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Yousei Teikoku – PAX VESANIA July 10, 2014

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Track Listing

  1. Jou
  2. Astral Dogma
  3. Solitude
  4. Kyouki Chinden
  5. Kokoro Sanctuary
  6. Tsuki Kagami Hangon Cinerarium
  7. Siege oder sterben
  8. missing
  9. The Creator
  10. Herrscher
  11. Kuusou Mythology
  12. Hafuriuta
  13. Kikai

1. Jou

Not surprising that Yousei would open their album with an intro.  Being a minute long, it really does set the tone of the album by being more dark and goth (which has been the recurring theme recently for the era).  Then in the second half, a male voice starts to dar menacingly!  Definitely does its job and I am excited to get into it, especially since Yui at the end says the album title.

2. Astral Dogma

Entering our first full track, Astral Dogma instantly pounds away at my headphones with furious guitar lines and awesome chord progression.  Add in some cool synth lines to and we get a VERY aggressive track from the band!  I love the background chanting as well, though it is pretty random to hear Yui using her cutesy vocals..so random, but I love the hell out of this song for some reason, even the pounding drums weren’t too much of a problem.  I’d say this set the standard for the rest of the album!

3. Solitude

The fun doesn’t stop when we enter Solitude.  I really loving the double effect from the guitars and it ironically sounds like a more progressive track than “Astral Dogma”.  Like it was meant for an anime tie-in.  Yui’s vocals are also just more cutesy, but it has this feel of evil.  I was actually bobbing my head to this song a lot!  One of the album’s best songs right here!

4. Kyouki Chinden

It seems like it’s gonna be a non-stop headbanging fest of an album as we’re getting a lot of hard tracks.  This song kind of reminds me of one of their older songs, “last moment” with the chorale chanting that happens throughout.  It does a lot of similar things that helped the first vocal track, but I once again enjoy it and I love the bang this song have, but it doesn’t rise up above “Solitude”.  Though Yui’s vocals are rather mesmerizing!

5. Kokoro Sanctuary

Now our next track feels a lot like songs throughout the “GOTHIC LOLITA” trilogy with pipe organ and a fast arrangement!  It’s definitely the song that screams gothic and I quite enjoyed the various instrumentation used here for sure.  Yui’s vocals might be pitchy actually in this song, but when the song is rather powerful, it’s a rather small problem.  Overall, not a bad song and another good song for this album!

6. Tsuki Kagami Hangon Cinerarium

For a rather interesting title, Tsuki Kagami Hangon Cinerarium actually lays off the heavy and powerful rips by giving us this creepy mid-tempo song.  Actually this is where I thought Yui sounded best funny enough.  There’s just something about this unsettling air that REALLY pushed this song forward.  It’s such a dark and dreary song, but I really loved it for it…OK, this is the best song off the album right now!!!

7. Siege oder sterben

After that break, we get back into the band’s heavier stuff with Siege oder sterben.  Unlike the other rock songs, this sounds like it has a lot of direction and feeling behind it which made it come out to the forefront here.  Yui also sounds like she was having fun with this song as she has some playful parts behind the fire and dark brewing with this tune.  Great tune!

8. missing

Another goth metal song huh?  I was a little disappointed that it kind of reminded me of a mix of “Astral Dogma” and “Kyouki Chinden”.  There’s a lot of parts that kind of sounded like screamo riffs and there’s a lot of chanting as well.  This is actually the first misstep on the album since it didn’t stand out for me and the drumming is quite annoying to me.  Were they trying to be DIR EN GREY?

9. The Creator

I am so very surprised that this album didn’t include the first and third singles released (“Mischievous of Alice” and “filament”).  Anyways, we get into the B-side from “Kuusou Mythology” and initially I wasn’t interested.  On the album, it’s really more of the same after “missing” without the DIRU-like progressions and techniques.  Add in more chorale parts and strings and I’m just kind of forgetting this song.  I don’t know but nothing about this song left a mark on me.

10. Herrscher

I didn’t know what we were going to get with an intro like that, but I’m happy that Herrscher pulled us out of the symphonic elements of the previous couple of songs.  I’m also loving that Yui is under filters and actually singing in a different tone than her higher pitched tones.  Like there’s just something badass and sometimes I feel like Yui sounds like KOTOKO 0.o  I really did enjoy this song though!!!

11. Kuusou Mythology

The only A-side to make the album, it left me curious to why they chose to omit the other two released.  At this point the chorale intros kill me, but I really did love this track and it’s still a higher ranked song!  This was the kind of rock track that I would easily fall in love with and fits the album quite perfectly.  There’s just something about Yui’s vocals that just sounded cool here.  For more casual listeners, this might just be another song that fits with the above arrangement similarities.  Still, great to see this make the album’s cut.

12. Hafariuta

What could be best described as the band’s “ballad”, Hafariuta starts quietly with faded piano and some tapping sounds with Yui singing lightly before the tune opens up with the rest of the members joining in.  I really do love the cello before the second verse at least…dark and depressing, one of the more unique songs on the album.

13. Kikai

We finally make it to the end of the album where we’re brought in by subdued and filtered strings before guitars rush in and take over.  I actually think it’s an odd song to come across because the mood is happy but at the same time not..it’s very much a juxtaposed track with its mood swings.  It’s an interesting song to end it with and kind of doesn’t wrap things up as well as “Hafariuta” would’ve to be honest.

Tracks Recommended

  • Tsuki Kagami Hangon Cinerarium
  • Herrscher
  • Solitude
  • Kuusou Mythology
  • Astral Dogma

Song of Avoidance

  • missing

Would you believe this is Yousei Teikoku’s actual first album (yeah the “GOTHIC LOLITA ____” albums are all considered best albums.  Also, it’s also the first album with this new line-up.  I guess after “gothic lolita agitator”, Yui and Takaha recruited 3 new members and since then went as Yousei Teikoku Das Feenreich.  Although, I felt that they’ve been around since after “Irodori no Nai Sekai”.  PAX VESANIA is a rather powerful album with a lot of straight up goth rock tracks that really have been their aces for a while.  I will admit that it did start to slip towards the end, but the first half is definitely awesome.  I can’t wait to see what they’ll be like after this album!

 

Yousei Teikoku – filament February 6, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. filament
  2. Zetsubou plantation
  3. filament (Instrumental)
  4. Zetsubou plantation (Instrumental)

1. filament

The intro to filament was rather cute haha.  I was surprised that it’s rather slower when compared to previous A-sides and reminds me of their stuff back in the “Gothic Lolita Doctrine” era since that era has quite a bit of mid-tempo goth-rock songs.  I don’t think it’s as great like “Kuusou Mesorogi” and “Mischeavous of Alice” but I think it represents nicely as the slow song in the era.

2. Zetsubou plantation

I’m surprised to see that Zetsubou plantation speeds the hell out from “filament” and kinds ranks up there amongst their other speedy tunes.  I will say it does kind of come of messy with everything going on but Yui sounds really good in this song which makes up for it in a way.  I think I liked this more than the leading track to be honest!

 

 

Yousei’s third single IMO ranks a little higher than “Kuusou Mesorogi” but doesn’t pass “Mischeavous of Alice” for me.  The good thing is is that the duo make the A-side a little more softer while making the B-side all hard and edgy.  I guess I would’ve rather had it reversed but it’s not a bad single overall ^_^

 

Yousei Teikoku – Kuusou Mythology October 26, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Kuusou Mythology
  2. The Creator
  3. Kuusou Mythology (instrumental)
  4. The Creator (instrumental)

1. Kuusou Mythology

Hmmm, nice to know that the A-side begins with chanting before Takaha bum-rushes in with a blast of guitars and strings of course.  I kind of enjoyed this song quite a bit since Yui’s vocals pop out from the song a lot more than the goth-rock arrangement which was pretty awesome as well.  Solid A-side for sure and definitely holds up after “Mischievous of Alice”.

2. The Creator

It’s a little strange that B-side does kind of mirrors “Kuusou Mythology” with the chanting intro and then a rush of guitars and drums.  The thing that got me was that the verses are a little more random and unique and Yui’s vocals take up a cuter sound.  It’s different for a B-side of Yousei Teikoku, but this kind of feels like something from their early stuff rather than their current direction.

Yousei Teikoku have continuously shown to not let down their fans of their music and seriously this long string of amazing A-sides continue.  Kuusou Mythology is just dark, vampiric, and just overall rockin’.  I love Yui’s vocals nowadays more than ever.  However, the setback was from The Creator with it’s oddly-written verses and higher pitched vocals from Yui.  I’d say this is going to be an interesting era.

 

Yousei Teikoku – Mischievous of Alice August 1, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Mischievous of Alice
  2. emergence
  3. Mischievous of Alice (instrumental)
  4. emergence (instrumental)

1. Mischievous of Alice

I must say that Yousei Teikoku has steadily been on a roll but I can’t deny that it’s a bad thing because I feel like each A-side they release is always good and catchy to listen to and Mischievous of Alice sounds pretty mainstream when compared to their previous tracks but I love it because Yui sings a whole lot stronger than I remembered.  I love the whispery parts too, they are pretty epic if you ask me!

2. emergence

I love the fact that emergence is more of a ballad this time around, but wasn’t expecting it to be rather cute from the duo.  The light and upbeat piano melody with the haunting background synths are interesting for sure.  I find the cutesy atmosphere as a bit of an odd choice for a B-side considering the last couple were edgier songs.  It’s different, I’ll admit and Yui’s vocals are smooth and mesmerizing. 

 

 

Beginning a new era, Mischievous of Alice is actually another strong single from the group even though it’s different from the previous few.  I will say Mischievous of Alice is more easier for people to enjoy I think and while that could be bad, but I actually liked it a lot.  emergence took me more by surprise because it was a quiet, yet cute song from them and was a nice change after all the edgy songs we got from the “gothic lolita agitator” era.

 

Yousei Teikoku – gothic lolita agitator December 28, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Asgard
  2. still alive
  3. one
  4. Baptize
  5. keep existing
  6. Gekkou no Chigiri
  7. call my name
  8. Sacrifice
  9. Gekkakou
  10. rebellion anthem
  11. Viscum album
  12. gothic lolita agitator

1. Asgard

I found it pretty awesome that the album actually has a bit more of songs that weren’t released in the duo’s official list of releases, bounded by OSTs and such.  Asgard is definitely an interesting start to an album since the beginning sounded so happy and against the rule of Yousei Teikoku XD.  Once Yui comes in the song becomes like a lot of what this era has been like (which is Goth Rock and such).  It fits in on the album quite easily and made a pretty good opening as well.

2. still alive

Being the B-side from “rebellion anthem”, still alive is continues to bring a lot of “Schwarzer Sarg” into it’s sound and I kind of enjoy that since it’s dark, has a chorale to make things even more uncomfortable, and a pretty strong beat to push it forward like a slightly danceable goth-rock tune.  I love the part where she keeps repeating ~I’m still alive~ in the middle of the track.  I was surprised it was a B-side but happy it made the tracklist.

3. one

As the era’s first single released (could be argued that “Gekkou no Chigiri” was, but it was released before “Gothic Lolita Doctrine” was released).  one makes a much better representation since it’s after such a synthy song like “still alive” and with the more dramatic strings in the song, it’s pretty fierce.  I still think it has a bit much of similarity to “Schwarzer Sarg”, but this was pretty good and showed off both Yui’s vocals and Takaha’s arranging skills.

4. Baptize

As the A-side released after “one”, Baptize was the more energetic of A-sides released and the really tightknit sound that it conveyed was a bit weird to listen to through the verses, but the chorus made it a bit more tolerable and after awhile it became catchy and the chorale was pretty good too.  It’s prolly a bit sameish after all the singles released, but whatever.

5. keep existing

Coming from the same game “Asgard” was used for, keep existing kind of keeps up with the whole animesque-like atmosphere, but also hits hard like the previous songs as well which is a bit of a bad thing since the sound hasn’t fully changed much.  I mean strings, heavy guitars, and loud drums…I mean it’s not a bad pair but it needs to change lol.

6. Gekkou no Chigiri

Finally a change of sound that comes with Gekkou no Chigiri.  While it is the era’s oddball A-side (being released in the “Gothic Lolita Doctrine” era and stuff).  Anyways back to what I was saying, after 5 songs of hard-hitting arrangements and fastly sung lyrics from Yui, Gekkou no Chigiri is more along the lines of a ballad and a rather interesting one that’s based around piano and strings and some small beats.  Yui’s more flowing vocals really hit the spot and was a great surprise after the previous tracks.

7. call my name

Sadly it was just a small break before reentering the edgier songs again starting with the B-side from “Baptize”.  At the time of its release, call my name was pretty good but since “still alive” took whatever made this song feasible and just kicked its ass out the way, making this seem bit more of a letdown.  I mean it’s more mid-tempo, but still doesn’t do much for the album.

8. Sacrifice

As the other B-side to “Gekkou no Chigiri” (“Simulacra” was on “Gothic Lolita Doctrine”), Sacrifice was the surprise from that single because it was purely hard-hitting and just all over badass when compared to the ballads from it.  On the album, it’s still considered one the strongest songs and it shares its likeness with “still alive” with the crazy amount of synths used here as well.  The interesting thing about the song for me was how Yui was actually not trying to go all out in vocals.  For that, I was pretty happy with what we got and I’m happy it made the album cut.

9. Gekkakou

Slightly cooling off after “Sacrifice”, the B-side from “one” makes an appearance and while I love the chorale that opens up the song and the more anime-like flow to it, Gekkakou kind of feels underwhelming and shares that feeling with “Asgard” and “Baptize”.  The thing that surprised me though was the use of auto-tune for a little bit of the tune.  Otherwise, another tune that’s sort of forgettable in the long run.

10. rebellion anthem

Rounding out the old songs with the 3rd A-side released in the era, rebellion anthem joins in with the crazy rock arrangements from Takaha and while it’s just as dark and epic as “Sacrifice”, there’s something that still kind of takes me a while to enjoy, but I still think it’s one of their darkest songs and it’s pretty awesome to listen to this song.  Might not be up there on the favorites, but I can respect this song quite a bit.

11. Viscum album

It’s great that Yousei Teikoku gave us two original songs for the album.  The first, Viscum album kind of feels strange on this album since it’s there’s rockish sound, but taken to more of a ballad-like state (but not anywhere near as “Gekkou no Chigiri”.  I kind of like they tried this kind of song since it’s been a while since they’ve gone this direction.  I will say it kind of feels out of place on the album though.

12. gothic lolita agitator

Entering the second of the new songs and title track, I wasn’t expecting the best out of this one since the last title track was just really repetitive and annoying after a while.  gothic lolita agitator did surprise me though with it’s 9 minute length.  I mean a minute and a half has a chorale doing some chanting before the song becomes another hard-hitter on the album.  I was also very happy that it was done so much more better than the last title song.  It’s a song that’ll test your patience because of it’s real abnormal length, but it’s a pretty good song on its own.

Tracks Recommended

  • Sacrifice
  • still alive
  • Gekkou no Chigiri
  • one
  • rebellion anthem

Song of Avoidance

  • Viscum album

As it is Yousei Teikoku’s 3rd best-of album, I really do thing gothic lolita agitator is their strongest release yet out of the three.  The songs were pretty consistent in sound cept for a few ballads, but still it’s Takaha’s best arranging yet and Yui’s vocals are getting better and better so that’s always a good thing to hear.  The only thing I could complain is that some of their anime songs are a bit sameish to one another, but it’s a pretty strong release

 

Yousei Teikoku – rebellion anthem September 4, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. rebellion anthem
  2. still alive
  3. rebellion anthem (instrumental)
  4. still alive (instrumental)

1. rebellion anthem

I was wondering what rebellion anthem was going to sound like because I did find myself curious because of the title.  What we got is another hardass song from Yousei.  I think for the first time, I heard Yui sound so damn creepy and yet good with the added backups to her vocals.  I do think Takaha’s really hit gold in the arrangement department because there’s strings flying across the song and the edgy guitars give it that gothic touch that thay’ve been able to pull.  Definitely one of the better songs they’ve had since going major.

2. still alive

Going towards a more electronic sound, but keeping the gothic style intact, still alive reminds me of a more synth-based “Schwarzer Sarg” because Yui is using a more whispery sound in her vocals that makes it more mysterious, but let’s the energy from Takaha’s arrangement.  I still think it made a formidable B-side and it’s better than previous songs too so it’s good in that respect too.

 

 

Wow, I keep getting impressed by Yousei Teikoku with each release since the “Irodori no Nai Sekai” mini-album.  If this is heading towards a full album with their previous singles, it’s shaping to be one amazing release.  rebellion anthem might be leveling off with “Baptize”, but why change something that was awesome already?  Though I’ll say that the B-side is the best thing released yet and I hope it makes it on their album. 

 

Yousei Teikoku – Baptize April 23, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Baptize
  2. call my name
  3. Baptize (off vocal)
  4. call my name (off vocal)

1. Baptize

While I really enjoyed “one”, Baptize goes back to what we really know from the group and I don’t mind it at all because the energy in this song is amazing and Yui sounds amazing as well since she has the same amount of power and her voice is pitchy, maybe a little hectic since the arrangement calls for it, but still pretty awesome.  Add in a chorale and some great string parts and you get Baptize.

2. call my name

Slowing things a little bit for the B-side, call my name is definitely trying to make things a bit more melodic and less chaotic and I thought they did this song right.  There’s also synths involved as well making it a bid more different than “Baptize”.  Made a great B-side as well!

 

 

Just like their last single, Baptize definitely is a step in the right direction for the duo.  I love their edgier rock stuff more than their meh anime releases and it seems since “Schwarzer Sarg”, they’ve been getting better produced and better songs out than before!  Another strong single!