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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Single review: “Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni” by Phantasm (FES cv. Yui Sakakibara)

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). Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni is their seventh single.

Release date: 22nd of June, 2011

Track List:
1. Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni
2. EUPHORIA ~Tsugunai no Requiem~
3. Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni (off vocal)
4. EUPHORIA ~Tsugunai no Requiem~ (off vocal)

1. Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni
Oooh, that eerie introduction sounds like something out of a horror movie… Oh, this is the ending theme for the Steins;Gate game for PSP, so… Anyway, I didn’t expect powerful drums and electric guitars to come in so suddenly… That’s so cool! An intense opening leads to a quieter arrangement and Yui starts to sing with this unsettling kind of tone, which really adds to the creepy atmosphere of the song. But then the drums and guitars come back from the pre-chorus and onwards, and her vocals come in quite forcefully and with a sense of urgency. She is even more stronger as she sings the chorus with great vocal control. I’m actually really impressed with this song!

2. EUPHORIA ~Tsugunai no Requiem~
Nothing really happens within the first 20-ish seconds of the song, but then the entrance of emotional piano and strings indicates that this is a ballad! EUPHORIA ~Tsuginai no Requiem~ is the ending theme for the Steins;Gate Hiyoku Renri no Darling game for the Xbox 360. Yui sings quite softly throughout the song, and the arrangement pretty much stays the same until the bridge, where we hear an electric guitar at first, and then drums enter the song, which makes it all sound dramatic. I’d have to admit that the song didn’t do much for me in the first listen (perhaps because I was still in the mindset of the A-side), but come second listen, and I started to like it a bit more. I think that this track is not for everyone, and while I do like it, I’m leaning more towards Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni. On a side note, this song reminds me of EGOIST’s Euterpe

Firstly, thank you to 123 of Tsukiyo no Hikari for recommending me PHANTASM and this single! Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni is an awesome, intense goth metal track, and EUPHORIA ~Tsuginai no Requiem~ is a cold and dark ballad. Both songs showcase Yui’s vocal ability quite well, and in my opinion, she has great emotional conveyance! While I’m happy with both songs, I prefer the A-side, as it’s just so powerful. The thing with the B-side, while it’s good, is that it needed a little something more… Oh, I would have liked a third song though. :p

Rating: 4/5