(DEViL KiTTY - Akuma Kicha)
Released: December 23rd, 2002
Region: Tokyo, Japan
Label: Luciffer's Record
Catalog #: DKLR-0002
02. Hello Katty
This is DEViL KiTTY's debut album(though my rip is of the 2nd pressing) and it's easily one of the strangest visual kei albums you'll ever hear.
The music on this album is a lo-fi mishmash of fast tempo, noisy punk, vkei-y psuedo-metal with an edgy, insane twist(coupled with Yuga's intense and angry, strained screaming,) and straight-up pop tunes sang by someone who doesn't quite have the accessible voice to make it sound as cheerful as it should. Yuga's high pitched voice is equal parts quirky and psychotic and really sounds like what you'd imagine an angry feline singing music would sound like.
A large amount of the lyrical content(which, in turn, drove the emotion in the vocals) was written in satire and (rather violent)protest to the Oshare Kei movement that was just springing up at the time(and is still going well) where visual bands were dressing hipper, trendier and more accessible.
Recommended for people with open minds. Definitely a polarizing love/hate kind of thing, and I belong in the former.
Bought it off a vkei trader in 2003 or so.