And here we have the second Akatsuki track that was released recently, part of the HELLOHELL album. This one, Reverse Rebirth Trigger, was released on YouTube on July 29th.
The name for this song is a fun little play on the katakana リバース (“rebasu”), which can both mean “Reverse” and “Rebirth”, as that’s what both of these words end up becoming when converted into kana. So while リバース (“rebasu”) is only written once in the title, it can simultaneously hold both meanings.
Normally I look at the original tracks, but I’m feeling lazy right now. That, and there are four ZUN tracks listed for what inspired this one, so I’m just gonna pass on that this time.
The lyrics for Reverse Rebirth Trigger are pretty cool, so I’d recommend turning on the closed captioning if you’re going to watch the PV and listen. And they really fit the tone of this song, which is anger.
Stack has produced some amazing vocals for countless songs by this point, but man, every time I hear a song like this, I can’t help but feel like it’s her best work. So much emotion and power go into the vocals of this one that I had goosebumps while listening to it the first few times. I feel like Reverse Rebirth Trigger isn’t as catchy as HELLOHELL, but for me, it’s more addicting because of Stack’s vocals. That, and I love the powerful tone the song carries overall.
This song reminds me of how I originally thought that Stack was several different singers when I started listening to Akatsuki Records, because her vocal range is just so damn extensive. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has made that mistake, and I’m sure I’m not the only one thoroughly impressed by her range. I would even go so far as to say that Stack has a wider range / variety of vocals than any other singer I’ve ever heard.
If you listen to an earlier Akatsuki track, KILLOVE FIREPROOF, you can hear that while Stack still clearly had a powerful voice, it didn’t carry as much of a visceral edge to it. Maybe this is also influenced by the sound production itself, but I feel like at least part of the change can be attributed to her talent / growth as a singer.
And just for fun, and a trip down memory lane, you can also compare this to LOVE EAST, the first Stack song I ever listened to, and the beginning of everything. Big thanks to YouTube for recommending it, not even sure how it happened, but I’m grateful to have found such an amazing talent here. The second song I listened to was WARNING×WARNING×WARNING, another great track, featuring Stack’s wacky singing voice.
I’ll share one more song, because I can, which is Necromantic, which has much more relaxed vocals.
I’ve written about all of these songs on the blog, as well.
Anyways, I guess this post became a little bit about Stack’s vocals across many songs, but then again, it’s basically tradition for me to gush about Stack’s vocals in these posts. I feel like it’s not a proper Akatsuki Records discussion if Stack and her amazing vocals aren’t brought up at some point. It really is cool to hear all that she’s capable of, and then more, with new releases.
Back to it though, Reverse Rebirth Trigger is just an excellent song. One that’s very bold, and a great example of how it feels like Stack / Akatsuki Records have really been pushing the envelope lately! And not just with vocals, but with the arrangements as well. Great stuff, all around.
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.