The 69 of 2014
Zin – Hiai
2014 proved to be quite the busy year for Zin, with multiple shows to their name as well as three single releases, one of which was limited to live or web shop purchasing. Their last single of 2014, Hiai, became available November 26 and displays additional facets of Zin’s world of Japanese melancholy pop that really bring the band’s sound to life, finishing the year on a solid release.
In “Hiai,” heavy guitar chords smack the ears straight off the bat, giving a clear premonition of the rowdy tunes in store. A distinct bass line mixed with the traditional shamisen tune sets the mood while Riku weaves the story, leading to a chorus of rough screams and yell. This results in an interesting balance of melody and chaos. Calmer verses lead up to the fast-paced refrain that transitions into a storm of growls and screams midway before the shamisen ultimately pulls everything back to a softer atmosphere.
“Roman Yuugi” is a playful and catchy composition that starts up with a subtler, more traditional intro in comparison to its predecessor before guitars rip in and roll through to ramp up the energy. It becomes apparent that Riku has developed a nasal style of vocals as the band progresses, which he uses to play off the rhythm created by the dual guitars. Saku makes his presence known with crashing cymbals that accent the ends of certain lines and transitions between phrases.
“Isshukan Mind” wraps up the single in an energetic and lively finish, steady guitar work once more providing the main melodies alongside deeper but still rapidly recited vocals. A bass solo provides a transition to a jazzier interlude, which Riku complements with a change of tempo in the vocals before returning to the original rhythm. A final frantic drum-driven segment is presented before the song concludes with winding guitars.
With another unique single release to add to their repertoire in Hiai, Zin continues to gain momentum in the visual kei world with their mix of traditional Japanese elements, rock, and Kansai energy. The band already have the first half of 2015 planned out and packed with lives that are sure to be enjoyable for all attendees, whether veteran fans or newcomers.
- Roman Yuugi
- Roman Yuugi
- Isshukan Mind