Daybreak ~13gatsu no Shikisai~
Little Mary to Utsukushiki Nikushimi no Donau
Futatsu no Koe
KISS IN THE DARK
I feel you
virgin (hidden track)
Sweet that the album opens up with pipe organ with WONDERLAND. I think it madee a pretty hardcore opening to the album. Plus with the band exploding out of the way, I felt like this song was a great intro (even when it is a full track). Jyou sounds glorious and fits with the darker atmosphere too. Definitely a cool track here!
2. Daybreak ~13gatsu no Shikisai~
Though I wouldn’t have minded if they had decided to open up with this song instead because it’s so DAMN AMAZING! If they needed a track to blow down the gates with, it’s definitely Daybreak (the leading track from “THE LAST DAYBREAK”). I mean the tune is hard, edgy, and just all around badass. There’s not much to say otherwise because it’s such a rockin’ track and Jyou and everyone else sounds great here.
Moving back into some new tracks, HONEY is also hard-hitting but a ltitle more like their indies stuff which wasn’t that long ago for them so it’s a nice move on their part. It’s raw and just fun to listen to. Jyou also sounds really strong in this tune but I still prefer her in “Daybreak”.
As the promotional song for the album, GINGER is quite the departure for the band because it’s not hardcore and kind of has more of a jazzy rock style to it which is surprising to me lol. Also add in that miko is sharing the lead vocals with Jyou and you get this very interesting sing that might turn some heads from fans of theirs. Unique track and I kind of enjoyed it.
That’s an eerie opening for our next track Keiyaku lol. It’s a pretty interesting song with an oddball riff and style for some reason. The verses are really empty and depends on Mally’s rhythm and miko/Omi’s riffs. Otherwise, the song isn’t really my kind of deal because it’s a bit too empty and only really gets better in the chorus…*sigh*
6. Little Mary to Utsukushiki Nikushimi bo Donau
Another song to come off of “THE LAST DAYBREAK”, Little Mary also included vocals from miko to go along with Jyou’s vocals and I’m surprised at how varied her voice could be because miko sounded badass in “GINGER” and now using a cuter tone for Little Mary. This song is also a little unusual as well because it’s got a carousel/waltz like style to it which might not be to everyone’s taste but it’s unique as well.
After getting through the weird part of the album, we get back into some rock songs starting with Signal. I was missing Jyou’s powerful vocals in the last couple of tracks so it’s nice to see a straightforward song to come from them. Signal isn’t half bad and the chorus is really catchy…though the drums are a bit much.
Moving onto their first song from their same-titled major label debut, TRUE is kind of like stuff from “TWIN GATE” with it’s furious riffs and angsty atmosphere. Like I said back then though, it does feel like it was a bit too much like their older stuff and it didn’t stand out for me…but I think they were being safe considering the change in labels. It’s OK, but there’s much better on the album.
9. Futatsu no Koe
This is what I mean, Futatsu no Koe is definitely a much stroner song compared to “TRUE” with its more interesting melody and strong guitar riffs. I also love Jyou’s vocals in the song, she just fits these songs so damn well. Definitely the strongest of the new songs IMHO.
Probably the weakest song off the album, Anata really sounds like a mess to me because it’s so slow and has no real linear form. Add in that Jyou sounds like she’s drunk or just trying to wing the song by being so dramatic and wild with her vocals. It’s a song I just can’t get into the track since it lacks direction.
11. KISS IN THE DARK
The other song that came from “TRUE”, KISS IN THE DARK I think would’ve fit better in the middle of the album because it’s also upbeat and brighter than most of the songs here. Jyou and miko together sound good, almost like a puzzle together. It kind of feels like a beta version of “GINGER” but doesn’t quite sound as good.
12. I feel you
Another track from “THE LAST DAYBREAK”? Funny enough that I said it was the weakest song from the mini-album but here it kind of stands out in a good way even though it still is regular ole exist†trace. It’s not bad at all and it does bring the best out of the group.
While this is the last main song on the album, SORA actually isn’t. I actually was surprised they decided to close the album with a lighter track rather than going out with a band. It’s no “Kimi no Masshiro na Hane” but this is a nice track to close thnigs off for Jyou since her vocals stand out brightly here. A great way to close things out.
I was wondering why there was an extra track on the album but it seems like I didn’t expect what was actually up with it. virgin is just instrumental versions of ALL of the songs racked up in one track (an hour long track).
Song of Avoidance
exist†trace’s major debut album is quite what I was expecting from them. I mean virgin has its ups and down but mostly it turned out well for them. I did notice they are slowly drifting from their rock sound to try new ideas like GINGER and Little Mary and letting miko share the spotlight with Jyou. I’d say this was a good release.