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!

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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

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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

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Dark Idol Debut: NECRONOMIDOL Initiates Three New Members

NECRONOMIDOL debuted their new lineup last night at The Music Apocalypse, in a set sandwiched between Burst Girl and Broken By The Scream. This follows Sunday’s announcement of the addition of three new members, making the group a quintet after the recent withdrawals of Shiki Rukawa and Roa Toda.

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Erisu Goes ‘Battlestar Galactica’

I wish more idols had the sheer gusto of Erisu. They’ve been officially a thing for six? seven months? And yeah, a lot of new units pump out a lot of content early to build a fan base, and then from there I presume that the business logic is to spend judiciously, release strategically and hold on for dear life as the consecutive percussive waves of flavors of the month roll on and on toward the little niche of recognition you built for yourself. But isn’t Erisu in an interesting position? Based in Italy, under absolutely none of the same kind of performance pressure of every other idol unit in existence, and as true a passion project as you’re going to find, they get to do what they want how they want and when they want, and damn if they don’t do it well.

The announcement of the new EP with the kind of prog-or-Fall-Out-Boy title that I love hasn’t even been out all that long, I don’t think, but I knew that I didn’t want to miss the drop. And I was right! You don’t either. This is taking your “idols have a concept” concept and running it to absolute exhaustion. If you’re gonna go, kids, go hard:

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Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me about This New Satanic Punish Single?

Doop-dee-doop, looking back through stuff I bookmarked so I can blog some posts.

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There Isn’t Enough Good Idol Metal, But Maybe Satanic Punish Can Fix It

Cheese and rice, it’s Wednesday? How did that happen? And where the hell has all of the cool new idol stuff been this week? That’s usually what gets the posting gears going, and once they start then it’s a lot easier to pick up a Let’s Discover or something otherwise waiting in the queue for an easier opportunity. BUT WHATEVER. I’ve had this track from Satanic Punish sitting in my personal New list on Spotify because I was afraid that if I played it, it would go away and I’d forget, so let’s talk about it.

I mean, first things being first, we have established that Satanic Punish owns, and that they should have way more fans and attention than they do. Great, good job. The second and more immediate piece of business is listening to this song, which they teased back at the turn of the year, but for the sake of argument let’s pretend is happening completely anew all of us, so we enjoy together as a team effort:

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If You Haven’t Already, It’s Very Easy to Get Erisu’s New Single

Sorry Erisu! I had meant to do more with this much sooner, but here we are, the week is almost out and I haven’t said a blessed thing about your new single. So: Everybody, guess what, Erisu has a new single out! And apparently declared war on some underling of Brian’s!

Yes. I’m in deep like with traditional heavy metal of late, and I always like proggy stuff, so please do mass produce this at a slightly more intense pace than the ‘rona vaccines and inject all of it directly into my veins. I don’t know if you all are familiar with just-barely-pre-metal band called Coven, but I feel a lot of similarities between the two, all deep, murky, clearly esoteric and mysterious hard rock/metal … well, Coven did have a woman singing, but she notably only did cleans, the coward. Continue reading

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