Who’s Even Left for Babymetal to Make Friends With?

This is a true story: Last night, I drove a long-ass way so as to finally see Rammstein play live. It wasn’t a bad decision at all! And the venue at Jones Beach and the atmosphere and the sheer monstrous volume and fire and fire and German of it all had me wondering a few times how cool it might be to have certain idols — for instance, Babymetal — perform there. And, hell, given that Babymetal’s latest thing is to do on-stage collaborations with the acts that host them on tour, what would it look like for them to do something with the loudest and metallest of them all?

I drove home last as hell (hence why the first post of the day is quite late!) and was settling in when my question was at least partly answered:

You just know that my love of portmanteau is screaming for the opportunity to call this ‘Kornymetal’ and open the floodgates of hell

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Man, Killed in Sadness Sounds Awesome

This is a wacky little coincidence: Yesterday, while I was passing through Twitter for a minute, I spied a Killed in Sadness promo tweet for their upcoming second one-man, and thought that I’d ask Jul — arguably the Western world’s leading expert on PAC IDOL projects — if they’d shared out anything lately. That led to the discovery of the below.

At basically exactly the same time, Luis shared the exact same chunk of stuff in the alt-idol group.

That’s cool. We’re cool. We like cool stuff. And there’s even more cool stuff this morning!

Anyway, the whole point of this is to share Killed in Sadness, who (as if the intro weren’t fairly explicit on the question) are part of the PAC IDOL stable and indirectly carrying on the legacy of Lolisyn (way better than REBOOT ever did; hell, way better than Lolisyn’s former members not named Waka ever did). I got to talk about them all of once before, because, again, PAC IDOL.

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Weekend Prep: Haruno Megumi Live

Man, I am beyond happy that Will found these videos and shared them the other day — Haruno Megumi, ex. of Mugen Regina and way too talented to be limiting herself to gravure (though I’m sure the money’s better), has been doing gigs for her new solo project, and we get to experience it:

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Check out DISDOL’s New Single A-side

Happy Thursday! And happy Hurtsday! This is usually a spot for celebrating the loud and gnarly on the homi side of idol, and there are some good go-tos out there — Guso Drop, PassCode, (until recently) FRUITPOCHETTE. And, traditionally, DISDOL, who’ve been bringing your idol-inflected old-school “heavy metal” into the scene for a couple of years now. Coming up to speed, after some membership shuffling and leadership changes, they don’t quite look the same, and, as Terry shared in the group yesterday, they don’t quite sound the same anymore, either:


Revolution in the Brain!

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Necroma Screamed for Vengeance and Got a New Single and More for It

Ye gods, that’s an awful title

Well, friends, either I was drunk all day yesterday or this set of announcements from NECRONOMIDOL slipped through the cracks. Regardless, just so you know, as they wrapped up the “Blood Red Skies” show as part of the SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE tour, Necroma unveiled themselves a brand new song that’s going to be out as a single at the end of August:

With a follow-up tour of New Caledonia to boot! “DAWNSLAYER,” though, what a title. That’s so dark and even reverse-Luciferian that I can barely stand it. Continue reading

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REDRUM SI FTW YADSEUT SIHT

I love this so much, you guys. And fitting, isn’t it, that the project that first made so many of us slack our jaws in disbelief (and then immediately begin week-long binges into the deepest, darkest recesses of idoldom) would inadvertently wind up being the subject of enough fan art to at least once wind up being one of the most bizarre things you’ve ever seen?

I’m trying to imagine a world in which Babymetal actually turned out something so Lynchian on purpose; people complained enough about “From Dusk Til Dawn” (but not, thank heavens, “Tales of the Destinies”). Continue reading

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A Familiar Face in a Really New Place with AIBECK

There we were, friends, just minding out own business when this guy, this pusher comes out of the shadows and says, “Hey, you guys wanna see some new idols?”

If you know Pure Idol Heart, you know that this is commonplace! It’s why it’s important to make friends, because friends who know more than you or have a 13-hour head start on every day can and will give you referrals that you might never have found on your own because OH LOOK A BUTTERFLY. But that was last week(ish) when PIH first brought up AIBECK (Twitter); John wrote about them before, but I figured that I’d wait until this mythical teaser/trailer thingy came out so as to avoid clogging the lanes.

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Who All Wants to See YAMIAME Live?

Happy Monday, gang! I just had a hell of a weekend. When I finally got a chance to just sit and take stock of everything, and think about all of the stuff that I didn’t publish over the weekend, I felt like I had a massive fist menacing me from the heavens. Fortunately, a quick review of the notes turned up this nice cache of live video from The Idols Who I Think Are Technically Still Called the Really Long Name That I Can’t Ever Remember but Is Definitely Yannderu Ame or YAMIAME for short:

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Cure Got Themselves a New Member and a New Look

Hot damn, you guys, it was just a tiny while ago that I was not only confused about Cure’s going from five members to two in the blink of an eye, but what was really even going on with them. It appears that this is that what!

So: They’re three members now, kind of again because they were technically a three-piece for a long time when they were functionally a duo (indefinite hiatuses!), but here’s your newest member:

The world needs more idols who are into tattoos and piercings. I approve with my whole heart and suddenly want new ink.

As you might’ve guessed, coming with this kind of new member is a refreshed look for the group itself:

Oh, yeah: One-man. Or a series of one-mans? I can’t tell, and it doesn’t really matter because King Cobra is not a large venue, but I’m always glad when it looks like Cure is up to good things, because a lot of what even I try to pass off as idol metal just isn’t all that metal, but you’d better friggin’ believe that Cure is metal as steel.

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Babymetal’s Having a Big Ol’ Fox Festival

I’m sorry, folks, I halfway missed this big announcement by Babymetal from the other day (it sort of lead ballooned in my feed) and am just now getting around to this update about their next big (Japanese) performances:

Newswire has the details spelled out nicely: Two days each at Saitama Super Arena (Tokyo area, obvs) and Osaka-jo Hall (Osaka, even more obvs), coming up in the fall. Continue reading

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