It’s Another A.N.otheЯ Post, This Time with Music!

Hey, check it out — Dual Eye Rec zombie idol project A.N.otheЯ, which I’m only entering correctly so as not to confuse the SEO goblins, has a nice clip for us! Of course, this happened yesterday, and now I didn’t have the wherewithal, but I’ll be darned if the living dead who may be recruiting members via zombie bite are relegated to the Weekender. Fortunately, John has already doing the heavy lifting, so we get a post with very little Maniac energy!

I introduced A.N.otheЯ to you fine folks a little bit ago, well now we have something to hear. This was announced earlier in the day, if anyone was paying attention. 【拡散希望】 本日の19時にA.N.otheЯの1st.DEMOを公開します。 宜しくお願いします。#アナザー — A.N.otheЯ(アナザー) 公式 (@A_N_othe_R) June 18, 2018 How about a listen to what this new group, still under construction, sounds like.

via A.N.otheЯ – 『AWAKENING』(ver.Luna DEMO) — Straight From Japan

I’m Unreasonably Happy about This New GARUDA Track

Not to be outdone by her friends / other project and their ever-ongoing chunks of new material, Yuffie, the idol who in her solo moments dons the guise of GARUDA, the only outright industrial idol* has another song ready for our ears, though our ears may not be entirely ready for it:

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Kerrie Interviews Idols (Again): NECRONOMIDOL

Ah, yes, arguably, the main event. It’s weird, actually. This is the second time I have interviewed Necroma (and the third time Homicidols has interviewed them overall), but I was still the most nervous about this particular interview.

I can say without a doubt that NECRONOMIDOL are my favourite unit nowadays. And Sari is not just the official Homicidols oshi of 2017-2018 (well), she also shares the joint podium with GANG PARADE’s Coco Partin Coco as my personal kamioshi. I was insanely excited, but terrified, to see them again.

Well, I’m sure enough people saw my Twitter fangirling to know that it went okay. They were all lovely to see again, as always. Rei even pulled out a chair for me to sit on as we started the interview! As it was Hina’s birthday in a couple of days, I gave her a gift bag of chocolate and a Hedwig plushie, and she was happy, and then I was happy! There’s a lot really that I could babble on about. There’s not much to say about their actual performance that hasn’t already been said before; they were absolutely captivating, as always. I think Sari’s facial spider may have been powering my ability to take photos, as once I noticed that it had fallen from her face, my camera ran out of space and my phone ran out of battery. Spooky! Continue reading

Can This Be Broken By The Scream’s Moment?

Let’s kick this off by acknowledging that probably nobody in idol is as regularly loud as Broken By The Scream. Only a few units ever have had such a go-for-broke musical style, and I can’t think of any that employed dual high-low harsh vocalists. This makes BBTS unique, and they’ve parlayed being loud, good, and atypical into a certain modicum of popularity. Nobody disputes this.

The big question is, with their first full-length album now on the way, are they ready to take the next step and become something bigger, something more than the niche they currently fill?

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The Case of the Missing Ophelia 20mg MV

You haven’t seen me reference her all that much in a good long while, but long-time (or at least astute) readers may know that I hold solo super-chika Osaka-based idol Ophelia 20mg in a special place in my heart. I love the way she grinds away in the scene, making what I presume is a nice backup living, and clearly having a great time at it. She’s also a really snappy dresser who can get away with wearing whatever she wants because, like, there’s nobody else in a group of one to coordinate outfits with.

All of that being said, ever since her nice run of MVs to celebrate her album release last year, it’s been quiet in the ongoing unrequited relationship between Ophetan and Homicidols.com. I do check in sometimes (she’s my solo super-chika Osaka idol oshi, after all), though not as often as I used to. Sad.

But here’s what’s really sad! I felt like Sunday evening was going to be a good time to see what she was up to, and to the Twitter machine I went, and there I looked … only to discover that my girl had released a new song! With an MV! And apparently a DVD! A while ago! Like, this was released back in April: Continue reading

Broken By The Scream Has a Message for You

It’s a song! Called “Message”! Delivered via live video!

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Diamondollfy Continues to Grow Up

Wow, has it been … several days! Yeah, I’m late to this party. Sue me. It’s Diamondollfy, who, along with the rest of their Blue Forest compatriots, don’t ever seem to quite connect with you all. And that’s fine. For Diamondollfy, though, it means missing out on some pretty enjoyable tracks, like for instance from their second single:

I have extolled the surprising, sneaks-up-on-you loudness of Diamondollfy in the past — indeed, at least in my experience, they’re the most reliably rock in the family — but this may be the first time that I’ve seen them so explicitly calling out that one essential rock-sound element. You know, a band. That they are a band. Which they aren’t, but it’s still one of those key visual things that tells a particular story about you and what you want a– I’ll stop belaboring something that you probably get. Continue reading

GARUDA Is on Soundcloud, Praise Be

If you recall, friends, for a very long time, my personal white whale was an idol act doing industrial. We’ve had idols cross paths with all kids of punk and metal and whatnot, and hip-hop and jazz and EDM, but I never once got to lock sonic horns with any idol project that was lining up music inspired by anything like Chemlab or Fear Factory or peak NIN. It made me sad! Yeah, industrial is about as tailor-made for song-and-dance units as I am for needlepoint, but if BiS could pull off “STUPiG”, there had to be a way to the will.

Then along came GARUDA, aka Yuffie, aka part of like seven different other projects because you can’t keep a good creative down. While her work wasn’t quite industrial per se, it was certainly machiney and loud and made me feel like there was hope for this strange idol dream to be realized.

And then she got on Soundcloud and kind of sealed the deal!

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Your Homicidols Weekender #78 1/3, Babymetal Edition

So do forgive me for beating the Babymetal drum, but the fact remains that every Su-metal exhalation is cause for recognition among Western wota of pretty much any stripes, and all that to-do from the other day has culminated in a ton of fallout, not to mention thinking and angsting and so on. I thought, rather than try to keep up with it all in real time, why not use the patented format of the Weekender to sum up the rest of Babymetal’s week?

And Here We Are

The first thing that must be acknowledged is that Koba all but doubled down on the doubters yesterday:

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So Babymetal, Huh?

I could not have been more explicit when I said that Amuse doesn’t care about you other than your ability to have a transactional relationship with Babymetal, but no, I was the bad guy. Or very likely the person that you agreed with, judging by the comments! I just felt like a little rueful back-patting upon finding out that MY LITERAL BABYMETAL SUB-OSHI YUIMETAL, Patron Saint of Try-hards Everywhere, did not appear at the Kansas City show last night. Let’s have a taste!

People lost their freaking minds; as a person who enjoys a good disaster just for the sake of it, I have to give credit to all parties for playing their parts perfectly. Continue reading