People Review Things: Idol Is Shit on Q’ulle’s “OVER THE HOPE”

You guys know me: I love me some Q’ulle. We even get to breathe a sign of relief that what could have been an imminent demise is, instead, a new beginning. That paints their recently released second album, Over the Hope, into a completely different kind of context; rather than be the death rattle of a fast-rising, talent-out-the-wazoo rock idol unit, it’s just the end of a chapter in what we can hope will be a significant career.

I’m going to download this album. I’m going to enjoy this album. And I’d love to review this album! But then I saw that it was again tackled by the very capable hands of our friend Garry MacKenzie, who not only helped to drive the Know Your BiStory series, but incidentally wrote another Q’ulle review that I shamelessly ripped off. So precedent is set!

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BiS out to Change the World: First New BiS MV

I kinda had a feeling this one was coming:

BiS – CHANGE the WORLD [OFFiCiAL ViDEO] by Papi_Sasazaki

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Yukueshirezutsurezure Will Release Full Album, Shatter Your Dreams

It had been a little quiet on the Tsurezure front lately, so the ever-unsettling “we have an announcement to make at 22:00” tweet that went out last today (that’s “last night here, but today there” in Time Zone) was pregnant with possibility — another out-of-nowhere video release? a teaser track to follow their big sisters’ lead? the weird feeling in my heart that Shidare was going to move to said big sisters?

None of the above!

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Two More Hours of Free Zenkimi

Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da made their third pre-release ahead of the Anima Animus Paradox album coming out in two weeks; go listen to “Untitled Solo” now. That page only lives until around 11:15 ET, so: Continue reading


All of the Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da Album Details

I was just going to update the “WORLD END CRISIS” post from earlier, but then I remembered that I like to game my SEO and decided to create a separate home for this stuff.

Anima Animus PRDX is how Google translates the title, the Latin explaining the dual female/male aspects on the cover (and playing a little bit with “anime,” too, if I may be so bold). That’s Zenkimi, though; bright and shiny on the outside, simmering violence on the in. Their music sounds like id, you know, just unconstrained desire, emotions pouring out from the ancient, reptilian part of your brain. Continue reading


I’m Breathing a Sigh of Q’ulle Relief

Updated: A Re:Start live of their own on Jan. 7, kind of doubling down on the band thing, and more references to a new label without saying what that is. Whatever. Q’ulle lives!

Today’s a light one, gang, because life doesn’t slow down just because you’d like it to (I am listening to Darkthrone, and I’d like for things to be quite slow indeed!). BUT I’d made a point to check up on Q’ulle’s Other Side of HOPE Asian tour finale that happened tonight, seeing as how there was some uncertainty as to just what would happen with Q’ulle at this point, new album aside.

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Guys, 1st Preview of the Zenbukimi Album

This is what love looks like: I’m finishing this from the Jersey Turnpike

I AM SO SORRY that I missed this before. Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da put this out a little after 9:00 and I was, well, driving. Just checked back.

This is only going to be available (officially) for the next half hour or so. Sorry!

Okay, you can listen to this forever unless they delete the file.

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Billie Idle Released a Preview Single for “bi bi bi bi bi” and It’s Great

In one a great little under-the-radar move, Billie Idle quietly tweeted out this announcement about the immediately availability of “Nakisou Sunday” on iTunes:

Clicking through doesn’t get you much closer to the download, as it’s not only on iTunes, but the dreaded Japanese iTunes that you have to bend over backwards to use. I, however, am such a nice guy that I reconfigured my iTunes a little while back and not only downloaded the song … Continue reading


Get Ready for CANDY GO!GO!’s 1st Major Label Album

And you won’t even believe the title! It’s–

Oh. Yeah, that totally makes sense. It’s possible that they flat-out invented the word “idorock.” Continue reading


Here’s Your Preview of the MIRACLE TOYBOX Mini-Album

Wasn’t I just making kind of a coy reference to MIRACLE TOYBOX the other day? There was a reason for that (it’s this post!), which I was supposed to finish writing after I got to work that morning but then forgot about until I saw it on the Idolmetal page. Thanks, guys!

The level of pop in this punk is making my teeth hurt

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