The 69 of 2014
SID – Enamel
ENAMEL brings visual kei and Jpop heavyweights SID and the ever popular anime Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) together once more in a successful pairing that supports the old idiom, “Don’t fix it if it’s not broken.” The band certainly play upon their anime tie-up, though, adding in a live version of their first Kuroshitsuji theme for good measure.
“Enamel,” designated as the opening song for the 2014 installation of dark fantasy anime Kuroshitsuji, is a poppy sounding number that betrays the original lyrics. It has a contradictory nature to it that makes a fitting track for the black humor of Kuroshitsuji. It is also both compelling and catchy in its own right. The sample running throughout is simple and reminiscent of circus music that meshes well with the punchy chords. Owning a history with Kuroshitsuji, SID also included a live version of the hit opening “Monochrome no Kiss” on the single, which was used in 2008 for the first season of the anime. Blatantly catering to fans of both the band and the anime, there’s no confusion as to what makes this single such a popular highlight from 2014.
Completing the release is another B-side, “Kagee.” This tune is a lofty and grand spectacle that leaves behind the wish for the track to be a tad longer than it actually is. One can never have too much of a good thing. Beginning with soft, jingling guitars, the track culminates into something massive and comprehensive, complete with stunning backing vocals and complex shredding. All of this sound is held together by Mao’s beautiful vocals, which at times astound as to how he managed to hold such long notes. A brilliant B-side that is wonderfully distant from the main song of the single, “Kagee” has the added benefit of showing off the virtues of SID that are not limited to the band’s anime affiliations.
Regular Edition: 3 track CD
Limited Press: 3 track CD (anime jacket)
Limited Edition Type A: 3 track CD + DVD (SID 10th Anniversary TOUR 2013 Digest)
Limited Edition Type B: 3 track CD + photo book
- Monochrome no Kiss (live version)