Single review: “Hagane no Yoroi Matou, Sanbyaku no Daishisai” by Phantasm (FES cv. Yui Sakakibara)

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PHANTASM is a fictional band from the visual novel (and later adapted to an anime) ChäoS;HEAd. Yui Sakakibara is the CV of Ayase Kishimoto (FES). Hagane no Yoroi Matou, Sanbyaku no Daishisai is their eighth single.

Release date: 1st of August, 2012

Track List:

1. Hagane no Yoroi Matou, Sanbyaku no Daishisai
2. Gunjou Valencia
3. Hagane no Yoroi Matou, Sanbyaku no Daishisai (off vocal)
4. Gunjou Valencia (off vocal)

1. Hagane no Yoroi Matou, Sanbyaku no Daishisai
Moira warned me about how dark and gothic this song was going to be, I thought it would be something like Yousei Teikoku, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It starts off with a fast paced piano solo which I really liked! Soon after, you’re in a trance because of how mesmerizing it is. But it doesn’t stay like that for long. A sudden hard, gothic wave hits you almost instantly and it feels like this wave never ends. A dark symphony of drums clashing with guitars and vocals makes this song sound deathly, which is amazing! Although the vocals don’t exactly par with the instruments and sounds like it’s getting carried away, it still sounds great and shouldn’t disappoint those who just love dark and gothic songs to death.

2. Gunjou Valencia
This song starts of with deathly sounding organs that would suit a random walk in a haunted house with something creeping towards the back of you, but despite all of this, it has a slight bit of cheerfulness(?) towards the end… But it doesn’t stay like that for long, it starts to amp up the dark style again. The vocals in this have so much expression that they are almost hypnotizing, they have a certain tone that you just can’t help it but stare at a wall with no emotion (it’s a good thing!) and hallucinate for a bit. There is a bit in the song that has a full on epic guitar solo which accompanies the song in such a way that makes it feel immense and powerful. Gunjou Valencia is just as good as Hagane no Yoroi Matou, Sanbyaku no Daishisai, or maybe even better!?

This single stays in a goth style with so much power and expression in both of the songs. At first this single scared me a bit, but after a while, I became engaged with it so much that I just kept on replaying the songs over and over again. This single is great for the dark lovers!!

Rating: 5/5

Austinatious Out!!

P.S~ There is going to be a slight delay on the Butterfly Effect review because of our damn exams…. We apologize for any inconveniences!

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