Review | Impish Crow “DIG-ROCK -dice- Type: IC”

Impish Crow
Impish Crow

Impish Crow fire all cylinders for “Updraft”, cranking up the intensity to their sound, making quite the awesome entry in the “dice” series.

Impish Crow is an indie rock band fronted by TSUGUMI (CV: Yuma Uchida) with guitarist TOKI (CV: Takuya Eguchi), bassist MITSURU (CV: Wataru Hatano) and drummer HIBARI (CV: Shinnosuke Tachibana).


Title: DIG-ROCK ―dice― Type: IC
Label: TEAM Entertainment Inc. 
Release date: 24/03/2021
Genre: Rock

Tacklist:

1 - ハード・トレーニング
2 - お疲れ
3 - ヤバい!
4 - ぜんぜんダメだ
5 - 唯一無二のギター
6 - Updraft
7 - 狂犬の足音

Track analysis:

6 – Updraft

Impish Crow fire all cylinders for “Updraft”, cranking up the intensity to the sound with an explosive bass line, intense guitar riffs and bass-centric drums.

Right off the bat, what impressed me was the intro and how atmospheric it was, making good use of pedals on the guitars to add some reverb into them, creating a distant vibe to this song.

The verses are tight, with the instrumental following the unstoppable bass line, leading to a lower toned, darker sound to this song.

The chorus however, changes things a little bit, changing dynamics into a breathy, spacious soundstage in which the bass goes crazy, the drums are used to their fullest and the guitars pack quite the punch.

There are some synths + guitar riffs in the background that caught my attention. Nice accents to a song that, otherwise, would be too dark for Impish Crow.

Also, those splash hits on the drums were a nice touch to the chorus.

On the vocal end, Yuma Uchida delivers a performance that makes a decent use of his range and skillset. He’s performing the song mostly in a comfortable mid-tone but he brought to the table his falsetto and high notes, at least for the backing/pitch vocals.

This is a song that doesn’t sound like anything the band has released before. There’s a certain maturity in how the sound is presented, ditching the punk-rock influences and going darker, that hints at the band’s growth.

Easily one of the most enjoyable rock tunes Impish Crow has released, that’s for sure. Also, genuinely good entry in the “dice” CD series in the DIG-ROCK franchise.


DIG-ROCK ―dice― Type:IC is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

SUMMARY

Impish Crow's first entry in the new "dice" CD series comes with "Updraft", song that shows a band slowly maturing. Their sound is now darker and more explosive, putting behind most of the punk-rock influences in previous releases and fully embracing darker, minimalistic compositions with a lot of impact. The bass line took over the spotlight, being a driving force for this explosive song. On the vocal end, Yuma Uchida delivered a comfortable performance. All in all, an enjoyable entry in the "dice" series and an awesome addition to Impish Crow's repertoire.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Updraft
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Also, the only person managing everything The Hand That Feeds HQ related. 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). I also host the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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