BRIDEAR: “The charm of this album is that it's not just heavy – it pushed us to play more melodic solos”

(Image credit: Kakkoii Club)

Bloody Bride isn’t quite Japanese quintet Bridear’s debut album – the band have been trafficking in high-energy power-metal for the better part of a decade, and you’ll find the bulk of their work on streaming services – but it’s true that this latest whirlwind of J-pop hooks, tastefully torched scale runs, and Maiden-worthy guitarmonies marks the first official LP of theirs to be made available in North America without a weighty import price. 

All the same, sugary-yet-speedy anthems like Daybreak and metalcore, progressive shred, and pop music amalgam Bloody Bride are priceless introductions to Bridear’s six-string tandem of Misaki and Ayumi.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.