Like having two different sets of relatives to visit on Christmas, many of us who have been drawn to the harder side of idol now find ourselves with established relationships to two very different worlds. While we have current obligations to chika idol, we still have strong affections for our original punk and metal families and are compelled to visit on a regular basis.
Our friends at ORIONlive, who in 2018 brought us NECRONOMIDOL, 2& and the Screaming60s in the Black Winds Over Albion Tour, must have been feeling a similar obligation when they decided to blow the roof off of 2019 early.
Both #metalmatsuri headliners @marysblood_Info and @ankimo_official now confirmed, plus @RieSuzaku. 7 more acts to be announced. Next artist announcement coming soon!https://t.co/wa16hm2QCz pic.twitter.com/ncjXZK97Ef— ORIONlive UK (@ORIONlive_UK) December 21, 2018
That’s Mary’s Blood. Headlining in the U.K. Mary’s freaking Blood. If you don’t know them, you need to.
While just thinking about this event several months in the future is enough to get my heart rate up, it is also exciting to see ORIONlive tackle a project this ambitious. What it foretells for future opportunities to see the heavier side of Japanese music and idol in the U.K. should excite the whole of that corner of the world.