"Writings of one Conflicted"

The Gazette: Toxic

October 5th, The Gazette’s newest album was released, and as one can expect, this album carries a completely diffirent sound than their last album, DIM which would have easily fit as the sound track of some horror movie… ok that’s a bit of an over exageration but itwas indeed aimed towards more of a disturbing/haunting sound. But enough of that Album as this is a review of TOXIC, not DIM. Now TOXIC seems to carry more of a electronic, digital sound, not quite like techno or electronica, as it still is Rock, but most the tracks in it seem to carry that atmosphere. Well, on to the Review.

Toxic

01. Infuse Into
02. Venemous Spider’s Web
03. Sludgy Cult
04. Red
05. The Suicide Circus
06. Shiver
07. My Devil on the Bed
08. Untitled
09. Pledge
10. Ruthless Deed
11. Psychopath
12. Vortex
13. Tommorow Never Dies
14. Omega

01. Infuse Into

As usual, the first track is a shortish intro which starts up the album and sets the mood of the album for us. A bit repetitve but the “digital” sound I mentioned earlier is totally noticeable. A few English lyrics which repeat through out before finally ending and going straight to the next track.

02. Venemous Spider’s Web

When I first heard this I have to admit, I thought the beggining was a bit… silly, not in a negative way, but just silly and a bit…playful? This song manages to seem silly, but still maintain a sense of agitation which is displayed through the music and the later screams that appear towards the end of the song. There’s an interesting part on the guitar here, which makes me think of something falling and then swiftly climbing back up to repeat the process… you’ll see what I mean if you listen to the song yourself. To me, it’s an ok song, not the greatest, not the worst, just ok really.

Lyrics: Romaji and Translation

03. Sludgy Cult

Starts right where the last track ends, which to me wasn’t to great in this case as when I listen to the album the 2 songs seem to be just one long song. But this song those indeed have it’s own flavor, as the singing is a bit more… in your face? Not quite the words I want but you can tell the difference, it sounds more like he’s telling you a story in this one than the last one, although the song feels a bit random, but there is a somewhat catchy guitar riff in it. Once again… not the best, not the worst, it’s ok.

Lyrics: Romaji and Translation

04. Red

The album version of Red isn’t really to diffirent than the one that appeared in the single, the difference being some slight changes in the drums, but other wise nothing drastic or anything. You can expect the same thing you heard in the single, a fast paced, somewhat romantic themed song, referencing the Red String of Destiny in its lyrics. Better than the last 2 tracks in my opinion, but maybe I say that because I’ve heard it more than the other two… although it’s style does stand out from them, so a welcomed track breaking the two that sound like one.

Lyrics: Kanji,Romaji, and Translation

05. The Suicide Circus

An amazing song, really. Great intro, which really demonstrates that digital feel to the album, with somewhat eerie vocals starting the song, and after that, the guitars enter for a mild explosive star, if that even makes sense, only to calm down again as vocals reenter the song. Throughout the song that dark digital age feel is consistent. One of my favorite parts of this is when there’s vocals singing masked underneath a long stretched note. Throughout the song there remains a powerful feeling to it, before it finally ends with that digital effect heard from the start.

Lyrics: Kanji, Romaji, and Translation

06. Shiver

Like Red, the album version’s only changes are to the drums, very slight, and you might not hear anything different unless you look for it. Shiver, a rather fast paced song, which feel misplaced coming right after “The Suicide Circus”. The song doesn’t stand out to much on it’s own being a bit… well it sounds alot like “Red”, so if you like one you might like the other. I do like the song though, although I believe the ending could have been done better as it’s the same notes on the guitar playing slowly fading out…

Lyrics: Kanji, Romaji, and Translation

07. My Devil on the Bed

The intro is ok… the music is ok… but when it comes to lyrics, I’m not a fan of it, and so I refrain from listening to it. It’s just not… Well if you like it then, you like it, I for one do not.

Lyrics: Kanji, Romaji, Translation

08. Untitled

This song more than makes up for the last track for me, upon hearing it, I fell in love with it, as I do love my ballads. Another song where that digital sound is more obvious. A slow start, joined in with vocals, progressing forward, to hit the chorus where things pick up, hitting a climax, a chorus full of emotion sung with a pleading voice… only to lower back to the verse, before hitting that climax again. Even if you don’t understand the language, the emotion get’s through, and with the bride following the second chorus, it only intensifies, with that feeling of sadness, of pleading… before it ends virtually the same way it started as if nothing happened in between… an amazing song, for those of you who like ballads, although they have made better ballads. Still a good song.

Lyrics: Romaji, and Translation

09. Pledge

Pledge, as with Red, and Shiver… minor drum changes. Now what more could I ask for in a album than at least 1 ballad? Another one following the first one. Pledge doesn’t really carry that “digital” sound I’ve been mentioning, making it stand out from the album a bit. It starts out with a piano intro, which is joined by the vocals, and then by the rest of the instruments. Slowly starting and building itself up to a climax, where the most emotion is let out in the song, that formula being why I like Ballads so much, rather than staying the same throughout the whole song, it builds up to a high point,  before it come back down and finally ends. Pledge is a good example of  a ballad hat I truly enjoy.

Lyrics: Kanji, Romaji, and Translation

10. Ruthless Deed

Hard Rock right after such a beautiful ballad, those of you not a fan of slower songs, will probably enjoy this one. Although to me it’s a bit too much, but I do like the whispering in the beginning. It gives it a bit of a psychotic feel… which is probably better fitting in the next track.

Lyrics: Romaji, and Translation

11. Psychopath

When it starts, I instantly think about Nausea and Shudder with those symbols, but then end up disappointed when it isn’t. More hard rock, fitting for head banging really. Not really my kind of thing. Aggressive sounding singing/screaming. And well… not a song I enjoy, who knows, you might though.

Lyrics: Romaji, and Translation

12. Vortex

Unchanged from the single, this song is actually ok, I like the instrumental part, and the melody sung, BUT I have issue with the lyrics, which prevent me from listening to it at all. As I’d rather not listen to music with cussing in it. If you don’t care you might enjoy it. Fast paced, catchy melody, and a interesting flow.

Lyrics: Romaji

13. Tomorrow Never Dies

Guitar, vocals reminiscent of sirens. An interesting song which does feel a little “digital”,  it’s ok but not one that I’d listen to often. The chorus which I actually do enjoy though. This song seems to go through a lot of moods, my favorite part being at the bridge and into the guitar solo, where it lightens up. And the message “Don’t kill yourself” can never be a bad thing, now can it?

Lyrics: Romaji, and Translation

14. Omega

The outro song, ending the Album, being a bit on the creepy side at first, but then picking up that “digital” sound that is scattered in the album being string in some song or sometimes weak. Basically, say your goodbyes here.

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An OK album, not my favorite, but still pretty decent, most of the songs which I truly enjoy being around the middle of the album, but that’s just me. You may love it or hate it, like most songs, or not like them. But with this album, Toxic, The Gazette has done it again. What have they done again? They changed their sound from the previous album to something else entirely, which was to be expected. Like that they always keep us guessing on how their next album might sound like next, keeping us on our toes, as we await their next single, or album. I am a bit disappointed by “Remember the Urge’s” absence in the album but oh well, I’ll live. I recommend this album more to people that like harder music, as it has more songs that you can do such things as headbanging to, although others can enjoy it to. All in all, it’s a good album, although not for everyone.

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