The Cant of Words from BAW (Part 3)


The Cant of Words

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 Furaingu Bui no Oka
The Hill of the flying V

Prior to the unavoidable final battle Kitsune-sama summons the “Metal Kami band” to this holy place to assist Babymetal.

 Bureiku Daun

Breakdowns appear often in hard core or Metal core music. This refers to a Mosshu part that begins when the tempo of the song suddenly and abruptly drops. The Babymetal song, “iine!” features a song development that breaks in with the “Kitsune Break Down” coming in after the Hip Hop rap part appears, and in live performances this is a moment when Babymetal and the fans become one with everyone putting both hands up in the Kitsune Sign. In the song, “Megitsune” there is a Japanese style o Breakdown based on the motif of “Sakura Sakura”. It is most likely that in the realm of Idol songs it is Babymetal that has first incorporated Breakdowns in a full fledged manner.

 Hedoban no Kami
The God of Hedoban

In the music video, “Hedobangya-!!” it is this god that performs the intensely energetic “Fan Hedoban” (Fan means the wind producing machine). In order to protect his neck from the damage that may occur from this hard Hedoban, he wears the “Legendary neck brace”. In the MV for “Hedobangya-!!” there is a scene where the “Legendary neck brace” that the Hedoban kami wears crosses over Space/Time and is delivered to the hands of Su-metal.

 Hedoban Yousei Korusetto
Headbanging Neck brace training device

With the special version of the first single version of “Hedobangya-!!” which was released under an Indies label on July 4th, 2012, a first edition limited production (Hedo Ban-) neck brace was included with the release. At the “Legend~Neck Brace Festival” performed on July 21st, 2012 at Meguro’s Rokumeikan, as a special privilege the fans who purchased this CD were able to wear this “Headbanging Neck brace training device” to the show as a form of dress code resulting in this live performance becoming a Legendary event with the over 300 fans in attendance wearing one.

Baby Headbang

A cute Hedoban in the Babymetal style wherein one shakes their head from side to side. One must do preparatory stretching in advance.

 Hone band
Bone band

An air band that constantly protects the members of Babymetal at live performances and events and sometimes puts on aggressive and wild performances with Babymetal. They perform with all of their bodies, minds and souls to create real “Soul” music backed up with Marshall amplification and drum kits set up in the twin bass specifications of a true Metal band.

 (ま) (Ma) Line

 (METAL ネーム)
 Metaru ne-mu
 Metal name

This is a baptismal name granted granted by the divine instructions of Kitsune-sama to Su-metal, Yuimetal, Moametal and indeed all of the chosen ones. In accordance with the Apocalyptic records, one can acquire their Metal name by vowing loyalty to Kitsune-sama.

 Metaru no Kami bando
 The Metal Kami band

A live performance band composed of the Metal gods of the guitar Kami, the bass Kami and the drum Kami who have all been summoned by Kitsune-sama for Babymetal. The Kami first descended into their roles at the first solo live performance, “I, D, Z~Legend “I”) held at Shibuya’s O-EAST on October 6th, 2012.

 Metaru Masuta-
 Metal Master

The refers to the great ones of the Metal world who have taught Metal to the Babymetal members. Recently, at Rock Festivals they have skillfully fulfilled this task.

 Metaru Rejisutansu
 Metal Resistance

An overarching term referring to the fate, destiny, missions as well as the revolution that have been allocated from Kitsune-sama. This aims to restore Metal to the Entertainment world and the Music world. It also refers to activities that aim to spread the movement of Babymetal that cross over all genres and national boundaries and include such activities as when Babymetal cooperated with the Metropolitan Police Department to advocate “Metal for World revision” at the time of the release of “Ijime, Dame, Zettai”. This force and momentum is even as you are reading this expanding overseas.


This refers to the Babymetal style of Mosh. Not an aggressive, wild Mosh is advised but rather a fun and enjoyable one. Additionally, the viewing area at standing-only performances is known as the “Mosh’sh Pit”

 (や) (Ya) Line

 Yonaoshi Metaru
 Metal to revise (better) the world

In accordance with the message contained in Babymetal’s first major single, “Ijime, Dame, Zettai”, the slogan of “Metal to revise (better) the world” was implemented. As an example of promoting this, Babymetal has appeared in the “Metropolitan Police Department’s ”.

 Yo o Shinobu Kari no Sugata
 Slealth guise to move quietly and undetected in the world

This refers to the guises taken by Babymetal to perform activities appearing as “ordinary girls” blending quietly into daily life so they may perform their tasks of “Metal Resistance” in school activities and the Idol world. They have put forth various and many efforts in these guises since the time they were little girls, and have carried out undercover activities in the “Idol” world.

The Cant of Words Part 1 (From the BAW booklet 1)

The Cant of Words

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Use the words correctly and carry out your missions undercover and in accordance with the divine instructions of Kitsune-sama.
(あ) (Ah) line

A very powerful and gigantic force that skillfully manipulates everything including the “Media”, “Politics” and the “Economy”. All forms of music other than Idol songs are considered to be hazardous, including Metal, and it has stolen the soul of Metallers(??)

Aidorukai no Da-ku hiroin
The dark heroine of the Idol world

This does not mean they are the so-called “bad guys (girls)”, this is a different name given to Babymetal who radiate a completely unique sense of existence in the Idol world wearing a costume coordinated with their theme colors of black and red and possessing a sense of incongruity between their cute visual appearance and their energetic and wild live performances.

Ichigo no yoru
The night of a 15 year old

A brief time that does not come ever again. On December 20th, 2013 a solo live performance, “I,D, Z~Legend ” was held to celebrate Su-metal’s 15th birthday, and this became a Legend known exactly as the words describe, (Ichigo no yoru) “the night of a 15 year old”. In the year that Su-metal was born, 1997, a legendary band that was “without equivalent enemies” brought their activities to a close at the Tokyo Dome around the end of this year, and a teens group that possessed the secondary name of “the Speed King of Okinawa” created a huge trend of excitement in the World of the “Idol”. Even if one feels one has been set a bit free on the “night of a 15 year old” one is not to steal a motorcycle and drive around-Dame, Zettai (It is bad, absolutely so).

ういーあー!! べびーめたる!!
(We are!! Babymetal!!)

This is a call-and-response that is performed at the ending section of each live performance. After Su-metal calls out, “We are!!”, Yuimetal, Moametal and the fans gathered in the concert hall respond with the powerful vocal of “Babymetal!”.

うおーる おぶ です 
(ウオール オブ デス)
The Wall of Death

When the Intro to “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” echoes throughout the concert hall the fans separate into two groups and in unison with Su-metal’s piercing scream they run towards the center of this open space and swirl in a gigantic Mosshusshu. Simultaneous with this on the stage, Yuimetal and Moametal chase each other around the stage at full throttle.


This is the Holy location of the gigantic force, “Idol”. Taking responsibility for cornering Su-metal into a critical and dangerous situation, Yuimeta and Moametal charge in and are transformed into “Black Babymetal”. This is the town where this takes place.

Folding up

This is a Hedoban term that appears in the middle of “Hedobangya!!”. This is a form of headbanging wherein the person bends at the waist to a 90 degree angle and performs Hedoban in a form similar to a bow. It can also be called “Koshiori” (Bent at the waist) Hedoban.

(か) (Ka) line
God(s) descending into a person

Due to the fact that god enters into the members during Babymetal activities, and especially during the times the members are performing on stage, it is reported that they have almost no degree of consciousness. It seems that even after a performance the girls have only partial memories of what took place. In ordinary life as well the girls will suddenly switchover between “times when god has descended into them” and “times when god has not ”.

Kitsune Gakudan
The Fox God band

This refers to an air band that was summoned by the Fox God when “Megitsune” was released and who perform wearing Fox masks and white gowns. This ancient band crossed over Space/Time and danced their way into the present time, transformed a Noh theatre into a live house and their Metal drum kit composed of double bass Japanese drums and their break down revolving around the motif of “Sakura Sakura” played with Shamisen and other Japanese traditonal instruments has caused a huge stir not only in Japan but also to the peoples living in lands on the other sides of the seas outside of Japan.


The Fox God

The Fox God is a “god who rules over Metal” and who gave birth to Babymetal. The prayers of Metal messengers to revive and restore Metal reached the ears of the Fox God and he thus summoned together the 3 girls and gave them the name of Babymetal with the intent and meaning of “giving birth to a new Metal”. The members of Babymetal carry out their activities in accordance with the numerous divine instructions provided by the Fox God. Since the Fox God’s divine instructions come all of a sudden, the members are often without knowledge of what will come as a result of them.

Kitsunesama no mokushiroku
The Apocalypse of the Fox God

The “prophecies” regarding the future activities of Babymetal are all recorded, and the Metal resistance will proceed to unwind in accordance with this Apocalyptic record. Further, the numerous “Legends” that have occurred in the past are also recorded and these serve as historical reference books for Babymetal.