Review | GYROAXIA “SCATTER”

GYROAXIA

Inspired guitar riffs, powerful drums and memorable bass lines helped shape up the absolute banger that is GYROAXIA‘s SCATTER.

GYROAXIA consist on Jin Ogasawara (on vocals), Shinichi Hashimoto (guitar), Takumi Mono (guitar), Hiroto Akiya (bass) and Kousuke Miyauchi (drums).

GYROAXIA SCATTER

Title: SCATTER
Label: Bushiroad Music
Release date: 10/06/2020
Genre: Punk-Rock

Tracklist:

1 - SCATTER
2 - REVOLUTION
3 - LIAR
4 - VOICE DRAMA 頂点への選択

Track by track analysis:

1 – SCATTER

Heavy guitar riffs, loud drums and a memorable bass line lead the way for this dark track. SCATTER brings out the charms of rock in a way that I was missing in the seiyuu industry. The verses let the imposing bass line lead the way. Slowly, eerie piano melodies join in creating a unique soundscape for this track.

The chorus on the other hand has a textbook punk-pop progression that, if you’re a fan of the genre, will instantly notice. While not fresh, it is exciting and capitalizes on the power and energy that is brought from the verses to it.

Jin Ogasawara goes for a mix of clean and raw singing. It works pretty well with this song and, when need, he adds that extra edge to his performance. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a certified banger right here.

2 – REVOLUTION

REVOLUTION tones down the heaviness in SCATTER and delivers an easy-listening pop-rock tune with an amped up pre-chorus and catchy chorus. The verses are rather quiet in comparison with the intense intro and choruses we’re presented with.

Just like in the previous track, I can’t help but have my attention drawn into Hiroto Akiya’s bass playing. What an absolute masterclass on this end. The bass line was pounding all the way until the end.

The rawness in Ogasawara’s vocals plays a big role in this song, adding power and emotion to the already pretty bare rock instrumental. Bonus points for those brief screamo sections that Ogasawara absolutely nails.

3 – Liar

The single wraps up with Liar, track that introduces electronica into this release. The intro brings muffled vocals, masked in minimalistic synth work, with some hints of turntablism here and there.

Acoustic and electric guitars position themselves on each of your ears, blending at center with the powerful, snary drums and noticeable bass line.

This song, despite not being full-throttle like the previous tracks, it is one that goes by insanely fast. The verses are short and a bit generic however, it is the chorus that shines. The tension and power there are the perfect culmination of that build up in Ogasawara’s performance.

I am not a big fan of the bridge’s progression; in contrast I love the little details with the acoustic guitars throughout the track.

On the vocal end, Jin Ogasawara goes for an interesting performance that brings raspy vocals, clean singing and rapping into the mix. Consistent and filled with power, his performance really stays with you even if the song is not that memorable (in comparison with the previous tracks).

Final considerations

GYROAXIA absolutely shredded it! Love it when rock bands are exactly that at their core – rock bands -, no electronica whatsoever just raw guitar riffs, imposing drums and thunderous bass lines; of course, not forgetting matching powerful vocals.

SCATTER is that kind of single for me. As a rock enthusiast this song hit all the right checkboxes for me.

I love the pacing of the title track. The verses have a darker undertone, fitting well with a quieter sound, with guitar riff hits and eerie piano melodies being excellent additions to create a unique soundscape around SCATTER.

A bit odd however, is the fact that this song just goes full-throttle and the listener never gets the pleasure of listening to a memorable solo. The song was practically begging for it.

REVOLUTION exudes those old-school ONE OK ROCK punk-rock vibes. It is banger with catchy melodies and a chorus that will get in your head, making this an easy-listening rock tune that even those not big fans of shredding guitars will find enjoyable.

The pacing in this track is infectious and, if you’re like myself, you’ll find yourself headbanging and singing along to it right on the 1st listen.

Liar could have been a different song for me. The addition of electronica was meaningless. Aside from the intro and the last 5 seconds of the track, it was not important to the song and, while I was expecting something interesting with it, it was never picked up. The verses, although good, are subpar with the rest of the songs in this release. Now the chorus, that’s where GYROAXIA shone as a whole. It is such a satisfactory section in this song. It calls for the listener to join in and sing along, it has that arena vibe that I really enjoy about rock (done in moderation, of course).

All in all, SCATTER is a pretty awesome release filled with shredding riffs, powerful drums, bass lines to die for (a massive highlight for me) and Jin Ogasawara’s polished and more controlled vocals leading the way.

GYROAXIA isn’t just an 2D band with a presence as 3D. They are a legit rock band with a sound that anyone, even those not knowledgeable about anime or male seiyuu, can enjoy. It’s pure pop-punk and rock and I love it. And SCATTER is an absolute banger of a singer.

SCATTER is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
SCATTER
REVOLUTION
Liar
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Now also talking about male seiyuu via SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile). In 2011, I stumbled upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus". Since then I have been writing about male seiyuu music. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music).

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