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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).

View trailer for “Live At Budokan” here.

Babymetal Day

Posted: March 25, 2017 in Classic Rock, General, Babymetal

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Today I will spend the day in good company watching Babymetal DVDs, eating pizza and downing a few beers. How will they (Babymetal) go down with the yet undecided? Well, we shall see. I have shown DVD stuff to people in the last week or so and it would seem that about half of them is sucked in immediately, demanding to know more on the spot. The rest look like they are perplexed, perhaps by both the loud music and the concept. I guess the interesting thing is that you do get a visible reaction by so many people.

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The last time I did this sort of thing was a long time ago when I discovered Nightwish quite early on in their career. I turned some oldtimers on to them on the spot showcasing a five track video of them performing live. Babymetal is another matter, but I know they have enormous potential to draw people in.

Watch them perform “Karate” at the Donington Download Festival in the UK 2016 here.

Birth of a legend

Posted: March 24, 2017 in Babymetal, Cool stuff, General

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For a debut, the first Babymetal album is one hell of release. You can tell that the music has been crafted to kill on stage and they took this music on the road and managed to present a show that just floored the audience. My copy here is the European release from 2015 (the album saw original release in Japan in 2014), so the record company here has added a couple of tracks from the Academy Brixton show as a bonus, “Road Of Resistance” and “Gimme Chocolate!!” (the mega hit of this outing). If this worked to 85%, the second release was to reach perfection within a couple of years.

Watch “Headbanger!!!!!” here.

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The two Babymetal double DVDs “Live At Budokan” (March 2014) and “Live In London” (July/November 2014) were released in Europe on the same day in late October 2015. Incredibly, the two is beautifully executed in every way imaginable (although the nights at Bodukan is hard to beat), and the Fox God is introduced as he is presenting the gift of Babymetal for mankind to unite and be one. There is a lot of theater in this, but it works. Again, the show is evolving and I find it hard to believe that they were this great after just one album. The Academy Brixton Show ends with the brand new song “Road Of Resistance”, a true Metal classic with insane energy. I have the debut CD but I still need to hear it. Still in 2014 at the moment then, but I will catch up. The second album (Metal Resistance”, 2016), was the first product I bought (see earlier post), and it certainly opened my eyes. This is Party Metal on steroids. Babymetal is indeed a gift to mankind.

Watch “Gimme Chocolate!!” from the Brixton show here.

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UK publication Rock Sound (issue) 212, published in May 2016.

Nice cover.

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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…

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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.

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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.

View opening track “Megitsune” from “Red Night” here.