Satanic Punish & DEARDEVIL – Devil Margin, Vol. 1

Satanic Punish & DEARDEVIL

Make A Deal With the Devil: Devil Margin’s premiere idol units Satanic Punish and DEARDEVIL bring forth a collaboration.

I’ve gotta say, I love just how many idol groups dabble into the realms of metalcore, djent, hardcore and more. Today’s review will be giving you just that as we take a look into an EP from Devil Margin’s groups, Satanic Punish and DEARDEVIL, titled Devil Margin, Vol. 1. Satanic Punish originally debuted as a five member group in 2019, but their initial lineup disbanded and was reformed in early 2020. Now it’s held together by members Webshiki., the leader who does some pretty impressive screams, and Himeno Usagi, who’s praised for her genreless voice. DEARDEVIL is their brand new sister group, debuting in March of 2021 and consisting of three members: Risa, the multitalented leader with a cool demeanor, Akane, the youngest with the most extensive performance history, and Arara, described as having an artistic vocal ability and a cosplayer on the side. With their debut came a single, “Calling”, and a cover of Satanic Punish’s “Heroine ≠ Heroin”, both of which are featured on this EP.

The EP opens with two songs by Satanic Punish, previously released as singles. “Alpha Omega”, which contains almost equal amounts of English and Japanese lyrics, makes a slow opening into metalcore style riffing and drums with synth effects. The girls take turns switching between lines with their smooth and emotional vocals, and at the 0:57 mark you’re hit right in the face with Webshiki.’s stellar growls — she’s easily got one of the most ferocious voices when it comes to idol screamers. When it comes to her clean singing, she’s got a nice edge in there as well, contrasting perfectly with Himeno’s that flow effortlessly. At the 2:29 mark, Webshiki.’s amazing screams come back in again as a lead towards the bridge before the two come together in the final chorus. The mix of synth and metalcore isn’t something too out of the ordinary, but the vocals help in making the song stand out amongst the crowd.

The second track, “Masgomicpanic”, leans more into their deathcore side, opening immediately with Webshiki.’s growls that she makes extensive use of throughout the song while Himeno carries in the clean vocal category. Her voice melds perfectly with the chaotic nature of the music like an eye within a storm. This track also contains a healthy balance of English, with one verse being entirely that. Though it’s on the shorter end of the songs featured, I truly feel like this one shines bright in the mix of aggression and beauty, making it my favorite on the EP.

DEARDEVIL take over the tracklist for the later half. Their first track is their debut, “Calling”, which carries a bit of a happier tune compared to the last two. It opens with a bit of atmospheric synth pop before the metalcore vibe takes over and the members rotate between their lines. Akane’s voice is just as sweet and stable as described, while Risa has more of an edge in hers. Arara’s voice leads in the chorus and at the end of the verses; the range and delivery of her vocals serves to solidify her spot as the group’s power vocal. There’s actually something quite fun about their vocals when they all come together, making the song feel like a rallying cry.

The final song, “Heroine ≠ Heroin”, is a cover of their seniors. There’s no guttural screaming to be found here (though that would be very interesting to hear from the DEARDEVIL girls), but instead a more lively jam with a hint of djent in the guitarwork. The song’s got its share of expletives as well, which was fun to watch in their debut performance where all three of the girls flip the bird towards the crowd at the first line of the second verse. The chanting part of the song at the 2:00 minute mark does well in giving Arara and Risa a shared bit of spotlight before Akane takes over in the bridge, leading to another fun and explosive chorus. The balance of aggression and sweetness once again won me over, and DEARDEVIL did a fantastic job in their cover.

For those looking for some new hardcore groups to check out, I feel that this EP would serve you well. Satanic Punish have a pretty extensive catalogue built up and DEARDEVIL are fresh faces, leading to the joy of anticipating new music — which will be on it’s way soon for both groups in October! In the meantime, follow the girls and their management on their socials to stay up to date on their forthcoming activities.


Satanic Punish

“Pray For Satan” is the sixth single of Satanic Punish and the first of the new generation of this group; a perfect example of how extreme idols can be.

Satanic Punish may be one of the most turbulent units in recent years: after disbanding the first generation, they recently got up again with a new line-up made of five members… but one of them left on her own and another one got fired. And all of this happened in one year. The idol world never ceases to impress me. Anyway, among all the drama, the group also published some good and heavy music and after joining Idol Underworld their sixth single Pray For Satan was released.

As expected, the song is heavy as Hell, mixing up metalcore dynamics, a very small amount of death metal and an industrial feel provided by the electronic drums; blast beats and breakdowns clash with each other with a powerful kick drum dictating intense rhythms, while harsh and crunchy guitars supported by a metallic bass violently pummel our eardrums with fierce riffs. Hip-hop-like scratching sounds come out every now and then bringing in mild nu metal hints, while the synth melody during the chorus reminds us that we’re dealing with an idol group.

And sure, we’re indeed talking about idols… but we all know what kind of vocals go well with this music. Mel has little to envy to many other vocalists of this genre, using a nasty and aggressive growl which makes the music even more intense and extreme. Together with her, the clean singing of the other members add a more melodic and slightly pop-oriented element to the vocals; although both the performance and the production need just a bit of improvement, their softer style combined with the harshness of the music is a very pleasant experience.

All in all, this new incarnation of Satanic Punish seems to be powerful enough to defy their bad luck; and just like Merry Bad End found their strength defeating their obstacles, we really hope that they will win this battle against fate. Thumbs up for them and let’s pray for Satan while supporting these idols; buy Pray For Satan on Idol Underworld.

SATANIC PUNISH – Reboot + New Members + New Single “Pray For Satan”

Satanic Punish - Logo

Let’s meet the five new members of Satanic Punish: after stopping their activities last year, the group came back and is going to re-debut soon.

Just a few days ago, Satanic Punish unveiled their new members, which means that finally the group has been successfully rebooted. Coming from a previous incarnation made of three girls, the unit is now represented by five idols and they are going to hold their (re-)debut on the 7th of March.

Satanic Punish joined the underground idol scene last year with their strong metal sound and powerful themes behind their songs, as shown in “Bully” which is about a girl who committed suicide; at the end of 2019 the group disbanded, just to come back the next year by joining Idol Underworld, through which they will release their 6th single “Pray For Satan” on the 7th of March.

  • Satanic Punish - New Members
    Satanic Punish - New Members
  • Satanic Punish - えいれーね (Eirene)
    Satanic Punish - えいれーね (Eirene)
  • Satanic Punish - 如月める (Kisaragi Mel)
    Satanic Punish - 如月める (Kisaragi Mel)
  • Satanic Punish - うぇぶ式 (Web)
    Satanic Punish - うぇぶ式 (Web)
  • Satanic Punish - 姫乃 羽咲 (Himeno Usagi)
    Satanic Punish - 姫乃 羽咲 (Himeno Usagi)
  • Satanic Punish - さり (Sari)
    Satanic Punish - さり (Sari)