D=OUT

 

Koi Ga Dekinai
Written by Chris Hunter
Koi Ga Dekinai is the 19th single to be released by D=OUT and the first to feature “Naoto” as the new drummer of the band after Minase left the band last September.
The track starts with some talking following by a Spanish guitar and trumpets. It then leads in to a Ska style drum and guitar segment. Kouki then comes in with his gentle and slightly nasal voice. His vocal tone is perfect for this song.
There are certain sections where it slows down a little and this really helps to set the tone of the song overall.
Ibuki and Hikaru have a bit of fun throughout the song with quick little guitar riffs thrown in from time to time. Reika also has a moment in the limelight with a little Bass section before things get weird.
The song turns into a strange sort of “Call and reply” sequence in the middle before returning to the upbeat riffs from the beginning.
Overall this is a good single with a particularly beautiful bass line delivered by Reika, and serves as a very good introduction to the abilities of Naoto on the drums.

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Aisuru Hito
Written by Kitty Linton
D=OUT’s thirteenth single Aisuru Hito has been highly anticipated by the band’s large fan base who become used to the band frequently releasing new music almost without breaks and as the single was also produced by Hajime Okano who has worked with L'Arc~en~Ciel and Alice Nine it’s caused quite a stir but is it a song worth of so much hype?

Aisuru Hito starts with Kouki’s charming harmonious voice, serenading the listener while backed up by the mellow notes of a piano to create this tranquil ambiance and it becomes obvious that this single is going to be one of their ballads, a type of song D=OUT have developed a fondness for. Even as the other member’s instruments start up it is with a softness, Ibuki and Hikaru strum slow melodic notes from their guitars while Kouki’s vocals and Reika’s deep bass are the focus of the song. The bass is more than a undercurrent, it’s a prominent sound throughout and this coupling of voice and bass is a vital key to the band’s trademark style. 
Meanwhile Minase’s light drumming is somewhat lost amongst everything else, giving tempo to the song but only distinguishable if you’re listening for it purposefully.
The background music is similar to that of a J-drama or pop song, adding to the light-hearted and romantic feel of the single and the only distinguishing moment that shows this is still a visual kei band is the tuneful guitar solo, a little too mellow but a good addition all the same. 
Aisuru Hito is a love song as the title itself implies and D=Out have been successful in creating a sweet, mellow ballad, in timing with the season of spring and the type of song you’d have on while laying in the sun. So if thats what you’re after this month then you should certainly listen to it. 
“DOPING!!” The second track on the single is the complete opposite of Aisuru Hito, revealing the band’s heavier side in a way that both breaks out of their typical style and is also more reminiscent to their older music. An interesting juxtaposition all in one release. 
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Zenshin Zenrei LIVES
Written by Kacey Woodham
With the strum of easy going guitars, this sets the almost dance like feel for the song as the gentle rhythm doesn’t over power the vocals as Kouki chimes in with his light and slightly nasal voice.  It’s pleasant and the lyrics are clear with some deeper bass in the verse to give it a slight twist.  The light twinkle of synth bells makes the song feels very fairytale in nature.
An easygoing chorus and a slightly Christmas atmosphere but it doesn’t appear to be related at all.  Family music and suitable for anyone looking for something to listen to for most occasions.  The instruments play together well and the singing is soothing, the song has a bouncy sensation to it and even the slight slower tempo half way through doesn’t dampen the feel good vibe though the attempt at a bass solo leave something to be desired.
There is little more to the track as it plays till finishing without enough warning but the song can’t be faulted even with little to say on talent it isn’t a bad song.  The Promotional Video shows the band performing in a generic white or black surrounding, each member getting a solo shot.
This single comes in three types, two with DVD.  Both DVDs have the music video and the extra song ‘RAIN MAN’.  Type A only has a bonus ’VARIETY MAKING’ on the DVD where as type B offers ‘BATTLE D=OUT-YAKYUU TAIKETSU HEN-‘, ‘DOKKIRI D=OUT’ and ‘D=OUT GAKUEN!GUDAGUDA GAKURYOKU TEST’ all on the DVD along.  Not forgetting the normal type, which has an extra song ‘TOMI TO MEISEI’.

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Roman Revolution
Written by Keita Eiri-Uesugi
An ever popular band to VK fans, D=out continue to churn out hit after hit; “ROMAN REVOLUTION” is the bands major debut single.
Low noise leads into a quick five couple of seconds of guitar and light drums before Kouki begins with high, nasally sounding vocals. Poppy sounds twinkle through the background and the song leads into Ibuki and Hikaru having a quick blast on guitars.
The first verse continues with a dip in pitch for Kouki’s vocals yet all that really seems to stand out is the charging pace of Minase on drums taking over everything else. Keyboard can be faintly heard in the background.
The chorus is airy, Kouki taking the high pitch sound from the beginning; the digital sounds come back and the pace of the single grows in that moment. It has a light feel, but nothing stands out and in those few seconds of chorus, the single seems to take on that anime opening sound.
The instrumental is pleasant but Minase’s drumming seems to detract still from everything else. Hikaru and Ibuki take turns, one half slow and the next faster. Sadly, Reika doesn’t get much of a look in until after this instrumental, where you hear again, small openings where bass slips through giving the typical sound D=out is known for.
“ROMAN REVOLUTION” feels a little under whelming for a major debut single; The title track itself is good, but sadly that is all that can be used to describe it…good. It feels as if the song is lacking that punch to make it memorable and not much stands out at all.
“ROMAN REVOLUTION” is available in three editions: regular editions comes with the title track, and two others entitled “Hotarubi” and “BARA iro no jisei”; limited edition type A comes with title track, “BARA iro no jisei” and a DVD with live footage and “ROMAN REVOLUTION”; limited edition type B comes with the same songs as type A, but with PV and making of footage on the DVD.

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One
Written by Keita Eiri-Uesugi
With a short, repetitive guitar riff, the song starts almost instantaneously, with their style of heavy bass and drums coupled with Kouki’s happy, flighty vocals following. The song is practically in full flow within the first thirty seconds.
Although drummer Minase gives a pretty weighty beat to the track, there are moments when the drums are right up there with bass, and then moments when he too drifts to the back of the song. The drumbeat is steady and constant, besides its volume switches throughout.
Kouki’s voice in conjunction to the deeper sound of the instruments is usually a match that works or doesn’t, however, it’s D=out’s style, and they have made it work. His vocals are pleasant, full of happiness to a degree, and just out and out, cheerful.
The song ends on some backing, repetitive “La-la-la” sounds, before ending on a brief moment of charming piano..
A pleasing single from the band, showing them at their best potential. Maybe an improvement could be to allow more in regards to Ibuki and Hikaru’s guitars, but besides that, it’s a good single!