Well it’s that time again. Time to review another single that is. Though I post reviews every so often on my blog, I’ve decided to try and review releases here on S-T more often.
Today we’re bringing you a review of the newest single from the delightful and obviously metalcore influenced, DELUHI.
2008.12.31 – CD Single – BMCD-005 – ￥1,680
I like DELUHI because they are hard and melodic without suffering from the usual case of poor musicianship. These guys know how to write. The guys of DELUHI use their skills to their advantage by adding in subtle details which greatly increase the listening pleasure. At least in most of their singles. I can’t say the same for this one though!
Track 1. リヴィングデッド
This song starts with a simple guitar line backed up by echoes of ambient sounds. At the 0:21 mark the band launches into a hard grinding riff accompanied by delicious bursts of double bass courtesy of Sujk. By the time Juri begins singing, we’ve returned to the simple line and ambient sounds. The song maintains this pattern throughout most of the song with slight variations. While the chorus grants us the pleasure of Juri switching between growling and a clean projecting voice, the solo is fairly simple, stepping away from showcasing Leda’s superb guitar skills. However the outro solo is a little more interesting than the mid-song one. Overall the feeling the song gives off is that of a rising tension, but it never really seems to release this tension or give any closure. While not being extremely memorable, this song definitely mixes metalcore sound with more familiar vk elements like the strings. It could’ve been much more memorable had they altered the song structure some more.
Track 2. Rebel:Sicks, Shadow:Six
This track starts right off the bat and launches into a vk riff I swear I’ve heard in at least 8 other songs. Juri does some…rapping type deal. This really reminds me of something the GazettE would do. It feels like they borrowed an old GazettE song and released it under their name, in my opinion. Most of the song is growls and forgettable riffing. I can barely remember how this song sounds just moments after shutting it off.
Overall Rating: 4.5/10
Summary: While DELUHI has a great amount of talent, this single falls short of producing the quality music they’re known for. Pass on this one, and hope the next will be better.
Well that’s all for the first review! Any feedback or suggestions on what I should review next can be mailed to kyourei[AT]gmail.com or posted in the comments. Thanks for reading!