From the Hysteric Circus page: “We… formed and began activity in January 2012. We’re rapid-firing compositions with an exceptionally-aggressive band sound and catchy vocal melodies.” Though GALEYD hasn’t been around long itself, its members certainly have. Miku played as Schwarz in Chemical Pictures and aim, Toki and Nikky were also in aim as Sakura and Shota, respectively, and Garo was once JILL of Hi:BRiD fame.
The self-introduction of the band describes them to a T. Something peculiar happens at a live house when a band that’s as good as it claims to be prepares to take the stage, and it’s something we witnessed that night: the crowd thickened exponentially, and what was more interesting was that it thickened with male concert-goers. This is a rare phenomenon at your average event live, and it means something big is about to happen. GALEYD was precisely that big thing.
We were brought back to a more standard visual kei outfit style as the four-member unit took the stage to a Gregorian-esque SE, and a sense of tension hung in the air. Any sense of calm was shattered when their first speedy number, “Crimson Chain”, kicked off with rapid-fire drumming. By the time they finished the crowd was the epitome of excited and GALEYD didn’t fail to deliver in its solid and hard-hitting set. Meku was an absolute wonder, interacting with the crowd alongside Garo, but more importantly tearing up his guitar with blazing solos and galloping riffs.
Easily the favorite band thus so far and undeniably the most violent of the entire lineup, GALEYD is only 8 months into their career and has already rightfully gained a significant following. If you’re into wicked guitar and violent but melodious speed metal, they might be your next favorite, too.
1. Crimson Chain
2. Hysteric Liar
GALEYD OHP: http://www.galeyd.com/
Act 5: SCAPEGOAT
(Vocals: Haru, Guitar: Sayura, Guitar: Katsuki, Bass: Layha, Drums: Tatsuki)
SCAPEGOAT’s Hysteric Circus self-introduction is a bit longer than the others: “Music that incorporates various styles like rock, loud [rock], screamo, pop, and digital, with a band sound that can’t be pigeonholed or easily categorized. Continuing a nonstop evolution, a soundscape painted by emotional ‘life’ and ‘death’ [themes]. From that world, performing more pronounced and incidentally harshly, transiently and melodiously, messages fired off by Haru, with an unparalleled unique voice. With five unique members which become one, lives are stimulating and impossible to predict… The full impact will shake and stir your emotions.”
The band entered rapidly to danceable electronica, wearing sparkling blue costumes that made them stand out as the flashiest band of the evening, though this presentation might bring fans to deign them as the ‘most visual kei band’ there. In fact, their set fell into a similar generic standard of what modern visual kei is.
That’s not to say they weren’t good on stage. As described above, they certainly added some variety to the lineup of the evening, though it was clear that they selected heavier songs from their repertoire to compete with the other bands. And they were absolutely heavy. “108˚C-Gauge-” boasted brutal drums and bass that you could feel in your bones, and throughout the set the members’ performances were spot-on. Haru and Layha were particularly talented when it came to riling up the crowd, and smiles abounded for the whole energetic band. While visually they might have looked more timid with their shiny costumes and charming grins, they brought the heat necessary to mesh with the rest of the lineup.
During their brief MC, Haru congratulated a certain someone on his birthday, which will bring us to the final band of the show…
2. parasite glamor
4. deletion noise
SCAPEGOAT OHP: http://www.scapegoat-website.com/
The best is yet to come tomorrow, when we conclude this report with part 4!