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Dir en Grey is one of the most well know japanese bands in the world, you can meet someone that doesn´t like japanese music at all, but they like Dir en Grey, it happens to me all the time... Today they are know for they experimental extreme metal songs, but, one day they where just a visual kei band doing they "true" things you know, for some is hard to believe that it is the same band. Released in 1997, MISSA is their first EP, the music was kind of similar to what they were doing in La:Sadie's, lyrical themes and etc... So, let's go! 01.霧と繭 I think that this song may be one of my favorite visual kei songs of all time(It is on my top 5 songs in my last fm chart). The song stars with a wind sound and Kyo whispering some phases and then the old school octave riffage starts with drums blasting all the way, the bass tone is just amazing in this one, love it! The solo is simple but i like it very much, it just done right. The song talk's about suicide, as Kyo means that he doesn´t need his cocoon(body) anymore. It's a fun fact, and who could imagine, that one day we could listen to a deathcore version of this song, done by the same band, but, i still preffer the original song for all it's context and epicness. Just a classic. 10/10 02.「S」 This songs starts with a frenetic bass drum kick ending the time count with the cymbals, then the guitar enters with a octave riff(i think they liked doing that a lot), the song has a, almost, danceable rhythm if you think about it, the vocal melody isn´t nothing special, don´t appeal to me too much. Overall its a nice song, just that. 7/10 03.Erode Remember that orgasmatic bass tone? aw god... I feel that this bass intro is somehow iconic to me, the guitar melody that enter to complete the intro is very nice too, i like how the first verse has a mysterious feel leading to a nice song. The lyrics are about lost love, and maybe, about suicide... just kiding. 9/10 04.蒼い月 "Akai sora, aoi tsuki..." Another classic old school Dir en Grey song, i love how this song has a odd 5/4 timing. Overall, the song is kind of repetitive, but in a good way, it doesn´t have a chorus at all, just a "Blue & Die" moment. 9/10 05.Garden Somehow, this is the most popular song in the EP, i think that because it is a upbeat song, not so "melancholic" as the other songs, it's more similar to the other upbeat visual kei songs of its time, it remembers me of my teenager years... Ah, forgot, nice song. C'mon sing along... "GARDEN sugi yuku kono kisetsu no naka de itsu made mooooooooooooooooooooooooooo" 8/10 06.秒「」深 They used to play this one a lot live, fast visual kei song uhuuuuu, headbang with your friends. Just to finish this EP in good mood, giving the feeling that they had a lot to show yet, the main riff is very nice. Ah, the song finishes with mad screaming, missed that... 8/10 This EP is undoubtedly a visual kei classic, the bass tone, the "true" feeling, classic Dir en Grey was very successful, the right band in the right time and country, no doubt this era is considered influential until today in the scene, Gri... cof cof eva... Buy this in the first chance you have! OVERALL: 8,5
RickBuch posted a topic in Reviews(Well, this is my first review here, so i hope you guys like it! ^^) Kuroyume is one of the most influential bands within the japanese rock scene, they influenced visual kei bands and "normal" bands in many music genres, such as visual kei itself, punk rock, soft and pop rock. Their first EP Ikiteita Chuzetsuji was relese 1992, a year where bands like Luna Sea, Gilles de Rais and L'arc~en~ciel were playing some kind of fast, dark, melodic music, a new scene was growing and taking all the attention in japanese media. Kuroyume music was dark and agressive, it talked about suicide, depression and abortion, themes that would become very common until today by some visual kei bands. So, lets go! 01.黒夢 This song starts with a kind of misterious riff that doesn´t give any tip of what is going to happen, after the intro fade out it blasts into fast drumming and a raw agressive riff, kiyoharu starts to sing repeatedly "onaji kono yume to kurai karada", this song has a nice fast solo. For some, this song may sound repetitive, the maniac feelings make this song even cooler. 8/10 02.狂い奴隷 The song stars with a agressive riff that was more a metal feeling, good for shake the head, i think it has the best solo in the entire album! 9/10 03.磔 A 2:21 minutes song that goes direct to the point, maniac vocals and fast drumming, but in a way that many kote kei bands did after them, i even heard some one call it "visual kei beat", kind of agree with that. Cool solo in this one too. 7.5/10 04.楽死運命 The song has a nice intro riff, it sounds evil and glooming, nice, but then, the song starts to get repetitive and feels like its going nowhere, the solo makes it, but after it, it gets boring again. God forgive me for saying that from a Kuroyume song. 6/10 05.親愛なるDEATHMASK Well, this song is a classic, many say that it is one of the most influential regarding the kote kei bands, the fast drumming, maniac vocals and lyric themes made them legendary among the "true vk" fans, this kind of song became very common in the visual kei scene, until today, bands like Grieva are doing it, I like the album version better, but this version stills nail it! 9/10 06.鏡になりたい This one is very different from all the other songs, different from any Kuroyume song may i say, it is just vocals and a clean guitar tone with lots of overdub and reverb. Kiyoharu sings with a lot of feeling giving a depressive feel to it, if you are not in the mood, this song may sound boring, but for me, its a very good one! In the end Kiyoharu keeps saying "shinitai", literally "i want to die", just don´t kill yourself Kiyoharu, listen to Gazette's Tomorrow Never Dies, put a smile on that face! 9/10 This EP is totally a visual kei classic, if you like agressive songs with that feeling of mid 90s bands, git it a try! Overall, the production raw in a good way, the bass is very audible, as well, usual in Kuroyume songs. OVERALL:8/10
Hello, I am currently looking to buy old Jrock magazines from year 1999 and earlier. Any brand (fools mate,GB,Arena37c,UV,etc) is fine,DVDs or VHS too.Having a difficult time finding these so I decided to post here. Located in the U.S , and hoping for someone who is willing to take Concealed Cash as a payment. If anyone is trying to get rid of their old magazines/videos and doesn't strictly want paypal or check, please respond right away~!