And While We’re on the Topic of Idols of the Undead

Thanks to Idol 2.0, I’ve known about Yajima Mai (Twitter, Facebook) for a while now, a solo performer that I had kind of randomly stuck back into the “does a lot of ‘heavy metal’ but” category.

For instance, “but makes terrible fashion choices.” Why, Japanese people?

And some decent tunes aside, I just never felt all that compelled to do anything. That being said, she just released an EP with a lead track that’s frankly pretty darn good:

There’s also this trailer version for the whole EP, which honestly sounds like it’s probably worth your time.

If I’m being honest (and I try to be), among the classically styled metal idols, the ones who are more in the Dio vein than Sepultura, I might have to give it to Mai here; much like Fruitpochette’s, her idol blends really seamlessly into the rest of the music. And while I’m not as familiar with the Kyoto scene as with Tokyo or Osaka (or even Sapporo, apparently) and am not familiar with her management, she’s riding a 2.5 year run of good resource support to get this far, so somebody believes in her.

Which is totally fair! She has the voice to make it work.

7 thoughts on “And While We’re on the Topic of Idols of the Undead

  1. That’s pretty good. Not really into the doom and gloom stuff, but what makes one an idol and another soloist a “band”? Is it the singular name banner seen here or when one of our long time favorites, Rami(ex-Aldious) adopts a band name, she is no longer an idol? Confused by terminology once again. If you ever decide to include bands, never forget Rami, she has quite a set of pipes and goes as hard as any. Maybe I answered my own question, nevermind me, I’ll just enjoy the music.

    • The first thing I’ll say is that just because I haven’t found it yet, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. 🙂 I rely on you all as much as anything to find new stuff — that’s why it’s a community.

      That being said, though a lot of lines are blurring anymore, there are still distinctions between an idol and a singer. Like Fuki, who I love, isn’t an idol; but I’ve decided that the two singers for HATEGLEAM, which is its own band, are idols. Those things are open to interpretation, of course; I was just reading a recent piece on how Negicco have sort of grown beyond idol to be a jazzy pop group, full stop.

      • It is interesting to observe how even the term “idol” is being forced to reconcile itself.As groups that were at one time considered idols, based mostly on age, continue to be viable well beyond teen years. Think MCZ or Perfume. I recall a recent conversation between yourself and a commenter relaying info about a groups age. noting that, in their view, 20yrs old, is old for an idol. That seems very restrictive and outdated.I’ve never been one to like labels anyway. As far as the band discussion goes pertaining to your site, I will always fall into the “no bands” camp. If your overall objective is site traffic, then obviously, more artists, more traffic. But what do I know, I’ve always considered Babymetal a seven piece band. There will never be a definitive line for anything and these close calls will ultimately fall upon your shoulders. I’m thrilled that even within this small niche, we have this much variety to choose from. Babymetal, Kamen Joshi,Passcode, Bish, Necroma,G Drop have very little in common, and would take more than a simple sound bite to describe them. Fantastic!!!

          • Excellent point Jul. The original intent was to present an image or role model for, mainly young girls, to aspire too, using music as a vehicle. You may or may not be aware that most of Japan’s idol/pop/kawaii culture is derived from one legendary fictitious character, created by a famous English author 150 yrs ago. “Alice” is real.

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