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Sound Horizon – Märchen December 17, 2010

Filed under: Sound Horizon — solarblade @ 7:34 am

Track Listing

  1. Yoiyami no Uta
  2. Kakei no Majo
  3. Kuroki Okami no Yado
  4. Garasu no Hitsugi de Nemuru Himegimi
  5. Nama to Shi wo Wakatsu Kyoukai no Furuido
  6. Bara no Tou de Nemuru Himegimi
  7. Aoki Hakashaku no Shiro
  8. Haritsuke no Seijo
  9. Gyoukou no Uta

1. Yoiyami no Uta

Beginning the album with dramatic strings and of course the usual storytelling, Yoiyami no Uta is so weird for some reason and it could be the fact Miku Hatsune has something to do with the song (of course, she was also used in the last single as well).  Of course it’s also nice to hear some of the story spoken in German as well.  While it doesn’t have the epic factor that made “Meiou” off their last album, Yoiyami no Uta is pretty darn close.  That being said, it has the workings with a lot of rock influence and added strings as well.  Also it is the album’s longest track over 10 minutes and it’s a nice thing since there’s just so much to it.  There’s a lot of different vocalists for the song and since I don’t know who’s who just by vocals I’m not gonna try.  What’s this…”Ode To Joy”???….OK, that was a surprise…overall it’s a very segmented song and it’s pretty good for a song that opens the story.

2. Kakei no Majo

For tracks 2-8, all of them begin with a bell ringing and some storytelling of course.  Kakei no Majo when it begins through the arrangement is more of a folkish ballad since it rolls that way and there’s flutes!  That’s short since there’s a lady singing quite beautifull in front of harp, piano, and the sound of birds…and what I think are footsteps across the ground.  I’m still very impressed at her vocals and can keep up with the song speeds up and changes into more of a progressive track.  Good tune as well.

3. Kuroki Okami no Yado

I don’t think hearing a childrens choir at the beginning of Kuroki Joshou no Yado was really needed, but at least it was shortlived and we basically get into another folkish track.  I’m wondering if the vocalist here is Ceui or Mikuni Shimokawa or even Minami Kuribayashi, but I seriously couldn’t tell otherwise…but it sounds like either of the three anison singers.  It gets harder but only a short while before the song turns into iono…but a giddy kind of acoustic arrangement with this pretty terrible dude singer who doesn’t know tone period!  At least the female singer comes back for more singing and then ends with the tolling of the bell and this voice that kind of is heard throughout the album and then hard rock and more children’s choir….Absurd!

4. Garasu no Hitsuji de Nemuru Himegimi

Into the next song after such bizarreness from the previous, the filtered vocal dude comes in and another female singer comes in and it makes me wonder if this is Miku once again because it sounds a lot more chipmunkier than normal.  I did like the simplicity of the arrangement here since it’s harp and some other finger-played instrument.  After Miku, a deeper woman’s replaces her and takes a few bars and then weird tone-deaf man takes over for one bar and repeats.  At this part is when I think the song is more of a waltz.  After the second repeat…it gets very weird and much faster in the music…poor girl sound like she’s being raped >.>  But to jolly music?!?  It’s another song where there’s many different sequences and if you follow the story it’ll make more sense.  Though I’m quickly surprised that most songs so far has had a hard rock passage towards the end which makes it interesting…like the bell tolling in the beginning in most of the songs.

5. Nama to Shi wo Wakatsu Kyoukai no Furuido

Uhm, it’s surprising to find out this song when it begins sounds so Western sounding like something Stereopony would’ve done hahaha.  It’s a bit strange coming up to this point, but it’s great to hear more than one girl singing at a time and sound good together at that.  Near the 6 minute mark the arrangement changes to more of a mid-tempo tune, but it’s shortlived and goes back to the more pop/rockish tone.  Of course the ending is more of the speed rock, no surprise.  It’s good and it’s for the most part the most consistent in arrangement on the album.

6. Bara no Tou de Nemuru Himegimi

Oi….I don’t remember “Moira” being so long of an album, but it’s starting to wear me out once I get to about here on the album.  Flowing strings and another female singer joins for this song and it’s pretty nice and then the main arrangement starts and is once again set in the more folkish setting.  It sort of mirrors “Kakei no Majo” for some reason, but I liked the more moving melody here.  It does change into a deeper woman’s voice again and DAMN, she sounds amazing and with the song becoming quicker and heavier…it stands out so nicely.  Though…a slow jazzy center isn’t what I was expecting REVO to be pulling off, but it’s a nicely needed change, but it’s only for so long before another lady starts to sing and it gets more progressive and back into the pop/rock feel.  It’s good and the typical ending is still there so either way, this was one of the better songs from the album.  Probably my favorite.

7. Aoki Hakashaku no Shiro

Finally, another hard hitting song with Aoki Hakashaku no Shiro.  It’s just so evil and the guy with his evil laughing was just perfect…that is until it just stops, hits a brick wall and turns into this creepy and quiet atmosphere with one of the anison singers by herself.  After a bit of that, some of the rockin’ arrangement returns and she continues on.  Sounds like someone dies in the song XD…it’s just odd how they went through that.  Though after the girl leaves her space and I guess “dies”, the guy takes over for the song and sings with a more deep tone and I loved it haha.  After a little bit with filtered guy, a different song starts to play with different vocals and then ends with a battle it seems…Evil song and I actually liked this.

8. Haritsuke no Seijo

Of course the final song with the opening bell ring, Takukei no Seijo’s piano opening is pretty and sounds like something I would’ve heard in FFX or something, but it turns into this orchestral/choir mix with an upbeat feel.  It’s strange but what can you really do eh?  There’s a lot more conversations than in other songs as well, but it’s good to hear that after that we get into a moving ballad, that sounds perfect for an ending for something. 

9. Gyoukou no Uta

Finally closing the album out, Gyoukou no Uta sounds like an after-ending almost Yoko Shimamura-like to be honest LOL.  Anyways the song has the filtered guy finally fully singing and I actually dislike the fact the filter was still there since it was more of a hinder more than anything.  He does slightly put it under once the song fills out more and more things go on.  I don’t understand the sudden ending, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.

Tracks Recommended

  • Bara no Tou de Nemuru Himegimi
  • Aoki Hakashaku no Shiro
  • Nama to Shi wo Wakatsu Kyoukai no Furuido
  • Haritsuke no Seijo
  • Yoiyami no Uta

Song of Avoidance

  • Kuroki Okami no Yado

While it has been two years since their last album, “Moira”, Märchen is great for people that are followers of Sound Horizon and their stories, unfortunately I don’t understand the story for this one and my lack with languages such so I can only view this as a music point.  To me, I found “Moira” to be a bit more stronger with much better and memorable songs, but this album has a fair bit of awesomeness.  It’s still pretty good of an album and REVO should be proud!

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Sound Horizon – Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido June 14, 2010

Filed under: Sound Horizon — solarblade @ 4:27 am

Track Listing

  1. Hikari to Yami no Douwa
  2. Kono Semai Torikago no Naka de
  3. Kanojo ga Majo ni Natta Riyuu
  4. bonus track

1. Hikari to Yami no Douwa

Hikari to Yami no Douwa begins the prologue for Sound Horizon’s 7th chapter of their story.  I actually love how the song sounds like a preview as well having these spoken lines and this grandiose sound to it.  I think when the song actually enters up the song kicks up sounding a bit like a lighter but strong version of “Meiou”.  I mean edgy guitar riffs, strong vocals from the ladies, who I have no idea who’s who on the single.  Also different is REVO’s vocals are somewhat filtered to hold things back, but he sounds just as lively and energetic as ever.  Still the keyboard solo and the various slide ins of the stories are sweeet.  It’s epic, fun, and all-around great…another REVO masterpiece.

2. Kono Semai Torikago no Naka de

The next song off the single calms down a bit for rather cute and folkish tune.  More of the story is strewn along before it slows down for one of the female singers to sing by herself.  It’s actually a pretty ballad coming from SH, but there’s something oddly absent here, but I can’t pinpoint it.  Still it’s a nice tune, for right now.

3. Kanojo ga Majo ni Natta Riyuu

The last vocal track off the single, sounds like REVO is on his accordion again and c’mon isn’t that pretty awesome?  Kanojo ga Majo ni Natta Riyuu sounds like they have a new singer fronting and I’m not a big fan of her voice.  It sounds rather nasally and sharp.  The song has a ballad sound, but it does pick up after the chorus where more of the story is found.  Though this is the closest normal Sound Horizon song we have on the single so, I guess it means something.  Near the 3/4 of the song it changes into a darker mood and boy did it sound good hahaha.  I think I’m liking this song the most haha

4. bonus track

Though ending the single, the bonus track is basically what sounds like strings with a watery background.  It’s got a classical flair to it and it sounds like a pretty melody before things light up and the strings take over even more and the water sounds like waves.  It’s more of an instrumental, but it’s a very pretty one at that.

 

 

After two years of almost nothing…I mean after “Moira” they released a DVD of their tour to promote the album, Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido brings us back into the amazing storytelling and prologue for their 7th album/chapter.  Good songs overall, and I hope it gets better from here on out.

 

Sound Horizon – Moira November 5, 2008

Filed under: Sound Horizon — solarblade @ 9:29 pm
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moira

Track Listing

  1. Meiou
  2. Jinsei wa Ireko Ningyou
  3.  Shinwa
  4. Unmei no Futago
  5. Dorei Shijou
  6. Raijin-eiki no Eiyuu
  7. Shi to Nageki no Kaze no Miyako
  8. Seinaru Shijin no Shima
  9. Haruka Chiheisen no Kanata e
  10. Shiseru Monotachi no Monogatari
  11. Hoshi Megami no Miko
  12. Shiseru Otome Sono Te ni wa Suigetsu
  13. Doreitachi no Eiyuu
  14. Shiseru Eiyuutachi no Tatakai
  15. Shinwa no Shuuen

1. Meiou

As being the main promotional track, Meiou had lot to live up to and it delivers quite menacingly.  Starts off with a guy talking bout mythology and the like, with some pretty creepy organ and later comes the chanters.  It is a long opening so you might wanna get some popcorn for this.  Once things start to pick up, it becomes a gothic rock song that is pretty to the ears.  It might be REVO’s singing, or the opera-like ladies singing but this is one song that pumps you up.  Funny that the song is the longest on the album, but that’s OK.

2. Jinsei wa Ireko Ningyou

I’m pretty shocked that the song takes a more lively route and I’m not sure if REVO is exactly singing and the whole circus atmosphere throws me for a loop as well. Turns out this Jimang guy sings this part. After a little bit, piano and some other instruments start to play and changes the overall sound and even when the lady comes in, there’s so random moments that pop in.  I actually like the ladies parts more than the guys, making the song seem split at two ends y’know?

3. Shinwa

Talk about unnerving.  There’s something about the music that screams “Final Fantasy” about it and I quite love it in face.  The same voice from the beginning of “Meiou” reappears and I think he repeats the same exact lines, but to a more graceful sounds played by an orchestra.  Then about more than half-way the song gets a little more playful in itself and the ladies ad-libbing makes it more sweet than it is.  Definitly cool.

4. Unmei no Futago

I know, I’m not mentioning it enough, but this album is a story and the guy’s vocals pretty much told me that, oh yea the album is one long story that spans through their career.  Anyways, the song has the sound of water and kids playing which isn’t too out of the ordinary.  As time lingers on, the guy pops back and tells a little more of the story.  Then the ladies come in and I’m surprised I really like their voices, even though the ladies change as frequently as I do reviews.  It’s not forever.  Once REVO comes in things get dark and pretty angry perhaps?  Sounds like a fight and ends and leads straight into…

5. Dorei Shijou

Sounds like a cool chase scene with this one.  The girls are pretty strong and pretty exact on lyrics here.  Even though I wish the song was entirely of this fast-paced hectic sound, but it changes into a waltz-like atmosphere for a little bit and then it becomes Spanish-influenced?  Not what I call the cleanest of transitions to each part, but it’s nice to listen to because of all of the differences.

6. Raijin-eiki no Eiyuu

Haunting chants starts this next dark track.  We finally get to hear Takashi Utsunomiya actually sing again, he’s from TM Network BTW.  His voice is pretty calm and collected as well as the music.  I have to say though that the Trumpet solo before returning to the haunting chorale was pretty nifty.  I’m not sure exactly where I stand with the song, but I guess it’s alright….and why does it end with a baby crying? 

7. Shi to Nageki no Kaze no Miyako

I know it’s quite strange to hear a deep ladies voice and a seiyuu’s voice sing together, but it’s nonetheless a nice site.  They seem to compliment each other in a way.  I also like the upbeat string+accordion sound at the beginning.  Then the music stops and they talk a little bit before entering a dark zone.  When I listen it seems the song is taking place someplace else in the storyline, because it sounds like someone’s being someone’s bitch.  Pretty awesome and then they finish by going through the upbeat part….strange….LOL and the man’s voice telling more of the story.

8. Seinaru Shijin no Shima

Yea, the guy introduces a character here, and it sounds like a true ballad because all that’s going on is someone playing the harp.  It’s quite calming to me. but it does make me want to take a nap because of its lullaby-qualities.  At least that’s not the entire song because REVO flutes his way in the song and the song gets upbeat.  It’s one of the catchier songs off the album.

9. Haruka Chiheisen no Kanata e

Pretty upbeat again, but this sounds like medieval music to me.  Luckily, REVO returns to singing for a little bit, but he’s playing other things along the way (pretty much the solo parts), but like the other tracks, it changes pretty boldly into a ballad again.  Luckily, I really like the gal who’s using the opera voice. 

10. Shiseru Monotachi no Monogatari

So we get a happy-go-lucky track next and what’s better is that REVO’s singing!  Even though he still has those fast flute solo’s and the various “storytelling” moments.  I actually think the song could actually be one of those pop songs, I know blame me, but it’s kind of got that quality.  Funny is that the song doesn’t really lead into anything until close to the end where things get darker, but it’s still upbeat, so it isn’t too drastic or anything.

11. Hoshi Megami no Miko

I can tell this already by the title that it would be something that has nature sounds in it.  You can faintly hear the crickets in the background with the music.  I actually loved the chorus of the song.  Pretty well written if you ask me.  Then it seems by what the storytelling is telling us, is that the girls are either escaping or someone died because of the melancholic music-box sounds hear the end.

12. Shiseru Otome Sono Te ni wa Suigetsu

~The offering to the cruel god~  Doesn’t that send chills down your spine.  Even though it has a grandiose opening, it’s pretty much a ballad again.  Not that I’m complaining really, though I’m not feeling this one as much.  From the song’s background stuff, you can hear someone running, even though it’s not clear where to, but it’s there.  The second half does include REVO’s vocals so it does come out better in the end.  Probably my least favorite.

13. Doreitachi no Eiyuu

I was waiting for something that’s like “Meiou” to pop up soon enough and even though it isn’t as foreboding and evil as said song, it’s fast and aggressive.  I have to give props to the band as they sound so friggin cool.  The band solo’s do get darker in sound and wow, Another epic track found here.

14. Shiseru Eiyuutachi no Tatakai

Asking for more presence of the brass section was a bold idea and to be more it made the song sound more epic.  It sounds like there’s an epic battle as well looming in the background.  Even though it fades away since the song is the main focus.  There’s a full chorus in which they sound almost perfect then like out of laughs, there’s a flute solo here too.  Pretty energetic track.

15. Shinwa no Shuuen

As if the album was smart enough, the album ends with the shortest track and prolly is the weirdest.  Like you hear this angry voice from “Jinsei Ireko wa Ningyou” and then Jimang shuts his book and talks and then there’s like a comedic area that slowly fades away into the sounds of the organ and the guy talks and just ends midway, leaving us on a cliffhanger.

Tracks Recommended

  •  Meiou
  • Doreitachi no Eiyuu
  • Dorei Shijou
  • Shiseru Monotachi no Monogatari
  • Shi to Nageki no Kaze no Miyako

Song of Avoidance

  • Shiseru Otome Sono Te ni wa Suigetsu

This couldn’t have been a more better album as it already is.  Even though I know there’s various storylines interlacing each other and since I haven’t read much on it.  I know it’s quite epic and in the end, it’ll be awesome.  As for the songs, the ladies have have such beautiful voices and c’mon it’s REVO’s best composition on one album.  What I thought was interesting was that a lot of the songs didn’t stick with one sound on one song, REVO loves to change the sounds a lot.  It’s probably one of my favorite releases this year.