This album, New Beginnings, released in 2015, is in my opinion really well done. Once again, I am not a musical theory genius, or an aficionado when it comes to the intricacies that are entailed in such details. However, as a fan of the band it is something that I find thoroughly entertaining, and sounds to me, distinctly of the band. On the side of entertainment, it is a well made album, each track is lyrically and musically distinct from eachother. The first song, Thrill is my favorite song on the album, with its baseline, and guitar work, giving the level of energy I enjoy in this type of music. The vocals are also well done in this track, and find that the range of the vocalist, Saiki, is impressive as ever.
The songs Real Existence, Price Of Pride, Arcadia Girl, and Don't Let Me Down, are to me, the real meat of the album, and also shows their musical range, and skill, While, Freezer, Don't Apply The Break, Beauty And The Beast, and Shake That, are not my favorites, I still find them enjoyable to listen to all the way through. Even with that being the case, musically I personally find each song amazing in its own way, and an integral part of the album. Simply put, I find that there is no song that I feel the need to skip over when it is its turn, though I may decide to put certain songs on repeat more than others. If you enjoy Japanese metal girl-bands with a high energy, skill, and breadth of lyrical expression, then I suggest giving Band-Maid, and more specifically New Beginnings a fair shake. If you have any suggestions of similar bands, or any other Japanese bands or artists, please, share them in the comments below.
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