L’Arc-en-Ciel: Drink it Down

Drink it Down, L'Arc-en-Ciel1. Drink it Down

2. Dune 2008 (P’unk-en-Ciel version of Dune)

Drink it Down is L’Arc-en-Ciel’s 34th single, released on April 2nd, 2008. It reached #1 on Oricon and has sold 125 728 copies.

Drink it Down is a soft metal tune, the title making allusion to vampires (the cover does as well, and the PV shows female vampires, so the whole idea of vampire is probably an allusion to someone who exploits you). It opens with a horror-movie type piano/organ piece, to which are attached techno beats and finally the entire ensemble, drums and guitars. Hyde sings the song in an appropriately deep tone, and he has always been great for doing exactly that. The bridge was awesome, and far better than the rest of the song, which kind of approaches the mindless crap heavy-metal bands play, but not too much as to make it absolutely horrible.

Dune 2008 is a P’unk-en-Ciel remake of the title track on their debut album of the same name. As with all P’unk-en-Ciel songs, Tetsu sings, Hyde takes the guitar, Ken the drums and Yukihiro the bass, giving all their songs a fresh, punk feeling. I haven’t heard the original yet, so I won’t judge it based on the original. I’ve never really liked Tetsu’s voice, although it isn’t bad (he’s the backup singer). The actual song is kind of bizarre, but I liked the feel of it.

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