Welcome to our latest Homicidols feature where we take some time to reminisce about idols, units, songs, MVs and other events from the past that have left an indelible impact on our impressionable little minds. Whether this becomes a weekly, bi-weekly, or occasional thing (or if we forget about it altogether in a few months time) remains to be seen. What I can promise you is that the longevity of Time Leap Tuesdays will not be driven by popularity, not because we have integrity as writers and refuse to be swayed by public opinion, but because we just don’t look at our website metrics all that often. Every couple of months I check the site’s traffic stats just to be reminded that, “Wow, people really like LADYBABY a LOT!”
For our inaugural entry, we’ll take a leap back in time to the heady days of 2015. BABYMETAL had just completed their first extensive tour of the US and Europe, and Western punks and metalheads still found themselves struggling against their sudden and undeniable interest in Japanese vocal and dance units. The perpetually raging debate over on r/BABYMETAL was whether or not the Kami Band were official members of the group. It was near impossible for some to come to terms with liking rock acts that didn’t have a single member who played an instrument or, even worse, regularly performed without a live backing band at all.
Enter HATEGLEAM, the idol-fronted metal band hybrid built to remove all those reservations.
It is Halloween weekend, and there are lots of holiday shows happening including free livestreams from RILISREVERSE, Broken By the Scream, Kannagi Rabbits and ERISU + RUKATAMA.
In the spirit of the season, I will tell you a scary story:
One sunny afternoon, you are casually scrolling your Twitter feed when an unexpected tweet from you favorite idol unit suddenly appears. It is all text. No image. No emojis. No exclamation points. Just sober hiragana and unrecognized kanji. You select the ominous missive, holding your breath as you click, Translate Tweet. The translation appears:
PIGGS are dropping a new album just in time for Christmas. JUICYY, their first album since adding KINCHAN as a member, will be released on December 22nd.
Here’s a teaser:
The album will include 13 total tracks: six new tunes and seven re-recordings of previous songs with the current lineup. From the above preview, it sounds like the “JUICYY.ver” tracks are slightly new arrangements in addition to incorporating KINCHAN’s vocals. Continue reading
It seems like everyone’s doing solo and side projects lately. Like, it used to be the “Warring Idol Period”, but now we’ve entered the “Warring Solo Project Period”. We recently learned of Himari’s debut as a soloist, then Ayuni D ended PEDRO just to reveal that her side project had a side project, and then there is Aina the End who seems to drop a new solo track every other day.
Not that I’m complaining, especially when someone like perpetual kami-oshi candidate Kakizaki Risaki of MANACLE (HAPPY BIRTHDAY OKAKI!!) gives us a solo song like this:
IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING!! For the first time in what feels like a millennium an idol unit has landed on Western shores and performed an actual live! NECRONOMIDOL played Guildford last night, are hitting London tonight before two more UK shows and then they’re off to Sweden and Germany. Don’t mind me as I live vicariously through you, my European friends. I am truly envious.
For those of us too far (or not allowed) to travel to a NECROMA show, we always have the Internet. Let’s see what it has for us:
SHINGEKI. So good.
INUWASI was one of our favorite loudol debuts of 2020 with their refreshingly melodic takes on metalcore and electronic hardcore. In the lead up to this year’s November 2nd release of their first full album, the Hybrid Raptor’s spokesunit announced that they are now broadening their aesthetic to include more pop-friendly genres. Yesterday, they dropped the results of this foray into new musical territory with their MV for “Never ending”.
Though we’re still in recovery from the recent dissolution of BURST GIRL, Yurapico sprang a surprise announcement on us revealing the next phase of her career. Too soon? Too bad!! Nothing can stop Yurapico! She’s moving forward and teamed up with indie soloist Kanamaru to create the new unit 1009-thank you-.
Last week was a bit nuts, what with Tokyo Idol Festival and BURST GIRL’s last live and LiLii Kaona’s anniversary and all. This week was downright placid in comparison. The big news, of course, was the announcement of Himari’s solo project which she is set to debut about four hours before this article is scheduled to publish. I hope it went well!
But just because this week was less hectic than usual doesn’t mean that nothing happened:
Zenbu Kimi no Sei da. dropped some metalcore in your dempa.
Himari Tsukishiro and NECRONOMIDOL have announced Himari’s imminent debut as a solo artist.
Himari’s first effort will be a collaboration with dark folk singer King Dude, a Luciferian with an unearthly, saturnine voice that’s reminiscent of Peter Murphy while, musically, working in the same wheelhouse as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (by which we mean he totally slays). Continue reading
Happy birthday to LiLii Kaona!! One of the most authentic and imaginative units in idol turned four years old on October1st and celebrated by sharing videos for two of their newest songs with us. “Fragile” is a transcendent example of organica, LiLiiKao’s signature blend of organic dream pop and electronic shoegaze. Coupled with the innovative visual storytelling, and “Fragile” has easily made my short list for Best MV of 2021.