Sound — 8
The first album Versailles has released. This band has the ability to sound and flow as beautiful as a rose, but alas, they are a Visual-Kei/Neoclassical Metal band so they aren't all beauty. They focused deeply on the music they play. Nobody in the band outdoes each other, the album is mixed beautiful. The guitarists, Teru and Hizaki are fantastic guitar players and blend beautifully with each other. Listen to their solos in "The Love For A Dead Orchestra". They harmonize their sweeps! This is a band that plays for the "beauty" in music. They never overdue anything. Especially in this album. I love how everything is distorted but yet they have those organs/synthesizers that draw a line in the sound! These guys have a real unique sound. They don't sound like every other metal band out there. The songs riffs/tempo/sound changes all the time. Just listen to "The Red Carpet Day".
Lyrics — 7
Their lyrics are quite poetic. They tell of stories that seem to have some meaning behind them, but I have yet to really find some. Some of them talk about a beast, "Shouts and Bites", and "Beast Of Desire". One talks about a demon trying to reach an angel but can't because of a forbidden gate, "Forbidden Gate". (At least that's what I gathered. =P) Overall, the lyrics are sung strongly by Kamijo. He has a hell of a voice. No matter what the style seems to be behind him, he can always belt out something that works. He can sound beautiful at times, and at sometimes... like one of those narrators of a fast paced horror film.
Overall Impression — 9
This was a good album for them to come out with for a foundation. But it's not their best! With each album they seem to slay the last one. They have such a great lineup, (besides the passing of their bassist Jasmine You) and it's good that it's stayed the same all through their albums. My favorite tracks on this have to be "The Red Carpet Day" and "Sympathia", because "The Red Carpet Day" is a killer fast paced song that is just so awesome to play on the guitar! Also "Sympathia" shows how the band can stick to their genre but also produce beautiful music. The drummer really shows his skills in that song as well! The only thing I hate about this album is that it's 7 tracks, but really only 6 songs (the first track is an Intro). I recommend this to anyone who wants a good album to listen to or maybe some good licks to steal.