Hello, we’re still here… kinda

2010年 8月 31日

Hello everyone,

I figured that it’s been a while so we might as well provide some explanation for lack of updates. We have been really busy with college preparations and in fact, Aoliwa has already started classes. I’m not even at home so I won’t be updating either and I will be moving in very soon as well. I think I’ll try and get some stuff done after that, but that’s not a promise. We’ll see what happens..



[Single] the GazettE – SHIVER

2010年 8月 11日

Oh hey, everyone. It’s been quite a while since there’s actually been a review up here. So, I’m glad to be breaking this lack of updates. The Gazette really love to have weird covers… Whatever, they’ve been doing this forever.

SHIVER is a pretty upbeat song. I think that the singing and lots of stuff start a bit too suddenly. They could have put in more of an intro. The guitar parts are pretty interesting though since they both have a little variety. Vocals are nice, and there’s a short guitar solo. I don’t have too much else to say since this is basically your typical upbeat GazettE….

HESITATING MEANS DEATH is a heavy rhythmic song. Ruki uses shouting as well as normal singing. I think that this song has a more catchy tune because it is so much simpler. Bass is a lot more prominent in this song. The guitars do completely different things of course: the right side uses a lot of broken chords in the higher register to add atmosphere. Pretty good song in my opinion.

Naraku starts off with a synthesized intro which is followed by guitars. They play using a heavy sound and then stop for Ruki’s entrance. The melody is great and the accompaniment is awesome. They use simple chords at the chorus, but in the verses they play much more intricate parts. This kind of work is the stuff I love to hear from them. It’s a slower pace than the other two songs. You’ll hear a bit of piano in the background. Later in the song, a guitar sort of drops down to play some more interesting stuff.

Overall: Some good, great and average GazettE in this single. It seems to get progressively better as they get closer to the style they had in DIM.

Rating: 8.5/10

3.) Naraku



Hey Y’all

2010年 8月 5日

Hi everyone! Aoliwa here.

As you’ve probably noticed, Koweizhi and I have been rather absent lately. We just got back from a Taiwanese American camp and we’ve got lots of stuff.

  • Jpop releases by: YUI, Kanon Wakeshima, Nana Mizuki, VAMPS, alan, Ayumi Hamasaki, JASMINE, Namie Amuro
  • Kpop releases by: C.N. Blue (discography), BoA, and SHINee
  • Editorials: Kpop vs. Jpop (II), Summer of Tek
  • Live reviews: D’espairsRay, Dir en grey (we get to meet them :D)
  • New Polls
  • Aoliwa’s playlists for EVERYTHING

Also Koweizhi and I are doing some recording in the next couple of days so we might post that as well. Look forward to it!!

Much 愛、



[Single] Girugamesh – COLOR

2010年 7月 20日

Hello! I realize that we haven’t posted in a while so here you go. This has been out for a little while now, but I wanted to get some more listens in before reviewing it.

COLOR starts off with vocals right off. They’re harmonizing already, so I kinda got caught off guard a little the first time. Anyway, they proceed into a heavy rock melody and go into a very upbeat theme. This song is a bit interesting in the fact that it keeps switching from lighter (major) rock to heavy (minor) themes. If someone weren’t paying attention much they might think that this was a couple completely different songs. Still some pretty cool stuff though.

Sunrise…. oh when they do experimental stuff. This doesn’t suit them at all. The fast percussion and dance-like guitar parts all just add to the theme which is like island dance music. Ugh, just not a good thing to hear from a band that is known for heavier music… or any band really. The guitar parts are pretty active, but the beat just keeps it in island theme. No matter what else happens in this song, to me it still sounds like something from the tropics.

Flower is the last song up. It starts with the band playing the main theme. The guitars do some pretty cool stuff in this song. If you pay attention to them you’ll hear them play a variety of riffs and chords. The vocal melody is okay, nothing too special in my opinion. I think that about covers it for this song….

Overall: We get some interesting guitar parts in all the songs. Good balance, but I think that they could have shortened the songs to keep it more interesting. They really need to not experiment.

Rating: 7.5/10

2.) Sunrise
3.) Flower (フラワー)



[Single] heidi. – Yokan

2010年 7月 15日

Why hello everyone. I would just like to say that I’m sorry for reviewing so slowly. Now that I have some things going on I’m going to get this done! Don’t expect any review from me during the last week of July, I’ll be out of town. Aoliwa will be also…

Okay… Yokan starts off with a blast of sound and then proceeds into a very upbeat melody. I think it’s pretty cool. The vocal part fits in with the accompaniment great and the vocal melody is pretty interesting! The song is great, it seems to evolve a little bit as you listen, but returns back to their upbeat melody to keep the structure. The good thing about this is that because the song is on the short side, they don’t get repetitive. Awesome idea.

Kodama again starts with big sound in the beginning. They have some piano accompaniment repeating a theme while their intro is going. This song is also upbeat but has a little darker feel simply because of that piano theme. Guitars in this band tend to stand out and play some more interesting stuff than what I usually hear. In here there’s a short solo. Sounds great so far!

Ikkoku is next. Another upbeat song. It seems like this one is the happiest so far. The guitar theme stays the same for most of the song. It uses a lot of octaves in it. I gotta say, this song is probably my least favorite song because it is the most repetitive or at least I think it is.

Urban Garden 203 is the last new song we get before the instrumental version of Yokan. It starts off with a repeating guitar tune and we get the intro and stuff. The bass and kick drum make me feel like this song bounces a lot. The off-beats and the repeated notes kind of stick out from the lower part. If you guys don’t already know, I love when a band is balanced soundwise. This song is a bit too heavy on the bass. The vocal melody is pretty cool and the guitars have some pretty nice parts.

I’m not going to review the instrumental of Yokan.

Overall: Very catchy tunes and very upbeat songs. The parts are all good and are all featured decently.

Rating: 8.5/10

1.) Yokan
2.) Kodama
3.) Ikkoku
4.) Urban Garden 203
5.) Yokan (Instrumental ver.)



[Single] Kagrra, – Tsuki ni Murakumo Hana ni Ame

2010年 7月 15日

Kagrra, always has nice covers. And always so Japanese! Kind of weird how there’s no title or anything on it though.

Tsuki Ni Murakumo Hana Ni Ame starts off with a bit of singing and stuff followed by a short intro using a traditional instrument. This theme used in the intro will reappear throughout. They are pretty good at integrating Japanese themes and instruments into their music. There’s a nice guitar solo in here too. The vocal melody doesn’t have very much range in this song and I feel like that takes away from this a bit.

Hinamoto is a little faster. It has a completely different feel than the previous song. The guitars stand out a little more, but mostly play broken chords to create the atmosphere. Bass… just plays quite a bit of repeated notes. It seems like after a certain point, the traditional instruments just disappear.

Gikyoku Hana Ichi Monme. Our last song. This is a rather unusual work. The band plays some strange mixture of music at the beginning and a little bit more into it. There are buildups to more clear sections. I get the feeling of some creepy forest or something. Anyway, it’s a pretty unusual song.

Overall: Pretty average stuff for Kagrra, but still nice to listen to. The last song was kind of unusual, but not bad.

Rating: 7.5/10

1.) Tsuki Ni Murakumo Hana Ni Ame
2.) Hinamoto
3.) Gikyoku Hana Ichi Monme



Thelma Aoyama- Summer Love!! feat. RED RICE from 湘南乃風

2010年 7月 12日

Cute beach cover!

Thelma Aoyama has certainly done a lot of song collaborations with male rappers/hip hop artists. The difference between those songs and this one is that the male vocals don’t suck in ones like Fall in Love. Summer Love!! is actually a very cute and catchy song. Unfortunately, RED RICE, from Shonan no Kaze is absolutely DREADFUL. I cannot fathom that a worst rapper exists in this world… his voice is like nails against a chalkboard for me. It’s also sad that he plays such a huge role in this song. If you can get past RED RICE’s disgusting vocals then this song really isn’t so bad.

OH BABY koi shitetai has been out for some time already. This sound sounds exactly like a BENI song… from the synth to the cute melody it’s got BENI written all over it. That being said, I still like this song, and it stands out from the A-side IMO. That being said, this still a great song whose chill atmosphere balances out the energy of the a-side.

Overall: RED RICE should just go die. Please. Otherwise this single was kind of a mixed bag for me.

Overall: 6/10

Track list:

1. サマーラブ!! feat. RED RICE from 湘南乃風
2. OH BABY 恋してたい
3. サマーラブ!! feat. RED RICE from 湘南乃風 (Instrumental)
4. OH BABY 恋してたい (Instrumental)