‘Music’: Dir En Grey in Arche

Arche (the Greek word for origin) is Dir En Grey’s 9th full length ablum and was released in 2014. The album has also had two special edition releases featuring new tracks and acoustic versions. Arche is characterized by the theme of pain and everything the band has accomplished since it’s inception.

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Today we’ll be talking about what the title says.  Imagine that.

Dir En Grey is a Japanese visual kei band formed in 1997.  They have released 9 full length albums and many special edition live dvds.  Dir En Grey has been incredibly successful with large followings in Europe and America as well as Japan.  Their sound has evolved through every album they have released, and you can hear the group mature throughout the years.  Most of their music is a form of metal, though some of their songs could be classified as pop-rock.  Dir En Grey is comprised of members Kyo (vocals), Kaoru (guitar), Die (guitar), Toshiya (bass), and Shinya (drums, the prettiest).  The members of Dir En Grey (sans Toshiya) were formerly part of La:Sadie’s before recruiting Toshiya and releasing their first mini album Missa in 1997.

Fun fact: you can find all the band members blood types on their website, so if you happen to be a vampire you know which member is safe to drink from.

Arche (the Greek word for origin) is Dir En Grey’s 9th full length ablum and was released in 2014.  The album has also had two special edition releases featuring new tracks and acoustic versions.  Arche is characterized by the theme of pain and everything the band has accomplished since it’s inception.

Track List

  1. Un deux [1 2 (it’s French)]
  2. 咀嚼 (Soshaku) [Mastication (like, to chew.  I had no idea either)]
  3. 鱗 (Uroko) [Fish Scales]
  4. Phenomenon
  5. Cause of fickleness
  6. 濤声 (Tousei) [Voice of Waves]
  7. 輪郭 (Rinkaku) [Contour]
  8. Chain repulsion
  9. Midwife
  10. 禍夜想 (Magayasou) [Calamitous Night Thought]
  11. 懐春 (Kaishun) [?]
  12. Behind a vacant image
  13. Sustain the untruth
  14. 空谷の跫音 (Kukoku no kyouon) [Footsteps in the lonely valley]
  15. The inferno
  16. Revelation of mankind

Favourite tracks include: Un deux, Uroko, Tousei, Rinkaku, and Revelation of Mankind.  It is so hard to narrow it down, I love every song on this album and I’ve been listening to it obsessively for the past week.  If you are into Japanese music, or even just anime, I highly recommend Dir En Grey (though I’d watch their MV’s with caution due to cultural differences and questionable content.  Kind of like Disturbed’s MV’s.  Good music, disturbing MV’s (see what I did there??) All the links here are safe though, I’m looking out for you ;33).

Let me know what you think of this format, it is slightly different than previous album reviews (for reference here is my review of Balance and Composure).

I also wanted to say that my site is mobile friendly if you’re catching up on the go!

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(I used jisho.org for the translations)

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Albums of 2014

2014

Hey bit-munchers!

(digital music is composed of bits and you munch the juicy beats with your hearing nodes)

I’ve finally managed to get this thing finished xp

2014 has been over for about a month (try two (or like, five)), so I think it’s time to look at what I liked about music.  Here we go.  These are in no particular order but I really enjoyed all of them.

Band of Skulls – Himalayan

Himalayan is a delicious romp through the snow covered peaks of a mountain of titular nature.  The 14 track album from the British trio surprised me.  Not because I didn’t think it would be good, but they had slipped off my radar for a few years and I’m glad I caught it when I did.

Favourite tracks : Asleep at the Wheel, Himalayan, Brothers and Sisters, I Felle Like Ten Men, Nine Dead and One Dying, Toreador.

Bayside – Cult 3

The boys in Bayside have done it again.  They seem to be able to perfectly describe an inner dialogue of angst and depression, while being able to maintain upbeat sing-able songs.  All of their albums are amazing and Cult is no exception.

Favourite tracks: Stuttering, Pigsty, Whitest Lie, Big Cheese, Bear With Me.

The Contortionist – Language 3

Language is a gorgeous album to listen to.  It’s so relaxing and chill.  The instrumentation is absolutely beautiful and I really just don’t have any idea how to better explain it.  GO LISTEN!!

Favourite tracks:

frnkiero andthe cellabration – Stomachaches 5

I dubiously looked up the album Stomachaches after hearing about another Frank Iero project.  I ‘m not really a fan of LeATHERMOUTH, and Death Spells hasn’t released anything substantial, but I was dying for anything remotely relate to My Chemical Romance.  This album is fantabulous; punky, fuzzy, catchy and tinged with just a hint of macabre (see Joyriding MV).

Favourite tracks: Blood Infections, Joyriding, Stitches, Guilt Tripping

Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien 5

I was incredibly excited to hear that despite the break up of MCR, Gerard Way would be making new music.  After hearing the demo track for Action Cat, I was beyond stoked.  It was amazing and I had high hopes for the album.  Way did not disappoint.  I had the album on repeat for months.

Favourite tracks: Action Cat, Millions, Zero Zero, Juarez, Get the Gang Together, Maya the Psychic.

Jack White – Lazaretto 4

Jack White, part Johnny Depp and Frank Iero, and one half of former band The White Stripes, has released his second solo album Lazaretto.  While not as good an album as Blunderbuss, Lazaretto is just incredibly solid rock ‘n roll.

Favourite tracks:  Lazaretto, High Ball Stepper, That Black Bat Licorice

Kid Cousin – Birth

I met the dudes in Kid Cousin while at college.  Not only are they crazy cool, but they are crazy good musicians.  If you get the chance, I definitely recommend seeing them live, they give one helluva show.  This is their first EP, and you can support the band here: Kid Cousin Bandcamp

Favourite tracks: The whole thing.

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Royal Blood is a fantastic duo from across the pond, making incredible music with just a bass and drums.  This is just such a fuzzy , bassy album, its incredibly awesome to listen.

Favourite tracks: Out of the Black, Figure It Out, You Can Be So Cruel, Little Monster, Careless.

Brent Walsh – 7

Brent Walsh usually fronts the group I The Mighty (who are one of my favourite bands) but he took a detour and recorded songs he’d been working on for seven years.  His voice is beyond perfect and the songs were gorgeous.  The album spans several different genres and each one is executed beautifully (I will say however, not even Brent Walsh can make me like rap).

Favourite tracks: Free, Temporary Mass, Land Lovers, Ride the Air, A Toast:

Block B – HER

This may seem a little left field for me.  Hip-hop.  Wait, it’s good hip-hop.  Also, it’s Korean.  I found these guys while browsing YouTube (probably a suggestion due to the large amount of Visual Kei I consume) and it was honestly love at first view.  The music videos really pulled me in, they were fun and filled with humor and action.  The songs are catchy, feel-good and fun to dance to.

Favourite tracks: Her, Jackpot, Very Good, and Dime Girl

Sid – Outsider

Sid is a Japanese group, and part of the Visual Kei style of music.  I found out about them from watching anime (their song Monochrome Kiss was the opening of Kuroshitsuji).  Looking into the rest of their discography shows this latest offering to be a little bit more poppy than rocky similar to the transition in MUCCs style.  Outsider has plenty of up-beat, catchy and fun songs.

Favourite tracks: Laser, VIP, Music, Koi Ni Ochite (Falling In Love.

Sleepwave – Broken Compass

I was just as upset about Underoath’s disbandment as I was about My Chemical Romance’s, and just like Gerard and Frank, Spencer has not disappointed in his solo ventures.  I was excited to hear more of Spencer Chaimberlains clean vocals on Disambiguation and he definitely brings amazing vocals on Broken Compass.

Favourite tracks: Paper Planes, Rock and Roll  is Dead and So Am I, Whole Again, Replace Me

Honorable Mentions

KONGOS – Lunatic

While Lunatic was released in South Africa in 2012, it wasn’t released in the US until 2014 so it sort of counts for my top albums.

Favourite tracks: I’m Only Joking, Come With Me Now, Kids These Days,

Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

When this album came out in 2013, I couldn’t get into it.  I heard the song ‘Little Sister’ from Lullabies to Paralyze on the radio and loved it.  I ended up loving their entire back catalogue, so I gave …Like Clockwork another chance and I liked it this time.  Go figure.

Bush – Man On the Run

The Glitch Mob – Love Death Immortality

Periphery – Clear

Mechina – Xenon

NEW MUSIC: CRISSCROSS ALBATROSS in HOGDAYS SMOGDAYS

Do you like butts?!

Do you like sweet jams?!

Then check out the debut album from Crisscross Albuttross, Hogdays Smaugdays.  Crisscross Dental-floss is an awesome band hailing from the village of Millersville.  Their indie soul punk will send your sound receptors on a journey through space in a boat powered by a flock of Albatross.

Some personal favorites on the album include Faces More Familiar, Fisherman’s Son, Ghastly Love and Songstress.

In all seriousness, this is an absolutely fantastic album and it is awesome to finally have these songs in my collection.  Check out their bandcamp and Facebook here and here respectively, and purchase the album.

While you’re at it, check out Pillar Collective for more awesome music, art and short films! (bandcamp and facebook).

This is According to Hatchet, thanks for being here.

Stay tuned for more music and nonsense.

(Quick note, my browser wants to correct ‘Millersville’ to ‘Versailles’ )