“Sad” used interchangeably with “emo,” this could also be called “10 alst songs.”I was listening to some Alst, as usual, when I suddenly thought “why haven’t I made a sad track playlist yet?” Then, I got the idea to make one of these. Two people have already posted things similar to this, so I figured I might as well too. In no particular order. Translations included in the videos where applicable.
Dim. Dream – Alstroemeria Records
“Dim. Dream” usually means “Dimensional Dream,” but this song takes “Dim” to literally mean dim. While the arrangement itself doesn’t exude any outright depressing vibes, it’s certainly feels bleak. The lyrics focus on uncertainty, and distance. The change in Ayakura’s voice in the final stanza is breathtaking, and the final two lines in particular are very strong and exude a great sense of anxiety, leaving you with the feeling of “Is this all there is?” “Will things ever get any better?”
End of Daylight – Alstroemeria Records
“The sun sets, everything ends
from now on, the power of darkness”
This song tells you that if you have any hope left, it’d be easier to just throw it away. There’s nothing left but darkness, so why not embrace it? Dance together with the darkness, and watch the others struggle to find light where there is none. The electric guitar (I think that’s what I’m hearing) really adds to the piece, but I can’t necessarily point out why.
Bad Apple!! – Alstroemeria Records
The song that made Alstroemeria famous, and for good reason. A song generally about not fitting in anywhere in the world. Is it still worth it to try and live a normal, white life? Is it too late? Perhaps you can’t, no matter how you try. If you can’t change, then maybe you should just give up and let it all turn black.
Icemilk Magic – Alstroemeria Records
You may start off with a dream, but that dream that was once so sweet turns against you, leading you down a path that’s nothing but cold. No matter your efforts, it’s useless. As you struggle to carry on to where your hopes ought to be, you’ll eventually be overcome. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I feel like the arrangement itself gives off chilling vibes as well. When I listen to this song, I can easily imagine myself lost under a moon of dreams.
Necro Effect – Alstroemeria Records
Though it’s repetitive, I find that this adds to the song. When you’ve experienced next to nothing, no change in your life, it’s as if you’re trapped in a long slumber, waiting to wake up. Can you give up when you have so much left to experience? Yet at this rate, you’re achieving nothing. The days pass you by, and though you reach out, nothing changes. It’s as if you aren’t even truly alive.
Lost Emotion – Alstroemeria Records
Perhaps the newest song here. Can you hide behind a mask forever, claiming that you’re in heaven? Can you find that missing piece of yourself that you can’t live without? Even so, the show must go on, and you must continue to dance. Just how far can you go until you fall apart in this hell?
Shinto Shrine – Alstroemeria Records
Sitting at a Shinto Shrine at twilight, watching the sun set. While the brilliant orange colours are beautiful, they soon die out, and you’re left all alone, as devoid of colour and empty as the night sky.
Alice Maestera – Alstroemeria Records
The beginning portion is the best part of the original “Alice Maestra,” and Minoshima integrated it into an arrangement perfectly. Someday, you’ll have to part with the person dearest to you. Whether you’re ready for it or not, you’ll eventually be left behind, and loneliness will find you.
Maple Wizen – Alstroemeria Records
I feel like this song deserves a lot more recognition. It’s not really as emo as the rest, but I can’t ignore how amazing these lines are:
“Shining or bright? I’ll destroy these crimson nightmares:
Despair, anguish, and hatred, with my own hands
For certain, I’ll destroy the meaning of scarlet
I can not hesitate”
Days – Alstroemeria Records
Remember what I said about Alice Maestera? Here it is. Before you knew it, that person so close to you, who taught you the joy of living, is gone. With each ending comes a new beginning, but what good is a new beginning without you? Bonus points to this song for the track that joins on to it, “Beautiful Moment.” It gives this a perfect ending.
Dead Souls – Zytokine
You know a song from an album titled “Death” is going to be emo. I can’t recall the word for it, but the vocals are very slow paced, which really complements the slow beat. The lyrics are masterfully crafted- perhaps the best Linjin’s ever written, in my opinion. Normally his lyrics are more on the upside, so this was rather rare.
Seeds of Life – Sound Holic
It’s extremely rare for Yurica to sing a ballad like this, but you can really feel the emotion when it gets to the chorus, and the final stanza crowns the song perfectly in error-less English. I don’t have much else to say, so I’ll leave you with it.
“An imitation life that is without a light
Nobody could save my pain, so I’ve given up
I am a lonely mage who is just in a maze
Nothing heals or cures my forever loneliness”
【Darkness】 – AdamKadmon
While I haven’t been able to find lyrics for this song and thus have been unable to translate it properly, let me assure you that these lyrics are very dark, with a fittingly heavy arrangement to accompany it. The guitar solo that begins at 2:35 is particularly impressive.
“The angel inviting me to the darkness, wielding the heart of a devil, controlled me”
“Is there no one who will hold me back from the darkness I’ve been invited to?”
Nowhere Residents – Syrufit
Also, the Babbe remix. I admit, I picked this one partly because it has some sentimental value. Me, I’ve never lived anywhere for too long, always moving from one place to another. What do you say when someone asks you where you’re from? Do you say where you were born even though you barely know the place? Or where you’re currently living, even though you just got there? I’m not really from anywhere. A nowhere resident.
ラストジャッジメント – fromadistance
Another instrumental track. This track is very interesting. I can easily picture myself on my deathbed. First, all you hear is pipe organs, often found in churches, at funerals. Slowly, the melody from Shikieiki’s theme comes in, as if death is on its way to greet you. You can feel that these are your final moments on this earth, as the sounds begin to become distorted. All your senses begin to blur and fade. You can feel yourself getting closer and closer to death’s door, and then—– that’s it.