Femme Fatale -New Band- (Kaya as integrant)

Discussion in '+schwarz stein+' started by Decadent Child, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. Manneking -member- -member-

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    Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:45 am

    My copy shipped today & I'm quite happy to scan the credits/lyrics etc for the regular edition. My bank gave me so charges this month so I couldn't order the Limited (I also wasn't sure whether I would incur customs charges either).

    If you don't want to order the CD, Amazon has the MP3's for the regular version up.

    Oh, and according to one of the member's blogs, they will be releasing their first album around August! I thought they had a decent selection of songs so I'm happy an album release is on the horizon.
  2. Moizer -member- -member-

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    Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 10:04 am

    Yeahh! Got the single off amazon for like 1.99... totally worth it! I love Kaya's current direction.
  3. Manneking -member- -member-

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    Posted: Tue Jun 3, 2014 12:48 pm

    Hey guys, I've scanned the single (finally) -- It arrived on Saturday but my scanner was on the blinker x.x

    I got the B-edition (normal) and by 'photo dress up' it comes with an alternate jacket. Mine came with CHARGEEEEEE but I'm assuming there's another 4 alternates.

    The lyrics are all there so if anyone wishes to translate them, feel free. I've made sure that if you view them in explorer/zoom out that you'll be able to read them. The production credits are all there too.

    For those who just wanna known about Composition; both tracks were written by Kaya (lyrics) / Iori (music) and it was produced by FF. Kaya took over for the art direction / design. I'm hoping some of the other members pitch in -- I'd love to hear a Kaya/CHARGEEEEEE track or a composition by TaNa. He looks kickass in the video too.

    Oh yes, anyway, here are the scans:


    And since it hasn't been reported yet, 'Freya' officially went up on Youtube by their label(?) SPACE SHOWER MUSIC:

  4. Wandering_Fox -current- -current-

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    Posted: Tue Jun 3, 2014 1:39 pm

    I actually really like the chorus of this song! This might be some of Kaya's best vocal work since Schwarz Stein. I'm not a huge fan of the background music or the verses, but the chorus is definitely worth the listen!
  5. Koji -member- -member-

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    Posted: Tue Jun 3, 2014 4:26 pm

    @Manneking is there any possibility to know which member is on the alternate cover if say... I was buying it in a normal shop? XD I'd cry so much if I got any other than Kaya's...

    A new mini-album was announced:

    Mini-Album Release 06/08/2014
    2 type


    1. Walhalla (Instrumental)
    2. L'Oiseau Bleu
    3. Luftschloss
    4. Afterglow
    5. The Fatal Day


    1. Walhalla (Instrumental)
    2. Digitalis
    3. BABEL
    4. Crimson Nail
    5. SALOME

    So yeah... it was hard to just make a 9-songs album I guess, duh..
  6. Manneking -member- -member-

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    Posted: Tue Jun 3, 2014 5:25 pm

    Koji wrote:
    I don't think so -- it was inside the CD so you don't know until you buy it.

    Koji wrote:
    I thought the same too. The tracks actually sound like they correspond -- I mean on one album you've got Luftschloss (castles in the air) and on the other Babel (the tower built with the intention of building a castle above the clouds); it almost sounds like it's either a story going two different directions, or two different paths that one character takes. Kaya has done the storytelling stuff before, so if he takes that a bit further it could be a cool release.

    I think the blanche/noir theme will probably correspond with the moods of the songs too. Blanche sounds like it'll be a little softer, whilst Noir has some tracks (like Salome) that sound like they'll be heavier.

    Although I agree; it could have at least been created as a 2-in-1 release :|
  7. inertia -member- -member-

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    Posted: Wed Jun 4, 2014 5:18 am

    Manneking wrote:
    I was wondering about that too. I went to two concerts, and I've been trying to remember which songs I might have liked. "the Fatal Day" stands out because it's completely different -- bright, lively, full of pop influences. IMO it's their best song, and judging from the crowd atmosphere when it was played I think a lot of other people would agree. Most of the other songs were quite dark and aggressive. To me they blurred together and left me unmoved, and I wasn't able to recall them when I saw the set lists tweeted after the concerts.
  8. faith -tea party- -tea party-

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    Posted: Wed Jun 4, 2014 6:38 am

    Wandering_Fox wrote:
    Agreed - Kaya's voice is great.
    But I didn't like the music in Salome or Babel, and I don't like the music here either.
    This band is not for me.

    I'll still translate the lyrics if no one else does over the next few weeks - let me know.
  9. Manneking -member- -member-

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    Posted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:18 pm

    Anyone managed to find lyric translations? I've searched around and haven't found anything yet.

    Also, is anyone buying one or both of the mini-albums? I'm waiting until the previews to see which one sounds better, but I'm sure CDJapan will probably have first press/bonus extras for anyone buying both.
  10. Manneking -member- -member-

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    Posted: Sun Aug 3, 2014 9:34 am

    Hate to double post, but since nobody added anything new:

    Previews are up for both albums on 7Digital:

    http://www.7digital.com/artist/femme-fa ... sheim-noir

    http://www.7digital.com/artist/femme-fa ... im-blanche

    I'm really enjoying Babel and Luftschloss -- Kaya sounds full of vehemence in the former and the composition in the latter sounds relatively interesting. The Fatal Day & Afterglow sound cool and the Salome track could be a real winner if it's heavier then it's predecessor.

    The covers though... Noir looks cool, Blanche is just really typical v-kei, like something you'd see on Kiwamu's label ::hora::

    Anyways, I ordered NOIR so I'll happily upload the scans if anybody wants to translate them?
  11. Moizer -member- -member-

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    Posted: Sat Aug 9, 2014 11:55 am

    Has anyone checked out the release? It's worth the cash imo and it's easily bought online, thank god.

    The vocal freakout kaya has in Crimson Nail is amazing lmao. Noir was better than Blanche but both had cool songs. Blanche reminds me more of oldschool VK where Noir has more modern elements. Kaya is making me so happy lately :)
  12. Manneking -member- -member-

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    Posted: Sat Aug 9, 2014 2:00 pm

    I bought both (Blanche for download, Noir physical release) so I can scan the lyrics for the latter.

    Blanche is the weaker imo, though Luftschloss and The Fatal Day are alright. I definitely agree with the old school VK comment though; Noir is definitely the greater release. I'm really surprised, since the Freya single was good, but it wasn't especially great.

    I think Kaya found his footing with tracks like Babel and Crimson Nail because the latter sounded so average from the previews but around 2:20 it gets pretty insane. Definitely one of the most disturbing parts of the whole release. I was really surprised by how heavy they went actually!

    Also, that falsetto in Babel? He's definitely being pushed by Iori's compositions to do some more intricate vocal work, something that was lacking in his solo-work. If anyone gets curious, definitely download Babel & Crimson Nail (or Spotify them, at the very least).
  13. PureElegance -eternite- eternite

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    Posted: Sat Aug 9, 2014 11:02 pm

    Yuki-sama wrote:
    Really? I actually prefer Kaya feminine for some reason. I prefer someone like Mana as a guy, for some reason.

    I'm so late, but I've loved Kaya for a hundred years (just put my signed Ouka poster up in my bedroom, haha) and listened to Freya and some of the new songs.

    Freya isn't my favorite song of his, but I really love his voice in it. I don't think I'll put it on my phone though. I don't think the song really stands out even though it's not a bad song.

    Babel... I'm not sure, maybe it's kind of too "rock" for me, but while I don't hate the song it's not something I'll listen to again and again like Kaya's other songs. It doesn't really stand out to me or catch my interest.

    Digitalis... I like it better than Babel. I wasn't interested enough to listen to the whole thing though.

    Akaihana... I like it... I think... I couldn't remember it a second after I listened to it though. I feel like I've heard it before...

    Luftschloss... Oh, I really like this one. It's much slower than the ones above, it's definitely not as aggressive as the others, but I love the guitars and the drums. It reminds me of a lop-sided castle or something teetering. The guitar solos at 2:45 are cool and not over the top or too outside of the theme of the song. I started to dislike songs by Versailles and the like because the solos would become big productions and the songs long for no good reason. Anyway, I keep liking the song the more it goes on and I'm REALLY liking the guitars here and the way they go along with his voice. I also like that the song doesn't speed up much and returns at the end to the beginning in a way.

    Crimson Nail... Nah. Another aggressive rock song. It's not bad and it has some cool parts, but yeah. I feel like I'm being dragged through most of the songs so far.

    The Fatal Day... I really liked the beginning, but then it got a bit rockish, then back to how it was at the start. It's like they purposely try to inject the aggressive parts so it fits with the rest of the album. So overall I really like it when it's not too much "rock" and I really like the guitar solo here. The song is catchy and not too long. I would've liked it if the obvious rock parts were taken out (the parts that you can imagine head-banging to), but overall I really like the song. His singing is great as usual. The guitars are great in every song though, Jesus, he has some great people behind him. I'm already singing along to the song. OK, I'm really liking it!

    L'Oiseau Bleu... It's not a very head-banging rock song like most of the songs, so it's different in that sense, but I'm not really into it either. It's nice, but it's not going to stay on my mind like my favorite two.

    Salome... OK, what are they going to do with one of my favorite songs! The original was great on its own and they didn't make it any worse, but not significantly more intriguing. It's just there.

    So I dislike most of the songs on the mini-album. I normally like the rock sound, but I think the songs don't stand out THAT much and instead they remind me of other bands except with Kaya as the vocalist. I hardly remember Freya, Digitalis, Crimson Nail, etc. They're rock songs and I feel as though I've heard them all before.

    The Fatal Day and Luftschloss stand out IMO because while they have the rock sound it's not too much so they're still interesting and even a bit catchy. They make the rest of the songs look worse because of how different their sounds are, in a way. Luftschloss has a different, surreal feel from the rest of the songs. It's a song that doesn't have to go all-out to prove itself. The Fatal Day could have fallen by the wayside with the others with the ROCK YEAAAAHHHH injections that made the other songs repetitive, but it still kept its uniqueness and catchy tune. So those are the songs I like.
  14. Madmoiselle_Silk -night vision- night vision

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    Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:38 am

    I was kind of negative towards Femme Fatale because I really dislike Chargeeeeee:P and Freya was a huge disapointment, but the 2 mini albums was much better. I really like Afterglow, Kaya sounds a bit different, ina good way.
  15. faith -tea party- -tea party-

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    Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:03 pm

    There's enough info about Chargeeee...e..e? out there to dislike him?
    I'm really personally not a fan of the music compositions for the band so I'm not getting the singles.
    But I did appreciate Kaya's freakout in Crimson Nail.
    It wasn't as freakouty as the one in Cali Gari's Milkseiki but it was still fab.


    PS I'll translate the lyrics if no one else does. I'll do cocoon too in the coming week.
  16. MissUMana -member- -member-

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    Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:06 pm

  17. PureElegance -eternite- eternite

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    Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:13 pm

    faith wrote:
    omg do the fatal day and lochwhatevericantspellit XD

    I was up at around 5am listening to Kaya's "The Fatal Day" haha.
  18. Madmoiselle_Silk -night vision- night vision

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    Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:17 pm

    Well, he's played with ZIZ and he's been Közi's support member, and I just don't like his persona. He's always so hysterical.
  19. MissUMana -member- -member-

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    Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:11 pm

    Madmoiselle_Silk wrote:
    I feel exactly the same about him. He's a nuisance.
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    Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:11 pm

    MissUMana wrote:
    I just have casual disdain for all of Kozi's drunks, I didn't know anyone felt strongly about any of them individually XD