Category Archive: Review

May 15

[review] exist†trace – VIRGIN

Veterans of the visual kei music scene, exist†trace are no virgins when it comes to churning out great songs. Though there’s not a lot of virgin territory on their third studio album (hint hint, it’s called Virgin); it includes five tracks from previous mini-albums. “WONDERLAND” starts out like the opening to a gothic horror flick; sliding …

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Feb 08

[live report] SUGIZO Lives Long and Prospers

If there’s ever a time to do the Vulcan Salute outside a Star Trek convention, it’s at a SUGIZO concert. The guitarist, violinist, and songwriter started doing the Salute during LUNA SEA shows back in the day. And for some reason fans have adopted it as the most logical way of greeting him. Perhaps it’s …

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Jan 26

[review] By My Side – Hemenway

“By My Side” starts out as a very generic pop-rock song.   While it’s catchy,  you kinda cruise through the first 2 minutes of the new NARUTO Shippuden end theme by Hemenway.  But there’s a little hint of something great in the chorus, a sweet falsetto at the end.  And then you get to the …

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Jan 23

[review] Sun Burns Down – Jin Akanishi

Jin Akanishi is hitting his stride with a fabulous new single, “Sun Burns Down.”  It’s upbeat techno-pop ala Kaskade, the lyrics hinting at some sexy time, but never wandering outside of radio-pop friendly.  The driving chorus, where Jin urges his listeners to “make love until the sun burns down,” is  fist-pumpingly catchy.  The simple beats …

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Nov 17

[review + interview] From Scientist to Songstress: In Mio Soul's Skin

Tokyo-born songwriter Mio Soul makes her debut with In My Skin.  The EP contains the heavy drum beats and smooth melodies of contemporary R&B with flavors of pop, dance, and jazz.  Simple yet candid, the lyrics are in English, except for the rap in “Let’s Party” where Mio effortlessly flows in and out of her …

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