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1 hour ago, CountVonNumenor said:

Stack is not really for everyone, and I guess people have different tastes when it comes to vocal preferences.

I want to reiterate (because my roundabout way of explanation is not always easy to interpret) that I greatly admire Stack's vocal abilities, and more often than not I enjoy the arrangements I hear from Akatsuki Records. It was this particular performance that I disliked, not her general sound.

1 hour ago, CountVonNumenor said:

It was the most calm Stack song I have in my library,

RT4, Round 4 ~ Entry 2: Akatsuki Records - The Way Home We Walked On Together

 

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13 hours ago, Ken Hisuag said:

I want to reiterate (because my roundabout way of explanation is not always easy to interpret) that I greatly admire Stack's vocal abilities, and more often than not I enjoy the arrangements I hear from Akatsuki Records. It was this particular performance that I disliked, not her general sound

Fair enough. What I meant was that I have heard quite a few people in different groups recently saying that the bad is not for their taste, which I am fine with. 

 

13 hours ago, Ken Hisuag said:

RT4, Round 4 ~ Entry 2: Akatsuki Records - The Way Home We Walked On Together

Oh, I think I missed that Tournament Edition. But you have also made me curious about the song in question. Thank you. REAL WORLD -to the beginning 01- is one of those albums I still have yet to listen to. Also 2016? That is definitely way before anything from Akatsuki Records that I am familiar with (in my case, mostly songs after 2018). Anyway, Phoenix Kappashiro always has a wonderful selection of Stack songs. 

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My monitor screen is shattered,
but somehow thru magic i managed to use my phone as replacement monitor lmao.
yes this written from a PC, just the text is very very small.

silver forest - keep in faith

Holyshit how old is this? Holyshit the classic video intro!

The opening vocal makes me question my headphone, i spent few minutes adjusting the cable because of that.
and how the melody is quite faithful to the original shows how old the music is.
it's ok, the arraneent is just.. yeah, pretty usual for silver forest stuff, even in the newer releases it sounds the same. silver forest still stuck in the past. but this track is from the past so it get a pass.
somehow i find this track funny.

lol it's ok 6.5/10
bonus point for ancient track

 

IRON ATTACK - Sturm und Drang

I saw Ken's post and i feel intimidated.

And I know some might not like the vocal(or the metal), ive met quite a lot of people like that yeah.
I myself have acquired the taste of iron.

The Japonism is a nice touch, perhaps it activated my inner weebiness.
but seriously this feels amazing.
Ive been a big fan of metal with traditional folk, and this not just usual metal but heroic metal, y'know like Dragonforce. It gives a nice contrast.
i will call this genre Samurai music :thumbsup:.
this has been the one of the best japanese folk metal ive heard.
yes there has been some attempt before but i dont think it's this amazing.

9.5/10 amazing, would repeat a lot
found myslef holding back the 10 for unexplainable reason.
probably because i have another favorite from iron attack that I'd prefer listening to.

unrelated but if you watch One Piece, this song reminds me of Wano Arc.

 

Akatsuki Records - Gray Zone

ah yes THE Stack, I'm allowed to be really picky with this one.

I thought this was gonna be Stack Ballad, BUT NO! *changes to funk pop*
they did this with Treasure Cirno i felt betrayed, heartbroken!

Challenge: Stack letting the instruments to shine (impossible)
oh ok it got calmer so nice
funk pop is still nice but the betrayal!

The lyric composition is quite strange, especially the overuse of shifting language.
the sentence supposed to be one coherent line, but it switch between Japanese and 援護. Usually the secondary language is used to emphasize key words, but 違う it seem これ using it as it pleases, i find it quite 気持ち悪い.

7/10
im hurt but enjoying

On 1/5/2023 at 7:40 AM, CountVonNumenor said:

It was the most calm Stack song I have in my library, so I thought why not throw it in.

try searching Akatsuki Records Ballad in youtube, you will find great results. (i may or may not submitted a stack ballad to the tourney before)
it's winter i recommend Cyanotype, it's even a proper ballad with storytelling.

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wooaoaaoao really late for this one

4. Silver Forest - Keep the Faith

OH that Silver Forest, never listened to their other stuff. It's nice, I actually really like that style of mixing vocals, but aside from that there's not much going on really, just a faithful arrange of the original no pun intended. And you know? Sometimes that's good enough.

7/10

5. IRON ATTACK! - Sturm und Drang

Is it trying to emulate Rhapsody of Fire? Because if so that's actually really fucking good, down to the vocals. I think IRON ATTACK does that a lot iirc, I need to listen to more of their stuff some day.

Anyways I'm a sucker for power metal so, 9/10

6. Akatsuki Records - Gray Zone

stacks on stacks on stacks on stacks on stacks on stacks...

I'm still not over my akatsuki burnout but I actually really like this style. I honestly think Stack shines more in slower arrangements like this, though I really really wish there was some more space for the music. Those in-between parts where she just keeps going mm, don't like that.

6/10

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This is what I was worried about previous tournament (something similar happened way back in the first one). I recommend setting a maximum duration for each rounds; participants are aware of how long they have to get their review in before the next round is due. It should be reasonably generous, especially for larger tournaments, but not so long as to stagnate participation.

21 hours ago, CountVonNumenor said:

given how inactive has the forum been as a whole recently.

It . . . really hasn't been. I was gone for a week, and came back to quite a bit of backlog to catch-up on (still working on it). Just because there are some quiet days, doesn't mean overall activity is down.

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I have a convenient slot of time right now so I'll post round 3.

@Gou the frog come and fill in your reviews for the backlog when you have the time, I understand that the reason this happened is because you are very busy.

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Tsubaki - Artemis Wept

 

Lycoris - Hammersmith in the Sky

 

 

MA's ATTACK - Hartmann's Youkai Girl

 

 

 

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I elongated my headphone cable to 5m.... yeah.
Bad move, it's picking all sort of distortions and i increased the total resistance so my PC having hard time driving the speaker.
...I don't wanna cut and re-solder the connector.

TsuBaKi - Artemis Wept
ooh tsubaki, great circle

The image choice is misleading, i was expecting Kagome Kagome
Music sound a bit muffled and my headphone is on the verge of dying, i don't know whether it's the compression or mastering or me issue.

Pretty nice as per usual from TsuBaki, I love this kind of heavy metal.
Though the voice sounding pretty uh... synthesized? It sounds electro-ey. Don't think it's a good choice in this genre.
I don't really mind the scream but i understand another might not like it.
The lyrics.... I'm too lazy to lookup, but through listening i don't feel any significant meaning

7.5/10 would choose to play

Lycoris - Hammersmith in the Sky
ooh tape player

the moment the guitar plays I know I gonna love this
i just love classic rock, it feels nostalgic even though i haven't even born lmao
I'm speechless I have nothing to comment.

10/10 Thank you whoever submitted this.
totally go in my playlist

MA's ATTACK - Hartmann's Youkai Girl
I accidentally shouted "OH NO" after looking at the thumbnail and the genre. hope I'm wrong.
10 MINUTES?!

Actually not too bad, pretty nice.
tbh the drums is the one that carries this whole track. It somewhat has Shoji Meguro esque in it.
And the ambient is mostly well executed.
I'd say it lack dynamism, while the kicks are nice repeated, it's not the case for the...xylophones?
Yeah the xylophones, that part felt repetitive for some reason.
Even more, it doesn't help that the volume totally overwhelm other instruments.

7.5/10 would listen to the end.
my ears are itchy because all the reverb

 

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7: TsuBaKi - Artemis Wept ~ Moon's Lament
Betrayed!

TsuBaKi's well deserved reputation set certain expectations even before I started listening, and these were only reinforced by the introductory instrumentation, promising an enjoyably dramatic arrangement. Then the vocals hit.

I have made a concerted (and largely successful) effort to develop appreciation for as many musical styles and genres as possible over the past several years; the one genre that has continued to elude my attempts at sympathetic comprehension has been screamo death metal. Music is uniquely suited to intensifying and influencing emotions, and is often utilized for this purpose; as such, one of my standard considerations for a piece is what kind of emotional response it is likely to evoke. This extreme form of emotional expression is characterized by its negative energy, largely uncontrolled and unfiltered; in a word, "raw." Thus far, I have not been able to discern a beneficial usage for it, and am much more inclined to consider it a risk. Granted that this song is only partially performed in this style, but even the limited use is enough to preclude this from being a personally enjoyable experience. I also couldn't find the lyrics, so . . .

My one weakness; I am aware of my (arguably unreasonable) bias, but it cannot be helped. At least the production quality is good. 2/10

8: Lycoris Sound - Hammersmith in the Sky
Highlight of this round.

Rather refreshing to hear a more laid-back rock style instrumental arrangement among all the vocal metal and pop. On initial listening, I thought it a bit simplistic, but subsequent listenings highlighted its creativity. The pipe organ is a rare enough instrument choice to be novel in most settings; its inclusion here helps maintain the slight eeriness that the intro brought in (an ideal tone for the source motif), but also reinforces the playful mood of the piece. It continues to keep the balance between these two tones throughout the arrangement, initially as a lead instrument and then as an accompaniment for the electric guitar.

I'm so used to hearing riffs, it's somewhat unusual to hear a more steady note-by-note performance. I don't normally appreciate this style, not because of its sound but because of its concept; why do note-by-note when you could jazz it up a bit with some improve? This piece has examples of improve, but it also showcases the way a proper accompaniment can enhance the simple performance, uniquely highlighting the versatility of the instruments. It helps that both approaches are balanced against each other, allowing me to appreciate them simultaneously.

On that note, I remember posting a piece from this circle early on it Musical Discoveries. I think it's a testament to how much my tastes have developed since then, that what I found dislikable then is now something I can appreciate for its creativity and skill.

Slightly nostalgic, and more generally pleasant. Bonus points for the neat video. 8/10

9: MA.S ATTACK - Hartmann's Youkai Girl
The creeping dread.

There's a line between ambient music and what I call "true ambience," and I tend to define that line according to melodic progression. I characterize ambience by its overall lack of significant progression; its purpose is to set a mood, not to "tell a story." While all music has mood, ambience is specifically focused on developing atmosphere, and thus does not need to "move" anywhere to accomplish its goal.

This piece is very close to the line of true ambience, in as much as you could remove the melodic part and it would not harm the piece at all, aside from disqualifying it as a remix. Nonetheless, there is something gained by the inclusion of a distinctly out-of-key motif in the background of the fuzzy noise, especially one with the already discordant progression of Hartmann's Youkai Girl. The motif is alone, unaccompanied except by the foreground noise and percussion, and this isolation within the music communicates to the atmosphere of the piece. It may seem a bit long, but that is also part of the effect; were it shorter, it could not drag out its atmosphere nearly so effectively.

Another arrangement came to my mind while listening to this; a similarly intentioned piece that was almost part of the ill-fated "halloween" remix tournament, by the artist Pola. Unlike MA.S ATTACK's track, this had a lot more activity and discordance in it, making it difficult to identify the source piece and escalating the underlying dread to genuine discomfort. Between the two remixes, I can confidently say I prefer the current tournament's feature.

Well accomplished in its intentions, if not particularly suitable for casual listening. 6.8/10

Edited by Ken Hisuag
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Tsubaki is a really hit or miss circle with their songs for me but, this one goes to the latter...
I really like the vocals there and it really reminds me of Foreground Eclipse, Kachi Kachi Yama, Shinigiwa Satellite or Takamachi Walk style. I personally like the screamo and i also really cherish that theme sooo..

9/10

2.

This reminds me more of a OST that could be used in some game, especially western-themed one it starts of nice but starts to get quite repetitive and without any changes in the strucutre whatsoever.
Sometimes it's a good thing but for me personally in this case, it's not...

6/10

3. Ooh. This one is lengthy. I am really not a big fan of "pure ambient" though... I like when it has other genres weaved in and these kind of songs are usually long and are also journey of some kind...

This one is also eerie, i like it but... It's not enough to carry the whole track.

5/10

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