Archive for March, 2017

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Take a good look at this early promotional shot of Babymetal. They are posing with their own Fox Sign, which is different from the earlier finger positions of say Ronnie James Dio and Ozzy. If you watch videos with Babymetal this is the sign, and to make a point they actually created an instructional video about their own sign back in 2012.

I love the way they have created their own thing right from the early days. This is just one of many delightful details and when you present the whole package… KAPOW!!

(Image is official promotional shot)

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Deep Purple´s new album “inFinite” is released in all possible formats, including the all important Cassette as a Limited Edition stunt.

Well I kinda like it…

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Good day today. First Babymetal release on Vinyl to join the old collection (well, this particular collection has just started, but I am enjoying the heck out of it!). This is in fact a 12 track Double Vinyl version of their second album “Metal Resistance”, which is nice. This is a 2016 edition from earMusic in Germany.

Very visible cover, I like the thinking behind that.

(My image of said release)

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Available in a soon to be gone limited edition of 10,000 numbered copies, Babymetal´s “Live At The Budokan” CD/DVD release really is the ultimate introduction to this band. Captured at the Budokan in Tokyo in 2014, it represents everything that draws you in to Babymetal. But most importantly, this is just one big fat party from beginning to end. Of the two nights that has seen release as a double DVD package as well, this one is the best. Therefore, I am now buying a bunch of these and starting now I am dishing out copies to friends and family. I just know that this will go down well.

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I meet people all the time that asks me about Babymetal now (happened today) because of the blogging, and all I can say is just take a chance on the Budokan 2014 stuff and experience the insane beauty of it all. This CD/DVD package is the perfect start and if this audio and visual explosion will not perk you up then nothing will. If you like it you have much to discover and more is obviously on the way as we speak. If you don´t, give it to somebody else. But give it a shot. If I had still been publishing magazines today, I would have been all over this.

(My images of said release)

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Good day today. Presented Babymetal to some friends and it is always interesting to see reactions. Played the second night at the Budokan from the “Live At Budokan” DVD and one thing I noticed was that it started to grow in stature on people about halfway through. The more traditional Metal songs found immediate support and it was mentioned that with lyrics in English there is nothing that can stop this band from conquering the world. That is an interesting observation and I would think that they could very well walk that path eventually to some degree. The energy of the performance was mentioned and the musicianship of the band was noted several times. A few more people arrived eventually and got to see a few moments from the “Live In London” DVD (Forum). These guys were quite stunned. One of them noted “I have never seen anything like it in my life”. True. Oldtimers are likely to enjoy a large section of the show no problem. Babymetal can be a bit of a shock to the system, but the energy of the show is very convincing. Thank you Kalle for a lovely evening (great food & drink).

(My images)

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And here it is, the Agent Smart moment. If you know your television history you know that the Agent Smart character often said “Missed it by that much”, meaning he was soooo close to solving the case, but somebody else probably beat him to it (like his beautiful assistant, Agent 99). Found this half page ad in Sweden Rock Magazine (issue) 12 2016 from Playground/earMusic, pushing product with Jon Lord (“Gemini Suite” CD), Deep Purple “California Jam 1974” DVD) and Babymetal (“Live At Wembley” CD). There is no way on earth that I could have missed this ad, but apparently, I missed Babymetal by that much…

Well I am on the case now…

(My image of said ad)

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Good day today (as mentioned earlier). Babymetal´s “Live At Budokan” double DVD set (two nights were filmed) popped up and it feels right to begin the visual live journey with this release. Produced in early 2014 the two nights were released in Japan as “Live At Budokan: Red Night” and “Live At Budokan: Black Night” on CD and DVD in January 2015, followed by Europe in October 2015. I have the double set now and spent three hours taking it all in tonight. I cranked it up and the Fox God took me on a Metal journey that I will not forget in a hurry.

Usually when a band plays two nights in a row the set list (or visuals) is not going to differ much, but here it is like two different events that could have been recorded six months apart. It is hard to comprehend that Babymetal reached this level of sheer professionalism this early in their career. Most bands would be lucky if they could peak with these sorts of highlights, this band kicks off their career on the international arena with it. In fact, the second night ends with a very moving animation/stage presentation in which the Fox God sends Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal to Europe in three red caskets through space or some strange dimension. All in all, few bands can compete with this today – the ideas are piling up in front of your eyes and the pace is relentless. Come the ballads and the majestic stuff, it only enhances the show.

This is a brilliant DVD set, now the journey will take me to the next level (as they have moved on since this was made), and that will be coming up next on this blog.

(My image of said release)