Review | Hiero Kagami “Break Out”

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Raging guitars, powerful drums, and a thunderous bassline scream their way through Hiero Kagami’s passionate rock tune “Break Out”.

Title: Break Out
Release date: 05/06/2022
Label: Movic
Genre: Rock

Tracklist:

1 - Break Out

Track analysis:

1 – Break Out

Break Out” is all about its powerful, groovy bassline leading the way. 

Heavy guitar riffs welcome you to this track but soon you will notice that punchy bassline leading the way, the instrument that Hiero Kagami plays for ESMERALDA.

Guitars are dirty and heavy, the drums are riveting and hard-hitting with a big focus on the bass drum and snare (tuned low). The latter ends up giving an extra punch to the bassline, making it so that it will feel like it’s reverberating all over you.

Guitars and bass scream in the chorus, with the drums in the background bringing cymbals into play to add depth to this song.

The breakdown during the chorus is bloody brilliant, putting you on the edge while taking this song to headbanging territory.

On the vocal end, there are a couple of things to talk about. The mixing of the vocals is surprisingly weak in the verses, with Yusuke Nagano being almost buried in the bass-driven instrumental. If you’re finding it rather difficult to listen to his singing clearly it’s because of this. 

This happens because Nagano has a gentle, quiet voice and for him to stand out, either the instrumental should have had less focus on bass or the volume levels of his vocals could have been raised. That actually happens in the chorus but the verses sound sloppy in the mixing.

When it comes to the technique and quality, Nagano impresses with his emotional range and comfort screaming in some parts of the song. 

This is the kind of song that I’ll love to watch being played live, however, it suffers a bit in its overall quality with vocals that barely stand out due to a weird vocal mixing (intentional or not).


“Break Out” is available for streaming on Spotify.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Break Out

SUMMARY

All the groove you can imagine, all the power you want in a rock song however Hiero Kagami's "Break Out" failed to leave a good impression due to how weirdly the vocals were treated in the final mixing. With Yusuke Nagano having a smoother, quieter voice and knowing that the instrumental was slightly crowded with bass-centric rhythms and lower toned melodies, not changing anything about his vocals - thus leaving those buried in the mix - ended up hindering the overall enjoyment that this song could have brought. Last thing you want when listening to a song is to try to pick up the vocals because those either not clear or the mix doesn't favor them. "Break Out" had the potential to be an awesome track, having a solid performance by Nagano however its sloppy - intentionally or not - vocals mixing end up not making it shine.
Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder, content creator, and music reviewer. Basically, the only person managing everything at The Hand That Feeds HQ. Stumbling upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" in 2011 was the start of this journey. If music is thought-provoking or deep, you may find her writing almost essays (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). She's the producer and host of the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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All the groove you can imagine, all the power you want in a rock song however Hiero Kagami's "Break Out" failed to leave a good impression due to how weirdly the vocals were treated in the final mixing. With Yusuke Nagano having a smoother, quieter voice and knowing that the instrumental was slightly crowded with bass-centric rhythms and lower toned melodies, not changing anything about his vocals - thus leaving those buried in the mix - ended up hindering the overall enjoyment that this song could have brought. Last thing you want when listening to a song is to try to pick up the vocals because those either not clear or the mix doesn't favor them. "Break Out" had the potential to be an awesome track, having a solid performance by Nagano however its sloppy - intentionally or not - vocals mixing end up not making it shine.Review | Hiero Kagami “Break Out”