Sound — 10
Vanishing Vision was X Japan's first album, and was the hardest of them all. The album contains some instrumental songs ("Dear Loser", "Give Me The Pleasure"), speed metal songs ("Vanishing Love", "Sadistic Desire", "I'll Kill You", "Phantom Of Guilt"), an acoustic/metal song (Kurenai), a rock and piano ballad ("Alive" and "Un-finished"). They sound of their speed metal songs are loud and heavy with fast metal riffs and intense vocals. Unlike most metal bands, their songs are long, containing harmonizing guitar solos and bridges. Vanishing Love and Sadistic Desire are 6 minute long songs. The ballads are just like all X Japan ballads, amazing. Yoshiki's piano work is spectacular and the guitar solos are just as good. The album starts off hard and heavy, but ends soft and soothing. The only problem I can think of is that Toshi's English is hard to understand sometimes with his strong Japanese accent. Besides that, the sound is great, but not as good as the other X Japan albums.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are great. Most of the songs are all in English, but a couple are both. Yoshiki is an amazing and emotional poet, but some songs seem to be less important than others. While Alive and Kurenai are deep emotional meanings, I'll Kill You is just complete nonsense. Although some songs may seem less serious, the overall album has well written lyrics. And besides, who cares if a speed metal song has poetic lyrics anyways.
Overall Impression — 10
The songs on this album are amazing, and if you have never heard X Japan before, you'll love this CD. But if you have heard all of X Japan's albums, this is hands down their worst album. One of the reasons is because there are only 10 songs. But this album is still great. Alive is a wonderful song and Vanishing Love is a great metal song. This also shows how good X Japan is. This is their worst album, but it is still better than most bands famous or popular albums.