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REVIEW: [2011.08.31] the GazettE - REMEMBER THE URGE (maxi-single)

[2011.08.31] the GazettE - REMEMBER THE URGE (maxi-single)

TRACKLIST:
1. REMEMBER THE URGE
2. CLEVER MONKEY
3. 痴情

REMEMBER THE URGE (4:04) [PV]
The intro starts off very strong, though I really dislike that feedback effect. Love the fast-paced drumming in the beginning that reminded me nostalgically of Ruder, one of my favorite songs. The guitars are nice, but also sound rather generic. It has some good guitar riffs during the verses and in between vocal parts. Vocals are good, but the melody line isn't very catchy or memorable. The song slows down at the 2:55 mark, and Ruki sings in his lower register, a sound that I'd always been fond of. The song pretty much kept at the same level through the entire song, so it lacked any hooks for me.
RATING: 5.5/10

CLEVER MONKEY (2:58)
After the initial couple of seconds, the intro gets better than the REMEMBER THE URGE. Loved the laugh at 0:07; it was creepy and set the right mood for the song. I'm not too fond of the verses since there's too much distortion in them. They also have that pump-up cheerscreaming I mentioned before in my BORN review, but somehow I just feel like BORN does it better? Maybe I'm just biased, but that's my opinion; so the GazettE's version wasn't quite up to par with the kind I anticipate. I do like the chorus of this song though, when Ruki sings normally; however, I like the instrumentals better than the vocals in general. All the distortion and screaming kind of killed it for me, so it was hard to enjoy the rest of the song. The lyrics make me giggle sometimes, YEAH! CLEVER MONKEY!, from what I hear. The power chords at the end were dragged on a little longer than necessary.
RATING: 4.5/10

痴情 (3:24)
Immediately when the song started, I knew this would be my favorite track in the release. The intro was slow, soft, beautiful. Then Ruki's voice comes in, once again in the lower register, which I love. This song definitely showcases his vocal abilities better than the previous two tracks. Now, I do enjoy the occasional screaming here and there, but in a song like this, I feel it was unnecessarily, but alas, it was there. The chorus had a nice melody, but it kind of just leaves me hanging; it doesn't really come to a solid conclusion. I do like the high note he sings for that brief moment though, it sent chills down my spine. Anyway, instrumentals during the softer parts were very nice and enjoyable, but when the power cords come in, I feel like they aren't suited for the song. My score would definitely have been higher if they stuck purely to the softer side.
RATING: 6.5/10

I haven't been listening to the GazettE lately, so I can't really compare with their other recent releases to see how they're doing, but compared to their older stuff that I am more familiar with, I'd definitely say they took a turn for the worse. Their last release that I really listened was NIL, which was 6 years ago. Quite a large timeskip, and I must say there is a HUGE difference. Then Filth in the Beauty came out, and I was like wow no. That pretty much ended my relationship with GazettE. I gave this an average rating because it wasn't that good, but then again, they have had worse. Anyway, it seems like I'm always overly critical over the GazettE's releases because I know how good they used to be, and their newer stuff just don't appeal to me. I feel like they had more variety in their older songs, and didn't include random screams just for the sake of screaming. Tracks like Ruder, 舐~zetsu~, 東京心中, Anti Pop, SHADOW VI II I, and Cassis are the songs that I miss and what made me fall in love with them in the first place. I realize that as a band, they are continuously growing, but I am quite disappointed in the direction they chose to take.

OVERALL RATING: 5/10

I'm on a bit of a roll today with the reviews since I just recently set this community up and wanted to put some stuff up so it's not so empty. In the future, I most likely won't be posting reviews on such a frequent basis, but I will try my best nonetheless.
Tags: genre: jrock, review: the gazette
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