Babymetal will blow your socks off

Posted: March 17, 2017 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General

Babymetal_wembley

Got the latest Babymetal release “Live At Wembley” in the mail today. Recorded in London on April 2 2016, the day after the release of their second studio album “Metal Resistance”, it was a major step in the career of this band in Europe. Let us get the history of Babymetal straight. They were formed in 2010 as a fusion of Metal and a Japanese genre called Idol (this is now called Kawaii Metal), the players are called The Kami Band. The girls that front the band were quite young, hence the name of the group. Lead singer Su-metal (real name Suzuka Nakamoto) was born in 1997, the other girls, Yuimetal (Yui Mizono) and Moametal (Moa Kikuchi) in 1999. The first, self titled, album was released in February 2014. At that time they had visited Singapore at the end of 2013, the second visit outside of Japan. The song “Gimme Chocolate!!” became a viral YouTube phenomenon (over 68,000,000 hits now). They had played big festivals before the debut and even The Budokan stadium in Tokyo (two sold out shows!). In 2014 they toured the States with Lady Gaga and visited Canada as opening act for Metallica and Slayer. A first vist to the UK and the Sonisphere Festival took place that summer plus shows in Paris and Cologne and other cities. Last gig of the year was performed in November at the O2 Academy Brixton in London were they performed “Metal Resistance” (written by DragonForce) for the first time. In January 2015, the Budokan shows were released on DVD. In June 2015 they performed at the Metal Hammer Golden Awards. The second studio album was released on “Fox Day” (April 1 2016, The Fox God is kind of a mascot, like Iron Maiden´s Eddie) and on April 2 they headlined their first show at Wembley, selling more merchandise than any act before them. In July they performed at the Alternative Press Music Awards in the US were they performed “Karate” and were joined on stage by Judas Priest´s Rob Halford to perform “Painkiller” and “Breaking The Law”. In September they headlined the 55,000 Tokyo Dome for two nights, selling out these shows in three minutes. These shows are to be released on DVD in April. In the last few months they have visited the UK again with Red Hot Chili Peppers (and jammed with them), they have played Seoul with Metallica and a major tour of Japan opening for Guns N´Roses. Upcoming tours include US shows with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Korn. Stay tuned for more news.

So, back to the Wembley CD. Does it work without the visuals? Yeah it does. I know that some old rockers will look down on me for supporting this band but one nice thing about being a rocker is that you don´t give a crap what other people may say or not. Babymetal may be seen by many as a joke, or as something that will quietly melt away, like most pop bands do. Well, this is not going to happen, these guys & gals has made major inroads on the Metal scene and as we all know, Metalheads are loyal as fuck to their bands. Also, the music is right in your face. Very well performed. On top of this you have the charming gals and a show that is so tight it is frightening. I mean these foxes have to really work. I predict that Babymetal is here to stay for a long time. When you have your own thing, and especially when this pulls in people that normally would avoid Metal, and you get that big interest going from people of all ages, how can you not win? The rest is up to clever business sense and careful marketing. And you can not say that they do not have a clever hand watching over their fortunes. Also, when you have a packed Wembley singing back to you in Japanese, that is quite something.

I guess the Wembley set is to make a point and to be part of the merchandise for upcoming tours. What you have are 13 songs picked from two studio releases and it is highly entertaining. Hell, even the narrator (lovely voice by unknown woman) is so spot on it is just silly. Everything works. This show is a freight train of Metal on steroids, with a cute edge that will never be surpassed. I, for one, will gladly introduce this to everybody. And I will certainly give DVDs to the kids in our extended family. And yes, based on what I have seen and heard so far, I would gladly see this band live. You need to inject some fun into your life and Babymetal is all about giving you the ultimate experience of Metal Happiness. And that my friends, is not a bad thing.

Trivia YouTube moment, see them with Rob Halford here.

(Added Babymetal as a category on this blog today)

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