C91, a.k.a Pure Furies event. You’ll soon see why. Personally – it’s the best event after C85. No jokes. I feel like Touhou is rising anew.
1) 凋叶棕 (Diao ye zong) – 伝
This albums theme will be legends – stories, call it how you want. Everything is kept in a Noh play style. RD is following his usual scheme of Gruesome > Normal > Gruesome and so on albums, so this one should be a bit lighter than 夢.
Favorite tracks: ♥四番目物「奈落唱」♥, 「幻想萬歳楽」, 「心綺楼」
2) FELT – Fluster Escape
Seems FELT’s not going to continue the style from the previous album – whether it’s good or not is debatable, as for me, I just like the way it is usually, but I wouldn’t mind if it stayed as in Parallel Cross. I don’t know how about you, but Tewi was someone I totally did not expect, not that I dislike their choice ofc, but comparing to C89 album, it’s… clearly not as good. I just hope NAGI won’t lose his goodness, kind of like Masayoshi Minoshima did. Time will tell.
Favorite tracks: C.A.G.E, IN THE RAIN, Different Kind of Love
3) 豚乙女 – ぱらだいすろすと
This time, we are getting a mix between Lunarians (and those, who despise them) and our usual Hifuu duo. Theme of the album is a loss of ones home (d-dunno why Hecatia is there then) So far, I don’t think it beats ゲツメンタンサ, that might change in a while though.
Favorite tracks: ♥螺旋絶望♥, 七回目の冬, ままならない, 哀しそうで嬉しそうな物語
4) 死際サテライト – DEAD AGAIN
Come back of Merami! Unfortunately it seems to be the end of EiSeitarou’s usual English lyrics, which saddens me a (lot)bit.
Favorite tracks: 観測ポラリス, 捻転プラネット, 思兼インジェクション
5) ZYTOKINE – 46 ChordeR/SYSTEMA SOLARE
Same as event before, we get a remix of an old album + all (insert ZYTOKINE vocalist) album. Can’t say I wouldn’t want something totally original, but the way it is now is good as well.
Favorite tracks: ARTIFICIAL NIGHT GLIDER, JUST ON TIME, 火鳥封月
Favorite tracks: daystar in the dark, pathfinders, ♥cold ring♥
6) Yonder Voice – 無名の楽園 〜 Piano Arrange Collection Vol.1
Not the usual Yonder Voice. This time, their album features piano (re)arrangements! So, even if you didn’t like their previous style before, it might be good to take a second look at them. As for me, no matter what song, I’ll always appreciate a piano rearrangement of it, haha!
Favortie tracks: 白い海, 冬空花火, 千ノ縁 (Piano Arrange Ver.)
7) ぴずやの独房 (Pizuya’s Cell) – 交錯ディストーション
Somehow, Pizuya makes Hifuu-club themed albums enjoyable, even though it’s a 3rd album in a row (orz). On another hand, this album has quite a different feel from the Kouromu 12 album, and a COMPLETELY different feel from the C90 one. It’s definitely better than the Kouromu one, but I’m not sure whether it beats Maze of Time Paradoxia.
Favorite tracks: 発光ダイオード屈折都市, Winding Road, ハイドの狂気的免罪符
8) 発熱巫女〜ず (Hatsunetsumiko’s) – TWICE
4 words: EL.J is my goddess.
Hatusnetsu is a perfect example of a summer circle – tracks they mroduce are the best to listen during a sunny, warm weather, while walking in the park, or just the streets of your town. At least that’s the feel I got from this album, and I must note, that I am not the biggest fan of hatsunetsu.
Favorite tracks: 夜間飛行, existence, Twice
9) 暁Records – KILLOVE FIREPROOF!/GIRLS ALBUM -ONE-
1st album is a Stack only album, nice! Stack is also arranging one track, which is a new thing. Not as good unfortunately as DOWN DOWN DOLL
Second album features a lot of vocalist, such as Nanahira, Meramipop and Chata. The tracks are pretty good, they’re all happy and upbeat (and oh I missed Chata a lot ;w;)
Favorite tracks: KilLove Fireproof!, DANGO ON FIRE, 死んだバラと悪魔のはなし
Favorite tracks: ココロコイシ – Eyes-, 月下の幻, リグレッション メモリー
10) 魂音泉 (TAMAONSESN) – STILLING
Alright, I’m SO positively surprised! I am even considering buying STILLING. Still, since Tamaonsen has never been my favorite circle, I put it a bit low, but I definitely recommend checking out the crossfades! Also Matsu+ytr combo is just nghhh ♥
Second album is just an off-vocal compilation.
Favorite tracks: テウルギスト, Dreamy Noise, STILL
11) 東方事変 (Touhou Jihen) – 限界パラドックス
Crossfade(full ver. of パラノイア)
Unfortunatly, we don’t have a full XFD (update: WE DO!). So far, I really enjoy it, so I hope other songs won’t let my expectations down.
There seems to be a special CD released with Chata and shuriken so I’m mostly excited about that!
Favorite tracks: パラノイア, 満潮-manchou-, パラドックス
12) DHS – My Interpretations
I have never been an avid fan of DHS. That most likely won’t change, but the album is nice.
Favorite tracks: Season, Stargazer, Homesick
13) Register6 – 赤瞳ノ景色
New Reg6! Unfortunatly, we don’t have alot of new tracks,most of them are recycled ones
Favorite tracks: 冒険の書, Flag
14) Squall of Scream – I’ll be right here
New Touhou metal circle! They’re affiliated with A.M.A., but the circle is led by Noof. So far they have got some interesting tracks, certainly looking forward to them.
Favorite tracks: Endless Remoat, 踊れファンシー, Plain Emotion
15) EastNewSound – Ironic Relation
Nothing really special about this album, ENS is also releasing an instrumental ver. of Tragical Garnet, might look forward to that a bit.
Favorite tracks: 視的領域-my territory-, 陰翳観測、密室ノ独
16) Melonbooks Records – 東方PARTYBOX3
Nothing I am looking that much forward in this disk. TOHOBOX still doesn’t beat Tora compilations.
Favorite tracks: hard 2 live, STAR FOLLOWER, LOVE”death”EAST
17) Frozen Starfall – Expedition
Usual FS album, still has a bunch of pretty nice tracks.
Favorite tracks: ♥Escape into Petals♥, Regentanz, Golden Wings
18) Alstroemeria Records – SOL ET LUNA/IGNITION DANCEHALL/LOUD SPEAKER
Re-recording of some Mei tracks + one new song (which is pretty mediocre). I think I enjoy the re-recordings, the songs chosen in the album were one of my favs from Mei, so I’m not complaining. After all, I like old-alstr.
As for the favorite tracks from the rest of the albums, I only like ayame tracks.
Favorite tracks: Ancients, MANIACAL DEGREE, WIND A CLOCK