Hello Sleepwalkers – Goya no Machiawase

Goya no Machiawase [Single]

Tracklist:

  1. Goya no Machiawase

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Goya no Machiawase is a rock track, opening with a set of catchy guitar riffs. These riffs are one of the strong points of this song, and can hold my interest on their own. The guitars’ tone is also good; not overly distorted, and with a bright quality. My favourite guitar lines are the twin riffs preceding the first chorus, but overall I’m happy with nearly all of the guitar component.

The vocalist gives a respectable performance. His tone and pitch are consistent through the song, and the filtered effect is short and tasteful. Although he does slide to a lot of his notes instead of hitting them cleanly, he seems in control of his slides, so I can let that pass here. However, there are a couple of weak bits. One is where he plain yells the last note of the first chorus, and another is where his switch to head voice isn’t that strong. But in both cases, the flaws are short so don’t make too much of a difference.

Without a doubt, the chorus is a main selling point for Goya no Machiawase. It’s addictive as hell, with a great back-and-forth between the lead vocalist and the other band members. I find this funny, because normally I’m not a fan of shouted backing vocals, yet I’m cool with it here.

While the track is good in some aspects, it doesn’t do as well in others. The lack of snare drum at the end of the first chorus lessens the intensity that the band had going before. The instrumental section of the bridge also has a poorer sound. The guitar is over-distorted and hence messy, and the bass is mixed too loud. It’s true that a heavy bass presence can give a great fierce sound, but in this piece I feel it’s out of place and doesn’t meld with the rest of the song.

The track’s final weakness is its length. Sorry, 2:50 doesn’t cut it. I mean, there were some excellent ideas flying around, but only having two verses and two choruses is just lazy composition. Goya no Machiawase boasts catchy vocal and guitar lines, but is hampered by a number of sloppy techniques.

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Rating: 3.5 stars

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