|Review: Lovebites - Clockwork Immortality|
Label: Victor Entertainment
Year released: 2018
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: January 5, 2019
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Well, I was skeptical of this. Japanese bands can be very hit-or-miss, and they have their own aesthetic over there that sometimes is just weird. The band name is not very metal-sounding, and the promo shots of the band members in heels and evening gowns looked like a J-Pop band in the making. Yet surprise surprise, they actually rip pretty fucking hard. I checked out a few live cuts to assure myself that yes, the girls you see are actually playing their instruments, and this is not a studio creation.
This is some pretty solid Power Metal, with a heavier guitar sound and less keyboard activity than you'd expect. Some of the lead work is really stellar, and the production and playing are all very tight and pro. Singer Asami has that thing where she sounds pretty much like every other Asian female singer, and she doesn't have a lot of range, so her vocal lines are kind of constrained by that. Overall, this really sounds a lot like early-period Nightwish doing anime theme songs. It may not blow you away, but it is fun.
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