Look no further than Japan to bring you some of the most outlandish and wide-ranging music you can find.
And yet, with a band like Unclose, they provide ample surprises when you think there are none left. Take Unclose, for example. These guitar-toting, mask-wearing metallers may invite immediate comparisons to Slipknot or any other nu-metal remnant of the 2000s, but on first listen you'd already know that they're of a curiously original breed.
The trio, comprising of REI (vocalist/bassist), naoki and Yu-Ra, perform heavy metal with a majestic progressive edge, but their execution showcases some of their most offbeat ideas to a wonderfully accessible degree — take 'Kyome' where vocalist REI delivers her lyrics in a passionate spoken word style, and then 'Gunjyo' when she gleefully indulges in Auto-Tune.
Their lyrics are heavily inspired by the literature genre of 'sekaikei', which lends weight to the dystopian themes they explore in their music, along with the steampunk-esque gas masks naoki and Yu-Ra don. They make for a compelling watch, even if you don't understand Japanese.
Watch the band perform 'Kyome' and 'Gunjyo' at The Music Parlour for Bandwagon Presents: