Age Factory - Close Eye - Song Review - Alternative Metal from Nara Prefecture, Japan

Age Factory - Close Eye - Song Review - Alternative Metal from Nara Prefecture, Japan
Age Factory - Close Eye - Song Review - Alternative Metal from Nara Prefecture, Japan

Today, we have the pleasure of featuring Age Factory, a promising alternative/industrial metal band hailing from Nara Prefecture, Japan. Their electrifying song 'Close Eye' demands your attention.

Age Factory - CLOSE EYE [Official Music Video]. This is Age Factory's official music video for "CLOSE EYE," the first in a series of 3 digital single releases. After the release of the album "GOLD," Age Factory has moved to DAIZAWA RECORDS/UK.PROJECT. With the release of the 3 digital singles, Age Factory shows us 3 separate aspects of their music, with "CLOSE EYE" being a hardcore tune about self-confrontation. Director/Editor|OUDAI KOJIMA. Cinematography|SHINTARO TERAMOTOAC/Grip|RYUICHIRO NAGAHASHI. Production|Assistant HOPPY. Costumes|YK.jr. Extra Cast|Bearwear|RIKU ONO|SHUNTA MATSUDA|KENTARO YOSHIMURA

Age Factory is an impressive alternative/industrial metal band that caught my ear through Metalhead Community Submissions. Their latest single, 'Close Eye,' released in 2019, showcases their signature sound, atmosphere, and powerful aggression, reminiscent of some of the most influential bands from the '90s, such as Rage Against the Machine, Limp Bizkit, and Rammstein. Upon exploring their discography, I discovered that this Japanese collective is an experienced band, and 'Close Eye' represents their latest musical direction.

As a music journalist, I often emphasize the key factors that contribute to a band's success. One of these factors is the energy they bring to their music. Age Factory excels in this area, much like the aforementioned bands. Their undeniable strength lies in their electrifying energy, and they have wisely chosen to highlight this aspect. 'Close Eye' is a quintessential industrial hit, combining easy-going yet stimulating melodies and sections, complemented by impeccable production. This genre has remained popular since the '90s, thanks to legendary acts like Rammstein. Its lasting appeal can be attributed, in part, to its enormous commercial potential. Destructive tracks like 'Close Eye' could serve as an intense soundtrack for movies (Mission Impossible, The Fast and the Furious, Matrix IV? [fingers crossed!]), video games (Nascar, Doom, The Need for Speed, Max Payne...), or any captivating footage. Such associations have the power to etch a song into our memories, just like the iconic Mission Impossible theme.

Age Factory, performing live on stage. Credit: Unknown

Honestly, 'Close Eye' doesn't boast top-class technical standards. However, its distinct production undoubtedly serves its purpose. The producer made a deliberate choice to create a gritty sound, deviating from the clean and polished norm associated with this genre. This radical decision deserves praise, and these Japanese gentlemen should be commended for their refusal to conform. They have showcased their artistic integrity, forging their own version of industrial/noise rock sound that leaves a profound impact on the listener.

Taking all these factors into account, I am thoroughly impressed by Age Factory. Their distinctive characteristics demonstrate their intelligence, experience, and passion for their craft. I hold great respect for them. Their potential is immense, and I have no doubt that one day we will (unconsciously) encounter their music while playing a video game or watching a movie.

I encourage you to explore the links below to learn more about the band, follow them on social media, and subscribe to their channels to show your support and stay updated on their upcoming releases.

Age Factory, performing live on stage. Credit: Unknown

In conclusion, we, the Metalhead Community Team, extend our heartfelt congratulations to Age Factory for their exceptional work on 'Close Eye.' We wish them continued success and prosperity in their future endeavors. Thank you for reading.

Age Factory, Close Eye (2019) single front cover image. Credit: Unknown



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