Babymetal is a band that really cannot be described well to someone unfamiliar with them. The most technical description would be a fusion of metal and J-pop(Japanese pop). Before you run away, take this group seriously. The group consists of 3 teenage girls(Suzuka Nakamoto-Su-metal, Yui Mizuno-Yuimetal, and Moa Kikuchi-Moametal) on vocals and a 6 member metal band(3 guitars, 2 drums, 1 bass). The group originally formed as a side project of a female “idol”(in Japan, a young star or starlet) band called Sakura Gakuin. The 3 girls had no experience with metal music before Babymetal.
The band released songs and performed live in cooperation with Sakura Gakuin until 2013 when they debuted on a major record label. In February of 2014, the first standalone Babymetal album was released as a self-titled CD. The album was met with success in Japan and with critics initially. During 2014, they opened for Lady Gaga during her “ArtRave: The Artpop Ball” tour in the western United States. They also debuted a song in November of 2014 called “Road of Resistance” which was a collaboration with Sam Trotman and Herman Li from the power metal group DragonForce. The band made their debut on U.S. television recently performing “Gimme Chocolate!!” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The group is a self defined kawaii metal band(kawaii meaning cute). When I first heard Babymetal’s music, it was a friend that showed me the video(live performance) of “Gimme Chocolate!!”. Once the video was finished, I kind of just sat there staring blankly at the screen, unsure of what I had seen. The first words out of my mouth explained it all for me, “Can you play that again?”. I was hooked. The band mixes solid metal instrumentation with the bubbly voice of the three teens amazingly well. Besides “Gimme Chocolate”, other favorite tracks of this reviewer include “Megitsune" (Vixen), "Doki Doki Morning” (Heart-Pounding Morning), and “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” (No More Bullying).
If you’re looking for something new, something different even something that might confuse your friends or loved ones, check out Babymetal. They do not disappoint, they definitely rock…..hard. This reviewer gives them 2 thumbs up, with at least two hands throwing up the horns in appreciation for the absolute metal.
Rock on and find your groove.