Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Babymetal with X-Japan

This is a great song and an amazing video. See if you can figure out what is so cool about it.



Blogger Old Ez July 11, 2017 11:12 AM  

BM needs 12-14 more drummers tbqh

Blogger Nate July 11, 2017 11:13 AM  

metal piano.

I mean I could go on about talent... chops... but the instrumentation is freaking awesome.

Anonymous map July 11, 2017 11:17 AM  

That backing band is excellent.

Keep in mind that a lot of this is recycled 80's metal music. Loudness, an 80's jap metal band, had this kind of style.

Good stuff

Blogger Midnight Avenue J July 11, 2017 11:21 AM  

Weird and wonderful.

I still sometimes suspect this Babymetal stuff is a troll but I'm completely ng to believe you're quite serious. And like a fantastic car wreck, I cannot look away. Indeed, I'm even searching for downloads, as my workout playlists have become stale and need some life injection.

Anonymous 'Til the blood on your hand is the blood of a king July 11, 2017 11:25 AM  

The opening reminded me of Tosin Abasi.

Manowar is better though.

Blogger VD July 11, 2017 11:42 AM  

Keep in mind that a lot of this is recycled 80's metal music. Loudness, an 80's jap metal band, had this kind of style.


Blogger Gareth July 11, 2017 11:45 AM  

The drummer has a neck brace!

Anonymous Sensei July 11, 2017 11:48 AM  


Anonymous Deplorable Winning July 11, 2017 11:55 AM  

They're using drones for camera. Shots are synced to lighting.

Anonymous I know! July 11, 2017 12:02 PM  

Metal is proposition music!

Blogger Pug July 11, 2017 12:02 PM  

@9. you're right I didn't catch that it was filmed with drones. One drone can even be seen at cca 04:40, right off the drummer at the night sky.

And for a second I thought I saw Dio playing that guitar.

Blogger VD July 11, 2017 12:10 PM  

It's not the drones....

Anonymous Psi July 11, 2017 12:20 PM  

It's a mix video. Open stage mixed with dome performance.

Blogger ApolloKioku July 11, 2017 12:21 PM  

Psi - you got there before me. I was thinking this is two separate stages also.

Anonymous Deplorable Winning July 11, 2017 12:22 PM  

VD wrote:It's not the drones....

It's cut together from two or more separate performances?

Blogger VD July 11, 2017 12:26 PM  

It's a mix video. Open stage mixed with dome performance.

Exactly. And the band broke up the year before Su-Metal was born. If you notice a guitar on a stand towards the end of the video, that probably represents hide, the guitarist who died in 1998.

X-Japan was big when I was in Japan in 1988. They're a major influence on Babymetal. Here is the actual band playing the song with her.

Blogger slarrow July 11, 2017 12:39 PM  

Heh. I saw the guitar, wondered if it was for someone who had died. But didn't notice the cuts.

Anonymous carnaby July 11, 2017 12:53 PM  

They cloned Nikki Six and Mick Mars?

Anonymous MDZ1985 July 11, 2017 12:54 PM  

Neck braces played a major role in early (2012-2013) Babymetal concerts, sometimes being worn by the entire audience. It was an homage to X-Japan, specifically the drummer. The light-up braces at Tokyo Dome were a call-back.

Blogger Pug July 11, 2017 1:39 PM  

OT: I posted at Daily Meme Wars, but I'll post here too.

I can't subscribe for meme wars, I put in my e-mail, click on subscribe button, but nothing happens. Maybe I am not the only one with this issue?

Anonymous Forrest Bishop July 11, 2017 2:27 PM  

Pretty cool drone-shot music video. Here's another one which I think you'll agree is much more amazing. One take, no rehearsal. That's me with the long hair on chainsaw.

Blogger Antony July 11, 2017 2:28 PM  

On a musical note, Black Pigeon has just done a video about the problems the band Dream Machine are having with SJW's ;

Anonymous Anonymous July 11, 2017 2:46 PM  

"Ican't subscribe for meme wars, I put in my e-mail, click on subscribe button, but nothing happens. Maybe I am not the only one with this issue?"

Same here.

Blogger VD July 11, 2017 5:58 PM  

Email me directly with a request to be added. I can add you manually.

Blogger dienw July 11, 2017 6:01 PM  

I'm a nearly sixty-eight year old fart and I listen to folk/country; but this stuff is growing on me: pure theater, vitality, and no lewdness.

I had just spent two hours painting when I played the video; my eyes were blown away by the use of color: raw energy and the figure of the lead singer seemed to be carved from blocks of color. I switched to a couple of other metal videos of other groups that Youtube associated with them: the color was more of a sedate background in comparison to Babymetal's use of it.

Now, Vox is referencing the music; but I am thinking about how does this radically changes painting an important question if the younger/est generation is consuming this.

Anonymous Korbin Ransley July 11, 2017 7:27 PM  

Nice. This music got me pumped to go to the gym. I can hear Ivan Throne's voice calling upon me to go to the place of iron! Time to workout now. Thanks, Great music.

Blogger Andrew Taylor July 11, 2017 10:39 PM  


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Blogger Alec Rawls July 12, 2017 4:35 PM  

To my ear, what is cool is that she sings a sustained melody over the chaotic speed of the percussion and rythm instruments. Would be excellent for dancing Waltz or Hustle.

A phenomenon in partner dancing is that the further the beat of the music gets from the formal rhythm of the dance step being performed the easier it is for the leader to leave the beat behind and shape the rhythm of the couple's steps to follow other musical components, like the melody, which can create a fantasia-like free floating variation in speed.

What I would most like to dance to this song is Hustle. Being a three count dance that is normally danced to four count music, Hustle is not danced on the downbeat. (The one in the dance step is always precessing past the one in the music.)

Since he is not trying to match any step to the downbeat the leader can go in and out of the rythm of the music however he want. In particular, he can dance to the melody and ornament it with the rhythm however he wants.

In music it is typical to think of the melody ornamenting the rythm, but in a dance that doesn't have to keep any particular tie to the rythm of the music this naturally gets flipped. The feel comes trom the melody and the rythm becomes something to play with.

Or they can be equal. That is particularly true if you Hustle to Waltz music. If there was to be a natural beat for the 3-count Hustle, a beat where you COULD stay on the downbeat, it is the 3-count Waltz. But waltz also has melody, and when you dance Hustle you are not used to staying on any downbeat so you can match fully to the Waltz rhythm and still go in and out of it with perfect ease.

If you are a Waltz dancer, try listening to this Babymetal performance as a Waltz. As a dance-to-the-melody fantasia waltz, the song is inspired. Now IMAGINE that you know Hustle, this dance whose only natural speed is Waltz (but is never danced to Waltz music, except by me, as far as I know), without being tied to Waltz. Hustle is the ultimate fantasia-to-whatever-is-strong-in-the-music dance, and this is an inspired song whose strengths all flow right into Hustle. I definitely want to give it a try.

Anonymous Hob Ralford July 14, 2017 9:10 PM  

Well, this should curb my boredom with music for quite a while. Some of the writing reminds me of Devin Townsend/Strapping Young Lad. Great stuff.

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