CHIKA RADAR #27: 幻想ばっどえんど (Gensou Bad End)

CHIKA RADAR #27: 幻想ばっどえんど (Gensou Bad End)

On this new episode of Chika Radar we will get to know more about the metal idol group 幻想ばっどえんど (Gensou Bad End).

Welcome back to your favorite idol-discovering column, IdolOnChaos’ Chika Radar! Idol groups still popping up during these hard times is a very good sign, and we can’t miss the chance to talk about them. Today we are going to find out more about a group we mentioned last week on this website thanks to the release of their first MV: Gensou Bad End.

The unit, which unveiled its members last July and then debuted in August, presents itself as a duo of dark-dressed blond girls holding a noose in their hands; I don’t want to make assumptions about them, but I’m quite sure that this is your average sugar-filled idol group. Sure, Akuma and Urara may be very cute, but that doesn’t mean that their music is as adorable as their looks.

Luckily, as I said before, they recently released their first MV for “Tōkyō Shōjo”, which allows us to clear up any (non-existing) doubt regarding their music. So let’s take a look at it.

And… surprise surprise: it’s a very metal-sounding song! Don’t tell me that’s what you expected, I’m not going to believe you.

I must say that the vocals of the verse remind me a lot of Wagamama Rakia’s “Rain”, except this one is definitely less refined and more straightforward, or more metal in other words; that aside, “Tōkyō Shōjo” is quite enjoyable, featuring some gloomy and calmer parts among the aggressive ones.

They also have another single called “Zettai Watashi Shugi” which you can listen below and a third one on their online store, so I guess they had a good start. Hopefully we are going to get lots of good music from them in the future!

X!DENT – X!DENT

X!DEN† (XIDENT)

The alternative idols from South Korea X!DENT make their debut with three haunting songs where metal sound and idol culture meet.

In discussing what to review with Vlakorados, I was given a very pleasant surprise: information on the group X!DENT, a trio of girls hailing from South Korea, had recently dropped a debut single. The excitement grew further when I read on their bandcamp that they’re Seoul’s first metal idol unit (holy cow!), set on integrating their sound in the country’s famous idol culture. Composed of members HUYU, Xii, and S3ARU — who we got to know through an in-depth interview — they dropped X!DENT on June 9th.

The single contains three tracks. The first, aptly titled “Intro”, is an instrumental that sets the gothic atmosphere the rest of the set contains. By mixing sound effects like dial tone, ticking — and even a gunshot at the end — over the organ-like music, you’re fully consumed by the track’s dark nature. The following track, “X!dent”, briefly continues the feeling of the previous song before diving straight into heavy metal. Using both Korean and English lyrics, the vocals are rich and deep, with a near haunting style of delivery. At the 1:15 mark we’re introduced to a classic style of growled vocals which are always such a treat to hear from idol groups. They’re never overused, either– instead, they’re given a set verse that allows it to shine.

For me, the stand out track is the last one, “Candle”. It immediately opens with a nu-metal flair and I absolutely love how prevalent the sound of the bass guitar is. The vocal delivery here is especially ghostly in that there’s a soft edge to them. The chorus — which is super catchy — adds a funeral dirge-like atmosphere to an already dark picture. The verse the screamer gets is especially grim and completely in English — I feel it’s worth noting that the skills these girls have in multiple languages both in music (including Japanese, as they cover various Japanese groups at their live shows) and when communicating with fans is very impressive.

With this debut, X!DENT are a promising trio to keep your eye on. I’m familiar with the difficulty metal musicians have when it comes to trying to gain footing in South Korea. However, I feel as though I can say these girls have a bright future ahead of them in being not only the premiere metal idol unit, but also in leading the way for more musical possibilities for Korean idols. Let’s show them the support to grow even bigger!


340.29m/s – ACCELERATION

340.29m/s

Listen to the third mini-album from the Osaka-based group 340.29m/s titled ACCELERATION, a very enjoyable example of idol rock.

Science nerds will probably already know that 340.29m/s is the speed of sound at sea level on air; science nerds who are also idol fans will be glad to know that there is an Osaka-based group named exactly like this, or sonic mètre per second if you prefer. ACCELERATION, their latest mini-album and third one in their discography came out recently and features six tracks for 23 minutes of good idol music.

The opening track “EyeS” — which also received a music video — starts of the album in a pretty intense way, with pure rock energy bursting out through the guitars and a nice synth riff on top of them; catchiness and emotion come out especially during the chorus, but even more in the following one called “NEVER END”, in which pop end electronic influences make it somehow lighter than the previous one. For some reason, a song titled “Prologue” is the thrid in the tracklist, but let’s not nitpick too much: the piano notes give an even poppier feel to it and the bouncy bassline sustaining the refrain make it very enjoyable.

Speaking of piano and bass lines, “I love you!!” take them on another level, leaving out most of the rock elements and bringing in some jazzy pop in their place; despite being a bit unexpected, it’s one of my favorite songs of this release. The electric guitars are back in “僕らが紡ぐこれからのうた” (Songs of the Future We Weave), carrying a lot of hope-filled feelings with them, as the title suggests. The untitled (or is “-no title-” considered a title?) final track brings out even more emotions, with the rock elements emphasizing them through an intense sound which fits the powerful and poetic lyrics sung by the three idols.

If you haven’t heard of 340.29m/s before, the release of ACCELERATION may be a good chance to give them a chance, especially if rock-oriented idols are your thing.


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