Akatsuki recently released two songs from their newest album on YouTube, also titled HELLOHELL, so looks like I’ve got a few to write about as they’re both excellent.
HELLOHELL is first up, having released on YouTube on July 22nd.
You know, I’ve come across some channels that block embeds, forcing you to view on YouTube, so I have to mention that I’m glad the Akatsuki channel isn’t like that. Yet, anyways.
So HELLOHELL is inspired by the original ZUN tracks “Pandemonic Planet” and “A World of Nightmares Never Seen Before“. So if I’ve listened to this correctly, I believe that the melody behind the verses and chorus are both from A World of Nightmares, and the melody behind the bridge after the second chorus (and maybe the ending?) is taken from Pandemonic Planet. I’ve spent a good twenty minutes listening back and forth, and this is the conclusion I’ve reached.
I’ll just say the usual here which is that the original tracks are both great, and that the Akatsuki track is also great. In this case, as it has been with more recent Akatsuki songs, I feel like the connection is more loose, and so it’s not really fair to directly compare them. The pacing, feel, and such are completely different.
HELLOHELL is an interesting song, one that you and I can even understand to a degree because it seems that Stack has been brushing up on her English lately. Older songs had some English, but I feel like this is the most I’ve heard in an Akatsuki track. By watching the PV you can pretty much follow what the song is about anyways, which is also implied in the song’s name.
The music quality behind this one is really well done, as are the vocals, which take front-and-center stage as always. I like how the verses are at a kind of conversational pace and volume, before the song just blasts you with the catchy chorus. This formula kind of reminds me of VENTEN, which had a similar contrast between verses and chorus. But HELLOHELL’s verses feel much more casual at first while building up in energy as the song moves towards the chorus.
Overall, it’s yet another excellent song by Akatsuki Records and Stack!
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.