BABYMETAL Announces Release of New Album TBD, 2019

BABYMETAL used Fox Day 2019 to launch a new era of ambiguity, announcing that they will finally release their long-awaited new album at some point this year.

In addition to the new album, BABYMETAL revealed some major upcoming shows.  Late June will mark SU-METAL and MOAMETAL’s return to Yokohama Arena for the Apocrypha of the Fox God’s first Hemingway reference:   BABYMETAL Awakens – The Sun Also Rises. Continue reading

Adorkable Things Happened When Su-Metal Joined the Chili Peppers on Stage

Just think — it’s Thursday, winter is blowing in with a vengeance and the holidays loom. What better way to start your day than this short clip of Su-Metal jamming out sans an ounce of care with the Red Hot Chili Peppers:

The clip ends, I’m told, because the sudden appearance of Yuimetal and Moametal caused space-time to fold in on itself; unverified

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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:

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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