Catch a draft of chill air with the Kaqriyo newbies!

2019 has been an eventful year for Kaqriyo. While their sobriquet hasn’t changed, they have renamed from Kaqriyo Terror Architect (with archaic kanjis, as it is customary for Codomomental) to KAQRIYO TERROR. The fact that all three founding members (the Architects) are no longer part of the group has certainly played a part in this.

With this rebranding, Kaqriyo has also changed their image/theme from heavily supernatural & Folkloric (Yokai) to a Circus theme. Their main lyrical subject, however, seems to have stayed consistent; it is still about being a “freak”/out of the boundaries of society and common sense.

What prompted this article now (in addition to unexpected free time!) is that they just welcomed two new members. Say hello to DKI (pronounced Doki, like a palpitating heart beat) and Noa Rondo (I won’t put an H, it’s not about that dude with the Arch)

Little is known of them so far, except that Noa is pretty shy and that DKI is a tall amazon. Should you have any more info, feel free to drop them in the comments or on Twitter.

Briefly, my impressions are the following: while the Architects were a legendary lineup, 5 members is the perfect number for Kaqriyo, as it allows a certain harmony in the chaotic dynamic on the stage. 4 is too symmetrical.

While Sumomo, Saint-Namidamaru (I can’t believe I was wrong this whole time) and Komariyuu have been killing it live as a trio, Noa and DKI are electrifying Kaqriyo again.

Look out for Lilith Pride, the first single with this lineup, coming on September 11.*

*I thought of that joke too. We don’t need to actually say it.

Withdrawn Wednesday #10

Suddenly we went from Withdrawn Wednesdays being drawn out over weeks due to lack of content, to a burst of news in one go!

Your Lost Oshi: Where Are They Now?

Yasui Yuuhi/Mahiruno Yuzuko will be performing on stage again!

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Okinawa Electric Girl Saya Is a “Black Angel”…

Okinawa Electric Girl Saya’s new album “Black Angel” is finally out, and she’s been working overtime doing shows and publicity to promote it!  Not only is she consistently interesting and daring with her musical choices, but with a non-stop succession  of live performances and a highly active social media presence, Saya has also emerged to be easily one of the most tirelessly committed artists on the scene right now. I’m really not sure if she actually sleeps or has a battery pack hidden under her black clothing.

The avant-garde idol from Okinawa is also quite prolific, releasing a steady stream of experimental CDRs nearly monthly along with her regular output. A few of those works are even on Bandcamp, which we covered here a months ago. Her new album is a crowd-funded effort, featuring quite a number of collaborative guests helping this unique vision come  out in what’s certainly her biggest push on the edge of the envelope yet. Saya already released one MV last week, and now a second one has already arrived! Here’s the most recent, a video for “Black Flower”

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Start Off Monday With a Sari Surprise

Is this perhaps the most anticipated comeback of 2019? I sure think so.

Oh, Sari, how I’ve missed your voice.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #144

While the members of Team Homicidols would love to be irresponsibly uninformed music bloggers full time, we do have work and school and other things that resemble aspects of real life that unfairly consume the majority of our waking hours.   This being the case, we do let a few significant things slip through the cracks of Homicidols coverage, especially during times like this week when Maniac isn’t around to keep us on task. Hence the weekender!!

Here are the other things we would have written about this week if we didn’t have to work for food:

Team Homicidols is collectively going to hell for not giving this Oyasumi Hologram MV a standalone feature.

Here’s a sentence I never thought I would write:  Aina the End collaborated with SUGIZO for a Gundam theme song.

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Boris is Love

Okay, so I started to ask the proprietor of this website “Hey Maniac, you think just this once, based on their recent activity, you could humor me into declaring Boris the ultimate endgame in this experimental synthesis of idols with rock music that’s been happening over the last few years and post this new MV on the blog even though it’s a complete stretch of our already shifting mission statement?”

And he’d either say “Hey, why the heck not?” or “C’mon man, don’t mess up my life’s work. You post that Boris MV and you’re fired.”

But anyway, he’s been away on business, so I didn’t ask him and posted this recklessly, so if my bags are packed in the next day or so, you know why!

Mother-F’n Boris man. Even your non-weeb friends love them. They’re absolute freakin’ titans of drone-noise-experimental-soundscapes who’ve recorded a massive discography on a dozen different labels. So when TRASH-UP!! Records, a label that I first came to love through their magazine, low-budget films, and releases by the quirkiest of the quirky world of chika idols announced that they were celebrating their 10th (!) anniversary with an EP by the band, I was pretty excited. Giddy might even be the better word! I even joked that I couldn’t wait for the eventual collaboration between the power-trio of sludge and the label’s flagship unit SAKA-SAMA.

https://twitter.com/TrashupRecords/status/1161112803026935809?s=20

Well, that collaboration hasn’t happened yet, but they did play a gig with the TRASH-UP!! groups along with the wonderful Aqbi roster of artists for the label’s big anniversary showcase, and it was worth noting that the band, especially Wata, seemed quite comfortable and welcoming of their surroundings. All my kidding aside, it really does open up thoughts of potential possibilities and reminds us of an important thing, the walls dividing genres have been knocked down and utterly destroyed as they always were meant to be for the good of music enjoyed by the truly open-minded masses. I think this is our new future, and it pleases me highly. 

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This is also an Akebono Appreciation Friday Fun

Last week, not a single one of you actually took part in last week’s fun, so instead I’m gonna share the responses I got to the tweet I made asking about idol workouts instead:

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Fleeing Thursday (a Belated Withdrawn Wednesday)

I really haven’t had a good track record with Homicidols lately, huh? Pretty sure if I was gettng paid for this I would have already been fired by now! See, I lost track of time this week, and thought it was actually Wednesday today, but whoops! So, rather than hold it off for another week, this week’s Withdrawn Wednesday is now known as “Fleeing Thursday” because this post has been delayed enough as it is.

Your Graduated Oshi: Where Are They Now?

First we had Ex-Gokitei Hibiki changing her name and joining Necroma, now Alice is proving she’s not quite done with idol yet either.

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You Can Listen to the APOKALIPPPS Now!

Idol supergroup APOKALIPPPS have been active for a while now, but unfortunately a bit out of reach for us Western fans. The group is still very much an indie thing and their previous singles haven’t been terribly assessable due to their limited distribution, so supporting the group has mostly consisted of cheering the group on from afar…

Well, cheer up peeps, because the APOKALIPPPS is finally reaching worldwide!

The wonder group has self-released an EP, “APOKALIPPPS ONGEN”, and it’s also seeing a digital release via the major streaming networks, so you have no excuse to sleep on it! I eagerly decided to give a listen…

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This is a Nagi Akebono Appreciation Post

So, Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da got a new music video. The first with an all-new lineup in fact. It’s pretty good, you should watch it and also buy their new album, “LIVE or DIE ~Chinu One~” (which has re-recordings by said new lineup).

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