Producer: Blackbird (Samuel Wright), Whisper-P (previously known as Tikitike)
Release Date: December 6, 2015
Utauloid: ALiCE.16 (feat. MAIKA)
You’d think by now I’d upload a YouTube video, but nope! It seems my stupid amateurishness unknowingly deletes things during a transfer from After Effects to Premiere and vice versa. I’m trying though, I’ve got people to help me through it.
I plan to upload on this Friday, 2/19/2016 with Casino! I decided to do one I had already done the review for, so I could do less work, but after that, my videos will branch off into other things like Vocaloid merchandise and other cool stuff.
WARNING: Dark Themes Ahead!
If you know who Samuel Wright is, then you’ve been listening to some seriously depressing stuff. His lyrics are in English and makes my blood run cold, especially with track number 2, SEPPUKUMA, which is actually real… or at least I hope it’s a rumor- I will cover it in the review. Gotta admit, this album made me teary eyed, something about the angst in ALiCE.16’s voice. Oh, and Samuel goes by Blackbird now.
Emotion Rating: Look under the song titles in the “Detailed Review” to see Mr. Opinion Face’s emotion on the song. Plus, if there is a “Sawbat Approved” Icon, the song is top notch as mine and Sawbat’s favorite of the album- we have the same tastes- but today we disagree, because Sawbat doesn’t like the tear fuel.
9-10: (⋂‿⋂) – Love It!
7-8: (•‿•) – Good!
5-6: (•~•) – Meh!
3-4: (•︵•) – Disappointment!
1-2: (╥﹏╥) – It Sucks!
Emotion: (⋂‿⋂) – Love It!
You don’t need me to tell you that the name of this song is just “Hello” spelled backwards right. It is an instrumental tune with lots of atmosphere, like you’d hear at a funeral, unfortunately. It has this harpsichord in it that has a pretty well-played solo. The bad part, this leads up to the one that made me shake. It has foreshadowing, and that’s what Samuel is good about.
Emotion: (⋂‿⋂) – Love It! – Demo’s Favorite!
Track name links to official YouTube video!
Seppukuma is a Japan made robotic, life-sized bear that is rumored to aid in assisted suicide. This song is from the perspective of the Kuma from ALiCE and of the patient from MAIKA- who screams all the way through. Seppu and Kuma are two Japanese words that basically mean “Suicide Bear”- a robot that is designed to torture and kill based on a patient’s desire. Here’s a picture, and don’t be fooled by its cuteness!
The lyrics are what would be at the end of a disturbing movie. It does talk about suicide, and is way too graphic for young ears. With lyrics like, “I have so many ways to make you bleed, all your suicidal needs, just trust in me oh please, if death is what you seek, but first tell me, how much pain, such a waste to die peacefully” And the most cringe worthy, “I’ll tear it out, from your liver to your spleen, not so loud, that’s too much screaming” It really does send me back when I felt like there was no hope left. But I don’t think that is what it is for, else the person its holding might be a little more terrified. It’s probably used to help aid in disabled patients in moving around the house. I think the rumor came from the easiness it could have killing someone, because if the controller- i.e. the patient wanted to kill themselves, it would be like a giant machine of death! Like one of those automatic floor cleaners that suck up cat’s tails or a small pet gerbil.
This is the most metal of the songs and is a nice djent and screaming that will satiate the death metal lover. Having a bunch of electronic pops and whines in it as well sets it aside from the rest of the album given that this is such a hard song to listen to if you can’t stand the thought of Death. Disturbing that a little Utau girl sings these lyrics. She does pretty well too, but it’s the subject matter.
Emotion: (•‿•) – Good!
Warning: Has strong language!
These lyrics are less disturbing than the last song, but it is still held inside the coldest of darkness. Without much electronics integrating into the mix, it is genuinely hardcore. ALiCE takes a stand and sings the “ah’s” at the ends with clarity and desire. I also hear like a man’s voice. Samuel… is that you? Or maybe it is ALiCE in a very low octave. This song is slow and powerful with an air of disobedience.
Masks has a nice intro and light guitar riff that is unlike its companion songs. It’s a little sad in the lyrics, but nothing too depressing- like the rest- it’s light, there you go. The heavy guitar comes in later, but it doesn’t compare to SEPPUKUMA. Probably the most uplifting of the album, because it really detaches from the darkness.
Emotion: (⋂‿⋂) – Love It!
Talk about a goodbye, this song starts off smooth, then all of a sudden- BAAMMM! Heavy guitar. ALiCE sings happily, but the guitar is really up in your face. After about halfway, the heavy guitar says goodbye and shoots over into a soothing bass and clap beat. At the end, ALiCE sings “Goodbye, I Love You!” and is a farewell to the album that will make you cry!
8 out of 10
Emotion: (•‿•) – Good!
Well, I hope you like this thing. I was so busy with my video editing that all that time just flew away. I don’t even have time to game! I needs a break, but not until you guys are satisfied. Maybe I’ll take saturdays or sundays off. I can do that you know, I am my own boss. If you ask me how I am my own boss, then shoot me a comment or email and I will reply within the next day! Over the next few days, I will review more or less EP’s because of time and such! It may be splotchy at first with my YouTube videos, but stay with me for a few years and see how far I come… You know, unless I get assaulted by a SEPPUKUMA- or an actual Kuma either one!