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Bukimi, R.I.P & Live to Love
Show 2 Glow
Kaibutsu
Zekkou Etsuraku Ron

20th March 2013
Bukimi, R.I.P & Live to Love
Written by Rachel Yarwood
Visual Kei band BugLug are not just releasing one single this month, but three. Each will be released on the exact same day and will come with a bonus DVD plus a randomly picked trading card. Sounds like great stuff! But will BugLug be able to impress their fans with these?
 The two singles, "Bukimi" and "R.I.P", both seem to have a haunting or mock Halloween-esque characteristic to them. Whilst "Bukimi" has more of a creepy circus style, with it's fun and interesting background instrumentals and the taunting chorus of vocals, "R.I.P" has more of an average orchestral rock sound to it with synthesiser and piano. 
"Bukimi", by itself, has quite a heavy opening with a rapid beat from the drums (Masaumi) and equally intense guitar melodies (Kazuki, Yuu). The musical score and the vocal melodies themselves are upbeat but the second track really ups the ante. "MaigoCH" is considerably more cheerful, fun, and melodic. There is a cute pop rock element to this song in comparison to the near spooky sound of "Bukimi".
Again the second track on the "R.I.P" single has a notable change of style. "Hasami Kaku Amon" has an impressively upbeat and catchy mood to it, so much than "R.I.P" does, with some fantastic melodies coming through from the added synthesiser and Issei's vocals. The guitar that joins, especially the solo piece and the bridge that follows, helps to keep this mood going. 
The third single entitled "Live to Love", well with a song title like that you would be correct in thinking it is going to be a softer song in comparison to the other two. 
The opening is very smooth and mellow sounding with a slight oriental style coming through from the background of violins, the guitar and the vocals. 
Issei's vocals are really lovely for this piece, especially through each stanza. As the chorus enters the drums increase in volume, as do the vocals, becoming more dramatic and the added harmonic chorus in the background altogether make this a very nice track to listen to.
The b-side "Ashita Harrell Cana" again picks up the pace as the novel track on the release. This one brings back the 'cute' atmosphere with a funky sound, a bouncy beat from the drums, and rhythm from the bass (Tsubame). 
 The three single releases will be released officially on the 20th of March and will come with two new tracks, plus an instrumental of the title track, and an additional DVD featuring the music video to the title track. 
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7th December 2011
Show 2 Glow
Written by Rachel Yarwood
Originally a four member band consisting of Vocalist Issei, Guitarists Kazuki and Yuu, and Bassist Tsubame, BugLug recently announced an additional member on drums. Along with the announcement of Masaumi officially joining the group, the news of their fifth single "Show 2 Glow", release set for the 7th December was also adding to the excitement amongst BugLug fans.
"SHOW 2 GLOW", will be available in two editions, both featuring the title track and the B-side "Bye-bye S.O.S". The regular edition will contain a bonus song "Magical Moment", while the limited edition will instead include a DVD featuring the music video for "SHOW 2 GLOW".
The title track, "Show 2 Glow" kicks things off with a countdown and the repetition of "show time" from Issei, as the guitars express a playful melody to coincide with the strong and fast paced drum beat. 
The upbeat and genuine playful quality of this track is enhanced even further by Issei's vocals. Issei manipulates his voice from the melodic and at times slightly sugary verses to swap for this more droning effect for the chorus, which works perfectly with the music. 
There is a definite prominence with the melody of the lead guitar for this track, though not too overpowering so as to drown out the underlying rhythm guitar and the bassline. The solo also, balancing the subtle heavier undertone of the rhythm, with a composition which picks up the vivacity of this song another few notches. 
"Show 2 Glow" is an expressive track which shows how BugLug can be a visual kei group, but also with aesthetic qualities that bring in this minutely oshare kei element to their music as well. Their confident and bright style together with their playful and energetic sound, are certainly keeping their mark on the music scene. 
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20th July 2011
Kaibutsu
Written by Keita Eiri-Uesugi
A young visual kei band that is growing with great popularity, this is BugLug’s forth single since they began in 2010.
The single begins with rolling guitars that repeat in sound behind the techno sounding backdrop and tinny tone of cymbals.
This leads straight into the chorus, where Issei’s vocals pitch in, with an up-beat, somewhat bouncy ring to them, which gives the chorus a fun tone. The overall sound is like that of a Gameboy game, high pitched and jumpy. The backing seems to drown out the guitars and the bass can hardly be heard.
As the end of the track nears, Issei’s vocals are distorted to some sort of a robot sound, twinkle-like space sounds as the chorus pounds in for one final cheery blast before turning the single on it’s head and the grinding sounds from bass, guitars and drums gives you that momentary thought to head-bang before it stops.
The single is good, but doesn’t seem to be that strong, as if someone just brought loads of different elements together; the composition seems a little off in places.
“Kaibutsu” is available in two editions: regular edition comes with title track and two other songs; limited edition comes with the title track and one song, plus a DVD with the PV of the single.
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13th April 2011
Zekkou Etsuraku Ron
Written by Keita Eiri-Uesugi
BugLug release their 3rd Single “Zekkou Etsuraku Ron” on the 13th March, a relatively new band on the Visual Kei scene, they waste no time in stamping their own mark on the industry.
The title track starts with what sounds like a neo-techno backing synth. The instruments follow and what you thought would maybe sound like a good and interesting track, suddenly sounds just a little too much, many of the notes going out of tone as they all try to match one another for pace. The vocals seem to be just mediocre and lacking in emotion. Not a good start!
There are some good elements however, one of those being the bass solo, which boosts the power of Tsubame’s playing. So far it’s been often lost in the brawl between guitars and drums.
Vocalist Issei’s voice is nothing that is remotely amazing, although it feels as if he is trying really hard to fit in with the music, straining his voice in out of tune in his attempt to hold certain notes. Overall the sound of this single doesn’t seem to gel well.
Sadly this release isn’t that strong; to put it frankly, there is quite literally too much going on. Making it difficult to pinpoint what to focus on and what sounds out of place. Being fresh talent however, and with this being only their third single release, there is time yet for them to hone their sound into something that works better.