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DOES – Yumemiru Sekai November 21, 2012

Filed under: DOES — solarblade @ 8:04 pm

Track Listing

  1. Yumemiru Sekai
  2. S.O.S.O
  3. Yumemiru Sekai (instrumental)

1. Yumemiru Sekai

I love the opening for Yumemiru Sekai with the synths and acoustic guitar.  Ujihara comes in and his vocals are slightly filtered to fit the ethereal atmosphere of the song which really does sound rather cool IMO.  He still does tend to sound more than bored in the song which is probably my biggest concern of the song.  At least the song gives him a little more room to try as time goes on…it’s actually a pretty good song overall though…not as amazing as “Bakuchi Dancer” but pretty close.

2. S.O.S.O

The B-side of the single is more along the lines of what I’m used to from the band.  Very high-energy and Ujihara is powering through with his vocals which are a bit more exciting than in the A-side.  I actually like this just as much “Yumemiru Sekai” since it’s pretty energetic and catchy and such lol.

 

 

After “KATHARSIVILIZATION”, I kind of lost interest in DOES since they were kind of becoming a bit too watered down.  With Yumemiru Sekai, they still are a bit watered but they are experimenting quite a bit and they scored pretty well with the A-side.  Even the B-side is kind of like their stuff from “MODERN AGE” and I really enjoyed the energy from it…what a very awesome single ^_^

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DOES – KATHARSIVILIZATION June 28, 2012

Filed under: DOES — solarblade @ 3:39 am

Track Listing

  1. Ima wo Ikiru
  2. Across the Life
  3. Nice Day
  4. Albatross
  5. Dance Hall Girl
  6. Katharsis
  7. Thunder Light
  8. Blue Night
  9. Tribe Drive
  10. Vitamin U
  11. Laika no Yume
  12. Brighten A
  13. Korekara Koko Kara

1. Ima wo Ikiru

Appropriate that the band decided to open up the album with the leading A-side huh?  I will say that I enjoyed the arrangement quite a bit since it was softer than previous efforts.  HOWEVER, I did think Ujihara’s vocals did stop the song from being amazing because it was really scratchy and not there.  Oh well so much for the leading track to be anything special right?

2. Across the Life

Since the rest of the album is filled to the brim with new songs, I was curious to how it would end up.  The introduction already stood out to me since it starts like “Ima wo Ikiru”.  I find it to be light and breezy and while Ujihara is trying hard not to be scratchy, the chorus is probably not a good place to be for him.  Basically I get the same feelings here as I did in the first track.

3. Nice Day

I don’t know why but their opening riffs are catchy!  Nice Day has more of a garage band feel to it and Ujihara’s vocals sound like they’re doing this live for some reason.  The good thing is that they went with simple is better because I don’t feel like Ujihara is sounding cracked which is nice to hear and I love the hook of ~have a nice day~.  Not bad of a song actually!

4. Albatross

Going from the basics of rock to something a little more experimentive, Albatross includes synths behind the band’s style.  I liked the track and since it feels like a full song at 5 minutes, Albatross kind of stands out for some reason.  I guess that lazy style of singing kind of worked with the laidback arrangement.  It could drag for some people since it is so relaxing.  I’m surprised it wasn’t an A-side.

5. Dance Hall Girl

I’m starting to feel like the album is a lot more laidback and refined than their previous album, “MODERN AGE”.  I haven’t come to any hard songs from the group and keep getting the same tracks over and over and I’m reaching a point of boredom as we get into our fifth song.  Dance Hall Girl is OK but it’s lazy atmosphere from Ujihara makes it a hard listen.

6. Katharsis

Sort of the title track, Katharsis actually tries to amp up the action up with more from the guitars but it’s just only a manner of just for effect and for the most part it didn’t really succeed.  I will say this is the best song Ujihara has sung in yet on this album.  It’s not bad and the backup effects are a surprisingly nice effect for the tune.  While I still kind of yawn at the whole alt/rock feel of the song…this is probably the best so far.

7. Thunder Light

I saw the tracklist and was hoping this was one of the more powerful songs and I was happy with what we got for the most part.  It’s a lot more fast-paced than the previous tracks and it has a good melody to it and a lot of harder melodies to pull.  It’s no “Bakuchi Dancer” but this is a solid rock track here.

8. Blue Night

It gets stronger with our next track which has a LOT of guitar presence in it but it’s also quite good as well being better than “Thunder Light”.  This is a good and dramatic rock song and Ujihara sounds a lot cleaner and stronger than in the first half of the album.  It’s a strong track and is my favorite from the album.

9. Tribe Drive

After that awesome track, we get into Tribe Drive and it’s an unusual song for DOES to tackle since it’s a bit more garage band once again but somehow kind of unique.  I will say the chorus is definitely punk rock and I kind of loved that about this song.  It’s a catchy song for sure….where was this earlier on huh?

10. Vitamin U

I think DOES wanted to go back a little to “FIVE STUFF” with this song because it reminded me one of the songs from that mini-album.  It’s more poppy and upbeat which is something I’m not really used to by the group.  Add in that I can’t really stand Ujihara in the song and you get this weird collision course.  I’m not really into the song…

11. Laika no Yume

As we get close the ending of the album, we somehow get Laika no Yume which is pretty much their rock ballad of the album.  As it is also the longest track, I was wondering how it’d turn out because Ujihara doesn’t seem to ballad vocals (if you know what I mean).  It was nice for the most part but he still doesn’t seem to have great vocals to mix it up well with the strings and the band together for some reason.  It’s alright but nothing I’d repeat again.

12. Brighten A

Funny how we go from a ballad setting to DOES’ happiest song on the album which is just lulzy in many ways.  I kind of dig this song because it’s full of sound and Ujihara doesn’t sound bad amongst the amount of synths and bandwork thats going on.  It’s a pretty good track from them and surprised me that they pulled one off!

13. Korekara Koko Kara

Finally ending the album, Korekara Koko Kara seems to follow-up “Brighten A” since it’s just as upbeat and energetic which is awesome.  I love that filters were used on Ujihara in the verses.  Sadly, the chorus is kind of screwy with the note breaking he does in it which knocks the song a couple of pegs.  I do feel that this wasn’t as good as an ending song and should’ve had “Laika no Yume” be the final track…

Tracks Recommended

  • Blue Night
  • Thunder Light
  • Brighten A
  • Katharsis
  • Albatross

Song of Avoidance

  • Vitamin U

So here we are at my second album reviewed by DOES.  I feel that they’ve lightened up their sound a lot since “MODERN AGE” and I kind of don’t like that because they’re good songs in their catalog which I seem to love more and there wasn’t really any of that despite having good songs.  I mean no hardcore “Bakuchi Dancer”?  It’s just a bit meh.  As a whole, KATHARSIVILIZATION isn’t bad but their previous album was a lot more memorable to be honest.

 

DOES – Ima wo Ikiru March 15, 2012

Filed under: DOES — solarblade @ 8:27 pm

Track Listing

  1. Ima wo Ikiru

1. Ima wo Ikiru

Only one song on the single…no instrumental even?  Pretty ballsy to pull a single release like this.  I will say though that I kind of enjoyed Ima wo Ikiru even though it’s not a hardcore like some of their other songs I’ve heard from them.  I do think Ujihara’s vocals stand out for me despite still having such a gritty and lazy feel to it but the chorus is pretty explosive since he sings out a lot more.  However he does kind of get’s scratchy…actually he’s more of this in this song alone…kind of annoying in various places.  It isn’t bad…but could’ve been better.

 

 

As the only single to represent the “Katharsivilization” album, Ima wo Ikiru is a powerful track from the band that’s for sure but Ujihara’s scratchy vocals are taking its toll on the song since he’s got so much vocal hiccups in the song…it’s like he’s slowly sounding worse than he did two eras ago.  Hopefully the album will have stronger songs!

 

DOES – FIVE STUFF August 7, 2011

Filed under: DOES — solarblade @ 12:51 am

Track Listing

  1. Eagle Man
  2. Kuroi Taiyou
  3. Tiny Punk (Ai wo Sakebou)
  4. Yokubou
  5. Today

1. Eagle Man

Kickstarting DOES’ mini-album is Eagle Man and already from the start the energy is high and the band is rockin’ out and I liked it since it kind of feels like a garage rock band.  Ujihara sounds pretty good and already sounds better than some of the songs from “MODERN AGE” which is a step-up IMO.  I do think it doesn’t have a hook that made “Bakuchi Dancer” so damn amazing, but this is a great opening to the mini-album.

2. Kuroi Taiyou

Oh god the riff that opens Kuroi Taiyou is so cool and edgy and when the rest of the band, it gets even better.  I must say that the fact that I can hear Ujihara clearly than in “Eagle Man” is quite a good change and since his style of singing is quite unique, it works for this song.  It’s one of the band’s darker tunes and I liked it a lot…why don’t they do these kind of songs more often?

3. Tiny Punk (Ai wo Sakebou)

I find it amusing that the next song on the mini-album is a total 180 from “Kuroi Taiyou”.  Tiny Punk’s arrangement is more lighter and happier sounding and probably the group’s poppiest song on the mini-album but I guess it does its job right, but Ujihara kind of bored me when he sung (especially in the chorus…he sounds very uninterested in singing the song).  Probably my least favorite of the five songs.

4. Yokubou

I still admit that “Tiny Punk” does strip a lot of DOES’ arranging styles, but Yokubou also calms down from their rockin’ side but keeps a consistent beat for this one.  I really found myself liking the bands slowish tempo for the song and Ujihara does a good job singing the song (sadly is covered in the chorus by the rest of the band).  Still, a pretty good song found here!

5. Today

Closing the mini-album is the mini’s longest track which is a little over 6 minutes.  I do think the xylophone opening the track was pretty cute and it does lead into one of the more somber songs in DOES’ collection of songs.  The rather mid-tempo feel of the song does make the song seem longer than it should be, but there’s something that’s nice about the song despite the length.  Long, but pretty good track.

 

 

After “MODERN AGE”, I think DOES’ taking a little break before returning with FIVE STUFF was a good choice since I kind of enjoyed this mini-album.  4 of the 5 songs actually sound great from the band and they’ve kept up with their garage band rock sound through some of them.  Tiny Punk was a little uncharacteristic of them, but I guess some people will enjoy the lightheartedness of it.  Pretty solid release!

 

DOES – MODERN AGE December 22, 2010

Filed under: DOES — solarblade @ 8:39 am

Track Listing

  1. Bakuchi Dancer
  2. Rocker Holiday
  3. Tengoku Jam
  4. Super Karma
  5. Eureka
  6. Kamisama to Akuma to Boku
  7. Gunjou Yoru
  8. Bokutacki no Kisetsu
  9. Jack Knife
  10. Cider Hotel
  11. Yoake Mae
  12. Ha ni Notte

1. Bakuchi Dancer

Oh yeah, the bands biggest single this year!  Bakuchi Dancer is such an exciting tune and a great way to kick things off.  Ujihara and the rest of the band scored major points with this pretty kickass tune.  I love the heavy amounts of guitar, bass, and drums in the song and with Ujihara’s vocals they collided really nicely.  I still think the chorus is the best part of the song since it’s so fierce.  However, it’s just that short of a song too x.x  Ehhh, awesome tune.

2. Rocker Holiday

I didn’t think there’d be anything shorter than “Bakuchi Dancer” but Rocker Holiday is (only a few seconds, but still shorter).  It follows suit after the first song being all out and rockin’ with a very awesome chorus.  The only thing that fully makes this song stand out is Ujihara’s more expressive vocal work and the fact there’s filters abound and a more memorable guitar solo from Ujihara as well.  I like it a lot right now.

3. Tengoku Jam

The opening for Tengoku Jam is a little funny after two hard rock songs and we’re led into this happy-go-lucky tune from the band.  I’m not sure why I feel this rather Winter-like atmosphere with this song, but it’s kind of catchy in a way.  At the chorus, all the members explode with sound and it turns into something pretty catchy and rhythmic.  It is a little strange after “Bakuchi Dancer” and “Rocker Holiday”, but it’s a good change and it’s nice for me xD

4. Super Karma

The rhythm from Kesaku (drummer) and Yasushi (bassist) is actually the biggest thing that I can remember from the next song off the album.  Super Karma does cut the upbeatness down a notch and it sounds a whole lot more serious than previous tracks.  That being said as well, it doesn’t really have much of a stronger hook either and I barely remember how the song goes after a while.

5. Eureka

With Eureka, my disappointment from the last track goes away and we get back into the more fun sounding tracks.  While it’s definitely not in the same zone as other tracks, there was a lot more going on in the song and with Ujihara at the front, it was pretty damn cool of a song.  The riff was pretty strong and everyone did their part very well. 

6. Kamisama to Akuma to Boku

~1, 2, 3, fouuuuuur~  I love how that began the song.  Kamisama to Akuma to Boku does kind of surprised me because of the structure of the song feels weird lol.  It’s like the took the lightheartedness of “Tengoku Jam” in the verses and just let it all out in the chorus that’s similar to “Bakuchi Dancer” (I’m referencing this song too much I know).  It’s alright, but it just seems like a mash-up of two songs and that’s kind of shaky.

7. Gunjou Yoru

Ahhh more serious songs on the album whoohoo!  Gunjou Yoru to me sounds like it was sung live because Ujihara’s vocals sound muffled or away from the microphone throughout.  As for the band, the sound strong and I’m loving the big amount of Yasushi in the track since it gives it a more fuller sound IMO.  It’s nice and it sounds great on the album because of its live sound.

8. Bokutachi no Kisetsu

As it’s the B-side from “Bakuchi Dancer”, I would’ve preferred the other singles B-sides over this one (I’m more lenient towards “Gingham no Machi).  The reason why I’m not so fond of Bokutachi no Kisetsu was simply because there were better songs that were done like “Yoake Mae” and now “Eureka”.  I’m not finding much otherwise that makes the song pop out at me besides the other members doing a little yelling before in the first track, but whatever not the best choice for B-side.

9. Jack Knife

Being the 3rd and final release of the era, Jack Knife at first was a step-up from “Bakuchi Dancer” because of Ujihara’s more vocally togetherness and melody, but to me I like the latter a whole lot more because it was just purely catchy.  It’s funny though since they both have the same time length so it’s kind of odd haha.  I thought for being an anime tie-in, it was pretty strong and had a lot of punch to it as well. 

10. Cider Hotel

For a song with such a light song title, it’s another one of the band’s darker songs and it was placed perfectly after “Jack Knife” because this has a nice feel to it and all the members did very well for themselves here.  Ujihara impressed me as much, maybe not as deeply as in the previous track, but enough to make this song stand out on the album.  Great tune!

11. Yoake Mae

As the primary A-side the began the album (still disappointed “Chocolate” didn’t make the cut) Yoake Mae continues the streak of dark songs on the album, but for me Ujihara’s vocals actually do sound a tad sloppy and kind of blah.  It might be the worst of the A-sides released in the era, but it’s far from being bad though.

12. Ha ni Notte

For the last song on the album, Ha ni Notte began with a slight surprise with synths being involved, but it quickly fades away once Ujihara starts to sing the track.  I love the slight beach-like feel of the song and it does fit because the track’s literal track meaning is “Ride the Wave” so it’s fitting as well.  It’s not a bad closer at all, but after the previous tracks, it’s kind of random.

Tracks Recommended

  • Bakuchi Dancer
  • Eureka
  • Jack Knife
  • Rocker Holiday
  • Cider Hotel

Song of Avoidance

  • Super Karma

So being my first DOES album reviewed on the site, MODERN AGE was actually a pretty strong album for being their 4th studio.  I love the bands changes through their fun rock tunes, poppy tunes, and darker tinged songs, but I’m surprised there was no real slow song.  I’m not complaining about that though, the thing that might worry is their songs kind of slightly sound like one another and Ujihara’s vocals can sometimes be ehhh.  Still not bad from the band here!

 

DOES – Bakuchi Dancer December 15, 2010

Filed under: DOES — solarblade @ 9:28 pm

Track Listing

  1. Bakuchi Dancer
  2. Bokutachi no Kisetsu
  3. Donten (bonus track)
  4. Shura (bonus track)

1. Bakuchi Dancer

Oh Bakuchi Dancer, how I fell in love with you!  I’ll say that this was my very first DOES song and I still think it’s their best song so far.  First off, it’s a surprising blast of J-rock energy and since it’s such a short song as well, they really amped it up for Bakuchi Dancer and with Ujihara sounding actually a lot less fluffy, he sounds pretty awesome.  Still it’s rather too short when I listen to it most of the time and leaves me wanting more…but I think that’s what made me like it more because it does that to me…catchy, very catchy!

2. Bokutachi no Kisetsu

So we slow the engines down with the B-side for the single and while it does kind of goes back to “Yoake Mae” with a mix of the yelling and background stuffs from “Bakuchi Dancer”.  It’s still pretty interesting of a track, but it’s definitely the weakest of the B-sides IMHO since it really doesn’t bring much to the table.

3. Donten

So I guess we get into the bonus tracks of the single and yes, both Donten and “Shura” were A-sides as well (4th and 6th singles respectively).  Why they made the singles cut is probably because all of the songs on the single are tied to Gintama.  Being the earlier one, Donten brings the energy back into full force and I’m surprised Ujihara sounds actually good and clear, moreso than in “Bakuchi Dancer”.  The energy is great, the band sound just as good, and everything felt right with this song so basically Donten was a very good A-side from them.

4. Shura

Starting with Kesaku playing drums, Shura doesn’t seem as well-rounded like the the previous track, but feels more raw like the A-side of this single which might be good or bad depending on your preference.  To me I don’t find it that well since I actually kind of shuddered during the chorus because Ujihara and Yasushi struggled with their notes in the chorus giving it a rather uncomfortable feeling for me.  Meh, not a good song for me.

Second single in and Bakuchi Dancer was their trump card, especially for selling so much it seems.  The A-side was pure rock and just lightened up the mood so quick, but the drawback for that was it’s length being slightly under 3 minutes long.  Bokutachi no Kisetsu reminded me of “Yoake Mae”, but it was alright for a B-side (even though I wish it wasn’t put on “MODERN AGE”).  As treats with Donten and Shura they were nice surprises of course being that all the songs are tied to the same series and all.  Solid single and probably the best between the three singles.

 

DOES – Yoake Mae/Chocolate

Filed under: DOES — solarblade @ 8:56 pm

Track Listing

  1. Yoake Mae
  2. Chocolate
  3. Hakumei

1. Yoake Mae

I actually like Yoake Mae since it’s pretty straightforward from DOES.  I mean the guitar riffs and loud drums make up the song and it sounds pretty good for being only mid-tempo.  I do find Ujihara’s strange laziness to his singing quite interesting to listen to of course and it also worked in the mood the song was putting out.  For other people it might be just a tad boring to listen to, but I found it pretty catchy nonetheless.

2. Chocolate

As the other A-side on the single, Chocolate starts out in what I thought was a hallway or something similar to it.  It’s great that DOES took this song along a more acoustic route, but Ujihara sounds even more lazy/drunk singing in the song and it’s just kind of lulzy because we can all really see this and sing along.  It’s actually not that bad either and I found myself humming along with the arrangement and with the chorus which was simple and catchy as well.  Good song.

3. Hakumei

I actually thought Hakumei was an A-side since it’s brandished on the art cover for the single, but I guess it isn’t after all.  The beginning sounded strange for something and it even does after the arrangement starts since it sounds like indies-type music.  I will say it’s the singles most laidback song since it’s slow and kind of dreamy in a way and the way Ujihara is singing might lull you into sleep.  Not bad, but kind of draggy after a while.

Beginning the “MODERN AGE” era, Yoake Mae/Chocolate is actually not a bad start.  I like that both A-sides were catchy but in different ways and arrangements.  Mix in Ujihara’s kind of unique way of singing, it works out in the end!  Hakumei is good if you don’t fall into sleep mode listening to it…hahaha  Sad though Chocolate doesn’t make the album cut though.