Exciting and completely different from what they’ve been releasing up until now, TRIGGER kept us on our toes with unpredictable instrumentals and polished vocal performances on “Heavenly Visitor“, release without a match on their repertoire.
Title: Heavenly Visitor Label: Lantis Release date: 28/02/2018 Genre: J-Pop/J-Rock
1. Heavenly Visitor 2. DIAMOND FUSION 3. Heavenly Visitor (Off Vocal) 4. DIAMOND FUSION (Off Vocal)
Track by track analysis:
1 – Heavenly visitor
TRIGGER dive into new territory for “Heavenly Visitor”. Wrapped in shredding guitar riffs, a reverberating bassline and powerful, snary drums, this song is far from sounding like the typical TRIGGER fans are used to. This change of pace, embracing a heavier sound while still donning their catchy and suggestive pop lyrics is a breath of fresh air on their repertoire. This rock instrumental has everything, an exciting chorus, melodic verses, a breathtakingly beautiful piano-driven outro and, to top it all, a memorable guitar solo. Now, on the vocal end we have one of the most exciting and powerful performances from TRIGGER. The trio fits like a glove with this new sound. Wataru Hatano and Takuya Sato’s low vocals are more than familiar with rock music, tackling low toned sections and melodic mid-tones with ease. Soma Saito, although not as familiar as Hatano and Sato, performs on par with them, leading the group towards a perfect performance. “Heavenly Visitor” is the song we didn’t even knew we’d need to listen from TRIGGER. 5/5
2 – DIAMOND FUSION
“DIAMOND FUSION” takes TRIGGER back to their alluring, slow paced yet catchy electronic pop sound. Progressive synths are a must for this kind of song, meant to set the danceable tone and hype the listener throughout. However, the way the synths were used on this instrumental was rather fresh. The lead synth isn’t looping endlessly, it only comes to the spotlight to enhance certain elements – i.e. intro, pre-chorus – and add explosiveness to the build ups. The verses mix progressive synths with slow paced dubstep-ish drum samples. This mix did wonders to the whole pacing of the song. So, don’t expect any over-the-top dubstep drum loops or the sort, the drums samples used avoided any kind of ridiculous or annoying results. The vocals are off the charts. There’s no shortage of quality and variety. Rap parts, flourishes, some R&B touches and high notes, all were performed a perfectly as you’d expect from them. “DIAMOND FUSION” is an exciting addition to TRIGGER‘s repertoire. 5/5
Heavenly Visitor trailed new territory for TRIGGER. When we first listened to the preview and short versions of the song, we weren’t expecting that the whole song would embrace aggressive guitar riffs, fast paced explosive drums and shredding guitar solos.
We weren’t expecting because TRIGGER isn’t known for that.
This was the first time the trio experimented with the rock genre. For a first experiment, we can only say that TRIGGER were more than up for the challenge and cleared it with flying colors. Somehow, the same vocals that dazzle everyone each and everytime, teasing the listener with their dangerous suggestiveness are exactly the same that were powerful enough to keep up with an uptempo high throttle rock song. In case you didn’t notice, synths were nonexistent for this song. Some would think that TRIGGER without any synths backing them up would be like throwing away their identity and, in result, they’d sound awful or not have any chemistry on the vocal end. The reality is quite the opposite. They are versatile enough to fit in almost any music genre and despite the fact that synths were removed from the equation only proved that TRIGGER‘s core is in the group’s powerful vocals, instead of in the instrumentals. Yes, the instrumentals are part of their identity, but what made this song sound theirs were the vocals – that unique harmony between the contrasting yet complementing tones, their technicality and chemistry. The alluring way in which they tackle each song. Give them any instrumental and they’ll make it theirs in a heartbeat. That’s impressive in itself.
DIAMOND FUSION has some of the most interesting vocal performances we’ve ever heard from TRIGGER. They’ve managed to cover almost all bases with this performance. Want rap parts? They got those in the intro as well as later on. Even though those might be on an idol level, their rap parts are still groovy enough to grab your attention and fit well with the song’s vibe. On the other side, if you’re a fan of flourishes then Hatano, Saito and Sato have you covered – expect sweet vibrato here and there. Also, there’s no shortage of high notes, however those are only noticeable when paying attention to the backing vocals. The trio tackled everything without a single issue and even showed us a glimpse of R&B riffing, a technique that, as of late, they’ve been slowly trying to incorporate in their performances. Just listening to all that, plus their melodies and harmonizations is more than enough for us to notice that TRIGGER were incredibly comfortable showcasing everything they know and more. They might even have more to show us in the future.
In conclusion, “Heavenly Visitor” is a top release from TRIGGER. We dare say this is the unit’s best single to date. Exciting and completely different from what they’ve been releasing up until now, they kept surprising us whether it was with improved vocal approaches or different instrumentals. Part of the fun on this single was not knowing and not being able to predict what would await us in the instrumentals (especially the progressions) or even on the vocal end. We are thoroughly delighted with what we found.
TRIGGER are in peak form right now and “Heavenly Visit” seems to be just a snippet of something greater, an untapped potential in this unit.
“Heavenly Visitor” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.