On August 7 2013 Magistina Saga released a mini-album titled To faced sadness of a tale. The cover designed for this album has a nice portraying of those two faces. The reference to Snow White on one side and a blonde (Disney) princess being a reference to a fairy tale. A nice drawing with beautiful colors.
The Visual Kei band has performed at the Metal Female Voices Festivalin Wieze mid-October as well. The band is signed to Starwave Records and has been active since 2008. The three permanent members are vocalist 庵-Iori-, guitarist 潤戯-Urugi- and bassist 景-Kyo. They also have a support drummer named 拓郎-Takurou-.
1. Red False
2. Shadow Game
4. End Room
5. Fool’s Edge
6. Double Face
Two facedness of a tale starts with the number Red False, which starts heavily immediately. The bass is dominating, but it sounds like a synthesizer is being used as well. Vocalist 庵-Iori- doesn’t participate in this song, but it’s a nice intro sequence for the album, lasting about a minute and a half.
Time for the second song, Shadow Game. There’s a lower sound being used here, the guitar is very pure and is backed by intensive drumming. After 18 seconds their vocalist can join in with fast-paced vocals. It sounds rushed, like someone is being chased, frightened. A feeling that matches the title entirely to me!
Reaching the next song, 魔が指す導き, the title already contains the word “devil” and it has something to do with guiding. My knowledge of Japanese is too limited to translate this properly however. The song starts with something that matches an alarm clock with a clock-like noise. Afterwards it once again turns into a very heavy song! Mostly created by the bass. When the vocals come in between the guitar fades away and the bass seems to be a little softer.
The fourth song of the album is titled End Room and starts off like an alarm clock yet again, but this time with a screeching tone which lasts for a moment before it goes up in a mischievous heavy noise. I feel like I am in a horror movie, right before something bad is going to happen. When the vocalist starts to sing it sounds so soft and innocent, completely different than expected but perfectly in balance with the song! The rhythm of the song changes various times with the screeching tone keeps returning. The shorter at the end, the heavier the background music sounds and the more mischievous the undertone. This song would fit a psychological horror movie perfectly.
Fool’s Edge comes in with a bang. It starts off faster immediately, but quickly afterwards a faster guitar play joins in. It gives the feeling of urgency, a rush. Despite the vocalist not sounding rushed at all it does sound like she has a very important message. The end of this song is rather abruptly.
The next song, Double Face, immediately starts with very pure and calm vocals and very soft background music. After this calm intro a more intriguing sound comes forward. This time I feel like monsters or aliens first appear in a movie while they threaten to take over the world. Again a nice display of music. A pleasant balance between pure vocals and the slightly heavier bass and guitar. The title makes me think that this song was given an important place when they were naming the album.
We’ve reached the last song, Arise. A title that makes me hopeful! It’s a real outro for the album, lasting 36 seconds with a dramatic undertone and a bit of a goodbye. Very nice at the end of the album.
This mini-album was less heavy than I imagined before listening to it. The vocalist has a very nice voice and continues to bring balance in the songs. The women in the Metal world remain special, but they certainly aren’t inferior to the males, something 庵-Iori- clearly proves with this mini-album!