Musical Reflection: the GazettE – Disorder

the-gazette-2004-disorderDisorder

1. Disorder – Intro
2. The Social Riot Machine$
3. Carry?
4. ザクロ型の憂鬱
5. Maximum Impulse
6. 花言葉
7. 東京心中
8. SxDxR
9. Anti Pop
10. 7月8日
11. さらば
12. Disorder – Heaven


Disorder is visual kei, J-rock band, the GazettE’s first studio album which was released way back in October 2004… “Way back in 2004?” Wow I feel old now. 

1. Disorder – Intro
(song)

Phone sound effects, sirens, and unintelligible rapping. It’s an intro song, serves it’s purpose. It’s short, and actually somewhat catchy. You can somewhat make out some words in English, but have yet to see official lyrics for it.

2. The Social Riot Machine$
(song)

You’re greeted by a distorted guitar, that give you the impression of something going in a loop, and then, systematic screaming. This is a head bang song, it pumps you up, and aims to get you moving if anything. Probably fun at a live show, but otherwise not my cup of tea.

3. Carry?
(song) (lyrics)

A hit of the symbol and drums, followed immediately by guitar. Carry? is also pretty fast paced and head bang inducing, but unlike The Social Riot Machine$ we have an actual melody to sing along to. The verses are delivered in a whisper like manner, whereas the chorus comes in with an emotional pull. “Carry? Carry? Can you love such me?” Ruki (the vocalist) sings “Carry?” as if looking for them, or unsure of where they are. I feel as if the riff the guitar plays during the chorus compliments this feeling well. When the chorus ends it goes right into the bridge which is delivered in… growl screaming? Anyway, that happens and is a thing that suggests “Carry” is no longer of this world, then we cut back to the chorus which is repeated twice. The final chorus has slightly modified lyrics with held out notes, that leads the song to a final fading close. The chorus to this song basically makes the song for me, with the bridge being an interesting mid point.

4. ザクロ型の憂鬱 (Zakurogatsu no Yuutsu)
[Depression in a Pomegranate’s Form]
(song) (lyrics)

Drums, accompanied by the tone of a phone dial being pressed in beat. This song, despite it’s name is actually pretty upbeat. The verse sounds very quaint, relaxing even as it’s sung, backed only by hi-hats and the bass drum, along with an acoustic guitar. The for the most part stays on this sort of feel, and the entire time I jsut find myself wanting to sway my body along with the beat. The song’s simply fun, even if the lyrics are not. The fun ends somewhat abruptly with a high pitch tone though, that can sometimes be a bother if you have sensitive ears.

5. Maximum Impulse
(song) (lyrics)

Yet another hard head-banging song. This one is slower, and a more deliberate, with background screams which jump from the left to the right for the verse. The chorus comes in, and suddenly instead of sounding intimidating it’s actually a bit joyous. Then we hit the middle of the song which brings us back to something akin a chant, before it returns to the verse which leads to a final chorus. This song simply feels a bit to all over the place and doesn’t really do it for me.

6. 花言葉 (Hanakotoba)
[Language of Flowers]
(song) (lyrics)

Hanakotoba is a ballad. It starts off with the hum of an electrical tone providing a lonely, and slightly eerie atmosphere. It is soon joined by the drums and an acoustic guitar, the plucking of it’s note which only add to the atmosphere set. The song generally starts off as if someone’s telling you a secret, and then when the implications of that secret hits you the song adds in some guitar riffs from an electric guitar, only to quiet down again for a bit, then hitting you with the emotional high of the chorus, that leads into a guitar solo. From here on we it quiets back down for a tiny bit, before finishing off in one final chorus, that dissolves into the acoustic guitar that goes on to conclude the song. The song really leaves the impression of a secret, of an event that you witnessed, and that you can’t tell anyone.

7. 東京心中 (Tokyo Shinju)
[Tokyo Lovers Suicide] (song) (lyrics)

Despite it’s name, and lyrical content Tokyo Shinju is a fun song. The drums are fun, the bass is fun, the guitar provides a memorable intro, and is also fun. The vocals are sung as if telling a story of a character, with some spoken parts in between verses that read that characters suicide letter. The song seemingly builds up to the moment of death, with the bridge slowing down a bit as if showing the characters final days. The song picks right back up afterwards, with a false sense of happiness, and contentment and finishes of with a final melody from the guitar, and the repeated whispering of “I’m sorry.” It’s yet another one of those songs that just sound fun, but are lyrically depressing.

8. SxDxR
(song) (lyrics)

This song has attitude, I’ll give it that. The chorus is upbeat and kind of fun, but as a whole it really doesn’t appeal to me. Can’t quite put my finger on it.

9. Anti Pop
(song) (lyrics)

This song starts off with a strong bass line, and actually pretty jazzy. Then it ends, and then then they count off the real song. What’s the actual song like? Head bang, and chant out “Let’s go, it is our time! Destructive music!” The title of the song basically says it all. Granted the chanting part does get pretty fun when the guitars quiet down near the end, and it’s just the drums that are playing.

10. 7月8日 (Shichigatsu Youka)
[July 8th] (song) (lyrics)

Shichigatsu Youka starts off strong with a guitar melody. The feeling I get from it is progression, but with something that lingers in the back of the mind. The verse is accompanied by an acoustic guitar accompaniment that is lightly played serving as that lingering thought. Where the verse is slower and more rhythmic, the chorus goes by in a more active fashion as if trying to get to a place before a certain time. The bridge is proceeded by a guitar solo, and Ruki sounds as he’s coming to terms with that lingering thought. Then the chorus plays once more, and we finish off on few extra lines as the song quiets down, and we end the acoustic guitar. Almost as if the lingering thought consumed his mind.

11. さらば (Saraba)
[Farewell] (song) (lyrics)

Saraba is a power ballad, that at times feels like a marching song. Considering the next track is just an outro, Saraba is quite a great close to the album. The drums give us the beat, the title, is whispered, and a powerful guitar riff joins in. The instruments do a good job at highlighting the vocals which are a very clear highlight for the song. They are sung in a powerful, demanding (of your attention,) and yet pleading way. The final parts of the song ends a chanting of “An anti-war song!” before closing on the guitar riff playing, as a final goodbye is spoken. Lyrically the song is actually a bit nationalistic, but stays true to the final sentiments of wishing for a world without war.

12. Disorder – Heaven
(song)

A simplistic beat, backed with synth and a catchy bass, finally overlapped by the singing of “D-I-S-O-R-D-E-R”, then unintelligible speech. Repeat that a few times, and then eventual it fades away.

Disorder Era Look

Disorder Era Look

Closing Thoughts

As a whole Disorder, really isn’t my cup of tea. 2 of the 12 tracks are an intro and outro, and for the remaining 10 I… only like 6. Actually that’s more than I thought it was, but even then, of those 6 I’ll only ever want to listen to 1 or 2 of them. Without a doubt, I feel that Disorder is the GazettE’s weakest album, and that’s not a bad thing. After all, it’s only their first album, and from here they can only get better, and they have.

Happy 15th Anniversary, the GazettE.

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