Review | RUBIA Leopard “Destination”

RUBIA Leopard

RUBIA Leopard‘s “Destination” is a dark and enthralling twist to the band’s gritty and intimidating rock sound.

Blue x Red will count with 2 releases – one for RUBIA Leopard and another for Impish Crow.

RUBIA Leopard “DIG-ROCK ―RED― Type:RL” is scheduled to be released on 25/11/2020, available in regular edition.

The cover art is the following:

Title: DIG-ROCK ―BLUE― Type:IC
Label: TEAM Entertainment Inc. 
Release date: 25/11/2020
Genre: Rock


1 – 挫折
2 – 反省
3 – 惰性
4 – 決意
5 – 端緒
6 – RUBIA Leopard
7 – Destination [new song]


7 – Destination

RUBIA Leopard newest song is the dark and enthralling, Destination.

The song kicks off in a solemn fashion, slow paced and with the instrumental well in the back to give way for Makoto Furukawa’s haunting vocals.

I found the dark intro to be the perfect tone setter for this song with the delicate guitar notes in the intro almost resembling a sitar or harp, something that is an awesome touch to this imposing song.

Although the rest of the song isn’t that dark instrumental-wise, it was rather nostalgic detail to add to this song, very reminiscing of the intros of some of the most iconic early 00s rock/emo rock’s songs.

Destination then changes dynamics and introduces fast paced, snary drums, a deep bass line and shredding guitar riffs, going for a powerful display of the band’s trademark intense, robust rock sound.

The chorus is explosive, with the drums taking the spotlight away from all other instruments with a powerful beat and with cool toms’ fills adding a lot of flair to the performance.

On the vocal end, Makoto Furuwaka goes for a hot-blooded performance, relying on a lot of his natural vibrato to add a bit of drama to the song but also bringing a lot of control and charisma to the spotlight, making it impossible to take my attention away from him.

Destination is another remarkable entry in RUBIA Leopard’s repertoire that does an interesting spin on the band’s already solidified gritty and intimidating blend of grunge, emo and punk-rock.

On top of it you have Makoto Furukawa delivering yet another charismatic performance that will get your blood pumping faster.

Meet RUBIA Leopard

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).

So far, the band released the following songs:

RUBIA Leopard “DIG-ROCK ―RED― Type:RL” is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.


Dark, enthralling and powerful, this is the sound that RUBIA Leopard have used everyone to. This time around things get a little bit more interesting with a refreshing spin on their sound in "Destination" and a hot-blooded performance by Makoto Furukawa.


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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