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Crick
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:41 pm 
 

So yeah, they finished recording a month or two ago, and now the album title and tracklisting have been revealed. Album title is, as has been the trend for the past couple releases, a made up word that I'm not sure of the meaning of yet... But it sounds cool, lol. The titles are honestly just getting weirder and weirder, and these ones kiiiiiind of have me worried they're gonna make a foray into modern visual kei buttrock. But who knows, maybe they'll surprise me and it'll just be more of their usual solid weird metal fare? Regardless, here's the tracklisting:

1. Gordian Knot
2. 羯諦 (Not even sure what this word is)
3. 渦巻く太陽 (Uzumaku Taiyou; "Swirling Sun")
4. fullcolor answer
5. 直撃 (Chokugeki; "Direct Hit")
6. 満開オラショ (Mankai Horatio, "Full Bloom Horatio") (...wat)
7. 翼の記憶 (Tsubasa no Kioku; "Memory of Wings")
8. tiny song
9. 厭離穢土 (Enriedo; "The Abhorrence of Living in This Impure World" (its a buddhist thing))
10. S.W.POWER
11. 涙の価値 (Namida no Kacha; "The Value of Tears")

Their new getups for this release have been revealed as well; they're... Interesting, to say the least, though unmercifully lacking in traditional folk dress. The album cover, though I cant see it too well yet because its just a thumbnail on their website, is also kiiiiinda derp looking. It appears to be a skull made of butterflies. All in all, either this will be an improvement on Kijuu's (admittedly solid) level of quality, or it's going to be a clusterfuck. Let's see what we get, hm?

A neat tidbit of info is that this album WILL see the return of female vocals, though! So that's something to look forward to.

The website, for those who like to look at pretty pictures and moon runes: http://firstcell.net/gargoyle
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Dudemanguy
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:19 pm 
 

I'm definitely excited for this one. I have yet to get the later half of their discography (from Wa and onwards), but I should have everything before this comes out. Knowing these guys, the only thing you can expect is that you don't know what to expect.

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Crick
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:23 pm 
 

Dudemanguy wrote:
Knowing these guys, the only thing you can expect is that you don't know what to expect.


I will give you that much, lol. The most I was able to do with Kijuu was predict that Kerberos would be a thrash song. These titles and aesthetics tell me nothing, I swear!
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GTog
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:34 am 
 

Gargoyle is one of those bands that is so hit and miss with me that I have to give every album a try every time, just in case it's a good one. Kemonomichi and Bushin were good, Yaiba awful, Ronpuu ok. Kuromitten remains my favorite.

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Dudemanguy
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:58 pm 
 

Gargoyle? Hit and miss? Certainly, their particular brand of thrash would be hit or miss in general, but across albums? That's a rather bizarre criticism for me. Personally, this is one of the most consistent bands that I've ever come across, in terms of just quality. Their writing style is quite diverse, but there is just a particular, unmistakable "Gargoyle" way of writing riffs that no other band does and gives them a pretty recognizable sound. Not many other bands could write so much good material at their rate for decades.

Admittedly, I have not heard all of the albums you listed, but I have most of the bands material at this point. (10/16 albums and 3/4 EPs). I find Kemonomichi, Bushin and Ronpuu to all be quite good with Kemonomichi probably being my favourite out of just those three. I haven't heard any of the other ones you mentioned (yet). I do have some stuff sitting on backorder though, so hopefully that'll get to me soon.

But for the rest of their discography? I find them all, at the very least, to be quite good, and some albums would have my undying praise. :lol: My gut feeling is that I'll probably like the albums with Yotaro and Kentaro on them the best, but I'm not really familiar with "modern" Gargoyle, so I couldn't really say for sure. Right now, the albums I favor the most would be Tsuki no Toge and Gaia with Aratama and Future Drug taking second. I'd really love for one of the ones that I'm missing to move to the top of that list though.

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Crick
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:36 am 
 

GTog wrote:
Gargoyle is one of those bands that is so hit and miss with me that I have to give every album a try every time, just in case it's a good one. Kemonomichi and Bushin were good, Yaiba awful, Ronpuu ok. Kuromitten remains my favorite.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:42 am 
 

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GTog
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:46 pm 
 

Gargoyle undeniably has a distinct sound, don't get me wrong. It just isn't always good.

Minor correction - Kisho was the one I thought was awful, not Yaiba. Yaiba ain't bad. I've heard quite a lot of Gargoyle, but I can't pin down what it is about some albums that I don't like. It's not an early/late split - I like Kaikoroku but not Aratama. I like Kijuu but not Kisho. It's not the musicians, because the lineup has been ridiculously stable, except Shiija, and I like stuff with and without him anyway. Just one of those things.

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BastardHead
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:54 pm 
 

Kisho is the best* Moderngoyle album :annoyed:

Anyway, I'm pretty obviously excited. Even if it sucks I'm sure it'll have at least one really good song, every album so far does. KE-RU! BE-ROS!


*- Kemonomichi and Yaiba fight for the title sometimes, but Kisho always wins for me.
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