[Gothic/Symphonic] D / Asagi / Ruiza
#1
They certainly warrant a thread. D is probably among the first big name visual kei bands post 2000. Hell, they even beat Versailles to the whole "anime vampires" thing. The metal-archives page has them as "Symphonic Gothic Metal with Folk Influences" which kinda describes them. There's a lot of j-rock thrown in as well of course. The band is really talented, but Tsunehito, in particular, is a killer bassist. Asagi is also an excellent, diverse vocalist.

I personally prefer the earlier, independent material that was more gothic and less symphonic, but their later stuff is pretty good too. I haven't picked up any of their post-hiatus singles, so I have no idea about those. My favorite D album would probably be either Tafel Anatomie or Neo Culture.

Some personal favourites of mine.







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#2
One of my favorites, I especially love their complete disregard for genre boundaries, simply because they're so talented across the board when it comes to musical diversity. Hope they put out a new album soon.
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#3
Man, I might have to revise my opinions. I'm not sure why, but I'm liking Kingdom a lot more than I remembered. But yeah a new album would be really nice. They are overdue.
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#4
I own The Name of the ROSE, Neo Culture, and Genetic World on CD. I enjoy all 3 of them. I haven't really kept up with them or listened to their newer material though.
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#5
Like Buck Tick, their discography is so huge it scares me off lol  VK with gothic tendencies appeals to me though.
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#6
With D, you only ever really can find their full-lengths and a couple EPs which makes it a little easier to get into. Definitely is an intimidating discography size though.
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#7
Mind you, I tackled Ningen-Isu and most of Inugami Circus Dan. Then again, I actually haven't thoroughly played all those.

7 full-lengths isn't too bad. Crap, they do all that type A, B, etc BS too. Its pretty sad when you get regular editions which have the best tracklistings (or bonus tracks).
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#8
Yeah when they went major, their singles went nuts with the type A/B/C/D. Their independent singles were more sane though.
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#9
Somehow, this is one of the Japanese bands that I own the most albums of. It mainly has to do with the fact that Game Over? in Amsterdam has so many D albums available, although I do quite like them. 'Huang Di' has always been a favorite, but that ep is impossible to track down for a reasonable price.

What I like about D as opposed to many other J-Rock fare is the fact that their albums actually play like albums instead of collections of singles. There's a very nice flow to them. That's why I quite enjoy putting on entire albums of theirs, which I think are quite consistent. 'Neo Culture', 'Genetic World' and '7th Rose' are probably the ones I play most, but 'Kingdom' is surprisingly good.

I used to think Asagi was a little too standard J-Rock in delivery, but I've come to appreciate the characteristics of his voice a little more. I do still dislike the fact that his voice often drowns out the guitars in the mix, but that's not his fault.

Worst band name to Google ever though... Wink
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#10
Yeah I like that about them too, as wildly different as every song is from the next song, they always put together a coherent mixture on each album, that takes quite a bit of skill in itself.

Also my god did I hate trying to hunt down their music when I was new to them, there's a shocking number of single letter named bands in Japan strangely enough. (or overly simplistic names too like the visual kei band "And" for example, how the hell is someone who's curious about the band supposed to hunt that down? lol)
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