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T.M.Revolution – progress June 27, 2009

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Progress-1

Track Listing

  1. resurrection I
  2. I.D. ~LOVE ME CRAZY~
  3. LOVE SAVER
  4. BLACK OR WHITE? version 3
  5. last resort
  6. Madan ~Der Freischutz~
  7. VITAL BURNER
  8. Private Storm
  9. fragile
  10. HEAT CAPACITY
  11. Trace Millenium Road
  12. Master Feel Sad
  13. LIGHT MY FIRE
  14. resurrection II

1. resurrection I

Opening up the album is a very synth heavy opening.  I mean it’s not heavy, it’s just that it’s basically the only instrument on this track.  I kind of feel like there’s something mysterious about especially the various DOLBY-like sounds.  Cool opening

2. I.D. ~LOVE ME CRAZY~

We get into the album, and we get the typical T.M.R song, which is a bit of a disappointment because it utilizes the same sounds that Daisuke has been using since their debut which is getting old very fast.  The song’s awesome guitar riff does save the song somewhat, but I can’t help but feel disappointed in this track.

3. LOVE SAVER

Same problem exists in this song, but luckily it’s the synths and tempo of the song that saves it from being mediocre.  You can classify it as almost trance because of how fast it is.  Maybe if they had taken out the guitar, the song would’ve been better IMO.  Luckily it’s the best B-side I’ve heard in the era….though it is the only B-side of the era.

4. BLACK OR WHITE? version 3

The A-side that began the era, BLACK OR WHITE? isn’t that new of a song and if you really wanna be exact the original can be considered their debut….though when it was released it was credited not as T.M.Revolution…weird.  Though, on here it sounds even more disappointing as there’s just not enough to make it stand out and the arrangement is as stale as ever.

5. last resort

See now here’s something that finally sounds relatively different and yet still carries the bland T.M.R sound.  It’s a bit slower than the previous songs, but what got to me was the long length of the song reaching past 6 minutes.  I’m not a big fan of this song just because I feel it drags the entire time…so much for that right?

6. Madan ~Der Freischutz~

Ending off the era, Madan came in and blew my mind.  It’s actually more rock than the synthy stuff, right there, that told me something different was going on here and Takanori with vocals were starting to sound different as well.  Lots more of that awesome vibrato.  One of my favorite PV’s…sweeeet.

7. VITAL BURNER

Damn, VITAL BURNER begins pretty aggresively and it’s led into a track that I could see being in a Sonic game because of it’s high energy and Takanori’s more fiery vocals.  I’ll say, it’s another song that sounds good on a good day.  I think faster songs are his thing actually.  VITAL BURNER is a good track.

8. Private Storm

Oh gawd, I love the opening to Private Storm.  Sadly, it suffers from staleDaisukeitis…Beyond the sweet opening, nothing stands out from here and even Takanori is boring to listen to.  Yeah, let’s just pass this up right now.

9. fragile

Then out of the blue, fragile pops up and blows my mind out of the water.  It’s one of the pre-coordinate songs that I can’t stop listening to because fragile is like amazing.  Covered in synths galore and hard guitar riffs (mostly the synths).  The song makes me feel like I’m in a crystal cave (as odd as it sounds).  It’s also one of the more slower songs, but damn was this refreshing…best song off the album.

10. HEAT CAPACITY

The middle A-side, HEAT CAPACITY after “fragile” was probably the biggest mistake they could’ve done.  Not only is it bland, it just sounds terrible after the last song.  I mean yes, it’s got its positive parts, but other than that it’s terribly bad IMO….verses are the best thing about the song, with that freaky synth beat….but that chorus = fail.

11. Trace Millenium Road

Just like “fragile”, Trace Millenium Road was something new and nice from Daisuke and Takanori.  It starts with a strings line that uses a lot of arpeggios which made me smile.  Then when the bridge pops up things get explosive and it becomes a pretty epic ballad of sorts.  It’s another one of the older tracks that I always have to listen to, it’s pretty sweet.  BTW, I know why they stick three words together for one track on each album cept his debut.  Trace Millenium Road = TMR….hahaha very clever.

12. Master Feel Sad

I really liked the folkish acoustic guitar opening, but things instantly change when the song goes into a hard rock sound which threw me for a loop when I heard this.  This song sounds so much like abingdon boys school track especially with Takanori’s wild singing.  I got say this was something new and I like it alot.  Another standout track, though real short…almost 3 minutes long.

13. LIGHT MY FIRE

No this is not a cover of The Doors well-known track.  So I got to say, it’s another disappointing track as it goes back into the lame Daisuke sound that I’ve been used to.  It’s also just a tad too slow for me and once again drags the song into unbearable levels.  Sorry, but this song is one boring pop track.

14. resurrection II

So the album finishes off basically the same way it started with the same synth melody going on.  There’s a bit more going on here though, with an added synth melody and those DOLBY sounds are descending instead of ascending.  Shows that the album is now over hahahah.

Tracks Recommended

  • fragile
  • Trace Millenium Road
  • Madan ~Der Freischutz~
  • VITAL BURNER

Song of Avoidance

  • last resort

Yeah, finally we’re leaving the pre-GUNDAM era….progress was a little bit of old and a bit of new.  Though I’ve had it with these stale compositions that Daisuke’s been using and downright started to dislike it.  I can see he worked better with some tracks like fragile and Trace Millenium Road because they sounded different enough to make em stand out.  Still, this album was meh to me overall.

 

T.M.Revolution – Madan ~Der Freischutz~ June 10, 2009

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madan

Track Listing

  1. Madan ~Der Freischutz~
  2. LOVE SAVER

1. Madan ~Der Freischutz~

This is where I started noticing things were changing around with Takanori and Daisuke.  I mean it still has the Daisuke sound that’s plaguing the song unfortuately, but the song’s synths were a bit different which was cool because this song is pretty damn energetic.  I love the chorus though where we finally get some awesome Takanori.  Though it does sound familiar….meh oh well LOL

2. LOVE SAVER

Yeah, and then we get the B-side which is sadly at the start sounded pretty disappointing sounding like something from “Suite Season”.  My negative thoughts were put to rest when the song speeds up immensely and it like trance, how cool is that?  I mean the whole song is super fast and I wonder how Takanori actually completed this song.  The chorus was a bit disappointing as it featured the same ringing and guitar “Madan” had.  Still impressive.

 

 

Ending the “progress” era, Madan ~Der Freischutz~ was actually the last time the songs all before this sounds typically same because of whatever reason Daisuke wanted to change up his sound.  Madan was a pretty strong track, but I really remember it from the PV with the missile arms.  LOVE SAVER is probably his fastest track as of then so it was pretty cool to hear a fast track finally.  I’m finally done with what I call the early days.  “BOARDING” up is all new sounds and just different ideas…sweet!

 

T.M.Revolution – HEAT CAPACITY May 10, 2009

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heat capacity

Track Listing

  1. HEAT CAPACITY
  2. HEAT CAPACITY (Instrumental)
  3. HEAT CAPACITY (Split~Attention L or R ch!)

1. HEAT CAPACITY

You know those dolby sounds in theaters that really goes through your ears before the movie?  Well that sound starts us off in HEAT CAPACITY.  Now Takanori sounds a lot more scruffy in his vocals and his vibrato is starting to get heavier.  Sadly, the arrangement doesn’t sound different from his past releases which makes this another meh song from the duo.  There is some different things, but overall it feels like some of the other tracks. 

 

 

HEAT CAPACITY didn’t really strike me as a good A-side for the era, but it’s suited to whats coming up after this album which is cool.  I just hope the next single is better than this single for sure.

 

the end of genesis T.M.Revolution turbo type-d – Suite Season March 27, 2009

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suite season

Track Listing

  1. Prologue~KAGEROH~Chapter#1
  2. Kageroh
  3. Hajimaru Nami
  4. Nocturne~GEKKOH~Chapter#2
  5. Gekkoh
  6. Serenade~winter dust~Chapter#3
  7. Setsugen ~winter dust~
  8. Kaze no Yukue
  9. Epilogue~KAGEROH~Chapter#4

1. Prologue~KAGEROH~Chapter#1

I love the string opening to this album.  It’s funny how the chords reminded me a little of “Mirrorcle World” but when Daisuke comes in with the keyboarded sounds, it was more like something I’d hear from Final Fantasy.  As strange as it seems, it gets more powerful and fierce with the sound before ending it with a held note that leads to our first track.

2. Kageroh

As much as I like the duo, this doesn’t exactly spark my interest because I’m used to all of the sounds already.  Takanori took the verses pretty smoothly, but the sound just came as too typical, but at least it was interesting to see things connect in the song.  Not the best, but ok.

3. Hajimaru Nami

The first thing that pops in my head about the song is that this is one strong song.  The old Daisuke is starting to fade away which is nice because I really needed to move away from it.  The bridge though was so damn awesome and powerful with the electric guitar.  Though the solo in the middle was sweet though.  Best song off the album.

4. Nocturne~GEKKOH~Chapter#2

Our next interlude or “chapter” is a lot more calmer and played out beautifully with a lot of woodwinds and strings.  Once again bringing a kind of regal kind of sound.  Definitly a good bridge to our next track.

5. Gekkoh

Our next track was the 2nd A-side of the era and is more laid-back and practically became a nice ballad that isn’t all just acoustic.  Though the bridge and chorus is otherwise not really a ballad, but I actually enjoyed this a lot.  If it was on any other album from here on out, it would be really bad considering who’s arranging the song, but on here it fitted nicely, maybe ended too quickly…probably is why the song is longer on its single then on here.

6. Serenade~winter dust~Chapter#3

Serenade continues off from Nocturne did with strings and woodwinds again playing a different melody this time.  I love the fact the song had a pretty calm exterior, but had a sense of unevening darkness as well.  Definitly my favorite interlude.

7. Setsugen ~winter dust~

Representing the last A-side of the era, Setsugen is kind of between the singles in sound.  It isn’t as fast-paced as “Kageroh” nor it isn’t as slow as “Gekkoh” which is oddly interesting, but the song came off as dry and nothing particular was that memorable about it.  Just seemed very typical as song of Takanori and Daisuke’s.

8. Kaze no Yukue

Kaze no Yukue to me was probably placed in the wrong spot of the album, but I do love the piano and strings inclusion.  Other than that, there really isn’t too much to write about it like I did already with the past tracks that had the same formula.  *shrugs*

9. Epilogue~KAGEROH~Chapter#4

The last track is also the longest of the Chapters reaching over 2 minutes.  Once again I’m hearing the same exact thing as I did when we began the album.  Not exactly the most original idea, but being a tad longer did flesh out the track so much more.  Better than the opening IMO

Tracks Recommended

  •  Hajimaru Nami
  • Gekkoh
  • Serenade~winter dust~Chapter#3

Song of Avoidance

  • Setsugen ~winter dust~

For being a pseudo release on T.M.Revolution’s list, Suite Season isn’t too much to talk about.  The interludes were a bit too many and the songs once again lacked true originality in sound but iono maybe I’ll enjoy it.  After this album, Daisuke and Takanori kind of drifted away from each other and went seperate ways for a while.  I would to, at least we got to see Daisuke in this era’s PV’s

 

ICEMAN – GATE I March 18, 2009

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gate1

Track Listing

  1. THAT’S BLACK GATE
  2. Strike Back of PSYCO
  3. Deep Wild ~Genkaku Chitai ni Okeru Shinkai ni te~
  4. Last wild wind
  5. In The Black Hole
  6. DEVIL CRY-MAX
  7. Eyes Bright
  8. Gate I-gate odyssey
  9. For the next gate from Black

1. THAT’S BLACK GATE

The 2nd of the GATE series begins with a very haunting opening that slowly builds up to a climax which is then cut short into the next track.  Not really what I’d call exciting, but at least it’s there.  I guess..

2. Strike Back of PSYCO

Our first full track has a pretty heavy beat to start things up.  I found it funny that a lone piano chort splits the song before the crazy arrangement starts up.  I’m not sure about this but but how Kenichi was singing was so messy and the song just didn’t sound right and was probably too much for one song to handle.  I do love Michihiro’s guitar solo though.  It really reacted with the chaotic speed this song was going and Daisuke’s crazy beats.

3. Deep Wild ~Genkaku Chitai ni Okeru Shinkai ni te~

Deep Wild took things and calmed down a bit.  The first thing I reaslly noticed was how Kenichi’s vocals were filtered and giving an echoey glow to it which I thought worked nicely, but the chorus wasn’t climatic and I didn’t even notice it happening until I heard Daisuke’s vocals.  Not really helping out much. 

4. Last wild wind

Things calm down further with Last wild wind and my interest was also cut down.  Instead of the hard rock, we get a cheesy pop tune with synths.  I’ll tell you, I was not impressed with what was happening around here.  I even thought of Takami from access because of the similar vocals heard here. 

5. In The Black Hole

We actually get back into a better direction one this song starts.  I can really sense the space theme going on with all of it based off of Daisuke’s playing.  It still isn’t as fantastic as “Strike Back of PSYCO”, but at least it’s better than those last two tracks.  Oh that inderlude in the middle was so boring IMO.  meh.

6. DEVIL CRY-MAX

LOL, Everytime I read the title, I think of Devil May Cry.  We see a return of Kenichi trying to sing like Takami which is very disheartening and pretty bad if I may say.  Anyways, the song sounded pretty empty as songs go and the chorus was repetitive and boring to me as well.  I’m pretty sure they didn’t mean to do that, but this song was bad.

7. Eyes Bright

The ethereal synth playing was pretty spooky, but then Daisuke came in with the beats and Eyes Bright lost points again.  It reminds me too much of access’s “VIEW” to not find itself differentiate itself from it.  I’ll say it’s a good pop track with no focus on the guitar moments.  Just not that good to call it original.

8. Gate I-gate odyssey

It has a pretty dark opening that lasts for a bit and they dramatic strings and Michihiro’s hard guitar playing brings the mood into an epic zone.  Once again Kenichi’s vocals are filtered to fit the mood of the song and his singing is so hectic and pretty cool.  I can’t believe it took the album this long to get a good track.

9. For the next gate from Black

Another one of these tracks?  The ending interlude of the album has a pretty light electronica feel with some ethereal sparkling moments popping in and out of the track which is intriguing, but for a track that’s 2 minutes long I was expecting some vocals.  Near the end though, a countdown starts and then everything ends when he says ~1~…It’s weird because the electronica sounds this song has appears on the next album as well.

Tracks Recommended

  • Strike Back of PSYCO
  • Gate I-gate odyssey
  • Eyes Bright

Song of Avoidance

  • DEVIL CRY-MAX

 ICEMAN’s 4th album was more or less the same as “GATE II” was in fact, It’s hard deciding which of the two I really liked more.  I really enjoy their let loose and rock hard tracks, but their pop tracks are better left forgotten.  Eyes Bright would be the only exception because it did sound quite good, but familiar to a another Daisuke track.  Still it’s an ok album at best.

 

T.M.Revolution – BLACK OR WHITE? version3 March 5, 2009

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blackorwhite

Track Listing

  1. BLACK OR WHITE? version3
  2. BLACK OR WHITE? version3 Split~Attention L or R ch!
  3. BLACK OR WHITE? version3 DA extend
  4. BLACK OR WHITE? version3 neo classic
  5. BLACK OR WHITE? version3 instrumental

1. BLACK OR WHITE? version3

T.M.Revolution returns to begin the “Progress” era with a reiteration of well a pseudo debut track.  It’s credited as Daisuke’s track, but it was on their debut album.  The first thing I noticed is the vocals changed to fit how he sounded at the time of this release because back then his voice was way deeper in the tune.  The music is the second thing to be noticed because it’s a little faster and isn’t an awkward track, but this sounds way dated especially after “the force’s” release. 

 

 

Let me explain this.  After the release of “the force” Takanori announced the “end” of T.M.Revolution but what came out of the announcement was an evolution to the name called, “The end of Genesis T.M.Revolution Turbo Type D” or T.M.R-e for short….That’s the longest name to give to a group…They did release 3 singles, “Kagerou”, “Gekkou”, and “Setsugen -winter dust-” before the album, Suite Season which I will review (but not the singles).  They were a little different because Daisuke was now in the videos, but things were starting to get shaky and Takanori reverted back to the original name and released this single.  It’s not bad, but does seem like he’s taking a step back rather than a foot forward with this release.

 

T.M.Revolution – the force February 6, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. WILD RUSH
  2. UNTOUCHABLE Girls
  3. THUNDERBIRD
  4. Anadori ga Taki Bokura
  5. HOT LIMIT
  6. Salsa Bazaar
  7. AQUALOVERS ~DEEP into the night~
  8. Totteki no Ohanashi ~Shinsetsu Ren’ai Shinkaron~
  9. DREAM DRUNKER
  10. Burnin X’mas
  11. True Merry Rings
  12. Promised FORCE

1. WILD RUSH

We begin this wild album, with the wild final single.  WILD RUSH has some fun energy and it really sounds like a fun production as well.  Takanori sounds like he’s yelling more than actually sing which is a little bad, but the music and other such effects sound almost perfect with his kind of singing here.  Good way to start out.

2. UNTOUCHABLE Girls

We start into the B-side from “THUNDERBIRD” and it still has a funky kind of sound to it, but I guess putting it on the album was a mistake because it never really sets itself apart from the other main tracks off the album.  I can see what this song’s worth is since it does sound like his past album tracks, otherwise this was pretty bland on the album.

3. THUNDERBIRD

THUNDERBIRD come up next and still overshines “UNTOUCHABLE Girls” by a huge amount.  It’s got an epic feel to it and how the synths here weren’t overly used and kept a good rock sound overall.  I think I’m over my head when I say that this is the “HEART OF SWORD” of this album.  I prefer this more though, Love this track.

4. Anadori ga Taki Bokura

It’s been awhile since we’ve had an acoustic track from Takanori and this track fills that void on this album.  The main issue here is that Takanori isn’t really meant for singing without  the synths and other instruments.  He sounded really boyish and terribly flat with the music. 

5. HOT LIMIT

This song is just overly awesome.  I mean Takanori’s energy is beyond overkill and the synths are definitly filling the spaces that the guitar isn’t.  Like I said, this song is my favorite of the era for sure and even though we got a bad experience with the cover by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR, this song still stands strong.

6. Salsa Bazaar

Well, I for one say that this song is bizarre.  For one it’s not the usual style he’s in…It’s in the salsa style and Takanori sounds so different with the song.  The song itself is so weird as the chorus is like ~peek-a-booo~ It’s still one of his freakiest songs on his discography and I loved every minute of it.  ~meooow~

7. AQUALOVERS ~DEEP into the night~

I also loved this song since hearing it originally on “HOT LIMIT” so I was enjoying to see this track on the album.  He captures the feeling of water well with the distant guitar and bubbly synths.  The chorus, though not as exciting still manages to sound great.  Great track.

8. Totteki no Ohanashi ~Shinsetsu Ren’ai Shinkaron~

Sounds pretty adventurous at the start of this song.  It reminds me of “Secret Garden” from Pokemon Heroes which is a wide stretch for sure, but the beginnings of both songs sound a bit similar.  I’m noticing the song is a bit fast and Takanori sounds very much into it.  I was surprised at how good the song was. 

9. DREAM DRUNKER

DREAM DRUNKER begins at what I think is a cafe maybe?  Then the weirdest instrument comes in, a harmonica of all things.  The snapping of the fingers and the bouncy piano melody also makes the song sound so offbeat and strange.  I’m used to Takanori being strange, not the music….this is the 3rd time Daisuke threw a different sound on this album and well this is the least of my favorites on the album.

10. Burnin X’mas

The last A-side to appear on the album, Our holiday track didn’t exactly scream Christmas, but it does sound a bit similar to the other known tracks here, but this one had a more serious pop/rock tone with it and even the synths were lower.  Maybe its positioning was bad on the album, but I found this song just to be fillerish almost.

11. True Merry Rings

Our next oddly 3 name randomness track is True Merry Rings, which is actually the only ballad off the album.  I didn’t exactly connect to the song because his other 3-random-name tracks are more extravagant.  I do praise that there’s actual strings accompanying Takanori here.  Sadly he has better.

12. Promised FORCE

Talk about a devious ending to the album.  It doesn’t feature Takanori so it’s counted as a Daisuke track and he really created such a dark and evil instrumental to end off.  Then when the real synths start up the music seemed to lighten up, still this was just random and stuck out at the end. 

Tracks Recommended

  • HOT LIMIT
  • Salsa Bazaar
  • AQUALOVERS ~DEEP into the night~
  • THUNDERBIRD
  • WILD RUSH

Song of Avoidance

  • Anadori ga Taki Bokura

I remember saying in the “triple joker” review that I wanted them to change up sounds a little bit.  The singles didn’t really show much of difference even though they came out well mostly.  The new tracks though were definitly out-of-left field songs even.  Basically, this album was an upgrade from the last album!