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DUSTZ – S#0 October 6, 2016

Filed under: DUSTZ — solarblade @ 2:59 pm

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Track Listing

  1. S#0
  2. Party Time
  3. S#0 (Off Vocal Ver.)

1. S#0

The first thing I thought of when I heard S#0 was that it reminds me a lot of various rock themes for animes which isn’t a totally exciting thing, but somewhat expected.  However, things change when I hear the verses which has some cool synth effects.  It’s much better than I thought it would be after taking a couple listens and its great that Ray used some French in the song to add some extra kick.  I actually quite dig it!

2. Party Time

As for the B-side, I wasn’t expecting a sort of experimental EDM track for them, but it does stick out for me due to Ray’s quick-paced singing which is impressive as English is thrown in their for good measure.  I just found it unique and the energy is off the wall and just ooooh!

 

 

Though this did come out over 2 years after their first album, “TROIS” back at the end 2011 hit…I didn’t even know it released!  Though they haven’t released anything since then unfortunately, but S#0 is a pretty great single from the band!  S#0 is pretty strong for an A-side though it can be a smidge predictable while Party Time is just heavy and club-thumping…I do hope DUSTZ releases more because they were a band that needed to be watched for sure!

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DUSTZ – TROIS January 1, 2012

Filed under: DUSTZ — solarblade @ 10:17 pm

Track Listing

  1. Toi=Moi:▽
  2. spiral
  3. Fantasista
  4. Re:member
  5. FLY
  6. Orphee
  7. Ça, c’est Paris! (DUSTZ Version)
  8. Hoshikuzu Meiro ~Lost in Star Dustz~
  9. Border Line
  10. Criez
  11. Break & Peace (Ver. 1.3)
  12. Brilliant Day DJ BASS Low-Life-Dogs Mix

1. Toi=Moi:▽

Starting off this album, Toi=Moi:▽ interestingly starts with synths before entering with the band and I kind of liked that kind of opening.  I kind of like Ray’s aggressive vocals which borderline’s rapping in three different languages.  Though it seems this has more English and French than anything else and I’m just quite surprised by it all.  It’s like “Criez” got a power boost!

2. spiral

As the era’s 4th A-side released, I wasn’t expecting to hear spiral this early on the album especially coming in between “Toi=Moi▽” and “Fantasista”.  This is the first time we actually hear Ray sing in Japanese and I was pleasantly surprised by his vocals when he actually sings since they sound like other J-rockers but has his own grit (plus the whole French background is present in the second verse of the tune).  I personally think of their anime-tied songs, spiral is my favorite.

3. Fantasista

I’m surprised their promotional song off the album is a DRAGON ASH cover of Fantasista.  It’s different from what we’re used to from DUSTZ which is a straightforward rock song but a little more edgier and deeper for Ray.  It’s a pretty cool song though I must say and DUSTZ gives it pretty good justice here!  Question is, would I have chosen this to promote the album….prolly not.

4. Re:member

I think of the songs so far, this is the lightest I’ve heard them but also hearing synth beats being used alongside the band is quite cool and gives it movement in places.  Actually it kind of reminds me of “Swallow” off the “Criez” single with it’s rather upbeat and airy qualities.  It also kind of combines their recent love of synths and filters…so it’s a nice change to the songs before.

5. FLY

I kind of get similar feelings about FLY and coming after “Re:member” it’s a little frowny but we fortunately things are a little different and we get rap moments with Ray.  Plus, the chorus is a bit more open and positive sounding which is pretty cool.  The lighter moments of this one stood out to me A LOT more here.

6. Orphee

I wonder why it’s getting lighter and lighter with each song…it seems to be the peak of the slower songs with Orphee (plus it’s the only track passing 5 minutes in length).  For being a ballad of sorts, Orphee isn’t totally that bad of a song.  Of course the song passes through Japanese and French so it’s interesting how he slides into both languages effortlessly.  It is a little too long but still nice they did that.

7. Ça, c’est Paris! (DUSTZ Version)

Usually artists (and bands) choose original B-sides to add the album is they choose to do so…however it seems they did the opposite and added the other cover song they did to the album.  This one was from the “Brilliant Day” single.  It does wake anyone up that felt sleepy after “Orphee” so it does a good job at that.  To me, this song is kind of unusual for them since it is a cover of an ancient Moulin Rouge-esque track.  Plus it’s fun to hear Ray shout the title XD…yeah it’s in full French BTW!

8. Hoshikuzu Meiro ~Lost in Star Dustz~

A spacey sounding piano starts up Hoshikuzu Meiro and it really does have this rather outer space kind of feel to it and I’m loving that a lot about this song.  I will say that it’s weird that this is coming right after “Ça, c’est Paris!” but either way unlike the previous song, this is fully in Japanese which is kind of what I was wanting a little more from the band.  It does sound like an ending theme to an anime, but this was pretty impressive and I think it’s one of my favorites of the new songs lol.

9. Border Line

As the last new song on the album, Border Line to me has the most amount of synthwork from the new songs which doesn’t bother me but it’s still mostly the band throughout.  To me, it’s my least favorite of the new ones since it lacks the spark the other tracks have which is sad to hear.  At least it’s only one song for the most part.

10. Criez

I still think their only non-anime song is their best A-side released in the era.  Criez might just be Ray speaking/rapping in French and singing the chorus in English but the way he does it here is nothing short of badass in my opinion.  The other members also are giving out an edgy arrangement which is great to hear and hearing the background French lines are kind of catchy (even though I don’t know what’s being said).  Still badass song and just great to get pumped up with!

11. Break & Peace (Ver. 1.3)

It’s a bit weird to see that the two final tracks are redone versions of their first two A-sides.  Then again it could possibly be because they wanted to get their drummer out of their music it seems.  It can tell that the new version of Break & Peace is definitely different from it’s original because there’s more synths involved and the drums aren’t the same.  It doesn’t sound as anime-fillerish either which is a plus for the song in my eyes.  It definitely fits a bit more on this album actually.

12. Brilliant Day DJ BASS Low-Life-Dogs Mix

Since I’ve finally heard the original version of Brilliant Day, I can actually compare it to this remix that was found on the “spiral” single.  To be honest, this version feels more completed than the original which is weird to me.  I still kind of dislike the song itself so it still remains the weakest of the A-sides but eh…I’m just not feeling either versions.

Tracks Recommended

  • Criez
  • Toi=Moi:▽
  • Hoshikuzu Meiro ~Lost in Star Dustz~
  • spiral
  • FLY

Song of Avoidance

  • Brilliant Day DJ BASS Low-Life-Dogs Mix

As this is DUSTZ’ debut album, I must say that I was impressed by this album in its entirety.  Other than the problems at the final stretch of the album, the rest was quite strong and it shows a lot of versatility to the band between rock, soft, and synthy songs.  Add the fact that lead singer, Ray is singing in 3 different languages he has a lot of mobility in songs to show off his lyrical stance.  I can’t wait when they start their next era up ^_^

 

DUSTZ – Criez December 18, 2011

Filed under: DUSTZ — solarblade @ 3:27 pm

Track Listing

  1. Criez
  2. Swallow

1. Criez

I think of all the A-sides though, Criez is probably the best one of the four they’ve released.  There’s a lot of edginess to this song that’s different and it just sounds like it’s a whole side to DUSTZ we haven’t heard yet.  Also it’s great to hear Ray taking majority of the song in French which is pretty rare to see in an A-side but that’s what makes it so enticing.  It does remind me of “warning” off their next single but this is quite awesome for an A-side…different and angsty!

2. Swallow

The B-side is a bit more lighter than its counterpart but it lets Ray sing a bit more livelier and I hear a mix of the three languages split here which is pretty impressive for him.  It is interesting that it’s so much lighter and kind of reminds me of something breezy and wind blowing in your hair.  I like it quite a bit since it’s unique to itself in the era.

 

 

I wonder if Naoki’s departure opened up something for the band because Criez is definitely their best A-side yet.  I will say that it’s the oddball single of the “TROIS” era because of the whole song being sung in French and all that but I thought it gave a certain uniqueness to the trio.  Great song!  Swallow also is different from the norm and I ended up liking the happy and breezu style to DUSTZ…I think they shouldn’t do anime themes now! XD

 

DUSTZ – Brilliant Day

Filed under: DUSTZ — solarblade @ 3:06 pm

Track Listing

  1. Brilliant Day
  2. Ça, c’est Paris! (DUSTZ version)

1. Brilliant Day

I was curious to what the band was going to do next after “Break & Peace” and they followed it up with an edgier song in Brilliant Day.  However, we’re also introduced to the vocal weirdness that this song has.  I mean Ray’s vocals are warped up in the verses and the chorus sounds rather happy and hopeful which is a little unusual but I’m liking Ray’s vocals and the band’s power in the arrangement.  It’s pretty cool and I do remember this song more than their debut.

2. Ça, c’est Paris! (DUSTZ version)

Who knew DUSTZ would cover such an unusual tune that was first sung by Mistinguett (back in the good ole Moulin Rouge days).  Of course, seeing as the band are fluent in French, it was no surprise they’d have a go at it.  It’s definitely in the veins of their sound which is good and like I predicted, they’re singing in French for this one.  I thought the synths and rockin’ arrangement cover covered up poor Ray in the song but from what I could hear, he sounds aggressive and strong.  Interesting choice to cover I must say.

 

 

Brilliant Day for DUSTZ was a pretty good single and a bit better than their last single to be honest.  We got our first taste of hte French side to the band with their cover of a classic French tune and it turned out quite good.  The lead track did take some time to get used to but it could turn out to be a great song.  Also, it marks as Naoki’s (the drummer) final single before she left the band.

 

DUSTZ – Break & Peace

Filed under: DUSTZ — solarblade @ 2:38 pm

Track Listing

  1. Break & Peace
  2. Void

1. Break & Peace

As this is the band’s major label debut, Break & Peace kicks down the doors right from the beginning with a loud hitting arrangement and interesting use of anime strings and synths.  Ray’s vocals are pretty strong here and pretty deep which makes the song kind of pop out from other anime tunes.  Not bad for a debut A-side.

2. Void

As the B-side, Void is kind slightly a bit more darker and more depressing of a song to listen to but in a good way.  Ray sings even more deeper than he did in “Break & Peace” and I found it surprising at that and the fact the song is a bit more lowkey as well.  It’s an interesting song to be honest and it’s a side that I haven’t seen from DUSTZ yet!

 

 

Beginning their SONY days and first first single for the “TROIS” era, Break & Peace is a solid single for the 4-piece band.  I will say that I felt Void was the more interesting track because of the arrangement and direction they took the song in.  Still pretty solid for a debut single under a major label ^_^

 

DUSTZ – spiral September 3, 2011

Filed under: DUSTZ — solarblade @ 4:15 am

Track Listing

  1. spiral
  2. warning
  3. Brilliant Day (DJ BASS Low-Life-Life Dogs Mix)
  4. spiral (Anime Ver.)

1. spiral

Granted that this is my first DUSTZ song I’ve heard from the group but I get School Food Punishment vibes from spiral but that’s really only in the beginning since the rest of the song sounds different.  I like Ray’s more scratchy vocals but his English is pretty accented and kind of tough to understand but he throws French into the mix and it really catches me off guard at how it fits the song.  It’s so upbeat and good, but sometimes the vocals hinder it.  It’s an interesting song though.

2. warning

Getting into the single’s B-sides, warning actually has a cool opening with disc scratching and Ray doing a little speaking.  I do think that after time the disc scratching gets annoying but the mid-tempo song actually was awesome!  Ray doesn’t exactly do a lot of singing since he’s speaking in a lower tone is really awesome.  Sadly, the song is only 3 minutes and the best part was really near the end…I was disappointed that it wasn’t longer because it had the workings of epicness!

3. Brilliant Day (DJ BASS Low-Life-Dogs Mix)

So the single closes with a remix of their 2nd major single Brilliant Day.  Sadly I have not heard the original yet so the remix is probably a place where I can’t exactly compare it.  It’s fast and almost garage-band like but with dance beats thrown in.  I’m not really a fan of the remix since it’s a bit jarring and poor Ray is filtered like crazy.

 

 

If I can get passed Ray’s vocals and his meh Engrish, I will say that I can find myself loving this band as quickly as I did with ONE OK ROCK.  The thing that makes DUSTZ stand out is that they incorporate French lyrics with the JPN and ENG they do to make them stand out amongst the multitude of other J-rock bands mixing it with synths.  spiral might be the fourth major single (album prolly coming next) and the second since their only female member NAOKI left but this is a fun song and it’s gritty and cool.  warning though I think is my favorite since it was dark and just led into some awesome parts…but was too short!  The remix is eh…typical failed rock song tried to remixed…