メタモル!!! (METAMOL FOURZE) – -Tensei-

メタモル!!! (METAMOL FOURZE)

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.


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