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First Footage of Yui falling off stage at Budokan

Never thought this would be seen. Footage of Yui falling off stage at Budokan.

Yui falling off stage at Budokan

Yui falling off stage at Budokan

Go to the beginning of the video to see scan caps to better see what happened. The video starts just before Yui falls, a bit difficult to see due to arms moving.
Video contains Headbanger and IDZ, crowd give a big cheers when they see Yui return. You can’t see Moa when she falls during IDZ. Of course we are all glad Yui and Moa came out ok, professionals both.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVYg3jExH8Y&feature=youtu.be&t=154

New BABYMETAL Paper Craft!

Some fan made paper craft so you can have some Kawaii Su, Yui and Moa with you and your BABYMETAL swag!

Thanks to Ruben Basurto!

Babymetal paper craft downloads

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Team Rock- BABYMETAL: It’s cute, but it is right?

A great article from Team Rock!

Team Rock Babymetal article

 

Examining where Babymetal fit in the grand scheme of heavy metal
There’s a new force to be reckoned with in the world of metal, and it comes in the shape of three teenage girls from Japan.

Yes, I’m talking about Babymetal. Whether you love them, hate them or simply find their whole schtick a bit confusing, the impact they’ve had since they first appeared on the Western scene early last year is undeniable. Their first full-length album, Babymetal, shot straight to number seven on both the UK Rock and Metal and Independent charts, and they won numerous awards over the following year – including Best Breakthrough at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods. They’re even gracing the cover of the latest issue of Hammer, and have reportedly had members of Metallica come to their live shows. Which leads on to the question: what do grown men, and metal fans in general, see in Babymetal?

Perhaps it’s simply that they’re a refreshing change in the macho world of rock. They’re unashamedly cute, overtly manufactured, and unlike any other act in the current metal scene. Or maybe it’s the novelty value of three girls who are ostensibly children fronting a band of big, hairy session musicians. The fact that a large proportion of their fans are older males, though, leaves some people feeling uncomfortable. Women in rock have, in past times, been positioned as eye candy, and although the days of posturing cock-rock have passed, it’s impossible not to wonder if Babymetal have been positioned, Lolita-like, as a new kind of novelty female spectacle. At best, their manager and producer Kobametal is naïve to how British attitudes would perceive them. At worst, it could be seen as a little exploitative.

Of course, I’m not suggesting that burly blokes are only into Babymetal because they fancy them – quite the opposite, in fact. In my experience, adults that do find Babymetal fascinating are just that: guys (and some women too, of course) who are intrigued by the sheer weirdness of it. It’s understandable, though, why some are uncomfortable. The juxtaposition of three baby-faced schoolgirls with the overt masculinity of metal challenges the obvious taboo of men having an interest in teenagers. It’s undeniably weird, because it feels like Babymetal are playing to the wrong audience. But they’re not there to tantalise; they’re a product of a culture that simply doesn’t exist in the Western world.

‘Idol pop’ is a huge thing in Japan, and Babymetal were born from it. In a nutshell, it’s manufactured pop artists or groups who are cute, wholesome and relatable to young fans. Think One Direction, but with added fox masks and kawaii styling. Rock has also been present in Japan since X Japan’s ’80s heyday, but until Babymetal came along, idol pop and metal existed independently of each other. In the context of popular Japanese culture, Babymetal makes perfect sense, but they’re incongruous in the Western world. And, more to the point, why aren’t they being marketed at their own age group?

One reason could be that Kobametal always intended for his creation to be a real metal band – he’s been quoted as saying he envisaged a fusion of idol and metal genres. Another is that they fit the metal sound and aesthetic more than they do the British teen scene. Despite the fact that they supported Lady Gaga in the States, they’d be pretty out of place on the line-up of a Capital FM concert. There’s also the fact that Japanese rock, or J-rock, is breaking through into the global scene, thanks to bands like Vamps and Crossfaith. The high-speed beats and Nintendo-inspired riffs are an exciting change from the chugging roar of Western metal, and Babymetal distill every kitsch aspect of J-rock into a tutu-sporting package. It’s a genuinely interesting, if slightly baffling, spectacle.

The answer to the question of whether it’s really okay or not is cultural. Cultivating ‘idols’ from school kids and placing them in the public eye is a common, accepted part of celebrity culture in Japan. The Western world tends to raise an eyebrow at very young celebrities, questioning whether the people behind them really have their best interests at heart, and envisaging a disastrous future filled with drugs, rehab and questionable behaviour. That narrative has unfortunately played out for some child stars of Hollywood. Babymetal are on the opposite end of the spectrum in that respect; the whole point of idol culture is for the idols to be respectable, and their image is intended to be one of innocence.

So are they really a metal band? Well, technically, yes. They might not be the archetypal definition of one, but they’re pushing boundaries by blending two genres that couldn’t be more different. I’m still not convinced that those genres can exist in harmony without raising eyebrows, but they set out to do something that had never been done before, and nobody can deny they’ve achieved it.

BABYMETAL Fox God makeup tutorial

Enjoy Cosplay at BABYMETAL concerts? Here’s some instructions so you can show your inner Fox God! Thanks to YouTuber Callie!

 

BABYMETAL at the Golden Gods awards, and they win!

Congratulations to BABYMETAL on winning the Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2015 Breakthrough award and for a great performance of Gimme Chocolate and Road of Resistance with Dragonforce!

Updates at the end of the post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX7ohQdXdOo

some picture at the Golden Gods

Can we all just stop for a second please #babymetal #goldengodsawards #metalhammer #metal

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The first DragonForce X BABYMETAL live at Metal Hammer Golden Gods!

This is incredible @babymetal_jpn x @dragonforcehq #GoldenGods

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Dragonforce with babymetal #downloadblues #downloadfestival #sunny #holiday #music #5daysaway #dragonforce #babymetal

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This ones for @worbzz, Babymetal x Dragonforce at the golden gods. #babymetal #dragonforce #goldengods

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GIMME CHOCOLATE!!! 🍫🍫 #BABYMETAL #dragonforce

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BABYMETAL & DragonForce were bloody amazing at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods tonight!

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Baby Metal! I don't know what I am watching #babymetal

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Some performance with Dragonforce along with some acceptance speech.

 

Longer acceptance video with Scott Ian of Anthrax introducing the girls!

Clip of Road of Resistance with Dragonforce.

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BABYMETAL win the Spirit Of Independence Award at the Kerrang Awards!

Congratulations BABYMETAL!

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Watch a live stream of the awards!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx20NWJE0Vo

BABYMETAL acceptance speech in the Kerrang Awards 2015
https://instagram.com/p/3z2-AVIZZK/

Update video speech

Two new BABYMETAL interviews!

Two new BABYMETAL interviews!

One from Consequence of Sound in which the interviewer explains the circumstances of the interview and politely bemoans the scripted nature of the interview while saying it was a great interview. I personally agree with his sentiments.

The second interview is an great interview from Revolver and features some great English from Su!  She is a total sweetheart in this interview!

 

BABYMETAL voted as the May 2015 Album of the Month by Loudwire’s readers.

Loudwire readers have voted BABYMETAL’s debut album as the May 2015 Album of the Month!

BABYMETAL Loudwire

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Congrats to BabyMetal!

The Japanese buzz band is officially reaching critical mass. The group’s self-titled album has been voted as the May 2015 Album of the Month by Loudwire’s readers, further paving their way to world domination.

Their disc bested Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus, Korpiklaani‘s Noita, Whitesnake‘s The Purple Album, Kamelot‘s Haven and Haste the Day’s Coward, all of which received significant voting totals.

BabyMetal’s growth has been explosive over the last year, with other territories grasping onto songs like “Gimme Chocolate,” “Doki Doki Morning,” “Babymetal X Kiba of Akiba,” “Head Bangya!,” “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” and “Megitsune” and making them hits.

And while the self-titled album has gotten some love in America, the trio of Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal recently inked a deal that will see the album get an official release in the U.S. with two bonus tracks. Look for Babymetal’s self-titled album digitally on May 12 and physically on June 16.

The album is also getting a fresh release in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Spain on May 29, the U.K., Belgium, Holland, Poland and Switzerland on June 1 and Italy on June 2, so soon BabyMetal will be everywhere.

The trio has garnered plenty of fans along the way with Slash stating in an interview, “I’ve heard these guys. I know these guys. Anyway, [they’re] the most exciting thing I’ve heard recently, what I heard. Cause they have a look and they’re girls.”
Loudwire’s readers were also on board early with BabyMetal, voting them the Best New Act in the 2014 Loudwire Music Awards.

You can pick up BabyMetal’s self-titled debut at this location and look here for additional special editions. Be sure to catch BabyMetal on tour at these stops.

Once again, congrats to BabyMetal as their self-titled disc has been voted as Loudwire’s May 2015 Release of the Month.

BABYMETAL voted as the May 2015 Album of the Month by Loudwire’s readers.

Loudwire readers have voted BABYMETAL’s debut album as the May 2015 Album of the Month!

BABYMETAL Loudwire

loudwire

 

album BABYMETAL.1200x1200-75

Congrats to BabyMetal!

The Japanese buzz band is officially reaching critical mass. The group’s self-titled album has been voted as the May 2015 Album of the Month by Loudwire’s readers, further paving their way to world domination.

Their disc bested Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus, Korpiklaani‘s Noita, Whitesnake‘s The Purple Album, Kamelot‘s Haven and Haste the Day’s Coward, all of which received significant voting totals.

BabyMetal’s growth has been explosive over the last year, with other territories grasping onto songs like “Gimme Chocolate,” “Doki Doki Morning,” “Babymetal X Kiba of Akiba,” “Head Bangya!,” “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” and “Megitsune” and making them hits.

And while the self-titled album has gotten some love in America, the trio of Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal recently inked a deal that will see the album get an official release in the U.S. with two bonus tracks. Look for Babymetal’s self-titled album digitally on May 12 and physically on June 16.

The album is also getting a fresh release in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Spain on May 29, the U.K., Belgium, Holland, Poland and Switzerland on June 1 and Italy on June 2, so soon BabyMetal will be everywhere.

The trio has garnered plenty of fans along the way with Slash stating in an interview, “I’ve heard these guys. I know these guys. Anyway, [they’re] the most exciting thing I’ve heard recently, what I heard. Cause they have a look and they’re girls.”
Loudwire’s readers were also on board early with BabyMetal, voting them the Best New Act in the 2014 Loudwire Music Awards.

You can pick up BabyMetal’s self-titled debut at this location and look here for additional special editions. Be sure to catch BabyMetal on tour at these stops.

Once again, congrats to BabyMetal as their self-titled disc has been voted as Loudwire’s May 2015 Release of the Month.

Vote for BABYMETAL in the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards

BABYMETAL are up for Breakthrough Artist!

hammer babymetal

http://goldengods.metalhammer.co.uk/

You have to register to vote at the link above. Vote for BABYMETAL in the Breakthrough category plus vote for other artists in various other categories!

This would be a great award for BABYMETAL! Metal Hammer broadcast their awards over the internet and many famous metal musicians are featured on their Youtube channel! Check it out!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmkT5e5kmKHXSg_0vGoTy6A


Vote and support BABYMETAL !