CANTOY’s latest album KILL is so metal and so not. Miri-Pow sugar coats every monstrous heavy chord the band lays down in a Krispy Kreme glaze with her cute raps and sweet vocals, you are going to get a cavity after listening to KILL.
For all the headbanging you expect from the sludgy, brutal licks in KILL, it seems like you need to carve out some time to play dolls and cosplay with the uplifting synth and Miri-Pow’s overly enthusiastic vocals. And while that won’t make two polar opposite groups of fans happy, for those that understand the balance and swing both ways, it’s pretty damn good.
KILL really seems like it would appeal to otakus and anime fans that understand the dynamic of sexy violent manga drawn characters and their really hyper kawaii time Super D chibi character counterparts. Both styles collide in KILL in much the same way.
The first track “Samurai Girl” sets the tone for the album. It is straight up thrash, and Miri-Pow actually plays it hard in the beginning. Plus you get some mountainous chants in the chorus that deserve your devil horn attention. Yet, like most tracks on the album, when the synth kicks in, it’s all happy funtime and turns into lite punk.
So you popheads are probably going to crank “Samurai Girl” and the hyper kinetic black growler “T.K.G.”
Nu Metal fans will enjoy “Tenkaippin” and “New World” for its hardcore rap and Anthraxian riffs.
Death Metal fans will drool over the ditchdiving guitars in “Alcoholic People” and the Castlevanian synth of “Crepe Loop.”
Middle ground fans will probably steer towards “Ranka” and “Play Dead” which maintain a steady balance of both worlds.
Yet if any of this scares you, check out “Alcoholic People.” It’s the standout of this wild album and shows what fun CANTOY possesses.