Archive for the ‘Babymetal’ Category

The Babymetal collection is growing. Bought this Japanese Tower Records poster from 2013 on import today and it should pop up over here within a couple of weeks. I plan to frame it and some day it will look really good on a wall together with some classic stuff I have now. Pretty sure my next living room will have a corner dedicated to my love for music (with the records and everything else).

This is as classic as it gets as far as Babymetal is concerned.

The business strategies behind the success of Babymetal is there for all to see. If you have a good product, flaunt it! I really do have a soft spot for the ad truck campaigns that seems to be a part of what you do if you are serious about something in Japan, and it is nice to see that Babymetal has had a number of these almost from the very early days and onwards. In this day and age, when people will snap away at anything that moves with their phones, the strategy must be very good. For an act like Babymetal, it must be right on the money.

All this activity has certainly payed off. It took them to the Budokan (in 2014), even to the Tokyo Dome (2016). The sky is the limit. Not sure how rare this sort of thing is in this day and age outside of Japan, but I really love this.

View some YouTube clips from the AdTruck48 Channel here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Rob Zombie and James Shaffer of Korn joined Babymetal on stage in Nampa (Idaho) yesterday for “Gimme Chocolate!!”, and thus ended this particular tour on another incredible high note. If you study the social platforms of the acts that have been involved on this tour, they all love Babymetal. This means something.

View YouTube clips of yesterdays big finale here, here and here.

(Picture is from Babymetal´s social platforms)

As Babymetal round up their US Tour tonight in Idaho with their sights now set on the 15 upcoming Japanese festivals (between July 18 and October 15), one has to assume that perhaps this will be it for the “Metal Resistance” album. So I will have some fun here and predict what 2018 may have in store for fans of Babymetal. Well, Fox Day is April 1 and they usually release big news on this day. Perhaps the news of a third studio album will preceed this date? Perhaps the next studio album will actually be released on April 1 2018? That would be absolutely awesome and it would give Babymetal a chance to take on Europe (starving for Babymetal as we speak, major success a given!) and the States in earnest next summer. The all important third release will be the most important in their career. If they come up with another killer album – and I think they will – the world will be at their feet. They need to release the “Live At Wembley” and “Live At Tokyo Dome” DVDs in the meantime on the international market. These killer DVDs will pave the way for bigger shows everywhere. In fact, I think 2018 may well turn out to be epic for Babymetal. Now, it has to be said that there is not as much as a whisper out there about another album being recorded, but I think they can keep secrets pretty well and I will go out on a limb and predict that 2018 will be the year of album number three. Hell, I might even have a go at a title. How about “Eldorado”?

(Top image was posted yesterday on the official platforms)

The insanely cute and funny early days of Babymetal was captured for a period of time by the Kawaii Girl Japan Channel over in Japan. The girls in Babymetal would record little messages about what was going on in their lives and it is incredibly charming to see now. They were still in school in Sakura Gakuin but Babymetal was going places fast. You can see the enthusiasm. Kawaii means Cute, and Babymetal launched Kawaii Metal on an unsuspecting world. Well, it bloody well worked!

Here is some videos. January 19 2012 / March 4 2012 / April 18 2012 / June 26 2012 / October 22 2012 / November 26 2012 / January 6 2013 / June 26 2013 /

You will be entertained!

Took a snapshot of the growing Babymetal collection. This one is going to keep me busy for quite a while. I would say that the foundation is in place, now I need to go for the rare and obscure stuff (like Sakura Gakuin, the limited edition Babymetal singles etc). Also, the magazines and the books. I discovered and blogged about Babymetal for the first time back on March 9. I had seen some videos then and decided that I had to look into this. On March 15 “Metal Resistance” arrived and I was blown away by the sheer power of the group. On the same day it was announced that “Live At Tokyo Dome” was going to be released and the trailer for that was obviously awesome. On March 16 my first magazine popped up, Metal Hammer 293 with the big Metallica/Babymetal feature. On March 17 the “Live At Wembley” CD arrived and I wrote a detailed review. And finally, on March 20 “Live At Budokan” popped up. Well that nailed it.

I have never looked back. Babymetal is part of this blog now, like it or not, and you will find 150 posts on them so far. That is an awful lot of history right there. On June 6 I posted the “Live At Tokyo Dome” review and watched it go viral. It was translated into Japanese and Spanish and Trinkelbonker never had more visitors than June 6-June 8. I was quite stunned by the interest. Things are back to normal now but it is nice to see that Babymetal has that interest out there.

I do have a few DVDs that I still intend to review and the general tone of what you can expect is there for all to see. Babymetal is a unique phenomenon, nothing like it has existed before and who knows where this will all go in the future. It is very interesting though and it feels good to collect something with a bit of passion again.

(Thank you Kalle for your continued support)

This is a heads up. Su-metal is featured as one of the 50 most influential rockers of the day in the upcoming issue of UK publication Rock Sound (228). Out in a week or so over here (may be out in the UK for all I know). So, one for the old collection then.

I like the comic book styled cover.