シンダーエラ (Cinder-ella) – Cinder-ella
Jyu Jyu’s sister group シンダーエラ (Cinder-ella) released their first two EPs, introducing this dark, powerful and emotional idol unit from Xidea.
The Cinder-ella EP includes the two songs we already knew thanks to their live video, “君のいない世界” (Kimi No Inai Sekai) and “NOT FRIEND”; as expected, these two songs are still awesome, showing their symphonic/gothic metal sound which features both emotion and energy. While the genre is similar to their sister unit Jyu Jyu — which also released their latest single La Fin through Zankyo Records — there are also some differences: Cinder-ella seems to be less on the creepy side and more on a romantic-emotional side.
As I said before, “君のいない世界” is my favorite track, thanks to its combination of dramatic strings melodies and delicate, Japanese-like vocal lines; but I also have to say that the neo-classical influences and the really catchy chorus of “NOT FRIEND” are equally great. The union of this elements with powerful guitars and rhythms makes the music of this group really exciting.
As for the other two songs, they are also very nice and introduce some new elements. “暗赤の薔薇” (Kura Aka No Bara) includes some post-rock elements, especially in the more introspective atmosphere and in some guitar parts; this mixes perfectly with the dark and thunderous sound of Cinder-ella, giving slightly melancholic vibes. On the other hand, “死返し” (Shigaeshi) makes use of a more electronic-sounding synth, which works well replacing the symphonic-like ones; this difference doesn’t really distort the group’s sound, being actually a nice change while keeping itself faithful to the concept. There is also a very heavy bridge towards the end of the song which I really enjoyed.
All in all, Cinder-ella does a great job in introducing this group, showing that the four girls and their staff are really capable. Once again, I recommend you to give a try to “「LOVE」” as well, since it gives you a more alternative/post-rock oriented point of view on Cinder-ella.