3) Call my name
6) Kakukai ~Core Break~
10) WAKE UP.STAND UP
11) possibility (Acoustic) (Hidden Track)
12) Katasumi no Sekai (Bonus Track)
13) You make *Demo* (Bonus Track)
RHEDORIC consists of 5 members: Yusuke Suga (ex-12012) and Tomo (ex-Delfina Ma'riage ) as guitarist, Yuuji (ex-Carat) as vocals, and Naruka (ex-Carat) on drums. Shigure is the bassist and he also has played bass for Kamijo as well. RHEDORIC started out as The RHEDORIC when they first debuted as an indie band. As of recently they are contracted with Universal Music Japan and have released their first major album, Jiggy. The first press having dropped last year as an indies release.
I have to say that I just love this album. From the second that the first note ranged through the speakers Jiggy has situated itself at the top of my list. Listening through the whole album you can hear how much work was put into it. from songwriting to production The sound of everything is just amazing.
Each song compliments each other so well and creates a perfect aesthetic for the whole CD. The way that Jiggy is formatted keeps the listener interested and integrated. For the opening song they chose “Guilty”. This track perfectly conveys RHEDORIC's style while, at the same time, not being too overbearing. It intrigues you to continue listening, drawing you in further. Guilty is a light version of their normal style which gives you a small taste that makes you yearn for a bigger bite.
“MEET,HE,LIGHT” comes in as the second song with a very strong opening. Off the bat you hear an amazing harmony of Yuuji's, the vocalist, vast vocal range layered like a beautiful sandwich. With the use of harsh vocals and mind numbing guitar solos, this track is like a complete 180 from Guilty. A difference however that is not displeasing.
“Call my name” and “Critical” continues with this trend. Then out of the blue comes this electric styled song, “MONSTER. This track has a complete different sound from the rest of the album. If the song were by itself, you would not expect this track to have the same origins as the rest. However, in a way, it keeps everything refreshing. Without this track the style would have been repetitive but again the listener is urged to listen on. “MONSTER”'s music style and placement further shows how well planned Jiggy is.
The next few songs are: “Kakukai ~Core Break~”, “possiblility”, and “Melancholic”. For those who have been following this band for awhile will find these tracks very familiar. I was fortunate enough to buy The RHEDORIC's first CD, Katasumi no Sekai, back in the summer of 2014. All these songs were in that album but as I listened more there is a very notable difference, in a positive way. Everyone one of them sound like they have been re-mastered to sound better as well as fit better into the aestheticism of the new album. Melancholic was my favorite song in the first album and I was very ecstatic that it was worked into this one. possibility has a bass solo that is to die for while Kakukai ~Core Break~ will forever by my RHEDORIC classic.
I find that “Truth” and “WAKE UP.STAND UP” are the perfect complement for each other. Both these songs balance themselves so well. In my head I see these two as the perfect opening and ending to an epic anime. “WAKE UP.STAND UP” lives up to its name well. Whenever this song comes up, I cannot keep myself from jumping up and dancing.
My most favorite part of Jiggy would have to be its bonus track selections. They worked “Katasumi no Seka”i, a track from the previous album, again into Jiggy. The demo version of “You make is” listed as the last track.
For those who listens carefully will find that there is a hidden song not found on the track list. Right after “WAKE UP.STAND UP” is the acoustic version of “possibility”. This track caught me totally off guard and is definitely my favorite track on the whole album. Throughout the whole song it highlights how amazing Yuuji's voice is and how small differences, like instrument and tempo, can greatly differ the tone of the song. With the addition of “possibility”'s acoustic version it shows how RHEDORIC doesn't cut corners with their art.
I know that it is becoming redundant about much I love this album but I cannot convey my feelings enough, Jiggy is one of the best I have heard in a long time. The whole album from art, format and sound shows an attention to detail. Nothing about this album is unintentional and from their hard work created something amazing. Whether you play everything in order or on shuffle, everything flows together with graceful ease.
The album is available in the US digitally on both iTunes and CDBaby.
Look forward to a video review soon!
RHEDORIC has released a new song titled “WORLD” so be sure to check it out. Please continue to support this amazing band as they are working on a follow up album to be released soon.
The recently set up a fundraiser on Indiegogo in order to raise money to perform in the United States. This amazing band would love to perform for their North American fans and would love to integrate their help. Through donations fans will be able to have an active role in bringing RHEDORIC to the United States. Each donation level will allow fans to receive rare merchandise that cannot otherwise be easily found. A small token of appreciation from RHEDORIC for your support and dedication. For more information a link can be found here.
Please check out the amazing interview that we were able to have with RHEDORIC's guitarist, Tomo which can be found here.
~Eunice (Yume no Yumi)
All pictures from RHEDORIC's Facebook page.
For More Information
RHEDORIC Website: vestimitation.com
RHEDORIC Official Overseas Facebook: facebook.com/rhedoric.oversea.official
RHEDORIC Twitter: twitter.com/RHEDORIC
Tomo Facebook: facebook.com/egawa.tomo
Tomo Twitter: twitter.com/tomo1108gt
◆ Tom Kiryu