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Zwei – Heading For Tomorrow September 22, 2015

Filed under: Zwei — solarblade @ 5:37 am

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Track Listing

  1. Heading For Tomorrow
  2. infinite wish
  3. Heading For Tomorrow (off Vocal)
  4. infinite wish (off Vocal)

1. Heading For Tomorrow

For such a title, I was definitely not surprised it was another anison song from the duo.  Though I do love the light intro with the low-lying synths and piano before Megu and the more aggressive rock kick in which is pretty cool.  Actually as the song continues on, I was more surprised at how slow-moving the tune really was.  I kind of dug this mid-tempo track and it didn’t really sound too anison once the guitars and bass kicked in so it’s a nice change of pace of stuff from their last album.

2. infinite wish

As for the B-side, I was confused by Ayumu’s opening dialogue…that Engrish is pretty bizarre hahaha.  infinite wish quite something else, but has a lot of similarities to “Heading For Tomorrow”, but this one hit stronger and the changes between the light verses and powerful chorus is strong!  I enjoy Ayumu here as her vocals have more color and emotion behind too!  Great B-side overall!

Starting a new era, Heading For Tomorrow is actually a pretty decent single and much better than what they gave us during the “Re:Set” days.  Both tracks are hard-hitting and didn’t feel like anison songs which is a godsend!  Though I prefer infinite wish over the leading song due to it’s much broader sound and strong vocals.  Can’t wait to see what the rest of the “NEO MASQUE” era has to offer.

 

Zwei – Re:Set July 8, 2014

Filed under: Zwei — solarblade @ 8:43 am

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Track Listing

  1. Re:Set
  2. Junjou Spectra
  3. MONSTER
  4. Genai no Mobius
  5. GATEWAY LOVE
  6. Occultics no Majou (Zwei Ver.)
  7. Mephistopheles no Mokushi
  8. Kaze no Senritsu
  9. Ano Natsu no Hi no Omoide
  10. Sora no Shizuku
  11. Innana no Mita Yume
  12. Kakuchou Place
  13. Koyubi no Paradox
  14. Forever More

1. Re:Set

It’s great that the duo would kick their album with the main promotional track Re:Set.  After an era of this new-branded Zwei, I was wondering how this song would be and of course Ayumu is impressing with her vocals.  I really enjoy the power she brings in rock songs and it’s a definite strong suit to kick this album off.  Overall pretty awesome song!

2. Junjou Spectra

Of course, looking at the tracklist it’s chockfull of old songs.  Starting with the 5th A-side released, Junjou Spectra starts off edgy with some great lines from the guitarist and Megu before Ayumu enters and that disappates with your normal 5bp. sound.  After the previous track, it does feel like Ayumu is holding back some powerful vocals.  Though it’s still remains my favorite A-side which says a lot for the rest of the songs.  It’s a solid song and definitely nice that it came after “Re:Set”.

3. MONSTER

Sadly, all of the B-sides made the cut too.  Starting with the one from “Kakuchou Place” MONSTER was one of the better ones to come out and surprised that it wasn’t a leading track because it was much more aggressive and Ayumu’s performance struck me a lot more than expected.  I just enjoy the sass and Megu also had some cool parts.  I’d say it’s even better than “Junjou Spectra”!

4. Genai no Mobius

Even though there’s only 3 new songs on the album, I was having hopes that they’d all turn out well.  Well, we’re two for two since this song took their anison style and adds the right amount of style and punch!  Ayumu really reminds me of Nami back in her good ole days so this was rather a cool treat.  Genai no Mobius is another win on this album!!!

5. GATEWAY LOVE

I still love the opening line from GATEWAY LOVE (B-side of “Innana no Mita Yume”).  Being a more synth-driven track, Megu still had a nice enough presence in the track which didn’t feel member-heavy.  It’s not all that hard-hitting but there’s something cool here that reminds me of when they debuted.  Interesting song overall!

6. Occultics no Majou (Zwei Ver.)

If you didn’t realize, Occultics no Majou was the only release Ayumu had by herself (before Zwei returned from hiatus).  Strange when the biggest difference in the song is added bass (because Megu is the bassist and all).  Beyond that it’s the same track otherwise.  Ayumu still sounds so good here and she has such a cool voice for songs like this (even if it screams anison).  I was happy that they decided to include this song because it’s a gem (and the fact Megu was added was smart!).

7. Mephistopheles no Mokushi

I never reviewed this initially because it was on a triple split single that included tracks from Rekka Katakiri and Ayane.  I wondered what this track sounded like and it’s a HEAVY rock track.  Actually it might be a little too frantic and loud even for me.  I mean whoever is drumming is just on speed as he’s just roaming all over the place.  I don’t know this song just sounded wrong…way too much going on (honestly, get the dude something to chill him out).  Add on that Ayumu didn’t sound very good…actually she was just in one tone throughout…Ugh, meh song.

8. Kaze no Senritsu

At least we get into the duo’s 2nd single in the era and honestly after the mess that was the previous tune, I was more than happy to come to this track.  I still LOVE the intro for this song and hearing the strings were quite unique to them (well “Dragon” says otherwise XD).  Ayumu was pushing her vocals a bit through the chorus, but she gave the tune life!

9. Ano Natsu no Hi no Omoide

The last new track on the album, Ano Natsu no Hi no Omoide is actually the album’s ballad track and I wasn’t sure how’d it turn out since this has been a strict ani-rock album.  I was surprised that Ayumu had layered vocals and she kind of sounded digitized in places >.<.  It’s an odd song and kind of sticks out in the wrong way.  I wish the layering was left off at least.  It’s OK but nothing special.

10. Sora no Shizuku

Then we get a string of old songs to close the album out.  As the B-side from “Kaze no Senritsu”, Sora no Shizuku actually impressed me as well.  It didn’t sound as formuaic like its A-side was which was a safe bet that I was gonna love it.  It’s a more darker-tinged song and it surprised me that the duo was able to pull it off.  It was a surprise the and it’s still is on the album…woke me up after the previous track too hahah.  Great B-side!

11. Innana no Mita Yume

I kind of thought oddly of Zwei’s 3rd A-side for sure.  I did like the chorale opening for sure, but I had felt like the song was catered to more synth usage which kind of killed Megu’s use there for a bit.  Though returning to it, it’s still evident that guitars and bass were the last thing to be brought in as they don’t add much except in the solo.  Vocally, it’s pretty impressive and once again the chorale is just a cool addition but it doesn’t sound like a song Zwei would release.

12. Kakuchou Place

If there was a song that just screamed anison and generic then this would be the song for sure.  There’s really nothing that really makes it stand out amongst the other A-sides and while Ayumu’s filtered voice is cool, it’s not really enough to make this one pop out.  I just felt that this was kind of just forgetful.

13. Koyubi no Paradox

We move back to when Zwei actually joing 5pb. Records and releasd their first single under the label, Koyubi no Paradox and like “Kakuchou Place” it screamed generic and just did NOTHING for me.  Honestly, I wonder why they’d place these songs one of the other because it was just bad bad bad.  However, this one is rather worse because they tried to make Ayumu sing a happy song and that’s not her.  This just didn’t work.

14. Forever More

Weird that they end off the album with the B-side of the previous track.  It started out sad and lonesome before the guitars/Megu come in and make it a quicker song.  It does suffer slightly from the genericness, but they also had some interesting lines and Ayumu sounded great.  Still not the most amazing song on the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • MONSTER
  • Genai no Mobius
  • GATEWAY LOVE
  • Occultics no Majou (Zwei Ver.)
  • Kaze no Senritsu

Song of Avoidance

  • Mephistopheles no Mokushi

Wow, it took them almost 8 years to just get their 3rd album out!  It’s a weird album to review for them because they changed labels twice.  First UNI-J (but released two singles, nothing else) and then to 5pb. Records and well you see what we have.  Also, due to being under a anison label, their sound also has changed so fans might be whiplashed coming into this album thinking it’d be like “Z”.  Re:Set is overall a good album, but due to 5pb. there’s some mad generic songs and the Song of Avoidance is just crap.  Still there’s some great tracks to be had…one can wonder what’s next for them.

 

Zwei – Junjou Spectra November 21, 2012

Filed under: Zwei — solarblade @ 8:20 pm

Track Listing

  1. Junjou Spectra
  2. Junjou Spectra (Moonboy remix)
  3. Kakuchou Place (PandaBoY remix)
  4. Junjou Spectra (Anime ver.)
  5. Junjou Spectra (Karaoke ver.)

1. Junjou Spectra

I love that Junjou Spectra sounds like it is Zwei-ish unlike some of their previous singles.  Once the intro is over, the song switches back to an anison style with Ayumu leading the song of course.  There’s something about the song I really like about it since everything is loud and epic and both Ayumu and Megu are just kicking so much ass in this song.  It’s definitely their best A-side since joining 5pb. for sure!

2. Junjou Spectra (Moonboy remix)

Sadly, we don’t get an actual B-side and instead we’re left with two remixes.  The first for Junjou Spectra takes out the rock elements from the song and replaces it with more of a funky electro style which is a bit oddball with some of the quirks about it.  It does retain some of its anime elements as well…it’s kind of like a stripped down version of the original essentially.

3. Kakuchou Place (PandaBoY remix)

The other remix is for their previous A-side (which both this and the lead track here are tied to the same series).  Kakuchou Place’s remix is definitely more electronic than its original!  It’s a very busy remix and sometimes the arrangement overpowers Ayumu but it’s a solid remix.

 

 

I’m wondering when Zwei will announce a new album since this is their 5th single since joining 5pb. (they’re in need of one).  Junjou Spectra luckily is their best A-side since joining the anison company with its hard arrangement and memorable lyrics and vocals from Ayumu.  The remixes are OK, nothing to really gasm over.  Good single, but like I said….album plz!!!!

 

Zwei – Kakuchou Place August 29, 2012

Filed under: Zwei — solarblade @ 8:45 am

Track Listing

  1. Kakuchou Place
  2. MONSTER
  3. Kakuchou Place (off Vocal)
  4. MONSTER (off Vocal)

1. Kakuchou Place

Is it just a little weird to say that I’ve never got accustomed to Zwei under 5pb.?  I’m just used to their older stuff that their new direction has been really weird.  Kakuchou Place is probably a good example of how uncharacteristic this sounds for them which has a butt ton of synths involved.  I think both Ayumu and Megu are singing in the song which is new for me and they sound good together.  A little too calculated, but it’s not too bad.

2. MONSTER

I think the synths do play a much bigger role in the B-side however, but it also sounds like a heavier and darker track which still kind of strange for Zwei but this song is kind of cool.  Ayumu sounds kind of badass in the song since she has this steely and cold voice that just sounds epic.  Then the chorus comes in and it sounds a bit strange to me but I feel like this is kind of a grittier and more evil “Dragon”.  I think I kind of enjoyed it.

 

 

Zwei’s 4th single and I’m still struggling with this new Zwei that has appeared.  I’m not sure why, but I feel like the duo aren’t meant for animu songs though some of their stuff has worked like “Kaze no Senritsu”.  Kakuchou Place might be a little bland but it’s better than “Koyubi no Paradox” at the least and MONSTER is definitely growing on me as one of their best B-sides.  Not bad!

 

Zwei – Inanna no Mita Yume February 5, 2012

Filed under: Zwei — solarblade @ 4:02 am

Track Listing

  1. Inanna no Mita Yume
  2. GATEWAY LOVE
  3. Inanna no Mita Yume (off Vocal)
  4. GATEWAY LOVE (off Vocal)

1. Inanna no Mita Yume

Here we go again with Zwei going back into more of electro sound rather than moving forward with their rockin’ style.  Inanna no Mita Yume does kind of remind me of “Koyubi no Paradox” in a way but I’m finding myself enjoying this one a tad bit more since Ayumu’s voice is strong and the melody is rather good.  Though I still feel that 5pb. is screwing the duo up and straying them away from their great rock sound.  At least the guitar solo was cool…

2. GATEWAY LOVE

~Let’s do this….from deep inside~  Yeah…innuendo aside, GATEWAY LOVE is a bit more electronic-based even more than “Inanna no Mita Yume” and it makes me wonder what the duo was going for.  A sexy kind of song?  It doesn’t matter to me because I actually enjoyed this song over the A-side.  I think the synth melody really stuck to me plus Ayumu’s vocals were great…despite the Engrish.  Still…hmmm good song but I don’t think it stands over “Kaze no Senritsu”.

 

 

Meh, this single wasn’t as impressive as their last single, “Kaze no Senritsu” since it kind of eradicated the rock sound for more of a anison electro song.  Inanna no Mita Yume could’ve been better but I’m alright with even though it’s a departure.  GATEWAY LOVE isn’t to bad and is probably my favorite B-side they’ve done since joining 5pb.  Now I wonder if there’s an album next for em….hmmm…

 

Zwei – Kaze no Senritsu August 3, 2011

Filed under: Zwei — solarblade @ 1:55 am

Track Listing

  1. Kaze no Senritsu
  2. Sora no Shizuku
  3. Kaze no Senritsu (off Vocal)
  4. Sora no Shizuku (off Vocal)

1. Kaze no Senritsu

I have to admit, Zwei is slowly returning some epic stuff and they did well with Kaze no Senritsu.  Since Megu has a much more prominent presence than she did in “Koyubi no Paradox”, it’s a great sign since it also energized Ayumu’s performance in the song.  It’s a good mix of their signature rock sound mixed with their label’s anime feel.  I loved this mix and it’s one of my newer favorites from the duo and that’s a good sign!

2. Sora no Shizuku

So as for the B-side of the single, Sora no Shizuku is a bit more darker, but it’s also a bit more stronger in the rockin’ side of things since it comes off as a powerful track with powerful chords from the guitars and pounding bass from Megu.  I would say this was pretty unexpected from them seeing as they’re on 5bp. but this is a good song and makes them an even bigger force with their genre.

 

 

I was so disappointed with their last single “Koyubi no Paradox” that I was almost wanting to not listen to them anymore, but Kaze no Senritsu has saved their asses really well.  Both songs are just amazing songs from the duo and brought back that missing spark they once had before their label switching started.  Great single and makes me put faith back in them again *RECOMMENDED*

 

Zwei – Koyubi no Paradox August 8, 2010

Filed under: Zwei — solarblade @ 3:00 am

Track Listing

  1. Koyubi no Paradox
  2. Forever More
  3. Koyubi no Paradox (off Vocal)
  4. Forever More (off Vocal)

1. Koyubi no Paradox

Uhm wow…Last time I heard Zwei was their last single “DISTANCE” roughly two years ago.  Koyubi no Paradox is such a devoided thought to happen for the duo (I’ll explain in the overall thoughts).  My jaw is still dropping for the entire switch from J-rock into J-anime-pop.  I mean I don’t know why but it just sounds so foreign for me especially hearing Ayumu in this situation.  I don’t even know if Megu is still alive in this song since the bass is covered so much by the damn synths.  This will definitely take some time to get used to.

2. Forever More

So of course Forever More sounds a little more like Zwei but a little more exciting.  I found this a much easier tune to swallow since it has actually instruments and holds back on the whole synth blast.  It still is pretty loud of songs but at least Megu is mostly present.  I still don’t enjoy that it’s anime-esque since it comes off a little corny, but it’s much better than “Koyubi no Paradox”.

 

 

Let me explain, Zwei was on UNIVERSAL JAPAN where they only released two singles (“1+1=2” and “DISTANCE”) before taking a hiatus and getting booted from the label.  Since then Ayumu has released a single (“Occultics no Majou” which I’ll review) and Megu did some background music stuffs.  What we didn’t know I guess was that with Ayumu’s solo single it turns out Zwei was transferred to friggin 5pb. Records (Yui Sakakibara’s label) and was I terrified, saddened and scared for my life.  I just couldn’t imagine the duo stooping low enough to join them…Koyubi no Paradox is definitely the reason why I was worried because it’s just not them and everyone would say that, I know.