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Well folks, it's been an active year in visual kei - and it's about to get even more active from now until December. Just about every band I like is coming out with something between now and then:

1. First we have GazettE. Fresh on the heels of Dogma comes a new single in November. Surprise! (Well, we knew this was coming because Aoi kinda hinted at it on Twitter.)
2. D=Out finally makes their comeback after a year's absence with a new single - released on Kai's birthday, yet!
3. After saying they're completely done with releasing singles - Lycaon has announced one more surprise release before their disbandment. (First they break my heart, then they break my bank account . . .)
4. Royz isn't putting out a new album, but they ARE putting out a live DVD - conveniently on the day Lycaon releases their single. Yay for bundled shipping!
5. DIAURA is releasing a Greatest Hits set (which is Visual Kei-ese for "We didn't feel like recording an album this year, but our record company demanded one anyway") called Incomplete in December, which promises to feature damn-hard-to-find-because-CD-Japan-never-has-'em earlier singles like Beautiful Creature.
6. And I finally got dragged into the Mejibray trap after years of resisting. (This is ALL MiA's fault). They have two, count 'em, TWO singles coming out, one each in October and November. Oh, and a DVD in December. Bloody hell.

Let's face it, just about the only nations on the Boots Bias Hit Parade that haven't piped in on this are SCREW and Alice Nine, and I wouldn't put it past them to come up with a "SURPRISE! New Release!" in the next few weeks. Good thing I'm not going on a Big Trip this year like Japan last year and Germany two years ago. (Hell, it may almost be cheaper just to fly to Japan around Christmas and buy all this stuff in person).

As for Dogma . . . I have to be brutally honest, my first impression was not good. It seemed, well . . . dark. Completely dark. It wasn't the rainbow of sonic colors we come to expect from them, it was just . . . heavy. And I thought it was just me, because I was seeing people all over Tumblr proclaiming it was the best GazettE album since DIM. Granted, I'm in the minority of the fandom in that I loved Toxic, I think Beautiful Deformity stands head and shoulders alongside the Gaze Holy Trinity (NIL, Stacked Rubbish and DIM) and, well . . . I didn't hate Division.

I gave it another shot, though, and it improved on the second listen - once I was past the initial shock of the sheer difference in styles, I could understand what they were doing, and see the familiar GazettE composition styles, and appreciate that it was a lot more intricate than I originally thought. I don't think it's ever going to be my favorite GazettE album ever (NIL has that honor just by virtue of including my two favorite Gaze songs, Silly God Disco and Cassis), but it's not the worst one, either. And it may grow on me even more later. (That's the thing with GazettE - very often, you can't fully take in their stuff on the fiirst go-round).

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hamhamheaven
Sep. 6th, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm in the minority as well. Admittedly, DIM is my favourite Gaze album, but I like Toxic and Beautiful Deformity every bit as much as Stacked Rubbish, and well above NIL. I haven't been brave enough to listen to any of Dogma other than Ominous. Truthfully, I watched the Dogma PV on mute. Your assessment matches what others have been saying: that it's a heavy album start to finish. And I would hate to listen to it in the wrong frame of mind and risk ruining it with a bad first impression.

Are you the sort who wants actual copies of everything, or do you go the digital/iTunes route when available? I'm sure A9 and Screw will find a way to break your budget before the year is out as well. They love you and want your money, after all. ^_^ Just imagine how much worse it would be if regular live attendance was a possibility!
puss_nd_boots
Sep. 7th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
I usually try to get physical copies of everything if I can. Most of the bands I like aren't available on US iTunes (GazettE is, but they don't have their complete discography). Besides, the packaging is usually so nice that it makes the stuff "ownable," especially GazettE's albums.

Dogma is probably best approched by listening to it once through to get a "feel" for it, then wait several days, then listen again to actually pick up on what GazettE is doing. It's definitely not a love-at-first-sight album like BD. (Live reports indicate GazettE has been toning down some of the songs live, so maybe they realize they might have gone a step too far with the heaviness).
misumaru
Sep. 7th, 2015 07:27 am (UTC)
You mean you didn't get Screw's mini album? They did release one this year, right, I'm not going crazy? :P It's kind of terrifying how much money get from us when you lay it all out like that though.

Well, you already know my thoughts on Dogma. It's pretty safe to say it's not an easy album to love - you have to work at it.
puss_nd_boots
Sep. 7th, 2015 01:37 pm (UTC)
There were two, actually, and I got them both. I just figured I was done spending money on that particular band for the year. Of course, that may not be the case the way things are going! (Lord knows I spent enough on SCREW last year, what with going to three of their lives in Japan and buying the merch!)
ldybastet
Sep. 8th, 2015 06:13 am (UTC)
They really are trying to push us into bankruptcy, right? ;)
kyoselflove
Sep. 8th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
I feel you, so much money to spend this autumn, and Lycaon too!

I really love DOGMA, I also love Toxic, I love dark and heavy and also I love electronic rock too. One of the things I love about the GazettE is they always experiment with different sounds and styles and I can't help but love each one :3
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