The Greatest Alt-Idol Drops and Breakdowns of All Time

It has been a a few weeks since we asked members of the Homicidols community to identify their favorite choruses, drops and hooks in the genre of alternative idol. We published the nominations for Best Alt-Idol Choruses a short while ago, and now it’s time for the breakdowns!

For the exercise, we defined the category of drop or breakdown pretty loosely, with the primary requirement being that the element marks a sudden change in the dynamics of the song. The submitted entries essentially fall into two different categories:

The first are examples of the hardcore breakdown, where a tune takes a ruthless drop into harsh vocal or screaming metal territory. In idol terms, these are brutal examples of where the gap is bridged, the kawaii slams into the kakkoii, and the sugar and spice gang up and punch you in face. 

The second category are songs that are completely devoid of harsh vocals or metal elements, but accomplish startling breakdowns via sudden and distinct shifts in tempo, tone, and genre.

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Homicidols Best of the Year (so far)

We are one third of the way through the Homicidols calendar year (which runs December through November for REASONS) so we thought it was time to make note of the songs, albums and MVs that we’ve had on repeat for the last four months.  When I say “We,” I mean Team Homicidols and the denizens of the Homicidols’ Discord server. We’ve surveyed the entirety of the various elements that make up the Homicidols’ hive mind and come up with the following nominations for best singles, EPs, albums and MVs of the first quadrimester of our 2023.

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Your Homicidols Weekender #302

While Daemon is living his best life seeing MELON BATAKE A GO GO, I’m in charge of the weekender!

We published a trilogy of articles having Nonamera as a pivot: one about her solo album, one on KAQRIYO TERROR’s newest release and finally, a piece of Kyunchi’s collaboration with her. That’s a whole lot of content for a week!

But what else happened in the idol world?

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Zsasz’s Anniverzsary Gift

Do you remember the first time you saw your favourite idol? It might not have been the first time you saw a picture of them, but the first time the primal instincts activated in your brain and the chemicals started flooding out, making you realise that yes, this is the person you want to support forever? Zsasz absolutely know how you feel and, in celebration of their second anniversary as a group, dropped a new music video for “Otaku no Uta!”

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Zsasz and Their Zseriouszly Great Album

Clear your schedule, the debut Zsasz album is finally here and it requires you full attention at once. We’re talking album of the year material here, people! With an apt title because we sure don’t know how to pronounce it, say hello to 「⸮」!

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Zsasz Dropped a Little Zszomething

Holy zszhit! After starting out strong with their dark take on Neverland with Peter Peter, months of teasers on Twitter and a quick YouTube drop of Shokuji/EAT, Zsasz’s digital debut is finally here!

For those not in the know, Zsasz are produced by the legendary and incredibly handsome gothic Vocaloid producer UTSU-P! Eagle eared listeners might have even heard several of their songs before, for instance the lead track on the album originally had vocals from digital diva Kagamine Rin. We at Homicidols tried to reach out to Miss Kagamine to learn how she feels about the cover of her song, but on account of her not being a real person she just didn’t want to give any comments! Celebrities can be so difficult. Continue reading

We Got a New Song from Zsasz!

Well kick me in the neck and call me a bozo! I’d like to thank Cal for bringing this up in the Team chat and then starting a short conversation on vocaloid, which enabled me to surreptitiously make off with the song and be the one to tell you all about it, in so far as there’s really anything to say about it! But! Zsasz, who did not win Best Debut (Groups) in the Homicidols Best of 2019 but did get an okay number of votes, have a new track, so let’s listen to it.

Neat! And okay, it turns out that it’s “just” a cover of a previously existing Utsu-P number, but that’s fine, it was new to me and I’m sure many of you as recently as the moment that you read that phrase, so it’s all good. And it is good! And in scrolling through Zsasz’s feed I’m glad to see that they’re playing so many gigs but kind of wish they had more photos or something! Oh well!

Let’s Talk about a Fun Debut: Zsasz Is Here and Also a Palindrome

I think our brains could use the little bit of relief, don’t you? Like, you watch all of these graduations and suspensions of activities and whatnot and think, man, idol must be in a terrible tailspin, if only there were something that could add some new life before chika becomes a literal graveyard.

Then let me present Zsasz (Twitter)!

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