We Review Things: NECRONOMIDOL | scions of the blasted heath

NECRONOMIDOL release their highly anticipated five-song EP, scions of the blasted heath, this Wednesday, June 16.  It is their first studio recording since the graduation of beloved and iconic idols Hina and Sari, and the addition of new members  back in January.

Necronomidol, scions of the blast heap

This album cover is what they call a “conversation starter”.

Being the first studio offering by the new line-up of Kunogi, Michelle, Rei-chan, Okaki, Himari and her omniscient hair makes this EP one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year. Team Homicidols were lucky enough to be blessed with a preview copy (all it cost was my soul but I wasn’t using it much anyway).  It’s a diverse set of tracks by fan-favorite songwriters exploring themes of trauma, entropy and conquest alongside the omnipresent influence of Lovecraftian terror. Here’s a sneak peak:

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The Final Episode of “BEYOND THE RED”

This actually happened yesterday, but it being Mother’s Day and all in the United States and Canada, and I being both an excellent son and grandson sort of distracted from the last chapter in NECRONOMIDOL’s serial horror short, which has been … it’s been a journey, man. It’s been a journey. I knew that I was going into it with a whole lot of disadvantages (minimal Nihongo being easily the greatest), but one’s raw enthusiasm for a project by one’s favorites can overcome many things.

Three previous chapters exist, and we got ’em all. I recommend watching the whole thing in sequence, as doing so will definitely help to contextualize things more and avoid the “wait, wtf is that now?” stuff that tends to happen when you don’t have the language helping to ground you. Continue reading

This Is “BEYOND THE RED” Episode 3

I was one of those people who studied abroad for a spell (and then came back and couldn’t stop talking about it for months). The country I was in was and is known for its avant garde cinema scene, so my program had a film component, and I had film students as friends, including one as a roommate. As a result, I spent plenty of time watching movies that were in a language that I could only in the most generous of senses say that I understood. It was a good time!

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Almost Everything You’d Like to Know about NECRONOMIDOL’s European Tour

The last time the Inquisition came to Europe, thousands were killed, thousands more forced to convert or driven into exile, nascent nation-states reformed by fire and blood. The aftermath of its quest for infidels and heretics extended far beyond the realm of the spirit and deep into the temporal affairs of emperors and kings. The reverberations of its impact can be felt through the centuries even to today.

And that was even before NECRONOMIDOL showed up!

Yes, the Darkness Girls will be returning once again to terrorize the European continent, bringing with them endless plagues and excellent music. It’s a long-ass tour with big events and extended stops and why am I doing my traveling in the wrong hemisphere this year? The choices we make …

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This Is Episode 2 of NECRONOMIDOL’s “BEYOND THE RED” Film

Man, you wake up on a Sunday all hoping for goodness and light and clarity and hope, and not only is it raining buckets outside, but NECRONOMIDOL up and dropped the second installment of their short film, and of course I’m immediately going to watch it despite being unable to follow the story in all but the most cursory of ways!

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The Corenament Final Four Has Arrived. Hold on to Your Butts.

Well, team, we made it. As promised, today begins the Final Four, and what a final four it is — favorites and underdogs and dark horses and other metaphors all meeting to decide who this year’s Corenament champion will be. And we haven’t even had any fanfic yet! Amazing. We truly do live in wild times.

The bracket, as it now stands:

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NECROMA’s 2019 European Tour: Vampire Castles, Loch Ness and HYPER JAPAN

The NECRONOMIDOL EUROPEAN INQUISITION 2019 announcement has dropped, short on dates but full of intriguing details. For those of you within affordable travel distance of London, the one date you will certainly want to save is the mid-July weekend of HYPER JAPAN.

NECROMA will be joining the distinguished ranks of former HYPER JAPAN alumni including Yoshiki and Toshi (X Japan), Dempagumi.inc, friends of Homicidols Mutant Monster and Charisma.com, and site favorite LADYBABY.

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Making an Idol Monster: We Talk to the Creative Team behind Monster of Dolls

Just a few months ago, Homicidols published a profile of fans-turned-promoters bringing alternative idols to the Western World.  Looking back now, the article is a bit embarrassingly anglo-centric. Unbeknownst to us at the time, a group of Italian-speaking fans were putting the finishing touches on their own considerable efforts to launch an alt-idol festival in Italy. When the final lineup for the event was revealed in mid-February, it was clear that there was a new and significant player in the business of importing underground Japanese idol to the West.

https://twitter.com/monster_dolls/status/1096753534014578688

Seemingly overnight, the hardol diaspora had grown another tendril.

On May 11th in Bologna, Italy, Monster of Dolls will play host to alt-idol A-listers LADYBABY, the Western debut of JyuJyu, and an appearance by the legendary Sari of NECRONOMIDOL fame. The event’s biggest coup, however, is scoring the first ever overseas live for perhaps the hottest chika idol act in Tokyo: Melon Batake a go go.

The appearance of this top-tier alt-idol festival, seemingly out of nowhere, was the most pleasant of surprises. Our curiosity was piqued, not just about the cost of plane tickets to Italy, but also about the festival itself, the brains behind it, and about the Italian-speaking fandom whose presence we had been totally ignorant of until now. So we reached out to our new Italian allies in the quest to bring alt-idol to the West in the hopes that we could learn all we could.

We think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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This Is the First Episode of NECRONOMIDOL’s Short Film

ohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodohmigodIT’S HERE!

Forgive the exuberance, gang, but I’ve very quietly been very excited about BEYOND THE RED ever since first hearing about it. I’m not expecting dang cinema verite, but a good time involving lots of my favorite things all at once? Yes and please. The very first installment is in the can, so let’s watch it together!

45 seconds in, I’m like, YEAH IT’S ALL IN ENGLISH! Imagine the gamut of my disappointment

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Catching up with Lilium Mu aka the Kunogi Band

I seriously don’t know how I can possibly follow up whatever the hell I just watched, but another MV in my area of interest (that is, NECRONOMIDOL members who were also ex-Gokitei; That’s two of my favourite groups!) was posted today, so here we go again.

Yup, it appears Necroma newb Kenbishi Kunogi has her own band, Lilium Mu, and her own MV! 

It’s good! Definitely a palate-cleanser after that other MV from yesterday; the only questionable thing to happen here is Kunogi’s preference for pineapple on pizza! I’m not entirely sure how long Lilium Mu has been going for, so a solo MV after she’s already debuted in Necroma was a bit of a surprise. But a good one! While I love seeing her in Necroma, I wouldn’t mind seeing more band material if it keeps up to the same standard.