[Power Metal] Bridear
Aldious hasn't been the most metal band in the world since Marina joined though. I was shocked how untight she was on some of the live recordings. But this is still Japan, so pop drummers could be possessing an excellent technique for metal without the general public even knowing.
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(02-11-2019, 01:11 AM)Agonymph Wrote: But this is still Japan, so pop drummers could be possessing an excellent technique for metal without the general public even knowing.

We it's not like Kai herself had any experience beforehand:

Interviewer: ...this is your first experience of playing metal, isn’t it?

KAI: It is, isn’t it? When joining, I should have been told "You don’t have much to do with only two bass drums anyway", but… (laughs).</I> [NAON NO YAON interview, 2016]
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I think they used to have "girls metal band" written on their twitter, now they have "girls rock band". This can't be good Sad
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Oh good eye there. I went back and checked some internet archives and you're right.

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Quote:福岡を中心に活動中のガールズメタルバンド、BRIDEAR(ブライディア)。 Vo.KIMI、Gt.美弦、Gt,Misa、Ba.晴琉、Dr.Kai。 お問い合わせ、ご予約はDMまたはbridear_info@yahoo.co.jpへお願い致します。 ※ツイートへのご返信は致し兼ねますのでご了承くださいませ。

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Quote:福岡で結成されたガールズロックバンドBRIDEAR(ブライディア) Vo.KIMI、Gt.AYUMI、Gt.MISAKI、Ba.HARU、Dr.YURI お問い合わせはHPよりお願い致します。 ※ツイートへのご返信は致し兼ねますのでご了承くださいませ。

Prepare yourself for the pop rock era.
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Yeah, I was actually on the optimist side before this last line-up change. I liked Helix and thought the band would just be dropping their metalcore influences in favor of a lighter power/prog metal sound, which didn't sound too bad (I'm generally not a big fan of metalcore even though the more metalcore-tinged albums resonated with me for some reason). But now it's clear that they're going beyond that. And this is most definitely a studio-mandated decision, not an artistic choice. So it's not like I have much hope they'll get back to metal eventually.

Best case scenario now would be if Kimi and Haru gave up as well and went on to form a new band with the rest of the girls.
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Rock doesn't necessarily mean poprock... Can be hardrock too. Really doesn't mean much until we hear new music.
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(02-13-2019, 09:55 AM)gdscei Wrote: Rock doesn't necessarily mean poprock... Can be hardrock too. Really doesn't mean much until we hear new music.

Technically you're right, but I think that when a metal band stops reffering to themselves as "metal" to start using "rock" instead, that as clear of a sign as you can get that they're going pop...
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(02-13-2019, 09:58 AM)Phalamus Wrote: Technically you're right, but I think that when a metal band stops reffering to themselves as "metal" to start using "rock" instead, that as clear of a sign as you can get that they're going pop...

Eh, I don't pay attention much to whether a band calls themselves rock or metal, as it often doesn't mean much with Japanese rock/metal. I'd say hold your judgment until new music drops.
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While I happen to love straight up rock or hard rock when done well (e.g., Band-Maid), I have to admit to being a bit concerned when a band like Bridear "goes rock," especially when it's being influenced by outside decision makers. They were so stinking good at their style of core-influenced power metal, to think that they're being forced to change just makes me sad. That said, while I won't write them off and will give their new material a fair chance, I'm also just being honest about my skepticism.
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(02-13-2019, 10:30 AM)gdscei Wrote: Eh, I don't pay attention much to whether a band calls themselves rock or metal, as it often doesn't mean much with Japanese rock/metal. I'd say hold your judgment until new music drops.

I don't do either, to be honest. I'm far from being a genre purist or anything. But it all lines up. The record label is seeking to almost completely overhaul Bridear's sound and image into something that can hold mainstream appeal. Not that I'm one of those guys who bash on everything "mainstream" but this seems way too cynical...

(02-13-2019, 10:45 AM)bhg70 Wrote: While I happen to love straight up rock or hard rock when done well (e.g., Band-Maid), I have to admit to being a bit concerned when a band like Bridear "goes rock," especially when it's being influenced by outside decision makers. They were so stinking good at their style of core-influenced power metal, to think that they're being forced to change just makes me sad. That said, while I won't write them off and will give their new material a fair chance, I'm also just being honest about my skepticism.

Yes, exactly! It's always sad when we have to see a band to which we have grown attached change into something unrecognizable. If I thought that this was going to be a sincere changed, born out of some type of artistic vision, I would be more optimistic even if they were changing into something that could probably not be classified as metal. But not like this...

I desperately want another band with most of the original Bridear line-up. If Kimi and Haru were to leave as well it would be ideal, but if they're not up to that I guess Misa, Mitsuru and Kai could always find a new voacalist and bassist.
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