Happy Easter! Here Are Things to Enjoy

It’s Easter Sunday for the Christian world, and much of the world that connects to the Christian world, and even for lots of people who aren’t Christian at all but like to have an excuse to have candy, and while we could celebrate the happy re-birthday of Jesus of Nazareth with a little Living Dead I Dolls, I’ll aim instead for the more pagan/secular side of the celebration.

First up! MOAR RABBITS LAB, which has been out for a few days but I was sitting on because, come on, Easter:

I have no idea what the aims of this project are, but the girl can sing, so nbd. Continue reading

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The Corenament Has Reached Its Final Four: Who Lives to Fight Another Day?

Well, friends, the Corenament has reached its zenith — the Final Four are ready to square off. It wasn’t easy getting here, but a full month’s worth of pitting idols against idols gave us surprises, cheers and jeers, and plenty of head-scratching confusion.

Out of the wreckage of conference tournaments and the first four rounds of competition stand four elites as selected by you, the fans; literally nobody selected these as the Final Four, but that’s the neat thing about an ongoing war of attrition. Punk was almost completely wiped out by what you might call the three pillars of idol+metal, leaving only Guso Drop to defend hardcore’s honor. And, as an added bonus, the resultant matchups are tasty.

Yes, as the Corenament descends upon Akihabara, we have two of the great champions of the underground squaring off in a fists-and-elbows-vs.-Lovecraftian-horrors battle to the death (that they’d probably welcome!), plus a battle that many a smark fan of idol metal would love to see happen in real life.

While I expect the voting hordes to descend upon these final polls, I also expect the more thoughtful minds to have themselves some agonized decisions!

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Babymetal Added a Show in LA and No I Don’t Know

So. Babymetal’s touring with Red Hot Chili Peppers this spring, and Korn and friends during the summer, and now they’re doing a date of their own in Los Angeles:

Epic art

Official Twitter sent out the same news not long after, so: Continue reading

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Get Your Con on … Twice! More Daemon at Con Nichiwa

This is exciting; our pal DaeMetal was already going to be running as brutal an idol panel as has ever existed at Con Nichiwa in Tucson, and now he’s adding another:

That’s the Babymetal version; I won’t spoil some of what he told me about it, but suffice it to say that it sounds like a big ol’ space.
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More Babymetal U.S. Tour Dates, with Korn and Stone Sour et al

Well if this wasn’t a fun surprise for the afternoon:

I’m taking the dates listed in this Natalie.mu article to be the definitive ones, a bunch of stuff out West but none of Korn’s shows elsewhere in the country. Continue reading

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Did You Guys Want to See More Babymetal from the Tokyo Dome?

This recording popped up on Reddit last night, with the uploader pulling the ol’ fake-’em-out-with-YouTube-but-it’s-actually-on-Dailymotion trick. I was on the fence about whether to make yet another callback to the Dome, but then figured that it’s been a while since we last really did anything fun with Babymetal, so heck, post the sucker.

As the video stuff indicates, this is “No Rain, No Rainbow,” a song that I loved all the way up until it wound up on Metal Resistance, whereupon I immediately fell out of love with it, but this video got me to love it all over again:


No Rain No Rainbow @ Tokyo Dome by hugo-metal

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What Do the Five Know?

Let’s get down to some good ol’ fashioned irresponsible speculation:

What’s next? And why must we wait until Fox Day to get it? And why was my snarky throwaway tweet so immediately thereafter proved prescient? Continue reading

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Babymetal: See You in the U.S. in April!

Babymetal’s at-times hilarious performance partnership with Red Hot Chili Peppers continues unabated: The Peppers are coming to North America beginning today and running into July, and their idol metal pals will be part of the fun:

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Did You Want to See Babymetal’s Tokyo Dome Black Night?

Can I admit to having almost forgotten that the Black Night stream was going to be on WOWOW on Jan. 1? It wasn’t even on my radar until this showed up in my Facebook feed:

Oh, did anybody record that, I asked nobody. OF COURSE somebody recorded it and immediately uploaded it. Never doubt the power of the Fox God. Or Babymetal fans with modern technology, at least: Continue reading

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Monday Match Game: Who Is Best Metal?

Welcome back to the Monday Match Game! We took off last week to allow the Best of 2016 voting process to kick off, but I wanted to bring the game back in time to honor a truly momentous occasion in the history of idol metal.

For the past several weeks, Babymetal has been in the UK, touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. What started off as something of a tepid reaction from fairly unfamiliar crowds has since turned into a bizarre carnival as rock veterans take time out of their own headlining show to incorporate the relative newcomers and … yep, even wish their leader a happy birthday:

This means that thousands of new souls are being converted to the faith of the Fox God, which means that they’ll inevitably find their way online, which means that they too will soon become embroiled in the ultimate question: Who is best metal? Continue reading

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