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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The Greatest Alternative Idol Choruses of All Time

Welcome to the first installment of our latest community project seeking to identify the top choruses, drops, breakdowns and hooks in alternative, indie, and underground idol. 

Here in chapter one, we are exploring the best choruses as identified by you, the readers of Homicidols dot com and, I must say, you all got great taste. It took forever to compile this post as these are some of the catchiest and most addictive tunes in idol. They can’t just be listened to once. Each entry took about five minutes to write and then two hours of bingeing the song over and over again.  These aren’t just phenomenal choruses. These are some of the best songs by some of the best artists in the genre.

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Your Homicidols Best of 2023

The results are in!

2023 is already in the rear-view mirror, but there is one last official act to be accomplished before the year can be entered into the alt-idol archives: the distribution of your Homicidols Best of the Year awards.

It was an exciting process this year! While there was the usual enthusiastic participation from the Homicidols community, some of the nominees also got involved and encouraged their fans to vote. This resulted in a large influx of participation from Japanese wota that we haven’t experienced before. It was interesting to watch as their votes got comingled with those of us overseas fans and to see where  opinions aligned and diverged. The ballots from Japan had a definitive impact in a number categories. 

All in all, we had a record number of ballots cast this year and the broadest cross-section of participation that I have ever witnessed in our Best Of the Year Voting. It was awesome to see, and thank you again to everyone who participated.

But enough with the pre-amble. Let’s get on with the awards!!

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VOTE HERE!! It’s Your Homicidols Best of 2023 Ballot

It is time! You’ve spent twelve months watching, streaming, celebrating and grieving all that the world of alternative and underground idol could throw at you. You’ve told us what you felt were the most significant and compelling moments of the last year. We (meaning, “primarily Kerrie”), have compiled your thoughts and, by community consensus, arrived at our OFFICIAL nominees for Homicidols Best of 2023.

If one of your favorites failed to snag a nomination and you wish to (diplomatically) tell the community how poor it’s taste and judgment is, feel free to drop by the Homicidols Discord server and let everyone know how much you agree with me that RAY should have gotten a nomination for both Album AND Idol of the Year.

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Team Homicidols Best of the Year, 2023

It’s the start of a new year! What does this mean for Team? Certainly more idols. 2023 was a busy year, hence why we are posting the Best of 2023 this late. Sometimes, life gets in the way of idol. Damn life.

Despite life’s complications, we are also working feverishly to get nominations finalized and the ballot ready for distribution for the REAL Homicidols Best for the Year recognitions: the ones chosen by YOU, our dear readers and community. Look for that to drop early next week.

In the meantime, here are the questionable opinions of the Team responsible for running this site.

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It is Time to Nominate Your Homicidols Best of the Year for 2023

2023 is drawing to a close and, compared to other recent trips around the sun, it was pretty alright. Especially in regards to alternative, underground and indie idol, the topic most dear to the Homicidol heart: the sheer volume of superb material we saw over the past twelve months was simply overwhelming. My Best of 2023 playlist that I’ve been building all year ended up with 143 songs on it, so I’m having a bit of trouble trying to narrow it down to a few favorites. That why is we here on Team Homicidols turn to you all this time each year.

As always, we desperately need your help in identifying the nominees for consideration for Homicidols’ Best of the Year honors.

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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 Best of 2022

We did it! It took longer than usual this year but there was a LOT going on. In the end, you, as the Homicidols community:

  1. Survived the year (a very important step there)
  2. Sorted through more alt, indie and chika idol media than ever to nominate your favorites of 2022 (not an easy task), and
  3. Voted your hearts out. 

Here are your results.

The votes were close in almost every category (Surprise of the Year managed a straight-up tie), but in this year of the solo idol, more often than not, the soloists came out on top. The other noticeable trend for 2022 was, despite the emergence of dozens of new, high quality and highly talented new units, the old favorites held off the upstarts to take the major awards.

Without further ado, here are your Homicidols Best of 2022:

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VOTE HERE!! Your Homicidols Best of 2022 Ballot

After twelve months of watching, streaming, celebrating and grieving all that the world of alternative and underground idol can throw at us, the readers and writers of Homicidols have nominated what we feel could compete for being the best and most compelling artists, acts and moments of 2022. It is now time to vote for the winners. 

We are criminally late in getting this out the door (damn you, obstructions and obligations of REAL LIFE®) so let’s just get to it: The nominations are in! Check them out below and find your ballot at the bottom of this post. (As always, please note that our Best Of award year runs from December to November.)

You have until Sunday, January 15th, 2023 to vote your hearts out.

Let’s go!!

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Team Homicidols Best of the Year, 2022

Tis the season you’ve all been waiting for! The end of the year. Another one for the books. While you all have nominated and will soon be voting mercilessly on who deserves to be hailed as the number 1 in each category for 2022 (and take home a lovely photoshopped illustration as trophy), Team Homicidols has compiled their personal highlights of the year.

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