KAMIJO – Louis ~Enketsu no La Vie En Rose~

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Tracklist:

  1. Louis ~Enketsu no La Vie En Rose~
  2. Grazioso
  3. Gensou Torianon (Regular Edition Only)

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1. Louis ~Enketsu no La Vie En Rose~

A flashing violin section immediately introduces the symphonic element to Kamijo’s metal style. This gives a classical music feel which melds very well with the guitars and drums. Unlike Jupiter’s music, the arrangement of Louis is much tighter and has a slow-to-mid tempo. The chorus has a good hook to it in “La Vie en Rose” and while it could be a little more challenging, it’s still very respectable. Being symphonic metal, many instruments apart from the usual rock ones are used, including organ, piano, choir, accordion, xylophone and even a tiny synth part. My favourite though would have to be the glorious strings that feature throughout the song. A really great effort from Kamijo.

2. Grazioso

Grazioso is a waltz-like piece, beginning with an interesting combination of xylophone and accordion (and Kamijo’s vocals). Makes me think of Paris. Orchestral parts are then incorporated with both deep and high strings, and wind instruments. I think Kamijo puts some Italian into his lyrics but I’m not sure, his pronunciation is pretty bad. It’s a cool track but would have been better if he had made it a full-length track instead of a short interlude piece.

3. Gensou Torianon

The third track has a very grand opening, with sheets of strings and proud horns playing along with the distorted guitars and drums. Sadly, the verse doesn’t live up to the introduction. It’s quiet and synthy with filters at first, before clean singing and general metal-ness come in. Well, it’s actually good but I just really love the intro. The chorus holds its own too. The song is on the slow side, but the bridge slows down even more with a marvellous choir part which completely steals the show. Yep another awesome song.

That boss on the album cover. Kamijo’s debut solo act under his new moniker was excellent. This makes me wonder, why didn’t he compose for Versailles more? I’m excited to see what else he’s got in store for us!

Rating: 9/10

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