2019 has been an eventful year for Kaqriyo. While their sobriquet hasn’t changed, they have renamed from Kaqriyo Terror Architect (with archaic kanjis, as it is customary for Codomomental) to KAQRIYO TERROR. The fact that all three founding members (the Architects) are no longer part of the group has certainly played a part in this.
With this rebranding, Kaqriyo has also changed their image/theme from heavily supernatural & Folkloric (Yokai) to a Circus theme. Their main lyrical subject, however, seems to have stayed consistent; it is still about being a “freak”/out of the boundaries of society and common sense.
What prompted this article now (in addition to unexpected free time!) is that they just welcomed two new members. Say hello to DKI (pronounced Doki, like a palpitating heart beat) and Noa Rondo (I won’t put an H, it’s not about that dude with the Arch)
［再掲］— KAQRIYOTERROR (@kaqriyoterror) August 21, 2019
皆さま今後ともKAQRIYOTERROR、ノア・ロンドの応援何卒よろしくお願いいたします！#KAQRIYOTERROR #ノア・ロンド pic.twitter.com/6M0BClYbGy
［解禁2］— KAQRIYOTERROR (@kaqriyoterror) August 21, 2019
皆さま今後ともKAQRIYOTERROR、DKIの応援何卒よろしくお願いいたします！#KAQRIYOTERROR #DKI pic.twitter.com/qD1KEWLqgR
Little is known of them so far, except that Noa is pretty shy and that DKI is a tall amazon. Should you have any more info, feel free to drop them in the comments or on Twitter.
Briefly, my impressions are the following: while the Architects were a legendary lineup, 5 members is the perfect number for Kaqriyo, as it allows a certain harmony in the chaotic dynamic on the stage. 4 is too symmetrical.
While Sumomo, Saint-Namidamaru (I can’t believe I was wrong this whole time) and Komariyuu have been killing it live as a trio, Noa and DKI are electrifying Kaqriyo again.
Look out for Lilith Pride, the first single with this lineup, coming on September 11.*
*I thought of that joke too. We don’t need to actually say it.