メタモル!!! (METAMOL FOURZE) – Kimi no Onlywann! / Shinanaiwake / Getsyoubi Ga Hajimonday!!! / Heikoukuronosutashisu

メタモル!!! (METAMOL FOURZE)

METAMOL!!! quadruple feature! The foursome delivered four brand new singles throughout September: let’s catch up with ‘em!

It looks as though the future is quite bright for Metamolfourze, from a pop up shop collaboration to jam packed live shows and, most recently, four brand new singles showcasing the girls are still hard at work in coming up with new tunes. For those out of the loop, Metamolfourze — more commonly stylized as METAMOL!!! — is a four member group that debuted earlier this year featuring Aigasa Moe (ex-AKB48 and their producer), Hanasaki Funa (fashion designer for the brand MAHOROBA), Shabana Minami and Aise Hina. Their concept is that they’re a group that’s not limited to any set ideal and are constantly changing, hence the name being a play on the word “metamorphosis”. Back in July they released their debut album -tensei-, which I felt did a great job showcasing their limitless musicality and served as a strong introduction. Since then, they’ve released four singles throughout September, with the most recent one coming out September 29th.

First of the bunch is “Kimi no Onlywann!”, a bright and bubbly pop banger, released on September 6th. The funky beat is backed up by the girl’s charmingly cute voices, all of which carry distinctive tones. It does a good job in being catchy and sweet, making for a simple but effective tune.


The second, “Shinanaiwake”, came out on September 7th. This one leans more to the pop rock side with the girls showcasing a stronger vocal ability and range. Each member gets her own time to shine throughout, and I can’t help but feel like Funa especially does well in these kinds of songs with her deeper voice. Featuring a guitar solo before the bridge and an epic ending chorus, it does its job well.


“Getsyoubi Ga Hajimonday!!!” is the third single, arriving on September 7th. This time around the girls are having fun with the electropop genre. The verses have a bouncy feel to them, featuring a rap-styled pre chorus, before jumping right back into a dance worthy chorus. It’s got considerable speed over the previous singles, but much like the group’s chameleon nature, around the 2:50 mark the tempo is slowed (with some nice acoustic guitar notes), but gets right back up to speed shortly thereafter. While listening to this one I found myself bouncing in my seat — with such infectious energy, I’d have to say that so far this one’s a favorite.


The final single, released on the 29th of September, was “Heikoukuronosutashisu”. It’s got a bit of a math rock vibe to it, carried by the tone of the guitars. The vocals are softer in delivery but no less energetic, rather signifying this is a bit more of an emotional track. Again, Funa’s deeper tone does well here, but all the girls sound fantastic. The guitars are a real treat though with their fast and funky fretting. The solo that comes in at the 2:41 mark is especially cool. The introduction of piano in the bridge elevates the emotional vulnerability of the song before adding a key change to the final chorus. I absolutely loved this one, it’s definitely been added to a long list of favorites from these gals.


All in all, METAMOL!!! are absolutely a group worth checking out with their impressive range of musicality and their drive to constantly elevate their sound and image. I’m hoping another album is in the works, as anything from them would absolutely be worth waiting for. Until then feel free to catch up with the members on their socials and keep your eyes peeled for any new releases and events!

MyDearDarlin’ – Natsu ga Kuru / Wagamama HOLiDAY / Symphony #5

MyDearDarlin'

Three times the charm: the idol unit MyDearDarlin’ bring us some teases of what’s to come with three brand new singles!

For today’s review, I’ve got something extra special for you all. We’re going to be looking into the three new tracks from pop group MyDearDarlin’, all of which have been consecutively released over the course of this past week. To make things even better, they’re the first set of songs to introduce their three newest members Yuu, Asuka and Kaede, all who joined back in February.

The first of the set is “Natsu ga Kuru” (Summer is Coming), released on July 24th. At first, the song opens with a shimmery soundscape and piano notes, making me think that I was about to experience a rather heartfelt ballad track. Instead, it opens up to fanfare and electric guitar alongside the unit’s harmonized chants, brightening up the mood and showing boundless energy. The verses have the members going back and forth between the main vocalists and backing vocals, and the chorus has them all coming together in glee. One of my absolute favorite things idol groups do is sing altogether in the chorus, especially when their voices can match well together. There’s a string section in the bridge to reel the listener in before heading back into the exuberant chorus, this time with a key change, and finally closing the song with the promise of summer’s arrival.

The second single, “Wagamama HOLiDAY” brings us Christmas in July… on the 31st, to be exact. This one was a real head bopper for me, especially in the super catchy chorus. The major standout is the use of horns; alongside the cheery bells and acoustic guitar, they bring their own special blend of festive and fun. Much like the other song, it’s got everyone singing together in the chorus and taking turns in the verses, and these girls really know how to work some fun harmonies in the backing vocals. This song was right at the top on my list of favorites… and then I checked out the third single.

“Symphony #5” is the most recent single, having come out the day of writing this (August 1st). I’ll be honest, I expected the same vein of sugary sweet pop as the last two songs, if not something orchestrally based, but I was greeted with a completely different vibe entirely. The song opens with whispered vocals, foreshadowing the lyrics to the chorus (which is so much fun, by the way), before making way to hard rock tinged with electro pop. The second I heard those electric guitars and the booming drums I was taken aback, albeit happily. The vocals here have a bit more power behind them than the last two tracks (and there’s even a spot where some cool vocal effects are added). The 1:23 mark has a real interesting vibe change, casting aside the digital effects for just the rock elements, and then sliding back into its original shared sound. All around, it was a pleasant surprise, and there might be a chance that MyDearDarlin’ has gone down this avenue in the past, something I might have to look further into.

There you have it: three new singles from MyDearDarlin’ and three new opportunities for any listeners to check out this group, be it for the first time or to hear the new ensemble of voices. Hopefully we’ll get something more from these girls later in the year!

KNOW YOUR IDOL #22: 9999.99 -count stop-

9999.99 -count stop-

On this new episode of the Know Your Idol interview series in collaboration with Idol Underworld, we are getting to know the psychopath idols of 9999.99 -count stop-.

How high can you count? 1, 2, 3… 10, 100, 1000… Wait, why did we stop at 9999.99? Does this mean that we are going to have a chat with the idol group 9999.99 -count stop-? Yeah, apparently that’s what happening.

The four psychopath idols talked with us about their group, their crazy live performances, their experiences in other units and much more. Enjoy the interview!

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