LIGHT BRINGER – Scenes of Infinity

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Tracklist:

  1. Hyperion
  2. Fallen Angel
  3. If
  4. Kujaku to Kanaria
  5. Ningyo na Mita Yume
  6. Eau Rouge
  7. Hydrangea
  8. Tales of Promise ~Tengoku ni Yoseru Poetry~
  9. Infinite Fantasy
  10. Venus

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1. Hyperion

That’s a cool song title! Some fast guitar playing takes the spotlight at first, and the song becomes 100% power metal as Fuki blasts out a high note. I’m liking how during the verse the drummer isn’t doing that continuous kick drum thing the whole time, but of course it happens in the chorus. Fuki’s sounding strong the througout, and there’s some choir chants and strings and synths to back her up. The instrumental part is pretty long, but it’s not that bad. Overall, an exciting track to start off with!

2. Fallen Angel

I like how they’ve gone with synths to lead the melody this track, and how the speed has been cut down a bit. Probably my favourite parts are when the song really slows down,. it feels pretty epic when that happens. The bass guitarist gets some sweet lines as well, he’s really good! But off course the kick drums are still banging away… A really good track though, and a bit better than Hyperion.

3. If

A guitar solo opens the next track If, which starts faster than Fallen Angel. However, it changes in the verse, which has a soft-loud anison structure. Like the last song, it becomes really cool when it has slow parts, although most of it is fast. Fuki’s vocals are superb, especially the high notes she gets in the chorus. There are two solo parts with some long keyboard solos, which get a bit tiring after a while, but still a good track.

4. Kujaku to Kanaria

Why is it that the best material from power metal bands is their slower songs? Kujaku to Kanaria begins with some floating, airy xylophone, soon accompanied by heavy guitar and sitar, which is a really interesting combination! As well as that, I notice some high opera-like vocals. I wonder if it’s Fuki? When she comes in, her deep voice perfectly suits the song. The tempo of this track is about half of any of the previous (although it does speed up at times), and it’s much heavier as well. Going along with well with the heavy sound, the bassy piano playing along with the rhythm guitar gives me Symphony X vibes. This is a great song!

5. Ningyo na Mita Yume

The next song is a mid-tempo metal track with guitars playing a slower melody line than previous tracks. I really like how the drums are simple, and it makes the song seem more organized, and even a bit poppy. Fuki uses her usual energy-filled vocals, and is accompanied at times with choir backing which adds to the awesome. Leading on to the bridge, there’s a staccato piano solo as well as the required guitar solo. Pretty cool!

6. Eau Rouge

In the middle of the album is the first instrumental track. It begins with echoing clean guitars, before guitar and keys enter with some intricate riffs. I love the different genre influences in this track, it’s got laid-back, jazzy synth chords, accompanied by a funky bassline and some nice repeated guitar riffs with heavy harmonic use. Over similar chords progressions, there are guitar and piano solos, followed by some heavier lines. Even the bass player gets some time in the spotlight! Towards the latter end of the track, the band plays variations on earlier themes. I really rate this track, one of the best instrumentals I’ve heard!

7. Hydrangea

Hydrangea is another mid-tempo song, with a strong piano and synth presence. There’s a more relaxed feeling through the song, partly because of the low amount of guitars, and partly because of the more relaxed vocals. Fuki did a really good job on this song, as usually her vocals are fierce and aggressive, but she toned it down nicely here. Matching her voice perfectly are ethereal synths and lovely piano lines, along with cool bassline. LIGHT BRINGER have done some awesome things here!

8. Tales of Promise ~Tengoku ni Yoseru Poetry~

We re-enter power metal land with Tales of Promise ~Tengoku ni Yoseru Poetry~. It starts off with an instrumental solo of course, in which there are some awkwardly placed triplets and lots of drums. It’s one of their faster tracks, and the vocals are full of energy with some good backing arrangements. Unfortunately it’s pretty standard and doesn’t capture my interest too much. It’s long too, at 6:28. Fuki’s vocals are great though.

9. Infinite Fantasy

The second instrumental has a classical theme, and you can hear different brass and string instruments, as well as piano. Except that I suspect they are just those instruments being played through a keyboard, because they don’t sound quite right. Fuki sings a little at the end, so I suppose it’s an interlude not an instrumental. Would have been nice if they got real musicians to play their respective instruments.

10. Venus

And finishing the album is Venus. It’s in major key and uses quick synths and the band shouting to convey a fun and lively feeling. I could imagine this would be a great song to play at the end of a concert, it’s really exciting and the Fuki and the band are rocking out and having lots of fun! I’d guess it was put at the end of the album for the same reason, to end on a high. Nice way to close the album.

Scenes of Infinity was so much better than their last album Genesis. All the songs were pretty interesting (which I don’t often say for power metal), and the band gave an excellent performance. I would describe Fuki’s voice as a cross between Ayumu from Zwei’s edge and grit and Nana Mizuki’s vibrato, she’s a really strong singer. There were no ballads on the album which is unusual, but then again probably a good thing as I don’t remember her doing them particularly well. All in all, a great album!

Top Tracks:

  • Kujaku to Kanaria
  • Eau Rouge
  • Hydrangea
  • Fallen Angel
  • Venus

Rating: 9/10

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