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  1. I also find br00tal stuff to be mediocre the majority of times, but Cazqui's work with symphonic arrangments, contrapunctual guitar and bass lines, harmonic modulations, heavy emphasis on melody, etc. makes the easy-tiring blast beats, guitar chugging and screaming instead very pleasing and interesting. I think thats the reasong why I, who always was suspicious about anything br00tal, came to like Nokubura a lot back when they were still active with their original line-up...
  2. saiko

    Generic to stupidity levels. I know this guys can put out much better music! come onnnnnnnn
  3. Ok, now this may be my dream taiban. I hate living outside Japan...
  4. saiko

    Unfortunately, I must agree...
  5. saiko

    I can't relate the fact that a band is going to be celebrating its 15th anniversary with the fact that said band is also a miracle that's still active... Such an obscure one!
  6. saiko

    Wow, you really have a scholar lecture on Dir's history there! NICE!
  7. saiko

    Being thinking about this a lot recently...
  8. Does anyone have an hypothesis about why Lin wasn't even a little succesful as Phantasmagoria? If Mago's sound managed to attract lots of fans, and if Lin sounded exactly like it, I can't figure out why Riku and Kisaki couldn't recover with Lin the popularity they had back in the track with Mago...

    1. suji


      think of Lin as a crappy sequel to a popular film. their modern sound doesn't compare to that of the classic kote sound of Phantasmagoria, especially with the lineup change in the 2nd half of their lifespan.

  9. saiko

    https://youtu.be/INKCPOQL98c Not joking. P.d.: Youtube doesn't let me embed the video here 😖
  10. saiko

    Oh, my, god. I can't believe that there actually WAS western people coming to Japan for, like, a tour final of Syndrome or even Dir's 2001 Budokan?! What kind of weird anime crossover is this?! This is such gold to the guys interested in vk culture besides its music. We should start a thread (or even a board?) for you the aunties/uncles of the '1st wave' to tell us with as much detail as you want your antics back then! Thank you SO much for this!
  11. saiko

    It would be interesting if someone 'old enough' could share his /her opinions on VK spreading before the 2006-2008 boom in the West.
  12. Does somebody have a clue about the story into Sid's lastest pv?



  13. Nothing mind-blowing, but it actually sounds pretty well. Seems they want to hit the new generation with the sound they've pulled out back in 2007-8. The only thing I pray for is Aoi's singing decent on live once for all. He has always had a very recognizable voice, but that doesn't mean he actually had a 'good' voice. Even in his solo work after the disbandment of ayabie he struggled a lot to put out those really high-pitched melodies of him...
  14. saiko

    I can't imagine he was so stubborn about toning down their visuals in the past...
  15. saiko

    Is Toshiya returning to his 'band-whore' looks?💜💜💜
  16. saiko

    Thanks for this💜
  17. saiko

    VK is nowadays filled with so much shit that if it wasn't for Dir, Dimlim and Kizu MH would be pretty dead!
  18. saiko

    How can you 'guarantee' that? Also, I've always tended to think that both Kaoru and Die's strength relied more on songwriting rather than on actual guitar skills. I mean, they managed to put out a really creative and always changing sound while at the same time attaching to current trends on metal, punk and alternative rock (and also local pop) since MISSA. In that sense, no doubts over why Yoshiki put the eye on them back in 1998... Nowadays I tend to believe that Kaoru and Die aren't mediocre guitarists, but rather have a different technical approach to the musical trends they want to craft over. To put it into few words, I sometimes have the impression that still today they try to play arranges inspired by bands of nu-metal, death-metal, etc., in the way their 'music papas' did back in the ending 80s, a.k.a. like post-punk goth acts (or "positive punk", like the proto-VK bands liked to label this trend in music). The most visible example of this Die: the resemblance to D'erlanger's Cipher in his playing is very strong, even on TIW. Like, what metal guy would hit those beautiful gothic syncopated chorused cleans within a brutal 0-1-00-1 atmosphere? (Same goes for Toshiya's cutting melodic lines). Of course, I'm not saying this approach of theirs is wrong, all on the contrary: that's one of the keys why the sound of Dir was and still is very unique. And also may be why every Western metalhead writing a review on them since 2005 still doesn't get a clue over their releases out of labeling them 'art-metal' or 'avant garde-metal' while comparing them only to Manson, Korn and Deftones...
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    Like actually trying not to realize what a tragedy is that one of the most creative bands in Japanese music history suddenly ran off of ideas lol
  20. saiko

    I know there's make up and also photo edition, but wow, is he really looking THAT young today? I wonder how old could he be... like 40 at least, couldn't he?
  21. saiko

    Is that the ex-Aliene Ma'riage Mast?
  22. saiko

    Where have you listened to it?
  23. saiko

    Best definition of hardcore VK fandom EVER GIVEN.
  24. saiko

    Wow, plenty of names I don't know!
  25. saiko

    Same here. But on the other hand, VK as a whole hasn't seen something really impressive coming up in the last 5+ years, worth the illusion of 'being part' of it. Summing, when I thought the 'free-speech' and Jordan Peterson stupidity was the worse that could have happened here, then Chic Boy's nasty, NASTY, last look happened...
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