Overdrive Hell 22 -Hizumi Heaven Everyone’s Songs 2-

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Overdrive Hell 22 -Hizumi Heaven Everyone’s Songs 2-
Record Label:
Troubadour Record
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Release Date:
August 14, 2016
Buy at Sweep Record


overdrive hell 22 – Hizumi Heaven Everyone’s Songs 2 – is the twenty second iteration in a series of hardcore and experimental electronic EPs featuring Ayako Saso and Shinji Hosoe. While not for everyone, it does feature some interesting music for those fans of this style of electronic music. All of the themes on this album, similar to its direct predecessor, feature track titles inspired by the popular NHK TV and Radio program, Minna no Uta. In addition, this album features returning vocals by DeathmotoDie-s K a.k.a MMDS How does this album compare to the previous entries in the ongoing series?


The album opens with “Lesson.99 Bear deep Forest,” an upbeat and bright synth led tune mixed with heavy beats and vocals, both guttural and higher pitched. The overall sound is reminiscent of a carnival. Following that is “Lesson.100 Throwing Ash Man,” a tune with a more traditional dance background. The guttural vocals fit pretty well with the overall tune and the progression is quite nice with some interesting sections that up the intensity throughout. “Lesson.101 Veal Cutlet” is certainly the most unique tune on the album, opening with a smooth electronic sound before incorporating some heavy riffs. The vocals are a harsh contrast to the musical accompaniment, but not overlyso. As it progresses, it becomes a bit more club-like in sound, incorporating elements of big house and some dubstep. In addition, some classical music samples are thrown in as well. It’s a bit of a hodge podge but one that manages to work.

“Lesson.102 Clarinet is still dead” features heavy beats and a fast tempo, reminiscent of earlier albums in the series and done in typical overdrive hell fashion, but with added guttural sounds. It also samples Saso’s “James Brown’s Still Dead” from Sampling Masters Presents Julianna’s Tsunashima Vol. 1. Lastly, “Lesson.103 Not kid goat” starts off on a sour note, with some very offputting vocals, that, fortunately correct themselves as the piece progresses. Overall, the music in the background is bright and happy and incorporates both dubstep elements as well as samples the famous “Yankee Doodle” melody, albeit it a bit distorted.


As with the previous albums that feature vocals by DeathmotoDie-s K, the vocals are certain to be hit or miss depending on the listener. However, compared to its direct predecessor, the muosical variety is much greater than typically heard in the series and I feel that, for the most part, the vocals at least match the overall feeling of each tune.

Overdrive Hell 22 -Hizumi Heaven Everyone’s Songs 2- Don Kotowski

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Posted on September 19, 2016 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on September 19, 2016.

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Currently residing in Philadelphia. I spend my days working in vaccine characterization and dedicate some of my spare time in the evening to the vast world of video game music, both reviewing soundtracks as well as maintaining relationships with composers overseas in Europe and in Japan.

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