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Yousei Teikoku – Gekkou no Chigiri May 29, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Gekkou no Chigiri
  2. Simulacra
  3. Sacrifice
  4. Gekkou no Chigiri (Instrumental)

1. Gekkou no Chigiri

Being a tie-in again for the same anime Kurokami (Irodori no Nai Sekai was also tied in the series).  I actually was surprised that this wasn’t as cheesy as the last song they did.  This time around there’s a lot of strings playing around in the song giving it a more flowing style to what Yousei Teikoku hasn’t done in a while.  Yui sounds better than she did, but it’s still kind of higher pitched. 

2. Simulacra

I really like their crazy titles like “Alte Burg”, “Valkyrja”, and etc.  So seeing this title, I was wondering what I would find and wow this is a pretty good ballad because Yui is singing and I mean singing good here.  The music has a very eerie feel because there’s like deep synths and some distant bleeps that come in.  I have to say it does remind me of a better arranged “Vermillion Tiara”.  I’m liking this song a lot.

3. Sacrifice

I kind of knew there had to be a hard rock song from the duo and Sacrifice would be that song.  It actually sounds like something I’d hear in a Guilty Gear game because it’s relentless and full and crazyness that I love with Yousei Teikoku’s harder stuff.  It’s pretty cool to hear synths getting equal time as well, giving the song an even fuller sound.  What’s this Yui is under auto-tune as well?  WTF this is great!

 

 

HOLY SHIT.  Yousei Teikoku is definitly on a roll since the release of “Wahrheit”.  Gekkou no Chigiri is their best single so far in the duo’s career and having just reviewed the earliest work available, they’ve come a loooong way and is awesome.  Gekkou no Chigiri is the closest thing to a ballad I’ve heard from the in a while and even then, it’s sweet and charming almost.  Simulacra was the creepy ballad so it leveled the single good….that is until Sacrifice came in and rocked the single to awesomeness.  *RECOMMENDED*

 

Yousei Teikoku – Owari no Shishuu ~Tsui no Yakata~ May 25, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Hitohira no Shizuku
  2. Tsukiyo no Senritsu
  3. Ikusen no Kioku
  4. Labyrinth
  5. Rinne no Asa

1. Hitohira no Shizuku

Would you believe that the first song of the mini-album is oddly freaky.  Yui is actually sounding pretty smooth and not as scratchy and high-pitched as she usual is.  The music is also tame for a Yousei song only really consisting of a dance beat and a haunting organ melody that can strike fear which is pretty cool.  The only thing I really was surprised was the lack of punch the track had altogether.  Don’t get me wrong it’s pretty good from them.

2. Tsukiyo no Senritsu

This oddly sounds like something, someone else would do well with like Anna Tsuchiya or something.  It’s a lot more focused on the rock side of the group, but it’s nothing like later songs like “Schwarzer Sarg” or “Alte Burg”.  It’s still pretty good with the synth usage as well. 

3. Ikusen no Kioku

Ikusen no Kioku begins with a church bell ringing and the sound of footsteps running somewhere before keyboarded strings comes in.  I’m starting to notice that they are using the same synths, but it’s nothing much to complain about.  It’s so far the slowest song off the mini, but it isn’t boring at all and Yui’s vocals are still in check which is a plus.  Another good song.

4. Labyrinth

The failed song has to come from Labyrinth.  It’s not the arrangement that bothers me so much as its Yui’s vocals and the awkward transition from the muffled bridge into the chorus.  It’s where things speed up pretty quickly and Yui’s hitting these high notes that weren’t nice.  The interlude was a nice touch with some guitars that should’ve been more louder and in our face but was as muffled out as it was in the bridge.  I guess it’s alright but it’s not the best on this mini-album.

5. Rinne no Asa

I guess it was obvious that the last song of the mini-album would’ve been the slowest song as well.  It starts off with a nice piano melody, but things get better with Yui’s softer vocals, but the harmonization with the BKGD singers were terrible.  The synths also stick out here as well flushing the song with more feelings.  It was a nice touch for sure.

 

 

Ok this is their first thing they released where it’s seen the day of leakage online.  Owari no Shishuu was surprisingly good for being a 2004 release.  Yousei actually had things right at this point of time…Sucks we wouldn’t get a taste of their next release to leak until “stigma”s release the next year.  Now you all are wondering why I’m wandering this far back…Well, it’s because Labyrinth is on “GOTHIC LOLITA PROPAGANDA” so I kinda had to review it before moving to “Shijun no Zankoku”. 

 

Yousei Teikoku – Valkyrja February 15, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Valkyrja
  2. Michibiki no Ao
  3. Valkyrja (off vocal)
  4. Michibiki no Ao (off vocal)

1. Valkyrja

Dark chanting begins the track off as it becomes another gothic dance track.  Unlike the others though, Yui is using a very seiyuu-like vocal approach and it doesn’t really seem to fit with the music.  The dance beat through the verses sound like “Schwarzer Sarg”, but a little more disappointing.  It’s not the worst of the era luckily and I can stand Yui’s bad vocals.

2. Michibiki no Ao

Michibiki no Ao’s violin beginning reminds me of “Noble Roar” for some odd reason.  Also, just like the A-side it turns into a dance track reminescing some of Nami Tamaki’s early SONY stuff with a strong guitar/synth part.  Yui’s vocals seem better, but not by much because the higher notes seem to be a bit of a challenge to her.  It’s definitly much better than “Valkyrja” though.

 

 

It seems this era is going downhill.  Valkyrja was trying to be good, but at the cost of the important thing, the vocals.  Michibiki no Ao did a way better job, even though there’s still problems.  Not their best single.

 

Yousei Teikoku – Irodori no Nai Sekai January 15, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Irodori no Nai Sekai
  2. Destrudo
  3. Valtica
  4. Tooi Maboroshi
  5. Alte Burg
  6. Irodori no Nai Sekai <instrumental>

1. Irodori no Nai Sekai

I actually am surprised at the pop sound that Yousei Teikoku went for with the main track.  It’s definitly got that strings and piano thing down, but I was expecting something hard for the ending theme for Kurokami.  Luckily, this beats the last single A-side wholeheartedly.  Yui sounds so much better as well. 

2. Destrudo

I kinda knew this would’ve be a more aggressive track from them.  Destrudo shows Yui in a pretty hectic sound and she’s fearing for her life because the way she’s singing it is very dark.  The chorus though is where she shines, she’s got that nice lolita-like tone that just works with the song.  Right now this is my favorite.

3. Valtica

Valtica reminds me of their “GOTHIC LOLITA PROPAGANDA”  stuff and a bit of “Destrudo” as well, but has some more synth and a little bit more of hope-like tone in the chorus.  Yui’s vocals do take a hit with the higher register, but the music just sounds like something pulled from a Mortal Kombat movie. 

4. Tooi Maboroshi

I guess they took a note from Hikki and made the song very ethereal.  In my thoughts, there’s something really dark about the lyrics and sounds and vocals of the song which is nice.  The arrangement doesn’t exactly change much which is its downfall.  It’s kind of like “Vermillion Tiara” though.

5. Alte Burg

A rising sound of strings open the track up and just instills fear and then holy hell does the song go into metal mode.  Like it’s aggressive, fast, and has some of the craziest hooks found in a Yousei song.  I have to say this track is by far their best track so far.  Yui’s vocals also add a sense of misery which is amazing here.

 

 

Yousei’s quote on quote “mini-album” definitly continues a good reign of sound.  A few songs kind of did sound similar to past tracks, but the rest were just what I wanted since Yousei has been taking a more rock-side into their music, it’s just wow.  I still would call this a single, wanna know why?  The instrumental nuff’ said.

 

Yousei Teikoku – Noble Roar January 5, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Noble Roar
  2. Patriot Anthem
  3. Canary
  4. Noble Roar (off vocal)
  5. Patriot Anthem (off vocal)
  6. Canary (off vocal)

1. Noble Roar

From the start Yui begins singing with a nice string section and then when she finishes, in comes the dance beats added in with the strings.  Some how this graceful kind of setting is a little strange.  I mean the beats kind of conflict with everything else going on and distracts me.  I do like the strings solo, but other than that this was a weak A-side IMO.

2. Patriot Anthem

I have no idea what’s that marching-like sound is that opens the album but once it finishes the song opens up and it’s a more harder sound than “Noble Roar” which is good and Yui is singing in a pretty hectic monotone like style which is freaking me out lol.  Pretty cool track here.

3. Canary

I’m going to consider this the ballad of the single.  Sadly, it’s pretty much a copy off of “Vermillion Tiara” and well actually that’s what it pretty much is.  Lone piano with other weird sounds gradually coming in and out of the song.  Yui pulls a Kana this time by getting a terrible airy sound all over…just sad.

 

 

Ouch, this single was definitly a letdown single.  I mean both Noble Roar and Canary were just boring and unoriginal while Patriot Anthem is their hardest track so far and best one.  I hope the next single is better.

 

Yousei Teikoku – Senketsu no Chikai December 11, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Senketsu no Chikai
  2. Ira
  3. Kokou no Sousei
  4. Senketsu no Chikai (off vocal)
  5. Ira (off vocal)
  6. Kokou no Sousei (off vocal)

1. Senketsu no Chikai

Senketsu no Chikai starts off with an orchestrated feel, but leads into a fast faced song with electric guitars.  The problem I initially had was that Yui’s vocals were kind of iffy, but her voice was a lot better in the chorus moreso than the verses.  Who really would listen to her sing in a whisper-like voice at all.  Actually the feel of the song reminds me of some Sonic games as of recent, weird huh?

2. Ira

Ira is one long song clocking at almost 7 minutes.  The beginning is a little too long because of the lack of anything happening through the first minute.  Then the song became this dark song reminescent of the recent era.  Once again Yui is singing in a hush kind of tone, but she isn’t covered by the synths of the song, but I still have a hard time trying to figure out what she says.  Then we get into the chorus where her voice gets cute and all seiyuu-like.  Not the best thing in the world, but the song is quite catchy, musically.

3. Kokou no Sousei

Wow, this is very dark and gritty.  Now something is really gothic about the song and I think this is the best track off the single, because of all the chaos going around in the song.  I’m not sure if the long held notes were the chorus, but it was freakin sweet how she went through them.  I guess it isn’t but it’s the coolest part of the song.

 

 

Wow, comparing this to previous single “Ashita wo Yurushite”, Yousei Teikoku fully changed up their sound to basically become a hardcore gothic group and Yui’s vocals channel that energy pretty well.  All three tracks were catchy in some way, so far this would be the single that’s my favorite from this era.

 

Yousei Teikoku – Ashita wo Yurushite November 10, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Ashita wo Yurushite
  2. Vermillion Tiara
  3. Menini
  4. Ashita wo Yurashite (off vocal)
  5. Vermillion Tiara (off vocal)
  6. Menini (off vocal)

1. Ashita wo Yurushite

A moving string section open this oddly upbeat pop tune.  Now, from previous reviews of Yousei, there’s no signs of hardcoreness in the song.  Though, there is more strings and synths here and Fairy is using her seiyuu voice which in turns isn’t too good, but it’s passable.  The song is just a major change for me because I’m used to songs like “Schwarzer Sarg”.

2. Vermillion Tiara

I actually love this track from them.  It’s a little more drawn out, but there’s a sense of uncertainty and drolling sadnees about that I love.  Fairy’s vocals are a little spacey and freaky because she only says phrases in a off and on kind of fashion.  The chorus gets better as you hear more strings and the like.  Still it’s a cold and lonely track.

3. Menini

A chorale opens up Menini up and continues this cold feeling and to be honest it seems a little more on the happy side of Yousei songs.  If there was a track that had really good vocals from Fairy, it’s this one.  There’s a classical feeling to it because of the plucked strings and graceful other sounds.  Beautiful track.

 

 

We travel back through a mini-album to the “GOTHIC LOLITA PROPANGANDA” era and starting off with the first single of this particular era.  I was majorly shocked to find out the this era is absent of the dark goth rock that covers the 3 recent singles.  All 3 are beautiful tracks and Vermillion Tiara is the one that made me love it!