FACT - FACT

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Metal, Post-hardcore, Rock
Vagrant Records
FACT
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J-rock has been a niche musical genre for many years, and subsequently a few bands, like Dir En Grey, have broken the niche and made it into the mainstream. FACT’s newest self-titled CD is poised to do just that, and have a Vagrant record deal behind them. Though their image is still very niche-like (think emotionless white masks worn while performing, a la Slipknot), it creates a stronger appeal and brands FACT as something different than your run-of-the-mill power Japanese rock band.

There is something exotic and charming about a thick foreign accent that spills through into the music’s vocals. FACT, while from Japan, sings in English and though you can recognize most words that are sung, they are laced with a thick Japanese accent. It is seemingly more genuine when he gives homage to US city Los Angeles on the second track “Los Angels” through his thick accent.

Though the appeal doesn’t stop just at the vocals, and in fact, FACT’s biggest strength is their song structure and musical omniscience. Each song on the album is a hit, and simple enough to be listened to casually, and complex enough to satisfy those who need an extra element from popular music. Their first single, in which the band has a very popular music video, “A Fact of Life” starts with a unique electro-guitar sound that is truly a product of Japanese influences. The vocals are over-autotuned, giving it an electro feel, but the song structure is that of a heavy metal band. It is in the contrast of these elements in which FACT truly shines, giving a fresh sound that spans across a variety of genres.

Overall, the album is very cohesive, and has been accepted by the press very well. Its strengths lie in a familiar-but-exotic sound and concise song structure. Also, variety on the album comes in many forms, from different song lengths (0:24s to 4:20m) and varying styles (everything from metal, screamo, to electro-pop). Rarely can an album be full of singles, but FACT’s self-titled comes close as it is hard to stop midway through the album, and each song is as catchy, fun, or unique as the last.

1. Paradox
2. Los Angels
3. A Fact Of Life
4. Chain
5. Reborn
6. Purple Eyes
7. Lights of Vein
8. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
9. CO3
10. Snow
11. Stretch My Arms
12. 45 Days
13. Why...
14. 1-2
15. Rise
16. A Fact Of Life (Boom Boom Satellites Remix)

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1) FACT is a post-hardcore band from Chiba, Japan that formed in 1999. They released their international self-titled debut album on April 14, 2009 on Vagrant Records. They've since signed to UK label Hassle Records, which re-released their second major full-length album, In the blink of an eye.

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