Label: Triumph Records (14) - XQHK-1007 • Format: CD Album • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. In the light of Atsushi Kuze joining Jupiter, his works with Concerto Moon have been receiving more than a few spins in my household. Of course, the fact that the band sounds at their heaviest and most aggressive here works miracles as well.
The fact that their classy, hardrock-inspired melodicism is not sacrificed is an impressive achievement in its own right. Somehow, I think I prefer Concerto Moon without a keyboard player. This powerful, bottom-heavy sound really pushes Kuze to a performance that foregoes his usual Lay Down Your Life (To Be Free) - Concerto Moon - Savior Never Cry rasp in favor of a throaty, full-force approach that is not too dissimilar to what Yukio Morikawa does with Come Back - Mikey Dread - Happy Family. Concerto Moon certainly proves that the first strike is deadly.
Its eighties Dio-esque vibe is simply irresistible. The heaviness is hardly missed though. Norifumi Shima and Concerto Moon were obviously on a roll around the turn of the decade. We can also count four live records, two EPs and two compilations among their vast and continuously growing discography.
The opener and title track makes quite clear what this band is about. They take no prisoners and offer a melodic, up-tempo track that should immediately appeal to fans of early Edguy or HammerFall, though Concerto Moon may have a few more edges. While the band includes a neoclassical shredding solo Timo Tolkki would be proud of and mixes an epic feeling with a massive dose of energy, the most outstanding thing about this band is probably the new vocalist.
Sometimes he screams more than he sings, but this unrestrained energy fits well to the music, and it makes him sound rather unique. But these vocals are definitely a make-it or break-it element. You either really like the voice, or you may have some serious problems to really dig this band. Choose your camp. The band also has its softer side, of course. This song is a lot more theatrical, and offers a diversified and emotional vocal performance. The verses remain more aggressive, and the powerhouse drumming is even present in the chorus, but the opening and the chorus itself are much more melodic and…kitschy.
These elements are something I have often heard in Japanese music, and this mixture works very well from a commercial point of view over there. Aggressive sections meet almost childish melodies, and the vocals driven by emotions and are quite dramatic and often overdone. This song could be the title song of a new anime series, but it could also be played in a Frank Ifield - Call Her Your Sweetheart metal pub.
If you like bands such as X Japan, you will adore this song, almost without a doubt. Throughout the entire album, the band mixes great melodies Mads Christian - Gucci Shoes (File) stunning guitar Night And Day - Frank Sinatra - Greatest with a few harder riffs and fairly straightforward songwriting with truly emotional and unique vocals.
If you feel some power metal bands are recently lacking power but you are still a fan of charming melodies, a few epic moments, fast shredding solos, powerful drumming, and all Lay Down Your Life (To Be Free) - Concerto Moon - Savior Never Cry other traditional trademarks, this band is for you.
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