This Is Yajima Mai Music

Of all the happy announcements to see on a Friday, very few can get me as insta-hype on the inside as seeing that my girl Mai is releasing a new record in due time, and of course has an MV for it, and of course it’s big-time vampire-ass symphonic metal and I don’t even care if there are other distinctions to be drawn here, this is as close to the music that seduced me to the Japanese dark side in the first place as it gets, I need regular doses and they better be potent:

The EP is out on Dec. 2. It’s apparently the second in a trilogy, which suddenly contextualizes Daemon adding a particular item of Mai’s that I’d never heard of before to our Best Of tracker!* But yeah, hold on to your butts.

* Hell on Earth, which was released in the spring — I’m listening to it now to catch up!

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I Like When Idol MVs Leave Me Dumbfounded

Subtitle: If Rain gets annoyed about a lot of words saying very little, he’s gonna love this one!

WAGAMAMARAKIA, who kick enormous amounts of ass and therefore it is completely acceptable to be super hype about the EP they’re releasing in a few weeks, dropped a new video yesterday. So as not to bury the lede, suffice it to say that it left me dumbfounded and still kind of does almost 24 hours later. You of course be the judge of your own experience and takeaway. I’ll share mine because it’s long-winded!

So to relate this back to the title, I (in this order) got jazzed about the MV, unintentionally played the MV as background, got really excited for a minute, forgot about it, then actually watched it a few hours later and got that same excitement at the beginning all over again. And yet I felt like I didn’t have anything to say! What a strange feeling — an idol group that I have the utmost respect for, a new bigger-time product from them being rolled out, and really all that I could muster in my mind was incoherence? Isn’t that usually a good thing?? Continue reading

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This Is a PIGGS Post

Really felt necessary to get this one out of the way as a standalone thing — we here at Homicidols Dot Com aren’t all huge PIGGS people, but I feel like we all support PIGGS in principle on the grounds of their being oriented toward audiences outside of Japan and all. Plus Cal’s like secretly best friends with everybody in the bigger, broader WACK family and usually has fun anecdotes that we can’t ethically publish, and that includes at least one meaningful conversation with PIGGS’s Ryan B. I personally missed the actual debut of this, Pour Lui’s latest attempt to make good on her own personal vision, but I’ve been fortunate enough for them to release stuff during my time back to paying attention, including this MV and the implications thereof but more importantly the upcoming release of a new EP, 5 Kill Stars, from which they released some additional music the other day: Continue reading

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Treat Yourself to This QUEENS Song

At first thought, when I saw this in my list of good Weekender things, I had no more intention of doing anything else with this QUEENS MV than to do exactly that, feel good about my choices, and move on with my life. But then I recalled the last time I had occasion to celebrate QUEENS in such a way, which in retrospect felt like I was giving them short shrift for no good reason, so I opted to listen to the whole thing:

And friend, I am both very super into this song, but it also made me wonder — is QUEENS pretty much the best thing right now, or what? Continue reading

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This Is Both a Review and Not a Review of WILL-O”s Latest in Honor of Their End

Well, gang, I’m super late to the party on this stuff, but I had to do it sometime, and there is literally no time like the present. Maybe it’s still news to you! It certainly was to me when I first found out. But yeah, WILL-O’ is drawing it down and bowing out:

Or, I guess the most accurate way to say it is, they’re going on tour, and then at the end all of the members will graduate, and whether there’s a WILL-O’ after that point remains to be seen (I’ll give it 3:2 odds in favor of “yes”). Still unhappiness though.

The timing of this is super weird to me, too, because, as far as I’m concerned, they released maybe their best-ever record over the summer, and it’s easily one of the best of the year. Continue reading

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This PIGGS Song Absolutely Rocks

We have a resident PIGGSpert here at Homicidols Dot Com. That is Cal. Cal did not seem to be nearly as interested in this as I was, and I’m in a mood, so I’m writing about PIGGS now from the standpoint of a person who was almost completely out of the idol loop for most of the first half of the year, which is when PIGGS became a thing straight from the fertile mind of one Pour L. Lui. It is the privilege of ownership!

So yeah, PIGGS both announced a new thing and showed off a new thing yesterday, and I reiterate that it absolutely rocks, and I will also add that I’ve now played it through somewhere in the vicinity of 15 times, only a handful of them concurrent. It’s worth your time!

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Wonder Lander Keeps Rewarding Me for Liking Them

This post is all messed up. It was supposed to be a straightforward celebration of all things Wonlan and their current releases and motivating you to give them a go if you haven’t already several times, written yesterday no less, except that I drafted the whole middle bit and left off the ends and now I can’t remember which witticisms were used to do what, so how about this: You go look at this MV, which is new to the Wonder Lander corpus, and you get all “oh neat I like this” as is appropriate, and then you continue through the post because there’s more to it, and if you can figure out the context for yourself then you win a prize, which will be determined by Chris at his convenience. So go for it:

This is a journey, man

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I See That Wonder Lander Has Been Busy

I’m trying to remember my first Wonder Lander post. It very may well have been all the way back in Year 1, which is pretty wild considering the volume of disbandments among groups that were covered in that era (let’s call it the peak of Loudol 2.0, the Wonder Years), and all of the various membership ins and outs of Wonlan itself over that time. I sort of always felt that the group was destined for the same fate that ultimately befalls all idol projects … and yet, here we are, round about four years (I guess) since the first time I heard them, liked them, shared them, and a thing called Wonder Lander definitely still exists.

Different though! My very literal first thought was “oh wow, the group’s like a whole different thing now.” The most important thing of course being the music, which is, like, different! Not wholly so, mind you — Wonlan’s always been good for about 50:50 cool rock-like tunes and more conventionally idol material — but different maybe in the distribution of what they’re doing in relation to the core. You, obviously, can be the judge:

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Perfect Vibes from the Latest EMPiRE

“Oh gee look at all of these draft posts to try to address this morning” I said to myself as I flipped over to Twitter about 15 seconds after this hit the top of the timeline:

Plans? Canceled. Other than a very quick crash course from Kerrie and Cal, I’d managed to avoid just about everything WACK in the past few weeks — by choice, mind you — but this aesthetic, coming from EMPiRE, clearly an MV, subtler reasons galore, you follow me yes of course I shunted my other plans aside and gleefully steepled my fingers in anticipation.

This is from EMPiRE’s upcoming new EP SUPER COOL EP (bless them), and it might not be my favorite song or video by any means, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t hit in exactly the right spot at the right time: Continue reading

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Hey, Let’s Look at the New WILL-O’ Video Stuff Together!

It’s 2020 now, and all of this is firmly in the past, but I think it’s worth mentioning the wild ride that WILL-O’ went on over the course of the previous year. A lot has changed in the now three-plus years since Alloy was originally formed, and though WILL-O’ as WILL-O’ is fairly well-established at this point, I think it’s fair to say that change is the most consistent thing about the group. Well, change and doing great rock-related idol work, that is, and I mean that literally because you’ll remember that I held up “POP’N” as my personal favorite song of 2019.

And as that was going on, they were also releasing a new EP to close the year! I kind of forgot about it (it was sitting in my wait-until-an-MV-drops pile), then the MV finally did come a little on the late side, so here I go rhetorically returning the favor! But also they did some interesting stuff in the meantime, so waiting turned out to be smart. Anyway, the MV: Continue reading

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