NECRONOMIDOL Promises Sweet, Delicious, Fiery Pain on Their New Album

NECRONOMIDOL’s new album — first full-length with the new lineup — is just days away, and you know what that means: IT’S LEAD SINGLE TIME. I know we were all kind of shocked when The Breakup happened, and then intrigued as the new group took form, and then everybody had their own opinions about “santa sangre” but this particular development, this new album, has felt like the part that we’re all most eager for. You like when Necroma dominates your soul and grants you immortality just to inflict as much agony as possible for all time, in song form!

If vämjelseriter can deliver on even a fraction of the promise in here, it’s going to be a hell of a lot of pain: Continue reading

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Hey! This GARUDA Event Sounds Fun and You Should Do It

Now I just hope it hasn’t sold out or anything yet

You guys, like all of you, are fans of idols, yes? And odds are good that you are at least aware, if not a big personal fan, of one GARUDA, aka Yuffie Sakimura, though it is quite likely that if you are aware of projects that Yuffie is associated with, including GARUDA, then you are a fan of that thing because Yuffie’s projects are good projects. Well then, in case you have not yet seen what awaits on Saturday, let’s break it down: Continue reading

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We Review Things: The Flowers of Passion – Episode 02

Episode 02 of Derek Vasconi’s documentary series, The Flowers of Passion was made available for streaming on Friday, and I dug into it almost immediately. 

The episode packs a lot into 73 minutes, giving us XOXO EXTREME’s thoughts on the history of idol and the difficulties of holding a place in it, some dramatically personal insight into what it is like to be 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San, footage from a special acoustic set by NaNoMoRaL, and a behind-the-scenes look at LiLii Kaona’s creative processes including the birth of their incomparable tune, “Rust”.

This is all delivered via extremely candid conversations and intimate performance footage capturing the action both on stage and in the studio. So far, the strength of the series stems from the presentation of the interviews and performances largely without external narration or commentary. Other than the first several minutes of episode one (which we reviewed here), the only editorial context comes from infrequent captions that usually serve an introductory purpose. The end result is that what we see and hear is almost entirely the unfiltered thoughts of the idols and their management or production staff.  Continue reading

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I’m Sorry, Have We Not Been Talking about Kamikaze SENSATION This Whole Time?

Prepare yourself for a new Deeply Stupid Moment in Homicidols History, friend, because it is deeply stupid.

I have in the past humblebragged over the total number of idol acts whose work has graced the hallowed halls of this here fancy-ass website. I’ll even update that number for the anniversary in a few weeks! The point is, we cover a lot of idols, and though it seems like there’s never any shortage of new ones to come along (you should see the Let’s Discover queue!), the good ones at least always get held up for at least one or two posts because it’s hard to ignore a good act. Yeah, maybe there’s a weird gimmick of something, or they wind up being not as good as the thing that got you excited in the first place, and so we stop covering them unless something else particularly interesting happens, but in general if the hypothetical you that is an idol in this particularly poorly crafted sentence have done some good work and it is loud, we’re going to blog some posts about you.

Except Kamikaze Sensation, apparently! The excellent media you are about to consume dropped a tiny little bit ago, and I was like, oh that’s weird I don’t remember Kamikaze SENSATION that way, and so for evidence I started a search for Kamikaze Sensation inside of the bowels of Homicidols Dot Com and found only three draft posts that said nothing. So give me credit for on several different occasions meaning to write about Kamikaze Sensation, if nothing else.

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Yukueshirezutsurezure: The End of Not Secured, Loose Ends – Memoir of a Gunjo

I have been having a harder time than anticipated processing the disbandment of Yukueshirezutsurezure on January 2nd. I had previously survived the graduation of Shidare and, just over a year ago when Komachi, the final remaining original member (and my long-time kami-oshi), disappeared for over a month without a word, I assumed that she was nearing retirement herself. So, almost a year ago, I had begun emotional preparations for this prospective eventuality. Apparently I was not as effective as I thought. 

This is primarily due to when, half-way through 2020, Tsurezure released Paradox Soar, their freshest and most progressive album in years. On it, they explored new musical genres and, I thought, had well positioned themselves for a post-Komachi Tsurezure under the extraordinarily capable leadership of Mei Yui Mei. That album, on my short list for Best of the Year, buoyed my expectations for the group. These mislaid hopes meant that, when the imminent dissolution of the group was announced at the end of November, the crash of disappointment was from a much more traumatic height. Continue reading

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This Is Why You Should Get the New Satanic Punish Single

Or something! Look, gang, I’ve been pretty direct about my opinion that Satanic Punish owns, and the reason for that is that Satanic Punish friggin’ owns, and they need our support to grow up to be big and strong and make more music that owns.

On Christmas Day, Satanic Punish released a new single in a deliciously sacrilegious move. It is appropriately titled “Alpha Omega.” It is loud and it is idol and it sounds boss af:

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Let’s Discover Some Dang Shut-in Idols

So Daemon comes into the Team chat a few weeks ago, or maybe it was Papermaiden (they’re hard to tell apart, see, because they both stan Tsurezure), comes barging in all like “hey, check it, hikikomori idols!” and there was much chuckling and gawking and it was a really good time. Except from yours truly, who idly clicked the Follow button on their Twitter and then immediately went back to being 75% engaged with something of marginal interest to anybody else. That pandemic life, bros!

But as all things go, we made it back to these glorious idols of extreme social isolation, and they are good, and I’m going to tell you about them now as if you, personally you, have never heard of them before. Continue reading

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This Is Yajima Mai Music

Of all the happy announcements to see on a Friday, very few can get me as insta-hype on the inside as seeing that my girl Mai is releasing a new record in due time, and of course has an MV for it, and of course it’s big-time vampire-ass symphonic metal and I don’t even care if there are other distinctions to be drawn here, this is as close to the music that seduced me to the Japanese dark side in the first place as it gets, I need regular doses and they better be potent:

The EP is out on Dec. 2. It’s apparently the second in a trilogy, which suddenly contextualizes Daemon adding a particular item of Mai’s that I’d never heard of before to our Best Of tracker!* But yeah, hold on to your butts.

* Hell on Earth, which was released in the spring — I’m listening to it now to catch up!

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: Cinder-Ella

I’m kind of breaking my own Let’s Discover process for this one, gang, because I’m annoyed that they’ve been sitting half-covered in the queue since like August. It was one of those “doop dee doop, cruising through Twitter — hello, what’s this?” moments:

Oh man, that sounds good as hell! And (*three seconds of research) they’re a sister group of JyuJyu! Well sign me the heck up! Continue reading

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Look into ERISU’s World via MV, Potentially Never Escape

We got ourselves the first ERISU MV! That was pretty welcome news yesterday, seeing as how the combination of stress and a hangover meant that nothing else was being done or paid attention to. Quite a remedy to get, as the first couple of glimpses into the world of our first esoterica-themed Italy-based multinational idol group demonstrated. It’s genuinely been cool to have such a unit come along, bringing with them a cultural collision that pulls off being idol as the day is long (as far as we know) and boasting a musical approach that can only work in the medium of idol, something eminently dark but also accessible, with all the elements of a Coven album that has enough pop sensibility for broad appeal. It’s like the soundtrack of a very fun but very literal black sabbath!

But anyway, the MV: Continue reading

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