Well, I am sufficiently rocked!
Not every group of homicidols that comes out ever goes very far or does very much. Like, remember Gekidol? Exactly. But then someone basically comes shooting out of the gate, and you’re left with the feeling that they’re going to matter.
Enter Dissenter Dolls, who I think are still clinging to that as their official name despite now mostly going by the shortened DisDol. They came to attention in the Great Homicidol Discovery of 2015 (like a two-week period in May), and they were metaphorically throwing that gauntlet down pretty hard.
Man, what a throwback. A little NWOBHM, a little thrash, toss in those pop melodies … delicious. This literally could have played on the Sunset Strip once upon a time.
And they’re so (kind of) new! Their exact date of birth is probably a little before that, but their first live performance was in March 2015:
Literally, what’s not to love about this? It’s metal as hell, they seem to embrace the whole “dark idol” thing, they get these crowds whipped up like nobody’s business, they’re so seriously underground (for now) that their schedule consists of like a show a day … yes. DisDol, thank you for existing.
Of course, this being an idol group, exactly who’s a member and how many there are and what the actual timeline of anything even is is clear as mud, so yes, they’ve been through a bit of membership flux, starting as a quartet before ebbing and flowing and as of this moment sitting at six according to photos but seven according to the website, with two members who may or may not have been promoted from another group. Oh yeah, and there’s some gravure modeling going on (because of course there is), which you’ll find out within a minute of following them on Twitter.
Thus it’s worth pointing out that DisDol is actually an agency group like a number of others of the more metal-aligned variety; unlike Babymetal and Fruitpochette, though, Bell Agency has the feel of being rather indie itself, kind of like Necronomidol’s Ricky Wilson just doing as well and as much as possible to make the group work. Bell does have a little bit of a roster, though, as you can see on their YouTube channel, so it’s possible that we’ll see some other good stuff come out of that stable in time.
Anyway, back to DisDol: With one EP out and a vigorous tour schedule, they’re already on the right path. Keep an eye on them. They’re going to be making some significantly more noise.
What they sound like
“Heavy metal,” writ large, blended up with distinctly Japanese pop vocal melodies. You feel kind of like you’re in one of those glorified dive bars that’s half filled with bikers and half with college radio kids.
You’ll like them if
If you’re a metalhead first, you’ll like them if Babymetal caught your ear and opened you up to this nutty Japanese stuff; if you’re less about the metal and more about the idol, you’ll like them if you were able to get into Fruitpochette. This stuff is nicely straightforward.
Entries on the Ultimate Homicidol Playlist:
All of that stuff, and:
This site is fond of DisDol
|Takahashi Natsumi (leader)
Also sings in this band
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This reminds me of Kamen Rider Girls if they branched out their lyrical subject matter to something other than Kamen Riders.
I love Kamen Rider Girls, and I see lots to love about DisDol.