With all the things happening right now, almost everyday has become quite frustrating. Even going on SNS has become really toxic for me, so I've been trying to limit my time online. It's all a bit overwhelming, honestly. Right now, the only thing giving me joy is the GazettE's new album—BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was spazzing over the photos, and now, I finally have it in my hands. What's more, it's the Limited Edition! So happy I can cry ;______; Aian got me this as a birthday gift, with the help of our friend Emile (who carried this huge thing the whole time he was in Japan!!). Thank you thank you thank you! Thank you x 9999. I wanted to share how beautiful this album is with everyone. Enjoy!

Before I unbox it (for the nth time), here's a photo of the box itself! With the GazettE's logo! Just seeing it made me want to cry. It came with a poster, which I forgot to take a photo of ;;


Goosebumps. All over. How can I say this without sounding too biased..? I can't?? I can't.

So beautiful. I cannot say it enough! For those not familiar with the new album, you might not get the meaning behind the beast's head, which is the focal point of the whole album. I'm not sure if my photos did it any justice, but the beast is actually a chimera of sorts, a mix of five different animals representing each member: owl, wolf, tiger, buffalo, eagle. The idea behind this, according to Ruki: "DEFORMITY is what we consider us to be. And from there, I thought of the expression "beautiful deformity." It's supposed to be something like, beautifully disconnected. I thought that's like the five of us. When our five personalities come together, irregularities are born. It's exactly those irregularities that we wanted to emphasize."

The inside of the jacket + the CD and DVD.

White cards containing lyrics + a photo or an artwork depicting something related to the album.

One for each song on the album.


There's also one card for each member, containing a photo + a message. Here's Ruki.

Uruha, Aoi, Reita, Kai.

Finally, all five members ♥

And I know I've only talked about the visual side up to this point, but the songs on the album are just as great. I've read the interviews about BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY and have been following Ruki and Aoi's tweets the whole time it was being made, so I know how much work was put into it, from the sounds, the words, and the overall flow of the album. I know it's hard to believe coming from someone as biased as myself, but I think this album might just be one of the best that the GazettE has released ever. Aian's not that big of a GazettE fan, but even he liked the whole album. My favorite songs are FADELESS, LAST HEAVEN, and 鴉 (Karasu). Those are my favorites, but I also have INSIDE BEAST and THE STUPID TINY INSECT on constant repeat as well.

And that's it! Whew. There's just so much going on in this album, even though I decided not to include everything it took me forever to take photos. If you want to see photos of all of the artwork included in the album, you can find some scans here. The Limited Edition is a little expensive for an album, but the actual item is well worth your money. If you're a huge fan of the GazettE or of visual kei in general, this is a definite must-have. The visuals on this one is just amazing, I'm not sure if my photos did them any justice. I hope you at least think that they did! If you'd like to get your own copy of BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY, you can get them from CDJapan. Click here for the Limited Edition, and here for the Regular Edition. You can also listen to BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY on Spotify.