Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How did I miss that?

So, I was watching Red Night from the Babymetal concert at the Tokyo Dome when suddenly they broke into an excellent song that I'd never heard before. It turns out that Syncopation is only on the Japanese version of Metal Resistance. The guitars are great and the drumming is out-of-control, even for Babymetal.

And it is good. I don't know that I'd be willing to give up From Dusk Till Dawn for it, but it is really good. Also, I found that I liked Yava! rather better after seeing it live. But while Red Night was excellent, kicking off with Road of Resistance and peaking with Karate, I think I would rather have gone to Black Night, as that's when they featured Megitsune, No Rain No Rainbow, Twilight of the Metal Gods, and, appropriately enough, Onedari Daisuken.


I don't think anyone has ever been as deliriously happy on stage as Moa. She's beaming pretty much the entire show on both nights. And Su has developed into a bona fide rock star. It's also kind of awesome to see 55,000 Japanese erupt in exactly the same way everyone did in the small club in which we saw them.

Soiya soiya soiya soiya! One, two, one, two, three, let's go!



Blogger JP April 26, 2017 11:38 AM  


Just kidding. Who doesn't like cute little japanese chicks making metal better?

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 26, 2017 11:43 AM  

Bootlegs of Syncopation are all samples, reversed or high-speed.

And it is still outstanding.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 26, 2017 11:46 AM  

Which song does it follow on Red Night? It isn't listed in the tracks.

Blogger maniacprovost April 26, 2017 12:07 PM  

Vox, ever listen to Wagakki Band? They are getting steadily better with each album.

Anonymous Jeff April 26, 2017 12:09 PM  

When the Supreme Dark Lord geeks out on Babymetal, his enemies can't even.

Blogger Jon D. April 26, 2017 12:30 PM  

Listening to them a ton (especially while writing action scenes) since you first started posting about them. They rock. Thanks for introducing.

Blogger Jon D. April 26, 2017 12:30 PM  

Now they are touring soon, and I want to see them... but here's the problem: they're opening for Korn. Do I shell out the money and deal with that? lol

Anonymous Azimus April 26, 2017 12:31 PM  

There is something about cultures that are born, develop, and mature on islands cradled far from the main landmasses of Earth that promotes bold experiments pushing the limits of human potential (I'm looking at you, Newfoundland). Watching the few Babymetal videos you have posted here, I confess I don't comprehend what I'm watching at all, but even the blind can understand the cutting edge of creative evolution when it is before them.

Will not lie: attractive women help me appreciate art more...

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 26, 2017 12:32 PM  

Yes. Go to their concert and leave before Korn. Parking will be much easier.

Blogger VD April 26, 2017 12:42 PM  

Which song does it follow on Red Night? It isn't listed in the tracks.

It was after Iine! and before Amore. They left some songs off the broadcast to save them for the DVD.

Blogger Nate April 26, 2017 12:48 PM  

"and the drumming is out-of-control"

I can assure you the drumming is perfectly controlled. Awesomely controlled.

Blogger Andre B April 26, 2017 12:49 PM  

Malice Mizer >>> Babymetal

Blogger Nate April 26, 2017 12:50 PM  

"Now they are touring soon, and I want to see them... but here's the problem: they're opening for Korn. Do I shell out the money and deal with that? lol"

Korn will be completely humiliated by Babymetal.

Outside of Godsmack or Five Finger Death Punch I really can't think of many acts that could stand up to having Babymetal open for them.

Anonymous MDZ1985 April 26, 2017 1:03 PM  

I've been waiting for the next Babymetal thread since the last one finally broke through my "metal resistance" and sent me tumbling down the fox hole. All your fault, and thank you very much for it.

Some fans have criticized Tokyo Dome (stage too big, nights should have been switched, etc.), and I agreed with some of it. But the third time I watched it, while sitting through one of the long audience participation segments, I had a realization. It's not just a concert, it's really a triumph. The Queen and her people in a public ceremony of adulation. It will be hard to top. Especially that performance of Onedari Daisakusen, which should be released as an official video.

Don't know if you been keeping up with the latest, but Babymetal is ruthlessly conquering the American South. Each night the Queen makes more demands of her subjects, staring in D.C. when she surprised everyone during "Karate" by telling them to take their phones out and light them up. By Little Rock some people were lighting them up early -- smart of them. She's up to 3 audience participations now, including "Gimme Chocolate" sing-along. Pleas of not being able to understand the lyrics simply draw a more insistent "SING IT!" Jacksonville drew a "I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" and should be thankful it's not a smoking hole. The remaining 3 cities should take note: The Queen commands, her subjects obey. The fact that they are merely the supporting act and the audience is actually mostly RHCP fans IS NO EXCUSE.

Blogger VD April 26, 2017 1:04 PM  

Korn will be completely humiliated by Babymetal.

Shades of Ministry preceding Red Hot Chili Peppers at Lollapalooza in Chicago. The USA Today story the next day barely mentioned the latter; the reporter was obviously blown away by Brother Al and company.

Anonymous mothersmurfer April 26, 2017 1:04 PM  

No links, Vox?

Anonymous Pony1 April 26, 2017 1:06 PM  

"Korn will be completely humiliated by Babymetal."

Most in the metal community see Baby Metal as a novelty act and don't take them very seriously.

Think what you want of them but Korn has a large discography and a pretty big following, I doubt they would be humiliated by BM.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 26, 2017 1:08 PM  

No good links for Syncopation. They are all scrambled in some way. The fox god wills it.

Blogger VD April 26, 2017 1:09 PM  

It's not just a concert, it's really a triumph.

It's a Japanese pride thing. There is a moment on Red Night, in the first song, when Moa wipes a tear away. It is easy to see how happy and proud they all are to be back in Japan after a breakthrough world tour. And there are more than a few Japanese flags being waved by the crowd.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 26, 2017 1:13 PM  

Korn will be destroyed by BabyMetal. Korn isn't dumb though: my guess is that they'll buffer between theor performance and Korn with tamer regional bands. Korn wants a mix of pull and filler, and BabyMetal is a massive pull.

Babymetal's debut album is vastly superior to anything Korn has ever done or ever will do.

Anonymous Anonymous April 26, 2017 1:32 PM  

There was a Japanese band in Downtown Toronto when I was passing by, at the corner of Yonge and Dundas. I saw them several times. They had flown from Tokyo to Toronto (LOOONG flight) and were seating or standing (drummer/guitarist) on the Yonge side of the street. Their cardboard sign read "FROM JAPAN."

I would describe their music as a fusion of funk and 70s-version music of grunge metal if it had existed then. Their crowd was middling.

I should write something about it at my website. If you want to check if it's there, go to:

Anonymous MDZ1985 April 26, 2017 1:33 PM  

My favorite moment of Black Night was right at the end, when Su pulled the "psyche!" move on Moa with the microphone during the "We are..." All three were laughing and just having a blast, completely at ease.

Anonymous Iron Felix April 26, 2017 1:46 PM  

Shit music

Anonymous HoosierHillbilly April 26, 2017 1:52 PM  

Korn and Babymetal has already happened at Chicago Open Air. You go see Babymetal to watch some fantastic musicianship. You go see Korn for the fan frenzy. I don't think Babymetal will get a fair shake at the sort of "festival" atmosphere, so count me as biased. The music is pretty good, but the whole stage act is necessarily lacking when you have to churn and burn through bands, and that seems to be a large part of their pull.

Basically here: If you are watching from the stands, your average music fan will like Babymetal more. If you love being in the pit, Korn will be your ticket. (And the degree of brutality you like in your metal will be a big factor.)

Need to see a staged performance of Babymetal opening for Rammstein. Though the stage might take up a square mile and need a power plant redirected for the sets.

Blogger Chris McCullough April 26, 2017 1:59 PM  

How long before they get invited to join Jam Project.

Blogger Nate April 26, 2017 2:33 PM  

"Basically here: If you are watching from the stands, your average music fan will like Babymetal more. If you love being in the pit, Korn will be your ticket. (And the degree of brutality you like in your metal will be a big factor.)"

TL/DR version:

people who actually like music will like babymetal. Idiots prefer korn.

Anonymous HoosierHillbilly April 26, 2017 3:42 PM  

@26 Can't argue with that. BabyMetal are far and away better musicians.

But if you are listening "for the music", then why see somebody live? Buy the album and enjoy the musicianship. If you are going for the live version, you are obviously signing on for something additional. The experience of bonding with fellow fans does weigh into one's enjoyment of the performance, which in the metal is done in the mosh.

Idiotic? Yep. All for the feelz? Yep. Satisfying? Yep.

Not up on my terms like other here, but I think the word I am looking for is catharsis? Venting of emotion to come to a fulfilling conclusion?

Blogger Happy LP9 April 26, 2017 4:17 PM  

I adore Baby M, so talented, adorable. Before mom died she was sending me some of their work to craft a dance to and I knew of their staff and thought, wow, they are real and so fab. I should just follow their moves, its so very well danced to and its classy, delicate, feminine with heavy metal!! Wow, just wow'ed

My ballet and yoga studios ladies and I wont work until we get a baby metal set in or follow their choreography,(even Karate) Megitsune's best, loop this 20 mins, your abs, mood everything is lit on fire in great joy;

I have always loved the J-pop and K-pop dance teachers its superb dance instruction that is not vulgar but real choreography.

I highly recommend working out to B and following their moves an hour in and 4 weeks later, you are a changed woman; firmed, toned and happier!

Blogger Happy LP9 April 26, 2017 4:19 PM  

I'm so happy we can talk about music again, current events are additive.

19 Vox, that is so beautiful, sooo awesome!! Baby Metal are sincere and so diligent, their performances mirror Disturbed are never off key or faked or wrong, its complete professionalism and immense beauty - I am proud of them all.

Blogger Happy LP9 April 26, 2017 4:25 PM  

Here's what I mean;

Blogger JCclimber April 26, 2017 4:26 PM  

I am very, very much looking forward to seeing them perform this summer with Korn in Mountain View, CA.

Anonymous Claymore April 26, 2017 4:32 PM  

Vox left his heart in Roppongi.

Blogger Fenris Wulf April 26, 2017 5:32 PM  

In the 90's, I used to read Metal Maniacs every month, and the readers actually petitioned the magazine to stop running articles about Korn. Nu-metal was universally hated by metal fans. Babymetal is pop music, but the metal elements are done well and there's none of the pretentious angst.

Blogger JCclimber April 26, 2017 6:06 PM  

Baby Metal isn't even mentioned on the ticket I purchased with Korn. But in the concert details, there is this lineup.
Lineup:Korn: The Serenity of Summer Tour.
Korn, Stone Sour, Babymetal, YelaWolf, Islander

i wonder which one opens? If it is Baby Metal I better get there before the concert starts at 5:30. Guess I'm taking teh afternoon off.

Blogger Todd Everhart April 26, 2017 6:06 PM  

This week I came across Japanese anime that is outright pro military and anti media. Nice seeing the Japanese successfully getting away with things that western entertainment can't. The show is G.A.T.E.

Anonymous Peter #0231 April 26, 2017 6:50 PM  


Two seasons, 24 episodes of awesome. The homage to Apocalypse Now (helicopter assault to Ride of the Valkyries) was especially nice.

Blogger Nick S April 26, 2017 7:03 PM  

It always makes me laugh when you gush about Babymetal.

Blogger Bob Loblaw April 26, 2017 7:12 PM  

Those girls are adorable in interviews.

Anonymous George of the Jungle April 26, 2017 7:25 PM  

VD you still don't get it. Japanese girl groups are not for listening to, heaven forbid.
They're for having sex with, especially if their breasts are really huge.

Anonymous Tipsy April 26, 2017 9:02 PM  

Babymetal observation: Cute ladies, very feminine.

Random hypothesis: The more naturally feminine a woman looks the less she needs makeup.

Corollary: You could probably rank femininity among ethnic groups by looking at the relative amount of disposable income they spend on beauty products.

Blogger dvdivx April 26, 2017 10:04 PM  

Japanese women make great girlfriends but lousy wives. They act feminine but go after their goal in an extreme way like having kids. Once that goal is achieved you can get cast away like a husk. Still if you are in Japan during golden week they have a lot of performances in public and many are free for the unknown bands.

Blogger SemiSpook37 April 26, 2017 10:50 PM  

Korn lost me at "Issues". Between that sorry excuse of an album and Jon Davis developing a diva complex, it makes me feel sorry that Babymetal has to open for them.

Anonymous Clay April 27, 2017 7:24 AM  

Showing my "anti-Oriental" side, I'll take Taylor Swift any day.

While she's still young.

Blogger Eskyman April 27, 2017 5:54 PM  

@35 & @36:

So glad that others appreciate Gate like I do! I'm still hoping that eventually there'll be some more seasons of this wonderful anime!

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