Defspiral - Brilliant World

 


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Number of tracks: 10

Written By: Chris Hunter
Release Date: 21st October 2015

Tracklist:
01 - NEW DAYLIGHT
02 - SILVER ARROW
03 - DREAM OF YOU
04 - IN FLAMES
05 - THANATOS
06 - SERENADE
07 - カナリア(kanaria)
08 - FAR AWAY
09 - ESTRELLA
10 - BRILLIANT 11 - CARNAVAL


As the 3rd album to be released by Defspiral, “Brilliant World” feels like it takes the band in a new direction.

In the past the band has almost felt like a sort of D’espairsRay tribute act, but this new album pushes them more into the arena filling “L’arc En Ciel” style of music with a hint of “VAMPS” thrown in for good measure.

The album opens with “New daylight which delivers on its title, feeling like you have just opened your eyes and woken up on some distant beautiful planet. This song is pleasant to listen to, and a great way to open the album.

“Silver arrow” and “Far away” both feel like they wouldn’t be out of place in an anime intro, with the latter sounding like it could have been performed by L’arc en Ciel themselves.

“Dream of you” has a very interesting, skewed feel to it that keeps the ears interested and wanting more, as does カナリア (Kanaria) which is a haunting ballad that could easily be the theme song for the next James Bond movie.

Both “In flames” and “Thanatos” make you feel like you are in a concert hall with the former feeling more like a grimy gig at god knows what time in the morning, and the latter feeling like a crowd pleaser with its slower pace, call and return style lyrics and Mortal Kombatesque digital samples. “Estrella” makes a perfect end of gig song that will leave the crowd slowly waving their arms and singing along, wanting the night to never end.

“Serenade” offers a faster paced power metal style ballad that wouldn’t feel too out of place on a Versailles album, with its distant harpsichord and “that chord change” that any music fan will truly appreciate.

Ironically “Brilliant” feels like a fairly standard sort of J-rock song and could easily get lost amongst the other stronger tracks. Luckily it is followed up by the final track on the album, “Carnaval” which feels like a nice upbeat farewell to the album, with a nice little guitar solo thrown in for free.