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From Nagoya, 04 Limited Sazabys formed in 2008. From left to right the band consists of: Ryu-Ta (Guitar), Kouhei (Drum), Gen (Vocals and Bass), and Hirokaz (Guitar). Currently signed to major label NIPPON COLUMBIA CO., LTD., having released 6 albums at the time of writing. Their songs have been used in various media, including the recent anime Radiant. 04 Limited Sazabys have become well-known for their great live performances, which is the drive for their music and success. Hopefully they treat us in the UK to a few shows some point soon!
Do you like your music loud, fast, and intense? If yes 04 Limited Sazabys are the band for you. Going for a more pop punk sound, it feels like the Western scene I’d listen to back in the day. The instrumental particularly is turned up to max, but done in a way so each instrument has its own presence. If you don’t listen to this kind of music, it probably can be a bit overwhelming, but for those of us who are more used to its a great experience. The drums and bass work to provide the strong rhythm, and the guitars bounce between either strengthening the rhythm further or playing the catchy riff or melody. Where the songs tend to be hard and fast, there is quite a bit variation to it. They have really nailed how to make a slight change go a long way and every song sounds so unique it caught me a bit off guard! There is also some slower, more acoustic or emotional driven songs that really showcase the full range of the band.
Compared to other Japanese bands, what makes 04 Limited Sazaby stand out is the vocals being a higher pitch. It works to keep that focus on the vocals, despite the loud instrumental, the vocals sit in its own frequency range making it easy to discern the two and bring the whole sound together. Despite the strong force, they still carry the melody, which is only enhanced by some guitar shredding that will play a separate melody. The band also use quite a lot of chorus vocals to help boost the vocals, giving it the same intense energy as the instruments. All this together, there is a real special energy to the band. The recordings really capture the energy the band has when it performs, which really makes me want to see them live as I can imagine it will take it all to the next level.
Top 5 Hits
- My Hero
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