TENRIN – アーティファクト (Artifact)


Listen to アーティファクト (Artifact), the debut album of TENRIN featuring eleven songs of rock and alternative metal oriented idol music.

I said multiple times that I was waiting for them to release something cool, and so here they are: TENRIN‘s debut album アーティファクト (Artifact) is finally here, so let’s give it a try.

The imaginate produced group released a few lyrics video in the last few months in which they showed us what they’re made of: the not-too-heavy modern alternative metal/rock sound of those songs already got the IdolOnChaos seal of approval, but at that time they had barely unveiled their members; lately, they had also been featured in our September Top 10 MV with their first music video for the titletrack of this album. “Artifact” is indeed a very good song perfectly representing the greatness of this unit.

Most of the tracks features this mixture of aggressiveness and catchiness, relying especially on the five girls’s vocals and on the powerful guitar riffs supporting them. Sometimes you may think that the rhythmic side of the music could have been a bit more prominent in the mix, and although it is partially true, you’ll soon get used to it.

Due to this, the sound usually feels not too extreme for a metal-oriented group, but every now and then things get a bit heavier: take “鎧袖一触” (Gaishū Isshoku), which starts off pretty intense, despite featuring a very enjoyable and catchy hook. “IZAYOI” is another track that gets quite heavy, even adding some sort of blast beat at some point.

On the other hand, the more pop-ish soul of TENRIN comes out especially during the refrains, which are one of the most enjoyable elements of the group’s music: many vocal lines get stuck in your head right after the first time you listen to them, like in “鬼ごっこ” (Onigokko) and “SAWAGE”. Some songs also add more variety with not surprising, but very welcome elements like the piano and synths in “アライズ” (Arise).

But it’s towards the end the album gets more heterogeneous: “ジャンピングソイヤ” (Jumping Soiya) sounds more like a typical cute and happy idol song, despite the electric guitars and the drums pounding throughout the track; and while doing something similar, “黎明ハイドアウト” (Reimei Hideout) also shows that the group is not afraid of diving into the EDM style with their music.

All in all, Artifact is a very solid release which will be surely enjoyed by fans of rock and metal idols. TENRIN are definitely a strong unit and I’m glad I’ve kept (and still keep) an eye on them.

我儘ラキア (Wagamama Rakia) – Rain

我儘ラキア (Wagamama Rakia)

我儘ラキア (Wagamama Rakia) are back with their new MV for “Rain”: a very enjoyable song, powerful yet catchy and with many different elements working together.

Although 我儘ラキア (Wagamama Rakia) have been around for a while, you won’t find many MVs on their channel: they weren’t that many to begin with, and some have also been unlisted (…but guess what? You can still find them with a bit of magic, just give it a try!). That’s a good reason to celebrate when they release a new one, and that’s what they just did.

Ranging from metal-inspired harshness to complex and refined piano melodies, “Rain” finally shows MIRI (formerly in Rhymeberry) in a MV of this unit; while we still miss her previous group, her rap is always on point and works perfectly in Wagamama Rakia‘s music as well.

The song is enriched by many different elements, with a very catchy chorus clashing with powerful riffs, even managing to leave some room for an electronic and dancey break. The piano parts here and there, the edited vocals and ever-evolving yet coherent structure make this track a very pleasant listen.

While sometimes I see people sharing their music, I always have the feeling that Wagamama Rakia are a bit underrated outside Japan. Hopefully they’ll gain the fame they deserve after releasing their first album StartingOver last year; for now, let’s enjoy this new MV. Also, did you know that Minami and MIRI are together in Flashkill too? Check their first EP The Light too.

ポロメリア (Polomeria): Poetic Rock Idols

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Meet Polomeria, idol unit with a very refined sound inspired by the most poetic and introspective side of alternative rock.
I’ve been reading Polomeria‘s name quite a bit on Twitter lately, so I decided to give them a chance; that was one of the best ideas I had in the last few months. Originally a four-piece, the Tokyo group is currently living transition phase with only two members, while recruiting new ones. No harm done, anyway: Minika and Hana keep carrying on the intense live activities and it doesn’t seem like they want to stop.

At the moment, their only release is a mini-album titled 形而上のレイラ (Keijijō No Reira), published about one year ago; the trailer on their YouTube channel presents five different songs ranging from the electronic pop of the second track to the instrumental melancholy of its follower, from the ethereal sound of the opening song to the supersonic rhythms of the last one. The best track is probably “花占い” (Hana Uranai), bright and delicate, later re-published on the same channel.

It’s only after this release that Polomeria start to build their own identity using the right amount of the ingredients at their disposal: choosing to employ more electric guitars leads the unit toward a poetic rock sound, at the same time dreamy and melancholic. We can appreciate the result on their first official video for “恋文〜れんぶん〜” (Koibumi 〜Renbun〜): a love letter perfectly represents the emotions enclosed in Polomeria‘s music.

Since then, the group followed their newfound way, as proved by the two tracks published a couple of months ago: “波の音” (Nami No Ne) shows the more energic side of this style, while “4時20分、このガラス突き刺す” (4-Ji 20-Bu, Kono Garasu Tsukisasu) brings back a bit of introspective sounds also transposed on the rainy background pic chosen for the song.

In the hope that they will find new members soon, Polomeria are a group that may be able to greatly satisfy people interested in dream-like alternative rock idols; the quality of their music fully makes up for the small discography, especially now that they seem to have found their own artistic identity.