‘New Music’: ONE OK ROCK in Ambitions

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Moving right along with January releases we see ONE OK ROCK grace the front page of iTunes.

Ambitions is ONE OK ROCK’s 8th Japanese release, or their second American release, depending on which version you have.  Their previous album 35xxxv was released in the same way.  This review will be on the American version and I will write up a separate review for the JP exclusives (sometime in the near distant future)

I highly recommend going to their Japanese site, allowing Google to translate the page for you, and compare that to their English site.  The translation differences are quite entertaining.

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ONE OK ROCK formed in 2005 when Toru Yamashita asked his high school friends to start a band.  ONE OK ROCK is comprised of Taka (vocals), Toru (guitars), Ryota (bass), and Tomoya (drums).  They released their first album Zeitakubyo in 2007.  Since then they’ve released Beam of Light (2008), Kanjo Effect (2008), Niche Syndrome (2010), Zankyo Reference (2011), JinseixBoku= (2013), 35xxxv (2015), and finally Ambitions (2017).

The only real stylistic difference this album has compared to their others is the lack of Japanese vocals on the international version.  The track “Jaded” features Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, and “Take What You Want” features 5 Seconds of Summer.  I’ve never been a fan of ATL (and I honestly can’t find Alex in that song), or 5SOS (but the vocals all mesh well, it’s a great addition to the song).  That sentence was never a complete thought…

Ambitions is an anthem from beginning to end.  The songs are catchy, bouncy, and engaging.  I imagine this album is what their concerts are like, lots of people jumping and having a good time, not minding that you spilled your beverage on them.  Anybody want to take me to Japan in May to see them?  No?  Shoot.

Favourite songs include “Bombs Away”, “Taking Off”, “American Girls”,0 “Start Again”, and “Take What You Want”

I’d give this album a 3.5 out of 5 for now (I’ll combine the scores when I listen to the Japanese version).  While it is a great album, it doesn’t get me in the same way that JinsexBoku= did.

This post will be updated (and probably combined) when I get around to the the other version but for now

this has been According to Hatchet.

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‘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.

Hey bitmunchers!

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!

This is According to Hatchet,

Thanks for being here x33

 

(I used jisho.org for the translations)

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