Su-metal is the #13 Rock Star in the World Right Now Holy Shit

According to Kerrang!(.)

I’ll spare you all the insufferable think piece; my feelings on Babymetal’s trajectory, what Amuse management seems to have in mind and what that all means for other heavy idols looking west are well-documented.

But look: An idol — an 18-year-old singer/dancer/etc. from the Japanese talent machine, someone who could just as easily be doing stage work or traditional idoling or even nothing (given the recent track record of Sakura Gakuin graduates) — who fronts a trio that in turn fronts a brutal and highly technical metal band was just not only named to a list of the world’s biggest rock stars, but was given a very notable place on that list, ahead of some genuine legends.

That’s astonishing. Last year, Babymetal’s sudden spasms of acceptance among the Western rock scene were cool, but you could be forgiven for thinking that it was a novelty, industry people doing industry people things and looking for trends, other performers supported hard-working young women for the sake of it, etc. I don’t think you can think that anymore. The sales are real. The awards are real. The honors, like this, are real.

Does that mean that the crack in the door is real, too? Is Su-metal just the first?


An Epic Interview with Su-Metal, Translated

Babymetal are all about their world tour right now, but they’ve been rolling for a few months, and this interview from Rockin On was part of the media blitz around Metal Resistance.

Translated by the inimitable Thomas Malone (website), this is probably the single best glimpse inside the well-guarded personality of Babymetal’s leader that we’ve ever seen and may ever see again until the inevitable Behind the Music special airs in 10 or so years. Continue reading


Why You Love It: Su-metal’s Voice

If you’re at all familiar with Babymetal, you know Nakamoto Suzuka, Su-metal, the Queen, the Goddess. One of the first coherent thoughts that people have after discovering the group (you know, after the shock of metal-meets-dance-meets-teens) is “Holy shit, that girl can motherhubbard sing.”

To whit:

Yeah, I chose audio-only. You sometimes want a clean recording. Continue reading



Babymetal 2016 World Tour Dates and Info

The dark princesses of heavy metal.

My goodness, where do I start?

For starters, it must be said that I love Babymetal.* For reasons,** I can tell you exactly when I first heard them, first experienced the “Megitsune” video and first fell completely in love (it took about 30 seconds). I don’t kid around when it comes to Babymetal; if not for them, I never discover BiS, never get into the world of Japanese idols and never become obsessed to the point of starting this website.

Anyway, Babymetal. For a trio of teenagers, they’re not only delightfully awesome, but they’ve been doing this for a remarkably long time. Continue reading