Posted by : Mario Minware Wednesday, January 15, 2014
I was telling you last year that among all-female metal bands Aldious is my favorite. At first it would seem like image had something to do with it (and I'm telling you, it has NOTHINg to do with it) but they are great musicians. Since I read some reviews on their debut, Deep Exceed, I realises this was not going to be like your average power metal band.
You look at them and you see girls wearing colorful dresses, tiaras and whatnot and yet they do not fail to deliver this fast and, aggresive? Nope, I'm going to go with cute and sweet. LOL. But you know what I mean, happy (and fast) riffs, catchy melodies, clean singing, love and fantasy themes.
You can also hear the influence of J-pop in some of their songs, because well, Japan is flooded with that. You have the typical piano accompanied song and the soft and melodious passages, but there is always the strong presence of drums and the energy of guitars. Their first and second full lenghts are marked by Rami's voice, which is extremey powerful to say the least. However, 2012 marked her departure due to health issues and she was replaced by Re:NO (god only knows what does that even mean LOL). It's not like she has a bad voice, but it's a lot softer than Rami's voice, no shrillness in her voice but you production seems to be pushing her voice a lot, affecting the overall deliverance of the band. And that's how District Zero was and ok album, but that could have been better. Way better.
Aldious is still a young metal act that has time to grow and learn from their mistakes in order to continue delivering high quality pwer metal that can only be found in Japan. So far they have release 1 EP, 4 singles, 1 DVD and 3 full lenght albums and their current line-up consists of:
- Sawa, bass
- Yoshi, guitars
- Toki, guitars
- Aruto, drums
- Re:NO, vocals.