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  1. Hit me up in a message - I've been running a Jrock panel for MH at Anime Central for what, 7 years now?
  2. I really want to know your thoughts on our end of the year list! What did we miss?
     

     

    1. Spectralion

      Spectralion

      WHERE IS KIRYU!

       

      Haha, I'm joking. It was a great list.
      Quite a good year for VK bands.

  3. I've been waiting till everything was out to give some more thoughts to some of the picks. Versailles - The Greatest Hits 2007-2016 I still feel like this was an odd choice for our list - a best of just ends up feeling a little out of place. I know that it featured rerecordings, so that gives it some merit, but man I just don't feel like they are -good- rerecording. "The Love From A Dead Orchestra," which is my favorite Versailles song, just feels over produced and lifeless to me. I will take the marginal production on the original any day of the week. the god and death stars - after the addle apple I'm honestly shocked people didn't enjoy this more. I think this was one of the best Japanese releases this year, so I am not sure what is not clicking to people that are normally aie fans. KEEL - raison d'etre et de sang The response to this one I can get behind a little more - I feel like this release was fairly underwhelming compared to KEEL's previous releases. Like, don't get me wrong, I really dig this mini, but I am hoping they step it up for 2017. Also, I can't stand "May Your Life Be Always Fullfilled with Love." ザアザア (XAA-XAA) - 中毒症状 (chuudoku shoujou) This one was soooo close to making it in to my voting choices. I chose to cut it in favor for DEZERT, but it is still a good album. I think they still have a few weak songs on here, but also a lot of promise, so I am really interested to see how they develop as a band in 2017. Really hoping this isn't the last we will see of XAA-XAA on our end of the year lists. the Novembers - Hallelujah Man, the Novembers are so hit or miss for me. I went from really liking zeitgeist, to not caring for Rhapsody in beauty, to liking Elegance. Hallelujah comes of as their more "okayest" album yet - it was enjoyable, but ultimately pretty forgettable imo. THE BLACK SWAN - OUSIA I probably gave this album one listen when it first came out and put it back on the figurative shelf. Jin's vocals, while certainly an improvement from his stuff with Nega, is still one of the weakest links here. This band would be MUCH better if they didn't have someone fronting who sounds like he is singing with his nose plugged. Perhaps if I felt like the rest of the album was good enough, the vocals would be less of a point of contention, but as I listen to it as I type this, I find it rather unimpressive. Not bad by any means, I would even say good, but not enough to leave much of an impression. downy - 第六作品集『無題』 (Mudai) I flat out didn't like this album the first time I listened to it. It felt like it was just trying a bit too hard to make some parts work. Yet, since it was so highly regarded, I forced myself to give it more tries. Somehow, over time this one has really grown on me. With every listen I find myself appreciating this more and more. I still think downy's vocalist travels between ok to annoying, and some spots in song still feel like they are really trying to force these odd rhythms to work, but overall those parts ended up falling to the way side and I am really enjoying it now. ギルガメッシュ (girugamesh) - 鵺-chimera- This isn't the best Japanese album of 2016, but I still think these isn't a better release to have taken top honors. Kind of odd how that works.
  4. Since the list is finally complete, I want to hear your thoughts on it! Do you agree with out picks or the ordering? Are there some albums that we really should have on here? Do you like the formatting and the way it is posted? This is such a huge project for the staff, so I really hope you all enjoyed it!
  5. Day 25: 鵺-chimera- by ギルガメッシュ (girugamesh) posted!
  6. Day 25: 鵺-chimera- by ギルガメッシュ (girugamesh) Release Date: 2016-01-20 Label: Danger Crue Records Genre: Visual Kei/Metal Impressions from @doombox: Impressions from @togz: Impressions from @ShanethVarosa: Impressions from @emmny: Impressions from @Ito: Sample song: Buy the album: CD Japan | iTunes | Spotify | Amazon
  7. Day 24: siraph by siraph Release Date: 2016-05-18 Label: NBC Universal Entertainment Japan Genre: Pop Rock/Electronic Impressions from @Zeus: Impressions from @CAT5: Impressions from @Original Saku: Impressions from @Ito: Sample song: Buy the album: Amazon
  8. Day 23: 第六作品集『無題』 (Mudai) by downy posted!
  9. Day 23: 第六作品集『無題』 (Mudai) by downy Release Date: 2016-09-07 Label: felicity / Space Shower Music Genre: Post Rock/Shoegaze Impressions from @togz: Impressions from @Zeus: Impressions from @CAT5: Impressions from @Original Saku: Sample song: Buy the album: CD Japan | iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Amazon
  10. Day 22: アトム 未来派 No.9 (Atom miraiha No.9) by BUCK-TICK posted!
  11. Day 22: アトム 未来派 No.9 (Atom miraiha No.9) by BUCK-TICK Release Date: 2016-09-28 Label: Victor Genre: Visual Kei/Industrial Impressions from @doombox: Impressions from @Zeus: Impressions from @ShanethVarosa: Sample song: Buy the album: CD Japan | Amazon
  12. Day 21: OUSIA by THE BLACK SWAN posted!
  13. Day 21: OUSIA by THE BLACK SWAN Release Date: 2016-04-27 Label: Terakoya Records Genre: Visual Kei/Metalcore Impressions from @Zeus: Impressions from @emmny: Impressions from @tetsu_sama69: Impressions from @Seimeisen: Sample song: Buy the album: CD Japan | iTunes | Amazon
  14. Day 20: 「最高の食卓」(Saikou no shokutaku) by DEZERT posted!