Review by Jen Wang
BIGMAMA has done it again, blending classical and rock in a completely unique manner. Rather than covering or sampling from classical music pieces, the band has used them as inspiration for original songs. Roclassick2 reimagines some familiar pieces from childhood piano lessons or high school band days that will please fans of any genres.
The first track, “Animanimus”, begins with a steady crescendo of piano and strings before launching into electric guitar. The violin re-enters with Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5″, and the resulting blend, backed by rapid-fire drums, creates a powerful symphonic metal sound. It is a great first impression. BIGMAMA carries that momentum into “Swan Song”. As the name suggests, it is inspired by Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”, which is played beautifully by violinist Mao Higashide. She varies the familiar melody’s tempo to build drama while Hideto Yasui gives the song a funky edge with his slap bass.