How insightful! The Metal God basically lays it down, Su-metal issues a stock reply to the wrong question (who can blame her?), and look! A person can be a fan of old and new and typical and atypical because … wow, it’s all good music!
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!
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.
I have no idea what this collaboration is going to end up like. The potential for raging disappointment is high. But maybe, just maybe, their performance will be the kind of thing that people refer to in awed whispers until the end of heavy metal itself.
Remember when I was saying that thing about how idols who do metal and also have an eye outside of Japan have “go full metal” as their only option to succeed? I didn’t mean quite this far. This is kind of massive. Almost regardless of how you feel about Judas Priest, you have to respect Rob Halford. Like, DragonForce at Download and the Golden Gods was neat, but … you’d basically have to resurrect Prince and have them all collaborate on a funky version of “Ganbare!!” to top this. Or, how I really feel: Continue reading →