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HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – Tadoritsuku Basho/Oxalis June 29, 2009

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tadoritsukubasho

Track Listing

  1. Tadoritsuku Basho
  2. Oxalis
  3. Tadoritsuku Basho (MOVIE VERSION)
  4. Tadoritsuku Basho (Less vocal track)

1. Tadoritsuku Basho

After the amazing “Enrai”, Tadoritsuku Basho went for a more pop like sound which is pretty interesting since Tadoritsuku Basho isn’t all about heavy sounds and hard rock sounds.  It’d definitely different from what they’ve previously been releasing and in this case, I’m not a big fan of the song because well, it’s quite boring actually xD.  Maaki tries to keep some emotion and Yuusuke’s rapping parts were covered by the music so it was pretty tough to follow. 

2. Oxalis

Same problem lies within Oxalis because this track is basically the same exact track.  I mean it is a different melody but the same emotion just pops off here.  It’s also a pop/rock ballad which kind of disappointed me.  Sadly, the song is quite worse actually because Yuusuke is singing in a bad way….oh well….

3. Tadoritsuku Basho (MOVIE VERSION)

So both songs were used in the same movie where Maaki was lead singer for a fictional band.  Weird that the A-side’s movie version is on this single while Oxalis’s appears on the upcoming album.  If you really think about it, Yuusuke isn’t even part of the song which I guess is good and the song sounds a bit more raw I guess?  Then after a while, I start to miss Yuusuke’s parts and the song sadly feels empty….hmmm

 

 

Honestly, this is HandMC’s worst single to date.  Both songs did nothing for me and they were both boring rock ballads.  The movie version made Tadoritsuku Basho sound even more boring than it already was.  I’m sorry but what the hell happened here.

 

 

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – Enrai ~Tooku ni Aru Akari~ May 8, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Enrai ~Tooku ni Aru Akari~
  2. Kaerimichi no Orenji
  3. Enrai ~Tooku ni Aru Akari~ (Less Vocal Track)

1. Enrai ~Tooku ni Aru Akari~

Being another tie-in to the GUNDAM series, Enrai is just as good and memorable as “PRIDE” which is fortunate right from the start.  Maaki’s calm vocals beginning the song out before the band crashes in at full power.  I think everyone did a great job playing in the song and c’mon Maaki sung well for this track.  It’s another one of my favorite HandMC songs.

2. Kaerimichi no Orenji

The B-side of the single, Kaerimichi no Orenji is a lot more upbeat in its sound and it’s basically on the line of pop/rock.  It starts off with Yuusuke’s growling before Maaki comes in for the verses.  Now the chorus here is a bit weaker than the verses and bridge, but it’s returning the sound of previous pop/rock songs and this is a lot more cleaner than before.  I quite liked it overall.

 

 

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR releases another good single.  Enrai is definitlly in the GUNDAM veins and is another awesome song from them.  Especially to make up for “DIVE into YOURSELF”.  Kaerimichi no Orenji does come off as the forgetful B-side in the crews discography and it’s understandable because they don’t do well on these kind of tracks, but I liked it.  Good single!

 

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – Gou on PROGRESSIVE February 1, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Ichirin no Hana
  2. for Dear…
  3. “Here I am”
  4. Houseki no Namida
  5. Mizutama Ramune
  6. Haitoku no Jounetsu
  7. Tsumi
  8. REAL WORLD
  9. A PLACE TO GO
  10. STYLE ~get glory in this hand~
  11. Pearl Shadow
  12. Kuro Ageha Mau Oka
  13. Hoshizora ni Furu Yuki
  14. Garden of MY Heart

1. Ichirin no Hana

It was nice to start an album off with the most well-known song, Ichirin no Hana.  As a tie-in for the mega-popular Manga/Anime, Bleach.  HandMC really gave us a powerful song.  Maaki really sings good here and Yuusuke’s death growls with a powerful and fast arrangement, no wonder why it’s one of their bests!

2. for Dear…

Our first new track off the album, for Dear… sounds pretty much like a less crazy “Ichirin no Hana”.  Maaki sounds lively going with a consistent beat.  I have to say the drummer is having a fun time with this song for sure as there so many intricate hits here.  Yuusuke doesn’t come until the middle where he sings/growls his way through.  Even the guitar solo was awesome. 

3. “Here I am”

“Here I am” is definitly one hot mess of a song.  It’s also another fast track, but Maaki and Yuusuke just didn’t sound right with everything going on.  Everything was just off balance and the chorus was god terrible.  I think, I’ll press next now…

4. Houseki no Namida

It’s funny that already this album is a lot more metal-sounding.  This song does sound more together at least until the chorus when Maaki sounds so dead to the chorus.  Yuusuke’s really low growling didn’t help the song out one bit, another forgettable song.

5. Mizutama Ramune

If I’m correct, this is the closest to a more complex track we’ll get here.  The guitar plays some interesting rhythms and with Maaki singing along with it helps it out a lot.  Even Yuusuke’s yelling sounds right here.  I have to say this is as happy Mizutama Ramune gets.  Oh yea, Maaki’s higher register sucks IMO.

6. Haitoku no Jounetsu

I really like the tribal opening and then the guitar plays a cool riff.  Yuusuke talking bothers me, but Maaki comes in on time.  Once again the chorus sucks ass here.  Like she doesn’t add any emotion at all and is the song’s main downfall.  Still I have to praise the drummer for some awesome hit here.

7. Tsumi

Tsumi sounds really dark, I mean like almost nightmarish.  Maaki is filtered through the verses, but the music sometimes overpower her and Yuusuke actually is a lot more convincingly dark adding death screams everywhere.  Awesome song though.

8. REAL WORLD

Yuusuke actually starts the song with the chorus which was just terrible.  Luckily, things quickly become better with Maaki.  She actually has emotion here and is a lot better.  Sadly, I’m starting to get bored at how similar most of the tracks sound.  Yuusuke’s parts are bad on his part because he can’t really sing on right notes.  They become too flat and sound bad against the music

9. A PLACE TO GO

I finally hear some synths with A PLACE TO GO and seems a little less hard than the other tracks.  It’s still rock, but they went a little softer and I have to say this is a godsend on this album.  Maaki even sings the chorus in English which is very surprising and sounds good too, maybe a little weird considering, but it’s OK.  Yuusuke still shows flat notes, but he isn’t forcing it so it’s not a huge bother.  One of the album’s gems.

10. STYLE ~get glory in this hand~

The first single of the era, STYLE was another messy track and probably should’ve had a different track instead of this one.  I can see that they were trying to recreate the awesome “PRIDE”, but this one felt weird and emotionless.  I have to say, this was the worst A-side I’ve heard thus far.

11. Pearl Shadow

What a wild guitar opening.  Yuusuke = oh god no here.  Once again I found myself wondering, why this sounds like the other tracks on the album.  I think the main difference is how much Yuusuke got featured because he was in and out in the song so many times.  I love the verses though, what a cool rhythm!  Still not much of a good track.

12. Kuro Ageha Mau Oka

Do I even have to say it?  Take the unoriginality and Yuusuke’s bad vocals and repeat again and you get this track.  There’s acoustic guitar added in to make a little difference between this and the last.  Maaki seems a little off as well here.  She’s covered by the music a lot of the times which is so bothersome…

13. Hoshizora ni Furu Yuki

Quite spacey as it starts and then the song goes down an odd path.  Yuusuke actually fully sings here, he sounds alright, but as you get used to it, he actually throws a wrench and goes back to his yelping.  Maaki actually gets pushed to just singing back up and the chorus while Yuusuke takes the verses.  It’s something refreshing and another good track.

14. Garden of MY Heart

Finally finishing the album is well quite nice actually.  It’s another less hard rock track and is quite happy and there’s synth again.  I found this song to be quite catchy and even though Yuusuke sounds bad here, everything else sounds right. 

Tracks Recommended

  •  Ichirin no Hana
  • A PLACE TO GO
  • for Dear…
  • Tsumi
  • Garden of MY Heart

Song of Avoidance

  • “Here I Am”

I have to say this was worse than their debut album.  I think they were trying to go for a more metal sound, but it just came out wrong and tons of mistakes happened here.  I think Ichirin no Hana was the best song that I didn’t cringe at first listen.  They better make it a comeback for their 3rd album, “San”…..(just saying it, since I’ve heard it already). 

 

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – Ichirin no Hana December 23, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Ichirin no Hana
  2. Warped Reflection
  3. Ichirin no Hana ~Huge Hollow Mix~
  4. Ichirin no Hana (Less Vocal Track)

1. Ichirin no Hana

Who knew that HandMC would return in top form in this track that’s has a major tie-in.  From the anime Bleach, this is surprisingly just as good as their debut, “PRIDE”.  We start wit h a guitar opening and then Maaki sings the chorus.  What got me was that Yuusuke had the most parts in the song singing the verses.  I noticed he’s doing the entire verse in under two breaths which is quite cool.  Everything just seemed to work here as everyone has a cool part and Yuusuke’s screaming was friggin awesome.

2. Warped Reflection

A surprising with the synth opening that leads to Yuusuke’s roaring and then into Maaki singing calmly which is pretty cool with the guitar riffs that were present.  It is a little boring to listen to, but it isn’t their worst song so far, so that’s good. 

3. Ichirin no Hana ~Huge Hollow Mix~

A remix?  Wow.  It seems to be a more danceable version of the A-side which is so very strange.  The track gets a gritty makeover and perhaps it’s a little too fast and destructive for my taste.  I mean the tempo is amazingly quick and the vocal snippets and the implementations done on it aren’t really good.  It does slow down quite a bit for a while, but by then you wanna press next.

 

 

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR has found their next best track here.  Ichirin no Hana is an amazing rock track that deserves all the attention from its tie-in.  Warped Reflection was a little underwhelming to the A-side and isn’t what you call memorable.  The remix though, shouldn’t have existed, it’s so messy and just so wrong for a rock track. 

 

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – STYLE ~get glory in this hand~ November 22, 2008

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style

Track Listing

  1. STYLE ~get glory in this hand~
  2. energy

1. STYLE ~get glory in this hand~

There’s something wrong with the song here.  Maaki really sounds flat to me for some reason.  I’m not sure why, but it just bothers me.  The beat of the music is a little off as well because it’s like in a different rhythm pattern than usual.  Yuusuke doesn’t exactly appear either, being the supporting member, but not having much lines.  When he does come in, it’s all English and growly.  Not the best IMO.

2. energy

I didn’t expect energy to start off soft with a piano melody and some distant guitars.  Then the song goes dark as Yuusuke talks/sings for a little bit as it returns to the quiet stuff.  I thought the song would’ve actually had some energy like “PRIDE” or even “OVER”.  For being misnamed, this is a good track.  They can actually incorporate piano and get away with it. 

 

 

STYLE to me was definitly another crap A-side to me.  They just seem to lose it because Maaki’s flat singing as well as no major parts for Yuusuke.  It didn’t help the music was a little off as well.  energy though was clearly the better track for me, definitly one of their key songs.  STYLE is on “Gouon Progressive” but energy is on the fan-picked best-of which is super great.

 

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – G∞VER October 26, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. G∞VER
  2. NOTICE
  3. PRIDE
  4. Naked
  5. OVER
  6. Days
  7. SWEET ESCAPE
  8. RUN☆RUN☆RUN
  9. What for…
  10. RAIN
  11. With YOU

1. G∞VER

What an opening.  It’s starts with some synths and then Yuusuke growling.  I really would like to know how he does that with his voice.  Anyway it’s over 2 minutes of chaotic rock.  Also there’s quips from Yuusuke so it kind of fares sort of.  Then after all that it enters a synth zone before reentering the hardcore sounds from the start.  Interesting album opener.

2. NOTICE

Weird at how it went from crazy introduction to a soft rock song practically.  What the hell Yuusuke?  Put more life into the song seriously.  Anyway NOTICE is totally different from what the singles brought because Yuusuke is actually singing along.  Still, I wish he wasn’t so boring sounding. 

3. PRIDE

We enter their most memorable and powerful track, PRIDE.  I still think very highly of this song and I’m probably not the only one because c’mon it’s that epicly awesome.  I think the furious guitar riffs mixed with powerful strings was an awesome choice and to have Maaki fully sing it and Yuusuke doing his rapping skills really added a nice touch to the song.

4. Naked

Anyway, after the track, we get into Naked which I kind of found a little disappointing.  Perhaps it’s the messy instrumentation, but I really never connected to this track.  Just a very forgetful song.

5. OVER

A nice follow-up single after “PRIDE”.  They decided to keep the hard rock and take out the strings and we’re left with this pretty awesome track.  Yuusuke though kicks major ass in the song.  With his enthusiastic lyrics, it really sparked my interest ten-fold.

6. Days

I’m still unsure of what to really say about the song.  One thing I know that it’s totally different from all of the other singles.  The other thing is how strange this song is and how off it sounds to my ears.  Though I do love the guitar solo.  Definitly the most disappointing single for the era.

7. SWEET ESCAPE

ROFLMAO at Yuusuke’s vocals in the song.  Anyway, other than the bad vocals coming from Yuusuke the song is more or less the same I’ve already heard in the later singles of the era.  I guess it was more better though, so I guess I have to give credit where it’s needed but Yuusuke needs to tune up.

8. RUN☆RUN☆RUN

I’m still quite terrified of this uber poppy track.  I’m not exactly turned off, but I’m not too fond of it either.  I was finding myself bored with Maaki’s performance just because it was so boring.  So it’s kind of another forgetful track from me.

9. What for…

Darker rock track now?  Though interestingly we hear Maaki and Yuusuke start up the song together and truthfully they sound pretty awesome together in the verses, but the chorus was when things got strange of the ~ooooOOOOOooo~ yea….Other than that I really liked this songs elusiveness and pretty awesome vocals.

10. RAIN

See why can’t Yuusuke sound like this more often.  Sadly the song suffers from *the hellishly boring syndrome*  Like the song lacked any personality and falls into obscurity pretty quickly.  Probably the only saving grace is the final chorus where synthed strings play that was awesome….other than that…noooo.

11. With YOU

Finally finishing the album is this mysterious track.  It stands out far from the rest of the tracks being the rock ballad it is.  Being their first try at a song like this, I think it did well and ended the album on a good note.  The only track that doesn’t even feature Yuusuke as well which is a total surprise. 

Tracks Recommended

  • OVER
  • PRIDE
  • With YOU
  • What for…

Song of Avoidance

  • RAIN

HandMC’s debut album is pretty strong overall.  There were a few issues concerning the album other than the small tracklist.  Yuusuke has some problems singing, but his screams are to die for.  Maaki can sound boring, but she’s not too bad of a singer, I think she’s pretty good.  The rest of the band is great though! 

 

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – Remember October 12, 2008

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remember

Track Listing

  1. Remember
  2. Hana Fubuki
  3. PRIDE “LIVE MIX 2008”
  4. Remember -instrumental-

1. Remember

Wow, I don’t think I’ve heard them being this great since “Ichirin no Hana”.  I mean the production does seem similar to “PRIDE” but Maaki gives her strongest performance and the song really has a somber sound.  Yuusuke sound deathly angry which is so awesome.  The music finally has suited with them very well and it’s definitly one of their best songs.

2. Hana Fubuki

I would have not expected a soft song being the B-side.  It’s definitly a first for more and it kind of sounds pretty nice.  I guess it does make a more statement saying goodbye than “Remember”.  Maaki though should not try for really high notes because they aren’t that good.  Yuusuke actually kinda sings or raps w/e.  A great soft track.

3. PRIDE “LIVE MIX 2008”

Kind of nice that they included their debut with the final Maaki track.  I have no idea where this was performed, but OMG does it still sound godly good.  Maaki sounds pretty strong with the furious riffs the boys are doing and Yuusuke doing his thing very well.  As I’m sitting here listening I’m thinking of the past songs that got them this far.

 

 

What a bittersweet single.  I mean everything is top notch good.  It’s sad that Maaki is leaving the group and I hope they do find a good singer, but she’ll never beat out the energy Maaki brought out within the group.  I wonder how Yuusuke’s actually taking the news.