HATEGLEAM, on the Other Hand, Is Saying Goodbye

Now I have a sad! Personal does-this-even-count-as-idol-sure favorites HATEGLEAM very casually announced on Twitter that they’re on their way out.

A person who I take to be their manager is sending encouraging messages about “next steps” and things, but let’s be honest: You can be musically cool all day long, but if you don’t have any fans, it’s not going to work for you. Their website is already gone, and the ubiquitous tweets from/about their official store are just kind of sad at this point. Continue reading


Life Just Improved Immensely: HATEGLEAM Finally Released a New MV

I might be HATEGLEAM’s #1 U.S. fan; I sometimes feel like their only U.S. fan. Last year’s debut was so good that I pushed it into the beginning of the Playlist despite the fact that it was the only thing they really had online.

This new video for “Alstroemeria” … sweet mother of bob.

Someone’s been to the Imada Yuna International Academy of Highly Inefficient Harsh Vocals!

And look, we could quibble all day over whether this “anti-idol” band thing even really qualifies as idol. My case is simple: Hina and Umishima both dress and sing like proper (ha) homicidols, both model, etc. That they’re technically the front people of a fixed-membership band and openly rep kick-ass hardcore bands like Madball and iwrestledabearonce (okay, that’s deathcore) and now have (at least on this track) a split harsh-clean set of duties in no way diminishes what’s really going on there.

No, it’s not wishful thinking.


This shit’s awesome, okay?


I Want to Hear Hategleam’s Newest So Badly That I’m Listening to Their Demo

You all will have to forgive me for loving the ever-living hell out of Hategleam, hashtag sorry not sorry. With all due respect to Guso Drop, I’m not sure that anybody puts idol and hardcore together better.

However! Once upon a time, all the way back to the beginning of 2015, there was a lonely demo on Bandcamp, and it was by an up-and-coming anti-idol project called Hategleam, and that up-and-coming idol project called Hategleam had three anti-idols fronting the band instead of two and wow they were a lot closer to the idol side in those days.

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Hope Survives: HATEGLEAM’s Shooting Video

I like to pester HATEGLEAM from time to time about releasing more music; they got out an EP last year and are otherwise frustratingly quiet unless the topic is selling merch or the members playing Minecraft (using, no joke, a #HATECLAFT hashtag, damn it). I sometimes worry that the only outright band that I keep around might be too busy with other projects and video games to keep moving forward.

Well, at least for a minute, worry no longer!

“But I don’t even know who HATEGLEAM is, Maniac. Why should I care?”

Because the word “idolcore” was basically invented for them:

Happy Friday.


Oh, Cool, Here’s a Preview of HATEGLEAM’s Albumlet and, uh, Something!

I’m bullish on HATEGLEAM for a number of reasons, but the one that really matters is their idol-meets-Biohazard-meets-Living Colour sound; for people under the age of 35, that’s an infusion of funkiness and a good hook colliding with angry proto-metalcore and just the nicest damn choruses. Continue reading


Who to Profile Next?

The hope is that this is a constantly evolving website, with new posts on a regular basis and lots of discussion and updates as the idol groups profiled change and release new material (and, sadly, go kaput). I also want to add new profiles on a regular basis.

Here are some groups that I’ve found and rather like and think would make for good additions to the site, but have limited releases so far and/or little information available in English.

Lyric Holic

Creepy gothic metal as composed by Danny Elfman for a Tim Burton movie? Sign me up! But for real, the rest of their sound is much, much more akin to something you’d have heard in the glory days of thrash. It’s good.


In addition to having a name like a Final Fantasy boss’s big attack, this is some of the core-iest idolcore / idol metalcore out there. More, please. Plus, the band is actually recognized as part of the group, which kind of puts HATEGLEAM in a weird place as far as this site goes, but anti-idols fronting a metalcore band is pretty okay, I think. (I make the rules!)


Dark synth and some metal-like stuff. Honestly, Lolisyn confuses the crap out of me — they’re on their second full iteration after literally burying the original members on stage, and they have real-deal releases and stuff, but I can’t find them anywhere.

Edit: Nevermind about Lolisyn! Turns out that they’re disbanding for good in a couple of months. OH WELL!

Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da

That track right there, “ShitEnd | Placebo,” is on its own in the running for 2015 Debut Single of the Year. What starts off as kind of a digital popcore goes into a legitimate breakdown? And the group’s name is literally “It’s All Your Fault”? Come on. They’re like a gateway drug for Western hard rock fans to get into J-pop.

Plus, they have an album coming up! Given what we’ve heard so far, it could be almost anything, or possibly several everythings united by a lot of energy and a ton of self-loathing and anger.

*Make no mistake; a profile for Kiminosei is probably shortly forthcoming.

And that’s really just to start — there are literally dozens of groups sitting in my queue, and I’m sure that there are more that I don’t know about yet. Tell me who to cover; if you’re management, tell me about your group!