Girugamesh – GO
Release date: January 26, 2011
- MISSION CODE
- 13 days
- 見えない距離 (Mienai Kyori – Invisible Distance)
- 再会 (SAIKAI – Reunion)
- Never ending story
- イノチノキ (Inochi no Ki – Tree of Life)
GO is an experiment of an album. The opening is completely electronic accompanied by Satoshi’s rap like singing. This doesn’t surprise me because it’s well known that ALL the members of Girugamesh are big fans of Linkin Park. Where this particular album separates from the rest of Girugamesh’s work is that the vocals have become a lot more pop. They tease us with their wonderful guitar and bass riffs but keep us waiting for those dark lyrics. It’s almost like watching a horror flick, and when the zombies are about to eat the girl they suddenly break into song. Destiny is the best example of this. Other songs are just plain out pop such as Exit. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not a ‘bad’ album. It’s just very different to what Girugamesh was two albums back.
Songs like Mission Code and Inochi no Ki are a lot closer to the Girugamesh we’re more used to. Mission Code is fun, quirky, and original. Love the drum and guitar solo in there. Probably my favorite since it’s the kind of song that will be worth a million times over seeing live. Inochi no Ki is less of the electronic stuff, more of the rock stuff and more of the beautiful Satoshi lyrics.
Then there are songs like Mienai Kyori and Saikai. The first is very strange with its pop feel that suddenly drops into a section that’s mysterious and so incredibly Visual Kei. The second, Saikai, is plain out ballad. It even has piano and violin in there. I really like the bass riffs though. They’re like a lullaby, beautiful.
Ultimately, this album feels like the guys are making music to play live, and that’s ok. We want to see Girugamesh live, they’re a great live band after all (this coming from someone who has seen them twice).