At the risk of ruining any "metal cred" I have with you readers, one of my guilty pleasures is female-fronted Japanese power metal. I’ve covered more than a few of these in the past, but one band I keep coming back to is Aldious. Seventeen months after their last album, the quintet is back with Unlimited Diffusion.
The most intense album to ever grace your ears? The next stage of evolution in the ever-changing world of heavy metal? The most anticipated release of 2016? Here’s the second album from Japanese sensation Babymetal: Metal Resistance.
Generally speaking, when I throw on some funeral doom metal, I’m looking for a slow, bleak dirge steeped in crushing atmosphere. Japan’s Funeral Moth eschew that formula and deliver nearly forty minutes of Zen on their second album, Transience.
As the year is winding down, holiday celebrations get underway, my second half of 2015 best-of list is being prepared, and I’m finding myself woefully behind on reviews, so here are several short ones to tide everyone over until life settles down.
"And now for something completely different…" Like it or not, Babymetal is now a thing. What many folks don’t realize, however, is mixing Japanese pop music with metal isn’t exactly a new concept. Case in point: Yōsei Teikoku have been performing this style of music since 1997 and have accumulated a respectable discography. All that said, how does their newest album Shadow Corps(e) stand up?