Band-Maid
World Domination


4.5
superb

Review

by TundraL5Z USER (10 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2018 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: J-Rock act Band-Maid return a second year in a row with some of the finest rocking tracks we will hear all year

Band-Maid has been a band i have recently gotten into via online resources, the first album i listened to by them was 2017 release entitled "Just Bring It", and man was i impressed. I think the most important thing to note dealing with this band is that, this is an all girl band and the instrumentation is this f'ing good. Every song on that album slammed, production was perfect for their sound, the bass was super thick and always audible, when i say the guitar shreds... it shreds. When it comes to J-Rock this is the top of its class and dare i say is more enjoyable and fun than common competitors "Babymetal". The lead vocalist is consistently great in every song, if you're a fan in any way of J-Rock, i don't know how you can dislike the album. Every song was more catchy than the last and just killed it on all fronts.

To my surprise, the band drops another album not even a year apart from each other entitled "World Domination". This is a bold move, and this type of thing could conjure up a lot of risks, such as, would their sound become stale after throwing all of this material in such a short period of time" My answer to you is hell the f' no. This album is just as good if not better than their previous effort. The first single "Domination" lets you know straight away that these gals are not playing around. I really do not think there is a weak point on this album, the drums are thrashing, pummeling and so damn interesting. The bass once again so damn thick and fits into the mix wonderfully.

The guitar is a thrill to listen to and the riffing is fun and punchy, guitar solo's are equally as thrilling, songs like "Turn me On" and "Fate" feature very well phrased guitar solo's. Every little bit of instrumentation is heard so clear and crisp, this overall mix is superb on every track. Songs like "Fate", "Play" and "Clang" are just pure joy, fun and full of energy. The choruses are huge and the tracks manage not to fall into the rabbit hole where the traditional rock formula acts as a hindrance, rather they utilize these bridges and verses extremely well despite not having the most complex of song structures. The drums keep things interesting and bouncy, paired with the groovy bass lines, its a match made in heaven.

The two slower tracks near the ending of the album are equally as enjoyable as the higher octane ones and act as a nice change of pace. Offering well needed breathing room in the middle portion of the album. Being almost 10 minutes longer than previous effort in "Just Bring It", the band utilizes the time super well and there isn't a dull moment in this 57 minute run-time. The only negative i can see dealing with this album is that the songs might be a little too poppy for the more hardcore listeners that want to be br00tal all the time. This album is super enjoyable in all fronts, vocals are fantastically catchy, full of personality and soul. As a sole rock album, this album is superb and would have any guitar, drum or bass efficianato bowing down to this sheer instrumental prowess.

If this is the rock we are getting on a frequent basis across these next couple years i am all ears to see what this band can do next. If i had 3 words to describe this album it would be Bouncy, Energetic and Fun, if you're a fan of any of these activities in you daily routine, there is a likely possibility that you will enjoy this album.

Recommended tracks:
Alive-or-Dead
Spirit!!
Play
Fate



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MarsKid
February 22nd 2018


8480 Comments


Sorry my man, but there are a lot of errors I picked out throughout this. It feels as though this wasn't really proofread at all and was entirely bred from a stream-of-consciousness. This isn't an inherently bad method to operate under, but it's good form to double check your writing regardless to best ensure there are no mistakes.

Digging: Avantasia - Moonglow

TundraL5Z
February 22nd 2018


2272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ah, fair

Digging: Swallow the Sun - When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light

RippingCorpse1986
February 22nd 2018


3004 Comments


I hope this thread doesn't become another Babymetal-like chaos with lots of banned users and shit lmao

ShadowNeko
February 23rd 2018


187 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album rocks HARD. I agree.

TundraL5Z
February 23rd 2018


2272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gimme them ghost negs, yum

MarsKid
February 23rd 2018


8480 Comments


It wasn't a ghost, I explained why I wasn't really a fan of this review. I'm sorry if you misunderstood.

TundraL5Z
February 23rd 2018


2272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ah yes, i'm preparing for them hard neg's though, stuff like this ain't so popular round these parts, this album got 2 ratings in like 10 days lmao

RippingCorpse1986
February 23rd 2018


3004 Comments


Review is passable but yeah it needs some tailoring man, seems kinda rushed

I suppose it'll be cool for fans of this band to have a thread to talk in tho

FadedSun
February 23rd 2018


1899 Comments


Is there anything on here like their first single, "Thrill"? Everything I heard after that was so meh. I was continually disappointed with each subsequent single. Wish they'd drop the maid gimmick, too and just be an all girl band that rocks out.

TundraL5Z
February 23rd 2018


2272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am surprised that you where dissapointed with their more recent releases if you liked Thrill, i do think a lot of the songs on here are on the same level as Thrill but this is just my opinion really

FadedSun
February 23rd 2018


1899 Comments


Thrill had this hard rock sound and groove that was so good (on that EP Thrill was the only song that stuck out). Every single I heard after that sounded like generic metal in comparison. I'll check out this album to see if it can get me to like them beyond that song.

TundraL5Z
February 24th 2018


2272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aUuPMJHH3w dayum these are really good live

ShadowNeko
February 28th 2018


187 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@fadedsun

Generic metal? What? These girls are extremely talented and diverse in instrumentation and lyrics. Just because they didn't take that one shot hard rock route doesn't mean they suck. They are a phenomenal Japanese metal band. Nothing about them is generic or mediocre. Don't know what you're smoking dude honestly.

DatsNotDaMetulz
March 4th 2018


3794 Comments


Album peaked at #9 in Japan, best charting album for Band-Maid. Worth noting that the final track "Honey" (ハニー) is a cover of a song by MUCC, originally released on a tribute album.

Seen some people claim that Dice is a rip off of Black Veil Brides but I refuse to ever listen to BVB so I cba to check.

TundraL5Z
March 4th 2018


2272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Black Veil Brides rip off?



... i really...really... don't see that

ShadowNeko
March 7th 2018


187 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I know right? Lol.

FadedSun
March 7th 2018


1899 Comments


I didn't say they weren't talented. I just didn't like the sound they had after "Thrill". It sounded bland and uninspired. Just listened to "Dice". It sounds typical to me. Some hard riffs. Anthemic leads and chorus. Sounds fine, but there are other bands I'd rather listen to. What they have going for them is the all-girl thing, which isn't that uncommon in Japan these days. Thrill is still a jam, though. I'll always love them for that.



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