this one isn't quite complete, unfortunately. I'm missing the first two albums plus the 2014 Last Stardust EP, but that's because those are all difficult to find (and expensive) outside of the band's home of Japan. I'm fine with missing the first two albums since they predate the trance-metal hybrid style the band excels at, but I would like to track down Last Stardust eventually.
incidentally, the album Mozaiq is also pretty hard to find. for a while it wasn't available through U.S. or European digital outlets, and all the CD copies ranged from $30-$100. furthermore, if you were lucky enough to find a CD copy for cheap, there was a pretty good chance you would end up with one of Amazon's awful "manufactured on demand" CD-Rs instead of the real thing. and as if this wasn't annoying enough, it would appear that virtually all the copies of the album available outside of Japan, digital or otherwise, have the track listing totally screwed up where the songs are all shuffled around and don't match what's shown on the packaging or listed online - some copies, specifically the Amazon CD-Rs, even mistakenly include a song by a completely different band in place of the track "Neo-Gothic-Romance". I somehow managed to luck out seriously a couple years back and find a promotional European pressing on Amazon for $7. it does have the track order messed up, but at least it's not a CD-R and none of the songs are missing.
top to bottom:
- Idolator (European pressing, excludes two tracks included on the Japanese version, includes the music video for "Truth")
- Mozaiq (European promotional copy, includes the bonus track "Cosmic Highway")
- Epsilon (European pressing, includes the bonus track "Royal Sky", an updated re-recording of "Final Sky" from Idolator)
this one is a complete collection, albeit with a far less interesting background than the Blood Stain Child one. Days of Nothing is a bit harder to find than the other two, but I did manage to luck out and get one for about $8. all of these are American pressings to my knowledge.
top to bottom:
- Days of Nothing
- Second World
as a side note, if everything goes as scheduled, I should have an entry up tomorrow about a very cool box set I ordered last week.