That’s right — you might think my conspiracy-minded theorizing is a bunch of hooey, but the New Idol Order is not only real, it’s active:
— nIo1号派/7.13CD発売決定 (@n_i_o_001) July 2, 2016
nIo actually has an interesting history going back a couple of years. They began as a heavy (occasionally heavy-as-hell) subunit of the line-straddling Oyayubi Princess, kind of stalled out, re-launched as a collaborative with the doom metal band GENOCIDE to create nIo-Destroy (about which the less said the better) and then kind of faded out as a thing. As recently as the spring, the members were reported as having either moved on or folded permanently back into Oyapuri.
This is what they used to be like.
This is nIo-Destroy. So much promise. So little delivery.
This isn’t anything like nIo’s old output; this single is definitely all about the punk, and their look has updated significantly. Still, it’s cool that they’re back; once upon a time, if you went looking for “things like Babymetal,” nIo was one of the very first groups you came across. Weird as it sounds, there’s nostalgia value here!