The Nagoya-based idol unit 誰もシラナイ。 (DAREMO SHIRANAI.) make their debut with a full-length album titled KäMPFER: let’s give it a try!
The debut hosts eight total tracks; three were previously released and five brand new songs round out the lineup. “Balance Breaker”, the group’s debut single, opens with a fun harmonized mix of vocals alongside a funky drum beat as it delves into pop rock. The electronica elements, from the popping bits in the chorus to the trap EDM breakdown, are a bouncy addition to the energy of the song, not only perfect as an album opener, but as their first ever musical release. Their vocals are fabulous as well, everyone containing their own standout vocal color.
“Escape”, which was originally released on an EP, hones in on the rock vibes more with a sprinkling of piano throughout. It’s almost got an old metalcore feel to it, reminding me of the early days of artists like Sleeping With Sirens. The following track “Tsukame” was also on the same EP; it’s a hard rock track through and through, from the sweeping guitars and furious drums to the touch of grittiness in the vocals. I can already hear this song being the pit starter at shows, something perfect to bang your head to. The two key changes at the end are just what the song needs to keep up its wild energy as well.
“Sakushi, Sakuni Dohamari” has a real funky, jazzy vibe about it in the delivery of the vocals and the drumming. I’d also say the song may have some ska influences in it as well, as it reminds me of some early tracks from Ice Nine Kills. Overall, it keeps the high energy of the former track, and the hidden vocals within the second pre-chorus and chorus are great touches. That piano towards the end is fantastic as well.
“Hanaichimonme” is my absolute favorite on the album; it’s a catchy mix of different genres, with some hints at traditional Japanese music, hard rock, EDM and even reggae in the pre-chorus! There’s nothing I love more than a chorus where every member sings together, and here they do it perfectly. Everybody sounds great in the verses as well, with the constant switch ups in delivery keeping things fun and fresh. It closes up nicely as well, which I believe aids in its earworm potential.
“Magenta” follows in a similar vein to “Escape” in the usage of hard rock and orchestration, but keeps you on your toes with a trippy breakdown around the 2:10 mark. The chorus is an emotional powerhouse in terms of delivery, with everyone getting a chance to contribute. The vocals of DAREMO SHIRANAI.‘s girls are strong, with no belt feeling strained or out of place. “Ender” starts off sounding like a soft piano ballad, but tricks you as it introduces some subtle drums and guitar. It’s the slowest, and longest, song on the album, but that’s not to be viewed negatively as it serves as a nice break from the power of the last few tracks. The strings are beautiful, the vocals are soft and heartfelt, and the chorus washes over like a wave, completely swaddling the listener in the song’s nature.
The final song, “Bokuraga Ikita Akashi”, is pop punk through and through, serving as a perfect end to the album. It starts off soft, with just guitar and vocals underneath a layer of feedback, before exploding into fullness. The energy is very upbeat, with united singing in the chorus and subtle hints of shimmer and bells in the chorus. After the emotional ballad of the previous song, the lighthearted nature of this one is right and refreshing.
I feel as if I enjoyed KäMPFER a lot more than I thought once I began to write out this review. For such a young group, DAREMO SHIRANAI. have put their very best on display, and I’m excited to see what the future will hold for them. Let’s cheer them on!
|猫守 梦 (Nekomori Bou)|
|桃瀬 シオン (Momose Shion)|
|愛 狩 ノ ア (Agari Noa)|