Archive for October, 2018

There is a 12 page graphic novel pull-out of the Babymetal comic “Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal” in Kerrang! (issue) 1746. This is likely to push interest in the UK and word is that it is selling fast all over the place. Expect a second print before you know it. In related news, Babymetal has declared that the song “Starlight” is the official “image song” for the comic.

Nice.

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Warkings

Posted: October 30, 2018 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General

Best album cover (and band logo) I have seen in a while. Warkings are set to release “Reborn” on November 16. No word on a Vinyl release as yet, but it would be criminal not to give us that with a cover as good as this. Put it this way. I will buy the Vinyl.

Watch the video for the song “Hephaistos” here.

Yui Mizuno (Yuimetal) leaving Babymetal is a big thing for a lot of people. The realization that this perfect unit that was the original trio of Babymetal might never perform together again is hard to take in. Still, all good things must come to an end and what we have here is the first real bump in the road for Babymetal (not counting the sad passing of guitarist Mikio Fujioka, which was bad enough). There is obviously a new Babymetal album coming up, all the indications are there including the videos for “Distortion” and “Starlight” and the mythology will just carry on to whereever they want it to be. The news of Yui leaving caused quite a stir though, and it seems like every news outlet in the music world made a big deal out of it. The fact that Babymetal released the “Starlight” video on the same day made it all that much harder to resist for the media. The video notched up 1,000,000 hits inside a week. Coupled with the release of the Babymetal comic (out now) and the current batch of Japanese gigs with Sabaton and Galactic Empire, Babymetal is edging out of the eye of the storm right now. What has been has been and the legacy is there for all to see. The “Gimme Chocolate!!” video has just notched up 95,000,000 hits, “Karate” over 45,000,000. The momentum is incredible and the brand may be strong enough to take a beating or two, the real proof that they have created something very special here. Yui was a big part of that.

Watch touching Tribute from Luca in Japan (with original content) here.

(Seen above: 2013 poster from Tower Records Shinjuko for the Yuimetal version of the “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” single)

Commando is currently publishing a number of issues that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the end of WWI. This run includes a special series that spans five issues – five stories that features five members of the same family – and these issues all features cover art by Ian Kennedy (as seen here). Eight writers and artists have been involved in creating this exciting one-off.

I think Commando has outdone themselves this time.

The first 17 acts that are to perform at Sweden Rock Festival 2019 has been announced, and the headliners will be Kiss, Rainbow and Def Leppard. Ex-Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner will be there as well, which (in a perfect world) could open up certain possibilities. Of course, we live in an imperfect world. But one can hope. Some good acts, HammerFall, Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth. Another 65 acts are still to be announced. Tickets go on sale on November 1.

Swedish publication Rock´n´Roll (issue) 8 2018 – three images of Ian Gillan on the cover, massive interview inside. This is probably the best issue that I have ever seen of this magazine, and that says just about all.

Good job chaps.

Metal history

Posted: October 29, 2018 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General

Pretty big moment yesterday at the Saitama Super Arena (in Japan) as Babymetal held court alongside (openers) Sabaton and Galactic Empire. In fact, the frontmen of Sabaton and Galactic Empire joined Babymetal on stage for “Meta Taro” (clips exists on YouTube), and they even got the mythology treatment in the shape of a rather wonderful graphic introduction on the big screens (if you know what Babymetal is all about, you will know what I mean). It is obvious that the Dark Night Carnival was a success, perhaps this was the first Carnival of many to come (?) – it is a splendid idea after all. Five dancers backing up Su-metal and Moametal, and they were introduced as the Chosen Seven.

On a sidenote, it is interesting to know that Su-metal did her first appearance at the Saitama Super Arena with the Karen Girl´s in 2008 and that Babymetal has performed there on several occations since. The “Road of Resistance” video was shot there in 2015. This is obviously holy ground for fans of Babymetal. Also, the Babymetal comic “Apocrypha…” has been released, I have just ordered my copy.

(Pictures seen here is from the official platforms of Babymetal)