The New Babymetal Single Is as Fitting a Tribute as We’ll Ever Get for Yuimetal

By now, you’ve probably heard the stream of “Starlight”, Babymetal’s first release in (/checks watch) two and a half years, good lord. There’s an MV, too, which we’ll get to in a second. First, though, let’s take these things in meta-chronological order and note: Yuimetal is officially out of the group:

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2D Idols Come to Challenge Necroma on Their Home Base: “Zombieland Saga”

So, it has come to this. As the now-reddish maple leaves are accumulating on the ground, this maiden needs some pick-me ups. And I’ve just found one of the offerings for this fall is most interesting.

As the seasons turn, so does the TV schedule. One of my main para-Homicidols interests being manga (and anime, by extension), I dived into one of the new titles and found myself dumbfounded, as we have the closest thing to an Alt-idol anime there ever was. SO YOU GET A REVIEW.

The title is Zombieland Saga, an original anime series announced this summer as a collaboration between Avex Pictures and Cygames, which just debuted this week. Detailed (spoilerific) synopsis on the first episode under the cut: Continue reading

Babymetal to Almost Certainly Soon Be Releasing New Album

Just kind of riffing on my dude Daemon’s post from the other day, but it’s true, and not like in the way that I got way out in front of myself and thought that this year’s international tour was a precursor to an album release (instead it was precursor to more fan tears than I thought possible!). No, this seems pretty legit. Just play along.

First this got dropped into the world:

I’m assuming that it was kind of quietly regarded because it’s a) for the graphic novel and b) was released by the publisher, not Amuse. Fine. But … hey, that’s Babymetal music, music that was theretofore unheard by we mere mortals, and there’s some heft to the whole presentation, like there’s more to it.

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BABYMETAL to Release (kinda) New Album

This was not the new album announcement we were waiting for, but it’s something, right?!

BABYMETAL will be releasing a 12″ vinyl single of Distortion internationally on Black Friday (November 23rd).   There is also a Japan Limited Edition version with a special album jacket whose pre-orders are selling out very, very fast at most online retailers so why are you still here reading this?   The album will include the studio version of the track plus a live version recorded at Download festival earlier this year.   To coincide with the announcement, they also released an official live video:

Su is still the Queen.

DEADLIFT LOLITA Are More Than Just Wrestlers

Well, well. I guess failing to interview DEADLIFT LOLITA means I’m the expert of the team now? Granted, their HYPER JAPAN live left me yearning for more campy swole goodness from the Buff Buddies, and they finally delivered a new music video today.

Gosh darn it, Ladybeard’s gone and got himself kidnapped again!

In all honesty, I prefer the more crazy Deadlift tracks like SIX PACK TWINS, as it fits their image better. But I won’t say no to a traditional Japanese/Metal fusion! And the B-Movie drama of the music video more than makes up it. I see they’re learning some new fighting styles now! I think…

This is why Maniac always does these posts.

We Interview Idols | NECRONOMIDOL

Tis’ the season of NECROMA.  

We have been blessed of late with a bountiful harvest of offerings from the divas of darkness. In August, NECRONOMIDOL graced us with their presence at East Meets West Music Fest in Anaheim, California alongside Hanako-san, Yanakoto Sotto Mute and stalwart metal acts including the venerable Abigail Williams.  

Now in September, NECRONOMIDOL is mere days away from releasing their third full album, VOIDHYMN, on September 29th.
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We Review Things: NECRONOMIDOL | “VOIDHYMN”

Since their inception in 2014 NECRONOMIDOL has been extremely productive, feeding their fan base six EPs, a single and two full albums.  Despite serving up new material on a regular basis, the current quintet has cultivated a fan base with a very vocal appetite for more. Underneath the striking imagery and Cthulhu mythos is a premier group of vocalists who perform tirelessly in Japan, have brought their intensely joyous brand of darkness to Europe twice and are soon returning to the United States for a third time.  

On September 29th, NECROMA will be releasing VOIDHYMN, their third full album in three years. The new ten-track offering consists of six entirely new songs and four re-recordings of previously released tracks.  

We at Homicidols were lucky enough to be offered an early listen to VOIDHYMN and will be presenting a track-by-track review in reverse order because:

  1. It’s more Satanic that way, and
  2. To first answer the key question in most everyone’s mind: “Why did they re-record ‘Skulls in the Stars’ when the Deathless version already had Himari’s vocals?”

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NECRONOMIDOL Are The Magical Girls We Didn’t Know We Wanted

You know what I just realised? The latest from Japan’s spookiest idols, VOIDHYMN, is dropping two days before October and just over a month before Halloween! Genius! Well folks, now you know what soundtrack to use for any upcoming Halloween parties you might have, you can thank me, Ricky and NECRONOMIDOL later.

But first, watch their new MV!

I feel like a lot of the music videos I write about on here could just be described as “Well, that escalated quickly”.

Ah, nice. A bright shiny MV for one of Necroma’s brightest, shiniest songs. Wait, tentacles? Mysterious figures? Death? The Dark Girl Sentai are back!

Really liking the new magical girl look they have here. Lately, with that overseas fandom money flooding in, their music videos have gradually been getting flashier and more ambitious, making Necroma MV time always a new experience. I can’t wait to see what they’ll bring next if they keep this strong momentum going. But for now, VOIDHYMN out on the 29th, buy it, refresh your Halloween playlist that has only been Spooky Scary Skeletons on repeat for the past five years, entrust your life onto our new magical girl overseers etc. etc.

Even though Strange Aeons was already released as a single earlier this year, this music video has made me really excited for what’s to come on the 29th.

 

Yajima Mai Will Bathe in Your Blood and Sound Great Doing It

You know that good things are afoot, and differences are being made, when folks start to excitedly ping you about a new thing before that thing has even actually happened. I’d been stoked about what was to come from the new Yajima Mai album going back to when I was still just traipsing after her and hoping that she’d get a good, solid break, there being clear and indisputable evidence that this young woman had all of the This and That that a performer needs to excel, needing only some good fortune.

Mai’s first full album, Vampiress, is just a month away, and today came the MV that validates all of that waiting and hoping:

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Would You Like to Hear [CORRECTION THREE] of NECRONOMIDOL’s New Songs?

These videos aren’t new, friends, but I had this guy right down here sitting there in the Weekender, and I was like, you know, it’s kind of rude to just leave this here. Remember the good ol’ days, Maniac, when you used to just about zing straight out of your clothes like in an 80s cartoon any time favorite idols of yours got a total bootleg fancam video uploaded to YouTube and you just had to blog a post? Those were good days. Exciting days! And NECRONOMIDOL was one of the most featured things in those days, before they got all big and swanky and stuff and before you realized that there were like 7,200 idol groups to cover.


I originally just published the videos for one thing, but right as that was happening came along a preview of “SAMHAIN”!

Back to our featured programming!


No! As it turns out, I missed that they’ve played “IN BLACK” live as well!

All hail fancam.


So anyway! Here’s “thanatogenesis”, from Necroma’s upcoming VOIDHYMN album:

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