Toricago Continues to Rock a Very High Standard

I know, shut up, I know that I gave the keys to Team, but I feel like I’m in on a glorious secret after only a handful of people made any hay out of Toricago’s new MV. If other folks want to miss out on this kind of glory, who am I to stop them?

Also what is this aspect ratio?

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We Review Things: NaNoMoRaL is Long Overdue For a Heaping Ton of Glowing Praise…

I feel like a bit of a wrong has been committed in that NaNoMoRaL hasn’t gotten a proper write-up on this blog, but it’s most certainly not Maniac’s fault. They’ve been on the Homicidols radar nearly from the unit’s beginning, but I kinda-sorta called some claim on this group, and then sat on it far longer than they deserve. But the honest-to-goodness truth is that the reason for that is because I feel strongly that the group is so good, and it’s debut EP is so excellent, that I really wanted to think about this and get everything right instead of just blabbering like a giddy little fanboy. 

NaNoMoRaL is a duo made up of Amamiya Miku and Paseli-chan. Amamiya is remembered by a lot of us by her stage name “Natsuki” from her time in Avandoned. Natsu left that group in late 2016 and reappeared shortly after in the far-more traditional idol unit Emoquru Scoop (currently renamed EMOP), and then later still, announced she was leaving to become a solo act. But in actuality, she was working with EMOP’s producer, who happens to be Paseli-chan, and so, NaNoMoRaL was created! (Hope you’re taking notes on this.)  Continue reading

We Review Things: NECRONOMIDOL | “VOIDHYMN”

Since their inception in 2014 NECRONOMIDOL has been extremely productive, feeding their fan base six EPs, a single and two full albums.  Despite serving up new material on a regular basis, the current quintet has cultivated a fan base with a very vocal appetite for more. Underneath the striking imagery and Cthulhu mythos is a premier group of vocalists who perform tirelessly in Japan, have brought their intensely joyous brand of darkness to Europe twice and are soon returning to the United States for a third time.  

On September 29th, NECROMA will be releasing VOIDHYMN, their third full album in three years. The new ten-track offering consists of six entirely new songs and four re-recordings of previously released tracks.  

We at Homicidols were lucky enough to be offered an early listen to VOIDHYMN and will be presenting a track-by-track review in reverse order because:

  1. It’s more Satanic that way, and
  2. To first answer the key question in most everyone’s mind: “Why did they re-record ‘Skulls in the Stars’ when the Deathless version already had Himari’s vocals?”

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We’ve Lost Our PASSPO☆

Have you ever felt what I’m referring to as “idol guilt”? My definition for this is when you like a particular group or idol a lot, but due to the sheer amount of competing forces vying for that idol/group’s attentions, you never really put forth the full support and backing the idol/group deserves? And then a terrible feeling sets in when this idol/group calls it quits because you feel like you failed them? Anyway, welcome to my relationship with PASSPO☆

While it was announced months ago, PASSPO☆ didn’t have their final concert (flight) until this weekend. Now perhaps they weren’t strictly “Homicidols” material, they were well-regarded on this site, and they most certainly literally rocked, at times performing some crunchy-good guitar driven pop tunes, often with a full band backing them, and occasionally as a band themselvesPASSPO☆ were terrific, and at times I felt like I slept on them more than I really should.I was discussing this with TEAM HOMICIDOLS and looks like we all share in this feeling a little bit, (sigh) so myself and Daemon each wanted to offer to some parting words. I’ll start… Continue reading

Welcome to the Homicidols Team Takeover!

Hello friends! Maniac here. And … actually, Maniac not here because I’m doing something that I haven’t done in almost three years — I’m taking a break. Homicidols.com hasn’t gone more than, I think, two consecutive days sans at least one post from yours truly since it all started. This has included every significant holiday, every insignificant holiday, personal milestones, personal tragedies, personal super-tragedies and enough wild-ass change to satisfy the average person’s Tolerance Quotient several times over. It’s time to take a breather.

Thankfully, the team has sworn a blood oath upon gods ancient, great and terrible that the site will be in good, regularly updated hands for my time away, and I’m enough of a dumbass that I’ll be chipping in little “oh look at this!” posts throughout. So you’re still getting Maniac posts, just without Maniac, and with way more of the other kids, seeing as how they’re going to be handling everything timely. If you want to get in a fight on Twitter or something, like, don’t.

I’ll see you guys in … wow, only 10 days. Okay. Enjoy the Team with their gloves off!

What the Heck Is Going on with SHINGEKI?

I mean it, I have absolutely no idea. I’m very literally asking because I know that some of you guys follow them pretty closely, and while I happily take a professional passing interest in them, I am only one person and all it takes to go from In The Know to Confused As Hell is to miss a few tweets.

All I know is that the membership is all over the place. Graduations! Promotions? Something! It’s apparently all in here:

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NECRONOMIDOL Are The Magical Girls We Didn’t Know We Wanted

You know what I just realised? The latest from Japan’s spookiest idols, VOIDHYMN, is dropping two days before October and just over a month before Halloween! Genius! Well folks, now you know what soundtrack to use for any upcoming Halloween parties you might have, you can thank me, Ricky and NECRONOMIDOL later.

But first, watch their new MV!

I feel like a lot of the music videos I write about on here could just be described as “Well, that escalated quickly”.

Ah, nice. A bright shiny MV for one of Necroma’s brightest, shiniest songs. Wait, tentacles? Mysterious figures? Death? The Dark Girl Sentai are back!

Really liking the new magical girl look they have here. Lately, with that overseas fandom money flooding in, their music videos have gradually been getting flashier and more ambitious, making Necroma MV time always a new experience. I can’t wait to see what they’ll bring next if they keep this strong momentum going. But for now, VOIDHYMN out on the 29th, buy it, refresh your Halloween playlist that has only been Spooky Scary Skeletons on repeat for the past five years, entrust your life onto our new magical girl overseers etc. etc.

Even though Strange Aeons was already released as a single earlier this year, this music video has made me really excited for what’s to come on the 29th.

 

Your Homicidols Weekender #97

Happy Saturday! I’m on my way to work — I know — but I’m still kind of stoked. Why? Because when you get to work for the organization that handles Day Job stuff these days, going to work on a Saturday means going to hang out in the woods with cool, visionary people and talk about highfalutin notions. I’m genuinely looking forward to it.

The week that was, that was a good one. And release season is still revving up! There are many many many albums and singles and videos and elsewise yet to come between now and when things start to finally cool off in December. Yes, this is a great time to be an idol fan, and that’s to say nothing of Halloween being in the mix.

This is your Weekender. Specifically, it’s the 97th Weekender. Considering that I started to do it as a way to post less and Team Homicidols is still keeping up a pretty good clip, and this thing is the ever-recurring monstrosity that it’s become, I’m a little surprised. Also proud, in the way that you might be proud of a really loud burp. It’s kind of neat. And I may as well get it out of the way that I’m hoping to commemorate the impending 100th edition with something fun and exciting. It only seems right.

Well. This week. #97. Big ol’ Weekender. Get caught up. Go play the Fun (which is yet another in Kerrie’s incredible run). And if you get a chance, go hang out in the woods with cool people, because ’tis the season.

Go Ahead and Rub It In, You Jerk

Raise your hand (and collect your winnings) if you thought that Ten Tenko would be the ex-BiS member to get major Western music exposure:

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Here Is Just Our First Reward for Getting Oyasumi Hologram Stateside

Yesterday afternoon was annoying. I had seen this MV release in my feed, I had set up this post as a shell, and I was just waiting for a chance to do something with it. The time, it did not come, not until late as all heck and it wasn’t worth forcing out something to publish so late in the day, and instead I moped around it. That the thing wasn’t written in full until pretty much right now, though, that was a deliberate, had-alternatives choice, because I wanted to come back and give it a few more spins and soak in it. Enjoy, friends:

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A Friday Fun to Ruin Venture Capital

Last week, you all watched some videos! Let’s see how spicy it got.

Funny enough, the inspiration for this week’s Fun is a response to a Fun a couple of weeks back! Cheers, Brian!

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