Imperial Circus Dead Decadence
Sangeki no Chi ni Kagayaku Somatta Ai to Zetsubou


4.5
superb

Review

by Zach USER (103 Reviews)
March 8th, 2017 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Take the plunge.

It's hard to describe the general sound of an album like "Sangeki" simply because nothing like it has been heard before. It's a swirling maelstrom of catastrophic ruin, with instruments crashing into each other beneath some rather frenzied, unpredictable vocals. There are eerie, harrowing spoken word passages as well as some very cute and frilly female singing, further contrasted by mad as hell shrieks and mid-range growls. All of this is done with a grand presence, an immense dramatic flair matched by very few, if any records.

"Sangeki" is dramatic. It's melancholy, it's beautiful, it's brimming with rage. It's a perfect cauldron of emotions brewing together in the same pot. This is immediately evident on the second track, which greets us with some very urgent and crazed, yet somehow simultaneously adoring female vocals which lead into some truly inhuman earth shattering shrieks. Pair this with a multitude of instruments used to great enhancement such as the harpsichords and synthesizers, and you have the perfect musical dystopia. This record is the sound of madness, both petrifying and beautiful in a rather curious way.

The vocals, while the sole strengths and contributors to this record, are still not the only one. The symphonies off this record are full of flair and build the soundscape rather well, giving a rather strong Victorian vibe. They are generally very front and center, being quite an epic affair on their own. They do have a tendency to bury the guitar through the majority of the album, but they make up for its absence with their own strength. Speaking of which, the guitar does have occasional spotlights, with some really grand and sparkling solos.

Even with all I have just told you, there is nothing that can do the sound of "Sangeki" justice. It's simply not a sound other bands have managed to mend together in such a perfect manner that "Imperial Circus Dead Decadence" has, and it's a sound that will probably not be seen again for a long time. So take the plunge and delve into this beautiful, chaotic, maniacal soundscape.



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Dedes
March 8th 2017


6977 Comments


I had some really major writers block while writing this.

pizzamachine
March 8th 2017


14252 Comments


Very good review!👍🏻 This sounds like I might like it so I'll check it out!

Dedes
March 9th 2017


6977 Comments


Thanks man, had an incredibly hard time writing tgis because it's really hard to pinpoint their sound, also because I was fucking stumped. Hope you like it though!

pizzamachine
March 9th 2017


14252 Comments


Yeah man I had writer's block for years (why I stopped reviewing) so I totally get it

Dedes
March 9th 2017


6977 Comments


Yeah, it just feels odd because this was the first time I got it after nearly 50 reviews lol.

pizzamachine
March 9th 2017


14252 Comments


You never know when you'll get it back lol

Dedes
January 3rd 2018


6977 Comments


I'm my own 1000th view lmao



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