With all the things happening in the Philippines right now, almost everyday has become quite depressing. What makes it worse are the people sharing the news online. Sharing is okay, but pointing fingers and judging others.. Even going on Facebook has become quite toxic for me. I can't even scroll down once without seeing someone blame the government, or something. It's become too much, really. With that said, all we can do is just do our part, and hope that it's enough. (For a list of ways on how to donate, click here.)
Right now, the only thing distracting me from everything is the GazettE's new album, BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was spazzing over it like a little girl, and now, I finally have it in my hands. What's more, I actually have the Limited Edition. So happy I can cry!!! ;______; Aian got me this as a birthday gift, with the help of our friend Emile (who was nice enough to carry this huge thing the whole time he was in Japan ;______;). Thank you thank you thank you! Thank you x 9999. So so so so happy. I wanted to share how beautiful this album is with everyone, so I decided to take photos while I was unboxing it (for the third time lol). Enjoy!
What exactly are all these white cards? Well, I'll get back to that later.
He also did the photography for a lot of the GazettE's other albums such as DIVISION and TOXIC.
Uruha-san is my ideal man! For me he's prettier than any girl, handsomer than any guy. If I were reborn as a guy, I wish to be like Uruha-san * A *
Aaand that's that! Whew. There's just so much going on in this album, even though I decided not to include everything it took me forever to take photos for this blogpost. If you want to see photos of all of the artwork included in the album, you can find some scans here. Honestly, when news of the price of the Limited Edition came out, even I was skeptical but seeing the actual item in my hands, I can tell you that the price is well worth your money. If you're a huge fan of the GazettE or of visual kei in general, this is a definite must-have. In my opinion though, even people who aren't fans of vkei might want to buy it just for the box alone. The visuals on this one is just amazing, you guys. I'm not sure if my photos did them any justice. I hope you at least think that they did!
And I know I've only talked about the visual side of the album up to this point, but the songs themselves are just as great. I've read the interviews about BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY and have been following Ruki and Aoi's tweets the whole time it was being made, so I know how much work was put into it, from the sounds, the words, and the overall flow of the album. I know it's hard to believe coming from me, but this album might just be one of the best that the GazettE has released ever. I mean, this is the first time I've ever liked all of the songs in an album. All of them. Aian's not even a fan of GazettE, and even he liked the whole album as well. My favorite songs are FADELESS, LAST HEAVEN, and 鴉 (karasu). Those are my favorites, but I also have INSIDE BEAST and THE STUPID TINY INSECT on constant repeat. I've had my friends who aren't fans of the GazettE listen to BD, and 鴉 (karasu) and THE STUPID TINY INSECT seem to be quite popular. I can go and ramble on and on about each of the songs like a proper fangirl, really, but I'll stop here // w //
If you'd like to get your own copy of BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY, you can get them from CDJapan. Click here for the Limited Edition, and here for the Regular Edition. If you're from the Philippines and a fan of the GazettE, I know that getting physical copies of albums from Japan (or anywhere else, for that matter) can be quite expensive, so if you can, please support the band by downloading BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY from iTunes here. It only costs $6.99, or roughly PhP300+ for the whole album. The band has already started touring overseas, and one of the ways to get them to notice us fans from the Philippines is by purchasing their albums, so if you can, then please do so. This band has helped me get through so much just with their songs, so this is my way of showing my support.