Satanic Punish & DEARDEVIL – Devil Margin, Vol. 1

Satanic Punish & DEARDEVIL

Make A Deal With the Devil: Devil Margin’s premiere idol units Satanic Punish and DEARDEVIL bring forth a collaboration.

I’ve gotta say, I love just how many idol groups dabble into the realms of metalcore, djent, hardcore and more. Today’s review will be giving you just that as we take a look into an EP from Devil Margin’s groups, Satanic Punish and DEARDEVIL, titled Devil Margin, Vol. 1. Satanic Punish originally debuted as a five member group in 2019, but their initial lineup disbanded and was reformed in early 2020. Now it’s held together by members Webshiki., the leader who does some pretty impressive screams, and Himeno Usagi, who’s praised for her genreless voice. DEARDEVIL is their brand new sister group, debuting in March of 2021 and consisting of three members: Risa, the multitalented leader with a cool demeanor, Akane, the youngest with the most extensive performance history, and Arara, described as having an artistic vocal ability and a cosplayer on the side. With their debut came a single, “Calling”, and a cover of Satanic Punish’s “Heroine ≠ Heroin”, both of which are featured on this EP.

The EP opens with two songs by Satanic Punish, previously released as singles. “Alpha Omega”, which contains almost equal amounts of English and Japanese lyrics, makes a slow opening into metalcore style riffing and drums with synth effects. The girls take turns switching between lines with their smooth and emotional vocals, and at the 0:57 mark you’re hit right in the face with Webshiki.’s stellar growls — she’s easily got one of the most ferocious voices when it comes to idol screamers. When it comes to her clean singing, she’s got a nice edge in there as well, contrasting perfectly with Himeno’s that flow effortlessly. At the 2:29 mark, Webshiki.’s amazing screams come back in again as a lead towards the bridge before the two come together in the final chorus. The mix of synth and metalcore isn’t something too out of the ordinary, but the vocals help in making the song stand out amongst the crowd.

The second track, “Masgomicpanic”, leans more into their deathcore side, opening immediately with Webshiki.’s growls that she makes extensive use of throughout the song while Himeno carries in the clean vocal category. Her voice melds perfectly with the chaotic nature of the music like an eye within a storm. This track also contains a healthy balance of English, with one verse being entirely that. Though it’s on the shorter end of the songs featured, I truly feel like this one shines bright in the mix of aggression and beauty, making it my favorite on the EP.

DEARDEVIL take over the tracklist for the later half. Their first track is their debut, “Calling”, which carries a bit of a happier tune compared to the last two. It opens with a bit of atmospheric synth pop before the metalcore vibe takes over and the members rotate between their lines. Akane’s voice is just as sweet and stable as described, while Risa has more of an edge in hers. Arara’s voice leads in the chorus and at the end of the verses; the range and delivery of her vocals serves to solidify her spot as the group’s power vocal. There’s actually something quite fun about their vocals when they all come together, making the song feel like a rallying cry.

The final song, “Heroine ≠ Heroin”, is a cover of their seniors. There’s no guttural screaming to be found here (though that would be very interesting to hear from the DEARDEVIL girls), but instead a more lively jam with a hint of djent in the guitarwork. The song’s got its share of expletives as well, which was fun to watch in their debut performance where all three of the girls flip the bird towards the crowd at the first line of the second verse. The chanting part of the song at the 2:00 minute mark does well in giving Arara and Risa a shared bit of spotlight before Akane takes over in the bridge, leading to another fun and explosive chorus. The balance of aggression and sweetness once again won me over, and DEARDEVIL did a fantastic job in their cover.

For those looking for some new hardcore groups to check out, I feel that this EP would serve you well. Satanic Punish have a pretty extensive catalogue built up and DEARDEVIL are fresh faces, leading to the joy of anticipating new music — which will be on it’s way soon for both groups in October! In the meantime, follow the girls and their management on their socials to stay up to date on their forthcoming activities.

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