Review | Jin Ogasawara “Guns&Loudness”

Jin Ogasawara

Jin Ogasawara brings a high-octane, intense rock sound to the spotlight with his 2nd digital single “Guns&Loudness“.

Title: Guns&Loudness
Release date: 14/07/2021
Label: Beyond The Music
Genre: Rock / Punk-Rock

Tracklist:

1 - Guns&Loudness

Track analysis:

1 – Guns&Loudness

Shredding guitar riffs and a punchy bassline kick-off “Guns&Loudness” with a lot of groove.

The instrumental has a dirty touch to it, brought to the spotlight by the low, bassy sound going on by the bass and drums.

The verses have a comfortable tempo however, there are massive changes when the time comes for the chorus to take the stage. The build-up to it doesn’t let out how explosive and high-octane the chorus is.

Drums are pounding at a fast pace, the guitars shred across the stage, the bass delivers punchy accents to the track.

The chorus is everything a fan of rock music loves: intense, fast-paced, not crowded, and with a lot of groove.

On the vocal end, fans can expect a performance with 2 dimensions.

In a way, fans have Jin Ogasawara’s clean rock vocals, packing a massive punch and with an edge that screams to you; on the other way, there’s some vocals manipulation going on in the first half of each verse.

The latter can put off some people that arrive at this song expecting a straightforward shredding tune but given how brief those parts are, the song doesn’t suffer much in its overall quality.

I’ve been enjoying Ogasawara’s growth into one of the most exciting new talents venturing the rock route for their solo career.

His vocals are developing into a reliable tool for him to deliver passionate, intense performances while keeping the performance clean and “safe” for his vocals.

He’s been finding his groove, a voice tone that he can call “his” and not just the one he uses for character songs. That takes time but he’s slowly easing into a style of performance and voice tone that sounds natural, not forced or strained which is good news.

Although not an upgrade in comparison to his debut single, “Guns&Loudness” is a rock-solid follow-up track that shows that Ogasawara wants to shake your world with his unique blend of a fast-paced intense rock sound, punk, and electronica.


Guns&Loudness” is available for streaming on Spotify.

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SUMMARY

Jin Ogasawara brings a high-octane, intense rock sound to the spotlight with his 2nd digital single "Guns&Loudness". This is a really enjoyable rock tune with shades of groove metal in the verses and punk-rock in the chorus. The way he plays around with contrasting sub-genres within rock music while also delivering contrasting vocal performances - manipulated and clean - on top of that is a genius touch as well. Not many will notice that on a first listen but it's actually pretty interesting to know that there is chaos, loudness but at the same time there's order in that disorder. On the vocal end, Ogasawara keeps showing a lot of improvement. He's been finding his groove, a voice tone that he can call "his" and not just the one he uses for character songs. That takes time but he's slowly easing into a style of performance and voice tone that sounds natural, not forced or strained which is good news. It'll be interesting to listen to what he releases next because, even if "Guns&Loudness" wasn't a massive upgrade over his debut single, it sure was a nice addition to his repertoire, showing that he can do a more aggressive style of rock with a lot of quality.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Guns&Loudness
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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