Review | RUBIA Leopard “Answer”

RUBIA Leopard

RUBIA Leopard make a confident debut with the post-grunge tune, Answer.

RUBIA Leopard vol.1
Title: DIG-ROCK RUBIA Leopard Vol.1
Label: TEAM Entertainment Inc.
Release date: 25/09/2019
Genre: Post-Grunge/Rock

Tracklist:

01 絶好調のロックバンド [drama]
02 気の合うメンバー [drama]
03 刺激的で退屈な日常 [drama]
04 ささやかな不協和音 [drama]
05 最高のステージ [drama]
06 Answer 
07 とうぶん、やめられそうにない [drama]

Track analysis:

6 – Answer

RUBIA Leopard make an electrifying debut with Answer.

The track kicks off with a quiet and distant melody that leads the way into the whole rock band, slow paced and ominous sound.

The verses focus on creating an edgy but not overcrowded platform for the vocals to shine, giving priority to the emotions overflowing from Furukawa’s vocals as opposed to the pain and melancholy that comes from this post-grunge rock tune. 

Things change a bit around when we hit the chorus. The instrumentalization for this part of the song stands out from the rest, as a crunchy bass line, shredding guitar riffs and splashy drums take a place at center stage. This is a powerful and textbook build up done in a 90s fashion.

Makoto Furukawa fronts RUBIA Leopard with a charisma and confidence that it is as if he has always been a frontman. When it comes to technique, Furukawa more often than not is off the charts. For this song, it was no different.

His growly vibrato enhances the melancholy in this rock tune and the rawness that he brings – both in emotions and vocal delivery – make this performance sound even more powerful.

Top marks for RUBIA Leopard that makes one hell of an amazing debut. 


DIG-ROCK branches out from the drama CD series MintLip. This is a mixed media project that incorporates music with drama CDs. To get to know more about this project please refer to THIS article.

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


DIG-ROCK RUBIA Leopard Vol.1 is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

DIG-ROCK RUBIA Leopard / Drama CD (Makoto Furukawa, Kaito Ishikawa, Takuya Sato, et al.)
Drama CD (Makoto Furukawa, Kaito Ishikawa, Takuya Sato, et al.)
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The Hand That Feeds HQ founder, content creator, and music reviewer. Basically, the only person managing everything at The Hand That Feeds HQ. Stumbling upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" in 2011 was the start of this journey. If music is thought-provoking or deep, you may find her writing almost essays (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). She's the producer and host of the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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RUBIA Leopard make a massive debut with "Answer". Donning an intense grunge rock sound that is a rarity among 2D music projects, and counting with one of the best singers among male seiyuu as their frontman, RUBIA Leopard are set to make waves and impress time and time again with their music. The future is bright for this band.

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RUBIA Leopard make a massive debut with "Answer". Donning an intense grunge rock sound that is a rarity among 2D music projects, and counting with one of the best singers among male seiyuu as their frontman, RUBIA Leopard are set to make waves and impress time and time again with their music. The future is bright for this band.Review | RUBIA Leopard "Answer"