Understand this. My first Deluhi song was Hybrid Truth. That being said, the bar has been set pretty high and the band has yet to blow me away since. After “The Farthest” I was ready to call it quits but something in me never wants to give up faith in a band I at one time really liked. So here I am, giving it another go with Deluhi’s latest one-track single.
Departure begins with some chanting, electronic vocals, and those “machine gun drums” I’ve praised the band for. It starts out sounding like it’s going to be good. I was really thinking I could get into the song. That’s when things began to go downhill. The second I heard a party-over-here-style “whoooa-ooooh” I knew things were about to get very, very bad.
That’s when the chorus hit. The hard kind of electronic sound I was digging from the song’s opening had vanished and instead been replaced with a sort of happy-go-lucky-let’s-toss-beach balls-around-and-enjoy-being-young kind of song that you hear almost every throwaway Disney Channel star record at some point. I think I could headbang easier to the Degrassi theme song and feel less embarrassed. I’m going to be honest with you and say that I only made it about four minutes in to the song. It’s just not worth anyone’s time.
In Conclusion: I’m being so harsh because I know Deluhi has more in them than this. All I want to know is where that potential went. Don’t hand me a track as brutal as Hybrid Truth and then try to follow it up with something that I don’t even consider Visual Kei, alright? I am so disappointed, but I won’t give up. Deluhi has still got some fight in them and I’m sure it has to come out eventually.
First off, let me thank Toshi San from Visual Kei Heaven for inviting me to do a guest post. It’s an honor, and I hope to do your brilliant site justice.
I’ve listened to Deluhi since Hybrid Truth, arguably their best song ever. Lately, I’ve felt their music has taken a turn towards the dissonant and downright nonsensical. I think they are trying to be a breakout VK act, which is great, but at what cost? I think this band is in a creative overload right now and their music isn’t making much sense because of it.
It’s difficult to gauge which direction The Farthest is trying to sway towards. Over the six minutes, eight seconds the song lasts, the song takes about a thousand different twists and turns. It starts as a rock-opera ballad sort of thing, flirts with the speed metal sound and machine gun-like drums that initially drew me to the band, and the chorus is like some kind of creepy waltz from heck. I’m sorry guys, but I have no clue what is going on here. The vocals are okay and the band itself sounds confused. Not a good thing, fellas.
In Conclusion: It’s great that Deluhi is trying to create a name and image for themselves, especially since so many VK acts fall into the mundane and predictable category. Still, this song is a crazy mess with no clear direction. Listen to Hybrid Truth instead. I can guarantee that you won’t walk away from that song with a migraine from trying to discern exactly what the song was about. I’m not trying to be harsh, but this single (if you’d call only one track that) fell beyond flat for me. It’s like this song fell off a hundred story building, then got steamrolled.
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Look what I’ve found! ANOTHER VK band where the people who look like chicks are chicks! No guessing! No pondering! No uncomfortable moments!
Aldious, like exist trace, is a Visual Kei band consisting entirely of females. I’d put their sound in between the brutal exist trace and pop-rock group SCANDAL. They can rock out, but their vocals and melodies aren’t as grating or violent as exist trace.
Defended Desire, besides having a cool name, is a fast-paced rock song with some incredible drums. They remind me of the machine-gun-sounding drums that you hear in Deluhi songs. But, the vocals sound a little apathetic and the lyrics are slightly repetitive. I’ll give these girls an A for effort as the song is pretty good. Maybe after a while they will come into their own and produce some stuff that will blow me away. Or I could totally jinx them and force them to disband/lose members, as I have seemingly done to XodiacK, Luzmelt, and Canzel. If this is the case, I will give gacktpause license to mock me for all eternity.
灰の雪 is a slower song and reminds me of older-style j-rock. Its nice, and the vocals are the best in this song. Her voice reminds me of Mika Nakashima in parts.
Ultimate Melodious has a killer opening and the drums get to shine once again. I just couldn’t get into this song because the vocalist sounds like she could care less about the song.
In Conclusion: The winning attribute of Aldious is its drums. The vocals need work. If I don’t sense emotion in any aspect of a song be it the voice, the guitar, whatever, then I don’t feel emotion either and I turn the song off. Still, give it a listen because these girls seem like they’ve got potential.