Let’s celebrate Halloween with a short horror-themed playlist and a photo gallery of the cutest …sorry, scariest idols out there.
There is nothing better than an alternative idol playlist to celebrate Halloween: horror punk, darkwave and heavy metal apparently work perfectly with evil witches and carved pumpkins. Unfortunately, we couldn’t include Dopechan’s rap on Nightmare Before Christmas‘s theme, but give it a listen anyway.
So here we go with Necronomidol‘s ultra-dark sound, Pikarin‘s craziest madness, XTEEN‘s horrific punk and much more; one thing’s for sure: you’re gonna have the best nightmares you’ve ever had…
In addition, below you can find some pics of our favorite idols in Halloween-themed outfits. Spoiler: Hanako-san has not been included, as she’s always the scariest one.
Broken By The Scream’s new album Noisy Night Fever is undoubtedly one of the best idol releases of the year; let’s find out why.
Whenever you think of extreme music, three things come to mind: fast rhythms, abrasive sounds and harsh vocals; on the other hand, idol music makes you think of cute and catchy songs. As we already know, Broken By the Scream has all of that stuff and their new album Noisy Night Fever is a huge step up from their previous (already good) releases.
I have to say that “アイハキミノモノ” (Aihakiminomono) is probably one of my favorite idol songs ever; that means that I’ve been hyped since the release of its MV and — incredibly — the album managed to impress me even more. With a mix of powerful death metal, hard-hitting breakdowns and some pleasant surprises here and there, these twelve tracks are one of the most amazing things of the year.
As usual, the vocals are one of the key elements in deliviring this kind catchy-extreme (or extremely catchy) music, with Yae and Ayame’s clean singing intertwining with Io and Kagura’s growls and screams. The latter two’s performance is nothing short of great, fully taking advantage of their enviable skills to enhance the songs’ extreme side while keeping them somehow easy-listening; more intelligible and expressive than many extreme metal vocalists, they’re one of the reasons that make Noisy Night Fever a monster of an album.
Equally important, however, are the clean vocals: Yae and Ayame are perfectly able to fit in this harsh environment, often joining the less extreme passages to bring in their melodic vocal lines. While they’re probably Broken By the Scream‘s less unusual element, they’re also what makes it different from any metal band, reminding us that we’re dealing with idols through very idol-like choruses. It is especially interesting when all the four vocalists combine their efforts, like in “Over The Sea”.
The musicians supporting them made a remarkably good job too as well, not only because they are clearly skilled, but also because they prove to be able to follow the group every time they stray from the standard sound; of course, the standard sound here is a groovy form of death metal where blast beats, breakdowns, stop’n’go’s and even technical hints are only some of the weapons at their disposal. The lead guitars — when not raging into some headbanging-inducing solo — sometimes seem to draw some j-rock influences without giving up any heaviness; there are also a couple of jazz-inspired parts, mainly represented by the piano in “KI・RA・I !!”, while “宝物” (Takaramono) makes a final surprise using acoustic guitars to build a more introspective song.
Throughout the album you can also hear some spacey synthpop sounds giving a slightly pop/EDM-y feel to some tracks which becomes especially stronger in “フェニックス” (Fenikkusu); this is another interesting element that — despite not being among the main ones — adds to the variety and the competence through which Noisy Night Fever has been crafted.
I will always be attracted by Broken By the Scream‘s colourful and bizarre cover arts and luckily their music is even more outstanding; this albums shows that they’re currently one of the best idol group out there, thanks to their personal and well-produced sound.
If you have ever wondered how a ska idol unit would sound, Chika Radar brought some good news: meet BAMBi, who is here to give us some hints.
Long time ago, I had my first first meeting with ska music through some bands mixing it with punk rock (Punkreas, anyone?); I’ve already mentioned how I got into alternative music thanks to punk stuff and at that time I wasn’t really into trumpets and stuff, so I kinda lost my chance to delve into the genre. And now here I am, talking about ska idols BAMBi in the third chapter of the Chika Radar series.
I’ve been keeping an eye on the SKA iDOL-PROJECT for a while and I already heard another song by BAMBi, but let’s talk a bit about them since we have this new video. The YouTube channel contains videos of different groups, meaning that they have been trying this ska idol thing for a while; BAMBi seems to be a young unit, so let’s hope they won’t disband before doing anything worth of attention.
About the song titled “BULL”, it sounds like a pop-infused version of ska; it’s very traditional idol-ish and definitely contains j-pop influences, but you can also feel some ska vibes thanks to the brass melodies here and there. It’s a very catchy mix and it seems to be able to work, but for some reason it never got big until now. Maybe this time they’ll make it?
BAMBi has yet to grow, but I personally hope that we’ll be able to get some good ska idol stuff. The guys working with them are probably huge fans of the genre, now they need to channel their enthusiasm through their idols.
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