Alternative Idols

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Symbolically, and traditionally, the characteristics of the post-80’s Idol world are cheesy pop tracks, forced smiles, and generally an overly cheesy aura to please the male audience. After the 2000’s this trend started to fade as producers and groups began to adopt more consistent concepts and, most of all, a far superior quality in music: A few prime examples are Momoiro Clover Z and TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE. Yet, despite improving quality, the core sound was still largely pop.

Then, in 2010 two groups completely twisted the Idol scene: BABYMETAL and BiS. The first blended Metal sonorities with Idol pop, a surprising and successful formula that heavily influenced and created a new niche in the Idol world that still today sees many groups following this trend, while the latter revolutionized the Idol concept itself, rebelling against the classic and outdated formula, gaining an infamous (yet admired) identity with transgressive concepts considered morally “wrong”, like Music Videos featuring the members naked and lyrics attacking the manufactured Idol industry.

Today, BABYMETAL are touring the world and conquering more and more fans, while BiS sadly disbanded in 2014, but the legacy of both groups created the niche known as “Alternative Idol”  that gave birth to many groups worth following. These are acts that incorporate clear and strong influences in their sound (mainly Metal and Rock, but also Jazz and Electronic) with Idol elements, bringing refreshing sonorities and interesting concepts. Down here you will find some of the most relevant groups of this world: Be sure to check them out!


 

BiS 

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Recommended Albums: Brand New Idol Society / IDOL is DEAD / WHO KiLLED IDOL?
Recommended Songs: My Ixxx / nerve / primal. / DiE
Best PVs: My ixxx / DiE
Website: http://www.brandnewidolsociety.org/top.html
Social: 
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Year:  2010 – 2014 (Disbanded)

BiSH 

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Recommended Albums: Fake Metal jacket
Recommended Songs:  OTNK / Primitive / Monsters
Best PVs: OTNK
Website:  http://www.bish.tokyo/
Social: https://twitter.com/bishidol
Year: 2015 – Active

BABYMETAL

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Recommended Albums: BABYMETAL
Recommended Songs: Ijime! Dame! Zettai! / Megitsune / Headbanger!!! / Road of Resistance
Best PVs: Ijime! Dame! Zettai! / Megitsune
Website: http://www.babymetal.jp/
Social: https://www.facebook.com/BABYMETAL.jp?fref=ts | https://twitter.com/BABYMETAL_JAPAN
Year: 2010 – Active

Maison Book Girl 

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Recommended Albums: bath room
Recommended Songs: Snow Irony / my cut / lost AGE
Best PVs: Snow Irony / lost AGE
Website: http://www.maisonbookgirl.com/
Social: https://twitter.com/maisonbookgirl?lang=en
Year:
 2014 – Active

PassCode

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Recommended Albums: ALL is VANITY
Recommended Songs: Asterix, Never Sleep Again, Orenji
Best PVs: Axis
Website: http://passcode-official.com/
Social: https://twitter.com/passcodeO
Year:
 2013 – Active

Zenbu kimi no sei da

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Recommended Albums: Yamikawa IMRAD
Recommended Songs: Shit End Placebo / Neo Jealous✡Mero Chaos / 
The Battle of Identerro
Best PVs: Shit End Placebo
Website: http://kiminosei.com/
Social: https://twitter.com/zenbukiminosei
Year:
 
2015 – Active

Especia 

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Recommended Albums: Dulce / Gusto
Recommended Songs: Clover / Midnight confusion / Our Spice / Aviator
Best PVs: Clover
Website: http://especia.me/
Social: https://twitter.com/especiaofficial
Year: 
2012 – Active