Asagi - 斑 (January 31, 2018)
#1
Big happening alert! Asagi is finally going to drop his first complete solo album, 斑, in January 2018 in the last third of the month (despite his solo project existing for well over a decade lol). I forgot about the Harvest Moon countdown, so I suppose it just happened yesterday or something. Tongue



Check out that list of guest musicians!



Edit: Oh geez, his website is being flooded with traffic right now. I can't access it. Laugh
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#2
Of course Shinya is on the list of guest musicians! I'm starting to think he comes free with literally any other guest musician you hire for a J-rock album Wink
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#3
Everybody's gotta make a living somehow. Wink

I just listened to the MV in the first tweet, and I can dig this. I guess this will be some kind of weirdass visual kei folk metal album? The guitar work and bass work is pretty nice. And there are some double kicks in there. This is pleasantly very metal. Here, I'll just embed it below for good measure.


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#4
Hey you're right, this ain't bad at all! Stock visual kei melody #1 does appear in the beginning of the chorus though. Asagi's used it before. At least in 'In the Name of Justice', but there's at least two or three more. Still... I like the style on this thing!
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#5
Yeah I noticed the chorus was a tad generic, but it's Asagi so that kind of thing is pretty "whatever" for me. I like this a lot better than the single he released a year or two ago.
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#6
Absolutely. I'd almost ask myself why he didn't keep this for D. After all, there's a bunch of D songs with a similar sound... All of which are among my favorites Wink
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#7
He writes the vast majority of D's songs these days and they're all guesting on the album, so you really wonder what the point is. Just an excuse to record with other people I guess? Laugh
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#8
I wouldn't be surprised if Japanese record labels held a tight release schedule and it simply wasn't "time" for a new D record yet, so he went ahead and did it under a different moniker. Either way, I never mind more Asagi compositions than are planned under D's schedule Wink
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#9
Hey maybe D is "rebelling" by releasing that EP on God Child Records later this month? Wink
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#10
Listening to that song, I think I can forgive Asagi for dragging out that countdown for a whole month... Wink

The description of the YT video says that this is going to be a concept album based on the legend of Kaguya-hime, so I think it's pretty safe to say that the rest of the album is going to sound a lot like this. And it certainly explains why he made a point of having the announcement on the day of the harvest moon...
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