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Review of the Album "Reborn" by Japanese Melodic Death Metal Band Veiled in Scarlet

Updated on October 12, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

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A Little Bit About the Band Veiled in Scarlet and Band Members for the Album Reborn

Veiled in Scarlet is a band that really impressed me with their 2012 album Idealism which at the time seemed so brilliant that this Japanese band could do no wrong. "Reborn" is this band’s second full length album having been released in 2016. This band based out of Kobe, Japan was formed in 2010 and we are in the middle of 2019 so they have been active for almost 10 years.

Band Personnel for the album "Reborn"

  • Miku: lead vocals
  • Izo: guitars
  • Keija: drums and keyboards
  • Syo: guitars

Why Reborn Is a Good Title For This Album

“Reborn” may be an adequate title for the album considering that the band changed vocalists and in this one, Miku has a more raspy kind of voice.

How Does the Album Reborn Begin?

Just when you think that you’ll stop writing for a while, it is like that urge sets in and you want to do even more, to go to some unknown length in terms of volume of works but that’s the fun part of writing I think. Unequal Monotone is a song that continues the impressive melodic flow that has seen Japanese bands experiment with much success and one other example of such a band that did this to perfection is Kobe Japan’s Serpent. We then hear some symphonic keyboard before really fast lead guitar work settles in making this song a memorable one.

Give Veiled In Scarlet a Few Good Listens

Once again, Veiled in Scarlet proves (at least to me) that Japan does have great, solid metal bands. Their musicians can play very well and compete with their European and American counterparts.

Japan Wins Over the United States When It Comes to Melodic Death Metal

Japan is GOOD with melody while a country like the United States with its 330 million people really hasn’t been able to hone and perfect its skills enough to compete in melodic death metal even though there are enough people in the US to ensure that this can be done. After all, so many Americans love to play music that they should be the best in heavy metal at least in North America. Japan on the other hand even when they have lost bands like Ritual Carnage due to disbandment, they have been able to create and come up with new bands that have had the power to impress. As we go into the heat of summer, what you hear on this album Reborn is melodic excellence and these guys can play with Children of Bodom clearly!

Japan Is a Country Whose Metal Bands Aren't Marketed Enough

The Last Note Dances starts off this album in superb melodic fashion and the riffing style definitely resembles Serpent. Blaze of Resurrection might as well be about the emotion of anger as sometimes things happen to us that fill us with disgust. This article isn’t meant to compare American metal bands to Japanese metal bands but Japan has the edge when it comes to melodic death metal while the US is better with thrash metal and traditional heavy metal bands at least in terms of popularity. The creativity of Japanese metal bands can be recognized if their artists are better marketed outside their country.

"The Ink Sinks"

"The Underworld" 2015 Version

Final Thoughts About the Album Reborn So Far...

The melody just continues unabated with the title track as this song is about a man that is despondent because his lover was killed and his life has lost all meaning and reason. All he wants so that he can bring closure to the loss is a conviction but will he ever get it?

As we wrap up yet another really heavy melodic death metal album, Veiled in Scarlet have come up with another solid work in their career. Is it as good as the album Idealism? Hard to say but this one is very impressive as well!

"Scarlet" 2015 Version

© 2019 Ara Vahanian

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