9mm Parabellum has been doing their thing for a long time. It really dates me to type this, but the band is celebrating their 15th-anniversary this year with the release of their 8th album, the upcoming ‘Deep Blue’. This lead single off the album, ‘Beautiful Dreamer’, is everything fans would want from this band. With all their success, making it on a major label, and the sheer amount of time in the game, the group hasn’t compromised their sound at all. They’ve always been one of my favorite straightforward J-Rock bands in the same vein as an Asian Kung-Fu Generation or the pillows, although they are a tad heavier than their predecessors.
It’s all here. The big guitar sound, the extremely tight drumming, and 9mm Parabellum Bullet’s signature forlorn vocals courtesy of frontman Takuro Sugawara. Both the songwriting and the instrumental performances on this track exude confidence and decisiveness. This is a band that knows what exactly they’re doing with every note they play. ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ doesn’t come with theatrics nor gimmicks, as seen in the very basic but fitting music video that just features the band plainly dressed, jamming out in a room. It gives you the intensity and the atmosphere that you crave; nothing more, nothing less. Oh, and screeching. Gotta give it up for a 15-year-old band that’s still willing to put their vocal cords at risk for you.
While it’s been a few years since I’ve checked in on them, I’m both relieved and delighted to see 9mm Parabellum Bullet still putting out quality cuts. I first became hip to the band way back in 2007 via a long-defunct Japanese music Podcast and immediately bought what I could from them on Japanese iTunes. Their early EPs and first albums ‘Termination’ and ‘Vampire’ still absolutely hold up, and I’m excited to go back now and check out a few releases I missed out on while waiting for the new one.
9mm Parabellum Bullet’s ‘Deep Blue’, their 8th full-length, drops on September 9, 2019. Those interested in checking out further information, be sure to head over to the band’s official website.