Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas are quite a divisive band. Their signature sound that combines rave electronica with progressive metalcore, autotuned vocals and high pitched screaming is a hard pill to swallow for many, but once one gets over the absurdity of concept there’s no denying that the execution is always top notch. 2012’s All That We Have Now was an amazing sophomore release that cemented them as a cross between J-rock and iwrestledabearonce with more consistency and catchiness. Its successor, Phase 2, is finally upon us, and as it is to be expected from FALILV, it’s batshit crazy, creative and insanely memorable.
I know this band is pretty divisive, as the last time I posted about Japanese progressive metalcore/electronica band Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas people either really hated it or loved it. Well, for those of you who did, they’re coming out with a new album titled Phase 2 on the sixth of August, and they have two singles out already with videos which you can check out after the jump.
Let’s celebrate with champagne
Because it’s that time of the year again
When everyone gives each other gifts
And makes end of the year lists
2012 was a great year
Many albums I did revere
But only a few I must choose
Now before more rhymes I abuse
Let’s get to the favorite albums
So take this list into your cerebellums
(Yes, I know that the cerebellum doesn’t do that, shut up!)
Fear, And Loathing In Las Vegas
All That We Have Now
02. Scream as Hard as You Can
04. How Old You are Never Forget Your Dream
05. Interlude 1
06. Just Awake
07. Defeat and Beat
08. In the End, the Choice is All Yours
10. Interlude 2
11. Don’t Suffer Alone
Do you like J-rock influenced metal? Electronica elements? Autotuned clean vocals? If these sound like the worst plagues that can be brought upon music, then it’s pretty safe to say Fear, and loathing in Las Vegas probably aren’t for you. It’s easy to see why these elements scare many people off, but it would be unfair to dismiss FALILV just because of prior bands who have used those elements poorly. An immediate comparison can be made to Eskimo Callboy, but that band misses the point completely, whereas FALILV have a completely different focus on similar themes. Their sound is a more brave exploration of the mixture of trance and metalcore, with a slight experimental slant that evokes Iwrestledabearonce and adds a clear direction that is in favor of musical integrity while bringing the aforementioned elements together. Still here? Then let’s see how All That We Have Now fares.
Here’s the video for the new Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas track Chase the Light! Wait, what? FALILV are a Japanese band in the vein of Attack Attack!, but they’re significantly better. I actually really like them, they use their electronic elements properly and it’s not a cheesy mix of things that appeal to scene kids. Yes, the band name is stupid but whatever. Anyway, here’s the video for “Chase the Light”!
I honestly think it’s great. The breakdown part is awesome, the ending is rightfully epic, and it’s upbeat and melodic all along the ride. As long as you can get over the autotuned clean vocals, that is.
And here’s an older track, “Stray in Chaos”. Sounds a bit like Raunchy, to be honest.