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.
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.