Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day 4: X Japan - Blue Blood (1989)

I've been aware of X Japan for a while, mainly through videos of their insane live shows in Japan. For those who don't know, X Japan are sort of a glam metal / ballad-y / thrash-y sort of rock band from Japan. Out there, they were (are) HUGE, but here they aren't really well known outside of their home land. Their main guitarist "hide" died a few years back and only recently have they started playing anything since the late 90's.

Anyways, Blue Blood was one of their first albums. The first few tracks especially are pretty speedy, and later in the album there are a few of the more symphonic rock and ballad type songs like Endless Rain. You can immediately tell this band is Japanese, even in their more metal moments, because they just sound so damn cheesy. Lots of major chords and classical style chord progressions going on. Still it's a fun listen I suppose. I really, really love the drummer Yoshiki. He not only writes and plays really awesome drum parts, but he writes the majority of the rest of the music himself also. Pretty admirable.

Overall the album is a decent run of kinda cheesy glam metal. I think I'll stick to watching their live videos though.

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