Girugamesh – GO

Release date: January 26, 2011
Label: Avex

Tracklist

  1. Opening
  2. Destiny
  3. EXIT
  4. MISSION CODE
  5. COLOR
  6. 13 days
  7. 見えない距離 (Mienai Kyori – Invisible Distance)
  8. 再会 (SAIKAI – Reunion)
  9. Calling
  10. Never ending story
  11. 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).

Rating: ★★¾☆☆ 

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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 Likin Park. Where this particular album, GO, 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 terror 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 lives, 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).

ROXY

A Caribbean Islander who wants to fly. Criminal Justice graduate with a lot to say about social injustice. An eternal scholar. I want to know everything. I blame Disney for making me a total dreamer. My head is mostly in the clouds and I have background music in real life.

6 Responses

  1. julili says:

    “It’s almost like watching a terror flick and when the zombies are about to eat the girl they suddenly break into song.” LOL

  2. Ana Pana says:

    Lol good review girl. Personally, i detested the album. I was waiting for the dark sounds to kick in at some point and was almost bitterly disappointed overall. I had kept one song on my mp3 from that album and even that i removed the other day because i couldn’t bear it. Seems like their original sound left along with their original wardrobe.

    *returns to pining for the old Girugämesh*

    • ROXY says:

      @Ana Pana, It’s really been a radical change since “MUSIC”. I don’t completely discard this album ’cause I’ve gotten used to these poppy-electro songs and they -are- fun live. BUT I do miss their stuff from “GIRUGAMESH” which is my all time fave Giru album and some of the “13’s Reborn” songs as well.

      Have you heard “NOW” and “ALIVE”? This is like an extension of them only a lot weirder and experimental. Ryo really went crazy with the computer elements on this one :/

      • Ana Pana says:

        @ROXY, I haven’t gotten used to it AT ALL. I literally cringe when i hear the poppy sounds come in lol. If it had been another band, it might be more acceptable to me, in fact, it’d probably be great. But it’s Girugamesh….i just can’t lol. I still love Satoshi’s voice but, i miss the dark side. ‘Music’ was the last album of their’s i enjoyed. And then one sole song from the ‘Now’ album as well. But that’s been it unfortunately.

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