@aurahack: Another great suggestion! Really dig the rising-falling style of 月曜のメランコリー, absolutely love the sample for Mayday, and quite impressed by the rest. Another album to add to my buy list (tired of not having money for music!). Also, are all those ~Stairway to Heaven~ tracks just dialogue essentially (with that barely audible instrument track), like the sample? Because that would be hilarious and completely random.
Time for another post! Since 2015 has produced much of note just yet, I'm gonna post some stuff from the end of 2014 that I hadn't gotten around to yet. Enjoy!
Silent Siren is a group I've constantly been on the cusp of liking. They've had some interesting sounding songs, but I've never felt like their releases quite come together in a pleasant way for my tastes. Maybe it's the lack of energy that they seem to have that does it, not quite matching my expectations of a rock group. Kakumei is their first song that I like enough to post here. It's still got some rough edges, sure, but I really enjoy the mellow riffs and low-key vocals. It's a fun song to put on and not think much about while it's on.
Let me tell you a bit of an obvious non-secret about me: I really like all-girl bands, no matter the nationality. There's just something awesome and badass about a group of women playing instruments well and rocking out that puts a smile on my face. Lagoon is a brand new group, made up of a bunch of young women from a variety of other professions--mother, emergency worker, actress--to release music. This first release proves that they've got some chops, jumping right in with a killer riff that is the best part of the whole song. The vocalist does a great job with the verses, throwing in energetic posing too. The chorus is a tad rough, sticking out against the instrumental backdrop a bit too harshly. Still, I can't wait to see what else comes of this group in the future.
This is such a fun damn song. The instrumentation is superb, full of energy and providing the perfect pairing to the vocals. While I don't always like the voice of the main vocalist, he goes for it with an intensity that I can't help but appreciate. Also, it's hard to deny that the chorus is catchy as all hell. The coolest part of this song is how it switches tempo multiple times throughout the song, slowing things down for extended periods before ramping back up into the "normal" speed again later on. The final of these actually starts with a damn whistle break, with the music dropping to a crawl before picking up for the final moments again. It's a sharp song, paired with a video that is well-shot and quite creative. Give it a shot!