シンダーエラ (Cinder-ella) – 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.

It’s been almost a year since シンダーエラ (Cinder-ella) released their first live video, which immediately got me interested in them. Since then, I’ve been waiting for something new from this group and finally, in August, they released two EPs through Zankyo Records. I’m going to talk about their self-titled EP here, but I recommend you to check out “「LOVE」” too, since it’s as good as this one.

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.

シンダーエラ (Cinder-ella) – LIVE 30/09/2019

Cinder-ella
Xidea finally decided to show us something about シンダーエラ (Cinder-ella), JyuJyu’s sister unit; their live show at the end of September revealed a very interesting idol group.
When Xidea came up with a new idol group, I got immediately excited: we all know how great JyuJyu are, and they also have some other artists I need to check out as soon as possible. For now, let’s focus on Cinder-ella, the newest addition to Xidea’s roster.

Red and black outfits, decadent yet energic gothic metal sound and catchy choruses: they have everything in place to easily make me their number one fan. I’ve only listened to a couple of songs and I’m already in love with their music. That’s a pretty good result.

“君のいない世界” (Kimi No Inai Sekai) is probably my favorite song, with those very Japanese-sounding vocal lines that have been stuck in my head for a week; dramatic strings, cursed guitars, powerful rhythms… Absolutely stunning. “NOT FRIEND” is equally fascinating, introducing some neo-classical harpsichord melodies and a bit melancholic yet somehow bright feelings; light and darkness seem to mix naturally in this song and the result is excellent.

I’m also grateful to Xidea for adding the two tracks’ lyrics to the video description and I recommend you to read them, they’re easily understandable even through automatic translators. Sins, flowers, apocalyptic sceneries… The stuff we all love.

Cinder-ella live


That was an impressive start for Cinder-ella and I honestly can’t wait to buy some of their releases (which I hope are going to come soon). If you already know JyuJyu’s awesomeness, you won’t be disappointed with their sisters as well.