NoGoD - V


Run time: 52 minutes, 50 seconds
Number of tracks: 12

Written By: Rachel Yarwood
Release Date: 21st February 2013

Utsushiyo Horrowshow
Zetsubou Bye Bye
Sora no Kouen
Yume no Awa
4 Tasha/Philosophia
Stand up!
Kane wo Narase
Tousou Honnou

NoGod's album "V" starts off very promising as their opening song "Utsushiyo Horrorshow" combines the thundering of drums, riveting guitar melodies, and fantastic opening vocals that suggests a symphonic metal style. 
As a beginning to the album, this material is powerful and influenced by heavy rock, but the chorus does become slightly less heavier and the vocal work especially might not prove as gripping as it does through out each verse. Danchou's vocals however do give off a certain aura of 80's and 90's heavy rock, as he expresses the lyrics with stylish and compelling charisma, which improves and develops with each following track. 
The strength and the rapid pace that we are introduced to initially continues for the next few songs, and we hear a more compatible use of deeper rhythms verses energetic melodies in "Zetsubou Bye Bye", the vocals working well as Danchou switches between the rougher punk style and the upbeat melody. "Kyuukon" also, with a fast bass (Karin) rhythm and accompanying drum beat (K), keeps the heavier and darker elements in check as the guitars (Kyrie, Shinno) alternate between a deep grind and the more grandeur solo pieces that will certainly leave you awe struck. 
"Sora no Kouen" then gives you a little bit of a breather but if you feel that you don't really need one (which might actually prove to be the case), then this more downbeat track with a smoother vocal tone and nothing really in the way of anything too fancy to remember, will fail to impress between the first songs and the next track "Sabbath". 
"Sabbath" all to willingly drags you back in, with an intriguing arabian style melody from the guitar. The thundering drum beats once again make a comeback and together with a deliciously deep rhythmic hum and the richness of the vocals going on, this track sets the album back on a high. 
On the other hand, "Pandora" is another track that might not necessarily bode too well with some fans. The screeching melodies that attack you from the very opening of this track sound out of place and harsh to the ears, yet clemency can be given as "Yume no Awa" treats us to an acoustic instrumental that is both beautiful and enrapturing. 
The second leg of the album offers a different side of NoGod. With previous single "Stand Up!", the ninth track, the tone of the album becomes less dark and serious. 
"Kane no Narase" that follows still hints at this punk edge, which you can hear through the guitars and occasionally the vocals, but the overall feel of the album now is lighter and high spirited. 

As "V" draws to a close, the final two songs might see fans of NoGod taking opposing sides. "Kanjou" and "Tousou Honnou" really do not compliment each other that well, "Tousou Honnou" bringing a rather abrupt and slightly disappointing end to the album as it lacks a certain spark in comparison to the opening tracks. "Kanjou" on the other hand falls directly in place with the light hearted tone of the latter end of the album and as the instruments humbly fade to silence it would have seemed a more perfect track for closure. 

All in all "V" is an impressive new album from the band and will be released in Europe officially on the 21st of February. 
"V" will be released in two editions, Regular and Limited. The Limited Edition will not feature track "Tousou Honnou" but will come with an additional DVD with the music video to "Utushiyo Horrorshow" plus additional footage.