Tag Archive: Phantasmagoria

Royal Dead :: LycanthropeThe Royal Dead (ex. Phantasmagoria) released this Maxi-single CD way back in 2005 (and there’s a new full album out now so this review is behind the times!). The Maxi-single CD contains five tracks, but it is more like a three-track single CD with a prologue and epilogue added in. It is a concept mini-album focusing the music and lyrics around the lycanthropy – the ability to change into a werewolf and such (no kidding, I hear you say). The prologue and epilogue are more short thematic refrains than songs in themselves. I noticed some glitched sounds in the epilogue, but apart from that this album is a crisply-recorded, dark, dancable piece of electronicka.

The three main tracks, Howling, Fortune and Lycanthrope feature prominently in DJ sets at Gothic Events in Japan reflecting their very dance-friendly up-tempo electronicka, violins and backed up by the divine vocals making for an enjoyable listening experience.

Track two, Howling, should be particularly familiar to anyone who has gone to a Goth event in Tokyo as it is the most often played of the tracks. The dancable synth melds with the siren-like vocals. Luna is another familiar track on the local Goth scene. It starts slowly, but ramps up with some strong ax-riffs before the vocals slide in harmoniously. Fortune gets less club play, perhaps due to its slow start with synth-keyboards – but drumbeats soon give the track’s tempo a kick. Once again the vocals give the track a nice eerily beautiful feel.

Overall this is a good example of dark synth-pop backed with some rocky guitar and violin work and held together by the beautiful yet despairing vocals. On the negative side I think the tiny little glitch-sounds (whether intended or not) on Epilogue were a little off-putting, but the real negative is that Lycanthrope is too short! I think there should have been at least five full-blown tracks (or a couple of remixes would have been great) to add to the listener’s experience. In final conclusion, yes I would buy it for the three main tracks alone, but I am much more excited by their new-released self-titled album with 10 tracks!

Royal Dead :: LycanthropeThe Royal Dead/Phantasmagoria :: Lycanthrope :: Track Listing
01. Prologue (1:21)
02. Howling (4:17) – Sample
03. Luna (4:58) – Sample
04. Fortune (3:33) – Sample
05. Epilogue (1:22)
Total Tim: 15:31

I am not sure where you can pick up this MCD, but you can pick up the NEW 10-track CD from Music Non Stop! That is one I plan on getting some day soon…

SakinohakaSakinohaka goes forth with Cathedral Deprave at Club Alive. It looks to be a fine night with Blood, The Royal Dead and Psycho Dream (they have returned!). There will also be theater macabre from Rose de Reficul et Guiggles and other performers during the night. It starts early, but goes all night so remember to bring a photo ID.

When: December 1, 2007 :: Cathedral Deprave
Where: Club Alive (Higashi-Shinsaibashi)
Address: 5F France Bldg., 2-4-4 Higashi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo ku, Osaka :: 東心斎橋2丁目4-14仏蘭西館ビル5F
Tel: (06)6213-8585
Live: Blood, The Royal Dead (Phantasmagoria), Psycho Dream
DJ’s: Elmina, Yokozawa, Amon, and others
Performance: Rose de Reficul et Guiggles and more.
Open: 20:00 :: Start: 21:00
Price: 2,000 yen adv. :: 3,000 yen @ door
You can contact the organizers at info@NOSPAMsakinohaka.com (just remove NOSPAM).

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