Phantasm (FES CV Yui Sakakibara) – Revival Prophecy

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Tracklist:

  1. Toki Tsukasadoru Juuni no Meiyaku
  2. Sora to Chijo no Creation
  3. Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni
  4. Masquerade ~NoAH Daisanshou Retsuou Shinseikihen Yori~
  5. Innocence ~Satsuriku no Souseiki Shihen Saishuushou Yori~
  6. Inori no Violet
  7. EUPHORIA ~Tsugunai no Requiem~
  8. Uruwashiki Seduce
  9. Shinen no Lumière
  10. Hisui no Cavalier
  11. Zaika ni Keiyaku no Chi wo ~Album Limited Version~
  12. Prophecy ~Gate of Steiner~
  13. Unmei no Farfalla

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1. Toki Tsukasadoru Juuni no Meiyaku

Empty, chilling sounds play during the introduction, followed by piano lines with strings backing. The verse is low-key for a Phantasm track, with only acoustic guitar, piano and strings, but an electric guitar counter-melody and Yui’s high and enigmatic backing vocals come in at the pre-chorus. However, it’s the chorus where everything gets busy; a few extra guitars are added with more complex parts, as well as louder strings and a quiet male singer. Combined with busy drums and Yui’s impassioned delivery, the result is an awesome, memorable first track.

2. Sora to Chijo no Creation

Sora to Chijo no Creation opens with a bang as dual guitars play an exciting solo to gothic chanting. The chants continue over pounding drums and complex riffs, and when the vocals enter, they are deep and powerful. The blazing snare and flying kick drums seem to make the song race along, add the guitars and I’m in metal heaven! The power only lets up in (relatively) calm bridge, but it doesn’t last as the intro riff is brought in again to signal the start of a twin guitar solo. In my opinion, this is the heaviest Phantasm song so far, and one of the best.

3. Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni

Ah, that creepy music box with bursts of static is great… then suddenly guitars burst to the front for a loud section. At the beginning of the verse, there’s a change in dynamics to soft, with lighter guitar and twinkling piano. As is common in this style, there is build-up both dynamic and instrument-wise, with the addition of violins and electric guitar filling in the track as it moves along. Yui sings with a very emotional tone, especially in the chorus, and has me thoroughly entranced by her vocals from start to finish. I’ll say, this is an epic song!

4. Masquerade ~NoAH Daisanshou Retsuou Shinseikihen Yori~

Masquerade takes a more poppy approach, starting with a delicate piano melody and lighter guitars. Matching the tone of the song, the vocals are more relaxed and not as deep. There’s even some uplifting English thrown in such as at the hook line “won’t you be in love, won’t you be in love” and in the bridge “I can fly again”. I also like how you can actually hear what the bassist is playing. It’s a nice change from the darkness of the last three tracks, but doesn’t have as much impact.

5. Innocence ~Satsuriku no Souseiki Shihen Saishuushou Yori~

A metronome ticks along with gloomy piano playing a slow, haunting tune, followed by the grand entry of a string section and guitars. In the verse Yui sings along with sinister whispers emanating from the right, giving an unsettling feeling. There’s some great guitar riffs through the song which complement Yui’s expressive vocals, and the occasional use of triplets to slow things down gives small epic moments. It’s a really good track.

6. Inori no Violet

The darkness which was lost at Masquerade fully returns with Inori no Violet. It’s slow and heavy, yet uses piano at opportune moments to create short delicate parts. Although the arrangement is not quite as interesting as other songs, it does feature a stirring performance from Yui. The guitar solo is short but makes use of wah-wah which is cool. It’s a pretty good song, but nothing amazing.

7. EUPHORIA ~Tsugunai no Requiem~

The next track is a soft ballad, with the instrumentation of most of the song just piano and strings with a few effects in the background. Yui’s singing is deep and plaintive, and has greater control than many of her other songs. The guitar solo about 3/4 of the way through was handled well – the mixing was quieter than usual as not to break the flow of the song. After the solo, drums and guitar enter, giving impact to the final chorus. While this song took a while to grow on me because of the lack of “action” compared to others, it’s one of my favourites now.

8. Uruwashiki Seduce

Uruwashiki Seduce begins with an exciting and slightly uplifting guitar riff accompanied by piano and frantic drums. Unusually for a Phantasm song, the arrangement makes use of synths (though not pop-sounding ones), most evident in the guitar-less first verse. Electric guitars are introduced in the pre-chorus, and carry on through the chorus, where Yui’s sounding good again on vocals. I do notice that the “Ha-ru-ka” at the beginning of the chorus borrows the same melody from Harukanaru Idiyona. Oh well. I’m a bit iffy about the bridge, as the change in speed and time signature doesn’t quite seem to fit, but overall this song is all rocking and exciting!

9. Shinen no Lumière

Another slower song, Shinen no Lumière opens with a soft piano/strings part, then louder guitars and drums are introduced, and then a quieter verse, similar to the dynamics of Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni. Through the song, I feel the vocals show emotion very well. However, I don’t think it is the most interesting song around, though it’s not bad, just a more average Phantasm song.

10. Hisui no Cavalier

An extended violin solo opens the track, and then with a creepy rush of noise, guitars burst to the fore, playing some awesome riffs. The violins continue against the guitars through the song, sometimes playing counter-melodies and sometimes harmonising chords, which is great. Yui’s vocals are cool, and I also love the complex multi-guitar instrumentation, which combines perfectly with the strings and occasional piano to form a wonderful dark symphony. The bridge seems a bit static, but it leads on to the best part of the song – the guitar solo. It’s got so much personality, with a slower part first featuring dual guitars, and then some mad shredding. Aaaah this song is amazing!!!!

11. Zaika ni Keiyaku no Chi wo ~Album Limited Version~

So this is the fourth release with Zaika ni Keiyaku no Chi wo on it, first there was Phantasm’s debut single, then End Prophecy (same ver.), then the single limited version on Inori no Violet and now this version. The arrangement differs slightly this time, but it’s pretty much the same as the original. Probably the two most noticeable changes are Yui’s vocals are deeper, and the drum part in the chorus has become heavier. I do prefer this to the original slightly… but did they really need to release it FOUR TIMES!!??

12. Prophecy ~Gate of Steiner~

Originally, Gate of Steiner was the main theme for the Steins;Gate anime, here it has been given a bit of a makeover. The piano line at the beginning still retains that mysterious feel, but it becomes completely goth metal a third of the way in, fierce guitars and hammering drums leading the way. Strings, backing vocals and piano are added later, bringing in an epic vibe. Pity it’s only a tad over one and a half minutes, I would have liked this to be a full-length instrumental track.

13. Unmei no Farfalla

The final track is Unmei no Farfalla, a lighter song to finish the album. Acoustic guitar and light strings are used in the verse, with soft electric guitars first entering in the chorus. I like the more relaxed and easygoing feeling of this song, and the simpler arrangement. I’m happy with the vocals as well, a really nice way to end with.

Yui Sakakibara’s second Phantasm album was also great! There were a couple of misses, but there also were some superb tracks going around. The composition and arrangement were taken up to the next level this album, which was great although I wouldn’t mind some simpler stuff now and then. The composer Tatsushi Hayashi is such a genius!! Time for a quick 5pb rage: more new songs on the album please! OK, rage over. I’m hoping for some new Phantasm releases soon, its getting close to a year since the last one….

Top Tracks:

  • Toki Tsukasadoru Juuni no Meiyaku
  • Hisui no Cavalier
  • Sora to Chijo no Creation
  • Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni
  • Uruwashiki Seduce

Rating: 10/10

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5 Responses to Phantasm (FES CV Yui Sakakibara) – Revival Prophecy

  1. Your love for PHANTASM is clear to me now, hehe.
    Quick question: Since you rated both full albums a perfect 10, which of the two is better overall? I think I’ll be downloading based on your answer. :p

    • 123 says:

      Download both?
      Probably I would go slightly in favour of End Prophecy, overall as an album Revival Prophecy has a few more not-quite-as-good tracks, whereas End Prophecy is more consistent. But Revival Prophecy has more tracks than End Prophecy, so actually the amount of good stuff is about the same.
      Also End Prophecy was the first album so yeah just get that one first. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. JFRAYX says:

    Hello, I want to get both CDs, but I couldn’t find them. can you help me ?

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