Japan is an untapped mine of musical gold and my latest find is no exception.
It's no secret that I love my J-Core, you guys see it almost every week, but I can't help if the bands of this genre kick some serious arse. Meet MAKE MY DAY, a Japanese Metalcore, Post-Hardcore and to some degrees, Nu-Metalcore (though some people call it Trancecore) act out of Tokyo, who prior to the Coronavirus outbreak were heading for a massive year.
They dropped their second full length album Mind Haven on the 29th of January before announcing a pretty sizeable tour in support of it, sadly that all went to shit, which is a massive shame for the world.
Talk about 7 minutes in (Prog) heaven.
LestWeForget are one of those hard working bands that never seem to stop and rest, just last year they released the EP Theatres of the Mind, which included the awesome single 'Zero Won'. Instead of just taking it easy during this global pandemic, they've dropped new music in the form of the epic 'Visitors'.
I felt like listening to some aggression... I think I came to the right track...
I first heard of Alpha Wolf a few years ago when one of their tracks was doing the Facebook rounds in some Metal groups I'm in, I can't recall the song anymore, but I remember it was brutal and I was interested. Unfortunately I had (and still do) a lot on my plate and the band slipped off my radar, but 'Akudama', the first single off their upcoming second album called A Quiet Place To Die ensured they wouldn't miss out this time.
Coronavirus needs to fuck off so I can see these girls and guys live!
It was only in the later stages of last year that I realised that Billie Eilish had taken over the world, and if I had any doubts, they were gone once she won triple j's Hottest 100 with 'Bad Guy'. I can't deny it's a catchy tune, but as usual, I've found a better version, this time from the Spanish based band: Ankor.
The end of an era, marks the beginning of a new one with Species.
Ever since Crossfaith announced their Species EP back in April, I've been crawling the walls in anticipation. The Japanese five piece have never released anything short of amazing, and I could feel that this brief record would follow suit. Also I was more than a little curious of the band's attempt to broaden their horizons, since lead singer Kenta Koie had confirmed that Species was going in a new direction musically.