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Sunday, August 19, 2018

A tribute to the small god


This is one of the few rock songs that I consider to be genuinely great, the perfect combination of music, voice, instruments, and lyrics. Babymetal pulled out all the stops for this performance in Hiroshima, complete with live piano and strings.

But what makes it particularly meaningful is the tribute that is paid to the late Mikio Fujioka, who is shown playing here in what is usually Leda's place. Notice that he is first singled out just as Su begins the third verse.

Nidoto ae-nai kedo, wasure-naide itai yo.

We shall never meet again but I will never forget you.

I have to admit, I haven't been listening to nearly as much Babymetal since I was introduced to Band-Maid. But I think you'll admit that is excusable, considering how the girls of Band-Maid have been upping and re-upping their game. So much so that it wouldn't be entirely shocking if Kanami was to one day appear on stage playing with the Kamis. One thing both bands have in common is that they are heavier and more energetic live than in studio.

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Blogger Mark Stoval August 19, 2018 4:13 PM  


"We shall never meet again but I will never forget you."

A truly wonderful and memorable line.

Blogger Nate August 19, 2018 4:28 PM  

funny isn't it... we're told that men are all sexist and hate women...

And yet Baby Metal is almost universally adored in the Metal world.

Blogger VD August 19, 2018 4:37 PM  

And yet Baby Metal is almost universally adored in the Metal world.

I think Band-Maid is going to become even bigger than Babymetal after their US and European tour later this year. Practically no one has heard of them yet, but they have more good songs than Babymetal did when they broke through. They don't have anything that reaches the No Rain, No Rainbow level, but musically, they're more accessible.

What they should do is a big US tour where the Wagakki Band and Band-Maid warms up for Babymetal. That would be awesome.

Blogger Uncle John's Band August 19, 2018 4:42 PM  

That was beautiful and anthemic at the same time. I don't know their music so this may be obvious, but they nail the best aspects of rock while sounding completely fresh. That last part may be the most impressive. Rock didn't die, it just gave up on Pedowood.

Thanks for this. I have some listening to do.

Blogger LIONMAN184 August 19, 2018 5:10 PM  

Reminds me of the music from anime in the intro/outro. Good stuff.

Blogger VD August 19, 2018 6:18 PM  

Don't comment here again, Jed. Take your virtue-signaling elsewhere. Moderators, delete his comments in the future.

Blogger Fenris Wulf August 19, 2018 6:43 PM  

I confess to being a fan of Quiet Riot, and the Babymetal song sounds like some of their power ballads.

I was amused to see the Kemper modeling amps in the background. Everyone is using them now, including a music industry veteran of my acquaintance who used to be a huge analog snob. The Kempers do fine on lead tones, but the rhythm tones have a mushiness in the low end that I don't like.

To be fair, a lot of tube amps are awful sounding and you need a lot of knowledge and experience to ferret out the good ones.

Blogger pyrrhus August 19, 2018 8:06 PM  

Beautiful, the emotion came through without understanding the words.

Blogger Lazarus August 19, 2018 10:02 PM  

pyrrhus wrote:Beautiful, the emotion came through without understanding the words.

We shall never meet again but I will never forget you.

Beautiful in a nihilistic framework.

Blogger Nate August 19, 2018 10:10 PM  

Road to Resistance still gets me fired up enough to strap on dynamite and drive into an embassy somewhere

Blogger Dave W. August 19, 2018 10:50 PM  

Band-Maid are just awesome. Kanami can seriously shred with the best of them.

Blogger allyn71 August 19, 2018 11:57 PM  

@10 Nate

If I could like, +1.

Blogger allyn71 August 19, 2018 11:59 PM  

What Nate said

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare August 20, 2018 12:41 AM  

@allyn71

Thank you for linking that! I didn't understand a word (except for the a couple of times they used English, like "we are?") but it was freaking amazing. I wish I could understand the words, but the emotions couldn't be clearer. Awesome.

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Blogger Unknown August 20, 2018 12:51 AM  

Band Maid is my favorite new band. Those girls are the real deal, their drummer and bass player are awesome, and their guitar player has her own great style and is not just a shredder.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare August 20, 2018 12:56 AM  

Vox, I just watched the video, and thank you for posting it. I don't know a word of Japanese, nonetheless that was truly beautiful. I'm not even a huge Metal fan, but if more of it is like *this* I'll have to reconsider that position! Again, thank you.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare August 20, 2018 1:14 AM  

Sorry, should have clarified, I watched the Babymetal video, but I should have watched both before commenting.

Now I've watched the Band -Maid video, and that was some seriously fantastic guitar playing. I can't say it made me feel/gripped my emotions as powerfully as the Babymetal song did, but it certainly made my heart race! I'll have to look up some more of both groups' work, and I look forward to it.

Blogger S. Thermite August 20, 2018 2:56 AM  

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Blogger S. Thermite August 20, 2018 3:03 AM  


That Babymetal track is lovely, but the Band-Maid track is badass. Would have a couple of my friends checking their metal man-cards despite their band having opened for Cannibal Corpse (meh) and Opeth (yeah) at Detroit-area concerts back in the day. Metal started masculine but it’s a very emotional genre and I’d be lying if I said that post Peter Steele’s death my favorite metal vocals weren’t female.

Blogger B Gushikawa August 20, 2018 5:16 AM  

The lyric is actually much deeper...

It translates better to :

I want to tell you to never forget, even if we can't meet a second time.

It implies that only one meeting was enough to feel that deeply.

Blogger MendoScot August 20, 2018 9:47 PM  

You haven't converted me but regardless, your Babymetal posts are much more fun than the NFL.

What happened to the other two babies?

Blogger Blastmaster August 21, 2018 5:02 PM  

Greta Van Fleet is a new U.S band that is making great authentic rock and roll. Check em out

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