- Guren no Yumiya
- Jiyuu no Tsubasa
- Moshi Kono Kabe no Naka ga Ikken no Ie Datoshitara
1. Guren no Yumiya
Guren no Yumiya starts with a mighty choir arrangement, soon becoming a full-blown orchestral rock track, complete with an abundance of brass and choral chants. Then there’s an awesome transition involving organ, which makes the transition between loud and powerful in the introduction to more restrained in the verse, where I suspect Revo is under filters. With the appearance of pounding drums, and the re-introduction of brass and choir, the power shoots up, climaxing at the ever-so-familiar chorus of the Shingeki no Kyojin anime. But the action doesn’t stop there. First there is a sweet organ solo, followed by Revo against complex flute countermelodies, and then a slow yet powerful choir part. I’m loving the folk influences the second part of the twin guitar solos as well. Usually in Sound/Linked Horizon songs the narration pisses me off, but I’m actually perfectly happy with the deep German in this song. The pre-chorus and chorus return at the end for a memorable finish. I was hooked from start to finish on this song, it was very impressive and I hope will be remembered as one of the great OPs.
2. Jiyuu no Tsubasa
Obviously the crowd loved the last song, so they showed their appreciation through all that applause. Beginning with a march, the song then becomes very fast and almost symphonic/power metal like. Awesome guitar solos are accompanied by the choir in the background, and there’s another organ solo which makes me happy! I like the section directly after the organ solo, where I think Revo’s vocals sound very impressive. The quiet narration part sounds very dark, and is followed by a mournful interlude. The theme from Guren no Yumiya returns, before returning to the exciting introduction part. While for the most part the track races along, there are also some great contrasting parts where the tempo slows and an epic feel is brought out. I do have an issue with this song though – the mixing. The previous track suffered from this a little, but not to the extent that it bothered me particularly. However in this one I would have liked to hear the drums more, there were some weird volume changes and Revo was drowned out at times. These stopped me from enjoying the song fully, but it was still a great track.
3. Moshi Kono Kabe no Naka ga Ikken no Ie Datoshitara
The final track of the single begins with pulsating organ and a ticking noise reminding me of a old-fashioned movie playing. This time vocalist is female (Mami Yanagi maybe, anyone know?) and she sing calmly against the organ, trickling water and glistening chimes. I like her vocals for the most part, although her tone is a little thin and a bit on the shouting side on the high notes. Halfway through, the orchestral feel is introduced with horns pealing and the song is filled with a powerful energy. The “movie” theme returns towards the end, but just as you think the song has ended, think again! The choir and introduction from Guren no Yumiya plays, ending the song as it began. Although the song wasn’t as grand as the first two, it did have a more controlled feel and I liked that.
I am neither a fan of Sound Horizon nor Linked Horizon, so I was pleasantly surprised that this single turned out so well. There were two exciting songs and one calmer song, all of which had thematic links and probably told a story if I bothered to look at a lyrics translation. Even the narration was ok! A pity about the mixing though. But overall Revo did a great job and should be commended
Note: For full listening experience, blast this music out of your speakers and shout “Jäger!!!!” at the top of your lungs while jumping off a wall.
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