Sheer Madness: NECRONOMIDOL Graduation Turns Into All-Star Reunion

My apologies for the lateness of this article, but I am still picking up the pieces of my shattered mind.

There was nothing to prepare us back in March when Rei, Michelle and Okaki, the last remaining original member of NECRONOMIDOL, announced their departure from the group. Just as there was nothing to prepare us for the blight that has since afflicted the entire world, driving us into our homes, delaying the three members’ graduation show and, meanwhile, wholly transforming the way idol lives are both performed and delivered. 

This past Saturday night, Rei Imaizumi, Kakizaki Rizaki and Michelle were finally able to hold their long-delayed graduation live to both an in-person and streaming audience. 

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NECRONOMIDOL’s New Members Debut in “TUPILAQ” MV

The new members of a resurrected NECRONOMIDOL make their first appearance in “TULIPAQ”, an MV released on the virtual eve of their no-audience livestream debut.

Sole surviving NECROMA member Himari is discovered by new disciples Shiki, Nana, and Roa who instruct her in the crafting of a tupilaq: a vengeful monster created by witchcraft, given life by ritualistic chants and then set loose into the sea to seek and destroy an enemy (thanks Wikipedia!).  Continue reading

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NECRONOMIDOL Awakens with Three New Members

Since mid-March, in his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu has been waiting and dreaming of the coming era when new dark disciples will emerge from the depths and spread madness to the far corners of the world once more.    

That wait is (almost) over. NECRONOMIDOL have announced they will be resuming activities in June  with three new members.

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NECRONOMIDOL Announce Multiple Graduations, Hiatus and Imminent Resurrection

NECRONOMIDOL have announced the immediate graduation of  Rei Imaizumi, Michelle and original member Risaki Kakizaki.  In addition, they have cancelled all events for the next two months including their upcoming one-man on March 23 where they were to introduce new members and costumes.  The group will be on hiatus until further notice.

The word itself from Manager-san.

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NECRONOMIDOL Announce New Member Selection

NECRONOMIDOL has given us one month’s time to prepare for an expansion of their ranks. The Darkness Girls will unveil both their new member(s) and new costumes at a free live on March 23.

With the massive number of graduations and disbandments in the past year,  the list of potential NECROMA recruits is tantalizing.

Did Ricky-San draw from this deep pool of known idols, or cast brand new talent?

Is it new member or members? Will we see a five, six or thirteen member formation?

Since the announced live has a school entrance ceremony theme, will the new costumes be an ultra-dark version of seifuku? 

Let the rampant speculation begin:

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Dang, NECRONOMIDOL’s up to Some Stuff

Apologies for the so-late-it’s-just-awkwardness of the post, but I forgot that I wanted to make a big deal out of this on Friday because such is life. And what is life, even, now that we have the literally eternal — that is, existing infinitely, beyond the bounds of time and space — presence of NECRONOMIDOL looming within the shadows of existence? Worthless, that’s what it is, but the question is also rhetorical flourish and all right let’s just skip to the point.

NECRONOMIDOL, beloved and befeared like few others, revealed at the risk of inducing utter madness among their followers (or, at least, those who aren’t already under complete spiritual enslavement) some upcoming plans, and yes, I do believe that we’re all going to be happy people:

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The NECRONOMIDOL European Tour Experience: A Play in Three Acts

I’m deeply sorry, this thing wrote itself

What next twist for our heroes?!

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We Review Things: NECRONOMIDOL | scions of the blasted heath

NECRONOMIDOL release their highly anticipated five-song EP, scions of the blasted heath, this Wednesday, June 16.  It is their first studio recording since the graduation of beloved and iconic idols Hina and Sari, and the addition of new members  back in January.

Necronomidol, scions of the blast heap

This album cover is what they call a “conversation starter”.

Being the first studio offering by the new line-up of Kunogi, Michelle, Rei-chan, Okaki, Himari and her omniscient hair makes this EP one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year. Team Homicidols were lucky enough to be blessed with a preview copy (all it cost was my soul but I wasn’t using it much anyway).  It’s a diverse set of tracks by fan-favorite songwriters exploring themes of trauma, entropy and conquest alongside the omnipresent influence of Lovecraftian terror. Here’s a sneak peak:

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The Final Episode of “BEYOND THE RED”

This actually happened yesterday, but it being Mother’s Day and all in the United States and Canada, and I being both an excellent son and grandson sort of distracted from the last chapter in NECRONOMIDOL’s serial horror short, which has been … it’s been a journey, man. It’s been a journey. I knew that I was going into it with a whole lot of disadvantages (minimal Nihongo being easily the greatest), but one’s raw enthusiasm for a project by one’s favorites can overcome many things.

Three previous chapters exist, and we got ’em all. I recommend watching the whole thing in sequence, as doing so will definitely help to contextualize things more and avoid the “wait, wtf is that now?” stuff that tends to happen when you don’t have the language helping to ground you. Continue reading

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This Is “BEYOND THE RED” Episode 3

I was one of those people who studied abroad for a spell (and then came back and couldn’t stop talking about it for months). The country I was in was and is known for its avant garde cinema scene, so my program had a film component, and I had film students as friends, including one as a roommate. As a result, I spent plenty of time watching movies that were in a language that I could only in the most generous of senses say that I understood. It was a good time!

This is to lead into … the latest release of NECRONOMIDOL’s short horror film BEYOND THE RED, which I like to watch because I like to watch Necroma! Continue reading

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