Artist: Dir en Grey
Comment: It's the start of the song that really does it in for me. If you haven't heard it, there is an introduction that sounds like a music box and I love music boxes. It makes me shivery and you just know that this song is sad and tragically beautiful. No wonder when you consider what Kyo is singing about. The music box just fits it so perfectly and you can just see in your minds eye this child sitting in a dark room, battered and bruised, crying over a broken music box with a bent ballerina twirling and twirling and twirling. I actually drew a picture of this while listening to this song...I highly recommend this.
Comment: I also love when a vocalist suddenly changes pitch. It's...well, it's awesome. I'm not really sure what Kirito does here because it sounds like his voice is completely different. It could even be Aiji or Jun, for all I know, but it does sound still sound like Kirito and I love it. It's Pierrot and I love Pierrot, so yes. Another highly encouraged song.
Title: Raven Loud Speeeaker
Comment: Piano. I love pianos. I love pianos in rock music. This is a very awesome song. It is rocking and at the same time beautiful and Yomi's voice just ties it all together so very nicely. And the guitar is quite awesome too. I actually fell in love with the instrumental version before I heard the vocal version. If you love Nightmare and pianos like I do, you'll certainly love this song. It's taken the place of number one Nightmare fave on my list.
Title: Lost Graduation
Comment: I saved this one for last. When I first heard this song I broke out in goosebumps and started crying for reasons beyond my knowing. It is...so very indescribable. I'm not really positive about why I love it so much. The music is...piano, again, and gorgeous and the lyrics...if you know Raphael then you know about Kazuki, who was the vocals and writer of the band. However, he commited suicide when he was just nineteen and it really broke the hearts of the band. If I'm not mistaken, they were all quite close. In my heart, I believe this song is about Kazuki's life and how he felt about it. It's a song about suicide, feeling your life has become nothing, the pain and loneliness is not worth it and the only thing left is to step off from the ledge and hope that the next life brings you something better. It almost seems like Kazuki's suicide note. I didn't know this when I first heard the song, but I could feel it in the music and in the vocals. It's quite powerful. Please listen to it, even if Raphael doesn't appeal to you.
Artist: Chachamaru feat. Gackt
Chacha is quite talented at composing. That's all I can say, really. They're both really great songs. One is a nice and elegant song, the other is a more rock song. I can see why Gackt has a high respect and value for him as a musician...He's quite talented with lyrics as well.