[Power Metal] Bridear
Heh, the reason she stated for leaving can more or less be summed up as "musical differences." The band says they will continue onward though and they already have a support guitarist lined up for the 1/13 show (someone named Ayumi).
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Mitsuru and Misa wrote the bulk of the songs, so now I'm really concerned about the future of the band. Not sure if Miki and Misaki will be up to the task to fill the void. Not worried about the quality of the songs, per se, but the quantity.
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Well the rumors we got earlier was that the label was pushing the band in a softer, more accessible direction. With Mitsuru and Misa both out of the picture, I could easily see this happening. I always thought the band's biggest strength was their dual guitar work and now both of the original guitarists will be gone. I don't think it bodes well for the future.
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Yeah. Bridear's never going to be the same, even if it does survive this.
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It always interests me when members leave for "musical differences", seeing how much it truly impacts a band's sound. More often than you'd think, you'll see a band's style change dramatically with just a single member change (seemingly minor ones can have that impact too).
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Yeah it can either be that or the other way around, one member leaving because he/she wants to do something else than continue with the established sound.
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It's well documented that I didn't like Helix at all which wasn't a huge stylistic change or anything, but overall it was tamer imo. And that release was without Misa of course.
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I was fine with Helix but preferred the earlier stuff pre-growls. Though I’m better with cookie monsterisms these days.

But to me it’s just dumb. In the book “Quit Your Band” which has been mentioned on here (about the Japanese music scene), the author says that one of the things he likes most about the scene is that bands don’t really try to be commercial - since they realise that there’s such little chance of “making it” then they might as well play what they want.

I really don’t get the concept of building a fan base with a style, then your management going, “yeah, great, but make it a bit poppier and you’ll sell loads”. Maybe that worked in the US in the 80s, when MTV airplay was actually a thing - but now? Nah.

Ah well, if nothing else, we’ve learned that Bridear should never do European tours - last one they lost Misa, this time Mitsuru. The cursed continent, it seems.
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(12-05-2018, 04:06 PM)TimJ Wrote: I really don’t get the concept of building a fan base with a style, then your management going, “yeah, great, but make it a bit poppier and you’ll sell loads”.

Yeah I really don't get it either. Especially not for a band like Bridear which has always had a pretty strong core influence.
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