the Raid. has released a sampler of their new mini-album, Unfinished, which is set for release later this month.
I really like the first track, 未完成レプリカ(Unfinished Replica.) Sena puts his vocal skills to good use here, the melody is great, and it just seems like a fun track all around. They’ve released a PV spot for this one, so if you’re keeping up with the band, this won’t be anything new. I’ll say that I like the look of the band right now, though.
GARBAGE, failing to live up to its name, is also really good. I’m not a huge fan of the gutturals here, but everything afterwards is gold, and I hope the full song has a lot more of that. The third song on the list, モノポリゲム (Monopoly Game) has a lot of energy, and it evokes a strong feeling of desperation. It doesn’t strike me as being a song I’d listen to on repeat, but it’s far from bad. I actually kind of like it.
Re:born is the type of song that causes me to be on the fence with the Raid. It’s not bad per se, but it comes off as being too cookie cutter for my tastes. I feel like I’ve heard this song a dozen times before, by a dozen different bands. The one after that, 純潔ピラニア, I’m not quite sure how to translate. I think it’s “pure piranha,” but don’t quote me on it. Anyway… it starts off pretty lousy, but it gets interesting. I’ll reserve judgment until I hear the whole thing.
The next track is 匿名少女 (Anonymous Girl.) It’s probably the most interesting song on the list, because it has some interesting synthesizer work in it. The vocals may or may not get there in the full song, but based off of the clip, I’m optimistic.
I’m having trouble translating the meaning of 病んでるに贈る歌, so if anyone could let me know, that’d be great. I think it’s something along the lines of “Song that Ails.” In any case, it’s an overly fluffy song that I’m just not a fan of. It starts out by doing an impression of a bad Christmas song, and never gets much better than that. And the last song, the one with a beast of a name that I’m not going to try to type out, is the proof that things can always get worse. The song is caustically sweet. And while once in a while a band can pull that off, this just isn’t doing it for me.
So overall? There’s some good stuff, some bad stuff, and a whole lot that’s in the middle. It’s pretty much exactly what I’d expect from the Raid.