GACKT – ARROW (Review)


After a year without hearing anything from Gackt we now have a new single from him. With Arrow, Gackt seems to have chosen a darker visual and possibly “sound” as well. This single comes after 暁月夜-DAY BREAKERS that, as this one, was a mini-single.

Without any further ado let’s get this review started.

More details regarding the single:

Regular Edition
Regular Edition
Single: Arrow
Label: Nippon Crown
Release Date: 7/10/15
Genre: J-rock


ARROW (Orchestra Ver)
ARROW (-Instrumental-)
ARROW (Orchestra Ver -Instrumental-)

Track by track analysis

1- Arrow

Arrow kicks off with a melodic guitar that gives off a dark yet heavy vibe. Although the instrumental is good it seems it doesn’t have the usual energy that Gackt‘s delivers to us fans. He, as usual, doesn’t fail a single note and sort of gives Arrow a glorious and grandiose twist to the instrumental. This track has a pretty simple instrumental until you reach the bridge of the song, that’s when we have the orchestral elements, such as the violins, make their way into the instrumental, however we cannot forget other elements like the typical guitar that we all know so well from Blue Lagoon (Shinkai) or Ghost, just to name a few examples. Gackt is the one ending this beautiful part of the track with an amazing falsetto that he uses afterwards a few more times. Arrow is a good example of what a good mix between orchestral and rock elements is without it sounding overcrowded.  4.5/5

Final Rating: 4.5 stars

This single was good but it still sounded like it wasn’t enough for the fans. Arrow showed us, once again, that Gackt knows how to mix the orchestra and his rock elements making this track as dark as his visual. For those of you who are used to his usual “sound” you might be disappointed but trust me but if you liked his previous single then you’ll, most likely, like this one. Arrow is also featured in an orchestral version, that if we must say something on it, the track actually got even more grandiose and somehow had a different twist to it, instrumental wise, but nevertheless a good change.

With all this said, we must say it has been a long time since Gackt last released an album and it’s almost a shame that we have to content ourselves with a mini-single like this one. Certainly there’s lots of fans waiting for it, so it would be wonderful news if in the near future Gackt announced the release date of a new album, but that’s something that we, of course, will have to wait to see.

『ARROW』 is available for purchase for all overseas fans on CDJAPAN.


Author: Nadine Silva

Reviewer and News editor at The Hand That Feeds HQ since 2012. Based in Portugal. Translation graduate. Hobbyist piano player.