This is actually quite different from their previous work but nonetheless a great album. A must buy for a merry fan
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アンダーワールド [通常盤] / メリー
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Underworld is more than a fitting and literal title for the what is probably the most weirdest Merry album (cross that, probably the most weirdest album of the year). An incredible and portraying mix of repulsing yet alluring atypical tracks you'd ever come across in this band's discography. Merry is one of those bands everybody listens but is not particularly wild about and that this band usually plays it on a safe card, being occasionally experimental, but mostly going down by one and the same formula. But Underworld is undeniably different. The syncopated GI GO with metal echoing drums, squealing almost caricatured guitars and a strange Japanese flair sets up a strange drum roll for the sharp edged, deranged punk piece Friction XXXX. Friction XXXX actually does a very good job with it's almost underground guitar madness, but the collective Lalala chorus bring back to the major nature of this band. Under-world as the proclaimed title track of the album strikes out with very hysteric drumming but mood yet good riffs. Gara's screaming vocals are put behind, almost as he is captured in some torture. Under-world is certainly something that I'd colorfully describe as a Oni-party-unleashed. Akai Kutsu brings even more weirdness. The ska-guitar enforced, jumpy, over-theatrical, almost cartoony piece brings me the images of some strange Wild West happening, combined with a circus atmosphere. Confusing as hell, totally strange, but entertaining nevertheless, not the track I'd expect to like, but I'm liking it... :) We come near the pretty good middle with Geshoku that sets up laid-back guitars, with a sinister touch to it. Geshoku is pretty neat because of it's present-yet-distant dark-swing style which is utilized here well. Ensetsu invites to a crazy riot by Gara, the groovy guitars will invite you to nod with your head like-you-don't-care and the interesting bass lines just pump up more the groove. [human farm] is just...woa... Just by hearing the vicious guitar lines in the beginning the images overflow me and the mad screaming verses bring the insanity and the chorus softens it a bit, preventing it from turning into a one way ticket to a madhouse. Very vivid and slightly insane. Piranha makes you simply gasp more and it's probably THE BEST song on the album, a unique combination of underground touch, oriental atmosphere and incredibly alluring guitars. Katamichi Kippu is somewhat decent, but marks the rather weaker ending of the album. The guitars are like dancing around and Gara is screaming his soul out, up to the waltzy chorus. Kanaria has a lot of pointless-yet-meaningful thwacking at the start before it launches into a mediocre-at-best Merry tune with a catchy chorus. For the end are reserved the single title tracks of the last year: the rocking typical Tozasareta Rakuen, the 15-minute Merry ephos Gekisei and the gingerbread Christmas ballad Fuyu no Castanet. On the first listening you'd might think that Underworld is the most unlistenable Merry album to date, but with each listening you'd be sure to discover more details and see that the album isn't as bad as it wants to be. Although not really delivering catchy material, it makes up for some of it's flaws with it's uniqueness and originality. If you're really into something different (hence different) than you'd might find this album really refreshing.For those ready to listen to something definitely unusual, Underworld is the album to check.
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