Hiroto’s (front right center) expression in this picture basically sums up how I’ve felt about most of the new stuff I’ve heard the past couple of months. For example, at first D’espairsRay‘s Love is Dead sounded passably cool until Jrockers net-wide reached the unanimous decision that it sounds too much like You Spin Me Round to actually make it casually listenable. Usually I try not to listen overly much to any Visual Kei that makes me think of Adam Sandler in the ’90s. It’s not that the single is bad or anything, because it’s not bad, it’s just that I, and I’m not sure about anybody else, have started feeling a bit lethargic about the recent releases. There have been quite a few “best-of” collections and “nyeh” status singles released lately, I need a real stunner lest I should go catatonic.
And before any devoted and emotional fans start frothing at the mouth– I do concede that there are some releases that I know would be unfair to include in this generalization.
I don’t usually organize release information like this, but since there are so many awesome bands releasing summer singles in the next few months, I thought it would be worth compiling instead of doing a million one-liner posts announcing them (which I pretty much never do).
Summer Releases (they had better be good..)
Alice Nine // “Untitled” 8.04.10
Their latest release was a best-of in late ’09. Now that the boys are off duty for a few minutes (in regards to touring) they can actually write some new music. Hana was a pretty good single before the best-of, and although it wasn’t particularly ground-breaking, even the B-side Cross Game was pretty cool.
Creature Creature // “Untitled” (album) 6.16.10
I didn’t buy the first album, because I’m afraid that I’ll wake up one night and find Morrie standing over my bed….But DEAD END rocks, and Tetsuya rocks. Not that that means that CC rocks. I always got a real kick out of the caption on an upload of their “Paradise” PV: “Tetsu is at it again, with his creepy looking band and creepier lead singer”. –BanhBaoX That all being said, I thought the song Kaze no Tou rocked. It was reminiscent of L’arc, but on an even deeper tier of emoism.
D // “Untitled” 6.30.10
After warming up considerably to their brand new album 7th Rose, I feel slightly more lenient with the goths.
GACKT // “Untitled” 6.16.10
He likes to keep everyone guessing.
girugamesh //”Untitled” ??.??.??
First real venture after everyone declared them sucking because of NOW. After NOW became one of my frequently listened-to albums, I realized that I don’t give a damn what the rest of the Jrock community says; you can bash giru all you like, and I will still buy their music. Just make the A-side feel like an A-side…
MUCC // “Yakusoku” 6.09.10
I’m slightly give-or-take about MUCC on the best of days, but I feel like this one sounds like the anime theme song it was made to be (seriously).
VAMPS // “Devil Side” 5.12.10
When I saw the cover art for this in the sidebar of my blog, I thought “Who put this ero pic in my sidebar?!” I was appalled. Naked girls with devil-tails don’t appear there unless I say they do.
+ VAMPS // “Live 2009” (DVD) 5.12.10
I want a Region 2 encoded DVD player. I seriously think my computer will take drastic action if I try and set it up to handle R2 DVDs.
+VAMPS // “Untitled” (single) 6.09.10
I hope nobody reports me for indecent imagery in the sidebar .
Tetsuya // “Roulette” 5.19.10
In contrast to Hyde becoming very vagabond, Tetsuya remains as well behaved as ever. Still, you can’t resist bass lines like that, nor can you really say no to his happy-go-luckiness, even though, if you’re anything like me, you’re a jaded, macabre, and demented Visualist.
The GazettE // Film Bug II (DVD) 8.04.10
Only seasoned Jrockers can call things “I” and “II” without actually presenting evidence as to a chronological system. Where is Film Bug I?
+The GazettE // NEXT SCENE 7.21.10
I hope I can redeem the shame of not even remembering the last thing they released by pre-ordering this one!
**Pick ’em up at my favorite spot**
Note: titles subject to change prior to release date. “Untitled” is pending the release of complete information.