HAPPY I SCREAM!! – I can’t stand it anymore ft. Teto (Foreground Eclipse)

picture by toutenkou

Ok, first of all, thanks to Violet for both letting me know about this song / giving me the lyrics for it. I’m really glad I got to listen to this!
And why you ask? There’s no point in hiding the fact that the main reason for why I love this song is because the screams are done by Teto, the leader of the (still missing) legendary band Foreground Eclipse.
I think this is the latest song he took part in, and I can’t describe how good it made me feel to listen to him again in a new song after all this years.
I don’t know whether Foreground Eclipse will be back again or not, but Teto is still a singer, a good lyricist and an unbelievably good musician / arranger, so I hope at least we’ll have more Teto-featured music tracks in the future.
I really wish so.
Really. Listening to this song the first time was really amazing, and I’m still happy about it.
Lyrics are really good too, there was not a single point (something that happens a lot when translating) where I was like “what the hell?”
That’s Teto for you!

HAPPY I SCREAM! – I Can’t Stand It Anymore

優しさという嘘を壊して 何もかも諦められたら

raito mitai na tsukiakari o miage nagara hitori aruita
yasashisa to iu uso o kowashite nani mo kamo akirameraretara

I walked alone while staring up to an artificial light-looking moonlight
If I just could give up on anything and everything by destroying that lie named “kindness”…

I never thought
it could be worse
it could be worse

I never thought
it could be worse
it could be worse
chigireta hanabira

I never thought
it could be worse
it could be worse
Those parted away petals

Then I know
I’m falling down
I’m falling down

Then I know
I’m falling down
I’m falling down
kioku ni obieru

Then I know
I’m falling down
I’m falling down
Wavering in my memories…


kimi ni aitai

I want to meet you…

こんな気持ち もう誤魔化しきれない
(This is not the first time)
(that I scream this for you)
(I will never stop)
(I will never let this fade away)

zutto mune no okusoko ni kagi o kaketeita
konna kimochi mou gomakashikirenai
(This is not the first time)
(that I scream this for you)
sotto tsutsunde kuretara boku wa sukuwareru
dakara douka warawanaide kiite yo
(I will never stop)
(I will never let this fade away)

The deepest content of my heart has always been locked away
But I’m not going to let be deceived by this feeling anymore
(This is not the first time)
(that I scream this for you)
If you’d gently hold me tight I’ll be saved
So please, don’t laugh, just listen to me..!
(I will never stop)
(I will never let this fade away)

Where are you, my silhouette

希望と絶望 摩り替えた
(Where are you, my silhouette)
(And I will never)

ushinau kakugo mo nai kuse ni
kibou to zetsubou suri kaeta
kimi no ude ni dakarete nemuritai dake
atama no naka de oto ga hibiku
(Where are you, my silhouette)
itsuka no dareka no sakebigoe
sekai ni wakare tsugeru tame no kotoba wa suteru kara
(And I will never)

And yet I’m not ready to lose anything or anyone,
And so hope and despair switch their places:
I just want to sleep between your arms;
A sound is echoing in my mind
(Where are you, my silhouette)
It’s someone’s screaming voice from someday
That will cast aside the right words that could have put the world back together
(And I will never)

(This is not the first time)
(that I scream this for you)
もっと見透かして欲しい そして受け止めて
醜悪さも脆弱さも 全てを
(I will never stop)
(I will never let this fade away)

zutto boku no kokoro ni wa kuudou ga atte
nani o shite mo mitasarezu ni itanda
(This is not the first time)
(that I scream this for you)
motto misukashite hoshii soshite uketomete
shuuakusa mo zeijakusa mo subete o
(I will never stop)
(I will never let this fade away)

There has always been void in my heart
And I kept on living without being satisfied no matter what I did
(This is not the first time)
(that I scream this for you)
I just want to see better through it and react to everything,
Even each meannes, even each fragility
(I will never stop)
(I will never let this fade away)


raito mitai na tsuki akari ni toraerareta no wa kimi e no omoi

What has been took away from me by this artificial light-looking moonlight are my feelings for you…


– English = screams, non english = clean voice.
– First stanza “raito” is “light”, literally, but it’s mainly used (in japanese) for the light signals of cars. “Artificial light” was more “poetic”, I guess? I liked it and I thought it would fit better.
– Second stanza “kaben” is read as “hanabira”. They both mean “petal”, by the way. Same thing “tegireta” became “chigireta”, meanings are almost the same.
– “gently” on the fifth stanza was added by me to have that “kureru” (which implies “something that’s done as a service / favor to someone) fitting better its original meaning.


Title: I can’t stand it anymore
Album: ハピスクまとめ チョコミント味 (Happy I Scream collection, chocolate-mint flavour)
Vocals: 96, Teto (Foreground Eclipse)
Lyrics: 96, Teto (Foreground Eclipse)
Arrangement: ゆずひこ (Yuzuhiko)
Release Event: C89
Source: 霊知の太陽信仰 ~ Nuclear Fusion (Solar Sect of Mystic Wisdom ~ Nuclear Fusion) Subterranean Animism, Utsuho Reiuji’s Theme

Foreground Eclipse – Someday In The Rain


As I stated on the last Foreground Eclipse’s Retrospective post, there are still few songs by Foreground Eclipse that have never been translated.
Talked bonus tracks aside (aka the ones from Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises and Tears Will Become Melodies Tonight), there are only どらぶ, some parts of 恋のTwinkle☆Dance (Secret Track from Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights) and this one.
Finding the lyrics for this wasn’t even hard as I imagined it could have been, so why hasn’t this been translated before?
I have no idea, but for how much I don’t like this song as much as others from the same band, I’m kind of happy to be the first to translate a yet-untranslated FgE song!
I think I’ll also keep searching for どらぶ’s lyrics. Which is kinda like saying “let’s go search for the Holy Grail”.
Enough of this all, you already know what I could say about it.
Enjoy the lyrics!

Foreground Eclipse – Someday In The Rain


kurai tsuyuzora tokete yuku
kumo no sukima ni ukabeta
yuuutsu fuki tobashite yo
taikutsu wa mou iranai

Floating between the clouds’ gaps
I’m melting in the dark rainy season cloudy sky
My melancholy is being blown away
And I don’t need boredom anymore!


furi shikiru ame ni utarete
kono koe wa kimi ni todokanai

Hit by a neverending downpouring rain
This voice of mine can’t reach you

Someday in the Rain雨よもっと降れ

Someday in the Rain ame yo motto fure
kanashimi itami zenbu arainagashite
watashi no kokoro e furisosogu
doshaburi no ame no naka de tachitsukusu yuugure

Someday in the Rain, pour down some more!
And wash away my pain, my sadness, everything!
Don’t ever stop raining inside my heart
Because inside this heavy rain, a twilight stands still


natsu no aozora somete yuku
kaze no nioi to yuudachi
kagerou yura yura yureta
ajisai ga chiri isogu

Come and paint the summer’s blue sky
With the scent of wind and an evening shower
Rolling from side to side, the heat haze is swaying
And the hydrangeas fall down in haste


mushiatsui gogo no sayonara
ano koro e nido to modorenai nara

That “goodbye” on a humid afternoon…
If I can’t go back to that time again, then…

Someday in the Rain君の中にある

Someday in the Rain kimi no naka ni aru
kanashimi nageki zenbu arainagashite
kokoro no okusoko tsubuyaita
doshaburi no ame ga yanda ameagari no sora e

Someday in the Rain is right inside you
Wash away my sadness, my grief, everything
That’s what the bottom of my heart muttered
Towards a sky where the heavy rain just ceased

消えない雲見つめているよ ah

kimi wa nani o tsutaetakatta? yume no naka
sono koe o kiiteitakatta
itsuka no amefuri tsudzuku sora itsumade mo
kienai kumo mitsumeteiru yo ah

What did you want to say to me? Inside a dream
I was listening to that voice;
I’m watching the clouds that won’t ever fade away
On the same endlessly raining sky of that day, ah

Someday in the Rain 雨よもっと降れ

Someday in the Rain ame yo motto fure
kanashimi itami zenbu arainagashite
watashi no kokoro e furisosogu
doshaburi no ame no naka de tachi tsukusu yuugure

Someday in the Rain, pour down some more!
And wash away my pain, my sadness, everything!
Don’t ever stop raining inside my heart
Because inside this heavy rain, a twilight stands still



– In the third stanza, it says “Someday in the Rain” in english and then “雨” (ame) which is “rain” too. So, I didn’t want to write it twice. I hope it doesn’t sound too weird.
– Third stanza, there’s nothing implying my “because”, but I think that’s what the song is trying to convey.
– Fourth stanza, the hydrangea is a purple flower, typical of summer.
– Sixth stanza, it says “doshaburi” and “ameagari”, words that can’t be translated without being repetitive. So, the very last line from this stanza should be something like: “Towards a sky after the rain where the heavy rain has stopped pouring”. I didn’t like this, so I changed it and made it smaller.
– Second to last stanza: “furitsudzuku” = keep raining; I translated as “endlessly raining” because it sounded better and the meaning is similar.


Title: Someday in the Rain
Circle: Foreground Eclipse
Album: 東方夏空翔
Vocals: めらみぽっぷ (Merami)
Lyrics: Suzuori
Arrangement: Foreground Eclipse
Release Event: C78
Source: 閉ざせし雲の通い路 (The Sealed Cloud Route) – Unidentified Fantastic Object, Stage 2 Theme & 万年置き傘にご注意を (Beware the Umbrella Left There Forever) – Unidentified Fantastic Object, Kogasa Tatara’s Theme

Foreground Eclipse – A Retrospective: Part 5/5 [final]


I was late, but I kept my promise: it’s time for the very last part of Foreground Eclipse’s retrospective (whose title should be something like “The walking dead meets Gordon Ramsay and some japanese music and sh*t”).
We already talked about every album they made, with few exceptions.
This last part will feature the songs I didn’t cover in the previous 4 posts.
Long story short, here’s the list:
– Seated with Liquor (CD), only the songs by FgE
Demo CDs, only the songs which are different in a way or another compared to the others I’ve already talked about
– Extra, meaning tracks by Foreground Eclipse featured in non-fge albums
– Bonus Tracks that I haven’t talked about in the previous posts.
It’s basically the same drill as always, except that this time under each song there will be wrote from which album they come from.
Think of this post as a bonus rather than a final post.
Because I want the 4th one to have the “final post” vibe.

Missing Tracks

The songs on this part will be ordered following the time they came out.
So of course we’ll start with the older ones.
The rating system is the same!

.Alone With You (Dying To See Your Face)
From the album: Foreground Eclipse Demo CD Vol.01
Personal rating: ★★☆☆☆
I think this song needs to be featured in this post even though I’ve talked about it on post #2.
And that’s because I think that the demo CD version of it is at least 100 times better than the one featured in their first CD.
It’s still not something over the standards of FgE, but is surely something that fits better the lyrics / original theme.
The vocals are way better too.
A calming theme such as Green Eyed Jealousy is hard to arrange into something fast-paced and “violent” such as this song’s CD version.
I think this one is more appropriate, while it still isn’t an outstanding arrange.

.Perchance To Dream: Ay, There’s The Rub
Personal rating: ★★★★★
From the album: Foreground Eclipse Demo CD Vol.04
As I stated on the part 2 post, this song’s CD version isn’t a full 5 stars song, because I think they overdid a little bit with the backing track / guitar, ruining a bit this song’s atmosphere.
This version is way more fluid and is a 5 stars song, to me.

.Someday in the Rain
Personal rating: ★★☆☆☆
From the album: 東方夏空翔
This song never featured in a all-FgE album, and I wasn’t aware of it for a long timespan before getting to listen to it.
It’s another arrange from Kogasa’s theme together with UFO’s stage 2 theme, but as much I can’t say I like this song as much as I like other songs by them, I can clearly state that this one is way better than Nooneness from Each and Every word (…).
First of all, the vocals are way cleaner and fits better with the rhythm.
The main bridge of Nooneness isn’t half bad to be honest, but the rest of the song is so dischording it’s hard to listen to, in my opinion.
While this song doesn’t shine, it’s overall very soft and catchy, so it’s easy to listen to, in a certain way.
Also, this is the only Foreground Eclipse song that has been never translated before.
That until tomorrow. That was a spoiler.

.Sleeping Forest
Personal rating: ★★★★★
From the album: Panoram A Note
Another song never featured in a fge-only album, and another song I first listened to way later than it came out.
I think this is the most peaceful song they ever composed.
Its rhythm is very soothing even though it’s a rock song, and, together with Forget Me Not, I think this is the song in which Suzuori‘s talent with bass / guitar is displayed the most.
While I listen to this song, I feel like lying on the grass in the middle of a forest where the sunlight is faint, filtered by the tree branches, and a fresh wind is blowing gently.
It’s amazing.
This song also remembers me of a similar memory I shared with a dear person some years ago.
So of course I love this song because of its feeling and memories I’ve linked to, but I really think it couldn’t have happened if the music itself wasn’t good.
I love the bass lines during the main riffs and the drumsticks are amazing.
It’s really strange, because while the guitar and the drums makes this song really fast-paced and catchy, the result is very calming and atmospheric.
It’s really a shame this never featured in a FgE album, because I really think of it as one of the most beautiful song by the FgE of Suzuori period.

.I Bet You’ll Forget That Even If You Noticed That
Personal rating: ★★★★
Nothing much to add from what I’ve said before on part 3, but I think that the version of this song featured on this CD is slightly worse than its first version, fatured on the seventh demo CD.
I think that the synthetizers were a little bit unnecessary.
On another note, this CD version’s guitar are a little bit better and have cooler effects. So it’s kind of a draw to me. 4stars-4stars.

Personal rating: ★★★☆☆
From the album: Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone
Thinking about it, this track was never translated too. I think that’s mainly because no one could f*cking understand its lyrics.
Anyway, this song is the secret track from Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone and at first I really liked it.
I mean, it’s really short and really differend from the rest of the album, so even if it wasn’t a bonus track it would have felt like one.
This song is also hella fun to play on the bass.
Unrelated to this, I remember 3 years ago when I was playing American Idiot by Green Day with a band live I decided to change that song’s bass line with the one from どらぶ, and turned out it came out pretty good.
Anyway, this song is of course made for fun, but it still is really good in terms of music.
First of all, that’s the first secret track to actually be a song. The other secret tracks from the previous 2 CDs are just talking and won’t be on this part merely because they’re not songs.
Second, because it’s a 100% foreground eclipse song. Songs like this one (or truth ironies or others) which are actually made for fun bring the fge spirit the most, in my opinion.
If you ever find lyrics for it, let me know! I’m dying to read them!

.To The Terminus
Personal rating: ★★★★
From the album: Foreground Eclipse Demo CD Vol.08
This song. Ohh, this song. For some reason it’s a song that I can’t say I love, but on the other side I forgot about it really easily.
It’s really strange. I tend to forget songs that I don’t like.
And I like this song a lot. I clearly remember I couldn’t stop listening to it when it first came out, but I always end up forgetting about it.
No matter how much I listen to this song, I always get the feeling I’ve already listened to a song like that before.
It sounds so FgE-ish that it feels like something already heard from them.
That’s probably why this song is always overshadowed by something else in my mind.
I like it a lot, but I don’t think I can say this song is something new and original.
I could recognize this song only by its beginning / end.
Also, the Seated with Liquor version of it just adds some screams and instruments now and then, so there’s no need to write about it twice.
This is probably the song by FgE that I can’t clearly think about.

.You May Not Want To Hear This But
Personal rating: ★★★★
From the album: Seated with Liquor
Here we are with Seated with Liquor, a half-fge half-dte album which I loved!
This is the first FgE track featuring in the album, and I like it a lot.
This song follows the style of “I Bet You Forget(…)” both in title and structure, and just like it is really hard to tell which is the original theme from where it comes from.
I don’t know if I like more this or the other, but I can say for sure that I love this song’s vocals and lyrics more than lots of others FgE songs.
It’s probably one of the best FgE songs in terms of vocals in a screamo/metal song.
Expecially the last part, I love it!
There are actually two versions of this song, one of which has been released online and was the off-scream one.
…Never understood why. This song has almost no screams whatsoever, what’s the point of releasing a non-scream version of it?

.When Innocence Is Just A Mask
Personal rating: ★★★☆☆
From the album: Seated with Liquor
It’s a shame a song with a title that awesome isn’t that great. Of course, in my opinion.
The reason being that just like To The Terminus, it’s a pretty normal song that doesn’t add anything to what I expected.
It’s of course fge-ish everywhere, but nothing that can be considered different from other songs we already listened to.
I can’t say I dislike this song, but for some reason I don’t think of it as a particularly remarkable fge song.

.We Cannot Get Out of Here Forever
Personal rating: ★★★★★
From the album: Seated with Liquor
As you probably read on my top 15, you knew this is one of my favourite touhou arrange ever.
And I’m talking about both DtE version of this and the FgE’s cover.
There are some parts that I like more on a version rather than the other and vice versa, but overall I like the version by FgE more because… well, it’s FgE.
I loved this song when it first came out as a DtE song, and I couldn’t believe Foreground Eclipse decided to cover it when I read the tracklist of Seated with Liquor.
What were the odds this would have happened? That’s crazy!
Of course I can’t really describe why I like this song so much in a post called “FgE Retrospective”, being this song not an original FgE song.
But still, I’m really happy they decided to make a cover of it!

.恋のTwinkle☆Dance (SECRET TRACK)
Personal rating: ★★★★★
From the album: Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights
On the previous post I wrote that it couldn’t have been a better way to end their final CD than their last track “Storytellers“.
But it’s not like that, actually.
Go back to the time you first listened to this CD.
We had the crossfade and tracklist some time ago before we could actually get to listen to the CD’s contents.
We knew the tracks’ names and how many they were.
So, we listened to the whole CD, from R.U. to Storytellers, knowing that this was going to be their very last track.
And Storytellers is a really touching song both in vocals, rhythm and lyrics, and I don’t think it’s necessary to understand japanese to get that.
And now, with wet eyes, a new song we didn’t know about starts playing. This album’s “SECRET TRACK“.
The song starts off as a silly one, with a bizarre set of lyrics and childish rhythm.
And then we have:
– Amazing guitar tracks
– Out-of-context screamings that somehow fits perfectly
– Merami shouting random things on acid
– Teto chocking on his own screams
– “JA NA!” (See ya!) at the end!
Guys, this is the best track to end Stories that Last Through the Sleepless Nights, in my opinion.
Like I said for どらぶ, silly songs like this one are really fge-ish, and this time we have a better, faster, longer and way more amazing secret track than we ever had before!
Ok, this isn’t an original song too, being an arrange of 恋のTwinkle☆Dance from old Merami’s circle nanafuretto (ななふれっと).
But this again isn’t something bad.
It’s the same circle from where FgE re-arranger The Distant Journey To You, that, as I said on part 1, is probably one of the most important song they ever composed.
And with it, the circle is closed.
Until the day we’ll hear more, if it’ll come.

About this post

It was really fun to write all this 5 posts and to read your opinions.
I really hope you enjoyed reading a little bit my babbling, and that everyone who never listened to Foreground Eclipse before could start doing so.
Bands are like that. Forming and disbanding as the time goes on.
But music never fades away, really.
And neither does the will to do it.
Merami still sing in lots and lots of circles, as you already know.
I really wish Teto will start producing music again, one day. Wether FgE or not, he was a really talented musician, and it’s kind of sad that he’s not publishing anything anymore.
So, never lose hope on music, and keep listening to it.
It’s up to us to keep alive what doesn’t seem to be alive anymore!
Thank you for reading!
And see you tomorrow for a Foreground Eclipse translation post… Ok, you already know what it’s going to be.

Rating system:
☆☆☆☆ – Poor
★★☆☆☆ – Nice
★★★☆☆ – Good
★★★★☆ – Very Good
★★★★★ – Excellent

Retrospective parts:

Part 1: Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises
Part 2: Missing, Loving… and Suffering + Tears Will Become Melodies Tonight
Part 3: Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone
Part 4: Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights
Part 5: Extra, Bonus tracks, Seated with Liquor


Foreground Eclipse – Storytellers


Let’s say this one is a special post.
To celebrate the end of my Foreground Eclipse retrospective serie, here’s a translation of their very last song, Storytellers.
Well, it hasn’t ended yet. There’s still one post left that will cover Bonus Tracks, Seated with Liquor, Demo CDs and stuff, but it won’t come before the late first half of December.
There’s no need to say something about it, I’ve said everything on the fourth retrospective post here.
What I want to say is that I can’t allow this masterpiece to be untranslated on my wordpress.
A lot of people have already translated it, but that’s the first time I did.
I treasure this song like few others, so this is probably one of the translations I’ve poured my everything on.
By the way, there aren’t other Foreground Eclipse’s songs that hasn’t been translated yet.
Well, there are, actually.
One is どらぶ, the secret track from Each and Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone, whose lyrics can’t be find anywhere and I’m dying to read.
Similar to it, there’s the Christmas Bonus Track from Tears Will Become Melodies Tonight, but that’s short and nonsensical and MAYBE I can guess them by ear, meaning that, who knows, I’ll post that stupid track around Christmas if I want to.
Also, Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises did too, but that’s even more forgettable.
But there’s also another untranslated Foreground Eclipse song that I’m currently translating.
And of course while is not one of the songs I like the most, is surely feels great to be the first translating something by Foreground Eclipse that hasn’t been translated yet! But again, I’ll translate it after the last retrospective post, so…
About Storytellers, again, there’s not much to say.
I think that’s the most intense and powerful (on an emotional level) song that they ever composed, and it’s absolutely perfect.
It’s a song which covers each aspect of FgE’s story, of our story.
Just like the sadness of something that has ended but that has left us wonderful memories we won’t ever forget.
Its lyrics are probably the best ever featured in a song by them.
And here’s something you probably don’t know. Lots of this lyrics’ section are actually from other FgE’s songs. Some are obvious, other aren’t, but this song is actually their ultimate song which contains everything they did in 5 years of activity.
So, for now, once again, enjoy this masterpiece’s lyrics.
We’ll see more Foreground Eclipse very soon on the next retrospective post…
And next posts will be only about requests, because I have kind of left them behind.

Foreground Eclipse – Storytellers

Our stories last!

不思議といえば不思議 愛といえば愛
ここに無いものは どこにも無いもの
独りでに消えてゆく 想いに命を
眠れない夜たちに 綺麗な世界を

fushigi to ieba fushigi ai to ieba ai
koko ni nai mono wa dokonimo nai mono
hitori de ni kiete yuku omoi ni inochi o
nemurenai yorutachi ni kirei na sekai o

If you say it’s a miracle, than it is so; if you say it’s love, than it is so;
What isn’t there is something that’s not even anywhere else;
Alone in my thoughts on those sleepless nights,
My life on this beautiful world would have disappeared

誰にも言えない 言葉を持ってるなら
そのまま君は どこまでも進めるさ

darenimo ienai kotoba o motteru nara
sono mama kimi wa dokomademo susumeru sa

If you have something you can’t say to anyone,
You can just go forward as you carry it along, you know

いつまで色褪せない かけがえ無い想い
輝いてる未来へ 僕ら走り出す
さよならなんて言わない いつだって会えるさ
優しさに包まれた 君を連れ出すよ

itsumade iro asenai kakegae nai omoi
kagayaiteru mirai e bokura hashiri dasu
sayonara nante iwanai itsudatte aeru sa
yasashisa ni tsutsumareta kimi o tsuredasu yo

With those irreplaceable memories whose color won’t ever fade,
We start running towards a sparkling future
I won’t say a thing such as “farwell”, because, you know, we’ll meet again someday
I’ll take you, covered in kindness, along with me!

I’m quite sure that I’ve got so many things now
All these stories are what you gave me here
Quite sure that you’ll never be alone
Cause I know you know where we really are

誰にも知りえない 僕らの旅路は
真実も皮肉も 連れ出す逃げ道
左の冷と右の燃で 壊すもののは今
優しい瞳の中 燃え盛る炎

darenimo shirienai bokura no tabiji wa
shinjitsu mo hiniku mo tsuredasu nigemichi
sa no rei to migi no moe de kowasu mono no wa ima
yasashii hitomi no naka moesakaru honoo

Nobody could even know what our journey will be like,
Truth and irony were the escape route that leaded us there;
The present is what the cold on my left and the hot on my right will destroy:
Inside your gentle eyes, a flame is burning brightly

ひとつの色を 大事に抱いてるなら
(But I think you need to know)
(Even if nothing you say could change the world)

hitotsu no iro o daiji ni daiteru nara
(But I think you need to know)
(Even if nothing you say could change the world)

If you embrace even a single color
(But I think you need to know)
(Even if nothing you say could change the world)

かすかな声も いつまでも消えないよ
(All the things you say could make a new world)
(And that’s what I really want to see)

kasuka na koe mo itsumade mo kienai yo
(All the things you say could make a new world)
(And that’s what I really want to see)

Even that faint voice will never disappear…
(All the things you say could make a new world)
(And that’s what I really want to see)

いつまで色褪せない かけがえ無い想い
輝いてる未来へ 僕ら走り出す
さよならなんて言わない いつだって会えるさ
愛しさに包まれた 君に届けるんだ

itsumade iroasenai kakegae nai omoi
kagayaiteru mirai e bokura hashiridasu
sayonara nante iwanai itsudatte aeru sa
itoshisa ni tsutsumareta kimi ni todokerunda

With those irreplaceable memories whose color won’t ever fade,
We start running towards a sparkling future
I won’t say a thing such as “farwell”, because, you know, we’ll meet again someday
I’ll send this all to you, covered in love!

僕たちは あの空へ羽ばたいて
(Take a look around)
遠い旅路は 君たちを待ってるよ
(Can you see the world we made)
(And now it’s your turn)

bokutachi wa ano sora e habataite
(Take a look around)
tooi tabiji wa kimitachi o matteru yo
(Can you see the world we made)
(And now it’s your turn)

We are flying towards that sky
(Take a look around)
The distant journey is waiting for you
(Can you see the world we made)
(And now it’s your turn)



Come on!

See you!


Title: Storytellers
Circle: Foreground Eclipse
Album: Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights
Vocals: めらみぽっぷ (Merami), Teto (screams)
Lyrics: Foreground Eclipse
Arrangement: Teto
Release Event: C85
Source: Original

Foreground Eclipse – A Retrospective: Part 3/5


Here’s the third part of Foreground Eclipse Retrospective (whose title should be something like “the untold tale of Shion‘s approach to Foreground Eclipse that would have been better to stay untold”).
There’s a link at the bottom of each retrospective post for reading the other parts, so just check it out!
Last post marked the final stage of the first Foreground Eclipse period, with Suzuori leaving the band before the 6th demo CD.
From now on, we have a new guitarist/bassist, Syim, and the one taking control over the arrange system will be our legendary drummer/scream vocalist of the band: Teto.
Hard to believe enough, Foreground Eclipse totally changed with Teto as the official arranger, and while I liked lots of the first era’s songs, I think that Foreground Eclipse showed their best with their two last CDs, in a general way.
By doing this retrospective I had the chance to listen to the whole CDs again, focusing on the musical content rather than enjoying what I was listening, and I must say it was an amazing experience.
Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone was the first CD by Foreground Eclipse that I remember waiting for.
Ever since the Demo CD #6, I listened to every song by them as soon as they came out, and so this CD was my first experience to actually wait for your favourite band to publish a brand new CD.
That’s so nostalgic, and I’d say I really miss this.
There are still CDs I’m waiting for and used to wait for, but nothing was like the thrill of waiting for a new FgE’s CD to come out.
I seriously hope they’ll show us a sign in the future. And by “they”, I mean Teto. A revival, maybe? A best of? Something? We’ve heard so many times of bands shattering and then reuniting out of the blue, so… let’s not throw away our hope.
So, what is this post about?
My opinions (I’m writing this again: MY PERSONAL OPINIONS) on Foreground Eclipse’s song, with comments, stories, ratings and everything.
This is purely subjective and it’s not absolutely a critic to Foreground Eclipse.

Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone

This new era of Foreground Eclipse started with the 6th demo CD which featured two songs that totally blew my mind, and that we’ll talk about on this post.
Teto’s style of music is different from Suzuori’s, and while I first thought it was different in a bad way, I can now say that Teto as an arranger is way more well suited than Suzuori.
His style mainly focuses on strong, uneven rhythms and the use of the synthetizer, which is one of the main aspects of this new era.
The recording quality from now on seems to be better too, and every musical instruments of every track is so clear it could be heard without struggling (White Wind anyone?).
Before talking about this album, let’s spend two words on another thing you may think I’ve missed on the previous posts (but I actually did on purpose): the intros.
The intro for Vermillion Halo on Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises is a smooth track which, in my opinion, isn’t something one could spend more than two words about.
It’s something everyone could have thought about, and I think the song doesn’t change so much with or without it.
The intro for Fall of Tears is a little bit better, but, again, I couldn’t get into that song nor into its intro, and I really don’t know why. It’s also more similar to the new intros by FgE’s second phase.
From now on, with the track #01 “You can’t explain anything without the word ‘Destruction’“, the intros are becoming something more relevant for both FgE and FgE’s fans.

02. Destruction
Personal rating: ★★★★

Right of the bat, a song that I first listened to their demo CD #7 and I used to love.
I think the build up this song does with the intro is really unique, and while its intro is pretty long, I never considered it to be long enough.
This song without the intro isn’t just the same thing.
I said on the previous post something about Faith is for Transient People, and that’s exactly why I said it.
This song completely overshadows 恋詠 from their first CD, and I always wondered why they chose to arrange a song they already arranged before.
Was it maybe because they were not satisfied by their first arrange?
I think that’s the case, because this song was a huge hit since when the demo CD 7 came out, while the other is hardly remembered even by FgE’s most avid fans.
I really think that this track is a good start for an album, and that’s mainly because of its intro, but the whole song gives glimpses of how much FgE are changing.
With an opening like this one, FgE’s fans know what they were expecting from this new CD.
…Or were they?

03. Obstruction! Color It All Out
Personal rating: ★★★★

On the previous post, I’ve said something like “when you take a song and make another one based off the previous one, is pure sh*t!” or something like that.
Well, scrap that.
Destruction came before Obstruction, so, when I first read its title, I was like “this is surely going to be like Truth,Ironies & Angels,Monsters“.
But it wasn’t like that.
Or better, some parts of this song share aspects of the other, but even though the two songs could be linked between each other, they’re both really good.
The lyrics for this song came into my life at the right moment, when I needed them, and I can clearly remember every sensation this song made me feel 3 years ago.
On top of that, the arrange is really powerful and someway peaceful at the same time, and leaves us a lots of space to listen to Teto’s new techniques.
Now that I think about it, someone who’s accostumated to old FgE’s song, can find this album to be “out-of-their-style”, but if I stop and think about Foreground Eclipse, a song from Teto’s period is more likely to pop in my mind rather than one from Suzuori’s period.
There’s no such thing as a change, I’d rather like to say there’s the “discovery”. Foreground Eclipse didn’t change their way of thinking in terms of music, they just discovered new ways to express themselves and their sound.
And that applies to almost everything, actually.
Also, this song has a “secret ending” that, I clearly remember, scared the living sh*t out of me the first time.
Wasn’t expecting that.

04. I Bet You’ll Forget That Even If You Noticed That
Personal rating: ★★★★
The few things this song lacked were corrected in another version of it that we’ll see on post #5, but I still can’t give this song less star because of that.
Thinking about it, it made no huge difference whatsoever.
Yet another touhou arrange that hardly seems like one.
I can barely hear Hourai Victim in this, but I still like this a lot.
The fast-paced vocals that conceal really nice lyrics are probably what makes this song so unique it leads the band to make another one based off this style (post #5).
I remember when the album first came out, I didn’t listen to this song that much, but on a second moment I was completely stuck with this song in my mind.
Teto’s style is showing up really fast in this album, and this 3-hits combo of 4-star songs is the proof of how much I like Each and Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone…

05. Nooneness Is For Danger
Personal rating: ☆☆☆☆
…Except for this.
Seriously. Foreground Eclipse, just give up arranging Kogasa‘s theme, it’s really not your business (post #5).
The vocals of this song are horrible, and I can’t describe them otherwise.
The instrumental part is not bad at all, but the vocals are really unbearable.
I don’t know why Merami decided to sing it this way, because on other tracks of the same CD she proved us she’s gotten a lot better singing.
Only the main verse of this song is decent, but the rest of it is simply hard to listen to because of how poorly performed its vocals are.
But maybe even if the vocals were a little bit better, the song couldn’t have reached the level of the previous ones from this album.
In my opinion, it would have been better if this song wasn’t part of this album at all.
It’s so poor. And what the hell is “nooneness“? Isn’t that the cousin of Lochness?!

06. Things What Fowls Can’t See Confuse Us
Personal rating: ★★★☆☆
This song first appeared on their sixth demo CD, and was the first song arranged by Teto.
I clearly remembered how I loved this song.
It reveals us their new techniques and their new style, as well as Merami’s improved english.
Which… is still engRish, though.
And it’s probably the reason why I can’t give this song 4 stars, for how much I love it.
Because I think it would have been better if it was in japanese, and because I find some parts of it (mainly due the english usage) to be pretty lame.
In terms of music, this is nothing like the Suzuori’s era, and is surely the song that marked the rebirth of Foreground Eclipse.
With this song I realized how FgE lacked lots of things on their previous period of activity, and with it, I understood the importance of the glorious synthetizer.

07. Noble
Personal rating: ★★★★★
Throve Keys on the previous post was an tribute for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Noble is an arrange from one of its character’s song, “Dear You, Thanks“.
I didn’t even know this song before listening to Noble, so I thought it was an original.
After listening to Dear You, which is really nice, I realized how much better Noble was.
This song is stunning. There are no words for describing this song.
More than three years passed since I first listened to it, but I still get chills whenever I do that again.
In this track, we get to listen to Merami’s improved vocals.
Her skills became incredible, and her voice is more beautiful than always.
That’s exactly why I can’t understand how a singer as good as her made both this masterpiece and that sort-of-failure that is Noonenessblahblah.
Anyway, back to Noble.
This is probably the track I like the most from this CD and one of my favourite tracks of all time by them.
Lots of people are skeptic when it comes to listen to japanese music.
My sister is one of them.
I made her listen to this song and she actually liked it a lot.
Everything in this song is perfect, starting from the piano to the guitar’s riffs which, for how “metal” they are, don’t ruin the calm and peaceful atmosphere of this song at all.
Lyrics? Incredible.
Instruments? Perfect.
Arrange? Couldn’t be better.
A song that everyone could listen to and enjoy, because it has everything a song needs to have.
And, in my opinion, one of the best track they ever made.
Ladies and gentlemen, the track I like the most out of this album.

08. If You Feel Like Sinking Down
Personal rating: ★★★★
Here’s the first original track from this album, as well as the happiest one.
I love this song, and in that one in particular Merami’s english is a little bit better than any other songs she ever recorded.
The rhythm of this song is very complex and keeps changing and changing and changing, as if it’s reflecting the lyrics’ content.
I found this to be ingenious.
Also, the synthetizer is the main feature of this song.
I’d say that’s one of the most Teto-styled song they ever composed.
Probably it is amongst the original tracks, there couldn’t be a better track than this one to reveal how much FgE’s sound has changed throughout the years.
The digressions this song keeps having makes builds up lots of things: now tension, now happiness, now fear, now courage, now everything else.
I think only a band such as Foreground Eclipse could have wrote a song like this one.
And it’s pretty rare to see such positive lyrics from Foreground Eclipse, so we must treasure this song!

09. Escapes
Personal rating: ★★★★★
This song came out on demo CD #6, and was the song that made my jaws drop.
This. Is. Stunning.
The second original track from the album, and the best one for sure.
Probably I like Noble a little bit more, but this is still worth 5 stars.
The song builds up a feeling of hopelessness and the screams on this songs are probably the most appropriate screams out of every FgE’s song.
I love its lyrics and their backing synthetizer / guitar tracks, and the intro/build-up is epic.
No wonder why it’s one of their most famous original songs…
With this song that closes the album, we got a clear picture of Foreground Eclipse’s new style that is going to stay the same from now on.
I think that’s the most symbolic song from this album, just like The Distant Journey To You was the most symbolic one from Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises.
Together with Noble. But in terms of FgE’s new style, this song is probably a better example than Noble.

About this post

This CD meant a lot to me.
Probably more than Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises did.
Because while the other was the one which made me discover Foreground Eclipse, this one made me appreciate them more, and…
…It remembers me of an amazing period of my life and a lot of friends I love so much.
How appropriate is for a CD that makes me feel like that to have a track such as Noble inside it!
But we have not ended yet, there are still two posts.
From this point on, Foreground Eclipse will release demo CDs over demo CDs, and songs featured in album collections that will lead the band to collaborate with Draw the Emotional on Seated with Liquor and then they’ll shatter, but not before relasing their last album, Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights. Again, finding this more important (and a 100% FgE album) I’d talk about this before talking about Seated with Liquor and the other songs I’ve missed.
Next post coming… I have no idea, soon, I guess.

Rating system:
☆☆☆☆ – Poor
★★☆☆☆ – Nice
★★★☆☆ – Good
★★★★☆ – Very Good
★★★★★ – Excellent

Retrospective parts:

Part 1: Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises
Part 2: Missing, Loving… and Suffering + Tears Will Become Melodies Tonight
Part 3: Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone
Part 4: Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights
Part 5: Extra, Bonus tracks, Seated with Liquor

See you next post!
PS: Do you have perchance Merami’s telephone number…?

Foreground Eclipse – A Retrospective: Part 1/5


Time for a different kind of post (kinda foreshadowed before).
Most of you already figured out, but I like Foreground Eclipse a lot.
There has never been a band that made a huge impact on me as they did, and while right now I’m not sure I can say they’re the band I like the most, they’re surely one of the most important band I’ve ever listened to.
The band released their last album on December 2013, thus marking their end.
Some says “there are two kinds of musicians: those who die as legends and those who live long enough to become sh*t”.
I think Foreground Eclipse died as a legend.
In terms of music, a lot of people doesn’t know that Foreground Eclipse changed their arranger through their carreer.
The arranger, aka the composer, is the structure of the band.
But people seem to ignore this. Just like those guys who thank the uploader of a subbed video instead of thanking the one who translated everything. F*ck you! (justkiddingofcourse)
The original formation had Merami as the lead singer, Teto as the drummer / scream vocals and Suzuori as the bassist / guitarist.
Most of the arranges are labeled “Foreground Eclipse” on the first albums, but each and every original track has been composed by Suzuori.
So, the first Foreground Eclipse original sounds were Suzuori’s.
But the formation changed on 2011, with Suzuori’s left during the production of Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone.
Let’s start from the Suzuori period from this post.
So, what is this post about?
My opinions (I’m writing this again: MY PERSONAL OPINIONS) on Foreground Eclipse’s song, with comments, stories, ratings and everything.
This is purely subjective and it’s not absolutely a critic to Foreground Eclipse.


Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises

For this first post, I’d like to talk about the first album I’ve listened to rather than the first one they produced (and also this wordpress’ namesake).
You can see at the bottom of this post how I’m going to deal with song rating and posts order.
I can’t remember what year was it when I first listened to this album, but sure was a long time ago.
Should be around the time it came out, around 2010-2011.
I think of this as the best album from the Suzuori period, completely overshadowing the previous and the next one (which I’ll discuss in the next post).
And here’s what I think about the tracks featuring in it.

02. Vermillion Halo
Personal rating: ★★★☆☆
This is the very first Foreground Eclipse’s song I’ve ever listened to, and I found it randomly while looking for arranges of Riverside View.
I clearly remember I’ve listened to it without knowing Foreground Eclipse nor their album, and when I first got to listen to the whole Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises, I was very disappointed.
My musical tastes were not the same I have today, and I wasn’t particularly fond of screamo music, so this song was the only song I could have listened to without saying “why the screams, WHY?!”.
What I really liked about this song is the guitar rhythm which is both powerful and very delicate, and I also loved the final segment where the song fades out into that peaceful lalala~. Ohh, Merami.
Nowadays, I don’t listen to this song so much, because Foreground Eclipse has changed a lot, and with them my music tastes have changed too.
It’s still an amazing song and a nice arrange of Riverside View, but the myself of 2015 can’t give it more than 3 stars.
Maybe, some years ago, this would have been a 5/5.

03. Oath of Allegiance
Personal rating: ★★★★
The exact opposite of the previous song.
At first, I hated it with all my heart. I wasn’t into screamo music and couldn’t understand how “those screaming are considered music”.
I can’t clearly remember when I fled from this way of thinking and started to like screamo music.
But still, is a type of music that I still enjoy a lot today, and it’s of course thanks to Foreground Eclipse.
This song is so epic, how can someone dislike it?
First of all, its arrange is brilliant, and the double singing it’s one of the most well done I’ve ever heard.
Plus, the whole song is very aggressive but its lyrics are really soft, and that’s what makes it even more brilliant.
It’s a song that I won’t get tired listening to, no matter what.
Not worth 5 stars, but keep on mind that 4 stars it’s like saying “full marks”, while 5 stars means “full marks and hearts drawn around it with a red pen”.
That’s the most retarded metaphor ever.

04. I’m The Seeker (Maybe Each Your Word Calls For It)
Personal rating: ★★☆☆☆
Warning! 2 stars doesn’t mean I don’t like it! Only 1-star songs are “bad” scored.
This song is pretty brutal too, but I never actually got really into it.
Of course I like it, but there are lots of things about it that I can’t really stand.
First of all, the rhythm is cool but hard to listen because of its complex tempo, I can’t simply relax listening to this!
Second, the english sections.
Okay, I should be forgiving on japanese people singing in english (and I am, expecially if we’re talking about Merami), but while on other songs by them is pretty hard to understand the english section, in this one they’re pretty clear.
So, wrong pronunciations are pretty clear too.
There are FgE’s songs that I didn’t know were in english at first!
Also, the japanese section of this song is really good, and it’s a shame it’s so short.
I think they should have keep that type of sound for this song.
Still, this song builds up a clear picture of what its lyrics are talking about. And that can’t be negative at all.

05. Dancing With Happiness And Sadness
Personal rating: ★★☆☆☆
Pretty much the same things I said about the previous one can fit into this.
With the exception that this song isn’t brutal at all.
I’d say this song is not foreground-eclipseish (??) at all.
It’s still a nice song, but are we really sure Foreground Eclipse are behind it?
Nothing particular, but well executed.
Can’t give it 1 star because I don’t think it’s a bad arrange, but it isn’t that outstanding too.
If I didn’t know this song was on their CD, I would have guessed it was a different circle, like Draw the Emotional. That’s exactly why I can’t take this song as a FgE’s one.

06. In A Night When Her Sorrow Resounds Around
Personal rating: ★★★☆☆
When I finally got into screamo music, this one was probably my favourite track of the whole CD, at the beginning.
While I still think of it as an amazing arrange with nice lyrics / vocals, I can’t say that it stands out that much as I thought before.
That’s because its rhythm (which I like a lot, of course) lacks of something.
The drum section is marvelous and the guitar is really good, but I can’t say the same about the piano / chorus vocals and sometimes the normal vocals too.
It’s not like they’re bad, they’re just not-so-fitting sometimes.
To me, it sounds like the whole song lacks of something in some parts.
As if it’s filled with empty moments that should have been filled in some way or another.
And now it looks like I’m criticizing this song, but I’m not.
This song meant a lot to me back on those days, and I still love it as I did before.
Also, this song randomly shouts “Senses Fail” at a certain point.
And googling, lots of years ago, I found out it was a band. So, I’ve listened to “Bite to Break Skin” by them and…
They’re still one of my favourite band nowadays.
It’s amazing how things that happen randomly lead you into find something new and special.
And I could have never find out about them if it wasn’t for Foreground Eclipse!
I’m thankful to them in each and every possible way.

07. Truths, Ironies, The Secret Lyrics
Personal rating: ★★★☆☆
By far the most brutal out of the album, I swear it could have love it even more if its lyrics weren’t like that!
But that’s also what makes the song special.
Foreground Eclipse are actually one of the most succesful band on the touhou doujin panorama, and when this album came out, they weren’t yet popular.
So, I always symphatized with the lines on this song where they wish they were as popular as other touhou-music circles.
By now, the gained even more fame than most of them, and I couldn’t be happier.
Also, I remember I was pretty shocked reading its lyrics.
They were, indeed, “Secret”.
The arrange, by the way, isn’t half bad.
Everyone not paying attention to the lyrics could mistake it for a proper song with proper lyrics, because its structure suggests so.
I think this song shines more for its bizzarre lyrics rather than its actual musical contents.
That’s why I can’t give it more than 3 stars. It’s a good song after all.

08. Forget Me Not
Personal rating: ★★★★★
There we go, the first 5 stars!
I’m saying this on this first post and it can easily apply to every other post: Foreground Eclipse is a great musical circle and their touhou arranges are really good, but the songs where they shine the most are those that doesn’t involve Touhou project.
But we’ll talk again about it on other posts, expecially when we’ll come in contact with certain songs.
For now, let’s focus on Forget Me Not.
This song is outstanding.
No screams, and there’s actually no need for them, a simple and smooth guitar track that one can’t get away from his/her mind, a calming and intense bass line and an energetic yet somehow really appropriate drum beat that, along with one of the most beautiful lyrics from the Suzuori-era, makes the first original Foreground Eclipse song to shine brighter than the other tracks on the same CD.
I think of this song as the best original track from the first era of Foreground Eclipse, but it also made me realize something about the next era.
But… we’ll talk about it once we reach the third post.
Anyway, this song has everything a masterpiece requires.
The best track of the album in my opinion, and, still in my opinion, a little bit overshadowed my other tracks that aren’t as great as it is.
And it means a lot to me. Let’s not forget everything’s just part of my opinions.

Personal rating: ★★★★
Well, this song too, like Vermillion Halo or In a Night When her Sorrow Resounds Around, used to be one of those who I couldn’t stop listening to.
Like other screamo tracks, I completely ignored this one at the beginning, only to discover, later, that it was indeed an awesome track.
I also named my previous (failure-filled) wordpress after this track, and I think there’s actually a western touhou music circle that uses it as their name.
The song isn’t an original not either a Touhou arrange, it’s a remake of a previous song sung by Merami by the circle SUPER POWER.
This song is, in my opinion, one of the most important Foreground Eclipse’s song, but to explain it better we need to wait post #4 and #5.
So, keep it on mind for now!
I don’t listen to this song that much nowadays because it marked a certain period of my life, and I want it to stay as it is.
So… yeah, I love this song but I can’t say I listen to it that often as I did before!

About this post

I decided to start with their second album because it’s the first one I’ve listened to, and, in my opinion, the best and most important album from the first Foreground Eclipse’s period.
The next post will be about Missing, Loving… and Suffering and Tears Will Become Melodies Tonight, which are, in my opinion, far from this album’s sounds, in a general way (and the two albums I dislike the most…).
You can check the rating system down below, as well as the posts order.
Hope you enjoyed reading all of this, and I hope everyone asking me opinions about Foreground Eclipse will be satisfied!
Next post coming… maybe not so soon, but coming for sure.

Rating system:
☆☆☆☆ – Poor
★★☆☆☆ – Nice
★★★☆☆ – Good
★★★★☆ – Very Good
★★★★★ – Excellent

Retrospective parts:

Part 1: Wishes Hidden in the Foreground Noises
Part 2: Missing, Loving… and Suffering + Tears Will Become Melodies Tonight
Part 3: Each And Every Word Leaves Me Here Alone
Part 4: Stories That Last Through The Sleepless Nights
Part 5: Extra, Bonus tracks, Seated with Liquor

See you next post!
PS: check this post’s category.