I’ve Been a Bad Maniac This Week, So I’ll Make It up to You

Hey gang!

I’m finally back from the traveling and conferencing and stuff, and I stopped for a second to realize that, , we haven’t done any of the regularly themed daily posts! Zounds and gadzooks!

So let’s go ahead and make amends: Here’s something perfectly acceptable for WTF Tuesday and Indie Idol Wednesday in one fell swoop:

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The ‘Painfully violent’ Video Is Here!

It feels like half of idol is sending out news and whatnot today — my queue for the week is getting ridiculous, and it’s only just noon — but I’m jumping over my own line to make sure that you all see Guso Drop’s latest.

The Heaviest Idol in the World deserves as much. Continue reading

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It’s a Lazy Weekend, So Here Are Some Video Teasers

It says “lazy weekend,” but my goodness was it a dull week, too. I’ll put it this way: I judge the overall strength of everybody’s interest in what’s going on by the amount of traffic that comes through these parts, and I have FANCY MATHEMATICAL FORMULAE to account for crazy business like the Corenament, so as long as certain baselines are being hit or surpassed, or the baselines are being consistently beaten (and therefore should be adjusted), I feel like I’m doing my job and idol is good and interesting and great.

This past week, though … I mean, at this point, I shouldn’t be struggling to find content to share, you know? I follow what feels like half of idol, friends are always sending over referrals, the Facebook groups and whatnot are going strong. There’s always something. Except when there isn’t! Like what happened this week! Or, at least, less than we’d like to be able to see.

Ergo, while I completely quietly made an editorial decision a little while back to not push out video teasers as main posts a little while ago (BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH STUFF JUST WAIT FOR THE REAL THING, MANIAC!), instead preferring them for the Weekender, I am immediately going back on that because dammit, we all need things to enjoy, even a little bit. It’s Saturday. It’s spring (except for you goofs in the Southern Hemisphere). We want loud idol stuff! Continue reading

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Beautiful Things Happen When Idols Are Friends

I had somewhat grandiose plans to celebrate this amazing juncture of NECRONOMIDOL and Guso Drop, but life intervened with a vengeance over the last couple of days, and ol’ Maniac just plumb ran out of time to do it well. Fortunately, John was on the case.

Honestly, if this doesn’t get Collaboration of the Year, something (especially) terrible is wrong with the universe.

Sometimes things come together in great ways. Who remembers the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials? What goes together as well as chocolate and peanut butter? Well, it seems NECRONOMIDOL and 偶想Drop do, as was seen last night at their 2-man live: 『暗黒混沌GIG』.

via NECRONOMIDOLxGuso Drop – Dark Chaos GIG — Straight From Japan

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The Corenament Has Reached Its Final Four: Who Lives to Fight Another Day?

Well, friends, the Corenament has reached its zenith — the Final Four are ready to square off. It wasn’t easy getting here, but a full month’s worth of pitting idols against idols gave us surprises, cheers and jeers, and plenty of head-scratching confusion.

Out of the wreckage of conference tournaments and the first four rounds of competition stand four elites as selected by you, the fans; literally nobody selected these as the Final Four, but that’s the neat thing about an ongoing war of attrition. Punk was almost completely wiped out by what you might call the three pillars of idol+metal, leaving only Guso Drop to defend hardcore’s honor. And, as an added bonus, the resultant matchups are tasty.

Yes, as the Corenament descends upon Akihabara, we have two of the great champions of the underground squaring off in a fists-and-elbows-vs.-Lovecraftian-horrors battle to the death (that they’d probably welcome!), plus a battle that many a smark fan of idol metal would love to see happen in real life.

While I expect the voting hordes to descend upon these final polls, I also expect the more thoughtful minds to have themselves some agonized decisions!

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Excellent and Painful New Records on the Way

And while my nose is straight up my own butt with the Corenament, releases continue to be announced and excitement continues to be built. John on two releases that are sure to be loud and satisfying.

Well, looks like EiT PARK RECORDS/Disk Union is going to send a couple more releases our way. These are a couple I have been waiting for, since it has been a while for each group. First we have a mini-album from 偶想Drop entitled “Painfully violent”. I am sure most of you have seen it on […]

via New Releases From Guso Drop and Malcom Mask McLaren — Straight From Japan

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We’ve Been Missing Guso Drop Lately, So Thursday Hurtsday Is Theirs

You guys, you may have noticed that I’m kind of an idiot sometimes*, so trust me when I say that yeah, I published this yesterday by accident because I somehow lost the ability to understand how time works. I did catch it before I ruined things for everybody; I did not catch it before Jul saw the thing and clicked and shared some very useful information that now I can incorporate into the post at the correct time!

So! I’ve changed up just about everything, but dig it: I’m first showing you the live video because that was the plan all along.


Literally never a dull moment

But it gets way better!

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Check out This pre-Guso Drop Song, Damn

It does strike one as being a good idea to always be writing new music, even if it’s just loose stuff jotted down in a notebook or spun together in Guitar Pro or something; keep the creative juices flowing, have stuff worked up a little for when you’re ready to really get down to work on new material, have things for your songwriter/manager to flip onto Soundcloud to give people an idea of what’s ahead, you know.

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Guso Drop (and Fans) Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

You may have seen a funny story unfolding on Twitter last night:

Guso Drop (and 2&) was scheduled to perform at 11:00 a.m. as the opener-opener of this big ol’ idols-and-stuff event, but somebody involved in that process screwed up, and the fans weren’t being let into the performance area until the very last minute, and the stage wasn’t ready, and …

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It’s Time to See the New Guso Drop in Action

Poor Saki’s Guso corpse is still warm, and Guso Drop’s out here with their new six-member configuration, blasting holes through the backs of people’s heads like it ain’t no thing at all.

Poor Terry got himself so excited about this one that he just plain forgot how to English

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