Kurayami Monogatari

Would love a comment every so often <<

ONE OK ROCK – Deeper Deeper/Nothing Helps January 10, 2013

Filed under: ONE OK ROCK — solarblade @ 2:02 am

deeperdeeper

Track Listing

  1. Deeper Deeper
  2. Nothing Helps
  3. Kasabuta

1. Deeper Deeper

I was kind of surprised with the intro for Deeper Deeper because I thought it was going to be a bit sillier, but once the band kicks in, the songs gets edgy and quite epic.  I’m loving Taka in this song as he just brings this raw energy with his vocals and adding out the English he goes through, I’m just really loving it all over.  I even love the synths and filters that are found.  Great song!

2. Nothing Helps

As the theme for the upcoming Devil May Cry game, I was wondering what direction the band would take the song and I was definitely not surprised they kept it high-energy and loud and suits the series quite well.  For being a song entirely sung in English, this was really powerful and is also just as good as “Deeper Deeper” if not more!

3. Kasabuta

I’m not surprised that the actual B-side to the single is a total 180 from the other songs.  As the single’s slow jam, Kasabuta starts off with Taka and acoustic guitar before opening up for the chorus.  It’s a really awesome track as well…I just love Taka’s vulnerability in the track and he just has a great sense emotion for songs like this.  It’s really an amazing song!

 

 

Whoa there!  ONE OK ROCK made an amazing single from Deeper Deeper/Nothing Helps and to be honest, this is actually surpassing “Re:make/NO SCARED” for favorite single.  The band is really starting to come along really nicely.  With Deeper Deeper, they had fun and really made the song pop with some interesting new ideas.  Nothing Helps is badass and fits the DMC series quite snuggly and Kasabuta is a really well made rock ballad.  *RECOMMENDED* for sure!!!

 

ONE OK ROCK – The Beginning August 21, 2012

Filed under: ONE OK ROCK — solarblade @ 7:47 pm

Track Listing

  1. The Beginning
  2. Ketsuraku Automation
  3. Notes’n’Words

1. The Beginning

I was curious to as how OOR would handle after the awesomeness from “Zankyo Reference: and with The Beginning they seem to handle it well.  It’s a little bit under “Re:make” but this song is still true to themselves and it’s a very enjoyable song.  Add in that a good portion is in English and I’m very surprised it turned out as well as it did.  I really enjoy Taka’s vocals…it’s pretty unique and has a good rockin’ quality (makes you wonder what the hell was he doing in NEWS) XD.  Great A-side.

2. Ketsuraku Automation

The first of the B-sides, Ketsuraku Automation begins with a nice strings piece before Taka and the band enters in.  While it’s not as hard-hitting as “The Beginning”, it’s pretty solid as well.  It’s kind of like they’re taking a good rest out of this song.  Taka doesn’t sound as enthusiastic because he kind of just sounds bored in the chorus but everywhere else it’s fine.  Not as good, but it’s not a disappointment.

3. Notes’n’Words

The other track, actually has more of a down-to-earth kind of feel and sounds like a more personal execution.  Meaning that this tune is pretty much an acoustic track from the band.  I thought it complimented to powerhouse that play before it so it’s a nice calm after the storm.  Taka sounds really nice here and his English is really good here as well.  A surprise, but a really nice one at that!

 

 

I love the fact that the band scored the movie theme for the upcoming Rurouni Kenshin live-action because The Beginning is pretty awesome of a song (even though it’s not as badass as “Re:make”.  Notes’n’Words was also pretty strong too and shows a different side to the band (though they have before, but this felt more emotional and personal).  Ketsuraku Automation is feeling a bit like a leftover from their last album but that’s not bad…I was just enjoying the other two songs a bit more.  A good start to a new era for them!

 

ONE OK ROCK – Zankyo Reference October 12, 2011

Filed under: ONE OK ROCK — solarblade @ 4:24 am

Track Listing

  1. Coda
  2. LOST AND FOUND
  3. Answer is Near
  4. NO SCARED
  5. C.h.a.o.s.m.y.t.h.
  6. Mr. Gendai Speaker
  7. Sekan Shirazu no Uchuu Hikoushi
  8. Re:make
  9. Pierce
  10. Let’s take it someday
  11. Kimishidai Ressha

1. Coda

I’m a little surprised that ONE OK ROCK began the album with something that doesn’t sound like them since the intro is only plucked strings and synths but it does lead into the next track quite smoothly.

2. LOST AND FOUND

It’s great that the band decided to kick things off pretty quickly with the first vocal track.  I like Taka’s vocals since they’re consistent and powerful and has a great tone to it.  I can’t tell if the song is fully English or half with Japanese since his vocals do make things somewhat muddled.  I liked it and it’s quite a punch to the listener.  Great way to kick the album off.

3. Answer is Near

Getting into the first A-side released in the era, Answer is Near is prolly the brightest and the one that has fun written throughout.  There’s just something about the song that actually pulls me in…a lot easier than “NO SCARED” but isn’t as jaw-dropping as “Re:make” so this song kind of sits in between the two in favorites.  At least it’s pretty good otherwise and backup vocals are pretty sweet too!

4. NO SCARED

The secondary A-side of the second single pops up next and I’m kind of not liking as much as the other A-sides because I’m not used to Taka’s yelling in the song since it’s kind of more of a hinderance more than anything else until the chorus where it kind of gets stronger.  Still I don’t think it ranks well considering the previous tracks.

5. C.h.a.o.s.m.y.t.h.

Then we’re led to the promotional tune for the album and knowing the previous tracks I’ve heard prior to the album this was a strange choice since it’s slow-paced and focuses more and the smooth arrangement from the band.  I was hoping for something super awesome, but was sorely disappointed with this track.  I will say the chorus is good, but not enough to save the song.

6. Mr. Gendai Speaker

Now this would’ve been pretty awesome to have been a promotional song because this is hard and in your face but not as fast-paced as “Re:make”.  Taka sounds really good and the backup vocals really are nice at supporting him.  Dang, I’m pretty impressed with this song for sure where are more of these songs?

7. Sekan Shirazu no Uchuu Hikoushi

To me, I think Sekan Shirazu no Uchuu Hikoushi is one of the album’s more darker songs with an evil arrangement and some of the lyrics are even moreso.  Sadly, the chorus is kind of bleh and pretty forgetful.  Taka doesn’t seem to be really interested in the song until the chorus which I said was forgetful to me.  It’s a bit better than “C.h.a.o.s.m.y.t.h.” though I will say.

8. Re:make

Finally, we get into the most epic A-side I’ve heard from a rock group this year.  Re:make is just everything I wanted in a song from gripping vocals to a powerful arrangement and even more.  I especially love the part before the first chorus where Taka goes quiet to screaming with the whole ~you can…feel IIIIIT!~ I just love that line and it’s led into the chorus which is loud and proud.  Yeah it’s still the album’s pride and joy and I love to pieces.

9. Pierce

Then it just stops when our next song begins which is giant red light since it begins with only piano and Taka.  It’s a bit random like “C.h.a.o.s.m.y.t.h.” but the biggest difference is that the song has an acoustic background and Taka sounds clear and his vocals are a bit more confident here.  I liked the simplicity of the song the most for sure and the later added strings gave it a nice homely touch.  Pretty good tune!

10. Let’s take it someday

To me it felt so weird having placed “Pierce” in between two fast rock tracks but it’s whatever.  Let’s take it someday has a hard time finding a way to stand out on this album since it’s pure rock and it kind of reminds me of “LOST AND FOUND” but seriously I can’t remember this even though it’s in your face like the other harder songs.

11. Kimishidai Ressha

Closing the album, Kimishidai Ressha is quite awesome since it’s more like American Rock ala Paramore in this one and I’m kind of loving the sound of this one.  Taka also gives a good vocal performance as well and it’s just a good following ^_^.  Different kind of rock, but suited them well.

If you were curious, the entire track is a little over 8 minutes long, but it’s not all of Kimishidai Ressha.  There’s a hidden track at 6:09 and it’s essentially Taka and Toru singing a little tune against some clapping and acoustic guitar.  Simple and made for a clean-cut ending to the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • Re:make
  • Mr. Gendai Speaker
  • Pierce
  • LOST AND FOUND
  • Answer is Near

Song of Avoidance

  • C.h.a.o.s.m.y.t.h.

I must say for the most part I did enjoy ONE OK ROCK’s fifth album quite a bit since it shows a lot of power from the group with most of the songs (minus a couple bummer tunes).  Taka and Toru really have such good vocals and I wanna hear more epicness from them in the future!

 

ONE OK ROCK – Re:make/NO SCARED July 20, 2011

Filed under: ONE OK ROCK — solarblade @ 4:05 am

Track Listing

  1. Re:make
  2. NO SCARED
  3. Rock, Scissors, Paper

1. Re:make

I really must say that after the last A-side being quite serious and more melodic, I wasn’t expecting the band to unleash Re:make on the fans which is such a powerful and energetic rock song from the band.  Taka really took his vocals to new levels and his screaming really fits the song’s atmosphere and just was a great listen.  This song might be a little on the short side, but it left a big impression on more, more than “Answer is Near”.

2. NO SCARED

The other A-side is just as vicious and all out powerful if not more than friggin “Re:make”.  Taka is really screaming his lungs out in the song’s verses and Toru makes his appearance in the chorus.  It’s nothing I would’ve expected from the band since it’s furious and the English is making a powerful response.  I do like it quite a bit, but I remember “Re:make” a lot more.  SWEET SONG!

3. Rock, Scissors, Paper

As the single’s B-side, Rock, Scissors, Paper is kind of in between the A-sides in power and memorability which is a great  mixture if you ask me.  Taka’s vocals sound slightly scratchy, but he sounds great once the songs opens up and the filters on his vocals disappear.  It’s a good track and a good combination of what’s so good about the A-sides!

 

 

It seriously feels like ONE OK ROCK really did a 180 with the release of this single.  I mean the last one compared to this single felt mellow and more straightforward while Re:make/NO SCARED unleashed a whole new side of the band to me.  I love all three songs and I’ll say it’s one of the better singles released in 2011 *RECOMMENDED*

 

ONE OK ROCK – Answer is Near February 23, 2011

Filed under: ONE OK ROCK — solarblade @ 7:14 am

Track Listing

  1. Answer is Near
  2. Silent World
  3. Answer is Clear
  4. To Feel The Fire

1. Answer is Near

As this is my first ONE OK ROCK thing reviewed, I have nothing about the band that I knew beforehand.  Answer is Near is such a powerful song from the band and I wouldn’t have guessed that it would’ve been just from looking at the art cover of the single.  Taka’s vocals aren’t like your usual vocals you’d hear in a J-rock band and I find his voice as a breath of fresh air from the deep and low tones from other bands.  This is a pretty hardcore kind of song and has a very catchy-ass chorus.  One of the coolest songs of February IMO.

2. Silent World

In conjunction of “Answer Is Near”, Silent World presents us with a more relaxed band, but somehow containing the energy that made the A-side such an excitement.  However, with the quiet atmosphere and tight mood…the tracks length comes in to surprise me since it acts more like an interlude than a full B-side…I mean only a minute?!?  Oh what a bummer, this could’ve had potential!!!

3. Answer is Clear

Are we pulling off a Tsukiko Amano, ONE OK ROCK with similar named titles?  Being after “Silent World” it wasn’t too surprising that the song continues the more slower atmosphere.  I’m pretty sure there’s a connection between this and the A-side for sure, but I think it’s more along the lyrics.  I still enjoy Taka’s vocals since he sounds so young and lively.  Toru though stood out for me because he hits these high notes like wow XD .  It’s good, but I love the energetic “Answer is Near”.

4. To Feel The Fire

Closing the single out is a cover of one of Stevie Wonders’ bigger songs in his career.  I will say that ONE OK ROCK really makes this song their own since it’s catered against their J-rock roots.  I loved that Taka has a full grasp on English and his unique vocals really stood out in the song as he really sang his heart out on this track.  I must say I’m impressed!

As it is ONE OK ROCK’s first single of a new era after “Niche Syndrome” and second single after the mess with Alex, I thought Answer is Near is an amazing track to get into the band for its explosive nature and to take in Taka’s energy.  Answer is Clear is a bit slower, but still good for the vocals while their cover of To Feel The Fire was done very very well.  However, I wanna understand why Silent World was just a minute interlude, I didn’t get it….