General Dead End Thread
#31
Wow. I just listened to Zero and it's incredibly good. I mean, it's freaking Morrie so it was bound to be good, but still. I guess it's basically like a gothic rock/post-punk album with hints of heavy metal, but that doesn't mean it's not incredibly well written. A lot of songs have weird ideas in them whether it's some unexpected rhythm, guitar lead, chord progression, etc. I mean it's not overtly weird or anything, but songs like "Baby Blue" and "Hyper Desire" are nowhere near your average gothic rock/post-punk track. Hell, Hyper Desire is actually kind of prog in a way. Also, I need to give credit to the guitarist You because he wrote like half the songs on here (Morrie wrote the other half of course).

The blu-spec CD didn't blow my socks off in terms of sound quality, but it's more than good enough. Laugh It's got the nice audible bass tone and well balanced mix which is what you want. Also it dawned on me that this album was released in 1989 which means it's basically a forerunner to the gothic/post-punk visual kei that came out in the 90s. Technically, D'erlanger's album came first earlier in that year, but I have to say that Zero is simply much better. No offense to La Vie en Rose since that's certainly a great album, but Zero is just something else.

I've got Dream Demon Analyzer, so I'll give that one a whirl soon (probably tomorrow). I guess this means I need to pick up the rest of their reissues now. HMV didn't have all of their albums for some reason, but it looks like Amazon does.
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#32
Definitely Japanese rock legends, for sure. Way ahead of their time in many aspects. I think you're going to really enjoy Dream Demon Analyzer.
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#33
It's nice that his voice has held up so well over the years. I got into CREATURE CREATURE first, so of course I was expecting him to sound exactly the same like 20 years ago on Zero. And he does of course. Big Grin Well, I suppose there wasn't any weird screaming/growling on Zero. When did Morrie start doing harsh vocals anyway? Did the early Dead End albums have them?
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#34
I only heard 'Ghost Of Romance' in its entirety, but I can't remember there being any harsh vocals on it.
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#35
Yeah I would be surprised if there were. I wonder when he picked up that trick because there are plenty of harsh vocals in CREATURE CREATURE.
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#36
I might get the latest Creature Creature album once I have most (or all) of the things I had held off on because of not having a steady income. It was much better than I expected it would be. You're not good for my budget, man Wink
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#37
Perdition is bad for my budget too. Tongue Japan ain't cheap, but yeah that album is awesome.
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#38
It was honestly your enthusiasm for it that made me check it out though. I think it's better than what I've heard of Dead End's later work actually.
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#39
I'm glad my enthusiasm is occasionally useful. Laugh I'm going to play Dream Demon Analyzer later today when I get a chance, but my gut feeling is that they're probably fairly similar. Creature Creature is definitely the more progressive/experimental of the two. Dead End's later stuff, I'm assuming, has more of a rocker-like vibe.
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#40
(06-02-2017, 05:52 AM)Dudemanguy Wrote: Well, I suppose there wasn't any weird screaming/growling on Zero. When did Morrie start doing harsh vocals anyway? Did the early Dead End albums have them?

I don't know what you exactly mean by 'harsh' vocals, but Morrie used to scream in nearly all of the songs from their first album "Dead Line", a little thrash metal-like. A little bit also in "Ghost of Romance".

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