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Mix Speaker’s, Inc. – ANIMAL ZOMBIES April 10, 2010

Filed under: Mix Speaker's Inc. — solarblade @ 10:33 pm

Track Listing

  1. ANIMAL ZOMBIE ZOO
  2. HAPPyyy!!LAND
  3. Woody Nightmare
  4. Mix Theater ~ANIMAL ver.~
  5. [SOS] Toy’s Factory
  6. Haru. Koishii Hito

1. ANIMAL ZOMBIE ZOO

Beginning Mix Speaker’s, Inc.’s 3rd mini-album, ANIMAL ZOMBIE ZOO starts off with the twinkly little melody that could sound from video games before this muffled brass section comes in and then switching to this strange and haunting circus-y melody.  It’s a little strange and there’s a whole lot more when vocals come in.   I’m not sure who exactly is singing but I think it’s between YUKI and MIKI, but it sure as hell weird.  Then it fades away into this rainstorm and leads right into…

2. HAPPyyy!!LAND

As the first main song of the mini, HAPPyyy!!LAND sounds pretty awesome from the group since it’s not really experimental and just straight up rock.  YUKI’s vocals are straightforward and sounds good and exciting.  It does remind of recent bands that have been stretching to get out of the V-kei sound and to be honest, this sounds really good from MS.I.  I think the only off the wall parts was those ~cha-cha-cha-~ parts near the end

3. Woody Nightmare

Woody Nightmare is bit more the usual V-kei sound I’m used to and that’s not a bad thing because I really like both YUKI and MIKI’s vocals in the sound since one’s a little bit higher than the other.  I’m liking the energy of the song for sure and later on, there’s a Halloween-ish feel to the song in the interlude of the song so that for me was a plus. Good song!

4. Mix Theater ~ANIMAL ver.~

Now the band’s story is like weird and convoluted, but I’m guessing this song is the continuation of said story.  It is the longest track which is a bit of a bummer when it’s basically just conversations under some creepy and yet naturistic background music.  Some of the characters are so odd sounding, like evil witches.  Kind of a passable track for me since I don’t fully understand what’s going on, but whatever.

5. [SOS] Toy’s Factory

The band to me is best known for their more strange stuff and with Toy’s Factory they got it right with this song because it doesn’t sound like the other songs they’ve done.  It’s still very much rock, but it sounds almsot like peppy music, especially with that chorus of theirs.  It’s not a bad song because I can get into it pretty quickly.

6. Haru. Koishii Hito

I was surprised that the last song off the mini-album started off like a slow song before it turned into well…a more mid-tempo rock track that kind of reminded me a whole lot of something school food punishment would’ve pulled out except with a guy’s vocal.  That being said, I actually liked this song the most off the mini.  I’m not sure why, but it’s pretty catchy and not overboard like some of their older stuff.

 

 

I really thought that ANIMAL ZOMBIES fixed some problems that kind of happened in their last few releases.  Not there isn’t any like some of the weirder tunes like that 5 minute convo-thon going on.  Still a pretty solid release from the group and I like where they’re going in their 3rd story.

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Mix Speaker’s, Inc. – Wonder Traveling October 27, 2009

Filed under: Mix Speaker's Inc. — solarblade @ 2:48 am

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Track Listing

  1. Mach Stars Instrumental
  2. YOU♪Ai♪Message
  3. ☆ San Station
  4. ROBOHOHHO
  5. Uchuu Iro Parasol
  6. Crash Clover
  7. little star

1. Mach Stars Instrumental

You know it’s weird when the first thing you hear from the group is something that The Candy Spooky Theater would’ve produced and that’s what we get with Mach Stars Instrumental which is surprisingly not an instrumental as thought.  YUKI’s vocals are pretty cool and has that sly that made me like metronome, but the song seems to repeat itself over and over and it’s creepy but a good creepy.

2. YOU♪Ai♪Message

I do like that the next song has the visual-kei sound that I was expecting from the group here.  It’s definitely hard rock and there’s a little bit of 8bit going on here as well giving it a full punch.  I love YUKI and MIKI’s voice as they sound not as typical to other V-kei bands I know of.  The chorus is a bit more lighthearted rock and it reminds me of the more recent Sonic / Jun Senoue rock tracks so I really did enjoy this a lot.

3. ☆ San Station

It’s lead quite nicely into our next track and is like a wacky combination of the previous two tracks.  You get the goofy synths going and the hectic guitarwork from the group.  I think the band sounded a whole lot awesomer with this track leading them since you hear the entire band’s work and it’s great.  My favorite track right now.

4. ROBOHOHHO

What’s with the ad-libbing that opened this track?  It’s too damn funny and at the same time it’s amazingly catchy and mix that with acoustic guitar and synths and we get ROBOHOHHO.  While it does sound different because it’s more dance-like and jazzy, I couldn’t help but scratch my head in confusion with what was going on here.  I wasn’t expecting a track like this, but damn it’s also good.  I blame YUKI and MIKI!

5. Uchuu Iro Parasol

On the flipside of the coin, we devoid ourselves from the synthy side of “ROBOHOHHO” and get a full on rock and jazz mixture with Uchuu Iro Parasol.  I really like the heavy use of bass in the song giving it that jazzy sound and then YUKI’s strong singing through the chorus giving it that dark sound that’s mixed with the angry guitars.  Different for sure.

6. Crash Clover

Then we go back into the visual-kei metal that surprises me just as much as their pop stuff.  In actuality, it’s probably the hardest song off the album, but that’s only in the verses.  The chorus calms things down and we get some piano chords mixed in there.  I don’t know but the back and forth between these two parts causes a riff, but it’s not amazingly bothersome. 

7. little star

The final tune from the mini-album, little star is back to the mainstream J-rock sound that was heard earlier on in the mini.  YUKI now sounds like someone familiar but I can’t place my finger on it.  If it was my choice he sounds like the lead singer from Phantasmagoria.  I don’t know but this song is quite good and makes a good finisher.

 

 

I actually enjoyed listening to Mix Speaker’s, Inc.’s first mini-album.  It shows a lot of different styles that band uses and since they did start out as a Halloween-themed group, they’ve shaken that off starting with this mini-album and it’s pretty good.  I mean rock, to pop, to even jazz I’m sure there’s going to be a lot more interesting releases to come from this band.