|Album Title:||Ring Your Bell|
|Anime Title:||Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works|
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||May 13, 2015|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, iTunes|
|01. ring your bell||Kalafina||5:17|
|02. Koibito no Mukashigatari no Yuugure no||Kalafina||5:06|
|03. ring your bell (in the silence)||Kalafina||1:36|
|04. ring your bell ~TV size~||Kalafina||1:32|
Review: Kalafina’s departure from their usual repertoire of dark, brooding songs is sufficient to be a breath of fresh air. Their latest single, Ring Your Bell, is lofty and cheery, fitting within that pleasant change of pace that I’ve been wanting to hear for a good long while. The guitar introduction and the driving rhythm instill the song with a hopeful energy, one that becomes more apparent in the way the piece swells. Hikaru’s lead-in, with her light lilts, strengthen that optimism and the song rides that tone all the way to the chorus and beyond.
It’s in the chorus where hope turns into full-blown aspiration. The intensity increases, bringing lofty sentiments to the fore, culminating in the titular line “Ring your bell and raise your song”, where the trio of Kalafina soars in their delivery. Although the stanzas revert back to the steady optimism, their spirited sentiments materialize once more during the bridge, maintaining the emphatic flair that pulls the listener along until the piece closes out on that impassioned lilt.
In a contrast to the A-side’s sentiments, the B-side, “Koibito no Mukashigatari no Yuugure no” returns to Kalafina’s standard repertoire with its dark and foreboding aura delivered through Wakana’s solo. The vibes it carries are more strained, the delivery suspenseful, accompanied by hints of suffering. But when so many of their songs fall into this mold, each subsequent Kalafina entry becomes less memorable. “Koibito no Mukashigatari no Yuugure no” falls by the wayside as a result. Its distortions and heavy rhythms along with its ponderous, tortured chorus do less to help the song stand out than it does to feed into the notion that this song was just lazily conceived. Par for a B-side, I suppose.
In the broadest sense, “Ring your bell” is less about pushing new bounds or rocking listeners’ socks off than it is about deviating from Kalafina’s normal melancholy fare. Because of that, its soaring chorus and air of optimism are enough to help it carry the day, and that difference alone will be enough for people to take notice.
Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works ED2 Single – Ring Your Bell