A little unsual, for me? Or not? That’s up to you! However, I am a big fan of DWR, if you’ll believe it. That’s why, when the album was offered for me to review, I was terribly excited.
Album Name: Anime Love Hardcore
Artist/Circle: Initial P / Disko Warp Records
Release Date: —
(Unfortunately, this album is only available for purchase in the States. If you live in Canada or the UK, you’re out of luck, sorry.)
- Catch You Catch Me
Each song is produced by Initial P but the vocalist differs between three different vocalists. In this case, we have Toki. The song is nicely produced. It’s everything that’s promised: upbeat, high-energy, etc. The vocals seem a little underwhelming but they’re certainly cute enough for this song. Which is always a must.
Although I’ve never watched Ruroni Kenshin, I used to love this song. The vocalist in this case is Diane Garnett. I kind of have mixed feelings on her. In some parts of the song, she sounds really pretty and can really hold her own. But in other parts she sort of sounds schreechy. I think I like her more than I don’t though. She stands out more than Toki in the first track. Song itself is basic and fairly simple mostly, but really does well near the end when it tries to spruce itself up as if it realizes it’s mistake. I know the album is labeled hardcore but it really comes off as very happy hardcore, all of it.
- Zankoku Na Tenshi No Te-Ze
Now, that being said, I’ve never heard of a happy hardcore mix of this song. Now maybe it’s because I don’t listen to trancecore as much as other people? Well yeah, probably. But generally whenever you think of happy anything… you don’t really think of Evangelion. Although this song, like a few others on this album, are such staple trance remix album fodder it’s hard to feel wowed by this anymore. Diana is the vocalist and she does a lot better even if I’m still iffy about her voice. It doesn’t feel like there is much going on, song wise, though. It’s all untz untz untz and doing the bare minimum. A happy bare minimum.
- Heart of Madness
Haven’t heard this one before? Yeah, that’s right. Well, I’ll just go off my impressions of the song. Maybe it’s for the best. The song itself is pretty cool. It instantly sounds more unique than the previous tracks. The vocals, though, I don’t really care for. They’re just too… warbling. That’s it. They don’t sound as polished as Toki and Diana’s. The final chorus sounded kinda cool though.
- Delicate ni Sukishite
I was surprised to see this one included, it doesn’t seem like staple stuff (because that’s what I’m referring to it as now) but yeah whatever. By now Initial P seems to have his act together. He flourishes at the beginning but let’s the rest of the song chill. But that’s where the problem’s lie for me. The vocals match the original song perfectly but this remix is trying to go in an actual hardcore direction and the vocals are just what keeps that from happening.
- Theme From Lupin The 3rd ’78
I expected a little more from a non-vocal track because what was happening so far was that the vocals in tracks were, as they usually do, impairing my judgment. I guess I wasn’t let down in this. It sounded good but it sounded good because it kept doing the same thing. I mean I liked when it played the main track then did a slower and sped up version but there wasn’t much else to it.
I was actually pretty excited for this one. For one, it’s unusual to see remixes from that show. And I have a weakness for music from that show. Diana is the vocalist again. She sounds… strange in this one. Like there isn’t much emotion to her voice… she’s just singing. Song wise, a little better than some of the earlier tracks but I guess I can keep saying that and it won’t mean much at all.
- Sorairo Days
If Sorairo Days becomes one of the staple songs, I’ll be happy. Honestly. Song wise, it sounded good except when she was singing which was then just untz untz and not much else. And.. the singing? Well, Toki. This ain’t your finest hour. It sounds amateur, like the type of thing you hear as fan covers on youtube. Not the good ones. Just the amateur one. If anything is a turn off for me, it’s commonplace vocals and that’s what this was.
Yosuke is our vocalist here again. Another surprising song too. And one I must say I am also unfamiliar with. His voice is still the same to me. It doesn’t stand up well against the music. Really, it just doesn’t do it for me. That warbling sound, edited or not, is just too annoying for my tastes. It’s also strange that he can sing so low and yet have such a ringing pitch to his voice.
- Moonlight Densetsu
I guess this would be another example of commonly reviewed songs but in a way, not really. Because this song is a lot to take on. It’s, well as another reviewer stated, prestigious. Prestigious enough that it needs to be handled with care. The song itself is pretty good and, like most of the tracks, stick close to the original. Diana’s voice fails to impress me even though it sounds at it’s best. The earlier iffy feeling I got from it doesn’t occur in this track but still, it wasn’t the sound I was expecting.
Fang’s Rating: 7/10 (I’m reminded a lot of the first Exit Trance albums, or any beginning of a series like them that I’ve listened to. It’s a pretty sweet listen but I think it could use a lot of improvement. Hopefully we’ll see another anime hardcore attempt by Disko Warp though.)
Recommended tracks: 2, 7, 10