SID “Enamel” (Review)

SIDSID‘s new single “ENAMEL” is certainly being caught in a lot of hype and a big amount of this hype comes from anime fans around the world. The single is featured is featured as the opening theme for anime “Kuroshitsuji – Book of Circus” and has turned out to be August’s most anticipated release.

ENAMEL” is available in four versions: regular, anime, limited A and limited B.

Let’s kick off this review:

Regular Edition
Single: ENAMEL
Label: Sony Music
Release date: 27/08/14
Genre: Rock


2. 影絵
3. モノクロのキス (Live from『 SID 10th Anniversary TOUR 2013』)

Track by track analysis:


The title track and the opening theme for anime “Kuroshitsuji – Book of Circus“. ENAMEL is a track with a lot of energy since the first chords until its very end. Kicking off with the synths quickly the track brings out the heavy guitar riffs provided by Shinji. ENAMEL is melodic as well as aggressive when needed. With mid-tempo verses, slowly building up momentum towards a monumentally fast and electrifying chorus, ENAMEL has all the weapons it needed to big a great track. Electric guitars, drums and the ever amazing bass are the main ingredients but SID as has used us to, they have no problems incorporating acoustic guitars to embellish the track and show that being melodic is one of SID‘s best qualities as a band. When it’s time to get aggressive it’s Aki‘s reverberating bass that makes a massive impression in the listener, another trademark to SID‘s sound. The drums are simple but Yuya, without any extravagances gives all the energy needed to set the fabulous pace in this track. With all these flawless elements what’s left to analyze it’s the vocal track. Mao once again sways us with yet another great performance. He’s a great singer and frontman that is a given, his unique tone and vocal ability are what adds the finishing touches to this track. Powerful as well as melodic vocals delivering each and every verse flawlessly, keeping up with the fast pace dictated by the instrumental in a track that turned out to be one of the best the band has released so far. One hell of great opening theme. 5/5

2 – 影絵

影絵 goes in a completely different way than the previous track. It’s a slow paced track initially resorting to deep melodic guitar chords to set the stage for an overpowering vocal performance delivered by Mao. The track has it’s first verses laid in a canorous way until we reach the fast chorus where things go in a grandiose way with the high pitched vocals in background and guitar playing that almost makes us reminisce of Queen‘s great guitar solos. A solid track from start to finish but still a little bit away from being perfect. 4/5

3 – モノクロのキス (LIVE)

The already well known “Monochrome no kiss“, SID‘s breakthrough hit featured as the opening theme for the first season of supernatural /action anime “Kuroshitsuji“. On a live setting this is a song that will take your breath away. The bass is reverberating at the same time as the guitar riffs are fast and funky, keeping up with the fast paced drums. The most breathtaking part in this track, be it in the studio recording or in a live setting, it’s Shinji‘s guitar solo. That is one of the best solos I’ve heard in SID‘s repertoire; it’s splitted into two parts the rhythmic part in the background and those melodic high notes being touched without the pick, it’s a solo that has been performed in several different ways live but still manages to amaze their fans. A track that really doesn’t need introduction. 5/5

Final rating: 4.5 stars

We couldn’t expect another result from this single and this particular band. SID prove us time and time again why they are one of the most entertaining and exciting rock bands in Japan. This singles had the hype and more than deserved it. Besides the fact that they featured an already known track with a couple of years in its belt, the release didn’t lose any of its overall quality. It’s a single purposely created to be featured as the anime opening for “Kuroshitsuji” so it’s more than normal to have the track that not only served as a breakthrough for this talented band but also as their stepping stone for all those tracks they’ve featured in these past few years in anime. “Monochrome no Kiss” is, like that, welcomed to this single with a different treatment than the original version and still sounds as fresh as when it premiered back in 2008. Turning towards the new tracks: ENAMEL is an addictive, electrifying song and one of the strongest tracks released this year. Goes a bit away from jazzy territory where SID reign but still sounds and 影絵 is an interesting track despite being so short. All in all, this is certainly a fantastic single release, setting the stage for even bigger flights.

Enamel” is available for purchase on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.

Author: Vanessa Silva (midorin)

The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Metalhead. Gamer. Based in Cascais, Portugal. Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" was the catalyst to start writing about male seiyuu music.