SID “Hyoryu” (Review)

SID2015SID are finally back with a new single after one year without making any releases. “Hyoryu” is the band’s new single that promises to show the japanese band on top of their game. Let’s check this out.

Regular Edition sid
Regular Edition
Single: "Hyoryu"
Label: Sony Music
Release date: 25/11/2015
Genre: J-Rock


1. 漂流
2. 運命の人

Track by track analysis:

1. 漂流
Shinji‘s melodic guitars alongside the powerful bassline delivered by Aki was something that we were actually missing for quite a while – hardly a band has such a well oiled harmonic chemistry between members as these two have. With quite a simplistic instrumental piece winking at their trademark jazzy rock, the band seems to be shinning as powerfully as when they released “Outsider“. Mao‘s vocals still manage to impress us although we’re quite used to them. High notes, lower notes, falsetto, he’s everywhere and delivering it in the best way possible. 5/5

2. 運命の人

Funky jazz fills our ears as soon as the song starts. Funky guitar riffs, rhodes piano, reverberating slap bass and rich jazzy drums complete this instrumental piece. A laidback track ready to take away all your worries – with a vocal performance to die for (those high notes and falsetto‘s really brighten up the song) with an instrumental piece equally rich and addictive,  運命の人 put the cherry on top of this already amazing release. 5/5

Final rating:5 stars

It’s almost as if the band never took some time off. No one does jazzy rock as good as they do – that is a fact. Both tracks are incredibly solid – there’s no way of choosing a favorite among them. They are sincerely on top of their game and sounding as funky as ever. SID are still one of the most interesting and captivating rock bands in Japan.

Hyoryu” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.

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Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silva
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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