Wow; seems like today is the release day. ^-^
The first half of the “Middle chapter” – we now switch to Yukari’s perspective as more and more details from her and Yuyuko’s past are revealed… and in the present, we get to see some fluff involving a certain shrine maiden. :3
In other news:
The wait for the 23rd of June has been killing me and I seriously needed something to cheer myself up; this one had some decent sound, not to mention the utterly wicked Ltd Ed. box, so I thought, why not? I mean, it might not be something I’d normally buy; but it kinda grows up on me with every listen – a sign of a good album – and perhaps I’m among the kind of people Konata mentioned – those weak to the word “limited”. ^-^;
(Uh… It looks much, much better in reality; it’s very glossy. Click to enlarge.)
While I was browsing the shelves of my favourite store ’round the beginning of this week, the artwork on the lone copy of this 2007 album by Ocean Collective had me intrigued. The album consists of two CDs, each with a different feel to it; Hadean/Archaean, the first disc, contains several straightforward heavy songs – nothing special to say here, apart from that they’re in fact quite well done; and the last one, gravitating more towards the progressive territory, is actually close to being memorable…
But the focus is obviously on the second disc: Proterozoic, featuring an extraordinary blend of industrial, death and doom aesthetics, along with a few well-placed doses of experimentation. A couple (slightly dull, in truth… but that depends on the mood; more on that below) chords smoothly shift into the album’s longest song, and thusly my primary point of interest – Rhyacian/Untimely Meditations; well, I’m pleased to say that the behemoth not only manages to reach the end of its over 10 minutes long stride without shortness of breath, it also gets quite a few moments of awesome on the way. The awesome mostly continues throughout the six minute assault – with a drop of melancholy – of Orosirian/For The Great Blue Cold Now Reigns; followed by Statherian, which starts off weak but gets much, much better on the way…
Calymmian/Lake Disappointment does not bring disappointment, but rather leads slowly into an atmospheric landscape – broken by several heavier, yet pleasant passages; which gets us to Ectasian/De Profundis – perhaps the most experimental, most demanding track of the set. The intro to Stenian/Mount Sorrow might appear out of place, but what follows is a complex yet strongly painted structure, providing some much needed relief… in comparison, the finishing Tonian/Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a bit of a let-down; the experimentation here has been taken a bit too far in my opinion, and onto the slippery ground of post-metal. The album ends with Cryogenian – a neat closing touch, if you ask me.
Here you have a piece of artwork from the second disc’s booklet (did I mention I suck at scanning?); as you can see, the whole thing – along with sound and lyrics – is very Lovecraftian. Rather than relying on sheer muscle to set its own mood on itself, it requires the proper conditions in order to be enjoyed to the fullest; in full daylight and through earphones, it will probably sound simplistic at times, overdone otherwise and miserably gloomy overall; but from my experiences, a dark room and a decent set of speakers should be enough to bring out this album’s true charm.
The Baul Del Yuri crew have finished their translation of Noblerot… if Spanish is your language, please go read it here; Lililicious, among tons of other stuff, released the two yuri stories from anthology Through Eyeglasses Darkly – both are quite sexy in my opinion, so why don’t you check them out if you haven’t already? :3
I’m afraid Gensokyo.org (and therefore, most importantly to me, Voile as well) is having some rather serious trouble right now… I sure hope they will manage to get through it somehow, soon.