BAND-MAID Conqueror Album Review
Band-Maid the band that never stops are here again with their third album, Conqueror. I was hesitant about doing this review now, or wait for the physical release from JPU Records in 2020. However, as the album can be heard now digitally, it makes sense to get as many ears on this as soon as possible.
If you’re unfamiliar with Band-Maid, they are a Japanese rock band that dresses like maids. They are incredibly hard-working releasing an Album or EP every year since creation, with each release stronger than the last. That is defiantly the case with Conqueror, their best album to date.
The album opens with PAGE, a beautiful ballad of emotion from the vocals and sound. The guitars are sweeping and take you by surprise at first. I also love the guitar solo after Saiki’s vocals explode. Things then take a traditional Band-Maid tone with glory. The hard-hitting hard-rock track gets the blood pumping and still has an impactful kick despite its early release and repeat play as the outro to YU-GI-OH Vrains.
Liberal turns things up again with intense energy from the guitars and a slick bass from Misa. This is an anthem of a track, that I imagine playing over and over again. Next is another single endless story a powerhouse of a track. The strong vocals here stand above the instrumentals, immersing you into the story of the song. With fifteen tracks to chose from the ones they did pick for singles, glory, endless story, Bubble, and The Dragon Cries demonstrate the variety Conqueror has while also saving some gems on the album. These tracks are great but they are not Conqueror’s best offerings.
One of them is Mirage. The opening bass line has me hooked from the first note. The chorus is extremely catchy but it’s the guitar solo that steals the show. While listening you can picture the spectacle this track will be live.
Conqueror has a few slow songs but As the hat drops, it is the album’s best. This track highlights the versatility of Band-maid. The vocals are haunting, sweeping and have a lasting impact. Miku’s vocals shine.
Band-maid never sounds like they’re losing steam with flying high, they are on top of the world. They cut lose unleashing a bombastic hard-rock hit. The bass is sublime and the dual vocals of Saiki and Miku work perfectly. Akane’s drums are a driving force here and overall powering home to beat and tone of the tracks.
The final three
The final three tracks are Conqueror’s powerhouse songs. Beginning with Catharsis that opening with haunting guitar, hinting this is a ballad only to be a fake-out. The track quickly explodes into a fast-paced, heart-racing anthem. I love what Kanami does here on the guitar, this is where she shines the most.
Blooming is another floor stomping powerhouse. The guitars are fast and unrelenting and the vocals follow the pace and at times have a rap element that works wonderfully. These tracks are truly the albums crown jewels that are perfectly placed on the album.
The album closes with the single reincarnation, that sees the band shredding thunder from the drums to the guitars and vocals. This has everything fans of Band-Maid love and crave, a fast-paced hard-rock anthem.
Last year Band-Maid promised world domination and within that year they have conquered a hell of a lot of it. Conqueror is the band’s best album to date and one that has already seen them dominate the digital album charts. This is an album with versatility, passion, and killer hit after killer hit. After the release of Conqueror here is no stopping Band-Maid.
This is an album with versatility, passion, and killer hit after killer hit. After the release of Conqueror here is no stopping Band-Maid.