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D – Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari November 20, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Hikari no Niwa
  2. Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari
  3. Canis lupus
  4. Shirarezaru Kodomotachi
  5. Sankaku Oyane to Aware na Koguma
  6. Like a Black Cat ~Mujitsu no Tsumi~
  7. Haru no Utage
  8. Zou to Hito to Ari to… (Type C only)
  9. Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari (Voiceless) (Type C only)

1. Hikari no Niwa

So D opens up their mini-album with a short introduction with Hikari no Niwa.  It’s a slow and kind of depressing intro with acoustic guitar and ASAGI mostly ad-libbing the track out.  It’s a nice way to open things up…a little weird that it comes off as random for the mini but it does its job.

2. Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari

As the leading track for the mini, Namonaki opens up immediately with ASAGI singing.  Now I’m kind of just like why was there an introduction preceding this because it just didn’t work.  As for the song, it’s kind of grand and heavy which is something I’m used to from D.  I kind of like the different passages of the song and it’s pretty powerful…a little under some of their more well-known and stronger tracks to be honest but this is pretty good.

3. Canis lupus

Going for a dark approach for Canis lupus, ASAGI’s deep vocals really gave the song such a creepy vibe alongside the band’s arrangement for the track.  It sounds like it would be used for a horror movie oddly enough.  It’s a song that’s pretty reminescent of “VAMPIRE SAGA” so this is another winner in my book!

4. Shirarezaru Kodomotachi

Moving into our next track, I’ve never heard ASAGI sound vocally weak in a song until Shirarezaru Kodomotachi where he wants to go very deep…but his vocals seem to not hit the notes fully and he uses vibrato to try to let up on some of that weirdness but it’s still quite evident.  Once the band becomes more apparant, he actually gets better so maybe it’s something on his end that didn’t work very well.  It’s not my favorite song from the mini.

5. Sankaku Oyane to Aware na Koguma

One of the band’s stranger songs to date, Sankaku Oyane to Aware na Koguma started off as an edgy and heavy-hitting song but then the mood shifts in a different direction when this bright and silly-sounding melody enters the fray almost making the song a bit like a polka song.  The song is pretty good overall, but the polka-ish parts are a bit of a nuisance and detracts from being an amazing song.  At least the latter half of the song is epic!  I’ll probably get used to it for sure.

6. Like a Black Cat ~Mujitsu no Tsumi~

With a title like that, I wasn’t sure what we were going to get from Like a Black Cat and actually the song comes off as another “VAMPIRE SAGA”-esque song with the fast-paced arrangement and the gothic-like atmosphere.  It really kept a very good and consistent pace and ASAGI sounds really epic in this track.  It’s definitely my favorite off the album!

7. Haru no Utage

As the last track of two of the three editions of the mini, Haru no Utage starts off with a flute/fife/some kind of woodwind and then it begins as this kind of cutesy and folkish track which is VERY out of the box for D.  Almost like it wants to go back to “7th Rose” or something.  On here, it’s very strange and sticks out like a sore thumb but as it’s mainly the final track of a mini it sort of makes sense. 

8. Zou to Hito to Ari to…

As the lone track from the C edition of the mini, Zou to Hito to Ari to… is a bit strange as well taking some of its arrangement from India it seems which makes it unique and cool as well.  I will say that as the shortest vocal track it’s a bit odd as an extra track.  Most of the track is ASAGI doing ad-libbing but there is some actual lyrics and for the most part they sound good.  I liked it for what it was, but I would’ve loved if it was a full song.

 

 

With Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari, it seems like D wanted to just rock out with this one and I can say that it was actually pretty good.  There were some weird decisions of course, but I felt like this was a cohesive album (except the final two tracks).  I’m not sure why D released this with two singles out there…but I guess it’s something else not related who knows…

 

D – Danzai no Gunner July 25, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Danzai no Gunner
  2. Luminous flame
  3. Koori no Bohyou (Type-B only)
  4. Solitude ~Saigo no Tegami~ (Type-C only)
  5. Danzai no Gunner (Voiceless)

1. Danzai no Gunner

For Danzai no Gunner, D has once again put out a really strong song with furious guitar strikes and a really awesome chorus as well!  It’s a little more spastic of a song but the song doesn’t really mess up anywhere and I liked ASAGI’s performance in the song a well.  Add in RUIZA’s guitar solos and you get a really cool song that stood out better than “Dying message”!  Good A-side.

2. Luminous flame

The B-side found on all editions, Luminous flame at first came off like a ballad, but in a moment of quick change, it becomes an edgier song with a lot more riffs and overall a heavier sound which is pretty cool.  At first, I did enjoy it but after a while the drumming just became to much for me and the pounding started to overtake the song (metal-heads will LOVE this).  I’m just not into these kind of songs. 

3. Koori no Bohyou

Onto the edition-only tracks, the first is Koori no Bohyou and it has the same power behind it like “Luminous flame” but the drums aren’t as annoying plus ASAGI sounds a bit more powerful in this track which is good.  I love when the arrangement opens up into a lighter section…it was pretty awesome!  Definitely my favorite song off the single lol.

4. Solitude ~Saigo no Tegami~

Well, I’m happy that one of the songs is a bit more tamer and slower than the rest of the songs.  Solitude does remind me of their older tracks that I’ve reviewed.  It’s nothing fantastic, but it’s a nice track to deviate from the other three hard tracks on the single so it’s a recognizable trait for the single.

 

 

I’d have to say that Danzai no Gunner was actually a much stronger single than “Dying message” oddly enough.  I found the lead track to be a stronger and more powerful song overall and brought out the band’s colors a lot more!  Koori no Bohyou though was the best this single had to offer with just as much power and style like the lead A-side.  Solitude was after those two but it’s a bit familiar to their other mid-tempo songs, but it’s respectable and stands out on the single for that reason.  However, Luminous flame was OK if it wasn’t for the drummers annoying need to machine-gun through the percussion…that’s not cool…

 

D – Dying message July 2, 2012

Filed under: D — solarblade @ 8:27 am

Track Listing

  1. Dying message
  2. Eve no Keifu (Limited A only)
  3. God bless you (Limited B only)
  4. Hai no Yuki (Regular only)
  5. Dying message (Voiceless)

1. Dying message

I was wondering what D would release for their next A-side and Dying message isn’t like a lot of stuff before.  It’s just straight rock from them like “BIRTH” almost without strings.  I kind of like this style from them because it shows more of the band’s talents a lot stronger.  ASAGI is also sounding good and his ~dying message~ is good stuff.  It’s not bad at all and I liked this song a lot! Ruiza and HIDE-ZOU’s performance though was top notch, guitar solos and everything!  Yeah, this song is definitely impressing me a lot!

2. Eve no Keifu

If you liked their “VAMPIRE SAGA” stuff, Eve no Keifu might be your thing because it starts off with some chanting before the band kicks it up a notch and gets dark and goth with some back-up growls.  I hearing little synth blips as well which caught me off guard…since when did this become the GazettE?  I like the song though as well since it’s got a pleasant melody and ASAGI sounds good too.  I do think the growling actually adds to the song and doesn’t detract (like it usually does).

3. God bless you

See! We’re getting more like the GazettE with God bless you with even more synths thrown in alongside the band’s heavy arrangement.  I do love the fact that the bass is more in the forefront!  I have to say though that the growling here does make me frown a little bit but even more sadder is ASAGI’s odd yelp/growl…it really is meh to me.  Just not my kind of song.

4. Hai no Yuki

The last track on the single, Hai no Yuki starts off slow and flowing which is nice to hear and ASAGI kind of sounds nice.  I can’t say great because those high notes are a bit tough for him to hit.  I do get the feeling of winter in this song which is pleasant and ASAGI fits the cold-hearted atmosphere.  Really pretty but some vocal issues to be had IMO.

 

 

I guess D’s not indies again?  Well Dying message is quite good and not a lot could be faulted about it.  I mean Dying message is hard and just a great straightforward J-rock/V-kei song.  Eve no Keifu rides behind it and I love the edgy atmosphere about.  Hai no Yuki makes for a good mid-tempo rock track that sounds cold and stunning but ASAGI couldn’t pull the tune vocally for some of it.  God bless you though was bad…I mean the vocal aerials were just all over the place for me.  Good single overall, curious to how “Danzai no Gunner” will turn out.

 

D – Huángdì ~Yami ni Umareta Mukui~ November 24, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Huángdì ~Yami ni Umareta Mukui~
  2. Makutsuenshuuki
  3. Honoo no Kairou
  4. Gikyousouden
  5. Ryuugan no Shizuku
  6. Sansuishi (Type B only)
  7. Night-ship “D” (International Edition only)
  8. Yami Yori Kurai Doukoku no Acappella to Bara Yori Akai Jounetsu no Aria (International Edition only)
  9. Dearest you (International Edition only)
  10. Sleeper (International Edition only)
  11. Huángdì ~Yami ni Umareta Mukui~ (Voiceless)

1. Huángdì ~Yami ni Umareta Mukui~

It’s kind of cool that D has taken up a slight Chinese take for the title and opening song for their mini-album.  Of course it’s shortlived since the band comes at full force shortly after.  I really like how the band mixed the traditional oriental sound with their hard pounding rock sound to get this good thing going.  I really also found myself enjoying ASAGI’s vocal performance in the song but the short spurts of growling remind of songs they did during the “VAMPIRE SAGA” era.  Still this is pretty impressive.

2. Makutsuenshuuki

The next song on the mini-album is a bit more quick-paced and has a lot of HIROKI (drummer) in the song which shouldn’t be surprising but somehow is to me.  It’s a bit basic for D since it’s just straight V-kei rock and ASAGI isn’t totally making vocal changes which might be good or bad.  I’d say that it kind of reminds me of “BIRTH” but a little more darker. 

3. Honoo no Kairou

Jingle bells starting our next track?  Are they getting light on their fans all of a sudden?!?  Nah, it’s just the intro.  ASAGI comes in and starts in with a little bit of shimasen in the background to fit in the whole Chinese theme here.  Honoo no Kairou is interesting because it is the ballad of the mini and I kind of liked the slow tempo.  I was hoping that it was gonna build up to a powerful chorus but it doesn’t sadly.  Not even RUIZA’s guitar solo helped in the long run.  Overall, it’s nice but they’ve done better ballads.

4. Gikyousouden

After the slow song, Gikyousouden kind of kicks down the door and brings out a much more devious sounding D.  The way it was arranged in the vocals kind of remind me of “Huángdì” but the chorus was a lot more interesting and caught my attention the most.  Besides the growling, ASAGI sounds amazing in this song and shows off his versatility as a singer.  Great song!

5. Ryuugan no Shizuku

As the shortest song on the mini-album (right under 4 minutes), Ryuugan no Shizuku continues the fast-paced rock style and unfortunately the growling takes a more prominent place in the song which is a little bothersome and ASAGI isn’t as strong in singing this song since some of the places in the song make him sound thin and oddly placed.  The Chinese elements were a nice touch, but overall didn’t come together well for this one.  Also this would be the end of the Limited edition of the mini…strange song to end it on…

6. Sansuishi

The regular edition comes with one more song in Sansuishi!  This sounds like it would be a nice closing song for the mini.  Once again Chinese elements aplenty here and it’s a really nice way to open the song since it’s pretty (yes, I said pretty to a D intro).  While the band doesn’t have as much impact as the other songs, I find it a refreshing change of pace.  ASAGI does sound good here as well.  I will say RUIZA’s solo in the song was unusual, but this is probably my favorite song out of the entire mini.

7. Night-ship “D”

I find it rather amusing that D would go and also release an international version of this mini that includes 4 of their old indies songs (you know before “BIRTH”).  The first two tracks I recognized easily because I reviewed their live versions from “Snow White”.  I’m not sure if there was any changes or if these are the original versions either so anyone can clear that fog for me I’ll be thankful.  I loved the live version so hearing the studio version of Night-ship “D” just cemented it because it’s quite catchy and not as trying to be too much.  I guess I like the rawness of the song and it works!  Great song and a good choice to bring back!

8. Yami Yori Kurai Doukoku no Acappella to Bara Yori Akai Jounetsu no Aria

Their 3rd A-side makes another appearance in its studio form once again.  Unlike the fact from loving “Night-ship “D””, Yami Yori… was really bad live IMO and I was worried that it was going to be the same feelings which wouldn’t be so surprising right?  I will say that HIROKI is really beating on those drums.  ASAGI sounds different for some reason (then again this song was released in 2005).  It does sound somewhat better since it doesn’t sound as messy as that live take but this is still not something I’d go gaga over since ASAGI does some weird vocal loops.

9. Dearest you

Their 5th A-side comes up next and it’s new to my ears since I never really went back in D’s discography to listen much to their indies releases.  It sounds kind of like it would fit on any of their major label albums “VAMPIRE SAGA” would be the best one though.  It’s a good song but kind of tame for D.

10. Sleeper

Strange that Sleeper is the only one to get a PV out of this release and yet is the oldest song (coming from their first album “The name of the ROSE”).  Just like the previous song, it’s pretty straightforward for them but it sounds really good for some reason.  ASAGI of course sounds great and there’s no growling/yelling to be found and that’s good.  Yeah, this is pretty good and I’m happy they chose this song to promote the mini.

 

 

 

As it is D’s first mini-album since going back to being an indies V-kei band, Huángdì ~Yami ni Umareta Mukui~ is pretty damn good and really improves on most aspects after “VAMPIRE SAGA”.  For the main part of the mini, I loved the Chinese outlook and it gave songs some needed color which is a smart move on their part.  I do find it weird that the international version of the mini-album has four OLD songs but whatever.  Good release overall!

 

D – Torikago Goten ~L’Oiseau bleu~ August 11, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Torikago Goten ~L’Oiseau bleu~
  2. Hane wo Hitohira
  3. Denshou Sareshi Sora no Monogatari (Type B only)
  4. Torikago Goten ~L’Oiseau bleu~ (Voiceless)

1. Torikago Goten ~L’Oiseau bleu~

D returns to the music scene with Torikago Goten and I was surprised that ASAGI and the band actually tried for something totally different than anything before…well maybe closer to “Snow White” but with a little edge from the band.  Then again knowing this release is actually an indies one is a little surprising but it gives the band a little more freedom it seems.  It’s dark but ASAGI and the backup vocals sound really nice and together for some reason.  It is a bit slow in places, but otherwise it’s a good start to the era.

2. Hane wo Hitohira

The jumpy strings melody that opens up the B-side found on both versions of the singles was a little odd especially since it opens to a harder song than the A-side.  I felt the band’s presence was a lot stronger and felt like something I would’ve expected to be on “VAMPIRE SAGA”.  Good vocals from ASAGI and growly backups but otherwise not a real memorable song.

3. Denshou Sareshi Sora no Monogatari

Found on only the B version of the release, the second B-side actually opens up pretty strangely with ASAGI in a deep tone and sounds like a weird chanting style.  Once again the song feels hard and sadly this is one of those songs that I can’t find myself enjoying very much because ASAGI growls through most of the song but he does sing fully in some places which is good.  It really doesn’t sound like many of their other songs so it does get originality points.

 

 

It is a little sad that D is returning to an indies label with Torikago Goten, but by the feel of the single itself, it sounds like there was a little more musical freedom which is good.  Torikago Goten sounds a little better than D’s last A-side so that’s a good sign.  The B-sides though are a little on the forgetful side, but at least they’re listenable.

 

D – Snow White July 19, 2011

Filed under: D — solarblade @ 3:41 am

Track Listing

  1. Snow White
  2. Snow White ~Another gift~
  3. what is Going On with The Human (Regular Edition only)
  4. Night-ship “D” (Live) (Limited Edition A only)
  5. Yami Yori Kurai Doukoku no A Cappella to Bara Yori Akai Jounetsu no Aria (Live) (Limited Edition B only)
  6. SIGNAL (Live) (Limited Edition B only)
  7. Snow White (Voiceless)

1. Snow White

Unlike the previous two singles released in the era, Snow White is a drastic change from the band’s hard rock start by going into ballad mode.  Piano and strings make this quite a moving piece and ASAGI seriously sounds powerful and just strong to listen to.  I was wondering where the rest of the band was throughout the track, but they come in around the halfway point.  A very beautiful ballad and it saddens me the band hasn’t done one since (well for an A-side).

2. Snow White ~Another gift~

On all editions, Snow White gets a facelift and turns into an upbeat song.  Using the same lyrics but in different directions make sense because I couldn’t imagine using the beginning of the original in this way.  I love that the band took the song into a more brighter state and it does remind me of “Day by Day” in how upbeat it is.  Of course ASAGI sounds great and kicked the song up a notch, but I still prefer the original!

3. what is Going On with The Human

Of course I’ve already reviewed the B-sides before on their most recent album, “VAMPIRE SAGA” so it’s not surprising I’d end up listening to them once again.  I am a little surprised by the fact that after a ballad and a bright and lively edit we get something hard and dark from the band.  Then again, it isn’t D without one song being heavy right?  ASAGI goes back into his deep tones and gives this edgy song some creepy ass vibes but I like it.  Even better is when the chorus lightens up as well as ASAGI. 

4. Night-ship “D” (Live)

The next three songs are live versions of songs they did in their indies days so I haven’t heard the original takes.  D live is pretty awesome because they keep such a hard edge and with Night-ship “D”, it’s pretty damn impressive and ASAGI does an amazing job singing live too.  I also love Ruiza as well since he’s pretty awesome with his guitar-work.  AWESOME SONG!

5. Yami Yori Kurai Doukoku no A Cappella to Bara Yori Akai Jounetsu no Aria (Live)

Hearing ASAGI announce the song’s title in such a speed is WOW.  Anyways, this I know a little about since this is their 3rd A-side released as a band.  It shows that the band was trying to be hard and pounding with this song, but at the same time I feel kind of annoyed in the first verse since it was messy and not together.  Then again ASAGI yells here too…kind of annoying really. 

6. SIGNAL (Live)

At least D lightens up with the third and final live track on the single.  SIGNAL is something I dig since it’s progressive and the upbeat and bright side returns and they just sound great as a unit.  Even other members get to sing too and I was happy that it wasn’t just grunts and stuff.  Great song as well!

 

 

Closing the “Genetic World” era, Snow White was a definite surprise from the band who was still shifting into a major label.  For the band to release a ballad as their third single is ballsy but pretty awesome at the same time since I really liked the song.  The other version of the song was pretty good and took the song to a different side for them.  what is Going On with The Human is typical D of course but pretty good and 2 of the 3 lives were pretty strong as well.  Jam-packed single, but good for the most part.

 

D – VAMPIRE SAGA January 19, 2011

Filed under: D — solarblade @ 7:56 am

Track Listing

  1. Muku Naru Bara no Inori
  2. in the name of justice
  3. Underground road
  4. DAY WALKER
  5. Midori no Tsubasa
  6. Tsuki to Umi no Seiyaku
  7. Ai wa Hitsuji no Naka ni
  8. Akaki Hitsuji ni Yoru Bansankai
  9. Taiko no Kiba
  10. Desert Warrior
  11. Quartet ~Mayonaka no Shijuusou~
  12. Black Swan
  13. Der König der Dunkelheit
  14. Silver acorn bullet (CD only)

Type A Disc 2

  1. Bloodberry
  2. what is Going On with The Human
  3. Lapis lazuli ~Kimi wo Omou Hodo Boku wa Hoshiku Naru~
  4. K no Hyousoukyoku
  5. Hibiwareta Zakuroishi
  6. 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

1. Bloodberry

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.

Tracks Recommended

  • Ai wa Hitsuji no Naka ni
  • Midori no Tsubasa
  • Der König der Dunkelheit
  • Akaki Hitsuji ni Yoru Bansankai
  • Tsuki to Umi no Seiyaku

Song of Avoidance

  • Black Swan

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~).