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a topic posted RickBuch 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