Ling Tosite Sigure
#5


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aberf USER (7 Reviews)
March 8th, 2018 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sadistic Mystery Restoration

For the past 13 years, Ling Tosite Sigure has been quite an intriguing band. Fleshing out their post-hardcore roots with elements from indie rock, progressive rock, and shoegaze, the power trio has a way of stretching their sound to the limit despite their small numbers. Ling Tosite Sigure has been progressively evolving their sound. It always has been reinvention after reinvention for each album released. From the rawness and the high-velocity of #4; the well-crafted INSPIRATION IS DEAD and Just A Moment; the experimental Still a Sigure Virgin; and the aggressive, math-infused I’mperfect, the group has made records that records aren’t weak by any stretch, including the side project of the mastermind Tooru ‘TK’ Kitajima, named TK, from Ling Tosite Sigure.

I find the anticipation of the newest Ling Tosite Sigure to be filled with both excitement and consternation. Coupled with the fact that the latest efforts of TK (for both the main and the side project) were not as fresh compared to their antecedents and often filled with recycled vocal melodies and unsounding song structures, making it feel as if he is sluggishly reaching his own creative exhaustion. With this, it’s also exciting to hope that Ling Tosite Sigure might take an unexpected turn for their newest album, but the premise of said release came from the single “DIE meets HARD,” which is an unabashedly commercialized track. While it has salvageable qualities, it’s far from Ling Tosite Sigure at their best.

TK, once more, has proven that his magic is still lingering within him, although the approach for #5 is different. Unlike the constant re-innovation that happened previously, #5 is primarily old ideas. The best of the pieces from what have been created previously are hand-picked, rearranged, and infused with TK’s last of his remaining magic.

It’s obvious at this point that Ling Tosite Sigure would put an explosive opener just like the rest of their discography. The track “Ultra Overcorrection” is equivalent to an impact of Rocket-Propelled Grenade. It’s powerfully packed with a sudden, expansively loud instrumental from every member of the group; a reminder that, even after 5 consistent albums, they are still at the top of their game.

Ling Tosite Sigure is indeed an all-star lineup; each of the band members is outstandingly skilled in their respective instruments. Drummer Pierre Nakano often pounds unpredictable and complicated rhythm over the melodic and distorted bassline of Miyoko ‘345’ Nakamura, all while TK is showing massive amount of action with his guitars, switching between atmospheric play, slick arpeggios, and ice-cold riffs at breakneck pace; he consistently does it throughout the albums while also unleashing his iconic shrieks. TK’s excellence in his guitar skills is not only applied to the electric guitar. The acoustic-driven “Serial Number of Turbo” is a meticulous piece of work where TK fleshes out his softer side by utilizing his falsetto.

Ling Tosite Sigure’s signature dueling vocals are also the highlight of #5 as the track “Chocolate Passion” stands out as the song with the catchiest chorus in #5. The back-and-forth vocal exchange between TK and 357 over a crispy drumming by Pierre is as addictive, sweet, and colorful as a bag of Skittles. On the progressive side, “Ten to ten” and “t/t” are loaded springs. They have a gradual shift in tempo and chords until they unload their packs of punch.

Overall, #5 is yet another consistent ride from Ling Tosite Sigure. They always manage to release another album that doesn’t overstay its welcome, all thanks to its fitting length and seamless flow. The journey of Ling Tosite Sigure seems to be reaching its starting point again. If #4 is an embodiment of the emotions of their youth, #5 is a successful attempt to relive those moments, re-creating and refining them in the process. While it’s not in the slightest bit close to being the best of Ling Tosite Sigure, #5 somehow ended up to be as exciting as their previous works.



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Aberf
March 8th 2018


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Hopefully this review is sufficient enough since I want to get this release some attentions.

Jasdevi087
March 8th 2018


5362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is phoned right the fuck in but w/e i'll still listen to it every now and then cause it's a LTS album

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2018


16052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^^^^

MotokoKusanagi
March 8th 2018


1618 Comments


def gonna give this a listen today. sad to hear it's not as strong as prior works, but we will see

necropig
March 8th 2018


5009 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

New album? Niiice, didn't know. Getting on this pronto

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FrozenVain
March 8th 2018


3008 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Most of what you summarize here about both the band and album are true but a lot of what makes the band great feels lifeless on this album, imo. Not necessarily their weakest in comparison but a total rehash in every way.

Pheromone
March 8th 2018


6506 Comments


I need to check this

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DurzoBlint
March 8th 2018


1382 Comments


This is great news, I will listen to this tonight.

Aberf
March 8th 2018


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I can understand if people got disappointed with this release tbh. But I enjoyed this as much as other release.



Let's see if this will eventually grown off of me.

ComeToDaddy
March 8th 2018


1774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I remember when you gave this a hype prelim 5, props for reviewing it and grounding your opinion a bit more (pos'd). I definitely dug this, I can see the retread points but it's real consistent and energetic and I'm always down for new Ling when I've run the rest of their stuff into the ground

Aberf
March 8th 2018


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Member Inspiration is Dead? That's the best Ling right there.

Aberf
March 8th 2018


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Member Inspiration is Dead? That's the best Ling right there.

GreyShadow
March 8th 2018


2766 Comments


This was a great album

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AcmeApathyAmok
March 8th 2018


650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've heard the previous album and the most recent EP of theirs which I quite liked (especially the former) so based on that info, is this worth a listen?

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2018


16052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yes, if you said you hated this band the answer would still be yes.

AcmeApathyAmok
March 8th 2018


650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hate? I wouldn't say I'm well versed in the Japanese rock/metal scene but based on what little I've heard of the band so far, Ling Tosite Sigure strike me as a band who'd be in the upper tiers of the scene in terms of quality.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2018


16052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if only discovolante were around to school us all

AcmeApathyAmok
March 8th 2018


650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, I ended up giving it a listen. Pretty good on first listen, and could grow on me w/more listens but if anything, now it makes me want to delve in their past work.

Aberf
March 9th 2018


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I think for Ling Tosite Sigure starting point, either Just A Moment or Inspiration is DEAD would be great.

SneakyDomo
March 9th 2018


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album, a half step behind Just a Moment and Still A Sigure Virgin the strongest 2 Ling albums in my opinion. As someone who started listening to them from Imperfect and worked my way back through their discography I think Inspiration is Dead high regard on this site is more about nostalgia than quality of work. With the exception of ES or S, a definite misstep, all of Ling's work since Inspiration is superior to it.



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