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

Impish Crow continues to slowly mature into a powerful rock outfit, this time around fully embracing an exciting brand of punk-pop in “RAM”.

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×HR
Label: TEAM Entertainment Inc. 
Release date: 23/06/2021
Genre: Punk-Pop


1 - はじめの一歩、そしていま
2 - なんでだろう?
3 - 隣にいるから大丈夫
4 - リベンジしよーぜ!
5 - そんなの当たり前だ
6 - RAM [NEW Impish Crow SONG]
7 - インクロとハウロ
8 - ぜったいに譲らない

Track analysis:

6 – RAM

Impish Crow kicks off this song with intense guitar riffs paired with a deep bassline. The pacing is slow in the verses, picking up in the chorus but it never gets too extravagant in that department.

This approach to their sound, putting the guitars at center stage while focusing on having an intense punk-rock/pop-punk sound, is a nice twist to their powerpop formula and, once again, shows maturity from the band (something that is going on since “Updraft“).

The pre-chorus ventures towards that territory and the chorus is pure pop-up fun, counting with a comfortable pounding beat and a punchy bassline on top of it all off.

Guitar work for this song is really strong, yet simple. I find it to be easily one of the highlights of this track, however, what stroke me as interesting was Yuma Uchida’s performance.

Perhaps you’re familiar with his singing skills and style outside of this project but it’s still worth mentioning that Impish Crow has been changing its sound with each release, going for darker, more intense rock performances, and Uchida adapts with a lot of ease to those changes, which, while expected, is still impressive.

Uchida tackled this refreshing brand of pop-punk – less energetic than the band’s usual sound – and completely ace his performance.

Top marks.

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


Impish Crow wraps up its participation in the "dice" CD series in the DIG-ROCK franchise with "RAM". The band continues to mature and it shows in their sound, more serious and aggressive than ever yet still retaining their trademark groove from those early powerpop releases. "RAM" showed what this band is capable of if sound and vocals-wise. On the vocals side, Yuma Uchida flaunts his skills and versatility by seamlessly embrace a more intense and rawer singing style whereas the band's sound - while with shades of pop in it - is shifting from powerpop to a cohesive and exciting brand of punk-pop. This matured sound has elevated Impish Crow's performances in what is one of their best singles to date.


Vanessa Silva
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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