Rating:
8.8
Vampillia - Rule The World/Deathtiny Land
April 2011


01. One Day, I Thought This World Should Be Mine. / Welcome To Deathtiny Land
02. Made My Mind To Dominate The World With No Doubt And Fresh Feeling / Misery Mouse The House
03. Day Of Departure, Be A Devil Has No Mercy And Just Move Forward / Deathtiny Land Railroad
04. Wonderfully, Whole Luck Is My Side. / Alice In Murderland
05. Feel My Almightiness And Press On Toward The Goal / Powder White And Seven Chemicals
06. Identify Myself As A King And God Whatever People Say / Goofy's Acid House
07. Well, Have Time To Play Around For Fun / Donald's Buzz
08. I Sing Cheerfully Holding A Head In My Hand. / Pirates Of Bohemian
09. A Deceptive Attack. This Is The Real Thrill. / Lady And The Tracker
10. An One-On-One Battle. This Is The Real Thrill. / Machet Popins
11. Torture Someone To Death / Alarming
12. Extermination. Do Anything. / Robberhood
13. Switch And Bomb / Melody Tinborn
14. Death Of Heart / Pinoccio's Sentimental Journey
15. Rebirth Of Heart / it's A Small Cruel World
16. What's Done Is Done. Cannot Admit It / Vulgarity Bear Playhouse
17. Keep Killing Them All In Tears / Death Electrical Parade
18. I'm Completely Lost Here Now / Peabrain Pan's Flight
19. Huge Ambition And Indiscriminant Mass Murder / Slash Mountain
20. Extermination2. Do Anything. / Big Murder Mountain
21. Use Dirty Trick, Biological Weapon. / The Libidinous King
22. H-Bomb. The Goal Is Almost There. / Tinber Hell
23. I Am The Only Man In This World Hence I Am A King And God. / Beauty And The Beefcake
24. This Is Totally Empty Feeling / Goodbye To Deathtiny Land


If you had to love one country for being nuts, it would be Japan. Vampillia is one more reason. A collective of 11 musicians presents, as the band says, a brutal orchestra. It's not far from the truth if you ask me and if I'm not being mistaken their latest effort, Rule The World/Deathtiny Land, is their second full-length to date.

Everything's obscure in here, even the duality of the title is bizarre since it's not the only part of the album which holds a twofold essence. The album has two track-lists as well with each one of them telling its very own story. There was a man who wanted to own the world, he fought hard to see his ambition turn to life and succeeded, then what? But there was another man, he had the world at his feet, yet solitude and awkwardness had become his daily routine. One day he decided to create his own little world where he could lose himself and fill the emptiness deep inside, then what? Rule The World and Deathtiny Land equally, two parallel lives, a man who wanted the world, a man who had the world, two conflicting morals gasping for different air while struggling to be in each other's position or two different periods of the same person? 28 minutes are not enough to answer all the questions, yet they are enough to blur your mind even more so as to keep on listening until you're completely lost.

Don't let orchestral aristocracy fool you, there's anarchy and frenzy in here. Imagine yourself getting lost in classical soundscapes filled with dreams, fragileness, even melancholy. All of a sudden this serene universe you're floating in collides with the fast-paced drumming and the distorted guitars that reach the limit of noise and all hell breaks loose. The strings and the piano will lull you for only one reason, to wake you up as a born-again lunatic through a massive assault of fury. The high order never embraced anarchy that much and at the same time anarchy never felt so noble, a contradiction within a contradiction.

As for the vocals, you won't know where to hide! A wide variety of operatic ones, paranoid singing, grunts and a lot more parade in front of your very eyes making the overall atmosphere even more demented and complex at the same time. And I shouldn't forget that I like the noisy approach of the percussion at times! The production is awesome during the non-frenzy orchestral moments but when everyone partakes in this asylum fest you get a mix of hell's boiling kitchen, yet oddly, it's not disturbing, it makes up really well for what the band wants to achieve, at least to my ears.

So, how does Vampillia sound like? Imagine Klaus Nomi high on shrooms moshing somewhere in an opera in Japan; ready, steady, boom!

PS.
Surprise, a song from a previous release, but it's smoking my brain cells one after the other for days now, you gotta love that clap on 1.28! Heyoah!

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 8


 



Written on 17.06.2011 by
DerRozzengarten
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Troy Killjoy - 18.06.2011 at 15:54  
The tracklist burned my eyes. Nice review.

All I remember is how crazy the tracklist is though...
Milena - 18.06.2011 at 16:43  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.06.2011 at 15:54

The tracklist burned my eyes.

+1. I thought I'm looking at entire lyrics to a song
Nice review, you're pretty hard at work these days, reviews just keep popping, and I can't stop reading
bluegreengod - 18.06.2011 at 19:48  
The track listing looks like a script for an episode of MXC.
Introspekrieg - 18.06.2011 at 21:15  
Will be checking this out, nice review!
DerRozzengarten - 18.06.2011 at 21:39  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.06.2011 at 15:54

The tracklist burned my eyes. Nice review.

All I remember is how crazy the tracklist is though...

Imagine making every first letter of every word into caps lock mode i was so pissed off i thought of giving the album an absolute zero
DerRozzengarten - 18.06.2011 at 21:42  
Written by Milena on 18.06.2011 at 16:43

Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.06.2011 at 15:54

The tracklist burned my eyes.

+1. I thought I'm looking at entire lyrics to a song
Nice review, you're pretty hard at work these days, reviews just keep popping, and I can't stop reading

Thanks a lot for reading I just love stating my opinion concerning an album, imagine some spare time, also the fact that summer exams are not as good as the winter ones due to the fact that the heat can't allow you to read that much..
Rupert - 19.06.2011 at 00:37  
Wicked review man.
MétalNoir - 19.06.2011 at 16:27  
OMG this actually sounds like Unexpect, which I thought was impossible

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