NECRONOMIDOL – Vämjelseriter

Necronomidol (2020)

Tokyo’s dark idol unit NECRONOMIDOL returns to the scene with a new killer album titled Vämjelseriter, featuring new members and re-recorded old songs.

Early 2020 introduced some rather shocking news for NECRONOMIDOL fans with the triple graduation of Michelle, Imaizumi Rei and founding member Kakizaki Risaki. Leaving Tsukishiro Himari as the sole member, many wondered what would become of the group, until months later when members Kamino Nana, Rukawa Shiki and Toda Roa were revealed (as well as a logo created by the legendary Christophe Spajdel), followed up by the comeback singles, and subsequent music videos, of “Tupilaq” and “Santa Sangre”, the latter of which was certainly not for the faint of heart. Soon news of a brand new album titled Vämjelseriter with original songs and re-recorded versions of previous tracks was announced and was finally delivered on February 24, 2021.

The album boasts an impressive 15 tracks, with six being brand new and nine being redone from previous albums and EPs like 2016’s From Chaos Born and Nemesis, 2019’s Scions of the Blasted Heath, and 2017’s Dawnslayer. The album opens with “Tupilaq”, released in June of the previous year, immediately opens with a creepy atmosphere before exploding into metal riffs. “Santa Sangre”, the second of the singles, opens with a catchy synth pop beat, then descending into a chaotic flurry as screaming guitars (and a choir!) take over in the bridge and final chorus before coming to an abrupt end as the synth gets cut by white noise.

The girls shine gorgeously in “Celephaïs”, “Salem” and “R’lyeh”, where the emotional impact weighs heavily in the mood of the song; these serve as the softer side of NECRONOMIDOL, employing a sense of melancholy through compositions similar to that of funeral marches and lyrics that speak of final goodbyes and closing chapters.

The new version of “Warabeuta”, which is my favorite on the album, hits harder in the upgraded instrumentation that contains a beautiful mix of heavy metal and synth that accentuates the war-torn world they’re creating. Another treat is the new version of “Sarnath” that features original spoken word sections from Himari alongside an stronger instrumental, especially when it comes to the chorus, which helps in engaging the listener with a sense of terror and doom.

“Necropolis” and “Ritual” (which got a music video prior to the album) especially stand out in that when NECRONOMIDOL goes for heavy metal, they go for absolute gold, with the latter having a black metal sound akin to that of the modern day scene. Darkwave and synth rule the worlds of the tracks “Nyx”, “Ex Oblivione”, “Phantasmagoria Cosmos” and “Cassilda”, rounding out the array of musical styles NECRONOMIDOL can excel in, be it with cheerful, magical girl energy or a horror film-like soundscape.

All in all, this was a solid album to introduce the new unit in, and what looked to be a promising lineup for the future. It’s unfortunate, then, that now the group has re-entered a hiatus period and has seen the graduations of Shiki and Roa so soon. Yet, we’ll be able to look forward to the new unit making their return on the 27th of this month.


KNOW YOUR IDOL #16: 椎名ひかり (Shiina Hikari / Pikarin)

椎名ひかり (Shiina Hikari / Pikarin)

On this new episode of the Know Your Idol series, in collaboration with Idol Underworld, we will get to know the one and only idol from the Demon World, 椎名ひかり (Shiina Hikari / Pikarin).

Idols are cute, they said; they are not scary, they said. Well, the first half of this statement is certainly right, but what about the other part? 椎名ひかり (Shiina Hikari), or Pikarin for short, was probably the first idol that taught me that idols can be cute and scary. I still remember watching her going from kawaii voice to deep growl for the first time, and the fact that I haven’t forgotten about it in all these years must mean something.

In this in-depth interview, Pikarin talks about various things regarding her, such as her music, the many sides of her career and the reasons she bites and walks on people. Enjoy the interview!

KNOW YOUR IDOL #13: 8bitBRAIN

8bitBRAIN

Here we go with a new episode of the Know Your Idol series, in which we will get to know more about loud rock idols 8bitBRAIN.

Idols, loud rock, death and auto-tuned vocals: among the groups using this the formula, 8bitBRAIN is one of the most interesting ones; their releases Out Of Order and Under The Weather already showed us how good this unit is.

Through this in-depth interview, we will get to know more about these five girls and their experience as idols, talking about their reason to be in this scene, their own musical tastes and the challenges they are currently dealing with. And here we go with some more idols who want to come here in Italy, of course.

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