This is an interesting album by a relatively new circle, electronic and vocal arranges. The history of the main arranger for this album is actually rather interesting – he has released albums under a different name in the past, ⑨いんてっと, which means ⑨intet. This time the circle itself is named Quintet, while his arranger credit is Solaris. I don’t much like the choice to change his name to that, because Solaris is a very common name for bands and it screws up last.fm metrics.

I especially like the two vocal tracks on this album with 如月リツ as vocalist. She’s extremely young sounding and has quite an interesting voice, and I like how it sounds.

Circle Name: Quintet
Album Name: In The Court Of The Scarlet Devil ~Dream will be my epitaph~
Website: http://9intet.web.fc2.com/c78tokusetsu.html

Not a popular album, so no youtube links.

  1. intro -One More Scarlet Nightmare-
    A rather fitting opening for this album, it sounds nice and ominous and somewhat mysterious as well. I like the choice of instruments used, and the pacing is rather good as well. Excellent intro track.
  2. Starless Sky
    This track is by the vocalist I was talking about, who I will refer to as Kisaragi Ritsu from now on. I don’t like the placement of the track within the album, it doesn’t really mesh well with the ending of the previous track. When I consider it on its own, however, I like how the track is paced and how everything is introduced gradually, while the melody remains light and refreshing. The main beat is also quite catchy, and sounds very interesting and different from the usual tracks. The chorus is also very nice and fitting, though the track probably could have arranged a bit better.
  3. Renaissance
    Fits better with the previous track, though I don’t like the “And now for something completely different!” vibe that it gives. Overall the album’s pacing and track arrangement could use improvements, but again, an excellent solo track. Provides an interesting take on the original melody, with meshing of synthesized sounds with a more traditional drum beat. It actually sounds almost like the same type of drums you would hear in the original songs by ZUN, though much slower. Quite a nice catchy track, but a bit too long in my opinion.
  4. foolish
    This is actually a re-release of a previous track published under Solaris’s old name, but with vocals. 藤本美菜実(I don’t really want to try romanizing that) provides the vocals. I liked it quite a bit as an instrumental, but the vocal version is actually rather interesting as well. The vocalist’s voice fits quite well with the tone of the song, and it’s certainly quite an interesting track, but if I had to choose I would probably go with the instrumental version.
  5. 1884
    Much more electronic, this track consists mostly of synthesizers and drums. I like the way the track is introduced gradually, it sets the mood for the transition quite well, and the choice of instruments does give it a bit of a foreboding feel which is quite intriguing. The sampled voices also add a nice touch to it, my only complaint would be that the drum seems to be too loud for the track.
  6. Magik Veil
    Yet another “And now for something completely different!” vibe, this has almost no similarity to the previous track. Alot of synthesizer as well, but the drums are more traditional sounding and it sounds alot more 8-bit than the previous one as far as synthesizers go. Pacing of the track is good, it doesn’t go too fast or too slow and builds up nicely towards the middle, with a smooth transition at the ending as well.
  7. Trillion Words
    Quite surprising to see a decent transition between tracks in this album, 6-7 has a good flow and isn’t strangely jarring like most of the rest. I like to hear arranges of this song(Locked Girl ~ The Girl’s Secret Room) with vocals, it’s always rather interesting to see how they manage it. Sometimes you get tracks that just skirt around the main melody and use instruments to provide it, but this one really goes all in and has the vocalist sing out the melody. I like it alot because of this, and it sounds really nice and calming. Definitely my favourite track of the entire album. Oh, Kisaragi Ritsu did the vocals for this one so its quite cute sounding too.
  8. Slave Time (4D Princess)
    A rather drastic change in tone from the previous song, this sounds alot more serious from the start and changes the mood a fair bit. I don’t quite like the transitioning as usual, which I feel is rather off in this album as a whole. It’s a fairly fast-paced song, but it sounds quite generic right up till the part where it degenerates and pulls out some pretty interesting remixes of Luna Dial’s theme. The ending is the best part of it by far.
  9. Mistress
    Another drastic change in tone, this one sounds rather depressing with the piano at the start, but suddenly, synthesizers! It changes genres completely! How intriguing. Anyway, I don’t like the idea of completely changing the track after 1 minute or so, but it has a rather good take on the original melody, and does liven up quite a fair bit near the end. Interesting.
  10. …And Then There Were None?
    Can you guess what the original of this is?! I actually like this take on “U.N. Owen was her?”, it’s very high energy, especially with the sampled voices. Quintet’s style is actually rather interesting as a whole, and I do like it quite a fair bit. Solaris isn’t afraid to change up his style quite a fair bit, and certainly not afraid to completely screw with listener’s heads by having bad track organisation.
  11. Don’t Dream It’s Over
    Starts off nice and smoothly with some soft bass and light piano, definitely has the feeling of “Goodbye, but we’ll meet again sometime soon, okay?”. It’s like those scenes in visual novels where the protagonist waves goodbye a dear friend(haha right). Definitely quite an emotional song, climaxes nicely near the middle with the vocals by 藤本美菜実 being  a nice touch. Eastern Dream is one of my favourite original tracks because of the wildly different takes you can hear on this song, and how it always sounds nice and balanced.

Overall, it is a decent album but lacking as far as transitioning and balancing goes.