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  1. Ah yeah, I loved the Shokran album too, good stuff! My most played albums from last year are probably Napoleon's "Newborn Mind" and Architect's "All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us". The former is just the most passionate and inspired Metalcore (even though they seem to be rooted more in Hardcore) album I've heard in a long time. The lead guitar is clearly what makes this band, but the new vocalist is also an amazing and very fitting addition. As for Architects, I've heard that quite a few people don't consider it their best work - I definitely do and think that the removal of most of the clean vocals and the cold and aggressive atmosphere work perfectly for them. And those vocals man, holy shit. As for non-core related stuff, I recently got into Dødsengel. "Imperator" is definitely one of the most interesting (and longest, two and a half hours) Black Metal albums I've heard in a while. The linked song is pretty straightforward compared to the rest of their stuff, but it's definitely worth to check out the whole album. Pretty mindblowing stuff in my opinion.
  2. These guys sound promising. The first verse gives off a slightly old D'espairsRay vibe and his cleans are pretty strong, definitely gonna keep an eye on them.
  3. Awesome news! I thought it would have been cool if they included their last three singles, but maybe they are confident enough in their new material, looking forward to it.
  4. Here is my review for the mixtape provided by @Flame-X! Overall, the songs were in a rather mellow rock style. Fortunately, there was no song that I really disliked, so it was a very enjoyable listen with some nice surprises for me. This was quite a fun trade-off and I will gladly take part in the next one! Aimer – Kyo Kara Omoide Despite not being into female vocals that much, I always enjoy Aimer's songs a lot. This one is no exception and a great way to start off the mix with some of that sweet melancholy that Aimer is so known for. Beautiful voice and beautiful piano, I've always had a soft spot for these kind of sentimental songs. above and beyond – Lonely Girl I will be honest and say that I didn't care too much for this song. It's pleasant to listen to and has a somewhat hypnotizing atmosphere to it, but it didn't really give me the feels some of the other songs did. girugamesh – puzzle Ah, you can do no wrong with girugamesh for me. I've always loved these guys to death and used to listen to their self-titled and MUSIC a lot, so this is definitely a song I'm very familiar with. When I heard this song for the first time, I was a bit sceptical about it since it felt so incredibly short (which it is compared to their other ballads), but I have come to appreciate it as what it is – one of girugamesh's most unique and dynamic songs that lives and breathes through Satoshi's soulful vocals. Kaggra, - Shizuku I actually never listened much to Kaggra, apart from a few songs taken out of the context of their respective releases. That does in no way stop me from enjoying their music though, on the contrary, I feel I can appreciate their greatness a lot more if I don't listen to a full album of theirs for some reason (I am usually more of an album listener). Speaking about this song in particular, I felt it had a bit less of the traditional Japanese influences I'm used to when listening to them, however, it did not take away any of the enjoyment for me. Isshi's singing is as beautiful as ever and goes perfectly with the subtle melodies that this band likes to create. Lucifer – Regret I honestly had no idea who this band was, but I felt it sounded somewhat Anime-ish. Even though I did not particularly dislike the song, it didn't move me either. To me, it is the kind of song that is enjoyable to listen to in the background, but nothing that I would have on repeat or get feels from. Trust Company - Stumbling Never heard of this band, but it does have a (slightly heavier) 90s alternative rock vibe. While I thought the song itself was fine, I'm really not a fan of the vocals. He is by no means a bad singer, but sounds rather generic to me. If I listen to this type of music, I usually need a standout vocalist like coldrain's Masato to make the music worthwhile for me. LUNA SEA – I for you To my embarrassment, I have to admit that I have never listened much to Luna Sea, even though I always enjoyed their stuff a lot when I came across it. Turns out that this one is one of my favourites on the mixtape – amazing songwriting, amazing atmosphere and man, what a voice. abingdon boys school – Kimi No Uta I'm a big fan of Takanori's voice and have always enjoyed his work in abs more than in his solo project, so this one is right up my alley. Even though Kimi No Uta is not among my favourite songs of them, it's a great, uplifting song that is a nice twist between the more mellow style of the rest of the mixtape. SIAM SHADE – Kumori Nochi Hare I've come across this name a lot of times already, but I've never heard a single song of Siam Shade. I always assumed that they are an 80s heavy metal band, but this song is completely different from what I expected – maybe it's just one of their power ballads? Either way, I didn't care that much for the song to be honest, even though I thought it was alright. Pay money To my Pain – Illumination Woah, this one took me by surprise. I always wanted give this band a proper listen, but kind of got discouraged when their vocalist passed away. Seems like I've really been missing out, I absolutely loved this song. I can't pin down exactly why this song reaches me so much, but I suppose it is because of how genuine and heartfelt it feels. Are all vocals done by K in this song or is there a guest vocalist? REDMAN – FLAME OF LIFE Surprisingly, I've mainly heard bad things about this band for some reason. I suppose it's because people want Satoshi to be in a heavier band? I thought this was a great song with a really nice progression. Satoshi's vocals actually caught me off guard a bit here, since he goes for a rather light style in the beginning, which gives the great finale a strong impact. A great way to finish the mix, this song certainly makes me want to check out the rest of their discography.
  5. Yeah, I agree with you there. When I made the thread, I was mainly thinking about stuff I've been listening to recently (most of which is rooted in hardcore to some extent) plus some VK stuff. When I listen to music that is focused less on single songs, but more on the listening experience as a whole, I don't really care about the length either - even though I'd actually prefer a longer album in that case.
  6. This is a topic I've been thinking more about this year after noticing that I have trouble remembering songs on albums that go beyond 10-12 songs. The worst offender for this is probably Mejibray for me - I do believe "420" could be an amazing album (I quite enjoy it as it is), but they sheer amount of tracks hurts the listening experience for me and makes it way more difficult for single tracks standing out. After coming across a variety of different album lengths, I feel like I remember albums with 9-12 songs the most, which equals 35-45 minutes for most bands. Unless they are a bit more progressive and have longer songs, of course. What is your prefered album length? Number of songs or the length in minutes, anything goes.
  7. This is glorious
  8. As someone who has been here since the early days of Tainted World, I can only say that I agree that a lot of the decline seems to be due to a lack of exchange online. When my interest in VK sparked again a few months ago, MH was pretty much the only place I could go to, since the rest of the international community is way too spread. It's virtually impossible to have a proper discussion about recent stuff going on in the scene outside of MH, and as @Disposable said, message boards are more or less a thing of the past (although I feel like the atmosphere here is way less hostile by now, or maybe it's just me growing a thicker skin with age). There are some large facebook pages like the Visual Loner blog which are up to date and would theoretically allow people to exchange, but somehow most facebook users can't be bothered beyond "reacting" to a post or linking some names under it. I still feel that YT plays quite a large role in the decline of interest too, mainly because it was an easy way to discover new bands through the recommended or related videos. But since YT got crippled by all the copyright nonsense, it's hard use it the way people used it a few years ago. As for bands who could fill the void girugamesh, D'espairsRay etc left, there really seems to be no band which I feel has what it takes (except for maybe Dadaroma, they have quite a big presence on YT compared to your average VK band and recently got a big boost through the Fine Bros video). It also seems like it's never new musicians who form the more appreciated bands, but always people that have been or used to be popular before, so there is rarely this feeling of novelty that bands like girugamesh had when they started out. Plus many bands feel very inconsistent or have too much output to really leave an expression. Here in Germany, we still have a few concerts every year though and some of them seem to sell quite well - from what I've heard, Nocturnal Bloodlust's show was very crowded.
  9. Glad if I was of any help! Yup, that sounds like the right approach It's always good to analyze one's recordings (even though it becomes bothersome if you start regretting uploading something after you find more and more flaws ahaha), sometimes it also helps to look at your notes in a program like Melodyne, for me it helped to see where I usually go flat or sharp! Ah yeah, with the throat singing you probably mean the false chord stuff, lots of singers use it for growling - I find it rather uncomfortable and prefer to use fry screams (there's lots of tutorials for that on YT, it's pretty cool because you can transition to raspy and clean singing very quickly with it), but it sounds pretty brutal if you can master it. I haven't listened to AvelCain that much, but from what I remember he sounded fine. I think it's good to pick up bits from all singers you come across and like, there is always something you can learn even from singers who are technically not that good
  10. Ich weiß gar nicht, ob ich hier jemals was geschrieben habe, aber ich sage auch mal hallo
  11. Many bands on the list come and go, but here is a recent one with active bands: 1. DADAROMA 2. Dir En Grey 3. DEZERT 4. Gallo 5. ALSDEAD 6. the god and death stars 7. Hollowgram 8. Nocturnal Bloodlust 9. Mejibray 10. Codomo Dragon
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  13. 100% this. Kyo is a singer who has always used techniques before had learned to control them. I personally like this approach and follow it myself, but it is sometimes risky and often shows at live performances if you do songs that you can only sing in the studio. As to your issue, I went throught really similar thought processes too when I started with singing - thinking that my range and voice might be extraordinary, talking about it a lot and feeling the need to express it. And I think it's not necessarily a bad thing Especially when you just started out singing, it is important to have some confidence and believe in your abilities. However, a tip I can definitely give you is to look critically at your vocals and not lose sight of all the flaws you have - and I assure you, just as I still have them, you have them too. Without a teacher, it's actually fairly hard to notice them if your ear is not yet trained and accustomed to what your voice does, so it definitely helps to get some professional feedback on your singing! To answer your initial question: Yes, it is easy for trained tenors who have the basics of belting (basically powerful singing if you are not familiar with the term) down to hit most of the notes in Saku, it's not exceptionally high except for that high part towards the end of the song. In general, as you said, pretty much everybody can theoretically learn to hit high notes with certain techniques, but it will sound different depending on your voice type. I have a fairly low voice and my voice gets a fairly piercing and thin sound when I go really high - the trick is to use your head voice and mixed voice for the very high notes (not falsetto, every guy has that by default and it's usually weak and disconnected). From my experience, I'd say that it's actually harder to learn to hit super low notes (like actual low notes, Asagi from D doesn't sing very low most of the time, he just has a dark timbre). I can sing around Kyo's highest notes (you can hear it from 1:16 onwards in my example, sorry, it's a fairly old cover since I don't have any recent high ones), but I cannot keep up with his super low notes even though I'm a baritone. Turns out I wrote a whole essay, but I hope it helps! Good luck and have fun practicing
  14. I'd like to give it a try as well!
  15. That was awesome, enjoyed it more than their previous stuff! Let's be honest, if these guys were actually Japanese, people would hype them as the next big thing in VK. They sound great, look great (except for that moustache) and Yohio is a better vocalist than 80% of what is currently hyped in VK.