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3.04 | 26 ratings | 4 reviews | 19% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Gate Of 21st Century (3:15)
2. Humanizer (Dream Of An Android) (6:45)
3. Entrance The Visions (3:16)
4. Eternal Sinner (8:17)
5. Unknown Lives (2:37)
6. Wish (4:58)
7. The Gipsy's Parade (3:25)
8. End Of Millenium (6:40)
9. In The Distance (4:06)
10. Exit For D.N.A (6:18)

Total Time: 49:37

Line-up / Musicians

- Megu Tokuhisa / vocals
- Terutsugu Hirayama / guitar
- Shouichi Aoki / keyboards
- Jutaro Ohkubo / bass
- Junichi Sato / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Alain Robert

CD Musea ‎- FGBG 4302.AR (1999, France)

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TERU'S SYMPHONIA The Gate ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(23%)
Good, but non-essential (46%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

TERU'S SYMPHONIA The Gate reviews

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Review by lor68
3 stars Good album, characterized by too many derivative parts, in the vein of bands such as The Enid and Renaissance. Nevertheless you can get an inkling of their talent, regarding of the lush symphonic excursions at the keyboards (forget only the vocals in Japanese , which is the main defect of the whole production and get on my nerves).

Very interesting but not essential!!

Review by kenethlevine
3 stars The secret to the artistic success of "The Gate" is in its deft merging of the bombast and the melodically simple, the whine and the croon, the tender passage and the hard rocking segment. As such, vocalist Megumi Tokuhisa is simply yet another vehicle for the band's aims, and she acquits herself wondrously for the most part.

"The Gate Of 21st Century" is an opening overture for what is to come. "Eternal Sinner" is one of the best cuts, boasting all the elements that the band synthesizes over the course of the album - a chorus with an irresistible hook, duelling synthesizers and lead guitar to imaginative beats, and some potent riffing on rhythm guitar, even some styles that sound more middle eastern than far eastern, but it's all good. It is separated from the infectious rocker "Wish", which could have you out on the dance floor, by the stately instrumental "Unknown Lives", featuring flute-type sounds as well as acoustic guitar, underscoring the band's versatility and unwillingness to stick to a simplistic formula.

Another favourite is "End of the Millenium", appropriate for the year of release, 1999. Several fine tunes are rolled into its 7 minutes. Teru's Symphonia knows how to cultivate the hook and, guilty pleasure or not, the accent is on pleasure. Nothing groundbreaking here, but it is also not to be trivialized.

While not everything here is strong, this is a good place to start your Japanese symphonic prog collection. Open the gate and enter the land of Teru's Symphonia.

Latest members reviews

2 stars Gosh. This album kicks in all direction. From metal riffs from the guitarists to neo-prog riffs by the keyboard player to ambient film-music and new-age parts. Inbetween, there are some bombastic symphonic rock parts well over the top. The shrieking vocals too is a bit if a torture. This i ... (read more)

Report this review (#240742) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Monday, September 21, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This is a typical symphonic prog. japanese band.Very based in the british symph.rock(Genesis mainly) Very symphonic,with the keyboards dominating. This band as other Japanese ones have the advantage of the best electronic instruments to display. As other jap.bands the vocals are awful. M ... (read more)

Report this review (#149682) | Posted by robbob | Friday, November 9, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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