I’ve wanted to review this for awhile because I like when I randomly find groups I’ve never heard of like this. Perhaps, I’m just out of it but a pretty unknown group, right? Well not if you’re extremely dedicated. Whatever. I’ll finally get this done~
Album Name: Foreground Eclipse
Artist/Circle: Wishes Hidden In The Foreground Noises
Release Date: 14/03/2010 (Reitaisai7)
A nice preview of what you’re getting into. Slow but sort of building the anticipation like a good intro should. Usually rock-ish arranges aren’t what I listen to but I had to make an exception for this album. It’s exceptionally well done. No vocals this time around.
- Vermilion Halo
Komachi’s theme because she gets the cover, obviously. The vocalist is Merami, someone I hadn’t heard of until this album. They’re decent. I was actually sort of confused but it appears she’s the only vocalist. Which is weird because if she did what I heard then she is pretty cool/the arranger has some talent. The change between the mature sounding voice and hers was very nicely done.
- Oath of Allegiance
Well… it is listed as ‘emo screamo‘ (I kid you not) on the site by the circle and this reflects that perfectly. But Chen’s theme? Really? No, I’m not even confused or disappoint because this is done great. Even though I don’t listen to that kind of music, this was enjoyable. But you know what I really noticed? The arrangement in this song is great. Well, everything sounds great. Even the screamo manages to fit in nicely. Plus Merami’s voice is a nice contrast to that. Even if the ‘emo screamo‘ genre turns you off, I would still give this a listen. Because this song is just really that well done.
- I’m The Seeker (Maybe Each Your Word Calls For It)
The title makes my head hurt. Well, we bring out all the screamo stops. I was excited when I saw there was a Dark Road (Hina~ ♥) arrangement on this album. However, when I started listening to it I was a little put off. The beginning of the song (although the guitar was badass) because the vocals implied this song might be a little more wispy and slow. That was not the case. More screamo but I don’t even care about that. This song, the chorus to be exact, was so delicious I thought I was going to melt. I honestly couldn’t even speak words I was so awed. Lyrics are a little engrish-y at times but that’s okay. She pulls it off well.
- Dancing with Happiness and Sad
Alice’s original them from Mystic Square, I think? I’m not entirely sure. Not to familiar with that early music. Anyways, this is what I expected the last track to be like. Slower and the such. The song itself isn’t to impressive but the chorus, as usual, makes the song amazing. Nice guitar solo in the middle too. Usually I’m not up for that kind of stuff but, as I said, exceptionally amazing album is A~W~E~S~O~M~E.
- In A Night When Her Sorrow Resounds Around
A little piano mixed in this time and it sounds good but it doesn’t fit with the general vibe I got from the song at first. But it was still good sounding. I can’t believe I would say piano didn’t spruce up a song but in this case it just seemed a little misplaced. Also, the vocals are a little weak this time around and don’t really stand up against the… well… screaming. But they still deliver and do well at the parts where they are background vocals.
- Truths, Ironies, The Secret Lyrics
HAHAHA OH GOD. If this song doesn’t sell you on this album then you have a terrible sense of humour. Most of the vocals are screamed so you can’t understand them but luckily the lyrics are up on Touhou wiki (linked) and they are hilarious.
- Forget Me Not
A more pop-like original (?) piece. After the ride that the rest of this album was, this is a rather calm and relaxed song. It’s not nearly as fun as the rest either but still arranged and preformed flawlessly. Merami falters in some spots but otherwise continues to hold her own.
- THE DISTANT JOURNEY TO YOU
Apparently from an older album? I’m not sure if’ it’s a rearrangement or just the song placed on this album as well. It would probably sound way better without the screamo in the back and would remind me of Shoko Nakagawa’s TTGL songs if not for that. Still, very nicely done for another original (?) track.
- Bonus Track
hnnnngghhhh SDM moe hijinks. I don’t know what exactly happened but it, in the very least, sounded cute.
Fang’s Rating: 10/10 (even if this genre isn’t your cup of tea, this album is so well produced it is worth a listen no matter what)
Recommended tracks: I’m The Seeker (Maybe Each Your Word Calls For It)(#4), Oath of Allegiance (#3)