Special Review: GUITAR WOLF – T-Rex From A Tiny Space Yojouhan

To celebrate their upcoming tour, JNL Team will be reviewing GUITAR WOLF’s latest album.

Album/Single: T-Rex From A Tiny Space Yojouhan

Artist: GUITAR WOLF

Review by: Mariëlle.

After 3 long years of waiting for new music, fans of the infamous GUITAR WOLF are in for a treat. The trio has released a new album earlier month called T-Rex From A Tiny Space Yojouhan. This is the trio’s 12th studio album, and exists of 11 entirely new songs! The European edition of the album will include the English translation of the lyrics, and was released digitally on the 15th of June. The physical version of the album will be released on the 15th of July.

For those of you who don’t know, GUITAR WOLF is known for creating their own Rock’n’Roll genre: Jet Rock’n’Roll. It’s a combination of Rock’n’Roll, Punk, Noise, Garage Rock and Rockability.

GUITAR WOLF formed in 1987, which means they will celebrate their 30th anniversary next year. In all those years they have never failed to impress fans with their unique style since their debut.

Earlier this year, GUITAR WOLF toured Japan, and this summer they will rock North America. After those two, it’s our turn to be blown away by their unique music. The European tour will include concerts in the Netherlands, Norway and Germany, this October.

On top of this, fans can enjoy the appearance of member Seiji in a European movie. Seiji will make his film debut in Fonotune, a film influenced by Japanese cinema, graphic design and manga comics. It will be directed by Fabian Huebner. FONOTUNE – AN ELECTRIC FAIRY TALE is the full title of the film, and is about strange encounters, fleeting connections and perhaps even the end of the world. Seiji will be playing the mysterious rockstar Blitz.

The first song on the list is Jet Reason – we see what you did there. From the first second this song starts off strong. It’s more of an intro the rest of the album, as the song is only a minute and a half long. It was a bit hard for me to hear the lyrics, as the music seemed louder than the voices. Because of this, though, the song reminded me of a live concert.

After Jet Reason, we have the title track T-REX From A Tiny Space Yojouhan. This really reminds of the old-timey rock from the 80’s, and that’s one of the reasons I like this song a lot. The music is fantastic, and the lyrics are a lot catchier than I imagined.

Watch the video for T-REX From A Tiny Space Yojouhan:

Ameba Love Song is the third song on the album. This is one of my favorite songs from the list. From the beginning to the end it sounds great. The guitar really make this song stand out to me. I really love the beat.

Alain Delon’s Revenge is the fourth track, and I have to say, I love the title. The beat of the drums are nice here and the guitar style reminded me a little of the styles used by famous rock band Queen; Only a little, though.

The fifth song is Lovers’ Lake Town. It starts off with what sounds like the ringing of a phone, which is quickly followed by heavy drums and guitars. This is also a short song, only a minute and a half long, but it’s catchy.

Sea and Cola is next, and I have to say, the intro is superb. While I think the title is a tad odd, The song is my favorite from all 11 tracks. The vocals stand out the most to me here, and I think it’s a catchy song. The music is definitely the best thing about this song, in my opinion, as it brings me back to all the great rock songs from the past.

The seventh song is Nessie Moon, which is the cutest title I have ever seen. The rhythm of the guitar in the beginning of the song is very catchy. The vocals stand out in this song, and the style reminds me of several American rock bands.

Ninja Season – by far the most badass song title of the bunch – is the eighth track on T-Rex From A Tiny Space Yojouhan. While the song is only 2 minutes long, it’s a great song with amazing character.

The ninth song is The Queen Of Bermuda. This is my least favorite song on the album, due to the use of the microphone and noises in between – my ears are sensitive to mic noises etc. But that’s a personal thing, and while I didn’t like the extras on this song, the music itself is very interesting and really great.

Next up is Soviet Hiroshi, and the title confused me a little. The intro of this song is really nice, and it gives the rest of the song a strong start.

The final track is In The Galaxy. I really love the intro of this song, it sounds so cool. I can imagine this song being the intro for some action anime, it just really fits the bad-ass vibe that some anime have. In The Galaxy is probably one of my favorite songs on this album.

The album T-Rex From A Tiny Space Yojouhan is a treat for all fans who have waited those three, long years for a new release by their favorite trio. With their unique style GUITAR WOLF really stands out from a lot of other Japanese bands, and the fact that they have been standing strong for nearly 30 years, proves that their style is wanted and appreciated.

If you’re interested in buying T-Rex From A Tiny Space Yojouhan, please go to one of Gan-Shin Records’ stores or one of the other links below:

List of Gan-Shin Records’ stores and their websites

Regular Edition

Limited Edition

If you wish to purchase the European Release, I suggest you contact one of the stores listed on Gan-Shin Records’ website.

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