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Memoire DX review

Posted : 5 years, 8 months ago on 27 October 2012 02:29 (A review of Memoire DX)

I had my first taste of J-Rock back in 2004 at the age of 16 when I stumbled upon this very album. Back then I'd never heard of the genre and was interested in trying something different, so the unique sound, cross blending of musical styles, powerful vocals and quality of songwriting completely blew me away. It seemed alien to experience such a massively artistic music style, despite the large array of symphonic metal bands I'd regularly listened to previously.

The original lineup, and best in my opinion, consisted of Tetsu (vocals), Közi (guitar), Mana (lead guitar), Yu-ki (bass) and Kami (drums). If you think you've heard a band play well together, you're in for a reality roundhouse kick because these men are gods at what they do. Mana and Közi play in complete and total unison even when in the opposite key each, while Kami and Yu-ki constantly chop-and-change their rhythms and speeds to match an almost immediate change in the song's musical style. When you combine all of this with Tetsu's vocal range; capable of shaming an opera singer, you are only scratching the surface of the talent that this band possesses.

There are only seven tracks, but it's understandable as the album was quite experimental, and I imagine Mana didn't want to have too many chefs spoiling the dish, as it were. The album is ambitious; repopularising the gothic-lolita style in a time when punk music had nearly ended its storm over Japan, and setting the stage for classical sound and theme within contemporary Japanese rock music.

Whether you're already a J-Rock fan or are seeking to broaden your musical horizons, I highly recommend this brief but powerful album. Tetsu's voice will likely be an acquired taste for most people, but if you give it a chance I'm certain you won't be disappointed.

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