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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Let’s Discover Some Idols: Cinder-Ella

I’m kind of breaking my own Let’s Discover process for this one, gang, because I’m annoyed that they’ve been sitting half-covered in the queue since like August. It was one of those “doop dee doop, cruising through Twitter — hello, what’s this?” moments:

Oh man, that sounds good as hell! And (*three seconds of research) they’re a sister group of JyuJyu! Well sign me the heck up! Continue reading

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Look into ERISU’s World via MV, Potentially Never Escape

We got ourselves the first ERISU MV! That was pretty welcome news yesterday, seeing as how the combination of stress and a hangover meant that nothing else was being done or paid attention to. Quite a remedy to get, as the first couple of glimpses into the world of our first esoterica-themed Italy-based multinational idol group demonstrated. It’s genuinely been cool to have such a unit come along, bringing with them a cultural collision that pulls off being idol as the day is long (as far as we know) and boasting a musical approach that can only work in the medium of idol, something eminently dark but also accessible, with all the elements of a Coven album that has enough pop sensibility for broad appeal. It’s like the soundtrack of a very fun but very literal black sabbath!

But anyway, the MV: Continue reading

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ERISU’s Second Single Is Out and Good

Well folks, I think that just about everybody in the Western idol scene was aware of and at least somewhat invested in the debut of ERISU, originally timed for the Monster of Dolls show that is now skipping into the far future on account of the *waves hand* you know. I was definitely pleased that the group decided to go ahead with debut proceedings, anyway, because even if you can’t do the thing you want to do the way you wanted to do it, oftentimes the only thing keeping you from doing it at all is yourself, and that person is a jerk. But yeah, that first single was definitely worth it, and it was hard to ignore the group’s theme rooted in spooky and esoteric things AND their lovely sound reflecting the same, and not draw an immediate parallel to October/Halloween. For me, the big question was how surely they’d stick to that, followed only by when they’d prove it by releasing something else.

As it turned out, the answer was two weeks:

If you follow them on Bandcamp, you can even get lyrics!

Listen to that! I love when idols deliberately recall other things that I like — in this case, I’m transported to the glory days of AFI, by which I mean that AFI that went gothy before somebody convinced Davey that he needed to be some kind of actual rock star and they did that regrettable more emo turn and anyway I’m bitter, leave me alone. Yeah, kind of like that era of AFI, except obviously with the crucial idol overtones, and all the flexibility to do basically whatever they want in other elements of the song, so after making a final tally of all of this I think we’re left with something like “the glory days of AFI if they also did a darkwave remix except with idols” which I have to tell you kicks a good amount of ass.

Really great start from our multilingual Italian-based upstarts. May they please please please never step too far away from this murky, misty esoterica theme, and may they grace us with another single in two weeks’ time, perfectly set up for Halloween and their live event.

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NEO JAPONISM Escorts Us Fully Into Halloween Season

As noted in the Weekender, yeah, it’s Halloween season, and while idol Halloween is arguably the best event on the Idolverse calendar, what’s inarguable is that it’s just plain not going to seem right this year. Our pandemic-riddled world may be getting better at finding ways to be “normal” (whatever that means) and getting back to business, and that’s true of idol too, but there just isn’t going to be the same concentration of events, the same impetus to have costumed lives and the like, and maybe the mood’s even off. I don’t know! I just know that this is usually the time when we start to see the holiday-appropriate videos and photo galleries come along, and so far I haven’t seen too much.

But that being said, hey, here’s one of my favorite groups come along with what I’m going to call the first unofficial anthem of idol Halloween largely because of my own biases and because doing so confirms them! But yeah, it’s NEO JAPONISM and something that I think they’re doing just because they can: Continue reading

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Yeah, Another A.N.otheЯ!

Well if this isn’t just about the blastiest from the pastiest thing I’ve seen in a hot minute! Doop-dee-doop, there I was going through YouTube for some extra Weekender stuff, when … hello, what’s this? Why, it’s a new video from DUAL EYE! It’s … it’s A.N.otheЯ! But I– I th– Well what the hell man, let’s play the thing!

Bet you weren’t expecting straight-up idorock

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Let’s, uh, Discover Some Idols? ERISU Hath Arriveth

Well, if you’ve looked at Brian’s latest newest or are merely the average Western wota with a Twitter account, the cat for this one is already somewhat out of the bag. Hell, the idols in question have already appeared in multiple Weekenders for their buildup. Be that as it may, we follow processes here at Homicidols HQ, for what is success if not forged in brutally enforced order to smite the chthonic chaos demons that would misuse our otherwise idle hands, and as such I am contractually obligated to share with you idols according to a rote formula. So:

Hey, you guys may have heard of this exciting-if-not-mysterious new group ERISU, right? Well get a listen to this! Continue reading

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Let’s Check in with 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-san!!

Team Homicidols primarily lives on Twitter, so we have taken the latest banishment of 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-san from the platform pretty hard.  For her part, Hanako-san is still dead and communicating through the medium of Instagram where she is now somehow crazy about Kamen Rider.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CEtlrh7nukV/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

She also loves sea otters. Check it out!

It is rather odd to see her not wearing any red and not a strawberry in sight. But what else has our favorite 444-year old youkai been up to? Continue reading

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Blood in the Bathroom with NECRONOMIDOL

When NECRONOMIDOL teased this MV … good lord, was that just yesterday? yesterday, I was a tiny bit skeptical, I’ll admit. Long right in my personal tippy-top group of favorite things in music (let alone idol, but also and especially idol), Necroma felt almost inviolable, and so the big membership upheaval from earlier in the year was actually kind of hard to reckon with, and I feel like I’m still getting used to the idea. But, that being said, just as life turns to death and death to decay, all things must change, and that includes an idol group that personifies the living darkness! And so, when the thing dropped a little while ago, I held on and …

Oh hey, this is good! And of course so — Ricky didn’t suddenly stop knowing what to do when the last of the OGs left, of course the core concept and ability to meld talent to it are still there, so what the hell was I worried about? No, man, if you dig on Necroma, you’re going to dig on this. It’s just, like, a lot more gruesome than you might be used to! Continue reading

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Gods Help Me, the New DIE/NING EP Rules

It came as a significant surprise to me that the idol group sitting as subject of this post, who you have by now successfully identified as DIE/NING, has previously received a single solitary mention on Homicidols Dot Com, and at that merely a Weekender item as opposed to even a compulsory getting-to-know-you post. Homicidols Dot Com sincerely regrets the error!

I’m not here today to make up for lost time or anything; I presume that if you need to know DIE/NING, you are then in fact already aware of them, as this weird-ass project has been around for goodness knows how long in one form or another. Not a lot needs to be said! So let’s tell this story as simply as possible. Continue reading

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