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

RUBIA Leopard

“LOVER” elevates RUBIA Leopard‘s quality with its nostalgic blend of nu-metal and hardrock and top-tier performance by Makoto Furukawa.

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:RLxHR
Label: TEAM Entertainment Inc. 
Release date: 28/07/2021 
Genre: Nu-metal / Hardrock


1 - 戻ってきた日常
2 - 予期せぬ来訪者
3 - インターバル
4 - 悪巧みしちゃおうぜ
5 - はじめましてのご挨拶
7 - わかってること、わからないこと
8 - これから先の道筋

Track analysis:


The song kicks off at a slow pacing channeling strong nu-metal vibes with a twist of hardrock in the mix. The guitars are dirty, overdriven, and intense.

The drums are slow-paced and incisive while the bass line is pure gold, driving the song forward with a lot of groove.

This is something I really appreciate about RUBIA Leopard: the little nods at some of the early 00s, late 90s rock experiments and give those a new life, adding a slightly modern touch to those.

If you were a teen in the early 00s (or just really like music from that time), this will certainly feel nostalgic.

At the same time, this is the first re that the band opts for such a simplistic rock sound, and, as well, such a slow-paced groove.

It suits them rather well, enhancing their whole dangerous vibe as well as making way for Makoto Furukawa to own this performance. The vocals are more aggressive this time around which is also a nice touch.

All in all, RUBIA Leopard‘s “LOVER” is an awesome rock tune that capitalizes on the band’s well-known allure and aggression to deliver a memorable track.

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


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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