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The reviews for CDs that I've done on the Lotaku forum ^-^.
Reviewed by me 弐重螺旋 x x x x x x x x x

Seciliaルナ
Can†ata
2008.03.26
¥1,500 (tax in.)
01. 預言者による黙示録 (Yogensha ni yoru Mokushiroku)
02. 白百合の賛歌 (Shirayuri no Sanka)
03. 主よ、我らの罪をも赦し給え (Nushi yo, Warera no Tsumi wo mo Yurushi Tamae)

Secilia Luna haven't been around for very long, yet it feels like they've been around forever (in a good way). Their first single Ora†orio demonstrated the bands immense talents and Can†ata only strengthens their repertoire. Hinata's voice is unique, perhaps not to everyone's tastes, but his range is certainly impressive and emotive. Yogensha... begins as a more formulaic song, Shirayuri... slows the tempo considerably, a slower balladic [if that's a word] song, and Nushi... picks the pace up again, but is moodier and has darker stabs permeating a bright chorus.
Although not quite as good as Ora†orio, Can†ata certainly holds its own.

4/5

Kaya
ショコラ (Chocolat)

2008.04.23
¥1,700 (tax in.)
01. ショコラ (Chocolat)
02. Pourriture noble [it means noble rot]
03. ショコラ~Sweet version~ (Chocolat)
04. ショコラ~Kayaless version~ (Chocolat)

Kaya's Major Label Debut. What more can I say? This guy really deserves to be major. With all the help he's had on this however, I can't help feeling ever so slightly disappointed with it, but at the same time I can't not say I don't love it!!! Very unlike Carmilla, Chocolat explores the more upbeat side Kaya can demonstrate and sadly that is my only criticism; it's a bit too sweet. Not the sort of work I'd expected of Hora either, but it is rather temptingly sweet in that sense. Pourriture noble is dark and moody trance, hearkening back to his first full album 'Glitter,' a mixture of Paradise Lost and Rose Jail... Good times. With the help of Sugar's SIZNA too, the Sweet version of Chocolat creates a completely different and acoustically beautiful atmosphere, more bittersweet and ever so slightly melancholic.
Stunning.

4/5

犬神サーカス団 (Inugami Circus Dan)
呪恋 (Juren)

2008.04.09
¥2,500 (tax in.)
01. 祝祭の行進 (Shukusai no Koushin)
02. 夕焼け (Yuuyake)
03. 欲望 (Yokubou)
04. 捜物 (Soumono*)
05. オルゴール (Orgel)
06. 死に損ない狂詩曲 (Shi ni Zokonai Kyoushikyoku)
07. 憑物 (Tsukimono)
08. 追憶 (Tsuioku)
09. 人面疔 (Jinmenchou*)

Although turning major seemingly years ago now, Inugami have an indies freshness about them, whatever musical oddity they decide to venture into and thankfully Juren is no different. Much like 神の犬 (Kami no Inu), the mini album feels like a concept album, its intro alluding to a festival procession, the rest of the album entertaining elements of supernatural, demons and insanity (a bit of the usual then). Yuuyake is absolutely brilliant, it's catchy and intriguing, Yokubou following suit in a more bluesy atmosphere, maintaining a sense of heaviness. Soumono is excellent, beginning with 犬神凶子 (Inugami Kyouko) talking as if she were having a conversation with someone she hadn't seen in a while. Orgel is, in another Inugami vein, slow and thoughtful, like 鎮魂歌~レクイエム~ (Chinkonka -Requiem-). Shi ni Zokonai... is cheeky and bold, nothing not to like, one of my more favourite songs from the album. Tsukimono is fast and fun, Tsuioku returning to a more orgel-esque tempo, but with a more bluesy feel and Kyouko again taking a speaking part. Jinmenchou finishes proceedings nicely, following the cheeky and Matsuri-esque atmosphere of Shukusai no Koushin.
A well rounded, awesome release, I love it!!!

5/5

オムニバス (Omnibus)
Matina
PRELUDE

2000.04.26
¥3,150 (tax in.)
01. Madeth gray'll - 黒装束ノ調ベ (Kuroshouzoku no Shirabe)
02. AZALEA - ポルノグラフィー (Porunogurafii [i ain't gonna spell it out for yer lol])
03. Mist of Rouge - 鎖縛 (Sabaku)
04. DESCRIBE - Silent moon
05. オールゴール (Orgel) - Suicide...
06. NADIA - Tears like a snow
07. Zephyr - 久遠の月 (Kyuuen no Tsuki)
08. ∀NTI FEMINISM - BAD BOY ∀
09. Eze:quL - 片翼の××日記 (Katatsubasa no x x Nikki)
10. DAS:VASSER - 症候群~シンドローム~ (Shoukougun -Syndrome-)
11. vellaDonna - SABOTAGE
12. Vice † Risk - 「ASK」
13. Dué le quartz - 機械仕掛けの舞踏会 (Kikaijikake no Butoukai)
14. Syndrome - SAD MASK

As Matina Omnibi (I'm guessing that's some form of plural for omnibus) go, Kisaki certainly knew how to plug some of the many bands on the label into a 14 track CD in an order both pleasing and somewhat amusing to the ear. Beginning rather heavily with a nice twisted piece of Madeth gray'll (the lyrics book amuses me to no end, the lyrics are jumbled onto the page, some vertical, some horizontal and in no particular order), it progresses into the more sleazy sound of AZALEA's porunogurafii. Continuing the slightly messed up feeling the CD manages to maintain, Mist of Rouge deliver a short and sharp little number, which is awful amusing. Onto DESCRIBE 0_0... although the singer of DESCRIBE was seemingly vocally challenged, the song itself is a nice and nostalgic one, nothing like its seemingly terrible intro. I've never been a particular fan of Orgel, but this song is bearable. Tears like a snow is certainly one of my favourite songs on here, the lyrics are beautiful and the song works stunningly in conveying the sadness therein. Zephyr take things up a beat, a nice song there. ANTI FEMINISM, hehehehe.... ANARCHY AT THE MAX!!! or not quite... it sounds like it should be The PIASS or something, but it's over before you can really be bothered to care, all a bit of fun ^-^. Eze:quL's contribution is rather...peculiar, but I love their work, something interesting that hooks me to them. DAS:VASSER demonstrate Matina's almost generic sound, not a bad one by any stretch of the imagination, a few squiffy notes here and there but generally pretty good. vellaDonna, another amazing if not highly unappreciated band give hell, in a good way on their contribution, a nice heavy number. Vice risk tempt one in with their nice music-box-type intro and display their latent talent in a fast paced song. Brilliant. Dué le quartz (SHOCK!! yes they were on Matina once) deliver their staple sound, Miyabi's immense guitar, Kikasa's bass and Sakito's voice intertwining to create the delicate balance that certainly got them to my attention. Ending on Kisaki's band of the moment, SAD MASK by Syndrome is an appropriate end, melancholic and beautiful, but lacking the later subtlety and power of Asagi's voice (the group's replacement singer), it flounders a little bit.
Overall an immense album, with a few blips, but brilliant nontheless.

4/5

オムニバス (Omnibus)
Matina
PRELUDE:Ⅳ~an illusion of iridescent~

2002.10.30
¥3,150 (tax in.)
01. DERAIL - ドクバチ (Dokubachi)
02. Syndrome - アルビノ ~Eden's White Version~ (Albino)
03. GARDEN - Present
04. allure idea - 悲壮 (Hisou)
05. ArcAdia - 「Irony」
06. 胡蝶 (Kochou) - 輝夜 (Kaguya)
07. Philia - Reserve
08. Mist of Rouge - エゴイデオロギー (Ego Ideology)
09. Lubis Cadir - 5150
10. ヴィドール (Vidoll) - 偽リノ錠剤 (Itsuwari no Jouzai)

Of the two PRELUDE Omnibi (I refuse to believe this word doesn't exist), I think this one works well as a short one. DERAIL start proceedings with a bang. Syndrome almost immediately take the tone back, with an acoustic rendering of their song Albino (I love Asagi's voice), which is absolutely beautiful. In a less melancholic fashion, GARDEN, makes one feel all happy and fuzzy inside. Allure idea conform to the Matina-esque sound, screetchy guitars, a good vocalist and talented band. ArcAdia deliver something much less ironic than the title suggests, a nice song with a good beat and nice instrumentation. Kochou are rather interesting to say the least, Asagi's early side-project away from Syndrome, it's a blend of Japanesque music and Asagi's haunting voice weaving together, with a beautiful piano. Philia show little reserve, but a lot of balls (in a good way), an awesome band with a nice and refreshing sound. Mist of Rouge sound somewhat surprisingly contemporary, they would fit easily into the Visual Kei market of the 2008's hehe. Lubis Cadir offer up a nice heavy song and Vidoll end on a pill of lies, but a good one, I can't fault Vidoll's Matina career, it was a brilliant time!!! Overall, a nice and short Omnibus to get one's teeth into hehe.

4/5

オムニバス (Omnibus)
Matina
Matina 1997~2002

2003.02.14
¥3,150 (tax in.)
01. MIRAGE - CROSS
02. Madeth gray'll - Entith de marge
03. Sense of Shape - With your lies
04. LAYBIAL - love affair
05. サリー (Sarii) - 揺篭~堕天使ノ目覚メ~ (Yurikago -Datenshi no Mezame-)
06. Philia - LIFE IS BEAUTY
07. AZALEA - 胎児の夢 (Taiji no Yume)
08. Eze:quL - 終焉の羽 (Shuuen no Hane)
09. DAS:VASSER - CECIL
10. Mist of Rouge - Cross Road
11. ヴィドール (Vidoll) - オカルトプロポーズ (Occult Propose)
12. Lubis Cadir - 孤独+無力+欠落=サヨナラ (Kodoku + Muryoku + Ketsuraku = Sayonara)
13. Vice † Risk - Nostalgia
14. オルゴール (Orgel) - Juliet~永遠に美しく~ (-Eien ni Utsukushiku-)
15. vellaDonna - 陽炎 (Kagerou)

Out of the three Omnibi (that is now a word... I have used it three times), this is probably my favourite. Although the first two evoke good memories of Japan (aah yes ^-^ I spent hours on a hot day in October of 2006 browsing the immense collection of Visual Kei I wanted to buy, but couldn't decide how out of pocket the stuff I wanted would put me hehe), it is by far the best compilation of the three. Displaying bands from the five year history of Matina, this collection begins with a belter from MIRAGE, a nice energetic start to the album. Madeth gray'll, in slightly quieter and less angry form continue to thrill, with entith de marge. Sense of Shape do make me laugh, their contribution is slightly... odd, but I like it hehe. LAYBIAL do a good job on this, a nice upbeat song. Then Sarii, no doubt one of my favourite Matina bands on this cd, Yurikago is stunningly brilliant, a real tribute to Kisaki's memory, that he found and signed such an immensely talented group, with such an eeeeevil sound muahahah. Philia too, for that matter are awesomely talented, but their upbeat and happy outlook mark them out as a refreshing take on a Matina formula. AZALEA are suitably moody, leading into my favourite Eze:quL, Shuuen no Hane, a painful and emotive song, which I absolutely love. DAS:VASSER take the pace back to danceable and the mood up a few pegs. Mist of Rouge fit suitably into the Matina fold and deliver a nice melancholic song. Kisaki's stalwart band Vidoll, ahh how I love them so! Occult Propose sees Jyui's voice delivering over a band with panache and pezaz (if that's how you spell it), they are truly brilliant!! Lubis Cadir offer a brilliantly pensive song, which broods with untapped energy in just a right dosage. Vice Risk certainly play the nostalgia card, carrying a nicely reflective Matina sound throughout. Orgel, as I've mentioned before, are by no means my favourite band, but Juliet is a pretty interesting song. The album ends on an amazing high, vellaDonna's Kagerou, a beatiful and complex work, which will always send shivers up my spine. An amazing album if you can find it, worth most amounts of money you'd pay...but I wouldn't buy it if it's stupidly priced.

5/5

BLAM HONEY
GRANDIOSE DELUSION

1998.02.09
¥2,300 (tax in.)
01. ENLARGE DISORDER
02. HYPER AESTHESIA
03. GENEOUS FORTURE IN THE GARDEN (PART 1)
04. DEEP HOLE
05. RINK
06. TRANCEPERENT SKY
07. GENEOUS FORTURE IN THE GARDEN (PART 2)

BEAR WITH ME. THERE IS A REASON THIS REVIEW IS ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS (IT'S BECAUSE SEEMINGLY BLAM HONEY ALWAYS USED CAPITAL LETTERS, AND I LOVE THESE GUYS). SINCE PERHAPS 1995, BLAM HONEY HAVE BEEN SHAPING A SONIC SOUNDSCAPE WITH VICIOUS, YET BEAUTIFUL AND UNCOMPROMISING WAVES, DESTROYING ANY EARDRUMS IN THEIR WAKE. YET THIS DEBUT CD MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THEIR WORK ON THEIR INDIES LABEL: OVER 10 YEARS AGO, BLAM BECAME HUGE (IN MY OPINION). ENLARGE DISORDER IS A FITTING INTRO TO THE ALBUM, CHARGED WITH ENERGY AND BUILD UP, IT FEELS LIKE STATIC'S GOING TO RIP ALL YOUR HAIR OUT (IN A GOOD WAY). HYPER AESTHESIA WAS THE FIRST SONG I EVER HEARD BY BLAM AND REMAINS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES, THE ELECTRONIC ATMOSPHERE AND HISSING, CRACKLING GUITAR TATSUYA WIELDS, THREAD TOGETHER TO CREATE SOMETHING SPECIAL, SEDUCTIVELY AND ANGRILY TAUNTING THE LISTENER TO REACT. GENEOUS FORTURE...(PART 1) TAKES THINGS DOWN A NOTCH, ITS BEAUTIFUL AND MELODIOUS EXPLORATIONS INTO THE EMOTIONAL QUALITIES OF ELECTRONIC NOISE WORK IMMENSELY. DEEP HOLE RETURNS TO DANGEROUS FORM, THREATENINGLY EVOKING MALICE, AS TATSUYA WHISPERS OVER BEGRUDGING CHORDS, WAVEFORMS, BASS AND GUITAR. RINK UPS THE ANTE, A FASTER NUMBER, UTILISING THEIR TRADEMARK OPERATIC FED-THROUGH-MACHINES-WAILS AND OVERLY-DISTORED GUITARS, GIVING WAY TO TRANCEPERENT SKY, ANOTHER FORAY INTO A MORE UPBEAT AND POSITIVE WORLD OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC. GENEOUS...(PART 2) FINISHES THE ALBUM OFF NICELY, SLIGHTLY MORE FRENETICALLY THAN PART 1, BUT SIMILARLY QUIETER AND REFLECTIVE. AN IMMENSE MINDFOOK OF AN ALBUM, I LOVE IT, I RECCOMEND EVERYONE SHOULD OWN A COPY, EVEN THOUGH THAT'S TECHNICALLY IMPOSSIBLE, TRY!!!

5/5

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