Jul 18

97年9月22日、衝動的な解散発表を行い、音楽シーンに多大な功績を残したX JAPANは、17年間の長い歴史に終止符を打った。常に新しい事に挑戦し、現在活躍しているアーティスト達にも大きな影響を与えている。88年4月にX初アルバムとしてリリースしたこの「Vanishing Vision」は、「KURENAI」(英語バージョン)や「ILL KILL YOU」、そしてクラッシックの要素を盛り込んだ「ALIVE」など過激でドラマティカルな内容の初期名盤。これを聴かずしてXは語れない。

X – Vanishing Vision [1988.04.14]

収録曲
01. Dear Loser
02. Vanishing Love
03. Phantom of Guilt
04. Sadistic Desire
05. Gime Me the Pleasure
06. I’ll Kill You
07. Alive
08. Kurenai
09. Un-Finished…

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Jul 18

レーベル Lantis
配信開始日 2017.02.22
収録曲数 全14曲
販売データ ハイレゾ|FLAC|96.0kHz/24bit

http://mora.jp/package/43000152/A52472/
http://www.e-onkyo.com/music/album/laca15627/

最前線で歌い続けるアニソンシンガー「TRUE」の2ndアルバム!

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作詞家としてはもとより、2014年からはアーティストとしても活動をスタートさせた“TRUE”。これまでにも、数々のTVアニメOP/EDテーマを手がけ続けている彼女だが、今回、TRUEとして2枚目となるフルアルバム「Around the TRUE」を発売。ハイレゾ版も同日リリースされた。
今回の2ndアルバムには、「DREAM SOLISTER(Movie Ver.)」や 「サウンドスケープ」など、TVアニメ『響け!ユーフォニアム』関連の楽曲に加え、「STEEL -鉄血の絆-」(TVアニメ『機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ』ED主題歌)や「飛竜の騎士」(TVアニメ『最弱無敗の神装機竜』OP主題歌)、「Divine Spell」(TVアニメ『レガリア The Three Sacred Stars』OP主題歌)など、数々のオープニング/エンディングテーマ曲を収録。ダンスミュージックやバラードなど様々な曲調の音楽が楽しめる、バラエティに富んだアルバムに仕上がっている。

<サウンドインプレッション>
圧倒的なエネルギッシュさと、美しい響きを併せ持つTRUEの歌声は、今作でも魅力全開。特にハイレゾ版では、あまりに美し過ぎる歌声が、実はとても強靱で、かすれさせたり揺らしたりといった表現のなかでもまったく途切れることなく、まるでしなやかな鞭のように途切れることなく声が響き続けている様子が感じとられる。いやもう、素晴らしいを越えて、スゴイのひとこと。こんなに強靱なヴォイスを持つ人はそうそういない。そんな、TRUEならではのヴォーカルを楽しめるだけでも、このアルバム「Around the TRUE」には大きな価値がある。
また、疾走感のある、グルーブ感溢れた楽曲のイメージが強いTRUE楽曲だが、実はシンセサイザーや打ち込み系ばかりでなく、思っている以上にアコースティック楽器が活用されていたりする。TVアニメ『響け!ユーフォニアム』関連楽曲のブラスバンド演奏をはじめ、「STEEL -鉄血の絆-」ではアコースティックギターが印象的に使われていたり、ドラムも曲調によって打ち込みと生演奏とを使い分けていたりと、アレンジに関してはかなりのこだわりが盛り込まれていたりする。そういった細やかなニュアンスの再現に関しては、やはりハイレゾ版が有利といえる。何よりも、TRUEならではの美しくも力強い歌声が存分に楽しめるという点で、ぜひオススメしたいバージョンだ。
(野村ケンジ)

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【タイアップ】
「サウンドスケープ」:
TVアニメ『響け!ユーフォニアム2』 OP主題歌

「STEEL -鉄血の絆-」:
TVアニメ『機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ』ED主題歌

「飛竜の騎士」:
TVアニメ『最弱無敗の神装機竜』OP主題歌

「Divine Spell」:
TVアニメ『レガリア The Three Sacred Stars』OP主題歌

「DREAM SOLISTER(Movie Ver.)」:
『劇場版 響け!ユーフォニアム』主題歌

収録曲

1 – Rainbow The Daydream – 05:10
2 – サウンドスケープ – 04:46
3 – アイワナビ – 03:54
4 – STEEL -鉄血の絆- – 05:21
5 – 飛竜の騎士 – 05:31
6 – グレースケール – 04:06
7 – RIPTIDE – 04:03
8 – Divine Spell – 04:45
9 – 鍵のない鳥籠 – 04:38
10 – ボイスグライダー – 05:08
11 – 海底のお城 – 04:02
12 – ヒカリ – 05:02
13 – TRUE COLORS – 04:57
14 – DREAM SOLISTER (Movie Ver.) – 06:03

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Jul 18

レーベル Sony Music Labels Inc.
配信開始日 2017.02.15
収録曲数 全6曲
販売データ ハイレゾ|FLAC|96.0kHz/24bit

http://mora.jp/package/43000001/4547366299229/

全国パワープレイを獲得した10月リリースのセカンドシングル「The lastrain」に続くサードシングル。
聞く人を包み込むような歌声と、神秘的な存在感が徐々に世の中に浸透している中リリースする今作の表題曲「フリージア」は、『機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ』(第2期)2017年1月クールのエンディングテーマ。

「フリージア」は、花言葉で“親愛の情”“純潔”という意味を持つタイトルの通り、祈りにも似た清らかな絆と心に秘めた決意を、Uruの持つ透き通る歌が、聴き手の心を優しく包み込むバラード。
デビュー曲「星の中の君」の歌声の透明感、セカンドシングル「The last rain」で見せたスケールの大きさの両面を併せ持つ楽曲に仕上がっている。

カップリング曲の「娘より」は、人気脚本家・大石静が脚本を手掛け、渡辺謙が主演を務めるMBS開局65周年記念ドラマ「しあわせの記憶」のために書き下ろした楽曲で、Uru初のドラマ主題歌。
当時は気付かなかった親心や家族への想いを娘からの目線で綴った、心がじんわりと温まるミディアムバラード。

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「フリージア」:
『機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ』第2期エンディングテーマ

「娘より」:
MBS開局65周年記念 新春ドラマ特別企画 「しあわせの記憶」主題歌

収録曲

1 – フリージア – 05:35
2 – 娘より – 05:41
3 – No way !! – 03:04
4 – フリージア -instrumental- – 05:35
5 – 娘より-instrumental- – 05:41
6 – No way !!-instrumental- – 02:59

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Jul 18

レーベル Sony Music Labels Inc.
配信開始日 2015.04.22
収録曲数 全4曲
販売データ ハイレゾ|FLAC|96.0kHz/24bit

http://mora.jp/package/43000001/4547557038606/

藍井エイルの10枚目のシングルは、持てる力を全て注いだ渾身の1作!

これまでにも名曲の呼び声高い楽曲を数多く輩出してきた彼女の通算10枚目のシングルとなる今作は、
培った全ての力を注ぎ込み、満を持して世に放つ渾身の1曲。

「ラピスラズリ」は、壮大な情景描写の中の情熱的なメロディが心に刺さる、藍井エイルの新境地と言える渾身の1曲で、エイル本人も作詞に参加。

カップリング曲には、これまでにも「サンビカ」など多数の楽曲を手掛けた安田貴広作詞・作曲の、ゴリっとしたアッパーヘヴィチューン「空蝉アルティメット」と、
デビュー曲「MEMORIA」を手掛けた安田史生が作曲、エイル本人が作詞をした「リンドウの花」を収録。

全3曲がそれぞれの色を放ちながら、物語を綴るかのような流れを持ったシングルとなっています!

2015年は”藍い台風”が上陸すること間違いナシ。

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【タイアップ】
「ラピスラズリ」:
MBS/TBS系TVアニメ『アルスラーン戦記』エンディングテーマ

収録曲

1 – ラピスラズリ – 04:00
2 – 空蝉アルティメット – 04:03
3 – リンドウの花 – 04:45
4 – ラピスラズリ (Instrumental) – 03:57

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Jul 18

レーベル Lantis
配信開始日 2014.08.20
収録曲数 全12曲
販売データ ハイレゾ|FLAC|96.0kHz/24bit

http://mora.jp/package/43000152/LASA-5026_F/

代名詞となるであろう期待作!
声優事務所`ミュージックレイン`所属の
寿美菜子、高垣彩陽、戸松遥、豊崎愛生の4人によるスーパー・ガールズ・ユニット、スフィアのファースト・アルバム。
これまで発表してきたタイアップソングに加えて、さらにバラエティーに富んだスフィアのオリジナルのサウンドを収録。

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48kHz/24bitなどのスペックを持つオリジナル音源を、ハイレゾVerとして最適な
サウンドとして作り上げるべくソニースタジオでリマスタリング。
96kHz/24bitスペックにて配信されている。

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【タイアップ】
M1:「初恋限定。」オープニング主題歌
M9:「宙のまにまに」オープニング主題歌

収録曲

1 – Future Stream – 04:20
2 – 本当だから困るんだ – 04:48
3 – PRINCESS CODE – 04:38
4 – Treasures!! – 04:06
5 – 君の空が晴れるまで – 04:34
6 – らくがきDictionary – 04:35
7 – Dangerous girls – 03:55
8 – Dream sign – 04:56
9 – Super Noisy Nova – 04:26
10 – Joyful×Joyful – 05:27
11 – サヨナラSEE YOU – 04:35
12 – A.T.M.O.S.P.H.E.R.E – 05:25

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Jul 18

Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:13:39 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Capitol Records

The Stage is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. It is a concept album about artificial intelligence and self-destruction of society. It was released on October 28, 2016 after a live stream event on the band’s Facebook page. The Stage is the first Avenged Sevenfold album to feature Brooks Wackerman on drums, who joined the band in 2014, but wasn’t revealed as Arin Ilejay’s official replacement until Illejay’s departure in 2015. The Stage is also the band’s first album to be released through Capitol Records. It is also the band’s longest studio album at 73 minutes and 35 seconds, thus beating City of Evil by almost a minute. The album also features their longest song to date, “Exist”, with a run-time of 15 minutes and 41 seconds.

The seventh studio long-player from the veteran California-based metal ensemble, and their first new collection of music to feature ex-Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman behind the kit, Stage sees Avenged Sevenfold rolling up their sleeves and delivering an ambitious concept LP. Dropped with little to no promotion — WWE superstar and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho leaked the album’s original title, Voltaic Oceans, via his Instagram account a month prior to the release — the narrative concerns itself with the Orwellian consequences of a world struggling to adapt to the myriad complexities of artificial intelligence — there’s even a spoken word appearance by celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Despite some forays into Floyd-ian space rock — the soloing in the orchestra-driven “Roman Sky” is positively Gilmour-esque — the 11-track set mostly sticks to the kind of propulsive, melodic carnage that fans have come to expect from the group, albeit with a progressive metal twist. Avenged Sevenfold may have expanded their sonic horizons, but Stage is more Operation: Mindcrime-era Queensrÿche than it is Muse, and for all its opining on nanotechnology and interstellar travel, it still feels rooted in heavy metal tradition. ~~AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger

Tracklist:

1. The Stage 8:32
2. Paradigm 4:19
3. Sunny Disposition 6:41
4. God Damn 3:42
5. Creating God 5:35
6. Angels 5:41
7. Simulation 5:31
8. Higher 6:29
9. Roman Sky 5:00
10. Fermi Paradox 6:31
11. Exist 15:39

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Jul 18

Avenged Sevenfold – Hail To The King (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 53:22 minutes | 732 MB | Genre: Metal
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Front cover

Produced by Mike Elizondo, Hail To The King is the follow up to the band’s 2010 release, Nightmare, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, Hard Rock Chart and Digital Chart.

Following the release of “Carry On” for the Call of Duty Arms: Black Ops II video game, Avenged Sevenfold returned to the studio with new drummer, Arin Ilejay of Confide, to record 2013’s Hail to the King. In a press announcement, vocalist M. Shadows announced they would be attempting to go back to their Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin roots, and at the surface, the idea of dumbing down their music to sturdy classic rock grooves made a lot of sense, since many of the compositions on their last two albums had become overwrought with studio overdubbing. Unfortunately, once they tried to take inspiration from other bands, they mimicked them so well that they lost their sense of identity in the process. “Doing Time” came straight out of the Guns N’ Roses songbook, “This Means War” is a direct rip of Metallica’s “Sad But True,” and “Crimson Day” could be any number of ’80s hair metal power ballads. By the album’s second half, Avenged Sevenfold can’t help but let loose their guitar shredding theatrics a bit, and their personality starts to shine through as the tempo quickens and tracks take flight to unabashed heights. “Heretic” and “Coming Home” are still firmly indebted to their roots (specifically, Megadeth and Iron Maiden) but they are exciting metal numbers, and they set the stage for the colossal “Planets,”, which incorporates motifs from “The Planets” suite by 20th century composer Gustav Holst and includes all the arpeggiated soloing and operatic yowling you could ever want. If this sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is, but it’s undeniably more fun to hear the members pushing themselves and showboating than doing mock covers.

Tracklist:
01 – Sheperd Of Fire
02 – Hail To The King
03 – Doing Time
04 – This Means War
05 – Requiem
06 – Crimson Day
07 – Heretic
08 – Coming Home
09 – Planets
10 – Acid Rain

Musicians:
M. Shadows – vocals
Synyster Gates – lead guitar
Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar
Johnny Christ – bass
Arin Ilejay – drums

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Jul 18

Neil Cowley Trio – Touch and Flee (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 35:51 minutes | 721 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front cover

Touch and Flee is the new recording from Neil Cowley Trio, and marks a defining moment in the evolution of the band. It is their most daring album to date, spotlighting the ever- increasing brilliance of Cowley as a composer.

With long time band mates, Evan Jenkins on drums and Rex Horan on bass, they jump headlong into new territory to present what they describe as “our concert hall record” for an altogether deeper listening journey.

Undoubtedly, Cowley’s confidence and maturity as a composer comes from his experiences of past years. Where Cowley’s previous album saw him composing and arranging for trio and a twenty four piece string ensemble, his position last year as Musician in Residence for UK’s City of Culture saw him take a crash course in choral harmony as he composed and arranged for a choir.

Touch and Flee is the result of three gifted musicians who think as one, growing together, driving forward. A collection of tunes best savoured in a darkened room, at full volume. They demand attention, but as always, deliver to the listener the most blissful of rides.

Tracklist:
01 – Kneel Down
02 – Winterlude
03 – Sparkling
04 – Gang of One
05 – Couch Slouch
06 – Bryce
07 – Mission
08 – Queen
09 – The Art

All compositions by Neil Cowley. Produced by Dom Monks.
Recorded by Dom Monks and Helen Broadhurst at RAK Studios, London.
Mixed by Dom Monks at Three Crows Studio, Somerset.
Mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis Mastering, London.

Musicians:
Neil Cowley – piano
Rex Horan – double bass
Evan Jenkins – drums

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Jul 18

Neil Cowley Trio – The Face Of Mount Molehill (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 45:43 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Naim/HighResolutionAudio | Digital booklet

A dazzling composer and advocate of pure audacious melody, on The Face Of Mount Molehill, Cowley creates thrilling music defined by powerful rip-roaring riffs punctuated by passages of sheer delicacy. Recorded for the first time with a string ensemble, this album of deeply engaging instrumental music conveys passion and emotion that defy the need for words, looks set to launch the music of Neil Cowley Trio yet further into the listening public’s consciousness.

Neil Cowley Trio look, superficially, like a jazz trio, in that they comprise three men making noises on a grand piano (Cowley), a drum kit (Evan Jenkins) and a double bass (newbie recruit Rex Horan). But these noises rarely sound like jazz. Their fourth album, The Face Of Mount Molehill, features power pop songs without words, soundtracks in search of a film, exploratory minimalist miniatures, and the coolest TV theme tunes you’ll ever hear.

‘The title – The Face Of Mount Molehill – is a reference to the way in which I take mundane, everyday things and explode them into something epic and romantic,’ explains Cowley. ‘I am, basically, making musical mountains out of molehills. Little things become gargantuan.’ To assist this process the trio are joined, for the first time, by an eight-piece string section. It’s an idea they first explored in a one-off gig at the ICA for the 2010 London Jazz Festival, which featured a string quartet led by violinist Julian Ferraretto. ‘I’ve always wanted to work with strings,’ says Cowley, who co-wrote the arrangements with Ferraretto. ‘It’s my chance to be big and dramatic, like those amazing John Barry soundtracks that I grew up listening to.’

Alongside producer Dom Monks (engineer on Kings of Leon and Laura Marling, nominated for a Grammy for his work on the Ray LaMontagne album), Cowley is also assisted by Brian Eno sidekick Leo Abrahams, who provides subtle atmospheric soundscapes on several tracks. ‘Leo’s a noise architect rather than a classic guitarist,’ says Cowley. ‘He turned up to the studio with some ridiculous contraptions, like a box of springs, and ended up banging his guitar with a biro. All the weird noises you hear that aren’t made on a piano are made by him.’

Tracklist:
01 – Lament
02 – Rooster Was A Witness
03 – Fable
04 – Meyer
05 – Skies Are Rare
06 – Mini Ha Ha
07 – Slims
08 – Distance By Clockwork
09 – The Face Of Mount Molehill
10 – Hope Machine
11 – La Porte
12 – Sirens Last Look Back

Musicians:
Neil Cowley – Piano
Rex Horan – Double Bass
Evan Jenkins – Drums

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Jul 18

Neil Cowley Trio – Radio Silence (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 48:45 minutes | 616 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Naim/HighResolutionAudio | Digital booklet

Radio Silence is the sound of a band fully comfortable in their unique sonic skin. And if an album is simply a snapshot of a work in progress, then this is a perfect portrait, capturing Cowley and his co-conspirators in the right place at the right time. This is the record that he has been working towards, documenting the magical empathy of a unit, who, with thousands of hours under their belt have learnt to breathe and listen as one.

Described by Cowley as music for the ‘heart and feet’, Radio Silence shifts effortlessly between moments of poetic grace, rip-roaring riffs and Chaplinesque ditties that reminds us that for all his many influences, Cowley’s music is as British as ‘Test Match Special’, warm beer or a bacon sarnie. After all, it is Cowley who played the elegiac intro to Adele’s London hymn Hometown Glory and likewise, his own music is just as rooted in where he comes from. This is music born in London pubs, on stage at Glastonbury, in suburban side streets and the banter of the tour bus, with results that are as enthralling, heart-warming and gripping as the very best in contemporary music.

Take for instance, the gorgeous title track which invokes the sudden and stark realisation, that someone you love is no longer close to you. It is a deceptively simple but highly effecting tune propelled by the bands intuitive group interplay and conjures moments of sheer beauty. Elsewhere, Gerald is an affectionate portrait of a geeky friend and part-time guitarist who likes to ‘wig-out’ at the weekend, while the epic, blissful Portal expresses a child-like sense of wonder before the cosmos. Vice Skating is a lyrical tour-de-force and the raucous Hug the Greyhound is partly inspired not only by the impossibility of such an act, but is also a wry nod at his own manic energy levels, and it is this restless drive that pushes Neil Cowley Trio towards greatness.

There’s little doubting Neil Cowley’s credentials (he performed a Shostakovich concerto at the Queen Elizabeth Hall aged just 10) but the pianist has faced some gentle criticism from the jazz world for not cutting loose from his stylish, hook-laden, groove-based awnings in recent years. But as elegant and catchy as this third album from the ex-Brand New Heavies keyboardist is, especially on the glassy, contemplative opener Monoface, it’s the playfulness bursting from the piano ace’s fingers that should capture the imagination here – and prove he’s not scared of getting fresh.

Along with some delicious flashes of the minimalist, ambient ideas picked up while training as a classical pianist, baring themselves as silvery piano motifs on the terrific title-track, Vice Skating and glacial album closer Portal, it’s Cowley’s feverish flights of fancy that really stand out. Similar in style to the striking piano play that marked out the highlight of his 2006 album Displaced, the tumbling lunatic Clown Town, and those covers of Revolution No 1 and Revolution No 9 he recorded a few years ago, Cowley is channelling his improv spirit with real refinement.

When his music breaks into a massive grin, like it does on the thumping joyful rocker Gerald, with its furiously repetitive piano riff that snags the mind, and on the almost cartoonish Hug the Greyhound, which sees him hammering wild yet complex piano notes as if he’s racing the lean, galloping groove to the finish line before falling over it in an exhausted heap, this is undeniably compelling stuff. And Cowley plays his improv style another way, too. On Stereoface, his light, percussive melodies and gently freeform ideas dot the soft groove-based funk patter brilliantly.

Tracklist:
01 – Monoface
02 – Radio Silence
03 – Vice Skating
04 – A French Lesson
05 – Gerald
06 – Desert To Rabat
07 – Stereoface
08 – Hug The Greyhound
09 – Portal

Musicians:
Neil Cowley – Piano
Richard Sadler – Bass
Evan Jenkins – Drums

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