Sithu Aye
Senpai


3.5
great

Review

by Arche USER (85 Reviews)
October 20th, 2015 | 59 replies


Release Date: 10/12/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fun, energetic nod at various anime musical tropes yields enjoyable results yet again for joyful progressive metaller Sithu Aye.

It's worth mucking about once in a while. Glasgow-based instrumental artist Sithu Aye, as a means of trying out his new toy in a Mayones Regius 7, decided to write a track based on typical anime opening sequences and had no real intention in releasing anything other than a 90 second clip of said track onto Youtube (entitled 'Senpai, Please Notice Me! AMV'). However, as so frequently happens with these things he claims to have been slowly convinced that making an EP of similar ideas was the right thing to do, and so the slightly facetious, unquestionably fun 'Senpai EP' was completed just over 5 months later.

If the album art, title and underlying concept have not already gifted a slight clue, it's best not to go into 'Senpai' expecting a metal release in the standard, or indeed serious sense. There is practically nothing here which can be construed as aggressive even by Sithu Aye's typically happier-than-most standards (with a notable exception being a fragment of the final track), and the usage of bouncing synth and piano lines alongside gleeful solo guitar is probably the album's most defining characteristic. Opener 'Oh ***, I'm Late For School!' may possibly be one of the most uplifting tracks put to record this year; an overwhelmingly poppy number with cheery, slightly saccharine keyboards and equally characterised guitar, it all comes neatly wrapped up with the pretence of a classic anime trope, in this case being that of running to school with a piece of toast hanging out of the character's mouth. Slightly more of a guitar-led sound is prominent on the following two tracks, in particular on the aforementioned but now extended 'Senpai, Please Notice Me!', which allows him further to show off his technical proficiency as a solo artist. Arguably the best writing on the EP however is found on closer 'The Power of Love and Friendship!', featuring a perfect mixture of the musically impressive and the irresistibly catchy.

The album's greatest dividing point (not including those that dislike the music itself) is undoubtedly the concept. It would not be entirely unfair to say that one of the main points of enjoyment here for some, being a jocular poke at musical tropes in popular anime, will slightly alienate detractors and those unfamiliar with the cartoon style; while the music itself may prove gratifying, the feeling of missing out on an in-joke usually proves to be a slightly disappointing downer, and 'Senpai' would be no exception. For fans of anime however there is plenty to pick up on, from the introductory beeping alarm to the fading-in of of key sections normally significant of an opening theme, and there is undoubtedly enough that is musically sound here to satisfy fans of Sithu Aye's brand of progressive metal regardless. All in all, 'Senpai' is a fun little EP with its tongue firmly wedged in its cheek, that just so happens to also be really rather good – just remember to leave your cynicisms at the door and let yourself enjoy it.



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Archelirion
October 20th 2015


5639 Comments


It... It's not like I wrote this review for you... baka! Full stream and name-your-price download here -> https://sithuayemusic.bandcamp.com/album/senpai-ep-ep

I have far too much fun listening to this, 3.5 was a pretty conservative rating so I might bump it at some point. Any feedback and whatnot is of course very welcome ^.^

SharkTooth
October 20th 2015


13948 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pulse was better

LotusFlower
October 20th 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some good weaboocore to start the day

Archelirion
October 20th 2015


5639 Comments


Only the finest gets me outta my futon :3

Nocturnalize
October 20th 2015


2463 Comments


Album art and title are cringe worthy

Archelirion
October 20th 2015


5639 Comments


Yeah, though that was kinda his angle. He describes the whole thing as 'unashamedly cheesy and cliché', which I was gonna put in the review... hmm...

ComeToDaddy
October 20th 2015


1783 Comments


Really dug Isles but haven't jammed anything else, is this a good next place to go if I'm a filthy weab?

Archelirion
October 20th 2015


5639 Comments


Hmmm... I dunno. This is fairly different to his other works simply because this was, by and large, a bit of a piss about :3 Depends how weebish you're feeling, of course.

Shoteru
October 20th 2015


516 Comments


Will probably listen, Pulse was his first release that I didn't care for but this cliche-ridden weeb metal sounds pretty hilarious

Asdfp277
October 20th 2015


19453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this looks... interesting

Archelirion
October 20th 2015


5639 Comments


'this sounds like it would kill me.' - This would rot your insides like drinking bleach through a pressure washer more than likely.
'...this cliche-ridden weeb metal sounds pretty hilarious' - basically as long as you don't take it any more seriously than he did making it then it's great stuff.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2015


11660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album art and title are cringe worthy [2]



Alternatively this is probably your best review yet Aaron, really well written man good stuff. I'll probably check this anyway as I dabble in anime from time to time and this frankly seems like a bit of fun.

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SharkTooth
October 20th 2015


13948 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I just found it to be really disappointing compared to his usual stuff, not a fan of the weeaboo stuff

AlphaBetaFoxface
October 20th 2015


89 Comments


EP is pretty hilarious tbh. Being able to capture the sound of cheesy openings without awfully high-pitched vocals is quite impressive. More enjoyable than most of his other work imo, most of his other stuff sounds like simplified Plini

Omeggia
October 20th 2015


198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

have some fun guys

SharkTooth
October 20th 2015


13948 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm probably in the minority on this but I really don't care for most of Plini's stuff, it just sounded a lot less interesting compared to Sithu Aye's balence between the fast-paced djent riffs and electronic stuff, while Plini's guitar playing just felt like it was part of the background imo

OwMySnauze
October 20th 2015


1900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Still don't get how Sithu claims this to be a "joke". Kinda seems like he's wary of the naysaying so he's just trying to play it off just in case everyone hates it. Be proud of your stuff if you're gonna release it to the masses.

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CaimanJesus
October 20th 2015


3739 Comments


boku no pico is a great anime

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LotusFlower
October 21st 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cory in the house is a great anime

LotusFlower
October 21st 2015


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

every now and then, yes



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