Average Rating: 3.82
Rating Variance: 0.39
Objectivity Score: 62% (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 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 Animation of EntomologyDiablo Swing Orchestra Pandora's PinataDream Theater Images and WordsGackt MizerableGackt 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: 4.6/5John Mayer ContinuumJudas Priest PainkillerMaximum the Hormone BuiikikaesuMegadeth Rust in PeaceMeshuggah Nothing (Re-release)Metallica Ride the LightningMr. Bungle Mr. BungleMudvayne L.D. 50Opeth DamnationOpeth Ghost ReveriesOpeth WatershedPestilence Consuming ImpulsePestilence Mallevs MaleficarvmSekai no Owari EarthShiina Ringo Sanmon GossipShiina Ringo Shouso StripShiina Ringo Muzai MoratoriumShining (SWE) V - HalmstadShpongle Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is LostShpongle Tales of the InexpressibleShpongle Ineffable Mysteries from ShponglelandSupercell Today is a Beautiful DaySymphony 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 BebopTigers on Trains GrandfatherToxik Think ThisVersailles NobleX Japan Blue Blood4.0 excellentAborted GoremageddonAfter the Burial Rareform (Re-release)Alice in Chains Jar of FliesAlter Bridge FortressAspid ExtravasationBlind Guardian Somewhere Far BeyondBlotted Science The Machinations of DementiaCannibal Corpse BloodthirstCarach Angren Death Came Through a Phantom ShipCoheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine BladeCoheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessCynic Traced in AirDeath The Sound of PerseveranceDIR EN GREY ArcheDraconian Arcane Rain FellDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryFear, and Loathing in Las Vegas All That We Have NowGalneryus Angel of SalvationGotsu Totsu Kotsu MouryouHaggard Eppur Si MuoveHizaki Curse of VirgoHouse Rulez & Enne Tom N Toms Coffee BreakJudas Priest Screaming for VengeanceKashiwa Daisuke Program Music ILivetune Tell Your WorldMaximum the Hormone Yoshu FukushuMeshuggah IMetallica Master of PuppetsMy Dying Bride A Line Of Deathless KingsNecrophagist Onset of Putrefaction (Re-issue)Ningen-Isu FuuchiikuOne OK Rock Niche SyndromeOrphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)Panzerballett PanzerballettPig Destroyer TerrifyerRhapsody of Fire Symphony of Enchanted LandsRodrigo y Gabriela Rodrigo y GabrielaRyo Fukui ScenerySekai no Owari EntertainmentSleepytime Gorilla Museum Of Natural HistorySymphony X The OdysseyTe Naraba, Imi kara Houkaisareta Hibiki ha "Oto" no SThe Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the KillerThe Gathering MandylionTrophy Scars Holy VacantsVersailles JubileeVersailles Lyrical SympathyWormrot AbuseWormrot DirgeX Japan DahliaX Japan JealousyX Japan Vanishing VisionYonin Bayashi Ishoku-Sokuhatsu3.5 greatAcid 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 SummoningBlind Guardian A Night at the OperaBorn of Osiris The DiscoveryBUCK-TICK Kurutta TaiyouCarcass HeartworkCoheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3Conception In Your MultitudeCynic FocusDiablo Swing Orchestra The Butcher's BallroomDIR EN GREY UroborosDream Theater AwakeEpica The Quantum EnigmaGackt CrescentGackt Re:BornGotsu Totsu Kotsu Legend of ShadowGreen Day American IdiotGuns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionJudas Priest Defenders of the FaithKamelot The Black HaloKamelot EpicaKim Jung Mi NowKyary Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu RevolutionMalice Mizer Bara no SeidouMalice Mizer Voyage ~Sans Retour~Maximum the Hormone Rokkinpo GoroshiMeshuggah Destroy Erase ImproveMeshuggah ChaosphereMeshuggah KolossMetallica Kill 'Em AllMononofu Light of Sunset Seen From Kozuki CastleMr. Bungle Disco VolanteNile Those Whom the Gods DetestNingen-Isu Burai HoujouNusrat Fateh Ali Khan Shahen-ShahOne OK Rock Zankyo ReferenceOne OK Rock Jinsei x Boku =Opeth Pale CommunionPeriphery Periphery (Instrumental)Razor Violent RestitutionSeventh Wonder The Great EscapeShiina Ringo Kalk Samen Kuri no HanaShiina Ringo Hi Izuru TokoroShpongle Are You Shpongled?Sigh Imaginary SonicscapeSilencer (SWE) Death - Pierce MeSleepytime Gorilla Museum Grand Opening and ClosingTe Therefore, the illusion of density...The Last Successor The Last SuccessorThy Light No Morrow Shall DawnTristania Widow's WeedsTrophy Scars Darkness, Oh HellVersailles Versailles3.0 goodAborted The Necrotic ManifestoAfter Forever After ForeverAngel Vivaldi Away With Words - Part IBABYMETAL BabymetalBetween the Buried and Me ColorsCannibal Corpse Tomb of the MutilatedCannibal Corpse The BleedingCarach Angren Where the Corpses Sink ForeverConception FlowDIR EN GREY DUM SPIRO SPEROFear, and Loathing in Las Vegas PHASE 2Gackt 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. 3/5Gackt DIABOLOSJamies Elsewhere Rebel - ReviveKamijo HeartKyary Pamyu Pamyu NandacollectionMeshuggah obZenMetallica Death MagneticMurderdolls Beyond The Valley of the MurderdollsOddland The Treachery of SensesOpeth 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 averageBehold... The Arctopus SkullgridMushroomhead 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 Vampire instead. The first song alone has more spirit, originality, awesome symphonic work and effort than this entire album.
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