メタモル!!! (METAMOL FOURZE) – -Tensei-

The four-membered group メタモル!!! (METAMOL FOURZE) released their high impact debut digital album -Tensei-: let’s give it a try!

It’s not very often that you encounter an album that’s so chock-full of high spirits and boundless energy that it leaves you winded. So for those of you excited to experience that, let me introduce you to METAMOL!!!, also known as METAMOL FOURZE: a four member group that’s not tied to a concept (fitting, as their name seems to be a play on the word metamorphosis). Composed of Hanasaki Funa, Shabana Minami, Aise Hina and Aigasa Moe — who also produces their music — they dropped their first debut album on July 10th, titled -Tensei-, through the label LEXINGTON, and it’s seven tracks of no-holds-barred intensity.

The album opener, “Overture”, is an instrumental track that combines video game aesthetics with dance pop, and serves as a great warm up of what’s to come. The following track, “Spotlight Syndrome”, opens to a brief calming atmosphere before giving way to pure hard rock — quite the jump from the previous song, but well fitting to their design. As the girls come in, you’ll find that each member has a distinctive color to their vocal that sounds great when combined together in the chorus. The ambient effects throughout (especially in the instrumental break at the 2:30 point) give the song an almost metalcore edge, and the drums are absolutely fantastic towards the end with their near-blastbeat quality.

“Shuffle Life”, track three, is a jump genre-wise from the former with its electro-pop flavor. With its chanted opening and adlibs just begging for crowd participation, it’s sure to be a hit at the live shows. The next one, “Kojirasechatte, Gomenne” (Sorry I’m So Insecure) is a dance pop song with a spicy, jazzy flavor that’s aided by the saxophone in the chorus. The bouncy beats and hype-building pre-chorus will have you getting ready to dance in no time, and I personally find the chorus to be extremely catchy.

“Master” is the next song and this one carries a more gothic vibe in the use of symphonic elements. A synth pop track overall, and a romantic one at that, the dark vibes can surely be felt in the sliding pianos of the verses and hint of guitar throughout. At the 3:00 mark there’s a funky and fun interlude, and while all the METAMOL FOURZE girls shine through, Funa’s rich and deep tone does especially well here. Track six is cheekily titled “Doutan Kyohi” (Having the Same Oshi is Forbidden) that goes straight out the gate for some bombastic, punky pop. Though it shares a few similarities with the third track, the horns make for a distinctive and fun touch alongside the rotating vocal lines and soft, sparkly pre-choruses.

The final song is “MurabitoM” (Villager M) and one might notice it’s striking similarity with the album’s opening instrumental in their high energy, video game-influenced sound, but this time with rock elements and sick vocal effects. There’s quite a lot going on with this song, from the key changes to the blitzing soundscape. At times it feels like a Dragonforce song with just how fast everything goes — and that’s not a bad thing at all. If power rock is a genre, I feel like this would be a very fitting inclusion.

-Tensei- is quite the whirlwind of an album from start to finish and a great beginning to this promising idol unit. With their metamorphosis ideology, it makes us wonder what’ll be the next route the girls take? Until then, follow the members on their various social platforms and be sure to check out METAMOL FOURZE‘s Youtube channel that contains live performances, lyric videos and practices of all the songs featured here.


少女模型 (The Girl Mannequin) – Mannequin Invasion

少女模型 (The Girl Mannequin)

Nobody Expects the Mannequin Invasion! Electro-pop duo 少女模型 (The Girl Mannequin) brings chaos and cheer with their second album.

There’s nothing that suits the bright summer energy quite like a fast paced, energetic, perhaps even chaotic, album. While the temperatures are hot, The Girl Mannequin has brought us music that’s even hotter with their second album Mannequin Invasion. Formed under the company EATS MUSIC, the duo (made up of members Heito and Yamishi) released the 7 tracks on June 17th.

The overall feeling of the album is quite wild, with frequent usage of vocal effects and distortion. The first track, “MiSS FiNGER” opens slow and quiet before diving deep into some hard hitting EDM (it almost gets industrial in some sections). The vocals in the verses are delivered in an almost haunting fashion that adds an air of creepiness, amplified by the glitching sounds throughout the track. “Boomerang”, the follow up, continues the upbeat feelings and glitched sound with an instrumental break halfway through that borders on digital hardcore. The vocals, however, feel a little bit forward in the mix.

Track three, “Mental Crazy Claymore”, which molds true to its name, has a unique switch up in the funky opener and some rock elements sprinkled throughout. It’s arguably the most chaotic song on the album with its frequent switch ups in not just sound but vocal sections. “Over-The-Loop” makes use of rapping in its verses and, sonically, is a little more well balanced in terms of structure and even features some Spanish in the breakdown.

“Goth Note”, the fifth track, serves as the most aggressive song on the album with its mix of metal and breakcore elements. The vocals have a spooky quality to them that’s amplified by their now characteristic distortion and vocal effects, as well as titulature gothic elements at the 2:30 mark. The following track, “Electric Dance”, has a darker feel as well despite the simple electro pop beat and relaxed vibes (compared to the last song, for sure!). The pre-chorus is the perfect build up for the simple, but effective, main chorus, which I felt was the best on the album with it’s perfect blend of bounce and the tinges of piano notes. The seventh and final track, “Happy Time”, is the longest on the album at a little over four minutes. The beat is simple and stripped down with very little use of distortion or special effects. It’s poppy and sweet, a perfect end for an otherwise rollercoaster ride of an album.

If you’re looking for something that’ll grab you by the hand and yank you into a world of high spirited (and hard hitting) electro pop, then look no further! I’d also recommend going through the rest of the The Girl Mannequin catalogue for similar and snappy tracks, like the single My Black White Rabbit and their re-recording ver.01 EP.


KNOW YOUR IDOL #21: Diable Voix

Diable Voix

On this new episode of the Know Your Idol interview series in collaboration with Idol Underworld, we are getting to know the enchanting solo idol Diable Voix.

Here’s a deep question for you: should Diable Voix be considered a solo idol, or is Haruka’s partner Penne the second member of this duo? Not that it really matters: what’s important is that their aggressive rock music is top-notch.

Take a look at this video interview if you want to know more about Haruka’s personal interests and her experience as an idol, including details regarding her death growls and her music. And Penne, too.

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