“Misogi island (禊island)” from LADYBABY’s swan song release REBURN is our last look at the group, and it’s a kick in the seat of the pants. The hard-rock arrangement starts with some good old-fashioned screamo from Emily. The songs proves raw and heavy with the girls singing over the double-kick drum and twisted guitars. “Misogi island” isn’t the sweet goodbye track, that was “endless end Hello”. I get the distinct feeling that LADYBABY wanted us to remember them kicking our asses. And rightfully so: LADYBABY should go out with a boot to the head. Stick around for and ending message from the group written in English (gasp!) addressed to all of you. I personally have had quite an up and down relationship with the group (mostly up really), but I’ll never forget how LADYBABY ignited the idol fandom in its early days. I realize that some of you may not even be reading this if it wasn’t for LADYBABY! So, I wish the girls well and hope to see them again in other endeavors.
LADYBABY’s REBURN album is available (or more likely NOT available) in stores now.
Ladybaby are a Japanese kawaii metal musical group, which originally consisted of aspiring photographic models Kaneko Rie (金子理江), Kuromiya Rei (黒宮れい), and Ladybeard, the bearded crossdressing persona of Australian male professional wrestler Richard Magarey. On August 1, 2016, the group rebranded itself after Ladybeard’s withdrawal from the group, going by “The Idol Formerly Known as Ladybaby”. With the withdrawal of Kuromiya in 2017, they returned to the original LADYBABY moniker and added new members. On October 29, 2019, it was announced that LADYBABY would suspend all activities on January 13, 2020, after their final show, with a compilation titled Reburn released the same day. LADYBABY’s current lineup includes Kaneko Rie (金子理江), Karasawa Fuka (唐沢風花), Ikeda Nana (池田菜々), and Arima Emily (有馬えみり).
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