Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Biography

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas (abbreviated to FALILV) are from Kobe city, forming the band in 2008. The band is currently made up of; So [Vocals, Programming], Minami [Vocals, Keyboards, Programming], Taiki [Guitar, Vocals], Tomonori [Drums], Kei [Bass, Vocals]. At the time of writing the group are signed to Warner Group Music Japan, after being signed to VAP for most of their career, releasing 5 albums and 3 EPs! Their songs have been used in a few anime such as; Hunter x Hunter, Sengoku Basara, and many more. Unfortunately they haven’t played over here in the UK, which is a shame as they are highly regarded for their live shows in Japan. Hopefully, we will get to experience it for ourselves one day.

Sound

FALILV are an electronicore band, mixing electronic and metalcore music into one package. FALILV combine the two by keeping the screaming vocals, heavy drum patterns, and dropping in some heavy guitar riffs, adding this with electronic synths and putting effects on instruments and vocals to give it that electronic sound. Generally it has a more electronic feel to it, particularly their more recent releases. However this does not mean metal elements are completely drowned out. They appear more in the way of riff patterns and intensity. Although a trick they use is starting with a more metal drive at the start, building it up to then kick it up another notch with the electronic effects which is actually a really cool effect as it manages to really up the intensity in a way I didn’t think it could!

I’ve already alluded to the band tend to be more on the electronic side, the synths are front and centre in the chorus, having a more dance electronic sound, and most of the clean vocals have an electronic effect on them. This all comes together with the guitar amps and drums being adjusted to give a more electronic sound, to give a tight package. Indeed, with the fast pace of the tracks it works incredibly well to provide that energy of metalcore, without having the typical sound of it. The effects on the vocals also helps provide the unity of the many different vocals in the group, particularly as they give more emphasis on the difference between screaming and clean vocals, having all the clean vocals in line helps to keep that difference so you perceive the change of energy in metal to electronic (or vice versa) more clearly. As a whole, the production is really tight and packs a punch, which live would take it to another level!

My Top 5 Hits

  1. Return to Zero
  2. Thunderclap
  3. Keep the Heat and Fire Yourself Up
  4. Ley-Line
  5. Crossover

Availability

Their discography is available digitally, physical copies have to be imported as always.

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