You, Yes You, Could Be NECRONOMIDOL’s New Manager

Have you ever wanted to be part of the exciting world of music management? Ever wanted to travel the world, meet interesting people, explore new cultures, learn how to swear in foreign tongues, possibly have your soul purged from your body and cast into the Pit to be destroy to create a suitable host for some ancient demon’s return to this dimension that it may take its rightful place as ruler of our world? Then friend, have I got a job opportunity for you!

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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.

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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Shackle up!! MANACLE Debuts, Drops Two Singles

In perhaps the most anticipated debut of the year, MANACLE held their inaugural performance this weekend.  Their introductory set premiered two songs and employed the old punk practice of playing their best song twice. The best part, of course, was seeing Okaki, Ray and Hina performing on the same stage again. Newcomer Maon  also impressed.

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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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In Honor of BABYMETAL, a BABYMETAL Thing

So you’ve probably seen the news, that BABYMETAL, who through no fault of their own have had their entire reason for being (big-ass live shows) ripped out from under them, are going to release their very own version of a double-live gonzo album next week:

This was already announced a while ago, Twitter-diving shows, but it’s new to me dammit!

Good. Great. Grand. Wonderful. This is very much a Weekender item. So why am I blogging a whole-ass post out for it? Because, starters, it’s been a minute since the last time we had good reason to post a BABYMETAL thing, and also because I have now listened to the previews and deemed them good, and because today is a very special day, my very own Fox Day if you will, as it is the sixth anniversary of my first BABYMETAL experience (it was “Megitsune”), which is almost as life-defining as the time I decided to strike up a conversation with the person to whom I am now engaged to be married and also very easy to remember because it’s my brother’s birthday. So in honor of the unofficial beginning of Maniac and the eventual establishment of ye olde website, I blog a BABYMETAL post. Continue reading

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Broken By The Scream Are Here to Blow the Doors Off of Monday

I have very little to add to this post, so count yourselves lucky. It all speaks for itself! Broken By The Scream, no doubt extremely bored for the past few months, decided to just rip off the band-aid this morning and step to the future. First, new MV:

I had no idea how much my ears needed to have Kagura’s shrieks in them until just now. Continue reading

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Arrow Heart Is Still Alive and You Need to Appreciate That

Who among you who regularly read ol’ Homicidols Dot Com in the early days, when I posted any and everything and marveled at the very ability of idols to exist on this mortal plane, are still around to reminisce with me? Ah, the glory days, when Alice Project fanboys sock-puppeted their way to … something, and we did stupid things purely for the sake of trying something new. And, pertinently, they were the days when I was blown away in so many ways by the persistent presence of a little idol project called Arrow Heart.

Listen to this! I’d do anything for a clean recording to really appreciate it — as Phillter (remember Phillter?!) once put it, they’re basically FRUITPOCHETTE sans some polish. And the neat thing about idols, you don’t need them to rock the hell out to appreciate them, as demonstrated: Continue reading

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JyuJyu Becomes Apocalypse

Now that there’s a little bit more time to pay attention to recreational interests, one of my favorite activities over the past few days has been to clean out and update my system of idol notifications. Like, only a lunatic would deliberately comb all of idol media all the time to find the stuff they want to blog about! No, a milder form of lunatic (a maniac, if you will) uses the Powers of Technology to get immediate tips about particular goings-on, and then responds accordingly. It’s just … man, it gets to be a lot. And during my long hiatus, it became obvious that some work needed to go into cleaning up all of that. Out with the old, in with the new, etc. etc. etc. And with that, I purged quite a few artists, some of which have demonstrated that they just plain aren’t worth following that closely, and others that barely do anything to warrant so much attention span (yes, there’s a difference), and yet more that, well, I don’t think anybody really cares about anymore.

Which brings me to JyuJyu, who I will tell you I saw in my list and stayed purely because they don’t have the world’s most active Twitter account, so there’s a higher likelihood of a meaningful announcement than you see from basically anybody else in idol. Also, because I genuinely really like the group and find their management inexplicable, I’d have to keep putting in extra work to check in on them, and work just isn’t something that’s terribly attractive these days.

ANYWAY, today, JyuJyu, notifications, announcement. Oh, and what an announcement it was! Continue reading

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MERRY BAD END to Headline International Livestream Event: Digital Scene 4.0

MERRY BAD END has been invited to perform as the featured artist in the latest installment of streaming music and arts event, Digital Scene

Digital Scene is the brainchild of Baltimore-based OTS Productions and Montgomery Drive. As they describe it: “The concept behind Digital Scene is to bring people together by virtual collaboration from around the world. We strive to present different experiences with each edition of the series.” Version 4.0 featuring MERRY BAD END will be streaming on Twitch TV next Friday, July 24th at 8:00 pm EST (9:00 am JST).   Continue reading

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