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I've never heard anything quite like it before.

This is certainly a strange one. This Japanese outfit started out as an experiment with none of the members having any previous band experience. They simply got together and worked everything out from scratch – just like you would if you were jamming with a couple of mates in your bedroom. To say they have a very distinctive, inimitable style is bang on, as I've never heard anything quite like it before. They are certainly unique!

They were challenged to describe their style and chose to define themselves as 'Symphonic Metal'. However, having a Soprano vocalist does not automatically a Symphonic Metal band make. I could suggest they are utterly bonkers but that would be doing them a disservice.

When you weld a Jazz pianist with an operatic Soprano and a Metal influenced guitarist with the founding organ player, an anonymous bassist (sorry Mats – much better live though) and a drummer who studied Ringo Starr – this is what you end up with (their live drummer in their cover of Nightwish's 'Ever Dream' is the real deal).

The Soprano Nene is exceptionally talented as is the pianist Hisa who is trained in Classical as well as Jazz, but utilising effectively two keyboard players is certainly a break from the norm. What is on offer here is seven songs of Classical, Jazz and Metal with elements of Techno and Electronica here and there thrown in for good measure. It makes for a bizarre listening experience but then there is no Tuomas Holopainen, Martijn or Robert Westerholt, Charlotte Wessels or Sharon den Adel in their ranks.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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The first song pretty much contains all of their elements but without any coherent pattern, although the opening sequence could easily be a film score set on an idyllic beach. The end of the song allows Nene to stretch her vocal chords and it's here you get an idea of what she's capable of. However, with her striking Soprano voice littered over an eclectic mish-mash of sounds it's quite obvious this is a band in full experimentation mode. The fact that fourth song 'Oedland' (Wasteland in English) features spoken German with piano accompaniment just adds to the bizarre factor.

Nene does in fact revert to some contemporary singing amidst the operatic, particularly on 'Forest Run', but there are plenty of strange intermissions that break up the flow. The rather compelling 'The Hypnotizing Forest' features some Metal riffs from guitarist Louisca and uplifting Japanese Opera throughout and is perhaps their most accessible song, but to end the album with Nene's vocals and a piano led ode to her shoes in 'I Like My Shoes' with some English lyrics just leaves more questions than answers.

Carl Buxton

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