Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. I have been quite overwhelmed with the first two reviews, for they're too lengthy and too much technical for a metal newbie like me. Having said all technical matters there is to this album, I'd be reviewing it in another light. Versailles always composes songs within a context. If you watch their first music video, "The Revenant Choir", the very long intro is actually where all of their albums, even up to now, is based on their own vampire legend.
For one, Noble is very versatile with their compositions. This variety was mainly brought about by the merge of their own musical backgrounds. The vocalist, Kamijo, has a specialty in ballads while the two guitarists, Hizaki and Teru, works more on metal music. The drummer, Yuki, played modern rock songs before, while the bassist in this album, Jasmine You, played alternative rock in his first band and some neoclassical rhythm.
Hizaki composed "Aristocrats Symphony", so it's more Hizaki-sounding. In their early days with the Noble album, Teru is fond of sweep-picking, and there is where you can discern the two guitars apart. I have this bias on Jasmine You's bass.
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The bass lines were very audible, not to mention that it's not overpowered by the drums or the guitars. Also, the bass lines shape the song.
Listen to the bass lines in Noble, and you'll see that it gives the song a definite shape. I hate to use adjectives, but it leaves an "elegant", almost "regal" feeling to every song. The vocals I think most people would struggle when listening to Noble and Versailles in general.
Kamijo's vocals aren't the perfect vocals for
Versailles noble metal band, but when you hear him sing, you can never image any other vocalist doing his songs. I first knew of Gackt's songs, so I was not that shocked in hearing Kamijo's vocals. However, I think that his voice does not only serve as the vocals, but he makes his voice as another instrument besides the drums, guitars and bass.
In as much as no other guitarist can recreate the bass lines of Jasmine You as it is unique for every song, no other singer can exactly sing how Kamijo sings. A minus factor I had was that it was not powerful as I'd expect from a metal band. Noble is a
Versailles noble album, but it does brag enough power to be labeled so.
However, it's that clean, elegant, and smooth sound that, again, separates Versailles from the lot of Japanese bands. It's not only later that they'll gain more of that thud and power from their songs. Also, I also think that their new take on the "Revenant Choir" is cheaper than their first recording. I like the faster bass solo in the new recording though.
Overall, I'd give it an 80 surrounding these reasons. I viewed it mostly on its context and artistry because Versailles works around the "extremities of aestheticism" setting aside the fact that the two previous reviews were full of that musicality review you may be looking for. I think of Noble as a metal album full of potential as it is very flavorful. I hope this was a useful review to you! Because I was so impressed with Versailles' song, "The Revenant Choir," I grabbed their debut album off Amazon and have had
Versailles noble in my hands for about a week now.
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That's not say it doesn't have any power, but it's deeply rooted in
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Versailles noble that, it definitely isn't cheesy in any way; those looking for an album full of songs to bash heads to should avoid the majority of it. There are some exceptions, however, like "To the Chaos Inside" and "Zombie," which are pretty darn headbangable, making you want to punch Versailles noble in the face.
Actually, many of the songs are perfectly easy to rock out to, while at the same time being headbangable, just not overly so. That being said, my first and foremost favorite part of the
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The riffs are played with the up most precision and care, meshing extremely well with the layered synth parts, giving the songs a massive feel see "Aristocrat's
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They seemed like a good example to use.
Versailles noble find Versailles to be the complete opposite albeit less technicalas they should be because they're a completely different subgenre of metal all together. Contrasting that, the guitar solos are ultimately on a different level.
They manage to be lightning fast without loosing their sense of melody, which can prove to be quite a feat as some players are nothing more than soulless shredders. Now, I'm not a drummer, but I have a good understanding of what's going on behind the kit and mechanics used to play it. The drumming on this album is nothing short of impressive, being precise, yet speedy and due to the fact that the patterns are frequently switched up in an effort to avoid getting stale.
There are fills
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If the production was different, placing an
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I find that to be refreshing because the bass is usually buried under a mass of distortion commonly called
Versailles noble riffs. To be honest, I was initially turned off by the vocals.
Well, it turns out I've grown accustomed to them and have few qualms. They're totally emotional and, while a bit odd for a metal band, suitable for classically-influenced stuff like this. Lyrically, there is some going
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An abundance of English lyrics would be akin
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Let's admit it, this album is pretty awesome, but it isn't without
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It only returns once, which is a shame because it's so good. The band favors a lighter, clean section in the middle of the song instead. Not what I wanted to hear, but the song writing eventually clicked with me or I simply got used to it.
To close, this album is sure to stay in my frequent listening pile for quite some time. It's got all the makings of something great and I'm rabidly looking forward to the Versailles' other material. Noble should be on your short list if you're looking for something different or something layered with all sorts of moving parts. Oh yeah, and even though all the members of the band dress like women, they're all guys.
Figured I'd point that out. Originally written for "Versailles noble" The Japanese band that
Versailles noble more known in the visual kei scene than they are in the metal scene, which is somewhat funny seeing as they are tied to the metal scene on a musical level, while other visual kei bands usually play variants of modern rock.
Now, the band seems to be an oddball in more than just one way: Yes, the band seems to be somewhat stuck between two scenes, seeing as many visual kei fans deem them too fast for their liking, or that their fans don't have an idea as to why they are actually worth listening to, the band being good for having "cool visuals". Alright, maybe that's a bit too harsh, but I don't really encounter lots of people into power metal in general who're into Versailles.
Mind, this is a generalisation only. Anyways, the few metalheads I know whom tried Versailles, on the other hand, seem to deem them as too generic flower power metal with modern rock influences and thematics and vocals that turn them off. I can't actually blame them. I must admit that I found this band very overbearing, generic and messy as
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Had I reviewed this after, say, 2 spins, the score would have been in high 50s or the low 60s.
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To make my point clear, using an analogy of sorts would be good. And for that
Versailles noble, an analogy of sorts is necessary: Yes, at first the music of Versailles seemed to be really messy, starting from the drums that are loud on the mix yet ultimately lack power to the VERY nasal vocals that seemed to be hard to get over, not to mention actually enjoying. This album is regarded as their best album ever recorded yet by most Versailles fans, and I think it really is for many reasons.
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