18th album is pretty loud, get your hype on. I did promise that it’s going to be loud, so how loud? Know Yuyoyuppe? Yeah, we’re stepping into hard territory now. Yuyoyuppe is pretty famous amongst you hardcore rock fans, and I am a fan of his works as well. (Not a super hardcore fan, just a fan) So, let’s take a look on one of the famous albums out there and see what I think yeah? Story of Hope, quite an old one, but quite a hard hitter.
Album: Story of Hope
Song Highlight: Story of Hope (Track 2), Palette (Track 5), Reon (Track 7), Lost Story (Track 9)
The intro is a slow intro to the next song in the album, Story of Hope. And does it do its job well? Very spectacularly, yes.
What I like
Story of Hope (Track 2) obviously talks about hope. Don’t worry; meanings aren’t too deep in these songs, I think. Here, let the subs tell you the story:
I like the way how hard it rumbles and how Luka’s voice can be excellent for rock if properly used. This is one of the few examples where I’d call the classics back then that you should listen to.
Palette (Track 5) for some reason really caught my attention a lot. I like how it began with a very fast paced piano and continued with hard rock alongside the piano. It’s one of those songs where Luka can speak English quite properly, like, I can actually understand her. I like it when hard rock doesn’t consume the singer’s voice at all. As the title suggests, it’s about color palettes, each color with its different meanings and such. Here you go:
It’s also one of those songs with slow moments, but proper execution. Some songs are slow for too long or too short, this one is just nice. Noticed that Luka doesn’t really sing too fast, and you know I hate slow songs, this one isn’t, bad. This one is nice.
Reon (Track 7) is quite a song which feels quite dark, and I’m not a fan of dark songs, but this one somehow doesn’t shun me away. This song has enough tempos and has enough power to make me excited. The song may have referred to the afterlife and how it feels to be in the afterlife. It has a relation with the song Leia (Which wasn’t highlighted) so to summarize, Leia is like a prologue to this. I guess if I were to make a smart guess, forced love brings your own doom…? Here you go, both Leia and Reon, tell me what you think:
Lost Story (Track 9) is an instant 5 star. Yes, 5 star. I loved this song to death. I love how this song feels like a war. It puts me in the middles of war in fact. If I can direct an animation about it, I want to use this. The theme itself is dark enough. Look:
It has a very strong emphasis on darkness in its lyrics, almost apocalyptic. 1:45 is the best part for me. It’s intense and has so much energy in it. Miku’s strong voice alongside hard rock? What else can I ask for? To make it even better, this song feels like it was orchestrated, the feeling of that last song before you die. Yup, 5 stars, I love this.
What I don’t like
Though there are some songs I did not point out in the highlights and in my personal opinions, there’s nothing too off themed or awkward in this album, so that’s fine.
Honestly, most songs didn’t get my highlight because some kinds of rock don’t click for me for some reason. I do like rock, but not all of them. That’s why some of them only clicked for me, so if you liked other songs that I have no highlighted, just remember, I’m not a huge sucker for rock. I’m a fan, not a hyper fan of rock.
The Last 8 Bars (Track 14) for some reason feels like a song that could be used in a game where you are in some kind of room and having a visual novel session. However, that’s the background if Miku’s voice wasn’t in it. I wish I could get an instrumental of this. I usually don’t prefer singing in background music like these, so it’s my opinion. Though some songs do it well like in Persona, but let’s not go too far yeah? I’ll say the same too for 7/8 (Track 15) as well…
Okay, I didn’t highlight Hope (Track 8) and also, there is a “My Eggplant Died Yesterday ver.”. Of course, I was like, what? It’s Yuppe singing though, my hunch says so because Yuppe does sing. Anyway, I wasn’t a fan of the original; this one is just a cover, not really a fan of any of them.
This album will make sure you stay awake for a party or something. If you enjoy heart pounding rock, well get it.
Should you buy this album? : Yes
Will Deathspark buy this album? : Yes
Reason: It has Lost Story in it, and that’s the only reason I’m suckered enough to buy it.
4/5, though there was a 5 star, that doesn’t mean it’s the only song in the album.