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Japanese Idol Metal and Idol Hard Rock is in full bloom with dozens of groups picking up their Idol flags of war and claiming that this genre is more than just about BABYMETAL.
Of the Idol Metal next wave groups that are currently active, the one most ready to join BABYMETAL on the world stage is FRUITPOCHETTE. Unlike BABYMETAL that mixes JPop and Metal together, there is nothing pop about FRUITPOCHETTE.
FRUITPOCHETTE, a subgroups from Hime Kyun Fruit Kan (Himekyun), made their debut in 2012 under the name FruPoche, before changing their name in summer 2013 to FRUITPOCHETTE.
The group is a duo consisting of Teratani Mina and Azumi Shiori; both are currently 19 years old and they view their style as harder than nails Idol Metal. There is no guessing what these girls want to do with their songs, you won`t find a track that jumps around from genre to genre, instead it`s pure to its core and will make any band or musician take notice.
FRUITPOCHETTE has spent much of this year touring with heavy metal bands and the one off Idol festival live and is building a growing following across Japan.
If FRUITPOCHETTE can get the same buzz without the economics that BABYMETAL enjoy behind them, then we could soon be looking at the next Idol Metal group to hit international success.
If you want to follow an Idol Metal group that is truer to what you find in traditional Metal, give FRUITPOCHETTE a try and open mind, you just may like what you hear.
Aldious is a female metal band from Osaka (they qualify themselves as “Lady Metal Band”).
The name of the group is a mixture of the words “Ultimate” and “Melodious”, taken from one of their main song of the same name. They are a part of the label Bright Stars Records.
In June, 2008, Rummy and Yoshi forms the band in Osaka, and began to give concerts around Kansai. The folowwing November, they record two songs for the compilation THE RED HOT BURNING HELL VOL. 16. Toki will join very fast the group after that.
In November 2009, Aldious release maxi single of 4 tracks, “Dear slave”, whom they recorded and distributed them self on CD-R. It was a success and all their copies were sold in metal cd shop.
Aldious completed its line-up in early 2010, including in its ranks : Aruto in January and Sawa in March, who had been a member of the band in its early days . At the same time , Aldious opened their own label of female metal, called Bright Stars Records , which became a division of Western Spinning label after the band signed a contract with them in April.
In June 2010, Aldious released their first single “Defended Desire” , which was ranked in 49th on the Oricon weekly chart and staff at the 4th position in the Oricon weekly indie chart.
The single was followed by their first album “Deep Exceed” and the single “Mermaid” in 2011, and finally the album “Determination” in October 2011. They play a style that mixes the speed and power metal with a pop voice.
In June 29, 2012 the singer Rami left the band due to health problems, a new singer named Re:NO joined the band, which is also a model for KERA magazine.
Aldious announced the new single “White Crow” on November 14. Aldious released their third album District Zero, which became their first release to break the top-ten. Its song “Scrash” became the ending theme song for the TBS TV show Ranking Kingdom (ランク王国?) from June to July.
It was reported that for the album the band intentionally toned down their appearance and aimed for a “pure metal sound”, so as to be recognized for their musicianship rather than being an all-female band. Their fourth single and first double A-side, “Dominator / I Don’t Like Me”, was released on October 9 and is the group’s highest charting, having reached number 12.
So, now Aldious have a CDM named “Other World”. CD+DVD, Including two songs karaoke, all 5 songs. The new album “Dazed and Delight” should be released on june 18, 2014.
This all-girls japanese metal band was formed in 2005 through the efforts of guitarist Mina. Together with Mary, Eye, Eri and Kayo recorded their first demo “Demo” in 2007, which contained two songs: “Deathless Memories” and “Skykiller”.
After several performances, one of which acted with Akira Takasaki of Loudness, Destrose signed with YggrDrasill Productions. This has allowed them to record new tracks (available on their MySpace), which may see the light in their debut album.
Kayo and Eri left Destrose on December 2008, and in October 2009 it was Eye who left the formation, being replaced by Mary, who is currently in charge of the micro duties.
In the genre of Heavy Metal played by women, this all-female band fronted and formed by lead guitarist Mina, have taken the baton originally passed from The Runaways to Girlschool, ..evolving with the music and pushing it further beyond their counterparts to show that metal maidens are here to stay…
Destrose are a orthodox Heavy Metal outfit armed with catchy melodies and choruses that put many of their male contemporaries to shame… .. They have quite a stir in various quarters as the young girls’ Metal band, .. and have been introduced to Japan with features in various specialist magazines including BURRN! and WE ROCK…