WAVE – Gate of AVALON

gate of avalon

Tracklist:

  1. Prelati’s Spellbook
  2. Gae Dearg
  3. Sorcerer
  4. Aionion Hetairoi
  5. Knight Of Honor
  6. Excalibur/Zero
  7. Time Alter
  8. Kyrie Eleison
  9. Enuma Elish
  10. EMIYA #-1

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1. Prelati’s Spellbook

The first track is sung by Yuri Nazuka, whose high and powerful voice gives a operatic feel to this symphonic-styled track. Prelati’s Spellbook is very much vocal-oriented, with not much instrumentation apart from strings, choir and light percussion. While slow-moving, this song is very impressive and really got me hooked off the bat!

2. Gae Dearg

Next up is Gae Dearg, sung by Rekka Katakiri. This time, we hear synths and a pop drum beat, accompanied by strong vocals from Rekka. Her voice seems much more powerful than the last time I heard her, which was Salvage from Kokoro Connect. I’m liking the grit in her voice, but the song is definitely not as impressive as Prelati’s Spellbook. A nice change-up though.

3. Sorcerer

Strong chords open this piano instrumental track. The dynamics and occasional dissonance, combined with a leisurely pace give it a rather mysterious atmosphere. The long pauses at the end seem a bit random though. While good for an occasional listen, it doesn’t grab my interest too much.

4. Aionion Hetairoi

Orchestral percussion and brass gives a marching feel, and then Yuri Nazuka is accompanied by a choir to build the tension at the beginning. This song totally suits the battle theme of the Aionion Hetairoi, and I could image this being played while watching armies march to battle. Yuri Nazuka’s vocals soar over the deeper brass and strings, while an impressive choir backing drives the track along. It ends as it begun with a march with brass and slow, pounding drums. A really great track!

5. Knight Of Honor

Rekka’s singing this one. Instead of the synthiness of her last track, this time it’s a more rock-influenced song, albeit with choir parts now and then. The bassist is going nuts in this song, and I’m loving the vocals in the chorus. I have a few problems with the instrumentation though, the guitars were mixed pretty quiet and and the as the drums were either programmed or put through some effects, they sound a bit weird and static when they have fast bits. Overall it’s good though and better than her first song.

6. Excalibur/Zero

Excalibur/Zero is sung by Yuri Nazuka. She has a long solo part the beginning with only drums to accompany her. Later strings and chants are added to give an exciting, battle feel. I’m really loving these classical-themed tracks, another winner here!

7. Time Alter

Then there’s another instrumental track. I’m not sure what genre this would be, maybe electronic/symphonic/rock?? It actually reminds me of a cross between the synths/strings of abingdon boys school’s ReVerse + ReBirth’s and Lord of the Rings music lol. It’s a pretty intimidating track brimming with energy and a very nice interlude!

8. Kyrie Eleison

And it’s back to Yuri on this slow and grand song. It sounds like a hymn, with a church organ filling the track and Yuri Nazuka’s singing is choir-like and more restrained than before. The ticking clock is a nice touch. It’s impressive to listen to but isn’t as interesting as previous tracks.

9. Enuma Elish

Yay,. now both Rekka Katakiri and Yuri Nazuka are singing in this one! Rekka carries the melody, while Yuri takes more of the backing vocals. There’s a great contrast between the Yuri’s powerful and more operatic vocals in the breaks, while Rekka’s strong singing really blasts through the verse and chorus in this rock-influenced song. Yup this is pretty sweet, probably my favourite track!

10. EMIYA #-1

Ending off the album is another instrumental, this time more electronic with a bigger synth feel and an electronic beat. It opens with some rather mechanical narration, before introducing a piano melody which carries throughout the song. Despite being a face-paced track, the piano’s is pretty relaxing. There’s not much similarity between this track and others on the album apart from the choir chants occasionally. A nice way to end the album.

Well for those of you who have watched the anime, you can probably tell this is Fate/Zero related. In fact it’s an image song album produced by the doujin circle called WAVE. Gate of AVALON is a very unique album with a great blend between a classical and a modern rock/pop sound, and they have great vocalists to work with as well. If you want something different from standard JPop fare, give it a listen!

Top Tracks:

  • Enuma Elish
  • Aionian Hetairoi
  • Prelati’s Spellbook
  • Excalibur/Zero
  • Time Alter

Rating: 9/10

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2 Responses to WAVE – Gate of AVALON

  1. Taa-chanain says:

    Yay, i loved this album. But the lyrics is too hard to find. Also, tnks for the review🙂

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