Cursebreaker: NECROEURIDOL

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

But that’s not all! In case you were unaware, the good people at ORIONlive also have themselves a record label, and: Continue reading

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.

Let’s Discover Some Idols: DEARDEVIL

I get the feeling that this one is less a Let’s Discover and more a Let’s Mutually Agree To Play Along While Maniac Covers His Ass About New Idols, so bear with me. But if you’ve been anywhere near the wonderful devilsend that is Satanic Punish, you’ve no doubt come across a worthy sister project called DEARDEVIL, which is just such a delicious bit of wordplay that I’m mad I didn’t think of it first. But anyway!

This is DEARDEVIL (Twitter), and this is my first exposure to them: Continue reading

Let’s Discover Some (Korean) Idols: X!DEN†

If you’re active on Twitter, you might have already caught the buzz on a very new, very cool trio of metal idols from Korea. Finding out about X!DEN† feels like when you’re diving at the record store and you absolutely have to tell your friend about the new coolest thing on earth. And hey, we’re all friends here right? So let us tell you!

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Introducing: Let’s Discover Some (Korean) Idols

Being a blog about Japanese idols, typically we’re going to write a lot about idols from Japan! Funny how that works out. However, since we started our mission, things have been shaken up a little – there’s a whole world of pop stars performing to alternative music and for the next week, we’re going to be looking at the finest Korea’s indie idol scene has to offer.

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Michi Shito: Codomomental Ties Up Loose Ends in New Artist (Re)Introduction

It’s been four months since the dissolution of Yukueshirezutsurezure and the group’s legacy in the canon of underground idol seems to grow more legendary with each passing week. Since their genre-shaking departure, Mei Yui Mei and Kotetsu have continued their careers as members of Zenbu Kimi no Sei da while Takara’s Twitter feed went silent after farewells and hints that she would return. The blonde member’s Twitter account simply vanished altogether.*

When it was posted that Codomomental’s President Imamura would be holding an impromptu livestream on YouTube this past Saturday, speculation ran the gamut. With new COVID restrictions fomenting chaos in the live houses, there was little hope that it would be good news. Then again, in the last ad hoc livestream called by President-San, he shocked the chika idol world with the unexpected return of Nonamera. On the Richter scale of idol drama, this one proved to be even more earthshaking. Continue reading

Catching up with Jekyll x Hyde

Man, you guys remember Jekyll x Hyde? Or Jekyll and Hyde or & or however you want to style it. Management-san seems to like “x” these days, so that’s fine. But man, remember them? I wouldn’t be mad if you didn’t — I know that my last actual post about them was two full years ago, so unless you’re familiar thanks to some sporadic Weekender appearances, we certainly haven’t done much to bring them to your attention.

Now, I imagine that a few things have probably happened in, like, two years’ time, but frankly I got a bad back anymore, my days of diving deep into the Internet for random idol unit membership past info are in the past, so let’s just presume that membership=changed and maybe a fan or two can fill in the gaps. What clearly has not changed is that Jekyll x Hyde is one of the most reliably interestingly units in the game — musically, that is, and of course they are; they’re from Nagoya — and a recent spate of Papermaiden sort of re-discovering them for herself got me thinking that maybe it’s time for a refresher post.

So if you’re unfamiliar but you have a passing familiarity with foundational texts in English-language science fiction, you have probably sussed out that the group has some kind of tie to duality. And you’re right! They have a light side (Jekyll Mode) and dark side (Hyde Mode) and frankly they’re both just fine, so let’s survey some recent stuff. Continue reading