Here’s Babymetal’s Entire Set from the Alternative Press Music Awards

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and if you have, I do not judge!), you knew about Babymetal’s appearance at the APMAs and knew it was going to feature Rob Halford from Judas Priest and guessed that it would probably involve “Karate” and at least one Priest classic like “Breaking the Law” or “Painkiller.” And then we got ’em all!

Thanks to @AshLikeSnow17 for the tip on the YouTube version

A few things:

  • I honestly have no idea why this performance happened other than Amuse paid Alt Press a large sum of money. Across-the-board collaborations aside, it had nothing to do with anything; unless something happened after I switched off, Judas Priest wasn’t involved other than this. Hell, Babymetal was barely involved other than this.
  • And it was still the most interesting part of the show. So much forced edginess!* You guys! They swear a lot!
  • But how good did Su-metal sound with Halford? Ol’ Rob doesn’t move so well anymore, so the physical chemistry was hard to come by, but their voices worked really well together. Su getting a little old-school edge right down to the screams was mega cool.
  • “Well, it isn’t really a Babymetal show unless Yuimetal and Moametal are directly involved” pointed out their parents, and so was born the briefly shocking image of the two of them actually playing actual guitars on stage.
  • “Playing” used rather generously in Yuimetal’s case (I think she was mostly accu-miming) and — correct me if I’m wrong — accurately enough in Moametal’s. Whether she’s able to put in as much time with the instrument as fans might hope is open to speculation, but “Kikuchi Moa plays guitar” is not an inaccurate statement.
  • I’m sorry, who are these Yeemetal and Mometal people? Embarrassing. It really isn’t that hard to at least include all of the letters that the teleprompter shows you. Or, you know, you’re just an asshole.
  • I’ve watched this replay five times and I don’t care. “Karate” is far from my favorite Babymetal song, and I still get seriously jazzed seeing them perform it. YOU GUYS IT’S BABYMETAL! AND ROB HALFORD! AND … LITTLE GUITARS!

*But for real, when the hell did “pop punk” become this thing that you admitted to doing? I’m not knocking the music**, but the sentiment; may as well start bragging about your “easy metal” or “mom ‘n’ roll” band while you’re at it.
**Yes I am. Most of this stuff is butt. I remember when rock music felt dangerous and important. Guns N’ Fuckin’ Roses playing a cash-grab arena tour after 20 years of hating each other is more inspiring than half of this stuff.

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What the ‘KARATE’ Video Says about the Future of Babymetal & Idol Metal

Have you seen Babymetal’s “KARATE” video yet?

Now you have.

When it comes to a cultural touchstone like Babymetal, there’s no such thing as “just a video,” and I can’t imagine a more “just a video” than “KARATE.” But it says an incredible amount about where Babymetal is now, where they’re going as a performing entity and what the future of what we call homicidols might be challenged to be. Continue reading

Babymetal’s ‘KARATE’ Video Is Metal as Hell

Much to the surprise of I think a lot of people, after announcing that their video for “KARATE” would be released as a Music Choice exclusive tomorrow, Babymetal management either didn’t know which day was which or Music Choice just sucks at embargoing content, because a whole bunch of people are watching this video and you can too (if you have the right cable subscription)! it’s already up on official YouTube.  Continue reading

I Fix Things: The House Needs Me this Weekend

It has been fun as hell this week, gang, with all kinds of new music all over the place. But my in-laws are visiting and I have to fix and clean a whole bunch of things, so please do take this and enjoy what’s there. Tell a friend or two, “Hey, I really like this stuff going on at, and I think you would, too.”

Remember Monday? Continue reading

Babymetal’s ‘KARATE’ Is Here, and It’s Amazing UPDATE: Download ready! Audio also on YouTube!

UPDATE: Currently available for download! iTunes says $1.29, but it becomes a free download if you pre-order the album (which, you know, you should).

Also available on Spotify!

One of the most anticipated single releases of the year so far, period, and something that the international metal community has awaited with dread both great and awful, “KARATE,” the first single off of Babymetal‘s second album, the upcoming Metal Resistance, has landed. Listen above, or dive deeper for the official Metal Resistance trailer and get a sneak peek at the soon-to-be-released music video for “KARATE.” Continue reading

Your Chance to Listen Live to the World Premiere of Babymetal’s ‘KARATE’

To avoid becoming Babyblog, I’m just going to keep updating these original posts.

Wanna hear the UK’s BBC Radio 1 debut of “KARATE”?

BABYMETAL – BBC Radio 1 (25 February 2016) – KARATE Debut by Missing Reel

North American audiences will be able to listen to “KARATE” tonight at midnight, that is 24:00 Thursday / 0:00 Friday, on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal. Jose’s show. What’s it called?

And now that we got that taken care of, read on for another look at the marketing at play. Continue reading

‘KARATE’ Confirmed as First Single on Babymetal’s METAL RESISTANCE [UPDATED with video]

This isn’t news per se, but good to have it from another source (Loudwire): Babymetal‘s first single from METAL RESISTANCE will be “KARATE,” available on Feb. 25.

“KARATE” aka “Seiya/Soiya” among fans ever since it debuted at Yokohama, did in fact strike me as a possibility for the first single/video from the album; they could have gone the sounds-like-“Gimme Choko” route with “Awadama Fever” or gone with the more typical “YAVA!” (“Chigau”), but “KARATE” does have the sound of a crossover track, like you might hear it on rock radio’s drive-time hour as opposed to just on the late shows.

I did mention earlier that I’d have thoughts about that, and I do, and it really boils down to this: I didn’t want their lead track from this album to be “KARATE.” Continue reading