RUBIA Leopard “Never end” (Review)

RUBIA Leopard make a powerful comeback with the melancholic ballad, Never end.

DIG-ROCK branches out from the drama CD series MintLip. This is a mixed media project that incorporates music with drama CDs. To get to know more about this project please refer to THIS article.

RUBIA Leopard is a popular rock band fronted by AKANE (CV: Makoto Furukawa), with guitarist KURONO (CV: Kaito Ishikawa), bassist MASHIRO (CV: Takuya Sato) and drummer HAIJI (CV: Natsuki Hanae).

Title: DIG-ROCK RUBIA Leopard Vol.3 
Label: TEAM Entertainment Inc. 
Release date: 22/01/2020
Genre: Grunge / Rock

Tracklist:

01 物憂い報せ
02 家庭の事情
03 ついてない一日
04 雨模様
05 無二の居場所
06 三年目のスタートライン
07 Never end

Track analysis:

7 – Never end

RUBIA Leopard embrace a softer, ballad sound for Never end.

A slow paced piano melody set the emotional tone for this song. Acoustic guitars, a slow paced snary beat and a highly noticeable bass line help paint this pained, melancholic image that the piano and vocals put the first strokes in.

Electric guitars do not play as big a role as they did in previous songs, however they find a way to impact this song with accents in the intro and help build up the song to the emotional chorus.

Makoto Furukawa‘s vocals are the perfect fit for this kind of song. His growly, vibrato-y vocals tackle this ballad in a way that makes chills run down the spine.

Just from the intro, in which his voice is low and rather quiet – almost as if wounded by something -, accompanying the gloomy piano melody, it is noticeable that we are in for an emotional ride.

Furukawa then capitalizes on his technique and delivers one stellar emotional performance for this song. It is easier for the listener to feel this song because the performance is meant to impact you.

The emotion, the simple yet direct instrumental, the way the song flows, culminating in a highly emotional performance. Never end is, easily, RUBIA Leopard‘s best song to date.

Final rating:

DIG-ROCK RUBIA Leopard Vol.3 is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

DIG-ROCK RUBIA Leopard / Drama CD (Makoto Furukawa, Kaito Ishikawa, Takuya Sato, et al.)
Drama CD (Makoto Furukawa, Kaito Ishikawa, Takuya Sato, et al.)

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.

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