Review | RUBIA Leopard “DIG-ROCK -dice- Type:RL”

RUBIA Leopard

RUBIA Leopard‘s 1st entry in the “dice” CD series has them embracing a softer brand of rock music yet still delivering a top performance.

RUBIA Leopard is a popular rock band in the DIG-ROCK franchise. It is fronted by AKANE (CV: Makoto Furukawa) and counts with guitarist KURONO (CV: Kaito Ishikawa), bassist MASHIRO (CV: Takuya Sato) and drummer HAIJI (CV: Natsuki Hanae).


Title: DIG-ROCK -dice- Type:RL
Label: TEAM Entertainment Inc. 
Release date: 28/04/2021
Genre: Rock

Tracklist:

1 - 心機一転の忙しさ
2 - 些細な違和感
3 - 隠しごと
4 - 会えて良かった
5 - 友だち
6 - NO LIMIT [NEW SONG]
7 - 狂犬の気配

Track analysis:

6 – NO LIMIT

RUBIA Leopard kick off their participation in the ongoing – dice – CD series in the DIG-ROCK franchise.

NO LIMIT” brings exciting guitar riffs, a punchy bassline and fast-paced snary drums to the spotlight. The band’s grit can be felt in the pre-chorus section, as guitars and bass go darker, building up tension for the powerful chorus.

The chorus has punk and pop-rock influences, being easier to “digest” by those that enjoy rock but not as aggressive or intense as previous songs released by the band have been.

The bridge is quite fun, keeping up with the song’s whole high throttle rock sound.

On the vocal end, Furukawa delivers a stellar performance riding on top of a lot of vibrato, and focusing a lot on rounding those open vowels in the lyrics in order to give his singing an intensity boost.  

This song strays away from the band’s usually heavier and grittier sound with some touches here and there of allure. “NO LIMIT” sounds more like a song that Impish Crow would perform – especially with how easy and pop-driven are the lyrics’ structure in comparison with previous songs released by the band.

All in all, “NO LIMIT” is a solid entry by RUBIA Leopard, not characteristically of them but still a rock solid one.


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

SUMMARY

RUBIA Leopard tone down their aggressive sound, and decided to embrace a pop-rock sound that is reminiscent of Impish Crow's. “NO LIMIT” is exciting, is a solid entry by RUBIA Leopard, one in which exciting guitar riffs, a punchy bassline, and fast-paced snary drums are in the spotlight. Furukawa's vocals are also in top form for this entry in the "dice" CD series.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

NO LIMIT
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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