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Babymetalday17

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.

Memorable Eclipse

Posted: March 25, 2017 in Comics, Cool stuff, General, Magazines

Eclipse_1

Splendid cover. Eclipse – The Magazine (issue) 1. Published in May 1981. Not sure if this was a UK or a US title but it dealt with underground comics. Eight issues published between 1981 and 1983.

This art would have made a great LP cover.

Birth of a legend

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

Babymetal_firstalbum

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.

Tarzan_1

The Norwegians are doing outstanding work keeping the flame for classic comics alive. On Monday we see the first book in Edgar Rice Burrough´s Tarzan series emerge, drawn by Russ Manning. 140 pages.

Lovely nostalgia.

Classic Pulp revisited

Posted: March 23, 2017 in Books, Cool stuff

TheRadioGunrunners

Picked up a few books the other day. I truly love the cover of this one, “The Radio Gunrunners” (Altus Press, 2016) by author Ralph Milne Farley. Originally published in Argosy in 1930, it warms my heart to see this in reprint today. The book is part of The Argosy Library series. 200 pages.

Top notch.

Babymetal_LiveInLondon14

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.