- Kami, Nozomu Sekai to Hakoniwa Gensou
- Kenran Tenge, Kokuu ni Kiyuu
- Genwaku Kochou
- Kanzen Houkai Paradox
- Gisou Sekai Agartha
- Ending Note
1. Kami, Nozomu Sekai to Hakoniwa Gensou
Yousei Teikoku kick off the mini with a fast and exciting song. Starting with violin and chanting, electric guitar and hyper drums are then introduced. While the first verse takes more of a gothic rock stance, the second has strong electronic influences and uses filters on Yui’s voice. I love that they’ve decided to use deeper male voices in the choir, and they give a powerful blast of energy at the start of the chorus. Apart from the male voices, the instrumentation is typical of the band, together with Yui’s vocals we get this pretty special song.
2. Kenran Tenge, Kokuu ni Kiyuu
A slow and mournful piano melody begins the second track, followed by Yui’s vocals. I’m immediately disliking them as her tone isn’t that great and she sound a bit off at times. It gets better once guitars and violin are introduced, as they cover her up, but she does sound a lot better in the chorus. The chorus is probably the best part of the song, strongest in both performance and interest. I also love those quiet siren sounds towards the end of the song. So basically the verse is kind of eh but the chorus is sweet.
3. Genwaku Kochou
Blasting guitars open Genwaku Kochou suddenly and violently. The song then becomes quick paced with the addition of drums, violin and the choir. Yui’s vocals are certainly an improvement from the previous track, and she gets some really fast lines to sing which is awesome. There’s buckets of energy running around in the arrangement as well, and it’s quite an exciting song!
4. Kanzen Houkai Paradox
The next track starts with heavy, dis-harmonic chords from the guitarists, before becoming a medium gothic rock track. It’s always nice variation from Yousei Teikoku when they take the speed down a notch, so that’s a point in this song’s favour. I quite like the guitars in this piece, there’s some neat riffs and lines going on. Arrangement-wise, it’s similar to the other songs on the mini, but the formula works so why not?
5. Gisou Sekai Agartha
This song is the slowest of the album, using a choir/strings combo to set the scene for the track. To a formidable choir in the background, Yui evokes a mystical atmosphere with some of her most whispery vocals. However, what I’m most enthralled by in this song is the huge choir presence, they make the track sound grand and powerful. And of course, they’re incredible singers as well. The instrumentation uses strings, choir and an electronic beat, with some synths in the bassline, and unusually, no guitars. But I though it turned out really well, and was something outside the box for the group.
6. Ending Note
The aptly named Ending Note opens with long and majestic choir chanting serving as an introduction. Following a drum roll, the pace explodes upwards as the band is introduced against striking violin lines. The chorus is all tingling and exciting, and there’s all these wonderful choir and strings parts happening throughout the song, making it my favourite on the mini. The 7 minute length may be off-putting, but it’s totally worth it!
This mini was released between whatever their last single was (Filament?) and PAX VESANIA, but arrangement-wise they resemble the Gothic Lolita work. But this mini basically took the Gothic Lolita songs and perfected them. Like, making the songs all dramatic. I’m not sure if all the band members had joined at this point but there’s real drums used which is great too! So overall this is a good release.