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  1. reminiscing2004

    Hit or miss! If the music feels right, I'll forgive the most abysmal production! And if it doesn't feel right ... ,
  2. fuzylog has some cheap-kei avantgarde masterpieces for real

  3. getting hammered and binging Vidoll PV's



  4. reminiscing2004

    Thinking back on all the instances where I mentioned Visual Kei to non-VK fans (usually people who listen to a wide variety of genres, or even to people who love certain subcultures of other J-music), I've had this cumulative sense that the biggest barrier to entry for people is the VOCALS. I think it's easy to think the least accessible part of VK is the visuals, but that seems more like a positive draw nowadays, considering how increasingly trendy anime and Japanese cute aesthetic shit is in mainstream youth culture. I believe there is something about the general style of how VK singers sing that is kind of uncomfortable and dramatic for western rock or metal fans, who otherwise like the instrumentals. Of course, there's a gradient of how guilty vocalists are of this, and I think the more normal (to western ears) vocalists tend to be the bands that do better with general music, but not vk, fans. To help think about how to better communicate this, I clicked shuffle play based on the tag 'visual kei' in my library. Sure enough, a Due le Quartz song comes up, and it has 1) seductive sounding vocal fry spoken word throughout 2) sudden ultra deep voice ad libs coming from far left and right 3) falsetto ghostly vocals 4) whispers 5) gasps 6) whistles 7) occasional gag screams ...on top of the normal sung vocals, which have a typical vk vibrato fetish. Also, I would say bad engrish vocals sound weirder than japanese lyrics to foreigners.
  5. reminiscing2004

    Amazing list! Definitely a year that got me amped on VK. Only album that really stuck out for me by not being on the list was Matenrou Opera's "Anomie" -- awesome record!
  6. ahahah, pressed control-z to undo a word i had pasted in my review and deleted that last 6 paragraphs, niiiiiice

    1. IGM_Oficial


      Too bad that the internet doesn't work the same way as notepad

    2. YuyoDrift


      I spent 5 1/2 hours typing out a well thought out take on deadman, all to just have my browser crash and lose the entire draft lol.


      I feel ya.

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    I don't know if I agree with this, but I think it's an interesting point. If I think back 10+ years ago to the forefront technical/fast players, I think of Versailles, Matenrou Opera, Deluhi. Go listen to Teru's earliest work with Aikaryu, Hizaki with Garnet grave in 1998 (let alone the Schwardix & Solo stuff), Anzi's old power metal band Masterpiece, and Leda's playing in Crimson Head. They were always shredders. Of course they improved with age, but they were always speed-geeks from the start. Also, because visual kei musicians are almost always influenced by musicians in the global rock/metal world, I think its unfair to compare the 2000's with now. With the global waning of rock music from the 2000's to 2010's, a lot of this decade was defined by music with high technical merit. The icons of the early 2000's were often nu-metal bands with no guitar soloes like System of a Down, Disturbed, Slipknot and Linkin Park. Whereas in the early 2010's, metal kids were getting excited about Animals as Leaders, Periphery, and 'djent'. Even now, a lot of the big NEW rock/metal bands of the 2010's are proggy shred bands (Polyphia, Intervals, Chon). There wasn't as much of an audience for those kind of bands in 2005. So it would make sense that visual kei in the 2010's has a higher skill level, because it reflects the global trends.
  9. next trade off when @ team admin :0

    1. platy


      We're in the middle of one right now :) so maybe in two months lol

    2. reminiscing2004


      oh man didnt realise i missed one. thx for info

  10. reminiscing2004

    south america never gives up
  11. its crazy how a song can sit in your library for ages and it never quite resonates with you. but then one day you have a bunch of weird experiences, come home, listen to it, and really feel it

  12. after listening to them since I was like 9, I saw Symphony X today. super satisfying. russell allen was nothing but good vibes

  13. craving another plugdj sesh :o

  14. reminiscing2004

    re: aggy's bass tracks being replaced 🤔
  15. reminiscing2004

    You guys really gonna exclusively stan "Inhale"? I'm also in the camp who never enjoyed FED as much as I hoped I could, but the track is 50% boring djent fuckery. I admit it has an amazing solo, but that's the case for almost every Leda track. I'd pick something like "Beyond These Walls" over "Inhale" any day-- and "Beyond These Walls" still has semi-cringe verse vocals.. @TheStoic brings up an excellent point about the recording sound/mixes, but unfortunately, I think that is a problem with Visual Kei across the board in 2019. The sound a lot of us may be yearning for when we think of DELUHI is partially intertwined with 2000's production techniques, that have been left in the 2000's. Oh, real-sounding drums, where art thou? Leda was suuuuuch a monster musician a decade ago, between Crimson Head, Galneryus, and DELUHI-- let alone how much he's progressed since. I'm just hoping in the next chapter he gives all that talent the setting it deserves. Better vocalist, better sounding recordings, and less trying to be like Animals as Leaders when you have the melodic charisma that Animals as Leaders doesn't.
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