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xTRiPx – Rest in Peace February 4, 2014

Filed under: xTRiPx — solarblade @ 12:44 pm

restinpeace

Track Listing

  1. R.I.P -intro-
  2. three minutes little story
  3. be alive
  4. clever noise [r.i.p ver.]

1. R.I.P -intro-

Of course it wouldn’t be an Oshare-kei single without an intro piece to kick things off.  I was liking this as the intro is a dance beat with some repeated words throughout the entire minute and 15 seconds.  Though I can’t say if it’s a segue into what the single will sound like.

2. three minutes little story

Yeah, it definitely didn’t lead into a dance track.  At first I thought the band was going for a pop song again, but it sounds like a rock song which is kind of what got me into xTRiPx.  It’s heavy and Yo-shiT sounds pretty good singing, but there’s someone doing the rapping and they sound odd to my ears.  If it lacked that, I’d say it’s a pretty awesome song…but it’s ok with that part, I suppose.

3. be alive

The next track didn’t even sound like xTRiPx because it’s so much grungier and the vocals are a lot different than I’m used to.  It’s like someone else was singing the track…it’s like ONE OK ROCK, but cheaper in my opinion and has more random stuff happening.  Not a fan of this one.

4. clever noise [r.i.p ver.]

The last track on the single is a new version of their song from their debut single, “snow white butterfly”.  I’ve never heard the original to compare it to so I’m just going on guesses here.  It sounds relaxing of a song compared to the previous two tracks and the addition of the hip-hop sound is kind of cool.  Yo-shiT is singing with a more quieter, raspy tone and he sounds better than he did trying it in “be alive” to be honest.  I kind of dig it overall…best song off the single.

 

 

Finally ending this REALLY long era, Rest in Peace is a mixed bag for me though the band has always been odd.  Also the band had lost two members between this and the previous single, “Disturb[da]bordeR”.  I will say their retake on clever noise was pretty nifty and three minutes little story was as well if not for the rapping.  be alive though didn’t work for me…I wonder how “Any verse” will sound hmmmm…

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xTRiPx – Disturb[da]bordeR April 4, 2011

Filed under: xTRiPx — solarblade @ 7:42 pm

Track Listing

  1. SE.Disturbed bordeR
  2. trust
  3. Milky way
  4. yours only (Type-A only)
  5. geT Ready (Type-B only)

1. SE.Disturbed bordeR

Acting as the intro to the single, SE.Disturbed bordeR is kind of interesting since it starts out with someone saying ~disturbed~ or something like that.  Either way the guitar riff and the synth stuff keeps going for the entire track.  It’s not too interesting but it does its job.

2. trust

Being the main track, trust is actually not a bad effort from the band since it’s straight-up rock this time around.  Yo-shiT’s vocals are kind of difficult to really get used to, since they sound much different than I remember it sounding on their last single.  Either way it’s straightfoward and actually not that bad besides getting used to vocals and all.

3. Milky way

I found it funny that the way Milky way began reminded me of a BoA song since unlike the rockin’ “trust”, Milky way is more poppier and has quite an interesting feel with Yo-shiT actually sounding like Junsu from THSK XD.  It’s actually quite better to be honest and the guitar solo from Shougo was actually good.  I’d say I was pretty damn impressed here…maybe xTRiPx should go for something like this more often.

4. yours only

Only on the Type-A edition, yours only tones things slightly more since it feels like a combination of the previous two songs.  I do enjoy the more acoustic feel found here and I think there’s more than one guy singing here for some reason.  I do think that putting Yo-shiT’s vocals under filters was a not-so-good thing, but it does fit the mood of the song.  I’m not sure what to really think of it.

5. geT Ready

The last song on the single, is a bit more hard hitting and aggressive than the rest of the songs off the single.  Yo-shiT is really hitting this gritty tone to this voice and the song almost comes of as a metal track which is WTF in its own way.  I’m not too big of a fan, but for an edition only song this is kind of ehhhh.

 

 

I don’t really know what to say XD, it’s actually a good single from xTRiPx.  After the kind of disappointing act of “[double]” and “Astrovibes” I was hoping for something good to happen from the V-kei group, but Disturb[da]bordeR really fixed things up.  This single was great, but I’m still trying to get used to Yo-shiT’s vocals.

 

xTRiPx – Astrovibes August 12, 2010

Filed under: xTRiPx — solarblade @ 7:30 pm

Track Listing

  1. Intro vibes
  2. Astrovibes

1. Intro vibes

Just kind of like their last single, “double”, xTRiPx decided to open up this rather short single with a short introduction of sorts.  It’s quite futuristic in a way and would sound kind of cool in a rave.  Short but it’s one of the better intros of the year.

2. Astrovibes

As the main song off the single, Astrovibes continues this futuristic sound and to be honest, I kind of like the new sound of it.  While I know it’s not a permanent genre for them, they sound strong in it.  Yoshito doesn’t really sound all that better from their last few singers, but at least the song has a good melody and whoever is playing the keyboard was the best thing so hah.  Right now it’s the most memorable tune for right now.

 

 

I wonder when we’ll ever get an album from xTRiPx.  Astrovibes is pretty good even though it’s a really short single from them.  Maybe if they stick with synths in their song maybe they’ll get more fans…iono…

 

xTRiPx – [double] June 22, 2010

Filed under: xTRiPx — solarblade @ 3:25 am

Track Listing

  1. intro[w]
  2. [double]

1. intro[w]

I can never understand why V-kei bands always has to have an opening track to their singles…I mean that’s pretty damn useless.  Anyways, intro[w] is a hot mess because it’s like the most random things mixed with a dance beat.  It’s not much, but I guess there was a use for it.

2. [double]

So we get into our main song and I was surprised with the amount of synths involved here.  At least it was just only in the beginning because the band comes in a bit after and his a pretty hard track.  I’m still unsure about them because they’ve changed so much since their debut and today they are more towards being an electro-rock band with V-kei looks.  Yoshito’s vocals are pretty good even though some of it is under auto-tune.  I actually think this is a pretty catchy song.

 

 

xTRiPx’s limited single might’ve have been better saved for their upcoming mini-album since this was a pretty short single.  Also, there’s a new bassist for the band (their 4th)…you’d think they’d be able to keep their bassists….good single, but too short.

 

xTRiPx – Innovation[re]isM February 9, 2010

Filed under: xTRiPx — solarblade @ 3:11 am

Track Listing

  1. Innovation[∞]isM
  2. glitter
  3. Free☆Style☆Anthem
  4. I miss U

1. Innovation[∞]isM

I find it weird that the main titled song off the single is a mere short opening to the rest of the single itself.  It’s kind of muddled in its sound but I think it was done on purpose.  Doesn’t make much sense to me, but whatever it’s there.

2. glitter

The main song off the single, glitter sounds really alive and energetic from the group.  Yoshito sounds really nice singing along this rather upbeat sounding rock track and they aren’t really pushing boundaries like the last single.  There’s parts where the songs goes darker, but their shortlived because the rest of the band turns the mood back around.  Not a bad song for sure.

3. Free☆Style☆Anthem

I always find myself more interested in the songs where they play around and shockingly, Free☆Style☆Anthem definitely does not have the same feel or sound that “glitter” had.  Instead of the normal J-rock arrangement, xTRiPx decided to get edgier and throw hard driving synths and make Yoshito scream the lyrics out. 

4. I miss U

Ending the single off, I miss U, is unsurprisingly sounding like a ballad from the group and that doesn’t surprise me at all.  What did surprise me, was that it delved even farther away from what I’ve grown to know from xTRiPx.  Honestly, it sounds like a song Tohoshinki did because of the rather boyband sound that’s going on here.  I just had to laugh when I listen to this, but it’s not bad and shows that Yoshito is a pretty good vocalist. 

 

 

Wow, if “Digital’a Nature” didn’t convince my they were strange, well then Innovation[re]isM definitely proved it straight up.  I was expecting rock songs and I did get that with both glitter and Free☆Style☆Anthem.  What got me was that final track that took a V-kei band to a very strange place, and I kind of liked it….XD  strange single for sure!

 

xTRiPx – Digital’a Nature August 10, 2009

Filed under: xTRiPx — solarblade @ 1:07 am

Track Listing

  1. Digital’a Nature
  2. Against
  3. I’s
  4. To Riot In Pain/DJ Yo-shiT feat. TP-sound Brothers (Bonus Track)

1. Digital’a Nature

Why would you name a single after a opening track?  Especially when it’s a single.  Either way, Digital’a Nature is more synth than I’ve ever heard in a V-Kei group which threw me for a loop.  It might just be a mere opening to the single, but I do like the fact that there’s changes in it and leads into our next track.

2. Against

Really, someone raps in xTRiPx?  It can’t be Yoshito can it?  Unlike the tracks off of “Toumei”, Against is very interesting and somehow one catchy song.  Especially with the ~whoohoo’s~.  After a while though, Against becomes this myriad of different ideas like, bhangra, heavy metal, pop/rock…it’s quite strange to hear and yet it makes the song even more complex.  I like it alot.

3. I’s

I’s clearly has a harder punch to it which is no surprise when it comes to these V-kei bands.  I’s though has somewhat of sadder mood going on and Yoshito’s vocals show off the emotion well.  It does sound like every other song that’s relatively in the same genre so it is a problem.  What helps was the rapping in the middle of the track, it did break up the blandness that was going on. 

4. To Riot In Pain/DJ Yo-shiT feat. TP-sound Brothers (Bonus Track)

I’m not sure why, but the beginning of the track is amazingly funny.  Strings and some chick saying ~hello?~.  xTRiPx did a pretty good job getting someone to help with the song as it’s a little freaky.  I mean it’s not like the previous two track and actually it sounds like a FLOW track…Just add in some oddities and it makes you wonder what the hell they were on.  Funny ass track, but it’s not too bad.

 

 

Oh was this a strange single indeed.  I mean the single’s name is just the opening.  Against was really good with its transitions in different styles and made a great track overall.  I’s was a little plain, but that extra rap gave it some spice.  To Riot In Pain was just strange and I mean strange….Iono how to describe it more, but wow….this single was totally opposite to their debut for sure.

 

xTRiPx – Toumei August 9, 2009

Filed under: xTRiPx — solarblade @ 7:55 pm

toumei

Track Listing

  1. BAd [to] Lip
  2. Rem.
  3. CAUTiON
  4. PokerFace
  5. Promised★Star

1. BAd [to] Lip

I didn’t expect xTRiPx to begin their mini-album strongly with a rock track.  The band doesn’t have a good together feeling together and the music seemed like like a garage band kind of sound.  I mean Ena, the drummer sounds out of place in the song and vocalist Yoshito is being overwhelmed by him.  Also there’s not enough of him in the song….I guess it’s alright for right now.

2. Rem.

Now this was what I was expecting.  The band sounds more together than the previous song and in fact the song sounds like it could’ve been used in an anime of sorts as it has that sort of feeling.  Yoshito comes in the verses with a deeper tone, but he’s talking so fast that it rivals Ayu in either “Ladies Night” or “evolution”.  I have to say, they did a way better job in this track for sure.

3. CAUTiON

Yoshito seems to surprise whenever each song starts.  Sadly the music goes back to what was so bad about “BAd [to] Lip”.  Ena once again proves that he’s a bit awkward in the song and the random aggressive growling coming from either one of the guitarists is pretty bothersome.  Just having a pop/rock style mixed with a harder sound just shoves a wedge in the song and it really didn’t work.

4. PokerFace

Why is it that this mini-album is going back and forth on the quality of production?  PokerFace once again shows off an edgier sound from the group and Yoshito takes a more aggressive vocal approach to the song as well and I really like his wide array of style.  As for the song, there’s just a lot of furious rhythms and drum solos throughout that breaks the monotomy of the previous tracks and shows they can take risks.  Pretty sweet track.  Though…Yoshito’s death screams are a bit shocking…like almost Dir en grey like.

5. Promised★Star

I dropped my jaw.  Instead of ending the album on a high note, they go far a ballad-like track.  It seems unplugged when put against the other tracks off the mini-album and I quite liked their softer side.  Having a lighter disposition, the band can do softer stuff.  At least that it until the chorus where they pick up the sound but keeps the melancholic feel and Yoshito’s higher register gets pretty interesting as well.  Given that the song is a bit more mellower, this was my favorite off the mini.

 

 

xTRiPx’s debut is like a bunch of other V-kei artists out there, but I found it nice they came out pretty strong with this release.  Two of the tracks sounded like demos and I kind didn’t like the whole idea of that, but the other 3 tracks were really strong efforts from the group, can’t wait to see what they’ll release next.