I Review Things: NECRONOMIDOL | “DEATHLESS”

Bringing back the disclaimers! It’s not a secret that I’m a huge mark for NECRONOMIDOL, and that their producer, Ricky Wilson, has been a friend to Homicidols.com in what I hope is a mutually fulfilling relationship; that being said, while I never had much reason to think that DEATHLESS would be anything less than great, I made a strong effort to put the relationship behind me for this sucker; I may love idol and I may love dark idol and I may love NECRONOMIDOL, but we don’t build community trust without honesty, and we don’t make other fans by being sycophants.

So. On to the review!
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You Review Things: DISDOL | “HARERUYA”

Dofphoto has another gift for you! And very well-timed, as DISDOL crept a bit into the wider homicidol consciousness over the past week, and darn it, that makes me happy. Personally, I’m dying to know if HARERUYA is any good.

My first experience with DISDOL (they were called Dissenter Dolls back then) was back in March 2015, which I’m pretty sure was their debut on stage. There were four girls and they only had two songs, which were “Jolly” and “Miraibana,” the latter being the track that caught my attention. So like anyone would do, I followed them on Twitter. A few demos of new tracks were uploaded to Youtube and it seemed it wouldn’t be long till DISDOL were in the studio. Continue reading

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You Review Things: Two Yumemiru Adolescence Singles!

Our pal dofphoto wrote a pretty nice review for Party Rockets GT’s Time of your life, and said: Maniac, nobody gets into lesser-appreciated idols like I do, I can definitely do more review things; to which I replied, knock yourself out. So here’s dofphoto with another review!

Yumeado is in my top five groups, but I won’t let that effect my feelings here.

Let’s start by talking about the single-as-a-single trend Sony has been pushing on Yumeado. This would be the third single in a row that was released with one track — what is the purpose here? Historically, different “type” singles are released with a single girl per cover so fans can purchase their favorite idol, but these are grouped shots. EP/singles runs Y1000, these were released at Y450, so there isn’t a cash grab going on here. To add, these singles are limited to 20,000 copies and, for the first time that I am aware, failed to chart at Oricon.

Yumeado is definitely going through some back end issues with the departure of Rei and sudden disappearance of Akari. My guess is Sony is trying anything possible to keep fan interest by being random/shocking (most of us are here for Yuumi anyways). I guess we will see how this plays out.

‘Koi no Effect MAGIC’

Cover of Japanese idol group Yumemiru Adolescence's Koi no effect MAGIC single
I did some research on Mr. Green Apple to see who was responsible for this little ditty (curiosity), but I feel, in idol, who writes a song isn’t as important as how it’s presented by the group. This track feels like classic Yumeado in the vein of “Candy Chan.” Very upbeat and cutesy, it helps frame the youth of Yumeados’ vocals, Karin and Yuumi in particular. The mix is solid, with no overbearing keyboards, and percussion is kept at a playful pace as well.

Yumeado for me is all about that hook and chorus, and “Effect MAGIC” delivers at every turn. I have no issues with this track in the slightest — my one gripe is that they released a MV for it so soon that now I have a theme in my head when I hear the track and that theme does nothing for the song.

‘Idol Race’

Cover of Japanese idol group Yumemiru Adolescence's Idol Race single
You could pretty much copy/paste my thoughts for “Koi no Magic Effect” here (replace cute with aggressive). I won’t waste time on the Babymetal connection here because it’s irrelevant; this song was written for Yumeado and not purchased from a drawer of leftover scores. Yumeado is no stranger to heavier tracks — they toyed with this sound on “Stealth Bukai” and, to a lesser degree, “Shomei Teenager.”

We’ve seen this before

Once again, Yumeado hits all the right notes with the hooks and chorus (love the chorus). “Idol Race” is a perfect track for Yumeado and fits nicely into their body of work.


I have been burden with the thoughts of the last few uninteresting singles (“Love for you” and “Fantastic Parade” were okay, I guess) so I am very happy with the latest tracks. Whatever is going on in the Yumeado camp, I hope it doesn’t end in disaster like a lot of groups we are seeing lately, and although I can’t imagine anyone else as a part of this group, I do hope they recruit experienced idols to replace Rei and Akari (if it comes to that).

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You Review Things: Party Rockets GT | “Time of Your Life”

Cover of Party Rockets GT's Time of Your Life album

A few weeks ago, our pal dofphoto was like, “I can do reviews” and I was like “show me” and he was like “okay.” I’m not rescinding the pleasure responsibility necessarily, but I also know that other folks have a tendency to get music that I don’t, and Homicidols.com is nothing if not service-oriented. And so, after some negotiating, here’s dofphoto!

I have a long fan history with Party Rockets. In particular, Yoshiki Haruka. From the dark back part of the stage, Haruka stepped out into the light and took control of what could have been an international rock/pop group. Unfortunately, the trend for graduations within the Party Rockets camp left Haruka and Fumika abandoned to the point that Fumika publicly cried, voicing uncertainty about the future of their beloved group and the fantastic songs they would leave behind. Continue reading

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I Review Things: Yukueshirezutsurezure | “Post-Catastrophe”

Other than Babymetal’s Metal Resistance, I don’t know if I had more eagerly awaited an album in 2016. In absolute terms, “meteoric” isn’t a great way to describe Yukueshirezutsurezure’s rise, but in terms of awareness (at least among our kind) and rapidly defining a sound and attitude, they ran a marathon in a short while, only just failing keeping up with their equally compelling big sisters in Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da in total releases.

So yes, I anticipated that this was going to be a definitive album. I had such high expectations of it that, like a former jock parent who just can’t let go, I’m probably being a little bit unfair to the work, which should always be taken as it is rather than as I or anybody else want it to be. Nonetheless, I gotta be honest: I’ve struggled with this one. Continue reading

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People Review Things: GANG PARADE | “Barely Last”

I really thought I was going to review Billie Idle’s bi bi bi bi bi by now, and then I didn’t and now what would be the point, really, so I was going to turn my attention to GANG PARADE and Barely Last, but a certain someone named Garry WHO HAPPENS TO BE IN JAPAN RIGHT NOW LIKE A JERK took care of it for us.

And thank goodness! We’ve already heard all of the songs and been snarky about the lineup stuff — galore! — and I’ve made mini-reviews of most of it, so did you really want to read me? You did not.

Garry, on the other hand, pinky-swore upon the holy book of your choice that he was listening with completely open ears, so the perspective from IdolIsShit.com is an impeccable one. Continue reading

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I Review Things: Yanakoto Sotto Mute | “Sealing EP”


It’s not a secret that I’m super-duper excited about the launch of Yanakoto Sotto Mute. Grunge idols from the people who brought us Bellring Girls Heart! That’s pretty much guaranteed to be right up Maniac’s alley. And their first EP, 8CM EP, proved that this was a project way the hell on the right track; hard alt-rock with well-matched vocals and members who put on as elegant and artistic a stage show as you’ll see in idol.

Their big sisters are going on hiatus, and Yanamyu are being featured in the farewell tour. With the opportunity to share a big stage in front of a big audience, can they take a big step up after just a few months of existence and become a player in the alt-idolverse? Can their second EP (available for free until the 26th!) follow up on the promise shown in the first and equip the group for what’s to come?

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People Review Things: Idol Is Shit on Q’ulle’s “OVER THE HOPE”

You guys know me: I love me some Q’ulle. We even get to breathe a sign of relief that what could have been an imminent demise is, instead, a new beginning. That paints their recently released second album, Over the Hope, into a completely different kind of context; rather than be the death rattle of a fast-rising, talent-out-the-wazoo rock idol unit, it’s just the end of a chapter in what we can hope will be a significant career.

I’m going to download this album. I’m going to enjoy this album. And I’d love to review this album! But then I saw that it was again tackled by the very capable hands of our friend Garry MacKenzie, who not only helped to drive the Know Your BiStory series, but incidentally wrote another Q’ulle review that I shamelessly ripped off. So precedent is set!

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I Review Things: PassCode | ‘MISS UNLIMITED’

Covert art of Japanese idolcore digital EDM clubcore idol group PassCode's MISS UNLIMITED single

I never thought I’d review a single; I just didn’t see the point. And yeah, “MISS UNLIMITED” is listed on iTunes as an EP, but it’s three songs and an air vocals version of the title track, and that’s a single in my book.

So why would I bother reviewing this one? A lot of reasons, actually: Because there’s an ongoing discussion around whether idols other than Babymetal can achieve crossover success in the West; because PassCode is among the most cited and seen when newcomers go looking for “what else is like this”; because I felt like it; and so on.

This is PassCode’s major label debut. It’s available internationally via iTunes (and probably other mechanisms, too, eventually). It’s already available in Europe and soon will be in North America. This might not be going all-in, but it’s a move aiming at international audiences.

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You Should Add NECRONOMIDOL Vinyl to Your Collection

Update: Now available!

You may have seen this from NECRONOMIDOL:

Yep! The Dark Girls have re-released their NEMESIS album on vinyl through Specific Recordings. That is, the Specific Recordings that’s based in France. That can swing distribution around Europe and the Americas. That … uh …

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