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BABYMETAL are Vogue Women of the Year 2015 (video)

BABYMETAL is the winner of Vogue Women of the Year 2015

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BABYMETAL Teach Kerrang! How To Dance

We caught up with BABYMETAL​ backstage at Reading Festival​ to learn their dance moves. This is what happened. #KerrangReading15

Keep up-to-date with our live blog over at: www.kerrang.com/35070/reading-festival-2­015-saturday/

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 grace the cover of Metal Hammer!

Babymetal Metal Hammer

For the first time ever, Japanese sensations Babymetal grace the cover of Metal Hammer!

Join us as we spend 72 hours with the most controversial metal band of the 21st century for a UK invasion like no other. Is it metal? Is it moral? Is it real?! Find out in our new issue – which comes with a FREE BABYMETAL FOX GOD MASK, plus a FREE POSTER PACK featuring gory artwork and exclusive live shots, plus a killer FREE CD featuring Lamb Of God, Ghost, Parkway Drive and many more. All this plus fresh interviews with Lamb Of God, Disturbed, Ghost, We Came As Romans, Rob Zombie and many more. Come get some.

Babymetal grace the cover of Metal Hammer Summer 15 Issue 273

Babymetal grace the cover of Metal Hammer!

Babymetal Metal Hammer

For the first time ever, Japanese sensations Babymetal grace the cover of Metal Hammer!

Join us as we spend 72 hours with the most controversial metal band of the 21st century for a UK invasion like no other. Is it metal? Is it moral? Is it real?! Find out in our new issue – which comes with a FREE BABYMETAL FOX GOD MASK, plus a FREE POSTER PACK featuring gory artwork and exclusive live shots, plus a killer FREE CD featuring Lamb Of God, Ghost, Parkway Drive and many more. All this plus fresh interviews with Lamb Of God, Disturbed, Ghost, We Came As Romans, Rob Zombie and many more. Come get some.

Babymetal grace the cover of Metal Hammer Summer 15 Issue 273

Babymetal grace the cover of Metal Hammer!

Babymetal Metal Hammer

For the first time ever, Japanese sensations Babymetal grace the cover of Metal Hammer!

Join us as we spend 72 hours with the most controversial metal band of the 21st century for a UK invasion like no other. Is it metal? Is it moral? Is it real?! Find out in our new issue – which comes with a FREE BABYMETAL FOX GOD MASK, plus a FREE POSTER PACK featuring gory artwork and exclusive live shots, plus a killer FREE CD featuring Lamb Of God, Ghost, Parkway Drive and many more. All this plus fresh interviews with Lamb Of God, Disturbed, Ghost, We Came As Romans, Rob Zombie and many more. Come get some.

Babymetal grace the cover of Metal Hammer Summer 15 Issue 273

Babymetal grace the cover of Metal Hammer!

Babymetal Metal Hammer

For the first time ever, Japanese sensations Babymetal grace the cover of Metal Hammer!

Join us as we spend 72 hours with the most controversial metal band of the 21st century for a UK invasion like no other. Is it metal? Is it moral? Is it real?! Find out in our new issue – which comes with a FREE BABYMETAL FOX GOD MASK, plus a FREE POSTER PACK featuring gory artwork and exclusive live shots, plus a killer FREE CD featuring Lamb Of God, Ghost, Parkway Drive and many more. All this plus fresh interviews with Lamb Of God, Disturbed, Ghost, We Came As Romans, Rob Zombie and many more. Come get some.

Babymetal grace the cover of Metal Hammer Summer 15 Issue 273

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.

Babymetal IDZ interview : MARQUEE vol.94

This is an old interview of Babymetal, published in MARQUEE vol.94 December 2012.

They are talking about the release of their first major single,”Ijime,Dame,Zettai”. The photos are in the middle of the article.

Thank to YM-Japan for the translation

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Babymetal IDZ interview :MARQUEE vol.94

Abbreviations:
S: Su-metal
M: Moametal
Y: Yuimetal
Q: Interviewer MMMatsumoto

Q: You’ve been performing the new song in your live shows.
S: That’s right. It followed “DokiDoki~”. We rerecorded it this time, we did it after having sung in lives so I think it became a little different from earlier ones.
Y: Your voice has changed, a little matured and grown up.
S It’s true my voice has become kind of mature, also I’ve become able to put my feelings on it firmly and found the easier way to take rhythms gradually, to have less problems. I’m singing in a preferable way unconsciously.
Q: Good to know. Do you talk to each other about coordinating the dances?
M: We talked about the fighting part.
Y: Right. We talked about it and settled naturally.
Y: Right. We discussed the image of the song and when we should smile, including the impression.
Q: So you put your ideas in this song to complete. Have you gotten used to recordings?
Y: Better than the beginning.
M: We do just call parts. We two recorded in the separated booths for the first time. Usually we did calls together holding hands.
Y: We did it face to face, in the different rooms.
Q: Could you see each other?
M: We could, eye to eye contacts.
S: Su- usually records a full length song several times for Babymetal songs, But as I was aware of where to liven up, I recorded it bit by bit this time. I tried that approach for the first time.
Q: So you recorded it separately. What was the hardest part?
S: My voice trembled at a long note somehow.
Q: Would you tell us your favorite part of the song?
S: I feel good when I stretch notes at “Kimi wo Mamoru Kara~ (I’ll save you)”, and I like to look at each other and nod after that. (laugh) I look forward to it every time.
M: We do. It happens naturally.
Q: How about the lyrics? IDZ, you know, have a very clear theme. Do you have a specific line you like in the lyrics?
M: If we sing it in English overseas, “Tobe Tobe Tobe” would be “Furai (fly or fry in Japanese sound) Furai Furai”, so it would sound like a fried fish or something, I think that’s funny. LOL
Q: True. LOL They might think like that.
Y: How about “Jump Jump Jump”?
Q: Settled. LOL
Y: Yui was paying attention to my call parts at first and thinking it was an interesting song, but as I kept dancing in lives over and over I became to pay attention to the lyrics and realized this song has great messages.
Q: How do you interpret the strong messages in the lyrics as Babymetal to send it to the audience?
M: Bullying is a kind of very heavy theme. Moa thinks Babymetal can send it in an easy to understand way through dancing, and hopes it reaches the hearts of both people who bully and are bullied.
Y: It has calls and the dance has the WTF taste of Babymetal, so I hope to send the messages to many people in Babymetal’s fashion.
M: But it’s interesting this song has something totally unrelated to it, like “Poisuke Kinshi (Stop littering)”.
Q: LOL It’s just catchy, it’s interesting you call them just for having a nice ring. What do you think of the dance?
M: Yui and Moa love the part we run through from the each end of the stage at the beginning of the song after all, and we fight against many things such as bullying and ourselves in the battle part. Also, I like the part we make the sign with our arms, ”Dame Dame Dame Dame!” I’m grad if everyone does it with us.
Q: Babymetal has had various types of songs. How do you place this song among them?
S: The first song was “DokiDoki~” with an idol-like taste so I thought we would do those types of songs, but “IDZ” is a thoroughly metal song that I sing strong messages while the two dances violently. I came to think Babymetal was going to perform this kind of songs as well since then.
M: Anyway, it hypes things up very much in live shows. This song is known only among the fans who came to see us at lives, but I think the audience gets hyped up with this song the most.
S: At the Sakura Gakuin Festival, the SG fans who saw our performance for the first time also jumped together at the end. It’s easy to understand? I assume.
Q: It has that great impact.
Y: It has lots of calls and I think the choreography has a taste of Babymetal very much. Babymetal has many songs mixed with bright atmosphere and cool atmosphere, so I think this song has a Babymetal taste and also a new side at the same time.
Q: It may become a representing song of Babymetal. For live shows, the “legend I” had a short film and the direction that you came out of the coffins. It was the stage showing the world of Babymetal which was suitable for the first chapter of the legends. I assume you practiced the whole flow of the stage, how was that?
S: It had the film and narration. We didn’t know about it until the last minute, but I thought it was a story like that when we actually performed including the films on stage. I found it interesting to see something different (from lessons).
Y: Also, we had the side stage at the middle, I could hear well the audience was saying “Awesome, really excited!” at the moment it opened. Usually I can’t hear them at all because of the crowd’s cheering and myself being too exited, but I thought it was interesting to hear it in a silent place calmly.
S: I think there were many fans who came to see us for the first time as the venue was big.
Y: Foreign fans too.
M: Right. I feel delighted they like our music even though they may not know the lyrics. Also, the live band.

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Q: Does the live band make difference after all?
S: It’s totally different. Usually I was singing on the recorded sounds, but it comes like stepping out of a 3D screen, sounds very close. I was really nervous in that.
Q: Is it comfortable to sing in it?
S: Yes, that’s true.
M: And we wore ear monitors for the first time.
S: Right. Fufu.
Q: So you tried a lot of new stuff.
M: Right. The song for Yui and Moa as well. It’s like a long version of the rap part of “Iine”. I was delighted that they made it for Yui&Moa.
Q: Yeah, Black Babymetal. It has a hip-hop taste. That’s another new song, right?
M: Right, the “check-it-out chocolate” was also in the story of the film[1] . I want it on sale soon. Check-it-out chocolate won’t be released unless Babymetal becomes famous, so we have to keep working hard from now on.
S: You are talking practically. LOL
Q: Actually, is it easy to dance? Isn’t it hard to take rhythms?
Y: We sync somehow.
M: Right, are we talented? LOL
S: You two exactly sync sometimes unconsciously.
M: Ah, at a live show. There was a trouble that a song stopped halfway and started again from the beginning, still we 3 synced, so I thought we are able to sync well.
Q: You can see it when such an accident happens. You are talking about the live at STAGE ONE in the first basement of Tower Records Shibuya, right?
S: At that time, Moametal gazed at me smiling meaningfully. LOL
M: It’s enjoyable to have such happenings in live shows.
Q: Let me ask about the MV. The shooting site was a cave, right?
Y: It was chilly… but I thought our expressions bearing the cold might link to the expression bearing bullies.
Q: That place would have been dim, looks like humid as well.
S: Ah, that’s right. But it was fun. I jumped off from a huge rock. LOL It was really fun to explore the cave. And the shooting spot had a hole on the ceiling.
M: Leafs were fluttering down once in a while.
S: Right,right.
Y: It was beautiful! I caught some!
S: The sky got dark gradually, so we make a fuss over it,”Well? It’s night already~”


Q: You also played the guitars a lot, you did tapping. LOL
M: I thought I could do it as I was learning guitars. But I heard it’s difficult, so just pretended it for this time.
Q: You look great holding and playing it, seriously.
M: I did it! Yay.
Q: How is this costume?
S: It’s armor, like a warrior.
M: And spikes. It looks like a fish, isn’t it?
S: Su-‘s costume is quite heavy. So I have another costume for live shows. I hope you look forward to it.
M: Also, actually Su-metal wears the tights. But Yui&Moa wear the sox because we can’t wear tights.
Y: Nobody can see it. LOL
Q: It always makes me wonder, Babymetl’s costumes look like hard to dance with. These have many ornaments.
Y: But we’ve rarely felt so.
S: We gradually break the costumes. LOL
M: We are not able to care about it in lives. I wouldn’t realize it if I headbanged so hard as to hit the spikes. I don’t realize them at all when I’m hyped up.
Q: You gonna make the major debut with it. Does it change your minds, or nothing special as it’s an extension of what you’ve done?
All: Nothing at all. LOL

S: But I really think this song is suitable for the major debut song and many people would give it a listen. Foreign fans could only see our movies until now, but we are going to visit Singapore for the first time, so I’m glad to think it will spread more like that.
Q: That’s true. You will have solo concert in December. “I.D.Z.~Legend D Su-metal birthday ceremony”.
S: This is the first time for me to be celebrated on my birthday on a large scale. It’s close to Christmas. So usually I have just one party for my birthday and Christmas, I’m glad to have my birthday and Christmas separated. Moreover I can meet fans directly and be said something like “a happy birthday” for the very first time. I’m really excited about it.
Q: So let’s wrap up with your ambitions for the future Babymetal.
S: Our targets such as “to go overseas~” has been realized up to now and I feel myself our world is actually spreading gradually, so I hope many people will listen to it.
M: I guess the readers of this MARQUEE include foreign fans, I wish they read it as well.
Y: Well, Yui agrees to go overseas but Yui wants to play instruments by ourselves in live shows, I want to try guitars and drums.
Q: Wow, you wanna go that far?
Y: Yes, I tried guitar a little bit, so I want to try guitars and drums.
S: Moametal, teach us guitars.
Q: Foreign people would be surprised if they see a Babymetal live, I hope you go to Europe and other areas. I believe they gonna love you.
M: I’d like to go to many places not only Asia.
S: We are in sightseeing mode. LOL
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Chat on the shooting

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Q: Did you enjoy the shooting?
M: It was cool!
Y: Awesome!
Q: That fox has the full body though you can see only its head. Did you touch it?
S: I did. It was so fluffy, so cute~.
Y: I love animals. But the crow behind us frightened me.
Q: They are stuffed animals, so I got some powder. LOL Are you OK?
M: I don’t mind as long as it’s cute! LOL And the candles! We used electric lights even in the Babymetal live at shibuya O-EAST. We usually can’t use real fire, so it was wonderful.
Q: It’s rare to use it on shootings. But I’m glad it brought a good atmosphere.
S: It’s good, really. And the fox with kokkuri-san( a table-turning like divination) taste.
Y: No~. Scary~!
S: Are we cursed if we speak of it?
Y: If you say the name (kokkurisan), it appears.
S: Though I tried it before, in the middle school. I passed the kokkurisan paper with my friends to each other after doing it. Then a friend said, ”OK, I’ll take it”, but I found the paper on my way to the school on the next day. It’s a case of “Poisute Kinshi”.

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Q: Is Su-chan OK with horror stories?
S: I can sleep immediately even after hearing a horror story!
Q: Moa-chan, you don’t like it?
M: Well, I don’t like it, but once I start to hear it, I feel scared without hearing it till the end. I would imagine that myself if it ends halfway.
Q: How about Yui-chan?
Y: I really hate them. LOL
S: May I turn off all the light suddenly and tell you a horror story another time?
Y: No-! The crows are scary too.
M: Babymetal is like a crow somehow. It’s black. LOL
Q: Actually, it might have something to do with the world of Babymetal. Though it’s OK to have candles right? If you take it like Christmas.
Y: Scary~ Christmas.
M: What do you do if Santa-san was all black, headbanging?
Q: Oh, you can eat these grapes for the shooting.
All: Really? Yippee! Thank you so much!
Fin.

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