We Know What Broken by the Scream Sounds Like, and It’s Awesome

Let’s set the right energy for what’s about to come next and come back to Broken by the Scream. Remember them? A landing place for an ex-969er? Part of that two-week stretch where it seemed like there was another metal-sounding unit either debuting or recently debuted or about to debut in a few months or something but WOW that’s a lot of metal are you sure you guys are okay?

Well, they may have basically just been a Twitter account before, but they’ve apparently been in the works for a while, and leave it to literal gift to civilization Viz Major to find an old demo on YouTube. Continue reading


Watch Out! Sola Sound Has Appeared

Yep, more new idols! Or, in this case, not so much new as new to us.

Meet Sola Sound (Twitter | Facebook!). Their online lifespan goes all the way back to March, and it looks like they debuted in May. Three members, doing kind of a PassCode Lite sound, with a little of the edgy kawaii presentation, and a website that looks a lot like NEVE SLIDE DOWN’s … holy shit, has We-Bstudio colonized?(no) Continue reading


Oh Hell Yes, Let’s Get Weird and Enjoy Some Sunfairies

OMG you guys, do you remember the e-sports idols Sunfairies? Maybe! I saw some of their members very Twitter-active suddenly and thought I’d look up the reason and … they have a new song! And it’s good!

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It’s Called ‘Poison Girl’ and That’s Good Enough for Me

Don’t ask me where and how I first wound up following Production Axcis (that’s a company, not a group) and their Atelier di marionetta (pretty much literally, “dolls factory”*) on Twitter, but I’ve always been kind of confused about it and the two young women associated with it. I even did a search of old stuff on here just to make sure that I hadn’t previously written about them and forgotten it — nope.

So! They just (well, Friday) dropped this full-length MV on YouTube. The song is called “Poison Girl,” and though you’re probably seeing this in the morning, just try to imagine that you’re listening to it on the way to the three-story club that only cards on the first and third levels and mostly plays shit like Prodigy and Chemical Brothers and Skrillex on that coveted second floor, where you’re looking forward to drinking too much and getting stuck in a weird pelvic tangle with two strangers in leather who seem nice enough until they actually invite you back to their place and your brain immediately turns “their place” into “torture chamber” and you hurriedly find your friends and escape. Good night!

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Let’s Also Meet DEVIL NO ID

We here at Homicidols.com, like to pride ourselves on a spirit of discovery and, unlike the 2-year-old monster who won’t eat anything other than Spaghetti-O’s and chicken nuggets, open-minded willingness to try just about anything. So when I see things show up in the Idolmetal group at odd hours, I know enough to mark it down and come back in the morning, because it’s probably at least worth a look.

And folks, what a look.


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NEVE SLIDE DOWN: PassCode Has a Sister Group, and They’re Good!

This is kind of incredible: PassCode’s team just sent another heavy EDM unit into the world:

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Let’s Talk about Sugartrap

Or, more specifically, I need people to tell me about Sugartrap. Their “Brute” (come on!) single is still fairly fresh, and they’re showing up in every feed I have.

There’s a ton of good stuff in that playlist, including the Eternal Beloved Psybou Kanojo

I set up a thread in the Idolcore forum (because that’s about as well as I can categorize them — dark EDM?); if you have info on this PassCode-meets-AKM duo, I’d be very grateful if you could share it there.


There Are E-sports Idols Now, You Guys

I was back and forth on whether I thought this was cool enough to share in the main space until I started to look at their Twitter. I just thought, ha, that’s funny, their logo looks like something Square Enix would use for a lower-level Final Fantasy game.

That’s SunFairies (obviously). In addition to idoling, they’re actively training to be e-sports pros (specifically League of Legends). And twice in two days, we have truly reached idol+geek rock bottom.

They released a new song today, is the reason this is happening, and it’s fine, but I had to spend to a few minutes checking this out.

Unless they go in a pretty PassCodey direction, this will likely be the last we hear of them. But still! EDM e-sports idols!



Like the most fun possible combination of EDM and pop punk, plus screams. Or is dance club deathcore more your thing?

It took me a few tries to go from appreciating PassCode to genuinely liking PassCode. I’m glad I was patient.

One of the most genuinely cool things about the broader development of idolcore is its raw diversity — not everybody succeeds, necessarily, but chances are taken and sounds are developed and sometimes standing out is as simple as doing a simple formula better than anybody else.

Of course, the notion that PassCode’s sound is easy is kind of weird, but they hit a lot of unique notes on the way to making a song theirs, so much so that there really isn’t mistaking one of their songs.

They’re pretty good at this, is what I’m saying.

A man reacts to PassCode's weird dance

Me too, guy. Me too.

Musically, it’s a pretty clean 1:1 blend of pop punk and digital hardcore. On HTML, that doesn’t sound particularly attractive, but think of the unifying elements being the tempo and beats, with heavy synths and bouncy vocals. Also breakdowns. And chiptune. And screams and growls.

Yep. PassCode is one of the idol groups that has a screaming member (Yuna). She’s tiny and she’s terrifying.

I’ll admit that PassCode probably isn’t for everybody, but they also have a little bit of something for everybody and a nice, big catalog at this point, so take the time to explore their music a little bit and find the sweet spot that works for you.

What they sound like

The music you wish would play when your SO drags you out to the club for a night of dancing; synth-driven digital popcore with breakdowns.

You’ll like them if

“Iine” is your favorite Babymetal song, or you’ve ever wished that Perfume would do a collab with Skrillex.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

May I just say that PassCode’s current black outfits are boss as hell, but the pink hoodies were one of those perfect confluences of look and sound? I may? Thanks!


Minami Nao
Minami Nao of Japanese digital hardcore idol group PassCode
Takashima Kaede
Takashima Kaede of Japanese digital hardcore idol group PassCode
Imada Yuna
Imada Yuna of Japanese digital hardcore idol group PassCode
Ogami Hinako
Ogami Hinako of Japanese digital hardcore idol group PassCode


“Nextage” (single)
ALL is VANITY (album)
“Now I Know” (single)
“Never Sleep Again” (single)