himself. It was an interesting choice. Let’s say it’s one of the best songs from the album heh.
8. Akaki Hitsuji ni Yoru Bansankai
I will admit that I actually loved this A-side. I love the dramatics from ASAGI this time around and it’s kind of more along the lines of what D considers fun. It’s still one of the harder hitting songs from the album, but I thought what they did here was pretty awesome and is what D is IMHO. Powerful and strong and a little giddy, but I loved it.
9. Taiko no Kiba
Taiko no Kiba is the shortest song on the album being a little over two minutes, but those two minutes are basically for HIROKI who’s the epic drummer of the band. It’s a solo song for him! I mean I’m all for it not doubt, but what’s the point of a drum solo track if we can’t see HIROKI’s playing…whatever. Anyways there’s a slight undertone of a sound that isn’t him, but otherwise pure drums all the way.
11. Desert Warrior
Our next song is also quite short, it’s only three seconds longer than “Taiko no Kiba”, but it also seems like that there’s a lot more going on in the song. I love the Arabian motif going on and while I hate the chanting/growl thing going on for most of the song ASAGI did most of what he could in this short tune. It’s experimental, but it could’ve also been handled better and lengthened more IMO.
11. Quartet ~Mayonaka no Shijuusou~
I was wondering where I heard the guitar riff for Quartet before, it sounds rather familiar to my ears, but I can’t seem to remember where it’s from. Anyway, I like how Quartet sounds a whole lot different from the other hard tracks on the album and ASAGI keeps his vocals in control throughout…that’s not too much to ask for luckily. I find the bongos a weird insertion in a song like this, but it’s still odd. I’m starting to believe that someone else growls besides ASAGI though…ick. Still, one of the stronger tracks here.
12. Black Swan
Ironic, there’s a movie out titled that as well <.<…..So the growling shit opens the song and it seems this song is more tied with songs like “in the name of justice” and “DAY WALKER” but there’s a whole lot more of this going on which sucks since it’s like really…”Toki no Koe” pt.2? Sorry, but Black Swan might scare people off, it just kind of made me roll my eyes.
13. Der König der Dunkelheit
As the album’s promotional song and closing for the CD+DVD release of the album, Der König der Dunkelheit is quite a dark song for this album. I actually enjoyed this song a whole lot for it’s dark demeanor and powerful vocals from ASAGI, I’m happy they chose the song to promote the album since the PV was quite surprisingly fitting for the whole vampiric theme going.
14. Silver acorn bullet
~Hello and welcome!~ says ASAGI at this CD only cut closing the album. Silver acorn bullet is a weird final addition to the album since it sounds like some of the other songs that were on the album, mostly taking some points from “Underground road”. I actually think they could’ve left this song off the album or at least not have made it a “one-edition” kind of song.
Type A Disc 2
So with the album being rereleased in March, the second disc that comes with the version has all B-sides. First up is Bloodberry from “Tightrope” and I barely remember it from when I reviewed the single sadly. Anyways, I actually liked ASAGI’s vocals here and the mid-tempo start since it wasn’t like the other songs, but it does jolt the energy quite a bit when the band comes in. I guess, I really did enjoy the song’s energy and powerful sound.
2. what is Going On with The Human
Being it’s the first of two B-sides from “Snow White” (which I haven’t reviewed yet) what is Going On with The Human sounds like one of the stronger and creepier songs that D’s put out since going major. To me it sounds kind of like the typical hard track D would of course release, but it’s still good and strong enough as a B-side.
3. Lapis lazuli ~Kimi wo Omou Hodo Boku wa Hoshiku Naru~
The crazy long-titled B-side from “Tightrope” comes next and Lapis lazuli really doesn’t sway me in any direction listening to it once again. Like I said in the single review, I loved the fact there was piano present for the song, but after the band joins in, it kind of becomes very forgettable…they should’ve chose “Shikou no Bi no Houkai” instead IMHO over this track.
4. K no Hyousoukyoku
The next two tracks on the second disc are from “Akaki Hitsuji ni Yoru Bansankai” and I really was hoping not to listen to this track again. At first it sounded good enough since it was piano-based, but then ASAGI used his growling to get through the song and it really took me out since those were the verses. Kind of like “in the name of justice”, it’s like crap vocals and awesome vocals in the other parts. I would’ve enjoyed it if it wasn’t for the growling.
5. Hibiwareta Zakuroishi
Something that was missing in the main disc of VAMPIRE SAGA was an actual ballad from the band and while Hibiwareta Zakuroishi was a B-side, I’m happy they chose to at least place it on one of the editions of the album. ASAGI sounds pretty with the light music that’s playing behind him and shows the band that they can cater to the idea of a slower and quieter style.
6. Snow White ~Another gift~
I have heard Snow White the original take and that was a pretty nice ballad from them, but adding the alternate version on this album was just a bit strange. Unlike the flowing of the original, this one feels lighter and upbeat and overall strange for this album almost. I mean I thought it was nice, but on VAMPIRE SAGA, it just makes zero sense.
Song of Avoidance
VAMPIRE SAGA to me shows D going even further down after “7th Rose”. It could be the overly grating amount of the growling ASAGI has been getting used to using. Also, they’ve slightly gotten messier with their music as of late. Still there’s hope for them mostly in the tracks I recommended…but I liked their first two majors better still. As for the second disc (which will be released with VAMPIRE SAGA in March) it was an interesting selection of B-sides and even though they weren’t the smartest choices, it fit the mood of the rest of the album (except Snow White ~Another gift~).