BUCK-TICK
Darker Than Darkness (Style 93)


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainAaarrrggghhh USER (16 Reviews)
May 30th, 2013 | 28 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The audio equivalent of the greatest summer night ever.

The year is 1993. Western scene was in a hell of a bloom. The newborn grunge heroes Nirvana put out their final studio effort “In Utero”, reversing the recently mainstream-turned genre to it’s roots; 80s teen icons Depeche Mode step into a new phase with the hauntingly beautiful and erotic “Songs Of Faith And Devotion”, mixing their synth-pop origins with alternative rock tendencies; The Smashing Pumpkins came up with the classic teenage angst hymn “Siamese Dream”; the UK was submerging to the brit-pop craze with Suede ahead of the wave.

And meanwhile, a Japanese band that had just celebrated its tenth anniversary came up with masterly crafted record that absorbed every possible influence from the West and beyond.
“Darker Then Darkness” is Buck-Tick’s seventh studio album and arguably one of their best. The name is quite spot on, despite that Buck-Tick never were REALLY dark, their sound always being somewhere at the periphery of the “pop-rock” label. Their music was quite merciful for the ear, devoid of despondency and frustration; but it was nevertheless very colorful in its atmosphere. Buck-Tick somehow mixed conventional rock, pop and a dash of punk with a gothic twist, being as buoyant and easy-going as melancholic and introverted. And back in 1993 they sure stepped into a darker corner of the chosen spectrum.

The album holds up extremely well because the songs don’t repeat themselves: every track on the record has something to bring to the table. And, what is equally important, the record doesn’t wait too much to capture the listener’s attention: the beginning of the very first track “Kirameki No Naka De” (which is, if I’m not mistaken, stands for “Into The Glittering”) gets at you with the first sound of a tender guitar melody played in reverse. The bass-line in this song is catchy and stylish, and manages to stick in your head for hours.
This very first track sets up the mood for the rest of the record perfectly: it’s trippy, it’s mysterious, and it has a great sense of fashion. And yes, it is dark but not coldly heartlessly dark, if you know what I mean: it’s alive and well, it just chose in a dark place.

The mood shape shifts throughout the album while steel remaining the same core. On “Deep Slow”, “Aoi No Sekai” and “Die” it’s upbeat and straightforward, on “Yuuwaku”, “Kamikaze” and “Zero” it’s ironic and creepily dynamic, and when the track “Dress” comes into play (made famous by its use in the anime “Trinity Blood”), the album suddenly drifts off to the sky, with a bittersweet melancholy mood of a lust-ridden dreamer.

The instrumentation and the mixing never fail: while retaining the same bag of tricks for the record, Buck-Tick manage to put in a little pleasant detail in every track, the most hilariously awesome addition being the saxophone in the jazzed-up number “Yuuwaku”. And, of course, Atsushi Sakurai’s mellow rich baritone is the glue that holds the instruments together, conveying every emotion known to man depending on the song.

I think it’s no exaggeration to say that this album is a milestone for Japanese rock and an absolute must-listen for anyone interested in the genre.



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Pheromone
December 17th 2013


4786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a pretty hard listen at over 50 minute of Gothic rock but it is still a really good album.

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RunOfTheMill
January 29th 2016


2460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ao no Sekai is so good

crossparallel
January 30th 2016


76 Comments


Guys, pay attention, this here is a brilliant record. Kurutta is a masterpiece and all, but it can't get all the hype.

EvoHavok
January 30th 2016


5282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This barely has any comments, wow. One of their most varied and entertaining albums. Whoever likes other stuff by them needs to hear this too.

CalculatingInfinity
January 30th 2016


5116 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Has their 2 best songs so that alone makes it must listen.

crossparallel
January 30th 2016


76 Comments


Hm, what would these be? I'm guessing Dress and...?
[Hard to pick favorites here, but mine could well be Kirameki... and the title track.]

CalculatingInfinity
January 30th 2016


5116 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dress and Yuuwaku :]

crossparallel
January 30th 2016


76 Comments


Aw, Yuuwaku! Make this another favorite. The live performance from 13th Floor was delicious.

EvoHavok
January 30th 2016


5282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, I'd go with "Ao No Sekai" as my favourite, followed by "Dress".

RunOfTheMill
February 4th 2016


2460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yuuwaku does have that great bluesy jazz vibe, eh?

CalculatingInfinity
February 4th 2016


5116 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm doing a top BT tracks soon...and let's just say my favourite BT track has changed ;)

RunOfTheMill
February 4th 2016


2460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oooooh baby looking forward to that

EvoHavok
February 5th 2016


5282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Kirameki..." is such a good opener.

CalculatingInfinity
May 8th 2016


5116 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't know whether to say I love or hate this band anymore, please stop devouring my life even months after I've found you ._.

EvoHavok
May 8th 2016


5282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Keep bumping, hahaha.

Archelirion
May 8th 2016


3687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think it's possible to bump beyond a 5 Evo ;-;

EvoHavok
May 8th 2016


5282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I mean other albums ;).

CalculatingInfinity
May 8th 2016


5116 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'd give Tour Arui, Climax Together and 13th Floor a 6 if I could because they're beyond any of my 5's tbh. I could bump everything else down but pffff no way.

Vorpax
May 24th 2016


20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is up there with Kurutta and 13 gai, IMO.

RunOfTheMill
May 24th 2016


2460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Probs my favourite BT, tbh



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