The riff-loving Japanese trio are back. But despite the promising album title, the band revert to their more accessible side – think 2011’s Attention Please – rather than the epic crankathon of Absolutego from the late 90s. Which is a shame, because their song-based work veers towards an awkward brand of melodic shoegaze pop – but lacks the creativity in the tunes or dynamics in the singing to sustain it. Yes, there is a tasty nerve-jangling guitar solo from Wata on ‘Ghost of Romance’. But the threesome leave it to the killer nine-minute ‘Quicksilver’ to salvage their power metal credentials with its blitzkrieg of lockstep guitars, eerie screaming and pummelling drums.
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