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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!

 

abingdon boys school – JAP May 19, 2009

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jap

Track Listing

  1. JAP
  2. Valkyrie

1. JAP

Even though “STRENGTH.” was a more serious track, JAP takes a more lighter route, but continues has the hard sound the band has been well known for since the last album.  It starts off with a clapping rhythm which is a nice addition and you can hear off and on again through the song.  Everyone in the band is powerful here and the chords during the chorus was awesome.  Takanori even sounds awesome and even cooler the muddled vocals that were present in “BLADE CHORD” is also here… wow another amazing A-side XD

2. Valkyrie

I was expecting something not so good for the B-side, but a.b.s proved me wrong with Valkyrie.  It’s basically the darker song of the single and of course just like the other B-sides, it’s sung fully in English.  Takanori is also sounding a lot more deeper than normal which made me question his vocal because he sounded so off in tone and his pronunciation is also not that good, but easily recognizable so it’s not horrible by no means.  I actually think this is the best B-side of the era actually.

 

 

If you’ve paid attention to this band, you will know that JAP as a track was well-known before “STRENGTH.” and I wonder why they held it back as single until now.  Then again we wouldn’t have gotten such a strong single from then.  JAP is their most upbeat track as of now and it’s great to hear that from them.  Valkyrie though is definitly A-side material as it’s a darker track and is kickass track all-around despite the Engrish.  Great single.

 

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

 

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.

 

abingdon boys school – STRENGTH. February 25, 2009

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escl-3171

Track Listing

  1. STRENGTH.
  2. Freedom

1. STRENGTH.

It’s finally becoming true fact that anything abingdon boys school rips out is gold and STRENGTH. is definitly representing that theory very well.  STRENGTH. has that dark feeling that their first two single A-sides had and included piano which made it more epic.  Takanori as usual has continued to surprise me in this group because of how his voice fits in the rock mode.  Amazing.

2. Freedom

I’m surprised “JAP” didn’t take its place on the single, so we got a new track instead.  Just like previous B-sides, Freedom is sung entirely in English, but I’m having a harder time understanding his accent because of how fast and up and down Takanori is going through the notes.  Luckily, this beats out “Desert Rose” by a long shot.

 

 

I knew why they took a small hiatus after “BLADE CHORD” and that was primarily because Takanori wanted to release a single under the T.M.Revolution moniker and the wait for this single was very unbearable.  They didn’t disappoint with this release for sure.  It’s up there next to “Nephilim” right now.