I’ve never heard of the visual kei rock band UCHUSENTAI: NOIZ before, until I discovered that they are singing a cover of the Tagalog song Liwanag sa Dilim (Light in the Darkness) by the Filipino rock band Rivermaya. As a Filipino-Canadian, I’m very familiar with Rivermaya, so a Japanese rock band singing their song intrigued me. This intrigue turned to interest when I learned that UCHUSENTAI: NOIZ is covering Filipino songs to raise support for the victims of the deadly typhoon Yolanda (known as typhoon Haiyan to the rest of the world).
I finally watched their music video and was blown away. I think that it was an awesome cover, injecting spirit and energy into the song. I also think that the pronunciation is very good, especially for a Japanese. Good job! The musicality is also skillful. It felt like listening to a futuristic version of Liwanag sa Dilim. I also like that they took the time to visit the typhoon-devastated places in the Philippines, and included it on their music video. Their pink t-shirts are also adorable and admirable at the same time, with the words “Save the Planet Earth” printed at the front.
Overall, I love UCHUSENTAI: NOIZ’s cover of Rivermaya’s Liwanag sa Dilim. Great job, guys! You’ve converted me into a fan. I’m looking forward to your next songs.
Rating for Cover: 😀 😀 😀 😀 (4 out of 5 grins)
Uploaded by: NOIZtheMovie
If you are curious as to how the original song sounds, you can watch it below. I’m thinking that I like UCHUSENTAI: NOIZ’s version better than this one. I’m sorry, even though I’m Filipino and all. Many thanks to jackofalltrades04 for posting a copy of the original song on Youtube.
Rating for Original: 😀 😀 😀 (3 out of 5 grins)
Uploaded by: jackofalltrades04
Which version do you like better?
Below features the UCHUSENTAI: NOIZ in a major news program in the Philippines.
Uploaded by: ABS-CBN News
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