Release Details on Yanakoto Sotto Mute’s “BUBBLE”

This is just a quickie — I’ve seen folks sharing this in various places around the International Alt-Idol Internet Fandom Consortium Inc. (Kari) — but I wanted an excuse to do something with the perfect modern idols, Yanakoto Sotto Mute, and their release of these details around the upcoming BUBBLE album is perfect.

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New Up Up Girls. Also, Technology Is Amazing!

Oh UUG, you’ve been keeping me so mercilessly busy as of late. Mere hours after I finished writing an article about their smartphone app/VR kissing simulator, they announced the winners of the Up Up Girls 2 Audition” and now I have to merge both articles! Wish me luck.

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Hauptharmonie und Tapferkeit Band Are Gonna Get Super Jazzy

This was a fun bit of news from yesterday that I wanted to save, and also because I had no idea what the original tweet was definitely saying until after the fact. But! It could have been predicted that Hauptharmonie would have a new release coming along at basically any moment, seeing as how they tend to put out something of substance at a rate that would even make Billie Idle blush, and it’d been … wow, many months since the release of the (very good) Herz ueber Kopf. So this, by itself, wasn’t tremendously shocking:

Presuming of course that the completely contextless tweet would be eventually be accompanied by some details in the form of news, that is! Good think that happened. Continue reading

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I Review Things: NECRONOMIDOL | “DEATHLESS”

Bringing back the disclaimers! It’s not a secret that I’m a huge mark for NECRONOMIDOL, and that their producer, Ricky Wilson, has been a friend to Homicidols.com in what I hope is a mutually fulfilling relationship; that being said, while I never had much reason to think that DEATHLESS would be anything less than great, I made a strong effort to put the relationship behind me for this sucker; I may love idol and I may love dark idol and I may love NECRONOMIDOL, but we don’t build community trust without honesty, and we don’t make other fans by being sycophants.

So. On to the review!
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Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da Never Slows Down

Because it’s idol, and because why would you stop even for a minute to count the luchre ill-gained by notoriety, and also it’s idol and that’s not how it works, the Queens of Yami-kawaii in Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da will be releasing their fourth (currently untitled) single on April 26:

Though how funny would it be if they kept the “TBA” title the same way that they kept “Mudai Gasshou,” which was definitely deliberate but I feel like stirring some stuff this morning

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Your First Look and Listen at Necroma’s ‘DEATHLESS’ Is Here

Oh, oh my friends, I don’t want to paint everybody’s expectations for NECRONOMIDOL’s DEATHLESS album as being as high as mine, but, if “ITHAQUA” is any indication, it’s going to be the early front-runner for Album of the Year.


I know they’re in Japan, but we’re one fjord and/or burning church away from it being Norway

Man, Necroma’s doing a real number on pretty much everybody else in idol+metal anymore; while others (not named FRUITPOCHETTE or Babymetal, at least) fall into predictable sounds or just plain fail to stay in operation, Necroma’s out here blasting away with the forces of evil. The song I dig; the only thing that could make this video better would be if their final approach to the camera were on the backs of timber wolves and/or polar bears, and/or maybe if they were wielding outlandish bladed weapons.

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Get Yourself a Listen to All of JyuJyu’s New Single

If you’re into the doomier, gloomier side of idol (like I’m sure you are!), you probably have a net positive view of the cursed idols in JyuJyu (so cursed that their awesome video last year didn’t win anything!). If any part of the above is untrue in your case, have you been drinking?

JyuJyu dropped the remainder of their “Black Thread” single onto Soundcloud today, and I am ready:


TY, Terry!

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I Review Things Weirdly: BiS | “Re:STUPiD”

Cover art from the album Re:STUPiD by Japanese idolcore legends BiS

This review’s going to be more than a little different from how we usually do things, because a thought occurred to me when folks started to talk about the songs being released from Re:STUPiD as if they might be unrecorded work from Lui Frontic Akabane JAPAN (I can see arguments pro and con and have at different times supported either) — we’re thinking about BiS and their music now in the completely wrong way. See down at the end for the punchline and why I legitimately think that’s good and bad, but for now … on to the review! Continue reading

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There Was Actually a Tsurezure Song Preview, And There Still Is

Sorry about that, gang, but here’s a fun timeline:

  • 5:00 p.m. EST (yesterday): Maniac is added to an excruciatingly series of meetings for work
  • All evening: Maniac hates life
  • 12:00 a.m. EST: Maniac sees that Tsurezure will be doing something at 21:00 JST
  • 12:05 a.m. EST: Maniac messages Kerrie — “If I set this up, can you edit and publish it?”
  • 1:00 a.m. EST: Kerrie messages Maniac — “Yes, okay, sure, I’m kind and good”
  • 6:00 a.m. EST: Maniac departs for a day in hell
  • 7:05 a.m. EST: Maniac’s phone goes back into semi-hibernation
  • ~no idea what’s happening~
  • 11:00 a.m. EST: Maniac finally gets back to operation, sees message from Kerrie — “Everything was a botch because you, Maniac, failed”
  • 11:05 a.m. EST: Maniac looks at Tsurezure Twitter, sees that a preview happened, cries
  • 11:10 a.m. EST: Maniac gives up all hope of ever being able to do anything with the new Tsurezure
  • 3:00 p.m. EST: Maniac sees a message from Straight from Japan(!) with a link to the new Tsurezure song(!)
  • 3:05 p.m. EST: Maniac begins to write a long timeline with a terrible punchline

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It’s a BiS Friday Morning and Getting Better

BiS, in the lead-up to their Re:STUPiD album, have been teasing out tracks on Soundcloud and for free OTOTOY download every week, with … mixed results? Skepticism abounds! So after a weird little teaser this morning, BiS followed up with the latest, and presumably last two, teaser release ahead of what’s probably an MV next week and then the album itself the week after.

Two songs! Mixed bag! How does it shake out?


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Okay, I like this one. “Mysterious Hall”? I had very brief flashbacks to Pantera’s “Cowboys from Hell” for a very hot second, and then I realized that I was listening to a little bit of a BiS repeater, and that’s okay. Continue reading

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