Average Rating: 3.89
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Objectivity Score: 61% (Fairly Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAtheist Unquestionable PresenceCryptopsy None So VileDemolition Hammer Epidemic of ViolenceGodspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero KanadaKamijo Symphony of the VampireMalice Mizer MerveillesIf there's one album which continues to baffles me for the rest of my life, it is without a doubt this one. As the title of the album suggests (it's 'Wonders' in English), every song on this album is a separate journey though the wondrous and musically lush world which Malice Mizer has created though their very distinct array of sounds and dramatic portrayal which has never and probably will never be replicated again and it is these array of sounds to create this one of a kind atmosphere which makes this album so baffling. Having a dramatic mix of Baroque Classical music and Synthpop (two rather conflicting styles) while having pop sensibilities with dark undertones combined and maintaining a dramatic, theatrical feel throughout sounds like a nigh impossible task to only be coherent, but to also be well performed. Malice Mizer not only make these ideas sound coherent, but have also crafted incredibly well written and memorable songs with each having their own individual personality. These overwhelming beautiful sounds are firmly backed by melodies and very direct songwriting which makes each element shine though while all centred upon Gackt's vocals which lead each song who pulls off the album's theatrical style near flawlessly, using his sleek and deep voice to incredible effect, compelling the listener and being a perfect counterpart to this album. In my eyes this an incredibly overlooked gem which needs far more love and attention than it has gotten for this a must listen for any fan of music who is looking for anything outside their usual rotation of music: 4.8/5Meshuggah Catch ThirtythreeMr. Bungle CaliforniaNeutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaOpeth Blackwater ParkThe Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating InfinityX Japan Art of Life4.5 superbAngel Vivaldi Universal LanguageBlotted Science The Machinations of DementiaBlotted Science The Animation of EntomologyCarach Angren Death Came Through A Phantom ShipDiablo Swing Orchestra Pandora's PinataDream Theater Images and WordsGackt MARSAlong with his work with Malice Mizer ('Merveilles' being a genius album in my opinion), this is Gackt's divine jewel, being a testament to why I hold him in high regard and why he was unstoppable. Gackt's voice is at his career peak here, possessing an incredibly sleek and dynamic tone and style, leading the album while having a sense of pure power behind his voice coupled with delicate, slightly high pitched vocals mastered with effortless control on every track. Unlike Gackt's other albums, every single song is a highlight and songwriting is almost constantly fantastic. Each track takes flight with its own identity from the sexy big band influenced 'Vanilla' to the solemn and angelic 'Kono Daremo Inai Heya de' with each being extremely memorable with extensive replay value. In addition thankfully (again, unlike Gackt's other works) the album has perfect length and flow with every track placed to complement the other, especially with Freesia Op 1&2 making this album flow like water in a frictionless river where the album could have dragged on needlessly. To conclude, Gackt's vocal performance (being one of my favourite vocal performances on a record), the near impeccable songwriting and extremely high replay value makes Mars a beloved favourite in my collection with minor flaws in songwriting such as Illness Illusion's unnecessary chorus reprise and having Oasis being less electronic based than it should have prevents this as being regarded as an all time legendary album. A must listen: 4.6/5Maximum the Hormone BuiikikaesuMegadeth Rust in PeaceMeshuggah IMeshuggah Nothing (Re-release)Metallica Master of PuppetsMetallica Ride the LightningMr. Bungle Mr. BungleMudvayne L.D. 50Opeth Ghost ReveriesOpeth WatershedOpeth Pale CommunionOrphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)Sekai no Owari EarthShiina Ringo Sanmon GossipShiina Ringo Shouso StripShiina Ringo Muzai MoratoriumShining (SWE) V - HalmstadSymphony X The Divine Wings of TragedyThe Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead SceneThe Dillinger Escape Plan Ire WorksThe Dillinger Escape Plan Option ParalysisThe Seatbelts Cowboy Bebop OSTToxik Think ThisTrophy Scars Holy VacantsVersailles NobleX Japan Blue Blood4.0 excellentAfter The Burial Rareform (Re-release)Alter Bridge FortressBUCK-TICK Kurutta TaiyouCoheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine BladeCoheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessCynic Traced in AirDraconian Arcane Rain FellDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryFear, and Loathing in Las Vegas All That We Have NowGackt Re:BornGalneryus Angel of SalvationGotsu Totsu Kotsu Legend of ShadowHaggard Eppur Si MuoveKashiwa Daisuke Program Music ILivetune Tell Your WorldMononofu Light of Sunset Seen From Kozuki CastleThis is excellent Samurai themed extreme metal from Japan which needs more hype and attention. Despite this being Mononofu's only release (excluding Demos and one single), they have delievered 26 minutes of memorable, top class metal with great instrumental work, fantastic production and an incredible, vicious vocal performance which needs to be heard. From its first, killer thrash influenced riff to the epic send off on the final track, near every moment on this is brilliant and even the one non-killer track is well done and doesn't step wrong. If this was expanded to an LP with more killer songs and expanded on its Samurai theme more than a few samples and aesthetics than this could have been an unstoppable Thrash/Death monster but until an LP, we're left with a sizeable chunk of awesome material. A brilliant recommendation for fans of Extreme or Japanese music: 4.1/5Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction (Re-issue)Ningen-Isu FuuchiikuOne OK Rock Jinsei x Boku =Rhapsody of Fire Symphony of Enchanted LandsRyo Fukui ScenerySeventh Wonder The Great EscapeThe Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the KillerThe Gathering MandylionThy Light No Morrow Shall DawnTristania Widow's WeedsVersailles JubileeVersailles Lyrical SympathyWormrot DirgeX Japan DahliaX Japan JealousyX Japan Vanishing Vision3.5 greatAborted GoremageddonAcid Black Cherry 2012Yes is so fucking perfect, shame that the rest of album is not as good as that gem.After Forever DecipherAnimals as Leaders Animals as LeadersAnimals as Leaders The Joy of MotionBehold... The Arctopus Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg SummoningCarach Angren Where The Corpses Sink ForeverCoheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3Conception In Your MultitudeDiablo Swing Orchestra The Butcher's BallroomDream Theater AwakeEpica The Quantum EnigmaGackt DIABOLOSKamelot The Black HaloKamelot EpicaKim Jung Mi NowKyary Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu RevolutionMalice Mizer Bara no SeidouMalice Mizer Voyage ~Sans Retour~Maximum the Hormone Rokkinpo GoroshiMaximum the Hormone Yoshu FukushuMeshuggah Destroy Erase ImproveMeshuggah ChaosphereMeshuggah KolossMr. Bungle Disco VolanteNile Those Whom the Gods DetestPeriphery Periphery (Instrumental)Shiina Ringo Kalk Samen Kuri no HanaSigh Imaginary SonicscapeSilencer (SWE) Death - Pierce MeSleepytime Gorilla Museum Grand Opening and ClosingThe Last Successor The Last SuccessorVersailles Versailles3.0 goodAfter Forever After ForeverAngel Vivaldi Away With Words - Part IBABYMETAL BabymetalBorn of Osiris The DiscoveryDIR EN GREY DUM SPIRO SPEROGackt MOONDespite this album's many flaws such as being rather unmemorable, having multiple segments which are either dull or tacked on for the serious tone which album portrays and essentially being far weaker version of Gackt's masterpiece Mars, this album is still worth a listen to any fan of music in general. Gackt's one of a kind smooth yet powerful vocals (with very tasteful and well done vocal effects to make his voice divine), the few great songs abound and the fact that despite its flaws, being a well performed album saves this from being a throwaway. 3/5Jamies Elsewhere Rebel - ReviveKamijo Louis ~Enketsu no La Vie en Rose~Meshuggah obZenMetallica Death MagneticMurderdolls Beyond The Valley of the MurderdollsOpeth HeritagePutrid Pile House of DementiaSepticflesh The Great MassThe Dillinger Escape Plan Miss MachineRefer to here why I think this is by far Dillinger's worst: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=56636&page=172#lastpost. Sure it's an enjoyable record (despite my criticisms making the album seem like it's not worth your time) but it's definately Dillinger's dullist hour: 3/5Tool 10,000 Days2.5 averageMushroomhead The Righteous & The ButterflyPeriphery Periphery II: This Time It's PersonalVersailles Holy Grail2.0 poorDream Theater OctavariumDream Theater Systematic ChaosJupiter (JPN) Classical ElementWhen it comes to who has made the better album out of Jupiter and Kamijo, Kamijo wins by a mile. Barely any flair or originality from Hizaki or Teru when usually they deliver quality leads and solos abound, Zin has one of the most dull and grating voices I've ever heard and even when being judged by its own merits (i.e. without comparing it to Versailles and Kamjio's Symphony of the Vampire), there's little to praise. This is just a bare bones Power Metal album with talented players and nothing more, not even if Kamijo's incredible vocals were on this record could have saved this album from being not worthy of a purchase, or even a download: 2.2/5. Also if anyone's stumbled upon this album by finding out that Versailles has disbanded, listen to Kamijo's Symphony of the Night instead. The first song alone has more spirit, originality, awesome symphonic work and effort than this entire album.
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