Posts Tagged ‘Suicide Ali’

Japanese Concert DVDS

So I own quite a few concert DVDs that I bought in Japan, and I noticed something the other day: I can play my region 2 DVD of Suicide Ali on my computer without having to switch regions. This got me thinking: If I could play this DVD on a standard Toshiba I bought in America a few months ago, does that mean other DVDs will play as well?

I grabbed a small portion of my collection of VK DVDs when I was home:

  • Versailles-History of the Other Side
  • シリアルNUMBER-クリップ集2 (which I bought for 5 dollars at Tower Records, brand new)
  • Psycho le Cemu-理想郷旅行Z at Zepp Tokyo
  • Vidoll-リマインドストーリー
  • Suicide Ali – Stitch Doll comment DVD

Of all the DVDs I tested, the only time I was asked to switch regions was with the シリアルNumber DVD. Even the comment DVD worked, though it made me want to smack Goshi because he talks with his hand in front of his face. And Kozi needs to open his mouth more when he speaks. And Hisashi definitely mumbles which is why I can’t hear him on my interview recording. Hiroshi is solid. I’m done ranting.

Basically, I am writing this to let people know that they CAN buy and play a lot of concert DVDs from Japan WITHOUT having to switch the region/buy a region-free DVD player/do some crazy ripping to make the media work.

Not everyone realizes this, and even I didn’t know the extent of how this works. I have yet to try the DVDs that come with the CD/DVD combo sets, but since the Vidoll one worked (though it was a live recording CD/DVD combo) I will assume it will work for most others.

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Stitch Doll: Now that I can ACTUALLY hear it!

ボーとして(zoning out)

So the latest single from Suicide Ali, Stitch Doll, came in the mail this past weekend. The single has two new songs and two versions of older songs.

Stitch Doll and Traitor are the newest songs, with Traitor being much more heavy on the screamo vocals.  Stitch Doll, as I said in my previous post, reminds me much more of Revandish Ring in that there is more singing-songy-melodic stuff going on.

What I really want to get to are the new version of Chainsaw and the remix of 誘拐ごっこ (Yuukai Gokko). This new version of Chainsaw is somewhat different from the original version most are familiar with (the following being the original version):

The new version is considerably clearer in regards to vocals and being able to hear individual instruments. Overall, I like it.

誘拐ごっこ has been remixed by DJ Manik (of HimemaniK, a group you should totally listen to if you dig female vocals and gothic-industrial music). The original version is much slower (I cannot find it on Youtube…) but the new one I can totally picture being played in clubs. It’s pretty upbeat, and DJ Manik has a way with mixing beats that just make you want to dance.

The CD is on sale on Darkest Labyrinth, and there is a regular version and a special package version that includes pictures, a comment DVD and autographs. You may have to email the company if you can’t find the latter listed on the shop page.

This is a clip of the DVD, by the way.

Stitch Doll and some S.A.

Suicide Ali and I

So this past April at Tekkoshocon (the local anime convention), Tainted Reality brought Suicide Ali and Luzmelt to perform. To be honest, I could have cared less about Luzmelt, as they were too new and I didn’t have a good feel of their music. I was, however, ECSTATIC for the opportunity to see Suicide Ali. During my year in Kansai, I was unable to see them due to either schedule conflicts or just a general lack of shows to choose from. La Carmina managed to score some passes for my friend Shiori (who took all these wonderful pictures) and I, so off we went! Unfortunately, I was coming down with the flu during the week, so when the con-time came, I was dying. I did a ton of stupid things I shouldn’t have/didn’t want to (I left a voice recorder in the interview room, and Suicide Ali had to return it to me later, and also I was shaking people’s hands [I am a germ-a-phobe], so I had multiple mini panic attacks). But the performances did not disappoint in the least, and I am trying to get my butt to Tokyo for their one man (solo show) on Christmas. It was the first time I had seen them perform live since I found out about them back in 2006…sadness.

There will be a new single out the 23rd of June, Stitch Doll, and Tainted Reality had a preview on the broadcast. Now, here’s where I have to bitch a bit: It was INCREDIBLY hard to hear most things on that broadcast. I don’t tune in enough to know whether that’s a regular thing or just how it was that night, but my speakers were knocked up to 11. However, after making sure I was guaranteed an earache by pressing my ear onto the already-turned-up speaker, I really liked what I was hearing. It was much more in line with the song レバンディシュリング(Revandish Ring), which is probably one of my favorites of theirs (but 人間の要[Ningen no Kaname] is my all-time favorite, which was played an as encore THANK GOD). I immediately pre-ordered the Stitch Doll single from Darkest Labyrinth, and paired with the Variable Messiah (Goshi and Hiroshi’s old band) best-of album.

Goshi

Suicide Ali has been around for six years now, and Goshi and Hiroshi about ten. It just amazes me that not many people know about them when the music and vocals are extremely well done. I take that back, the first time I heard Suicide Ali induced a WTF expression on my face that caused my insane Venezuelan roommate to laugh at me. I wish I could remember what the song was, but I suppose I just got so used to their style that I blocked it all out…At any rate, I adore this band and will make every effort to see them in either Osaka or Tokyo, despite the fact I am stuck in Obihiro (with an airport 20-30 minutes away ;])

I recommend:

正しい魔法の作り方 (Tadashii Mahou no Tsukurikata) (single, includes 人間の要 new version. The video on youtube now is the older version of the song, fyi.)

受継がれた指輪 (don’t trust me on this, but Uketsugareta Yubiwa, I THINK) (mini-album, has the version of Ravendish Ring I like the most)

Youtube. Use youtube on this because it links you to so many other songs. CDBaby.com also allows you to preview before you buy, whereas Darkest Labyrinth sells only the CDs with no preview, but also sells signed pictures and posters.

Kozi

I love these pictures. More for the hell of it.

Hiroshi

Hisashi

My CDs shipped today! I can’t wait to get them ❤

What band should I review next? Any opinions?