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    Kisaki's Errand Boy

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    (Outiside of J-Music), Playing Guitar and Composing Songs, Learning Languages, Martial Arts Movies, Traveling around the Globe, Fighting Video Games, Discussing Politics, Studying Serial Killers and Assassinaitons

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  1. TheStoic

    I really like their sound - not breaking any ground - but consistent and solid.
  2. TheStoic

    Psyched to hear this one - they have been fairly consistent in my view.
  3. Their recent releases have salvaged my first impressions. I'm ready to hear this one - if they continue their current trajectory - this will be solid.
  4. I have been following them for a few years now an they have become one of my favorite Japanese bands. Mathy melodic post-hardcore at its best.
  5. TheStoic

    I really have loved Katsuya's music in both CodeRebirth and Misanthropist. I'm stoked for this.
  6. TheStoic

    That was insane. So hype right now.
  7. TheStoic

    I'm liking the sound of of this one - they have been up and down with my interest in the last few years, but I'll check this out.
  8. Mixing in the acoustic arpeggiated sections in the verses paired well with the high-tempo distorted riffing in the pre-chorus and chorus. Razor is becoming my favorite VK band in this era. I hope this next single is solid.
  9. TheStoic

    @Laurence02 - Thank you so much!
  10. I really hope a band materializes with him on guitar as a permanent project to release new music. He nails the djent sound, and I want to hear more.
  11. TheStoic

    I am sure this might have been discussed in another thread - so forgive me if this is redundant - but I'm trying to find a free VPN Website/Proxy that accesses Japanese content and YouTube. I have UK and EU proxy sites, but am still limited when trying to access Japanese native content. Let me know if anyone can help me out as I have been looking for a simple solution for a while. Thanks.
  12. TheStoic

    I moved to Japan in 2002 and started with Kisou after buying a copy of it after seeing the band in a Shoxxx VK magazine. I was wowed, and worked my way back from there; Kisou was still my favorite at that point, but I enjoyed the others. Then once Six Ugly was released however, I fell in love with the band's more western and heavier sound and have been following through the evolution ever since. I second the comment by Kaye to start with Vulgar. It has accessibility and heaviness and blends it all well - from there is the question to go heavier and darker (all post-Vulgar work) or lighter and poppier (all pre-Vulgar work).
  13. TheStoic

    Can anyone send me a Japanese Proxy site to access the Japanese YouTube? My other proxy sties still block it that I use currently.
  14. TheStoic

    The production really takes away from how hard the riffs hit in these tracks. The instruments are too low in the mix compared to the vocals, and the bass needs to be up to make those heavy sections really punch. Don't get me wrong, I like this band and this music, but I honestly think the production is holding them back. Edit: The synth sounds are also way too front and center.
  15. TheStoic

    I like it just fine at this point. It sounds like a return to the Beautiful Deformity era. Not my favorite Gazerock era, but it has some punch and hooks, so I'll take it. I'd like them to experiment with some acoustic ballads again, like Reila, Cassis, or Dark Long Night again, instead of all chuggy rock - Ominous was a good track for the change of pace. I really like the Dogma release, so I hope the new album stays heavy like that bug tries to get more proggy and experimental as seen in tracks like 13 stairs and Undying.
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