Party Rockets GT

Hard edges know no age.


This isn’t even the newest, updatedest Party Rockets GT.

I really have to cop to not having the slightest blessed idea what the interrelationship between Party Rockets, Tokyo Rockets and Party Rockets GT was until I started to work on this site; from the little bit that I’d read while absolutely totally legally obtaining their music, I was under the impression that Tokyo Rockets was the original, Party Rockets was a junior/trainee unit of them, and Party Rockets GT was just plain confusing.

Fear not! (“I wasn’t afraid.” “Shut up, yes you were.”) As it turns out, Party Rockets GT is Party Rockets, only with a highly revamped membership. They also aren’t a junior or trainee unit for anybody, but are actually kind of a weirdly positioned “elder” unit in the revitalized idol rock scene (it’s weird because their average age is like 17). And it’s Tokyo Rockets that’s the add-on sister group.

Anyway! Party Rockets started out as a six-member unit all the way back in 2012, and I’m pleased to see that their group identity has pretty much always been an all-over-the-place rock vibe, with the obligatory J-pop-as-hell vocals coming from these tiny teenaged girls. Who those girls are, however, has largely been in flux, and whether that’s due to agency (yes, they’re an agency creation) or label (major label!) things or just teenagers being teenagers is unknown.


This is surprisingly helpful.

Those major industry connections mean that Party Rockets/GT, despite being a fun project, aren’t quite fully homicidol; their origins go all the way back to Dorothy Little Happy’s parent group, for goodness sake, and ex-members keep finding their way into highly typical idol units. They even did one of those cool temporary group mergers with Otome Shinto (to form Otome Rockets, naturally).

What maybe matters is that, after the usual roster changes over their first few years, Party Rockets did a soft reboot by adding new members in 2015 and rebranding themselves Party Rockets GT. It’s way too soon to tell if they’re going to change much sound-wise or look-wise or anything — and, considering the history, maybe it’s time to just settle on something. Though the latest releases from the next most recent iteration, like “Miraie” and “Kasabuta,” were their way of drifting in a more deliberate kawaiicore direction.

Now, while their sister group Tokyo Rockets is a very clear kawaiicore group, Party Rockets GT, as far as can be told so far, is an absolute in-betweener; in fact, despite probably their most notable songs being deliciously heavy and intense, they edge as close to being typical-idol-and-also-some-rock as they do to idolcore, and that’s fine, but they might not be a group that stays on this site if they ultimately ditch the harder edge.

This is a pretty incomplete profile, as much commentary as substance, but let’s keep our eyes out for good stuff to come; what good they’ve done so far has been very good.

What they sound like

That part of the movie’s soundtrack when the hard-boiled detective and his wacky vaguely-foreign-accented partner go into the seedy strip club to find the Russian (always Russian!) arms/drug dealer, only have it turn out to be as imagined by a Japanese version of Marie Osmond.

You’ll like them if

You like hard rock music, and you also like J-pop, and you wonder why it took so long for somebody to come up with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

From earlier iterations of Party Rockets/GT:

Members

Haruka
Haruka, leader of Japanese kawaiicore rock idol group Party Rockets GT
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Fumika
Fumika of Japanese kawaiicore rock idol group Party Rockets GT
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Nanase
Nanase of Japanese kawaiicore rock idol group Party Rockets GT
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Himeka
Himeka of Japanese kawaiicore rock idol group Party Rockets GT
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Ayumi
Ayumi of Japanese kawaiicore rock idol group Party Rockets GT
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Discography

“Miraie” (single)
“Setsunasora” (single)
“Let’s Go!!” (single)
“Kasabuta” (single)
Triangle (album)
“Nijiiro Jet” (single)

Osaka Shunkashuto

These girls rock.

I can remember all too well the first time that I heard Osaka Shunkashuto (also spelled “Syunkasyuto,” confusingly), and it’s because I was trying out a new standing desk at work and was incredibly uncomfortable, so I let YouTube choose me a playlist from some of my idolcore favorites, and that song right there rolled in around the middle of the second hour.

One, how had I managed to have not even heard of this group before, what with their well-produced sound and super distinct style and goddamn amazing videos and sweet baby Moses these are serious-ass rock songs why? Two, why is it suddenly quittin’ time and I haven’t gotten anything done since lunch?

Yes, Osaka Shunkashuto is, to put it lightly, a ton of fun. Their music is highly energetic, they dance their asses off and Maina, the lead/pretty much only singer, has a voice made for performing in front a full arena. Just to give you an idea of what they’re bringing, here’s their official video from TIF 2015:


Jesus.

As Tokyo Girls Update put it, they went into TIF as virtual unknowns and walked out as legends.

Pretty much ever since, Osaka Shunkashuto has enjoyed burgeoning popularity, with two mini-albums being released between November and December 2015. It’s probably only a matter of time before they start to invade the Oricon weekly charts, and then hold on to your butts, because these are literally high school girls now, and their future is blazing bright.

And here’s the kicker: They’re only about two years into this after starting as a dance unit that this sort of multimedia mad genius who goes by Soezimax discovered and started to produce. His eye for film and ability to make a tiny budget go a long way is why Osaka Shunkashuto has long-form videos like these: that were really awesome and featured the members fighting zombies and mobsters and even had (gasp!) English-language versions but have since been taken down from YouTube because that’s the kind of fun thing that dies first when you sign your way out of the indies.

You should really like Osaka Shunkashuto if you like things that are good.

What they sound like

These are straightforward rock songs; unlike a number of other rock idol units, there are few J-pop-typical melodic patterns, and they really are rocking out pretty hard. Or, come to think of it, they’re not that dissimilar to a lot of the K-pop stuff that caught on over the last few years — funky, groovy, swinging.

You’ll like them if

I had a really convoluted answer to this question before I decided to simplify it. I mean, do you like real-deal pre-grunge rock bands? Especially if you remember when people used to actually dance to rock music? You’ll like Osaka Shunkashuto.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

“C’mon!” is very good, but most of Osaka Shunkashuto’s older Soezimax-era videos have been scrubbed from YouTube, so we’re left with “only” these:

Members

Maina (leader/center)
Maina, the leader from Japanese rock idol group Osaka Shunkashuto
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Anna
Anna from Japanese rock idol group Osaka Shunkashuto
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Mana
Mana from Japanese rock idol group Osaka Shunkashuto
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Eon
Eon from Japanese rock idol group Osaka Shunkashuto
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Rina
Rina from Japanese rock idol group Osaka Shunkashuto
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Yuna
Yuna from Japanese rock idol group Osaka Shunkashuto
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Runa
Runa from Japanese rock idol group Osaka Shunkashuto
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Discography

“Dawn of My Lifetime” (single)
Ms. Chameleon Girl (EP)
“C’mon!” (single)
“Babycrazy” (single)
“Shine” (single)
“Let You Fly!” (single)
“Hachihachi” Live! (EP)
Early Season (album)

Mugen Regina

An RPG soundtrack come to life.


It’s way too easy to repeat that video. Don’t. Megumi will wind up with your soul.

One of the really fun things about this project has been combing through fan sites and forums and finding out about these groups. A significant proportion of them are about as exciting as being hit by a car. And then you get to find groups like Mugen Regina.

That name is about as on-the-nose accurate as it gets: In a fun Japanese/Latin mashup, it literally means “Fantasy Queen,” and, well, just listen to that song.

I’m not going to pretend to know all that much about them right now except to say that I really want to get my hands on their At the Threshold of a Dream album, their first, which came out in October 2015; their previous releases include some EPs. Getting through the jumbled Google translation of their website reveals that they’ve been at it since October 2013, and, like others, they’re deliberately out to challenge and change the notion of what an idol can be.

That’s cool. That’s metal.

I’ll go ahead and alert fellow YouTube hounds that their original catalog is a little bit all over the place. It includes a summer single, for bob’s sake. That’s not bad, just kind of confusing when you consider that the above is the lead track off of their first full album release.

Otherwise, even allowing for the recent roster update, they cut an impressive profile on stage and don’t shy away from either the beauty or the brutality, as befits their style of music.

Where they’re going now, though, remains to be seen. Their center, Haruno Megumi, graduated in May 2016, and her striking stage presence and powerful voice will be hard to replace.

What they sound like

Proggy melodic metal. It’s incorrect to say “no frills” when so much of the sound is about frills, but this isn’t one of those trying-too-hard groups. They do what they do well. But let me just say that my personal hope is that they run with this whole ghostly/ethereal/”from hell” thing and forget about the summer singles.

You’ll like them if

Nightwish is your thing, or you really, really like RPGs.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

So far, just “From Hell,” though I get the feeling that more is on the way.

Members

Suzuki Ayame (leader)
Suzuki Ayame, leader of Japanese progressive metal idol group Mugen Regina
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Tokitama Ako
Tokita Maako of Japanese progressive metal idol group Mugen Regina
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Sonozaki Arisa
Sonozaki Arisa of Japanese progressive metal idol group Mugen Regina
Twitter

Former Members

Hurano Megumi
Hurano Megumi, center of Japanese progressive metal idol group Mugen Regina
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Discography

Ai Shika Agenai (EP)
“Mugen” / “Graceful Ferocious World” (single)
5 Seasons (EP)
At the Threshold of a Dream (album? EP?) (This goes by a title similar to “Disqualified Queen” in Japanese; I dunno.)

Haloperi Doll

This is heavy.

What happens when you take idols and add them to a thrash band?


This is what happens.

What you see before you is actually the second iteration of Haloperi Doll — and unlike the typical roster overturn of most idol units, this was a complete revamp: A few months after launching in 2014, the original group was completely disbanded, with a totally new lineup announced after a few more months of stasis.

So this is actually a pretty new unit, not even a year old as of this writing, and a sister group to Mugen Regina (same management and label). I really enjoy the songs done by the original trio, and I like what I’ve heard from the new lineup, so I have to say that the future is bright.

I’m also a metalhead with a definite weakness for thrash, so Haloperi Doll is kind of right in my wheelhouse. They’re also quite nice to interact with on Twitter.

I want to have more to say about Haloperi Doll, but their newness and relative obscurity to Anglophone fans means that I don’t have a whole lot of information, but I’m rooting for them, and let me say that I hope that Babymetal’s influence on Western metal festivals opens the door to more idol metal units, and that the next wave includes Haloperi Doll.

What they sound like

This isn’t dressed up at all. They’re idols singing to (primarily) thrash tracks. That’s a-okay.

You’ll like them if

You wished that Megadeth had a better (female) vocalist; you like Nervosa but prefer clean voices.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

“Silent Doll” up at the top, and:

They have some pretty great stuff on Soundcloud, too, but beware that the original trio’s songs’ playlist has been taken down and now you have to hunt a little.

Members

An’z
An'z from Japanese thrash metal idol unit Haloperi Doll
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An’z also sings for Skull 9 ℃.
La Traviata Tsubuki
La Traviata Tsubaki from Japanese thrash metal idol unit Haloperi Doll
Twitter
Selenium Cellen
Selenium Cellen from Japanese thrash metal idol unit Haloperi Doll
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In case you were wondering, these aren’t their real names.

Former Members

Ringo Kusakabe
Ringo Kusakabe from Japanese thrash metal idol unit Haloperi Doll
Twitter

Discography

HALOPERI Doll (EP)
HALOPERI Doll ver. 2 (You can call it a single all day long, Haloperi Doll, but I’m on to you.)

Himekyun Fruit Can

Like an idol Van Halen.

Idols are diverse. If I’ve learned anything from the process that began with “what else is like Babymetal?”, it’s that there’s no one way to look at idols, and an idol can be a punk just as readily as she can be pop star in a weirdly cut pastel-colored dress.

So with an idol being capable of any kind of music and any kind of performance, it makes sense that there’d be someone out there occupying that permanent middle space — far from a typical pop group, but safe enough to introduce to your parents. Like Nickelback, only, like, good.

And that, for me, is Himekyun Fruit Can.

I don’t think that it makes a whole lot of sense to pretend that they’re anything that they aren’t. They’re an agency creation in the purest sense, with auditions held in 2010 leading to the creation of two different groups, one of which no longer exists (but may have been spun off to make the small army of sister groups — Fruitpochette, nanoCUNE and AiCune). After scoring big sales as independents, they eventually got signed to a major label and assumed what seems to me to be the dominant position in the rock side of the idol scene.

Of course, as idols, they’re required to have a weird gimmick (in this case, every member has their own fruit), but that stuff’s actually pretty understated. Instead, the focus is on the rock.

And rock they do! Their sound is nicely on the harder end of the rock spectrum, with more than a few songs definitely qualifying as metal and most utilizing a pretty nice hard rock/J-pop hybrid sound. In fact, the songs included here and on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist are mostly included for demonstration purposes; you could make an argument for any of a number.

HKFC have basically become mainstays at this point, with slick pro production and a seriously heavy discography. And, just for what it’s worth, between their look and their organization (the sister groups are technically part of Himekyun Fruit Can), they’re sort of arch-idol as far as the heavy side of things goes.

They’re pretty successful so far, and they may have the highest ceiling of anybody in the game.

What they sound like

Like the apotheosis of idols doing hard rock. And this is hard rock, too, with quite a bit of their music technically qualifying as metal. Hence the Van Halen comparison — for a pretty long stretch, was anybody doing radio-ready hard rock better than Van Halen?

You’ll like them if

If you’re coming at this from a purely Western perspective, you’re good if you can dig everything from Halestorm to Maroon 5 and also kind of had a Pussycat Dolls thing for a while. If you’re already acquainted with idols, the nearest approximation is probably Kamen Joshi or Osaka Shunkashuto. If you’re into J-rock at all, more Doll$Boxx than Gachapin, but you know what I mean.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

The above, plus:

Members

Okumura Mayuri (leader)
Okumura Mayuri of Japanese rock idol group Himekyun Fruit Can
Tanio Sakurako
Tanio Sakurako of Japanese rock idol group Himekyun Fruit Can
Okamoto MaiOkamoto Mai of Japanese rock idol group Himekyun Fruit Can Kono HonokaKono Honoka of Japanese rock idol group Himekyun Fruit Can Kikuhara YuriaKikuhara Yuria of Japanese rock idol group Himekyun Fruit Can

Discography

“Renai Energy Hoson no Housoku” (single)
“Koi no Prison” (single)
“8-bun no 1 no Breath” (single)
“Koi ga Tomaranai” (single)
“Koi no Binetsu” (single)
“Tatoeba no Monster” (single)
Renai Miracle!! (album)
“Killer Tune” (single)
“Buzzword” (single)
“Andante” (single)
Jounetsu, Emotion. ~REAL IDOROLL GIFT~ (album)
“Moratorium” (single)
“Harukanata” (single)
“Paradigm” (single)
“TEAR DROPS” (single)
Dengeki Princess (album)
“Kakusei Mirai” (single)
Tengoku Gimmick (album)

About the Homicidol Maniac

I’m not much of one for self-importance, but maybe a little bit of personal context will help people get what this is all about:

I go by Homicidol Maniac, Maniac around these parts. I maintain a few different online personas, so I won’t cross the streams and say what the others are.

Like a lot of people in the West, I was introduced to Babymetal in 2014; unlike most of those people in the West, it wasn’t through “Gimme Choco!!”. I saw something cool and new and interesting happening, got a little bit interested in what this whole “idol” thing was about, was introduced to BiS … and let’s just say that it’s been a really fun time since.

I believe that J-music in general has a lot of potential to catch on even in the closed-minded United States, and because I believe in culture moving in cycles, I believe that the time for that catching on is right about now.

I started this site partly just to give myself some creative space to explore more in the alt-idol world, but I also wanted to give something back to the people who keep my work days tolerable by pumping them full of vibrant, creative music. Because my professional work is in digital media and promotion, and because I have a small pile of credentials to back that up, I thought that an English-language website — that is, more than a blog and more than just a collection of profile information — that has professional skill behind it would be the best gift that I could give.

That’s me in a nutshell. Contrary to what may seem apparent, I’m neither a lonely shut-in nor a weeaboo or the like. I have a family, I have a house, I have pets, I have a job, I have friends. Homicidols.com is all about love.

There are comment fields on just about every page on this site, and I’m working on adding some forums for after there’s a regular sort of readership, but the best way to get directly in touch is to email me: maniac@homicidols.com.

Dissenter Dolls

Well, I am sufficiently rocked!

Not every group of homicidols that comes out ever goes very far or does very much. Like, remember Gekidol? Exactly. But then someone basically comes shooting out of the gate, and you’re left with the feeling that they’re going to matter.

Enter Dissenter Dolls, who I think are still clinging to that as their official name despite now mostly going by the shortened DisDol. They came to attention in the Great Homicidol Discovery of 2015 (like a two-week period in May), and they were metaphorically throwing that gauntlet down pretty hard.

Man, what a throwback. A little NWOBHM, a little thrash, toss in those pop melodies … delicious. This literally could have played on the Sunset Strip once upon a time.

And they’re so (kind of) new! Their exact date of birth is probably a little before that, but their first live performance was in March 2015:

Literally, what’s not to love about this? It’s metal as hell, they seem to embrace the whole “dark idol” thing, they get these crowds whipped up like nobody’s business, they’re so seriously underground (for now) that their schedule consists of like a show a day … yes. DisDol, thank you for existing.

Of course, this being an idol group, exactly who’s a member and how many there are and what the actual timeline of anything even is is clear as mud, so yes, they’ve been through a bit of membership flux, starting as a quartet before ebbing and flowing and as of this moment sitting at six according to photos but seven according to the website, with two members who may or may not have been promoted from another group. Oh yeah, and there’s some gravure modeling going on (because of course there is), which you’ll find out within a minute of following them on Twitter.

Thus it’s worth pointing out that DisDol is actually an agency group like a number of others of the more metal-aligned variety; unlike Babymetal and Fruitpochette, though, Bell Agency has the feel of being rather indie itself, kind of like Necronomidol’s Ricky Wilson just doing as well and as much as possible to make the group work. Bell does have a little bit of a roster, though, as you can see on their YouTube channel, so it’s possible that we’ll see some other good stuff come out of that stable in time.

Anyway, back to DisDol: With one EP out and a vigorous tour schedule, they’re already on the right path. Keep an eye on them. They’re going to be making some significantly more noise.

What they sound like

“Heavy metal,” writ large, blended up with distinctly Japanese pop vocal melodies. You feel kind of like you’re in one of those glorified dive bars that’s half filled with bikers and half with college radio kids.

You’ll like them if

If you’re a metalhead first, you’ll like them if Babymetal caught your ear and opened you up to this nutty Japanese stuff; if you’re less about the metal and more about the idol, you’ll like them if you were able to get into Fruitpochette. This stuff is nicely straightforward.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

All of that stuff, and:

This site is fond of DisDol

Members

Takahashi Natsumi (leader)
Takahashi Natsumi of Japanese idol metal group Dissenter Dolls DisDol
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Tsuji Airi
Tsuji Airi of Japanese idol metal group Dissenter Dolls DisDol
Twitter
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Isshiki Kyouko
Isshiki Kyouko of Japanese idol metal group Dissenter Dolls DisDol
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Otsuka Yui
Otsuka Yui of Japanese idol metal group Dissenter Dolls DisDol
Twitter
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Konatsu Chieri
Konatsu Chieri of Japanese idol metal group Dissenter Dolls DisDol
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Also sings in this band
Misaki Mayu
Misaki Mayu of Japanese idol metal group Dissenter Dolls DisDol
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Aizawa Hitoshina
Aizawa Hitoshina of Japanese idol metal group Dissenter Dolls DisDol
Twitter
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Discography

Jolly (EP)

Screaming Sixties

Connect

Website
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Aptly named idol punk fury.

I don’t know when the idol underground first really started to make figurative noise (as opposed to literal), but there is a backwards throughline from the present day to 2010 and the foundation of BiS.

Forgive me just the second of indulgence; this is Screaming Sixties’ profile, after all. But I’m digging into history for illustrative purposes. BiS made the scene start to blow up, and Babymetal (simultaneously) showed the actual versatility of idols to audiences that might not have wanted to have anything to do with hard music or idols. Time went on, and while the indies were populated with everything from dance-and-DJ units to rock units to hardcore units and on and on, agencies large and small started to experiment with the harder sound, too.

Not everything was successful. That’s impossible. But plenty of it was and is successful, and while more and more live bands were being added to live idol performances, it stood to reason that some band at some point would flip the switch — rather than be called up to support idols, why not create and work with idols of their own?

So insert 6% Is Mine, a pretty good punk band in their own rights. I don’t know their reasoning, but they made the connection and decided to put together an idol unit that would front their own band. After a bit of a search, they settled on Miss Kai and Miss Montero, dubbed the Screaming Sixties, or Zekkyousuru 60do, after the powerfully windy latitudes in the southern ocean.

That video was released in August 2015, and the subsequent months have seen the Sixties tear up the scene with high-energy punk rock shows bolstered by one of the most un-idol looks going and a complete embrace of pure punk fury.

For independent and small agency idols, there is a pressure to record and get CDs and merchandise out there for the fans quickly, so it’s not terribly surprising that Screaming Sixties put out a live DVD (with 6% Is Mine), plus their official debut single and EP, in December 2015. But, thanks to working with a well-established band that is absolutely no joke, they got to release serious quality.


This is a very good song, is the thing.

That’s what an upward trajectory sounds like.

It’s going to be interesting to see what lies ahead for Zekkyousuru 60do. Other tracks on their debut are quite good …

… so it stands to reason that they’ll be able to keep cranking out high-quality punk rock that just so happens to have idols as singers, similarly to how Babymetal has evolved into being a heavy metal idol-singing dance unit and left their J-poppier side more in the margins. To be honest, this Maniac thinks that’s the model for the future, and the more, the merrier.

May Screaming Sixties help lead us there. As the post that got me off my ass to finish this profile says, their management and that of Guso Drop (and others) are joining forces, and that hopefully means more resources and more opportunities to impress.

What they sound like

Straight-up unadorned punk rock. It’s fast, it’s emotional, it’s awesome.

You’ll like them if

You dig on punk rock. It’s that simple. Probably more Rancid than NOFX, but even Fat Mike would dig it.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

Everything that you’ve seen here so far. Looking forward to more releases.

Members

Miss Kai
Miss Kai of Japanese idol punk group Screaming Sixties Zekkyousuru 60do
Twitter
Miss Montero
Miss Montero of Japanese idol punk group Screaming Sixties Zekkyousuru 60do
Twitter

Discography

“Only Place We Can Cry” (single)
“The Cherry Blossom Falls Twice and Blooms Twice” (single) (桜は二度散る、そして二度咲く)

Fruitpochette

This is heavy.

Because I was an idiot who hadn’t yet gone deep into the bowels of idol metal, I LOL’ed about a Babymetal knockoff (I also am not a big nu-metal fan) and just kind of put it away.

Then:

See: Idiot, above.

Note: Teratani Mina’s personal info as a member has been pre-emptively “formered” on this profile just because I know that I’ll forget. She is currently still a member of Fruitpochette, but is graduating on March 26. See more.

I can’t remember which of these two songs made me give Fruitpochette a real chance, but I do know that “CleverDick” wound up being a regular in my rotation. I was a lot more mature (ha) in my idol appreciation by then, and I had to appreciate the fact that this was basically a jazz song rendered in metalcore tones.

You have to be an asshole to not like that.

I was also happy to learn that Fruitpochette isn’t just another kitsune-chasing flash in the pan; they’ve been at it since 2012, and they have the same competitive advantage as Babymetal in that they’re an agency group, with their sisters nanoCUNE and Himekyun Fruit Can likewise in this site’s wheelhouse.

So what’s Fruitpochette’s deal? Well, if you actually take some time to get through their full-length album (The Crest of Evil, released in 2015), there’s plenty of good in it. Honestly, one of the best things about them is that they’re a straight-up idol metal band, with no frills or pretense; they just kick ass. They also apparently tour constantly (which is kind of a thing in the underground), so there’s a lot of dues-paying there for you tr00 jagoffs.

I’d love to learn more about Fruitpochette, including just what their plans are going forward. Especially now, because Teratani Mina, half of the duo, is retiring from idoling for health reasons, but current indications are that Fruitpochette will continue in some configuration or another with the continued inclusion of Azuma Shiori.

What they sound like

A blend of metal styles sung by a big-voiced women with a top range just slightly lower than Ronnie James Dio’s.

You’ll like them if

Do you like metal? That’s pretty much it. Thrash-y, core-y, sometimes brutal, sometimes event dispensing with easy hooks. Unless you’re one of those weird people who only listen to obscure Eastern European grindcore bands, if you like anything from Sabbath to, I dunno, Behemoth to Mastodon, you’ll find something in Fruitpochette to like.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

The aforementioned (minus “Parasite,” which I am not that high on), plus:

There are a lot of good tracks in Fruitpochette’s catalog, but there’s just something a little extra nice to this one.

Members

Azuma Shiori
Azuma Shiori from the idol metal group Fruitpochette, threatening you with a gun
Twitter
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Former members

Teratani Mina
Teratani Mina from the idol metal group Fruitpochette, threatening you with a gun
Twitter
blog

Discography

“Burning” (single)
“Destruction” (single)
Shippujinrai (EP)
The Crest of Evil (album)

Guso Drop

Yes, they’re hardcore. Deal with it.

When I first started to really pay attention to who was doing what in the alt-idol scene, I kept overlooking Guso Drop. The sad thing is that I can’t remember why — this track right here, “Hirari Hirahira”, is absolutely legit.


Dare you to not get that guitar stuck in your head.

Guso Drop is totally straightforward in their presentation: They’re idols doing hardcore. The choruses fit within the normal bounds of idol pop, but would you listen to that song and try to make a cogent argument that it isn’t hardcore? You would not, because you are reading this website and clearly have good taste. You probably think that Rei’s very good growl is very good, and that Saki is a perfectly good screamer, and you are correct.

This is unfortunately a group with a pretty limited discography so far (they’re just over a year old, ffs), so “best track” options are pretty limited to the above. I’m looking forward to a full album.

Nonetheless, Guso Drop has one of those don’t-miss-this presences on stage and in the scene, and, presuming that they keep it together, they look to make some pretty big noise down the road.

What they sound like

Most of Guso Drop’s sound is hardcore or hardcore-based, but they also roll out some more traditional punk rock and, of course, throw in their share of synths. So, basically, they sound like hardcore and/or punk with a little bit of a pop feel, with vocals (including harsh!) by idols.

You’ll like them if

For such a straightforward group, I honestly can’t think of very many analogs for what Guso Drop is doing. If you liked BiS / like BiSH or have a pretty general positive feeling for crunchier riffs and the strategic employ of harsh vocals, you’ll probably dig on Guso Drop.

Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:

“Hirari Hirahira” and:

This is like the most Guso Drop song that Guso Drop ever Guso Dropped.

Members

Rei (leader, I think)
Rei, the leader of Guso Drop. Her color is black. Her middle finger is up.
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Saki (center, I think)
Saki from Guso Drop. Her color is red. Her middle finger is up.
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Anna
Anna from Guso Drop. Her color is blue. Her middle finger is up.
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Yura
Yura from Guso Drop. Her color is yellow. Her middle finger is up.
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Former Members

Sion
Sion from Guso Drop. Her color is purple. Her middle finger is up.
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