the GazettE – Ugly (Review)


the GazettE return with the second release of their project, Dark Age. UGLY continues with the same concept as before in DOGMA, so we can expect a dark single as well. Without any further ado let’s get this review started.

More details regarding this single:

Regular edition
Single: UGLY
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Date of release: 18/11/15
Genre: Visual-kei/heavy-metal




Track by track analysis:


Kicking off this single we have UGLY, a track with a electronic start and powerful drums performance, guitars that take us back to DOGMA and an overall heavy instrumental. This tracks instrumental alternates between a heavy and slow instrumental and a fast one with lots of screamo and powerful guitar riffs, the pre-chorus and chorus are probably the best and clearest parts in this song’s instrumental piece, because we can really listen to the guitar and Ruki‘s vocal performance without having to really try hard to do so. The guitar solo we have and the fast drums are really amazing, making us remind of the Division, especially the guitars, but overall the instrumental is too exaggerated. 4/5


DEPRAVITY starts with the same fast drums we had previously, as well as the guitar.  This track’s instrumental is a through and through fast tempo one, until we reach the chorus, then we have a once again, cleaner instrumental, something that perhaps the GazettE has been lacking since DOGMA. The outro is a different from what we have ever listened from the band, although is was very quick it was a good one, the solo was a good one giving the impression of a battle between Aoi and Uruha, something that we already missed. 5/5


Closing this single we have GODDESS. With a slow tempo instrumental piece and with the guitar on solo mode we have a big intro to the actual song itself. This track really really make us remember the good old the GazettE that the fans really like. The chorus is simple without any screamo, instead we have the guitar in solo mode here and there. While in other songs we had a solo in this one we don’t, but nevertheless this track was a great way to close the single. 5/5

Final rating:4.5 stars

UGLY was a good single, it showed us that the band is slowly trying to create simpler instrumentals compared with DOGMA, that were to exaggerate. In this single I think it is more than certain that the only track that still follows the pattern of their previous release is UGLY, it has too much screamo, the instrumental seems overcrowded and it looks like it was too rushed, so we don’t get to listen well to any part  in particular.

DEPRAVITY by the other side was a good comeback to the origins, the track had everything it need and it certainly did not need any forced screamo in the instrumental piece just because, like in other tracks. GODDESS was also a good track to listen to and even better as the ending track of this single. It really showed us the that is the type of instrumental the band is comfortable.

With all this said I believe it is is reasonable to say that we can expect the next and last single of the Dark Age Project, UNDYING, to be a good and not exaggerated one, even though it’ll only be released next year, so we still have to wait for a little longer but hopefully it’ll be worth it.

Ugly” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.


Author: Nadine Silva

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