DIR EN GREY’s New Mini-Album THE UNRAVELING Released Today

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Japan’s best progressive metallers, DIR EN GREY are releasing their new mini-album, THE UNRAVELING simultaneously in Japan and Europe today on OKAMI Records. The album contains seven tracks in the digital version, and better yet, there will be a physical edition released across Europe in the very near future which will contain four more tracks.

Just two months after the release of their last single, RINKAKU, this album continues to flex the bands’ muscles style wise. With a heavy, complex sound this mini-album is a good continuation from their last full album DUM SPIRO SPERO and strong follow up to the surprisingly gentle RINKAKU. Lead track, Unraveling is especially impressive with some brilliant guitar leads and a deceptively simple melody.

There is a perfect balance with this album between frantic heaviness and more solemn, slower tracks. The second track, KARMA, is super hardcore with a drum rhythm like a bulldozer and deep, speedy guitar. In contrast, other songs are more gentle and have cleaner vocals, or a mixture of both within one track. There is also a mixture of styles, alternating drum-heavy, bass-heavy and guitar-lead tracks, which prevents the standard metal procedure of one song running into the next. At one point, there is even a strange dive into some very mellow accoustic guitar (Unknown.Dispair.Lost), but it soon tumbles down very quickly into some glorious dark and sticky metal once more.

Constant changes in tempo and style make this album. Another shining features is the grand finale, a re-recording of the 2004 single THE FINAL. Unlike their re-recording of Kiri to Mayu on their last single, this re-recording is not a complete re-working but rather the band seem to have gone to some lengths to recreate the style of the original recording. As THE FINAL is one of the greatest tracks in DIR EN GREY’s discography, it’s amazing to hear it given this new lease of life.

After their year of silence in 2012, DIR EN GREY seem to be making a very impressive comeback, bursting back onto the scene with a cascade of great music.

The physical CD release promises to bring a further four tracks of awesome, and don’t forget that DIR EN GREY will also be touring Europe in June with a UK appearance at DOWNLOAD Festival.

DIR EN GREY - THE UNRAVELING - Artwork

Title: The Unraveling

Tracklist:
1. Unraveling (4.42)
2. KARMA (3.43)
3. KASUMI (4.08)
4. KARASU (5.36)
5. Bottom of the death valley (6.25)
6. Unknown.Dispair.Lost (4.47)
7. THE FINAL (4.15)

Release Date: 3rd April, 2013

Available from: iTunes, CD Coming Soon

 

AWOI: BIRTHDAY – New Album Reviewed and Out Now

Press photo AWOI album Birthday 2012

How do you imagine your perfect birthday? A riot of screaming, growling madness? If so, this BIRTHDAY is just the one for you. Post-hardcore visual kei band AWOI are bringing their album to Europe, available for digital download through Gan Shin Records. Get ready for a blast of eleven full tracks of fun, but unfortunately there’s not much by way of balloons or cake at this birthday party.

If you’ll excuse the party pun a little longer, there’s something for everyone at AWOI’s birthday; dance around to jazz driven track, Yakou Boogie, have a metal feast with Abelcain or go for the cherry on top of the cake, Unhappy Birthday To Me. The outstanding thing about this album is that despite being heavy in every track, the variation of vocals between singing, screaming and screaming gives a fast paced stamp of originality to every track. From chilly melodies to red hot rampages, one of the most surprising things is how quickly this album is over and you find yourself hitting play again.

AWOI show more improvements in style than ever before, they excel at quick changes and an impressively fast pace. Although the opening is not especially strong, it quickly builds up from the second track and keeps going until the brilliant finale, Unhappy Birthday To Me.

I would recommend AWOI to fans of Cradle of Filth, DIR EN GREY or SCREW

Title: BIRTHDAY

01. Rensa (4:20)
02. Butterfly 16441 (4:01)
03. Rainybaby (3:34)
04. Parasite (3:53)
05. Sentimental Lastscene (4:58)
06. Anti Music Funny Man (4:05)
07. Yakou boogie (4:09)
08. Yubikiri (3:52)
09. Abelcain (3:47)
10. Nightmare (4:02)
11. Unhappy Birthday to Me (4:14)

European Release Date: 19 December 2012

Available from Amazon MP3iTunes and Spotify.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s ‘Tsukema Tsukeru’ Released Digitally Today

Our current number one lady-girl addiction is Harajuku inspired fashionista turned pop-icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. When she released her debut EP Moshi Moshi Harajuku earlier this year, the barmy video to its lead single PON PON PON shot to internet fame – and has since become a song requested at every one our Japan Underground club nights ever since.

Now the queen of kooky weirdness returns with her brand new single ‘Tsukema Tsukeru’ getting a simultaneous digital release today across 35 countries, including the UK.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s single ‘Tsukema Tsukeru’ is available now Amazon.co.uk for 89p, and from iTunes UK and Play.com priced at 99p.

We’ll leave you with her accompanying video for the track, in all its lion-suited glory. Don’t forget, you can read Tom’s interview with her in NEO Magazine #91.

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