Tsukiko Amano – Zero no Chouritsu

August 19, 2008 at 8:45 PM | Posted in Tsukiko Amano | 4 Comments
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Tracklisting
1. Zero no Chouritsu (ゼロの調律)
2. Shiroi Hana ~White Garden~
    (白い華~White Garden~)
3. Sully

This is Tsukiko Amano’s 6th Indies single and it was released on July 30, 2008. The single reached #61 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 2,839 copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the video game Zero ~Gesshoku no Kamen~.

When it comes to structure, Zero no Chouritsu is very deceiving. It’s kind of all over the place with the arrangement but it actually works out in the end. The song opens with an elegant piano intro which caught me off guard at first because it quickly goes into an aggressive synth and electric guitar sequence. Tsukiko Amano’s vocals stay pretty steady throughout the entire song, even during the hectic chorus. There are also interesting instrumental sections that include dramatic strings but the bridge stands out with it’s gothic organ solo. I also have to mention the creepy ending which features the same piano as heard in the beginning but it concludes with a scary low note. Quite fitting for a surivival horror game, right?

The B-sides on this single were exclusive tracks that originally appeared on Amano’s Indies B-side album Uma Salmon. They are also self-covers of songs that she wrote for other artists. The first one is Shiroi Hana ~White Garden~, a song that she wrote for the girl group 9nine. This is an upbeat and rockish tune that is pretty catchy as well. I liked the constant electric guitars and percussion because they had a great, thumping rhythm. Amano also displays controlled, yet assertive vocals.

The other song is Sully. Originally written for the rock band EARTHSHAKER, Amano has created an awesome hard rock track that doesn’t let up. The aggressive arrangement is very exciting and the electric guitars are furious so there is a lot of energy in the music. In the end, both of the B-sides on this single are excellent and I liked them both equally.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

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  1. Thanks for this review. I might try her out. =)

  2. “Zero no Chouritsu” is what brought my attention to Tsukiko Amano, along with my interest in Fatal Frame IV.

  3. wow… she has sung another song for fatal frame? that’s so cool… i remember screaming in my office while watching someone playing fatal frame. i’m such a scaredy cat.

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