Review | RUBIA Leopard “Identity”

RUBIA Leopard

RUBIA Leopard restrain their aggressiveness and escalate their intimidating and alluring vibes for Identity in yet another killer rock track.

DUEL FES is a series will count with the participation of the franchise’s bands – Impish Crow and RUBIA Leopard – in 4 consecutive releases.

RUBIA Leopard is a popular rock band within the 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 ―DUEL FES― Vol.3 Identity
Label: TEAM Entertainment Inc. 
Release date: 26/08/2020 
Genre: Rock


1 - 久々の帰宅
2 - 1/fノイズ
3 - やっぱりすごく嫌い
4 - 青天の霹靂
5 - ちょっと特別
6 - サプライズデイ
7 - Identity

Track analysis:

7 – Identity

RUBIA Leopard go loud and assertive for Identity. Droned, muffled guitar riffs play in the background, serving as the canvas which Makoto Furukawa’s vocals will color this time around.

Raging guitar riffs, a deep bass line and playful – yet simple – snary drums slowly build up hype in this track, carrying it over to the chorus after ramping up tension for it, with speed picking up in the pre-chorus and then developing into a powerful chorus.

There’s something daring, intimidating about this song as whole yet, underneath it, there is a bit of playfulness in it that adds a tasteful touch to this track.

Makoto Furukawa goes for a masterful performance – something that, by now, won’t come as a surprise to any RUBIA Leopard fan -, filled with flair and poise.

You can feel Furukawa’s confidence from his performance. The spotlight is on him and he’s enjoying every little bit of it while performing a music genre that he loves. His trademark vibrato was all over the track, another detail that makes his performance standout.

All in all, Identity doesn’t go as loud and aggressive as Prisoner was but this kind of restrained aggression – with alluring and intimidating undertones – fits the group like a glove and is, in my opinion, the perfect greeting card for newcomers as it is, in my eyes (and ears) the best representation of what they are as a band.

DIG-ROCK ―DUEL FES― Vol.3 is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.


RUBIA Leopard continue on a good streak of releases. Their sound is fleshing out pretty well, with a blend of grunge and hardwork (with some sprinkles of funk when necessary) being their greeting card. "Identity" tones down a bit on their aggressiveness and tap into their alluring and intimidating edges and the result is - also thanks to Makoto Furukawa's vocals - a masterful performance.


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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