Death Rabbits – Daiichiji Usagi Taisen Review

Death Rabbits Dai Ichiji Usagi Taisen

Release Date: September 3, 2014

Track Listing

  1. Dai Ichiji Usagi Taisen
  2. 2nd Attack
  3. Koisuru Kisetsu
  4. Usagi Sutorimu
  5. Hell Near Bucho ~Hatarakisugi da yo Nihonjin 2013~
  6. 〇〇へ
  7. Sentou Haichi
  8. Idol STAR WARS
  9. Omatsuri Japan!! Kokuhaku Night
  10. Sekaijuu ni Arigatou
  11. Riot Zone


Death Rabbits are an Idol Metal group comprised of three young girls (Yuzu, Emi, Karin) and their producer Akira Death. Their sound is described as Japanese Death Pop, and many listeners will compare them immediately to BABYMETAL.

While on the surface Death Rabbits and BABYMETAL share similarities there are some subtle differences between the two that should be pointed out.

First is that the producer of Death Rabbits is also an active member. That’s the first I have heard of that happening in an idol group if you don’t count Tsunku and all of Hello! Project. (I kid H!P fans, I kid.)

Akira takes the lead on a few songs, which makes it kind of a strange listening experience if you expect the three girls to be the front of the group. It’s like almost like the girls are background or supplementary singers. That’s how I perceived things anyway.

The second difference I noticed is that Death Rabbits seem to have a stronger pop influence in their music. Granted they have their hard rocking tracks, but it doesn’t feel like any of them are beating you into submission

Instead you get a lot of material that would encourage more use of light/glow sticks than neck braces. Whether that is disappointing or not depends on your expectations and whether this group meets them.

In the end Dai Ichiji Usgagi Taisen is a fairly decent album that could possibly attract more people to idols through a different medium of music. The only caution I can give is that If you’re expecting a BABYMETAL clone you’re probably going to leave with a sour look on your face.

Otherwise, give Death Rabbits a shot and see if they fit your idol metal cravings.

Dai Ichiji Usagi Taisen


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