シンダーエラ (Cinder-ella) – Cinder-ella

Cinder-ella

Jyu Jyu’s sister group シンダーエラ (Cinder-ella) released their first two EPs, introducing this dark, powerful and emotional idol unit from Xidea.

It’s been almost a year since シンダーエラ (Cinder-ella) released their first live video, which immediately got me interested in them. Since then, I’ve been waiting for something new from this group and finally, in August, they released two EPs through Zankyo Records. I’m going to talk about their self-titled EP here, but I recommend you to check out “「LOVE」” too, since it’s as good as this one.

The Cinder-ella EP includes the two songs we already knew thanks to their live video, “君のいない世界” (Kimi No Inai Sekai) and “NOT FRIEND”; as expected, these two songs are still awesome, showing their symphonic/gothic metal sound which features both emotion and energy. While the genre is similar to their sister unit Jyu Jyu — which also released their latest single La Fin through Zankyo Records — there are also some differences: Cinder-ella seems to be less on the creepy side and more on a romantic-emotional side.

As I said before, “君のいない世界” is my favorite track, thanks to its combination of dramatic strings melodies and delicate, Japanese-like vocal lines; but I also have to say that the neo-classical influences and the really catchy chorus of “NOT FRIEND” are equally great. The union of this elements with powerful guitars and rhythms makes the music of this group really exciting.

As for the other two songs, they are also very nice and introduce some new elements. “暗赤の薔薇” (Kura Aka No Bara) includes some post-rock elements, especially in the more introspective atmosphere and in some guitar parts; this mixes perfectly with the dark and thunderous sound of Cinder-ella, giving slightly melancholic vibes. On the other hand, “死返し” (Shigaeshi) makes use of a more electronic-sounding synth, which works well replacing the symphonic-like ones; this difference doesn’t really distort the group’s sound, being actually a nice change while keeping itself faithful to the concept. There is also a very heavy bridge towards the end of the song which I really enjoyed.


All in all, Cinder-ella does a great job in introducing this group, showing that the four girls and their staff are really capable. Once again, I recommend you to give a try to “「LOVE」” as well, since it gives you a more alternative/post-rock oriented point of view on Cinder-ella.

KNOW YOUR IDOL #6: Aphrodite

Aphrodite
Here we go with another interview and this time we’ll get to know Aphrodite, the queens of gothic idol music. As always, special thanks to Idol Underworld.
Just a week after the last one, here we go with another interview: this time we are going to have a chat with Aphrodite, the gothic idol goddesses. A lot of girls came and left in this unit during their many years of activity and people (especially here in the West) sometimes seem to have some troubles following their evolution, so let’s take a look at how they are doing right now.

I’ve always felt that Aphrodite have a lot of potential and hopefully this interview will help them gain more fans. Let’s also hope they release something new in the next future.

リリックホリックノワール (Lyric Holic Noir) – New Members Announcement

リリックホリックノワ (Lyric Holic Noir) Logo

リリックホリックノワール (Lyric Holic Noir) have announced their new line-up, featuring the only remaining member of the previous incarnation and two new entries.

リリックホリックノワール (Lyric Holic Noir) have been around for a while: be it with the current name, or as Lyric Holic Kagekidan or simply Lyric Holic, this unit has been working in the underground idol scene with their creepy and dark-themed symphonic metal sound. You can find some of their videos — including the one below — in the Idol-Tube section, but the reason we are talking about them is an important announcement from their Twitter account.

The activities of Lyric Holic Noir started around 2014 and a good amount of people came and left during these years; after a break which allowed them to search for new members, now we finally know their new line-up. Aside from the tarot-reader しおりん・あ・ら・もーど (Shiorin A La Mode) — the only remaining member from the previous line-up — there are two new entries: 夢紅 (Muku) seems likely to play you a trick if you don’t behave properly, while the self-defined cheerful little prince あたる (Ataru) almost looks like a really fashionable pirate… or something like that.

Anyway, together with the announcement, we also got the first pics of this new line-up, which you can see here.