Holy moley, you guys, if you haven’t had a chance to hear the latest (live!) number from Checkmate, you need to take a few minutes right now and —
— Reign Eternal Idol (@Pureidolheart) March 25, 2017
I know there’s been some chatter about Checkmate lately, and I’ve just kind of shrugged at it — yeah, their debut was plenty interesting (and brutal!), but I’ve gotten a little jaded about idol debuts (in honor of the very funny trolling of U.S. sportswriter Bill Simmons going on right now, I think I’ll call it the HATEGLEAM Theory: Odds are good that the best thing you do is your debut, and then you just fade away).
But this, this is good. This is what forward momentum looks like. Musically, I’m thinking of DISDOL if they’d ever really invested in harsh vocals (seriously, who is that girl, and why isn’t she hanging out with me?), and also even heavier. Kind of the same, too, looking at that stage and the crowd, it’s taking me back to when Bell Agency’s big project was rolling out new material pretty consistently, and it was good new material, and I thought that somebody had really cracked the code of doing idol and metal in almost equal measure.
I think I may like this even better. Good gods.
Happy Sunday. Even better is coming!