defspiral March Release, GLARE

Review

by Chika Yoshizawa, posted March 26, 2013

Having announced three consecutive releases, one per month from March to May, defspiral started off with the heavy GLARE. This first of the consecutive singles delivers a powerful sound different from the band’s previous single, the dance number “LOTUS.” When all is said and done, defspiral’s rock sound is a collusion of the full range of instruments and that specialty is aggressively maximized in GLARE.

In the title track, the deep sounds of bass and drums contrast the robust guitar riffs that promote a vision shooting laser lights. The strong tune is mesmerizing from the beginning and kicks dramatically into the chorus as the vigorous vocal line blows energy into the lyrics in which TAKA sings of the wistful sense of time with a deeply felt melancholy.

The following track, “SNOW,” then presents warmth in its melody with appealing fragility in both the title and the bittersweet lyrics. The gentle melody line spreads feelings and sound together in a fascinating blend and the sweet vocals strike deep. The guitar expresses nostalgia in the chorus, contrary to the thick cacophony of music while rich, technical drumming is studded throughout the song. The high-pitched tones from the layered guitars further provide a sense of liveliness in the outro, fading out like the snow melting serenely away.

The third and final track is “MOON AND VENUS,” a self-cover of “tsuki to Venus” from defspiral’s first album, PROGRESS. With this new take, the band shows off their skill in arrangement, giving the number an entirely different impression with a jazz-funk twist. While the original version remains a strong piece, the simple, rhythmic drumming meets the peculiar funk melody of the bass, giving listeners a light sense of rhythmical comfort. Furthermore, TAKA’s falsetto sparks alight in the chorus, accompanied nicely by light keyboard the decoration of the guitar line.

In addition, the CD includes the instrumental versions of both “GLARE” and “SNOW.” Characteristic of defspiral’s releases, this addition gives listeners a unique opportunity to appreciate the music alone.

Still unsure whether or not this release is for you? Sample the choruses of “GLARE” and “SNOW” via defspiral’s official YouTube channel. Meanwhile, the second of the three singles, Masquerade, will be released in April, offering a yet another new sample of defspiral’s evolving sound before the album release in May.

5 track CD (2 instrumental)

Track list

  1. GLARE
  2. SNOW
  3. MOON AND VENUS
  4. GLARE -instrumental
  5. SNOW -instrumental

Chika has been interested in visual kei music since VK bands first began holding free lives the Hokoten area in Harajuku. She was too young to go watch them back then in the early 90s, but the scenes on TV caught her eye. Since then, she has loved the passion of VK music and, of course, music in general. She majored in English literature in Japan and learned to speak English in the UK. After graduating from university, she has worked for both American and Japanese companies in IT and as a translator and continues various translations today.

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