Release Date: February 14, 2018
- I Can’t Live Without You
- One and Only
- Rock in Me
- Turn Me On
- Carry On Living
BAND-MAID’s highly anticipated second album was announced in early December 2017 with a release date of Valentine’s Day 2018. With this album they have clearly stated their intentions and their ultimate goal with its title and the name of the lead single Domination. Musically BAND-MAID continues along the path of engulfing listeners in their hard rock sound.
Much like their first album Just Bring It, World Domination contains a group of slickly produced songs that immediately demand the listener’s attention and never let go after they get their hooks in. The first song I Can’t Live Without You sets the pace for the majority of this album. If you are a fan of fast paced, guitar driven tunes then you will be very pleased to know that you will get plenty of that type of music.
It is worth checking out similar tracks such as Fate, Spirit!!, Turn Me On and Alive-or-Dead if you are in the mood to get your inner rocker out to play.
BAND-MAID has also added some slower moments that temporarily break away from their normal aural assault. The first comes in the form of the previously released single Daydreaming. The second comes from the song Anemone. This track shows a mellower side of the band and it is completely different from everything else on World Domination. This distinct departure from their full throttle rocking ways makes the song quite memorable. Even without that fact it is a fine piece of music on its own.
The final song to make note of is a cover of MUCC’s Honey. It is only available on the Regular Edition and digital versions of World Domination. BAND-MAID’s version is fairly faithful to the original except for the chorus. Neither SAIKI nor KOBATO scream the lyrics like the members of MUCC do.
So what is the final verdict on World Domination? Has BAND-MAID done enough to live up to the ever-growing hype for each of their releases? When it comes to this album from beginning to end you can hear BAND-MAID hitting their stride at the right time. Once you get swept up in the album its 57-minute running time flies by and you are left wanting for more.
If world domination is what BAND-MAID is looking for this album will certainly help them achieve that goal. Absolutely pick up this up.
World Domination (Regular Edition)
World Domination (Limited Edition)
World Domination (Apple Music)