Monday, 20 July 2009

Nitro Mega Prayer - "Songs Of Hypocrisy" (2005)

I know, i know. That's not the best band name ever, but trust me, these guys are without a tiny shred of doubt one of the best bands i have heard in a long time. On top of having quite a strange monicker, their vocalist can also take a while to get used to. As is the case with alot of screamo bands, particularly during the 90's, there is alot of "wailing" going on rather than "screaming", and this guy is no different. Despite this, and although the lyrics are in Japanese (they are from Kobe, Japan), you can still hear alot of emotion in his voice, especially towards the end of the songs when their infamous crescendos start to crash in.

Anyway, once you get past the vocals (which incidentally, i now love) there is some incredible music to get to grips with. The melodies are unstoppable, coming one after the other in fantastic waves, and those drums are bloody brilliant. Even the bass comes into it's own in parts, weaving melodies far and above what the guitars are doing. This really is amazing stuff. If, like many people, you find it hard to get past the vocals and give this a good few listens, you are missing out on one of my favourite releases of the past few years.

Here's a taster:

Tsunagumono Hanasumono

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Recommended if you like: The Murder Of Rosa Luxemburg, Heaven In Her Arms, Envy, Neil Perry.

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