|Album Title:||Darker than BLACK: Ryuusei no Gemini Original Soundtrack|
|Anime Title:||Darker than BLACK: Ryuusei no Gemini|
|Artist:||Yasushi Ishii; Stereopony; Abingdon Boys School|
|Release Date:||December 23, 2009|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
Track List: [spoiler]
|1. Dive into the 9||Yasushi Ishii||3:56|
|2. Savage Dog Cerberus||Yasushi Ishii||3:45|
|3. Galaxy Train||Yasushi Ishii||4:39|
|4. No. 23||Yasushi Ishii||3:48|
|5. Soul Fusion||Yasushi Ishii||4:03|
|6. Jesus Cloud||Yasushi Ishii||3:36|
|7. Karura’s Flame ~karuraen~||Yasushi Ishii||3:17|
|8. Suizen Reika ~komusou~||Yasushi Ishii||3:55|
|9. Psychic Contact||Yasushi Ishii||3:46|
|10. Lighting Flash Poem||Yasushi Ishii||2:23|
|11. Candraprabha’s Tears||Yasushi Ishii||3:06|
|12. Brand New Happiness||Yasushi Ishii||3:59|
|13. Fire ~cause of a fire~||Yasushi Ishii||1:39|
|14. Laughing Vajra Kumara||Yasushi Ishii||4:01|
|15. Angular Sphere||Yasushi Ishii||4:19|
|16. Yahweh’s Forest||Yasushi Ishii||3:04|
|17. Nyogen’s Midnight Town||Yasushi Ishii||4:44|
|18. Serenade of Nirvana||Yasushi Ishii||2:06|
|19. Moonlight Guidepost ~Opening Edition~||Stereopony||1:35|
|20. From Dusk Til Dawn [Anime Edit]||Abingdon Boys School||1:32|
A copout review would simply advise you to get this OST if you like Yasushi Ishii’s Hellsing OST. And since no truer words can be said, I’ll spite the site’s conventional review format and get straight to the heart of why this will rock your world.
Dive into the 9 [audio:01 dtb2.mp3]
Despise synth heavy songs like this one? Then turn up the volume since I swear there’s a classical piece playing underneath it all. Your ears bleeding yet? Good. That’s for being too narrow-minded to explore other musical genres.
“Dive into the 9” is a wet dream for action AMV creators since it starts with a bang and just never relents. It’s a single-barrel shotgun that explodes at the top of the OST and sets the bar sky high. Monocle holding, tea sipping, old people may complain at the massive cacophony of sounds coming out of the less than crystal clear synths. However, all the bells and whistles are far from superfluous and creates a kinetic, living atmosphere. In my eyes, this song is pinnacle of excellence. It’s catchy, creative, cool. The only speck of complaint here is that the whole thing does not end after 90 seconds.
Savage Dog Cerberus [audio:02 dtb2.mp3]
Galaxy Train [audio:03 dtb2.mp3]
Ready the bass amps. Time to up the UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ.
If the pulse of music is the beat, this is Michael Phelp’s heart after warm ups. Rhythmic and assertively pounding, “Savage Dog Cerberus” is Darker than Black 2’s go-to song for fight scenes, and there is no question why. The song provides an energy jolt akin to a Red Bull, or cheaper, a “soft” kick in the pants. Equal in style and effect, though very different in sound, is “Galaxy Train,” which chugs along hard and fast. Normally, I would not a appreciate a piece that so heavily depends on a single catchy beat, but exceptions exist because of stuff like these. Despite some of Ishii’s less than successful experiments in distortion, these are tracks you will not soon forget.
Jesus Cloud [audio:06 dtb2.mp3]
No, despite the title name, this is not a song about marijuana. Ignore the fact that I do not speak or understand Japanese; the deep, profound pain espoused by the vocals compel me to believe that there is something truly deep here. Sure the singing may be – on a relative scale – horrible (ditto to every song in the OST), but this is a common man with a guitar which absolves him from any claims of talent.
If anything, the song is a great mood-setter outside the domain of high octane adrenaline. Along with “Candraprabha’s Tears” and “Brand New Happiness,” this piece shows that Darker than Black is about more than just explosions and death. Ultimately, what makes this all too common combo of the vocals and guitar truly special is how each additional layer of sound to the song builds to something greater. Instead of piling on the sounds into a big brown mesh, Ishii effectively paints an intricately colorful piece.
Moonlight Guidepost ~Opening Edition~ [audio:19 dtb2.mp3]
I put the opening song above many of the other great tracks in this OST not because it’s superior, but because I happen to disagree with Jen’s opinion, and the favorites section of my mp3 player won’t let her have the last say. It’s not that the finer details of my opinion is different from hers, it’s just that the opening is such a solid generic, throwaway pop piece that it deserves its place in the sun before it’s forever forgotten.
At the end of the day, there’s a reason why despite all the crap Darker than BLACK 2 gets absolutely no one complaining about the music. Epic tirades against the show come to a dead stop when it arrives at the issue of music, bringing with it a quiet, unstated appreciation… even reverence.
Often, people who deserve no claim in the world of art call their pieces “experimental” or if arrogant enough, “the next Picasso”, but Yasushi Ishii does not fit this mold. His tinkering crops up an incredible amount of creativity and variety. Though there may not be a jazzy undertone like in Hellsing’s OST, the music is hip, energetic and will set your playlist on fire for weeks to come.