We Interview Idols: Minna no Kodomochan

Cinnamon of Minna no Kodomochan has been incredibly busy of late. Not only has she been conducting the in-store events and other duties associated with promoting her latest single, “The Final Blinkings”, but she has been personally illustrating each and every CD being sold in record stores around Tokyo. In between all of these activities, performing her birthday live, and preparing for the next round of the Artists’ League competition where Kodomochan are appearing as a referee’s choice, Cinnamon very graciously agreed to carve out some time to do an interview with us.

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NECRONOMIDOL Unveil Their Newest Member: Towa Amou

This past weekend, NECRONOMIDOL introduced us to their newest member during their “revelation of doom” two-man live with Gokigen Teikoku∞.

Meet Towa Amou:

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Minna no Kodomochan are Back with a Bleak and Brilliant Single, “The Final Blinkings”

Minna no Kodomochan have been relatively quiet during the pandemic period. Sole member Cinnamon has kept busy with almost-weekly online cheki sessions and some appearances as a solo idol. She has also performed a handful of lives fronting Kodomochan over the past two years or so, but other than last December’s single, “Don’t Lie About my Existence”, we’ve not seen any new music in quite some time.

That all changed last midnight when Everyone’s Children blessed us with, “The Final Blinkings”, an hypnotically lurid piece of dark wave and doom metal accompanied by an equally mesmerizing, yet disturbing, MV.

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Time Leap Tuesday: The Lost Promise of HATEGLEAM

Welcome to our latest Homicidols feature where we take some time to reminisce about idols, units, songs, MVs and other events from the past that have left an indelible impact on our impressionable little minds. Whether this becomes a weekly, bi-weekly, or occasional thing (or if we forget about it altogether in a few months time) remains to be seen. What I can promise you is that the longevity of Time Leap Tuesdays will not be driven by popularity, not because we have integrity as writers and refuse to be swayed by public opinion, but because we just don’t look at our website metrics all that often. Every couple of months I check the site’s traffic stats just to be reminded that, “Wow, people really like LADYBABY a LOT!”

For our inaugural entry,  we’ll take a leap back in time to the heady days of 2015. BABYMETAL had just completed their first extensive tour of the US and Europe, and  Western punks and metalheads still found themselves struggling against their sudden and undeniable interest in Japanese vocal and dance units. The perpetually raging debate over on r/BABYMETAL was whether or not the Kami Band were official members of the group. It was near impossible for some to come to terms with liking rock acts that didn’t have a single member who played an instrument or, even worse, regularly performed without a live backing band at all.   

Enter HATEGLEAM, the idol-fronted metal band hybrid built to remove all those reservations.

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NECRONOMIDOL Announce Debut of Himari Tsukishiro Solo Project

Himari Tsukishiro and NECRONOMIDOL have announced Himari’s imminent debut as a solo artist. 

Himari’s first effort will be a collaboration with dark folk singer King Dude, a Luciferian with an unearthly, saturnine voice that’s reminiscent of Peter Murphy while, musically, working in the same wheelhouse as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (by which we mean he totally slays).  Continue reading

Cursebreaker: NECROEURIDOL

Well, friends, if you haven’t heard yet, you’re about to — NECRONOMIDOL and Europe are about to get much better acquainted:

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BABYMETAL Going on Hiatus Maybe

Anyone who has followed BABYMETAL for more than one minute knows that the one thing they love more than coming up with crazy new merch is posting cryptic tweets. Yesterday, they dropped a doozy:

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The Erisu Saga Soldiers On

If you’ve been following Italian multinational unit Erisu like all good children do, then you not only are aware of their release history, but also the long narrative playing out in their work, and the somewhat more digestible version that comes through in their videos. As a person who loves himself both concept albums and deep commitments to a backstory (see: GWAR), I gleefully absorbed yesterday’s most recent installment:

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Just Inject It Straight Into My Veins

What have you been listening to lately? My playlists have somehow become even more random of late — my curated playlists on Spotify are horrorshows, basically — but the one thing that I haven’t been listening to very much at all is metal. It’s weird! But other than some adjacent acts like Ghost and Alcest, I don’t think I’ve heard any actual “heavy metal” during the usual daily listening since last week. Call it luck of the draw, I guess, because I can’t think of the last time I would have passed on a good metal album, or even just good modern hard rock (it exists!).

All that being said, finally getting a chance to write about the latest from my girl Yajima Mai didn’t just bring the catharsis of blogging a post, but also finally getting to hear some heavy-ass metal too:

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Hold on to Your Butts for the End of the Month

NECRONOMIDOL may seem more unintentionally chaotic than usual over the past year, but they’re still going strong and are about to celebrate their seventh (!) anniversary on July 27. Not bad for a project that a lot of people not named Ricky Wilson probably thought wouldn’t make it to the stage, let alone global touring and distribution and stuff.

For that anniversary, a special video is coming our way. This is just a taste:

Entities of darkness! The underworld! Blackened thrash! This is going to be very good, gang.