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Music / 2019 In Music
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:27:13 AM »
2019 music, we talk about the music that comes out in this year.

BAND-MAID have two new singles out today, "Bubble" and "Glory".

"Bubble" is a little crafty, the verses are full of interplay and little grooves. Saiki keeps the melody while the rest of the band does random things. Quite like Misa's bass playing here, she fills things in nicely. The pre-chorus and bridge are great. The who-oh-oh in the chorus is uncreative and a little cheesy, but I'm not too bothered. A very tame solo by Kanami's standards! "Smile" is the most pop song the band have done since "Love, Passion, Matador". Acoustics and strings, which fit very well. I really like this song it has a great melody and a steady feel. Akane drives it along and Saiki sounds excellent. I like that BAND-MAID is going in a different direction, I just hope they keep the heaviness. This song is a very solid purely J-Pop style track. 

If you think they are softening than "Glory" proves otherwise. This song has been out for a few months and I absolutely love it. The riff is fantastic and jams hard, the drums are excellent, it's an urgent fast paced song with a super catchy chorus. The guitar interplay is great. This song just kicks it, I fricking love this track it's such a power song. It's too short! "The whooole wide-o world!". The b-side "Hide-And-Seek" is pretty awesome. It seems the band did one softer single and one heavier. This song slams, and the second pre-chorus is awesome. Great chorus and fast vocal. Again, Saiki is just the best.

I'm really curious what the next album will be. "Bubble" and "Start Over" where softer releases and "Glory" while great is a few pegs down from what the band was pulling off on World Domination and feels a little less meaty. I hope we get some album songs like "CLANG" on the next album. I don't mind the softer sounds, the band really make them work and I like their first mini-album a lot which is more melodic. So we'll see what they do. I still really like "Start Over" and the hard rocking b-side "Screaming".


BiSH have a new song "Small Fish" for some Fist Of The North Star 35th Anniversary album because Wack can't stop making them do tie in songs. It's fast paced but honestly not very impressive on first listen. The melody is boring and the vocals are fine but really it's so standard as a song. I hope BiSH stop doing tie-in songs for a bit and just release another album so we can hear the non-single tracks. I think most BiSH listeners are getting sick of everything being for an anime, game or drama.   

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:48:24 PM »
Recording a great to the point Elvis mixtape on a 60 minute tape.

Hound Dog
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Don't Be Cruel
All Shook Up   
Love Me 
Blue Moon Of Kentucky   
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
Good Luck Charm
Too Much
I Need Your Love Tonight
One Night   

Stuck On You
Return To Sender
I Forgot To Remember To Forget 
(You're The) Devil In Disguise
I Beg Of You
Treat Me Nice
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again 
It's Now Or Never 
Any Day Now     
Burning Love
Moody Blue                                                 
Can't Help Falling In Love 

Elvis recorded the best love songs of all time. To me the best love song ever made, is "Can't Help Falling In Love". Only Elvis' version, no one else can cover it, it just about makes me cry whenever I listen to it, which isn't often. It's just the perfect love song, there is no better. "It's Now Or Never", "Love Me", "Don't" and "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" are right behind, timeless classics that only Elvis can perform. No one can match his expression, it's the sound of romance or strong feelings/longing for another in music to me. Only very early John Lennon could match this for me, on songs like "Anna", "Misery" and "This Boy" and later in his fantastic cover of "Stand By Me". Paul is to fake as a vocalist, great as he is, that early John is the real stuff like the bridge of "Anna". I love the Beatles because of those type songs. To me the most enduring music is this kind of stuff, a great love song never ages.

Elvis is the best for me because he could sell almost every song in his early days. He has some stinkers like his dull  versions of "Rip It Up" and "Long Tall Sally", but on his most passionate songs his perfect voice was simply magic. That's the only way to describe some of these songs, like his Sun Records recordings and such. From later songs I absolutely love "Any Day Now", a real epic and though not on here "Power Of My Love", "Kentucky Rain", "Inherit The Wind", "True Love Travels On A Gravel Road" and obviously "Suspicious Minds" (like duh) are fantastic tunes from his Memphis recordings. I have times when I really feel Elvis music again and now is that time. His best music holds incredible magic for me.           

MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2019
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:17:36 PM »


Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: January 06, 2019, 09:55:43 PM »
This song is about the old Finlanders, Wops and so on that you see when you go to Robins in the morning. Yes, not even Tims this time, we're going for a true Northern Ontario aesthetic now. They are always there chilling, and it's like, isn't that a weird goal to have...be old as them and still have the same friends just chilling in fricking Robins Donuts. So I made a song about that feeling. It's one of my favorite kind of songs to make, one full of isolating and specific references that you'd only get if you're from my city! 

The track is very simple, it has an old style Barry Goldman 12-string bridge and I'm very proud of my drumming/bass playing on this song. A simple groove but I'm aiming for stronger grooves and less guitar tracks! This song is nice and easy, 4 tracks and 2 for vocals. Now my vocals, well...not really my best. I don't know about this set. I was super excited about this song until I sang over it. Then it went from cool to, oh man. This might be an EP, or not. It doesn't feel like an album even though I'm having a breakthrough of things to write songs about besides...Yoshiko or something.

Aarto And The Old Boys

A current issue in my music is length. I can't seem to write a song that hits 3 minutes. I don't know how to make a long song without repeating too much, sometimes. I have done some 5 minute tracks that are very strong because of their length. It makes it feel more complete. But I just can't break the formula of my music. I broke the old Sonic structure of verse, chorus, verse, chorus, instrumental to end but now I need to expand somehow and make longer more complete songs. I can and have done my share of 3-4 minute songs but it's hard to get there. and I don't know how necessary it is. 

Maybe my songs don't need to be that long on average though. To me you can't make a song under 2:20 or it's not really a song. I like the classic Beatles song length. Do a lot in little time is my ideal but I think maybe I need to make songs that are atleast 3:30 to 4. My songs are largely the same in structure also. 

I kind of want to make Goof Rock again. I want to do new things and write serious songs about my life but I feel the results are not as good as my careless quickly written goof rock songs that are more electric and moving. Maybe an issue is how safe my music is now versus this time 2 years ago when I was in Sonic City. No more doing anything wild. I want to make good tunes so bad but my music maybe is plain now. But I don't want to go back to thinking things like "Love Ballad #282", "Idol Eyes", "Lovely Maidens Burn The Garden" and the Krayon EP are okay because they aren't. So I might be doing okay.

MR Pub / Re: Dream Thread
« on: January 05, 2019, 07:11:31 AM »
I had a dream BAND-MAID performed where I work. Kanami wasn't there and Akane was sitting at a computer playing, well nothing, but there was still drums. They played some unknown slow track and Saiki came over to talk to me and my friend. She was holding 4 apple slices and was like "I like to share apple slices with boys" before walking off with a large wagon full of boxes of maple syrup. Miku spoke in perfectly broken English and was like "we play song Canadians will love" before they performed "Take Me Higher!". Suddenly it went from like 5 people watching to 50. Everyone was making fun of Miku's guitar playing. Then they mention how they went to our famous Finnish restaurant known for the pancakes, and I invited them to my Grandma's for way better pancakes. and that was that. 

I had another dream a while ago where I was chasing Sanic around the city and it was...actually terrifying and it's likely good I don't remember it all. It was like running around the tightest corners and suddenly a hotel where the walls where closing in. Hanamaru from Love Live Sunshine was also in it for some reason.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Slam's Art
« on: January 04, 2019, 12:58:20 PM »
Nice sketches, the faces are done very well, good definition and style. I like how you drew the noses and lips especially. That's a tight water bottle also.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Rusinstein's Illustrations
« on: January 04, 2019, 12:53:38 PM »
Good new arts, I'd watch the underboob physics there and hips, leg proportions, but otherwise it's solid! Your characters look so smooth and soft, the Giantess one is well done and the up top perspective one also.

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: January 03, 2019, 05:38:00 PM »
Listening to every BiSH release/song in order because, I don't know I guess I felt some major early 2016 vibes and I like the group a lot so let's go. 


My friend told me about the group before their second album, I thought it was cool but it took me a while to understand fully what BiSH is. They are called a Punk group without instruments, unlike other Alt Idols they make very driving, melodically sound and always emotive powerful Rock music. There are not so many harmonies or multi singing parts, the sound of BiSH is in the emotion each girl brings to her vocal part. By having one vocal at a time it makes for a much stronger and focused sound overall. The music is Hard Rock, Punk, Metal, and other aesthetics over J-Rock/Pop basically. BiSH is a seriously strong group! and they get better and better, which is the nice thing about following prolific artists.

This first album has many classics. Only half of the current line-up is on here, the vocals are great all around. AiNA THE END hadn't quite unleashed her inner monster, and I'm still not sure which voice is Hug Mii's. "Spark" is one of the best Alt Idol songs ever, a really well composed song that starts things perfectly. "BiSH -Hoshi ga Matataku Yoru ni-" kicks it, the song they performed something like 10 times in a row without breaks during one concert. "MONSTERS" kicks buttocks, it's one of their heaviest and most smashing tracks. Most of the good songs made it to FAKE METAL JACKET, but there are stand out here like "School Girls Bang Bang". "Pirapiro" is amazing! The verses are super heavy then it switches easily to something more melodic. "Karada Ideology" is the only truly insane song on here. Overall this is a great album, it's full of amazing songs with a great style and kick. 

The single from 2015 is "OTNK" with 2 b-sides. The title track is a Celtic metal song about erections, it's great. "NO THANK YOU" is a strong track. "MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE" is a weirdo tune without lyrics, just "na-na-na's", it's a creative tune.



This is the first time I've listened to the album since it came out 3 years ago. BiSH adds Atsuko, who has the weakest voice but the coolest look in the group and LingLing, easily the weirdest member. After listening to BRAND NEW iDOL SH!T there are a lot of the same songs with the exact same track, just new vocals. It's little difference, atleast they are really good songs. "Primitive" is the first new song and my God it's amazing, a masterpiece. The composition is on point, the chorus is catchy and strong, and AiNA's performance makes it all come together. Great guitar parts also. "Departures" is a favorite. "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE" is amazing, it's a nice soft song that ends then kicks it into the highest gear the album hits in it's last half.

FAKE METAL JACKET is good, but it's not as strong as the first album. Despite having more of the group, and the beginning of AiNA's voice emerging, it's just not nearly as good song for song. It does have "Primitive" however. It's a little bit too long I think, it could lose a song. But overall it's very good! I mean it still has "Spark" which is a special song for me and yes, I'll mention "Primitive" only one more time.

The single from 2016 is "DEADMAN", the group released a minute and a half Hardcore Punk song for their Major Label debut single. It's awesome, really awesome. The b-side "Earth" is a good heavy track, it's a slammer with an aggressive repetitive vocal and energy. It has "DEADMAN"'s power with...melody.



With Ayuni D, BiSH as they are today was complete. Ayuni D is my favorite member, she has a great sneer, her solo project PEDRO is excellent, and she added so much to the group. On "Hontou Honki" we see her importance right away. The way this album begins is ridiculous, "DEADMAN" and "First Kitchen Life" serve as a heavy duty one two punch. "Stairway To Me" has a section that recalls the pre-solo of "Stairway To Heaven" and it has a big gear shift with one of the only big guitar solos in BiSH's music. The song is simply fantastic! The second half is basically a big jam, with an organ solo even, it's the only like it BiSH have ever done. "IDOL is SH!t" is some 2000's Emo Rock.

"Hontou Honki" is I think BiSH's best and most iconic song yet. The video is great and Ayuni D being upfront (and writing the excellent lyrics) along with AiNA and Atsuko on the choruses is fantastic. It's hard hitting and the Iron Maiden style guitar passage makes the song as great as it is. Especially when the piano plays the same thing in the catchy chorus. It's just a great fricking track and plays on everything great about BiSH in one song. It's an altogether amazing track the the highest moment the group has reached yet. Lingling gets her big moment on "Am I FRENZY??" a really heavy kick ass track. Basically KiLLER BiSH is an excellent well put together album, it's great song for song to the end. 

Also including the 2017 single "Promise The Star". One of the band's best "ballad" songs, it's a very strong hard rocking track with good strings and a familiar melody. The b-side "Help!!" is like an early Scandal song with it's guitar part and robotic vocals, a cool song. You gotta look out for BiSH's b-sides they sneak in some good ones.



The 5 song mini-album. I actually haven't heard this before. "GiANT KiLLERS" is amazing, it's a real epic with great vocal arrangements and a real killer chorus. Every member gives it all on this song, it's really really great. The other songs are decent, some good ones like "Marionette". "VOMiT SONG" is really good, it breaks things up a bit from being the same. This is a solid EP overall.


The Guerrilla BiSH 

It was on when I heard "My Landscape", I realized BiSH had reached the next level, and this was only furthered with "GiANT KiLLERS". I've listened to this album a few times and it's really good. The whole thing comes together very well, it might not have the best tracks song by song but the whole thing is great. "FOR HiM" is my second favorite BiSH song with an even more Iron Maiden style guitar bit. I absolutely love this song, like "Spark" it's important to me. "Pearl" is great, "Promise The Star" is phenomenal, "SMACK baby SMACK" is cool, "JAM" is nice. I think after listening to every album today, I don't think this is their best album. This one does have a lot of faster rockers that come and go really quickly, I don't really know when "BODiES" ends and "ALLS" begins. It's strong moments are really great however.


2018 Singles

BiSH spent 2018 with tie-in singles for games, anime and dramas, aside from the song "NON TIE-UP", which indicates it not being in a tie-in by it's title. They have become more popular this year, and I'm sure found some new fans from having a song in Black Clover. "PAiNT iT BLACK" has a cool music video, the song itself is alright, nothing amazing. The b-side "SCHOOLYARD" is better. "Life Is Beautiful/Hide The Blue" are standard songs but good ones. The music video for "Life Is Beautiful" actually made me cry, so that was weird. They did that beginning of Up thing. It's a good low key type song. If you know anime songs well you've heard "HiDE THE BLUE", atleast the piano intro, the song is actually pretty good though, it has a lot of edge and kick.

"NON TiE-UP" is good old BiSH, but the mix sucks. It's too loud and the vocals suffer. I like how edgy it is, it has the phrase "Lick my titties, harden your dicks". Like "PAiNT iT BLACK" the music video is better than the song, man BiSH have great videos! They are so memorable. "stereo future" grew on me big time. It's a really great exciting song. The strings are awesome and add a great element to the track, it has a good beat and vocals. It's pretty intense as well. The b-side "S H ! T" is Ayuni D heavy, which means it's awesome! It's pretty strong overall.


I love BiSH. They might not be an obsession like Seiko, BAND-MAID and others but they are just a really great solid as hell group with lots of raw passion and great tunes. Ayuni D is really shaping up to be a new J-Pop icon for me. PEDRO proved she was way cooler than she seemed at first. Listening to BiSH all day was maybe not my best idea but it was worth it anyway because I felt like it.

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: January 01, 2019, 06:02:10 PM »
The first playlist of the year! Breaking new gate. I love that phrase but I know it means nothing.

The Smiths : I Want The One I Can't Have
BAND-MAID : Thrill
Nirvana : Heart-Shaped Box
Bob Dylan : Visions of Johanna
Elvis Presley : Love Me         
The Rolling Stones : Time Is On My Side
Kero Kero Bonito : Make Believe
Daft Punk : Instant Crush     
Michael Jackson : Baby Be Mine   
Bee Gees : Too Much Heaven
Japanese Breakfast : The Woman That Loves You
9nine : Shining Star
YOU'LL MELT MORE! : Gorogoro Meditation
Utada Hikaru : Letters
Mika Nakashima : Find The Way
Seiko Oomori : Kimi ni Todoku na - kitixxxgaia ver.         
Bruce Springsteen : Empty Sky
The Replacements : Can't Hardly Wait
BiSH : Spark '16
miwa : We Are The Light 
Lorde : The Lourve
Louis Cole : Things
BRADIO : You Make Me Feel Brand New   
Linkin Park : The Messenger
Led Zeppelin : Your Time Is Gonna Come
George Harrsion : If Not For You   
Def Leppard : Hysteria
Sonic Youth : The Diamond Sea - Radio Edit


Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: January 01, 2019, 03:11:51 PM »
I'm breaking new gate.

I have a reason to write songs again. Every album cycle I try to get something, a burning need to write then I use it all up and look for it again. I basically destroyed myself to rebuilt myself by writing 7 songs in one night almost 2 weeks ago and doing a few things to improve myself. I had what I think might be a catalyst moment last night also. My music is always a reflection of me when I make it, always. Otherwise it sucks. and to make good music I feel I have to destroy and rebuilt, a simple enough cycle.

Isn't it strange how serious I can be?  :push:

Now we can ignore that the chords are "Kanan's School Of Sunshine" but different rhythm and order, because my past music doesn't matter. It's time for me to just, try and suck less and less and really stand proud behind the Kanttila name. This is the perfect song for me to start 2019 and my next album I feel. The next set is "Infinite Human Machine".

Nothing Left For You

MR Pub / Chit Chat 2019
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:14:10 AM »
A new year, a new Chit Chat thread. Let's chit, let's chat and let's make way more pages than last year's 32. 

MR Pub / Happy New Years 2019, Resolutions & Absolutions
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:11:21 AM »
Welcome to 2019, what will it be this year?

Post whatever, the classic resolutions or whatever else.

For me 2018 was a year of coasting, but it was a very simple year and overall I learnt a lot about myself and the world. I dropped out of college end of 2017 and got a job the beginning of 2018. From here I've really just kind of went about my day to day. But then Kansas happened, which I've talked about many times. The first week of July was the most important week of my life in such a long time. A lot was unearthed for me and in this major life experience I came back...with intense melancholy. At my highest moment in so long, it had felt like my working had paid off! But the day I came home I was hit with this grayness that didn't lift until the last week of December. It was honestly the only remarkable week of my 2018, which is fine, atleast I had one amazing week.

I realized that you can have these high points but you will just go back to normal life, this is a reality that is obvious but you need to experience it! My life has not quite felt the same since KC, I felt the last half of 2018 was super coasting! But from all my experiences at my job and stuff I've come to really realize the value of my friends and family and realize how lucky I am in so many ways. I really realized how important the relationships I have with other people are. 

I did a few things that scared me in 2018. It took me forever to get to the point where I said, yes I'm going to Kansas. Thanks to the amazing show A Place Further Than The Universe, I came to this resolution firmly. That show was very important to motivating me, it went into my top 10 anime for sure. I have a lot about myself that I need to change in order to meet my "dreams". I have a lot of hindering qualities and I have limited myself and for no reason prevented myself from going anywhere. I have held myself back for way too long.

In 2019 I want to finally form a fricking band or atleast find people to jam with. I want to make a ton more music as always, but I need to take it out of my basement! I want to strengthen some of my friendships and maybe make some new ones. I made some important new friends this year and it helped me come to a lot of realizations about myself and the world. I want to try to keep turning a new page in 2019 and write my story where I left off the day I came home from KC. I won't make big statements, I'll just see how it goes.

2018 was my great coasting year. This year I imagine I'll go back to school and who knows what else might happen? I'll just wait and see. I'm 22, now's the time to get the most out of life I can and not look back in regret, not for the things I did, but for the things I didn't do. I regret heavily chances and opportunities I missed since 2014, oh my God do I ever have big regrets for what I haven't done, but I will learn and I will try to not pass up on things so easily. Time to be a little less of a loser maybe.



MR Pub / Re: Milestones
« on: December 28, 2018, 10:45:28 PM »
It's my 5 year anniversary of joining the forum!  :ohmy:

You know, I'm in a pretty reflective mood these last few days, but I'll spare the big speech, that I would normally do (edit this was a lie). You never know what your choices will lead to. Of course there is a lot between joining a message board in your last year of high school to post your art pictures and going to Kansas half a decade later to meet your online friends you met here. Which is basically the biggest thing you can do in this context. When I think of all the big moments in the last 5 years of my life they can connect back here in some way. When I read my past posts it's like looking at where I was in my head at those times. I'm good at remembering dates and "eras" in my life, so this works out anyway. This forum hasn't been exciting since 2016, but that doesn't matter. It's a home base I check everyday and post, mostly about music.

It's strange to think the biggest thing the forum did for me was get me to make my own music, but that's the nature of it all eh. It's just like this kind of pop in and see what's up kind of things, everyone has their own things whatever it is. and maybe we all have some kind of youthful dream when we join and then growin' up happens and now, damnit what am I meant to do to make it through my 20's successfully? If you read my first post it's a bit different from me now, I used to think I would get to where I wanted to be, in a matter of time. I used to draw thinking some sort of magic would happen and I'd suddenly get somewhere, like in early 2014 when I would listen to "Under Star" the first Hajime no Ippo intro before I started drawing like, boom this is it. I used to jam along to Ac/Dc songs in my basement thinking I'd suddenly be on stage with a band. and then I realized, nothing happens unless you yourself make it happen. and nothing comes to you if you don't allow it to, or even open yourself to try.

I have discovered the most about life that I have yet this year, and perhaps I will talk about that a bit more on New Years, but I haven't found out many things we all find out one day in our own way. and I can say that unlike any other message board I've ever been on this forum, no the people on this forum have had some kind of mark on me. There are always those little things that inspire us to do whatever, be it just putting together a song of terrible phone recordings and seeing where it goes or seeing something that makes you go "ya I need to do that".       

Seeing as I joined the forum when I was 17 it's strange to think what those 5 years represent and how bits of that have been logged on here, as I'm sure is the same with other people. Even if it's a playlist I posted in 2015, and it has the same songs like "I'm Only Sleeping", "Summer Song", "take@chance", "Emotion" etc. it's all little bits that really only mean anything to me but are here anyway.

This is mostly just meaningless word barf, but I kind of wanted to do this so...I did it. There you go, just some words about this and that. 5 years of being on this forum, and active for every month of that, well besides the one month I didn't post in 2014, I did it to see if anyone would notice I was gone, how pathetic my thoughts where for that. So ya whatever, another year, now 5 years, half a decade, whatever you want to call it, that time has passed since that afternoon I was like, "let's find a manga art forum to join" and somehow this one, with my first impression being one of Lego's old avatars and his "real life has wack graphics" personal text, was the one to join.

Well, neat.

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: December 28, 2018, 08:38:53 PM »
You'll Melt More!, Youtopia

This is a really good album. 15 tracks of non-stop Alt Idol greatness. It's high powered and full of energy. Fantastic choruses, melodies and performances. You'll Melt More! is more straight idol in their music, but with an edge. The instrumentation is awesome here, it really pumps and the synth and guitar bits are awesome. "Night Hiking" is a big time highlight with it's electro bass, breezy feel and rap-ish bridge. I can't list all the highlights since virtually every song on this album is awesome. The music is so strong, everything just works so well here. I love how groups like You'll Melt More! can take all the good parts of idol music and make it even better! There is an edge and real passion and feel good power to this album. I really like it!


GANG PARADE Takes Themselves Higher! 

One of the WACK groups I haven't gotten into yet. This album begins with a heavy sound, the vocals are mixed lower over the hard hitting music, but as it goes on there is more variety. "Are You Kidding?", "Futsu No Nichijo" and "FOUL" are three fantastic songs one after the other. It just keeps going. "Plastic 2 Mercy" is awesome. The beginning was meh, but this album really gets good as it goes on. Short as well, around 30 minutes. It wasn't as heavy as I thought it would be, a surprise and a good one. I like it.   


Music / Re: 2018 In Music
« on: December 28, 2018, 07:43:56 PM »
Ending the thread with my top 10 albums, which me and Pipe already did in this fine ep right here. My list is vaguely updated. 

1. BAND-MAID : World Domination

I've said my fair share about this band, the greatest straight on Rock band is such a long time. BAND-MAID is a true miracle and this is a smash hit of an album that finally kicks them off and shows everything great about them. I'll say it again, BAND-MAID make the grade.
2. Seiko Oomori : Kusokawa Party 

Another album in Seiko's yearly cycle, urgent, aggressive, and high energy. While it's scaled back from her previous 3 releases, Kusokawa Party is a powerful statement and more tune based than before, with each song feeling like it's own thing. Seiko continues to deliver ripping tracks like Shinigami, GIRL'S GIRL, Last Dance etc. Packing remarkable passion and energy in her delivery. But time will remember this as a weak album in her discography, provided her how her next ones are.

3. Haru Nemuri : Haru To Shura 

A great combination of J-Pop, Noisy Rock, Rap, Shoegaze etc. Haru makes a strong artist statement, the album is aggressive and full of fantastic songs. It's well put together and paced, Haru comes out as an exciting new artist with this album.

4. Palm : Rock Island 

I don't know how to define this album, one of the only times I've heard something recently and been truly confused and in awe of a new sound. Western Indie music is (for me) mostly the same old garbage over and over. But Rock Island is a truly stunning and gripping new sound like literally nothing I've ever heard.

5. Scandal : Honey     
[img height=150https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/61/Scandal_Honey.jpg/220px-Scandal_Honey.jpg[/img]http://Over a decade into their career Scandal make their best album yet. Energetic garage rock feel with a sweet style. The band feels more raw then before and delivers both awesome rock songs and sweet breezy warm tracks. It's a to the point album of great tunes.

6. PEDRO : zoozoosea 

Aggressive Rock mini album from BiSH's Ayuni D. A really cool set of tunes with a lot of raw attitude. Ayuni D isn't a great singer and that works perfectly for the music she has a great sneer that is fully realized on her own. There are some really great songs on here. zoozoosea is a lot more exciting than BiSH's, not bad, but lesser 2018. I hope for more from PEDRO. 

7. Kero Kero Bonito : Time 'n' Place 

The group move into a more "vapour" sound with a lot of Indie Rock elements. It's a varied album where the group try a lot of new things and expand their sound greatly from the previous release. There are some fantastic tracks like Time Today and Swimming.

8. Litku Klemetti : Taika Tapahtuu

Weirdo Finnish Indie Rock album with some elements of 70's Post Punk. A very melodic album with great vocals and a fun Halloween keyboard.

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Kind of cheating because this album has old songs on it, but it's finally an album from Dots, the shoegaze idols. I kind of love this album, it has powerful Shoegaze melancholy over idol singing, a great combo that makes for a very strong album of amazing tunes.

10. PassCode : Locus 

Also cheating because it's an Indies re-record album but man PassCode is awesome. A really unique and powerful group with a crazy blend of styles that's overwhelming and always changing even in the same song.

For 2019 I hope for another BAND-MAID album, they are releasing some new tracks in January. I think they might take a break after how World Domination was, but they haven't had an off year yet. I don't know what Seiko will do with ZOC and everything, she hasn't even released a single after Kusokawa Party so maybe we won't get another album from her? Likely a new BiSH album, which I assumed would of happened this year. One can assume 2019 will be the year for the next Carly Rae album.

I want to listen to more next year, since I've been lazy this year. There was atleast World Domination, the super star album of the year. Sometimes I feel Kusokawa Party isn't that good but it seems I like it a lot everytime I listen to it. I hope Seiko doesn't continue with songs like "Tokyo To Kyou" on her albums. I should look more into these music scenes I like so much. There is way more to the Alt Idol world than BiSH, Seiko and Passcode. I fixate on certain artists too much, but that's how I've always been. I like when I can connect with an artist/group like that.

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