[Reitaisai 14] xi-on – UNDER FEST -アンダー・フェスト-

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[xi-on] – UNDER FEST
Genre – Orchestral, instrumental
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Hi everyone! It’s my first music related post in a while, as explained in my previous post. First up on the review list is an amazing album by xi-on, released a few weeks ago during Reitaisai 14.

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[Comiket 89] Release Hallucination – Melancholia

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[Release Hallucination] – Melancholia
Genre – Progressive Metal, Vocal, Original
Site | XFD

A short 2 track single by a progressive metal circle called Release Hallucination. It’s my first time hearing their work but it sounds pretty good. The recording quality is a tad bit better than what I’ve heard from other doujin hard rock or metal circles. The instruments aren’t smeared sounding and Emi’s voice is very clear. It’s definitely worth a listen if you’re into Progressive Metal. Check out their Bandcamp page for their other works.

Originally published 3/1/2016

I’ve got another EP up for review today! This time it’s a progressive metal EP by Release Hallucination, a progressive metal circle consisting of Emi on vocals/lyrics and Kaorin on guitars/composition.

Now, I’ve only discovered them recently through Melancholia’s preview. Since then, I’ve listened to their previous EPs and full album. How did they sound? Pretty damn awesome. Read on for my brief impressions.

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[Comiket 89] AVTechNO! – PULSE

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[AVTechNO!] – PULSE
Genre – Electronic, Vocaloid, Original
Site | XFD

Originally published 2/16/2016
I was pleasantly surprised when I first heard this preview on 9tensu, long after C89 was over. AVTechNO! is a doujin circle that I’ve never heard of before, but it seems have been around for a while. Vocaloid fans will probably be more aware of his works than touhou fans, as he only makes vocaloid music. He specializes in techno and electronic music as his name implies, but his works vary a bit in style.

PULSE is an EP consisting of two songs voiced by Hatsune Miku, an instrumental track, and instrumental versions of the Miku songs. It’s the first vocaloid album that I’ll be reviewing here! Read on for the full review.

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[Comiket 89] Osamuraisan – Osamuraisan Selection vol.7 ~Bosa Lon~

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[Osamuraisan] – Osamuraisan Selection vol.7 ~Bosa Lon~
Genre – Acoustic Guitar, Bossa Nova, Vocaloid/original
Site | XFD

Osamuraisan… how should I put this? He’s a damn doujin music GOD. I can’t believe that I’ve never heard of him before this album. I discovered this album randomly while looking through 9tensu’s C89 albums. The crossfade immediately caught my ears because I’ve been starving for some acoustic guitar music ever since Forest306 went on break (he’s sort of back now btw). In addition, the music was also Bossa Nova, one of my favorite genres! Third point, as if the first two weren’t enough, was the beautiful voice that I was hearing from Lon. I couldn’t resist listening to the album soon after hearing the preview.

A little bit about Osamuraisan: he is a solo doujin artist who specializes in making acoustic guitar arrangements of popular vocaloid songs. You can find his music on his YouTube channel, Spotify, and Google Music. I believe that his YT channel has a lot of arrangements that aren’t released on his albums, so be sure to check those out as well.

Anyways! Just to reiterate, this album is a bossa nova arrangement album of 6 popular vocaloid/original songs. They’re all sung by Lon but Osamuraisan also included 6 instrumental versions for those who are more interested in his guitar work. Ready for the review? Read on!

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[Comiket 89] CROW’SCLAW – Angel’s Wings

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[CROW’SCLAW] – Angel’s Wings
Genre – Alternative Metal/Vocal, Original
Site | XFD

It’s about damn time, Taka! He’s finally gracing us with a full vocal album 1.5 years after his last one,Caramel Crunch. This time around, we only have Show Ikeda and Futoumeido on vocals. It’s a shame that there’s no Mei Ayakura or Nachi, but i’m not going to complain since I’m happy with the two other returning vocalists.

The crossfade sounded very good to my ears, and is a great indication that the album will turn out fantastic. Like Sepia Recollections, this is an original alternative metal album with vocals.

Originally published 1/12/2016
As one of my most anticipated albums of C89, does Angel’s Wings live up to my expectations? Read on to find out.

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[Comiket 89] Recap and leftover albums

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Originally published 5/6/2016
Months and 7 reviews later, here’s my Comiket 89 recap! I think I’ve listened to more albums this comiket than any other before. That being said though, there weren’t a significant amount of albums that I ended up liking. However, there were a couple of albums that really stood out to me this Comiket.

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[Rewrite] S2 EP01 – Three Cups of Coffee

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A captivating opening animation from 8bit

Ahh Rewrite… it had so much potential as an anime adaptation of one of the most popular visual novels out there. However, just like Grisaia no Kajitsu (also animated by 8bit), the first season was very disappointing. From the start, it was bound to fail because of the sheer length of Rewrite. In order to condense so many hours of reading into 13 episodes, sacrifices had to be made. Routes were abridged, and we never really get to see the main characters fully fleshed out.

I first read Rewrite nearly 4 years ago, so my memories of finer details are hazy. My mind was able to fill in a lot of the gaps that the anime left out, but a newcomer would probably be quite confused. I wouldn’t recommend the anime to anyone who hasn’t read the VN. At the very least, season 1 of Rewrite brought back a lot of good memories of my favorite VN.

I digress though. This is a new season of Rewrite which just aired over the weekend. It’ll cover the Moon and Terra routes, which are considered the true routes of Rewrite. They are pretty much linear, so there is potential for 8bit to redeem themselves and create a season that’s worthy of the original source. Read on for my thoughts on the first episode of the season!

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