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Posted: October 16, 2018 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General

Earlier today I mentioned on this blog (since deleted) that by the looks of it Babymetal were to release the upcoming Japanese tour on CD/DVD/Blu-ray. Trinkelbonker reader Kmuda Oscarfish kindly set the record straight in a comment, in which he said: “I think you may have misinterpreted the advertisment. It is saying that those who buy Babymetal CDs/DVDs/BDs, for at least 2,000 Yen at the venue during the Japan Tour will get a free The Chosen Seven A4 clear file if at Makuhari or Kobe or a Dark Night Carnival B2 poster at SSA”. Setting the record straight is obviously important.

My guess is that it will all be filmed and released though. We shall see.

(Many thanks Kmuda!)


Babymetal gear up

Posted: October 15, 2018 in Babymetal, Classic Rock, General

As Babymetal are gearing up for another period of action (in public, they are always busy), with shows coming up starting on October 23 in Japan, one has to wonder if Yuimetal is back or not. One year ago today, she performed her last show with Babymetal (final Big Fox Festival date at the Osaka-Jo Hall), and nobody knew then that it would be her last for some time. Then she could not attend the Hiroshima gigs in December, and more alarmingly, the US/European trek this summer. Babymetal has soldiered on, unleashing the mythology as the only answer (friends of this blog will know the full story as it was all covered as it unfolded). At this moment though, nobody knows if Yui will be back or not, or when (if the best case scenario unfolds). Meanwhile, Babymetal just sold out the Japanese dates very quickly, they have a comic book out in late October (the YouTube trailer from the publisher has scored over 100,000 hits, the initial print is said to be 40,000 copies) and there are rumours that they have a new song called “Starlight” coming up soon (not confirmed). And over in Japan, Download Festival will launch on that market in 2019 and although Babymetal has not been confirmed (Ozzy has been), they are the band that the majority wants to see. Nobody is bigger in Japan. Nobody.

Expect the Yui situation to grab headlines again when the tour kicks off – at this point it is quite inevitable.

Young Guitar in Japan has published a second tribute magazine honoring Babymetal guitarist Mikio Fujioka, whom passed away in January. This issue features tutorials and includes a DVD. It is a fact that more people know about him now than before, which is kind of sad. At least he saw great success with Babymetal and we do have all these wonderful DVDs to enjoy.

He had his own style, which is rare enough.

Babymetal is at #1 on the US iTunes Chart with the “Legend S…” DVD (which has just been released digitally). The American market has been promising ever since the “Gimme Chocolate!!” video in 2014, but I think it is fair to say that they have a pretty solid base there now. I think they will be massive with the third album.

Well, they deserve it. They have their own thing going.

Z2 Comics has just added an exclusive trailer for the upcoming Babymetal comic book “Apocrypha – The Legend of Babymetal” on their YouTube page. And on top of this, it features a first glimpse of a brand new track (you can just tell that a brutal riff is going to crash in after this little snippet, fans are going wild as we speak). This is pretty awesome.

Watch the trailer here.

Babymetal has just uploaded a clip of “Distortion” that was shot at the Download Festival back in June. It is good to see that Babymetal is gearing up for another album, and my guess it that we will see that next year. In the meantime, we have new reaction videos on YouTube every single day, and this has to mean something.

Watch the live “Distortion” clip here.

This is the cover of the Japanese version of the upcoming “Distortion” (studio plus live at Download 2018) 12 inch Vinyl that will see worldwide release on November 23. I guess it could look like this in Europe as well but earMusic is not on the ball. Meaning, this is what we have right now.

Good news though.