Eulogy for a Fallen EMPiRE

If you haven’t caught the buzz lately, EMPiRE are no more. Just as nations become lost and empires fall, so do idol groups.

What, too hamfisted? It was a sentimental break-up, so we wanted to use some powerful language! Still no? Well… they broke up and released their final four songs as a group, out to stream right now.

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A Special Monday Match Up: PICK THE NEW HOMICIDOLS TAGLINE!!

This coming Saturday, Homicidols will publish Weekender #300. That is almost six years worth of Weekenders. As we approach this milestone, Team Homicidols has decided that it’s time to do some housekeeping. We are working on updating some of our static content, but there was one other item that we have been wanting to address.

Homicidols’ tagline is currently, “The Hard Side of Idol”, which was perfect for the early years of alternative idol which was dominated by punk, metal and electronic hardcore. In recent years, however, the genre has shifted and we now find ourselves spending about half the time covering stuff like shoegaze, dream pop, prog rock and even electro swing.  In an effort to help ensure our branding stays on point, it’s time for a refresh and we would like your assistance. Continue reading

Your Homicidols Weekender #299

You may not realize it, dear reader, but we are in the midst of a record-breaking streak. We have now published new content on Homicidols dot com for an unprecedented six days in a row. A modern era record! Unfortunately, the streak will end here today as we have nothing scheduled to post tomorrow. We do have a special Monday Match Game planned, so everyone take tomorrow off and we’ll get back at it early next week. Good work everybody!

Even with publishing new articles every day, we still managed to miss a lot including major MV drops from some of our heaviest hitters like:

MIGMA SHELTER gives us a rare MV. Nod in approval at 120 beats per minute.

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RILISREVERSE’s Reversed Release

You can get a surprising amount of wordplay out of this group’s name! Anyway, the emotional trio just dropped a music video for their song “Amaterasu” from their 2nd anniversary mini-album “Best Wishes“!

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NECRONOMIDOL Announces Hiatus

NECRONOMIDOL have announced the immediate departure of Hisui Kurogane and the imminent end to their current system. The group will then enter a period of hiatus.

The reasons behind the suspension of activities are detailed very transparently in the following statements from producer Ricky and member Hisui.

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MELON BATAKE A GO GO Adds Two New Members as Their US Debut Approaches

MELON BATAKE A GO GO have just announced that two new members will be joining the lineup. Kotomi Kuzuki and Usako Minano of sister unit The Grateful a MogAAAz will be joining the psychobilly sidekick heroes on a rotating basis.

Kotomi Kuzuki and Usako Minano

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We Interview Idols: END OF IDOL

From the start of this small project dedicated to Vietnamese idols, I have had the idea to contact and interview them in mind. However, as a person who has a lot of worries, I just opened my email and then closed it multiple times. Perhaps, on that day, the heat in Vietnam ignited the passion flame in me (or it just burned all my worries and anxiety into ash), but somehow I had enough courage to compose an interview request and hit the “send message” button. 

And now we are here, with Shynii Quỳnh, Kim Anh and Rin from END OF IDOL, who have agreed to share a bit of their idol experience with us. 

(From left to right, Shynii Quỳnh, Kim Anh and Rin during one of their Month End Test)

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Monday Match Game: The Battle of Orange

Why are so many Japanese songs titled, “Orange”? This is an enduring question for me after encountering dozens of Japanese tunes named after the borrowed English word (of French origin).  For example, in anime alone,  Your Lie in April, Tora Dora and Bleach all have theme songs called “Orange”. May’n dropped a single called “Orange” just last year and Hatsune Miku has a popular track by that name as well. The artists we cover here on Homicidols are different in a lot of ways, but not this one:  NELNYanakoto Sotto MuteSeedSMalcolm Mask McClaren and more all have songs and albums named “Orange” populating their catalogs. 

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Your Homicidols Weekender #298

In the latest news from Tokyo Idol Festival weekend, both BiSH and the unit formerly know as EMPiRE have withdrawn from the event due to COVID diagnoses. Not that it impacts us too much since overseas otaku got region-blocked from the whole festival. But who needs TIF anyway, right? There are a ton of stellar units out there having an amazing 2022 who didn’t get invited to TIF either, like:

MAD JAMIE, who continue their streak of stellar singles.

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Your Homicidols Guide to TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2022

One of the biggest events on the annual idol calendar is Tokyo Idol Festival, by far the largest and most prestigious idol festival in the world. While it leans heavily to mainstream and traditional idol, it has, historically, offered space on it’s storied stages to indie and even underground idol units that have reached a certain level of prominence or popularity. 

This year is no different. The line up is spectacular as always, with the highly anticipated TIF debuts of blossoming Homicidols’ favorites like INUWASI, POPiNG EMO, Title Mitei, C;on, Schroedinger’s Dog, fishbowl and, the most intriguing unit in idol, situasion.

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