Rebellious trap metal artist $ATSUKI is back with an album about Jesus

Six months ago, the Korean rapper $ATSUKI made music like this (read more about $ATSUKI’s old music here): Now she’s like this: Smiling, happy and practicing religion directly on her Instagram account! What happened? What happened to $ATSUKI’s extreme trap metal aesthetic and music? She found Jesus. When I heard the news, I got afraidContinue reading “Rebellious trap metal artist $ATSUKI is back with an album about Jesus”

3 questions to TORIENA about her new album “TORIENA makes me smile”

In my last text about TORIENA, I talked about her 2020 album “PURE FIRE”, which I described as “a hard electronic album, full of instrumental rave music that seems to have no limits to its heaviness”. PURE FIRE was such a unique album and an intense experience from start to finish, so when I heardContinue reading “3 questions to TORIENA about her new album “TORIENA makes me smile””

Seiko Oomori releases self-cover album “PERSONA #1”

Seiko Oomori, a Japanese singer-songwriter that I have written about before, has had a really productive year. She’s usually recognized by her high-energy music and unpredictable voice, and you’ll get more of that on her recent album “PERSONA #1”, even though some aspects of it is different. PERSONA #1 is a “self-cover” album, in whichContinue reading “Seiko Oomori releases self-cover album “PERSONA #1””

HANABIE. – Independence, “Girl’s Reform Manifest” and colorful music videos

HANABIE。 (“花冷え。”) is the Japanese metal band on the rise with the crazy gimmick:y music videos: They mix heavy metal with classic J-pop cuteness, which they absolutely aren’t the first at, but what differs them from many others is that their gimmicks don’t have any super-obvious calculations behind them. And do you know what thatContinue reading “HANABIE. – Independence, “Girl’s Reform Manifest” and colorful music videos”

Have you listened to the lyrics on “Far Beyond Driven” by Pantera?

After the heavy “Cowboys From Hell” and the heavier “Vulgar Display of Power”, Pantera decided to release the even heavier album “Far Beyond Driven” in 1994. It topped the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart, and Pantera got called an “overnight sensation” after being an active band for 13 years. Far Beyond Driven is an album whereContinue reading “Have you listened to the lyrics on “Far Beyond Driven” by Pantera?”

“Mad Maria” by ELLene

ELLene’s debut EP “Mad Maria” from 2020 sounds way too good to be a debut EP. That’s because it kind of isn’t one. It may be the first work that “ELLe” and “Ené” have made together, but seperately they’ve made more stuff before. The singers ELLe and Ené are diverse and talented in their ownContinue reading ““Mad Maria” by ELLene”

Toriena breaks expectations and changes style on “Pure Fire”

In 2020, Japanese artist Toriena released a hard electronic album called “Pure Fire”, full of mostly instrumental rave music that seems to have no limits to its heaviness. It’s a great album, but I don’t want to stop at that conclusion, because Pure Fire is more than just a great music album, and Toriena isContinue reading “Toriena breaks expectations and changes style on “Pure Fire””

A quick look at “I <3 Natural" by Lee Jung Hyun (2002)

“I ❤ Natural” is one of the more straightforward and clear albums from the legendary K-pop star Lee Jung Hyun. Even though the unclear “wildlife” theme confuses a bit. Everything’s either brown or toned-down, which doesn’t at all align with the music, that is her usual colorful and powerful eurotechno-pop. Overall less video/image niceness seems toContinue reading “A quick look at “I ❤ Natural" by Lee Jung Hyun (2002)”

Listening to Lee Jung Hyun’s nameless second album (“II”? “Peace”? “Nuh?”)

This album from 2000 by the K-pop legend Lee Jung Hyun is so conceptional and still it doesn’t have a clear concept. Because there’s too many of them. And what is the album called? “Peace”? “Lee Jung Hyun II?” “Nuh”? I don’t know. Listen to the whole album on Youtube! The song “너” (“Nuh”) has an “Egypt”Continue reading “Listening to Lee Jung Hyun’s nameless second album (“II”? “Peace”? “Nuh?”)”

Hyuna IS cool, no matter what her EP says (Hyuna – I’m Not Cool)

HyunA just released her new EP “I’m Not Cool”, and I must clarify that she IS cool, no matter what she says. She’s so cool I don’t feel the need to cover up my excitement for her with intellectuality (just look at 1:06 and tell me you don’t love her). She seems to have this effect on everyone, whyContinue reading “Hyuna IS cool, no matter what her EP says (Hyuna – I’m Not Cool)”

Yoneko – I Have a Little Hangover

Who is Yoneko? An ex-member of alternative idol groups MIGMA SHELTER and Bellring Shoujo Heart, who went solo and thereafter completely independent by expressly leaving the “idol” life. But what does Yoneko say about Yoneko? Yoneko says this about Yoneko:– “An alternative singer-songwriter who doesn’t play with a single guitar.” (Twitter)– “Independent. There is no adult on the back. I wantContinue reading “Yoneko – I Have a Little Hangover”

Mikl Shea & Phat J from Brokencyde are back!

A reunion of current Brokencyde and former Brokencyde! I wonder what the “I can’t believe Brokencyde is still making music?!” people will say when they see Phat J is back, and he’s back dancing in a crocodile outfit?! Probably: “Wow.” “Mirage” is a nostalgia EP which isn’t aiming to sound like 2009, but rather trying to bring 2009Continue reading “Mikl Shea & Phat J from Brokencyde are back!”

Seiko Oomori is insane once again on “Kintsugi”

“Kintsugi” by Seiko Oomori starts as an “evening” instead of a “morning”, and Seiko talks about music being “a five-dimensional thing that can change the time axis”. Time has apparently inspired her writing for the album, and I guess it’s up to people like me and you to figure out how the music has been affectedContinue reading “Seiko Oomori is insane once again on “Kintsugi””

Weird things Jun Togawa do on “Dial y wo Mawase”

“Dial y wo Mawase” is a pretty mixed synth-pop album, held together by the many songs about spies and secret agents. In Men’s Junan (Men’s suffering) Jun Togawa threatens to commit ritual suicide by the famous sword “Kiku no Honzan”, and is overall a really wacky and horrific stalker (“I followed you all the wayContinue reading “Weird things Jun Togawa do on “Dial y wo Mawase””

“Brokencyde Will Never Die” – a misunderstood album?

Ten years later – is it really that bad? No, it’s very good. And weird. The metal screams aren’t what’s weird, what’s weird is to use them for screaming the words “it’s boppin’ for sure”. They distort and autotune the screams, and use them in all places possible (compared to before and after this periodContinue reading ““Brokencyde Will Never Die” – a misunderstood album?”

SCANDAL is unclear and great in “Kiss From the Darkness”

Six out of the eleven songs of “Kiss From the Darkness” have a music video (and one has a lyric video), which makes “Kiss From the Darkness” feel like a live show, or a movie, or a prolonged music video. We see Scandal rocking away in colored rooms, dancing in the street, and most notablyContinue reading “SCANDAL is unclear and great in “Kiss From the Darkness””

Sugar-sweet rock with SCANDAL on “Honey”

“Honey” is a rock album with introspective and emotional lyrics, sometimes bordering to punk and sometimes to balads. Soundwise they have ditched most of their pop influences, but it’s still present in their choruses, with guitarist Mami Sasazaki giving the album a lot of hit quality with her catchy lead melodies. All together the fourContinue reading “Sugar-sweet rock with SCANDAL on “Honey””