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  1. I think this may be what is going on: Tsuuzetsu CD 1 Re-recording CD 2 Track-listing & mix from the 1st press of Tsuuzetsu (2001) Homura Uta CD 1 Re-recording CD 2 Track-listing & mix from the 3rd press of Homura Uta (2004) From the sounds of this description from Puresound, it sound like it's meant to be a release that compares the old Mucc and the current Mucc. Japanese Google English When they say [DISC-2:Tsuuzetsu 1st] I'm positive they're referring to the 1st press of Tsuuzetsu, and when they say [DISC-2:Homura Uta -ReMASTER-] I think they're referring to the 3rd pressing of Homura Uta which was indeed remastered (slightly clearer dynamic range and punchier than the first press.) and included Suiso (which was not included in any other pressing of Homura Uta). While I'm talking about Homura Uta, funny little tidbit about the different pressings is that the only aesthetic differences between the two is that the 3rd press has a giant black & white sticker on the back of the shrink wrap with different catalog number information, the CD matrix has a different catalog number to reflect the pressing, and there's an extra little insert with lyrics for Suiso. Everywhere else you'll see that the packaging and artwork is pulled straight from the first press down to the catalog number on the case and even the bonus CD.
  2. Oh wow, I think I love your mix even more after learning the theme! And I think your mix really conveys the story you were trying to tell. Haha very creative with the length approach. I actually tried to make mine as short as possible (using 60 minutes as my max length) so that the listener wouldn't feel overwhelmed or bored. I still have the project file for my mix so I'll be going back to add in the full version of Vinushka. Yeah, it was great mix with lots of new bands I'd like to listen to more! I think my Cohol LP is coming today so I can't wait to spin that! I'll definitely be saving this mix for an actual apocalyptic situation or if I ever go urban spelunking.
  3. @ZeusI'm very sorry for this incredibly late review. Work has been draining me lately and I've taken up more studying in my free time. I want to start out by saying I really enjoyed your mix. Zeus's mix featured a very black metal/punk metal oriented sound that created a very desolate and dreadful atmosphere. Boris - Huge We get launched right into the heels of the post apocalyptic ruins of whatever horrible catastrophe wiped this society out. Huge is a very bleak track with dissonant and heavily distorted guitars. It builds slowly and stews up its black front of amplified noise. The tragic screams of the vocalist really adds to the despair and destruction and the song reminds me a lot of the album Jane Doe by Converge. Endon - Parricide Agent Service The transition here is perfect. Parricide Agent Service begins with rumbling and acidic electronic noises channeling the tragedy of the first track. Soon after, the song releases the floodgates of its anger with furious drum blasts, the troubled screeches of the vocalist, and chaotic riffs. This doesn't last long though as the song goes back into another building-up section. But, the fury returns and finished out strong. It's like taking a punch to the face that leaves you dazed: it's only for a quick moment and you don't remember it well, but you sure feel it afterwards. Heaven in her arms - 終焉の眩しさ The mix finally introduces something more melodic. The sound is still of the same vein of the previous tracks with a depressing atmosphere and crazy instrumental work. But, it's structured with melodies and patterns I can follow. I really like this mix of dirge-like classical guitar lines and hard thrash-y rock. The track finishes off beautifully with a silent music box fade-out that's peaceful yet chilling. COHOL - Depressive The intro to this song is fantastic. It's shrouded in thick and hazy guitars cut through by a delightfully lively and almost dance-y hi-hat cadence. The meat of the song takes on a completely different nature though becoming a punk/black metal/math rock behemoth. The drum work is absolutely brutal. The barrage of blast beats and machine-gun-fire kick drums leave my ears obliterated. I actually listened to the rest of the album and searched for and ordered a vinyl copy. the GazettE - 13 STAIRS This is a song I know and love very well and I was surprised to see that we had used this exact same song on our mixes! 13 Stairs is one of my favorite GazettE songs for its brutality, memorable riffs, and wasteland like vibe. DIM is a dark album but I have always enjoyed this track because of its violent sound. The guitar riffs are crunchy and heavy and Ruki's distorted screams sound harsh and angry. The high pitched guitar melody before the chorus sounds strained like there's a lot of pressure put on the strings and it has always given me chills. Mucc - Soushin no Koe Oh wow, anything from Mucc's Zekuu era is practically instant gold to me. It's the first album I listened to by them and they were one of the next bands in the vkei scene I listened to after being introduced to the genre through Dir en Grey. This is such a depressing and oppressive song. I always remembered Tatsuro's anguished screams and the haunting female backup vocals. It's simple in structure but the melodies are, surprisingly, catchy and this dark atmosphere leaves a lasting impression. It fits right in with this mix. Dir en grey - Warsaw No Gensou I remember hearing this song when it first came out on The Stalin tribute album and not really liking it. My thoughts this time around are, overall, the same. I enjoy the more quiet moments in the song, but it's the chorus and the last quarter of the song that loses my interest. Toshiya's slap bass technique and the flow-y guitar melodies remind me of Lotus and Shinya's drum work sounds pretty exceptional too. It definitely fits right in with the sound of the mix though with it's desolate vibe and the more light hearted and playful mood adds some interesting variety. 滅びの美学 或は、加虐偏愛者の調性の確立 - 終幕の芥 The mix appears to take yet another turn with a soft acoustic guitar featured song. Or so you'd think until it delves back into familiar territory with another death metal track. It's fairly uneventful though with the most memorable part of the song for me being the bellowing of the vocalist. I would have liked to hear the beginning of the song fleshed out into its own full track. D'espairsRay - Monochrome ni natta saigo no hi This is a nice change of pace. D'espairsRay's industrial metal sound fits right in place with this mix while offering something different. I haven't listened to this song a lot but it features everything I love about this band: Gothic style, Hizumi's emotional vocal performance, and their heavy industrial sound. It's actually a pretty great ballad and I'd like to revisit more often now that I've sat down with it more. The Black Swan - アスモデウスの槍 I've never listened to The Black Swan but it's a name I see popping up a lot in the recent vkei scene. The first thing that stands out to me is that their music is incredibly heavy, just how I like it. It's like they've taken black metal/thrash/punk metal/etc. and visual kei-ified it by injecting in strangeness and theatrical vocals. I'm not quite sure if I'm into it. The song is a bit too all over the place and it's difficult for me to park on one section. But it's very unique and I'm really curious to hear the rest of this group's works. Qujaku - Shinonome I thought maybe this would be another thrasher track with the chilling intro, but to my pleasure the song breaks out into a more exotic and tribal atmosphere. I can dance to the thumping rhythm of the toms and the crooning of the vocalist adds a haunting yet ethereal feeling to the song. Shinonome adds a refreshing upbeat energy to the mix that, honestly, I would've liked to experience a lot earlier in the mix. But it transitions into Bathory so smoothly. Bathory - A Fine Day to Die Hearing the beginning of this song, I thought maybe you might end the mix off softly, but much to my delight Bathory ends up being a classic black metal song. It features psychedellic guitar riffs that'll melt your face off and metal vocals so 80's you can practically feel the vocalist's long black hair flowing through your fingertips. It's a fine finish for this mix ending on a more exciting note. This is the most well put-together mix I've ever listened to. The tracks all flowed incredibly smoothly between each other and for some songs I would've thought they were on the same album. I can tell you carefully planned out the order of tracks for your mix. I really enjoyed the direction you took with the sound of your mix featuring a variety of metal genres. It fits the theme perfectly and this is definitely not a post apocalyptic world I would want to experience in real life. There were a lot of high points in the mix for me as I'm currently exploring deeper into metal genres and because there were a lot of familiar artists. I also think you did a great job of incorporating diverse songs in the same genre so that the mix never gets boring. I will say, the 70 min. length is a bit on the long side for me making it a difficult to listen to on a single play through often. Again, I'm terribly sorry to keep you waiting Zeus and I want to thank you for an awesome mix. It was a lot of fun and I even found a new record to add to my collection. Thanks for such a great mix!
  4. I'm so glad you enjoyed my mix! Thanks for really taking the time to dissect it. It's funny, but if I had graded my own mixtape I would have marked it down for practically the same reasons. I too felt that the Girugamesh track broke the flow of the mix, but i couldn't find a better place to fit it without breaking the flow somewhere else. To be honest, it wasn't my first choice and it felt like I was really stretching for Japanese artists in my library for this mix. With Vinushka, I worried that the listener might have gotten bored with a 10 minute track, but I think you put it well. (Btw, I had made a cover art for my mix as well.) I think in a lot of ways, this mix was a personal reflection. As I stated in Komorebi's mix, last year I had forgotten my love for Japanese music and found myself listening to more and more synth music. I listened to a lot of synth albums last year that told a narrative through its music and have ever since been interested in having my hand at it. So, I guess in short, this mix is my attempt at narrating the transition of my musical tastes through a post-apocalyptic theme. The title "From Dust To Distortion" not only describes the music and the theme, but also who I am now. Just a heads up, I'll probably be posting a review for your mix at the end of this week. (I can't remember if I said that somewhere, but there, I said it here.)
  5. @Komorebi served up a very classic vkei mix featuring a roster of well-known beloved artists. He/she went in a more literal direction with the post apocalyptic theme by using songs with end-of-the-world-like titles. In typical vkei fashion, this mix's apocalyptic vibe was theatrical, musical, and full of high velocity energy. ------------------------------------- 1. DIAURA - a genesis of the end The mix opens up with a short intro track. I typically really like these as they serve as a transition into an album, even though it seems like most people like to skip these. However, I found this particular song to be repetitive and uneventful. It does serve as a good opener track though and sets the tone of the mix. :2.5/5: 2. Acid Black Cherry - doomsday clock Wow, talk about perfect transition. The last song flows incredibly well into this next banger track (I would've thought it was from the same album). Acid Black Cherry is an artist whose name I've seen around a lot, but have never listened to until now. I regret not giving him a try sooner! This song features catchy melodies and crunchy guitar riffs tinged with a touch of Gothic elements. It's a really great start to the mix full of energy and dynamic melodies. 3. Hyde - DOLLY Hyde is another artist of fame that I've yet to listen to, but DOLLY has piqued my interest in him. The track emits a wonderful industrial vibe mixed with hard rock. I like the main chorus melody and Hyde's vocal performance is powerful and memorable. The only part that drags the song down for me is the post-chorus melody that I feel isn't quite as strong as the other melodies in the track. 4. JILUKA - Parasite The chaos of this post apocalyptic vkei world continues to build with the destructive track Parasite. This is the heaviest track yet featuring a heavy dose of distorted riffing and driving drum work. The vocalist's growls sound nefarious but his singing is clean and melodic. It's a great vkei/progressive black metal concoction that stands out from your average jrock track. 5. XIBALBA - withered world The mix lightens up a bit with withered world. It's a more somber track with its sadness accentuated by the inclusion of pianos and synth. But, it's still an upbeat rock track with plenty of riffs and headbanging rhythm. The combination of the melodies, instrumentation, and vocalist's performance generates a very endearing mood to the song that sweetens up the mix. 6. D - What is Going on with The Human I gotta say I'm really loving the diversity of this mix. So far there's been hints of goth, industrial, black metal, and now enka. D blends traditional Japanese vocals with heavy metal giving the age old style a good freshening up. I love the lush and dramatic vocals and the goth inspired guitar melodies. The chorus is a little weak compared to everything else, but it's still good. 7. Satsuki - Apocalypse I didn't recognize this as Satsuki when I first heard the vocals. Also, whatever happened to the whole "I want to sing more beautifully" and "singing purifies the soul" concept? I actually enjoyed this track quite a bit though. It's so great to hear Satsuki doing something more aggressive. The chugging guitars juxtaposed with his soft falsetto create a soothing atmosphere clothed in ruin and dread and capture the duality of light and dark. His growling could use a lot of work though . 8. Deathgaze - The End Heck yes! Deathgaze! I'm more familiar with their earlier days with Sou, but this song more or less sounds like their music from that era, if not better. The main guitar cadence is simple yet effective and the chorus is so catchy. The drums pack a punch and the guitar work sounds focused and precise. Overall, the song is structured well from start to end and I never find a boring moment in the song. No passage seems overworked or underdeveloped and everything just feels in place. 9. The Sound Bee HD - Nemuri The very first ballad of the mix is sadly only a short interlude. Yet, the length feels just right. The vocalist is backed up mainly by a simple piano which creates a very lonely and desolate feeling like experiencing the aftermath of an apocalypse. It serves as a great prelude to the last third of the mix. 10. Janne da Arc - Gaia Holy crap the memories are flowing back. This is the first Janne da Arc song I ever listened too. It was also around this time (2005) that I first began to get into Japanese music as a whole so it's a very cherished and, shall I say biased, period of time in my life. The track opens with the radiant strums of an acoustic guitar setting down a more natural and free tone than previous tracks. Immediately, the bass line stands out with its dynamic melody and the driving tom drums create a smooth fast paced rhythm that feels good to bob your head too. The chorus is powerful and catchy and the general tone of the song is uplifting. 11. 9goats black out - in the rain This post apocalyptic journey ends with yet another group close to my heart. It's a melancholy finish to a mostly heavy and chaotic mix of songs and seems fitting as the closer. Soaked in dreamy guitar lines, dynamic bass melodies, and silky delicate vocals, in the rain whisks me away into it's theatrically somber and sonically rich atmosphere. I find myself getting lost in the song and focusing on everything that's going on. ------------------------------------- This mix was like a jrock resuscitation for me. I had lost my interest in Japanese music this past year instead getting more into synth music. But, your mix reminded me how much I just love Japanese music. There's so much diversity even within just the vkei/jrock genre, and it was like experiencing my adolescent J-music days but in an alternate time-line growing up listening to different bands. Your mix was also so much fun as I discovered quite a lot of new music I would like to hear more of. It was also really interesting to hear your interpretation of a post-apocalyptic world. I really liked the flow of the mix and it seemed like you knew exactly where to put the tracks to keep the listener interested. Since I didn't know your tastes, I was afraid you might really dislike the second half of my mix, but I'm glad to see that you really enjoyed at least GUNSHIP and didn't mind the rest haha. And good on you for recognizing Ryo's voice! Thanks for a great mix! I had fun being partners!
  6. I'll be posting my review of @Komorebi's mix tomorrow. Weekend is a bit busier than I anticipated. I'm also pulling double duty and reviewing @Zeus's mix too so I'll probably have that done next week.
  7. How about I just make the deadline the 2nd of April? I think that's better too as it falls over the weekend giving people more time to work on their reviews.
  8. Oh man, I really hope you get a chance to listen to them live someday. That show was fantastic, the music, the performance, the lights, videos in the background, everything. They even did a cover of "She's a Maniac" and everyone went wild. Really hope they tour near you sometime!
  9. Alright, I'm going to call it! Participants are now paired up.
  10. Not too late! Glad you guys decided to join!
  11. Defiinitely not too late! You're in!
  12. Saw Magic Sword and Carpenter Brut last night. Amazing synth show!
  13. @qotkaTomorrow's the last day to sign up so you are fine. Which, btw other MH people, you should!
  14. Monochrome Heaven's Post Apocalyptic Trade-Off Welcome to the month of Monochrome March! The year is 30xx and you have been tasked with building a Post-Apocalyptic themed mix. Let the wastelands and ruins ring loud with desolation and desperation! Partners: @Ro plz - @emmny @togz - @Platy @indigo - @Hakoniwa @reminiscing2004 - @CAT5 @qotka -@plastic_rainbow @ghost - @Komorebi @Original Saku - @rekzer @Zeus - @yuugure Mixes must be sent to your partner by 3/25. *Please PM your mix to your partner. Don't post them in this thread. The *NEW* deadline for final reviews is 4/2!
  15. Yes, Everlasting is so good! I'll definitely be listening to "The Voice" in the upcoming days. i is definitely up my alley musically! I'm curious to see if I feel this way (lyrically) only about this track or their other songs too. Also, I can't the melody to Chiisana Hoshi out of my head. I think I like that song more than I initially thought. Beni what have you done! My own tolerance for cute is overwhelming me! I love the theme! I kind of wish I knew the theme before hand so that I could really feel it while listening to it, but with the nature of this trade-off I guess nah. I enjoyed the mystery though. Yes! Seriously, 04 isn't Charisma.com??????? Halcali goes on the list of artists to check out. RE: your review ----------------------------------------- Here's the track list: 1. LAMA - Cupid 2. eskimeaux - drunk 3. Kiki Hitomi - Pink no Kimono 4. Bonnie Pink - Pendulum 5. Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers 6. Braids - Victoria 7. In Love With A Ghost - flowers (feat. nori) 8. Charisma.com - OHLERO 9. kidkanevil - Inakunaru (feat. Phasma) 10. Do As Infinity - Under The Moon
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