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(NPR)   Take the deafening, cacophonous noise of death metal and mix it with the shrill, cloying voices of J-Pop and you get Babymetal. May 弁財天 have mercy on us all   (npr.org) divider line 265
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2014-09-04 08:33:12 PM
Mike Patton approves!
 
2014-09-05 12:49:28 AM
This has been around for a while, and I actually found out about them on Fark. WTFark?
 
2014-09-05 01:33:25 AM
Gave it a listen. Gonna have to go with "nope". 

There's a good amount of J-Rock (The Pillows, Noodles, Go!Go!7188 etc)  that I like and even some J-Pop, but J-Pop+Metal just does not work for me. The sounds don't mix right. :-/
 
2014-09-05 02:51:37 AM
Maybe we should just admit that metal is dead. Right now pop is having a farking heyday. Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Katy Perry, etc. It's just a great time to want to dance. Not such a great time to bang your head.
 
2014-09-05 03:30:44 AM
Awful
 
2014-09-05 03:32:39 AM
So that's what I heard in that one scene in Blade.
 
2014-09-05 03:35:24 AM
It's to ears what flashing lights are to epileptics
 
2014-09-05 03:36:30 AM
"Check!"

i1191.photobucket.com
 
2014-09-05 03:41:29 AM
Yikes!! I don't even know what to think about that. It was like two things that you sorta like mashed together to make something that you're almost sure you don't. But it might grow on you? Would it be wrong if it did? I'm very confused right now. Somebody hold me.
 
2014-09-05 03:42:19 AM
 
2014-09-05 03:46:48 AM
I'm going to be honest here...I kinda really liked Megitsune.
 
2014-09-05 03:48:57 AM
Don't listen to that Gimme Chocolate song. Go the the next video. It's way better.
 
2014-09-05 03:53:08 AM
I'm listening to Amaranthe at the moment.. sort of electro-pop with melodic death metal.. though I think the one harsh vocalist sounds less like death metal and more like the screamer from Mudvayne.
 
2014-09-05 03:53:59 AM
Old news is old.
 
2014-09-05 03:54:41 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Maybe we should just admit that metal is dead


It may be time.  There was an AFN commercial yesterday about fire safety with Cemetery Gates playing in the background.  A part of me died.
 
2014-09-05 03:54:50 AM

Alphax: I'm listening to Amaranthe at the moment.. sort of electro-pop with melodic death metal.. though I think the one harsh vocalist sounds less like death metal and more like the screamer from Mudvayne.


Ever heard of Judgement Day? They do string metal (their website is stringmetal.com) and it's basically cello and violin metal..I guess. I saw them open for Pinback and they were decent. Not my cup of tea but not objectionable either.
 
2014-09-05 03:55:16 AM
Old and lame news. Here's some actually legit Japanese metal.
 
2014-09-05 03:58:36 AM
It's a little catchy. It's a good thing for the "metal scene" whatever that is.

I read somewhere the band got the crowd to do a wall of death, and rather than turn violent everyone was laughing and smiling. That's a good thing.

This is coming from a huge Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Dying Fetus, Cephalic Carnage, etc. etc. fan. And yes I know those aren't metal. Amon Amarth sucks. They really do. Boring boring boring. Don't worry, this Babymetal won't infringe on your death metal cookie monster and black metal donald duck vocals. It's new, let it play out. It'll get more people into heavy music. It might inspire them.

I guess there's "post metal" for a reason.

Anyway, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h85KV5e6t-E&list=TLHSkTkvAGbm-ayySsIJI s 96v6arp6NTpp

The guy plays the entire album Leviathan by Mastodon in one take and it's amazing. He's even covering Converge and Meshuggah songs.  Piano metal. I tried to play some for a friend who just hears "a bunch of noise and screaming" and it kind of made him "get it". Granted, Pig Destroyer isn't exactly a good band to get someone into heavier music. Ha.
 
2014-09-05 03:58:50 AM
Watched the first video.. eh.  They don't sing that well, and if there was no video to watch, it would be really boring.
 
2014-09-05 03:59:36 AM

NeuroticRocker: Alphax: I'm listening to Amaranthe at the moment.. sort of electro-pop with melodic death metal.. though I think the one harsh vocalist sounds less like death metal and more like the screamer from Mudvayne.

Ever heard of Judgement Day? They do string metal (their website is stringmetal.com) and it's basically cello and violin metal..I guess. I saw them open for Pinback and they were decent. Not my cup of tea but not objectionable either.


I will say the videos on their site sound WAYYY better than what I heard at the show. Something must have not been right with some of their equipment because it wasn't at all melodic but whats on their site is far superior. It's better tea :)
 
2014-09-05 04:01:27 AM

NeuroticRocker: Alphax: I'm listening to Amaranthe at the moment.. sort of electro-pop with melodic death metal.. though I think the one harsh vocalist sounds less like death metal and more like the screamer from Mudvayne.

Ever heard of Judgement Day? They do string metal (their website is stringmetal.com) and it's basically cello and violin metal..I guess. I saw them open for Pinback and they were decent. Not my cup of tea but not objectionable either.


Doesn't ring a bell, but I do have some Apocalyptica albums.  Originally 4 cellists doing Metallica covers, later changed to 3 cellists and a drummer.  When they bring in guest singers from other bands, they can actually get on the radio.
 
2014-09-05 04:01:56 AM

VTGremlin: I'm going to be honest here...I kinda really liked Megitsune.


Yeah, that's one of my favorite of theirs.

/would rather listen to this than country
 
2014-09-05 04:06:14 AM
I pity anyone who can listen to Babymetal and not smile. You have no soul.
 
2014-09-05 04:11:15 AM
Sounds to me like the drummer is a big Slipknot fan.

In other news, a "mosh'sh" pit is now a thing.
 
2014-09-05 04:12:43 AM

Esroc: I pity anyone who can listen to Babymetal and not smile. You have no soul.


Oh no, it's cute. I'll give you that. It might have something to do with my Aspergers but I really hate, and have always hated loud sounds. It's very rare that I will enjoy loud music and this is too much for my ears. I do appreciate what they're doing though. I think it's probably good for the culture and genre and I showed my best friend this and he loves it, but for me, I just have to pass.

I'm not saying it's bad, but it's aliens. 

/subby
 
2014-09-05 04:14:20 AM

Hiro Nakamura: AverageAmericanGuy: Maybe we should just admit that metal is dead

It may be time.  There was an AFN commercial yesterday about fire safety with Cemetery Gates playing in the background.  A part of me died.


fark that.

Insomnium - Ephemeral
Be'lakor - Countless Skies
Draconian - The Quiet Storm
Swallow the Sun - Plague of Butterflies
Dark Tranquillity - Dry Run
Rotting Christ - Phobos' Synagogue
Lamb of God - Now You've Got Something to Die For

/Long live metal
 
2014-09-05 04:16:55 AM

Alphax: NeuroticRocker: Alphax: I'm listening to Amaranthe at the moment.. sort of electro-pop with melodic death metal.. though I think the one harsh vocalist sounds less like death metal and more like the screamer from Mudvayne.

Ever heard of Judgement Day? They do string metal (their website is stringmetal.com) and it's basically cello and violin metal..I guess. I saw them open for Pinback and they were decent. Not my cup of tea but not objectionable either.

Doesn't ring a bell, but I do have some Apocalyptica albums.  Originally 4 cellists doing Metallica covers, later changed to 3 cellists and a drummer.  When they bring in guest singers from other bands, they can actually get on the radio.


I appreciate what Apocalyptica is trying to do. but no matter what you do you can only look so cool playing the cello.
 
2014-09-05 04:18:07 AM
I listen to a lot of metal, but babymetal isn't really my thing. If you want to listen to metal fused with other styles I highly recommend Diablo Swing Orchestra, excellent avant-garde metal (metal with swing, jazz influence)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osTu38yuuHo
 
2014-09-05 04:20:33 AM

Norwegian Squirrel: I listen to a lot of metal, but babymetal isn't really my thing. If you want to listen to metal fused with other styles I highly recommend Diablo Swing Orchestra, excellent avant-garde metal (metal with swing, jazz influence)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osTu38yuuHo


I bet you'd like Ayreon.
 
2014-09-05 04:23:29 AM

tkgeisha: Alphax: NeuroticRocker: Alphax: I'm listening to Amaranthe at the moment.. sort of electro-pop with melodic death metal.. though I think the one harsh vocalist sounds less like death metal and more like the screamer from Mudvayne.

Ever heard of Judgement Day? They do string metal (their website is stringmetal.com) and it's basically cello and violin metal..I guess. I saw them open for Pinback and they were decent. Not my cup of tea but not objectionable either.

Doesn't ring a bell, but I do have some Apocalyptica albums.  Originally 4 cellists doing Metallica covers, later changed to 3 cellists and a drummer.  When they bring in guest singers from other bands, they can actually get on the radio.

I appreciate what Apocalyptica is trying to do. but no matter what you do you can only look so cool playing the cello.


Oh?

www.gigcity.ca
 
2014-09-05 04:23:53 AM
Not sure which blew my mind more; Babymetal or the fact I'm reading a review about them at NPR.  And that 'serious critic' at times was so overthinking and over-referencing in the review as to out-absurd Babymetal themselves.

Japanese media and culture are a never-ending source of fascination and wow, and Babymetal is no exception.

Excellent find, subby.
 
2014-09-05 04:26:31 AM

FuzedBox: Norwegian Squirrel: I listen to a lot of metal, but babymetal isn't really my thing. If you want to listen to metal fused with other styles I highly recommend Diablo Swing Orchestra, excellent avant-garde metal (metal with swing, jazz influence)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osTu38yuuHo

I bet you'd like Ayreon.


Oh yeah, love the Human Equation, excellent concept album (I hear they're even making a theater/musical thing, sadly only in the Netherlands)
 
2014-09-05 04:29:51 AM

Norwegian Squirrel: FuzedBox: Norwegian Squirrel: I listen to a lot of metal, but babymetal isn't really my thing. If you want to listen to metal fused with other styles I highly recommend Diablo Swing Orchestra, excellent avant-garde metal (metal with swing, jazz influence)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osTu38yuuHo

I bet you'd like Ayreon.

Oh yeah, love the Human Equation, excellent concept album (I hear they're even making a theater/musical thing, sadly only in the Netherlands)


Yeah, the Human Equation is my favorite album. I've also heard that they organized a large get together. Shame that there's just too many artists involved to make a world tour feasible : (
 
2014-09-05 04:30:17 AM
And not one Boris link. For shame.
 
2014-09-05 04:33:45 AM
I kinda like Li Ne from them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVdBBOpSoN4 it sounds like something from a Mega Man game for a bit. That is until half way through the video where I died laughing at the wtf thrown at me.
 
2014-09-05 04:38:58 AM

White_Scarf_Syndrome: And not one Boris link. For shame.


A doom lover eh? This thread could use some of that:

Boris - Method of error
Esoteric - Disconsolate
My Dying Bride - A Doomed Lover
Ahab - Redemption Lost
 
2014-09-05 04:41:39 AM
I've always loved older thrash like MetallicA or Slayer, and I like metal instrumental sensibilities in general.

But for me the vocals in more modern metal jumped the shark.  80s and 90s thrash singers could sound mean and gutteral while still having musical value, but they went too far with the a-tonal barking and growling thing.  It just always sounded beyond awful to me and steered me away from music I otherwise would have liked.

This "babymetal" stuff is kind of the same way.  I want to like it, especially "Megitsune", because I thought the heavy guitar with shamisen idea was pretty cool.  But the vocals and the electronic elements just sound SO out of place.
 
2014-09-05 04:43:49 AM

Norwegian Squirrel: I listen to a lot of metal, but babymetal isn't really my thing. If you want to listen to metal fused with other styles I highly recommend Diablo Swing Orchestra, excellent avant-garde metal (metal with swing, jazz influence)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osTu38yuuHo


*listens*

Its like a combination of electro swing and steampunk ...and they're on an indie label. I like.

Thanks.
 
2014-09-05 04:46:34 AM

FuzedBox: White_Scarf_Syndrome: And not one Boris link. For shame.

A doom lover eh? This thread could use some of that:

Boris - Method of error
Esoteric - Disconsolate
My Dying Bride - A Doomed Lover
Ahab - Redemption Lost


Boris was here in Austin recently I think.

Someone told me about Melt Banana. I listened for a few minutes, then it sounded exactly like Minnie Mouse was singing to some Japanese doom stuff. I had to turn it off and process that for a few minutes. I haven't returned to Melt Banana. Maybe in the future. I mean, if I can take Cookie Monster and Donald Duck screaming in my music, why can't I take Minnie Mouse? Right?
 
2014-09-05 04:47:11 AM

Norwegian Squirrel: I highly recommend Diablo Swing Orchestra, excellent avant-garde metal (metal with swing, jazz influence)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osTu38yuuHo


Dude, that is something else.
JazzMetal is not something you hear every day!  Pretty sweet, thanks for that.
 
2014-09-05 04:48:27 AM
Frakking love this band.

I went to see them at Sonisphere back in July. A 'proper' metal festival with Maiden and Metallica headlining, Slayer and Carcass playing.... and BabyMetal.

The atmosphere was fantastic, the band (I mean the real band, the guys playing the instruments) were technically excellent and strutted their stuff, and the girls were energetic and kawaii as fark. Also they had the only moshpit I've ever seen with a pikachu in it... possibly the happiest moshpit in history too.

You can't listen to this stuff and *not* grin like a loon...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O15zJlqI5vA&index=3&list=RDSsBF_QLDK 6w
 
2014-09-05 04:49:51 AM

Gawdzila: I've always loved older thrash like MetallicA or Slayer, and I like metal instrumental sensibilities in general.

But for me the vocals in more modern metal jumped the shark.  80s and 90s thrash singers could sound mean and gutteral while still having musical value, but they went too far with the a-tonal barking and growling thing.  It just always sounded beyond awful to me and steered me away from music I otherwise would have liked.

This "babymetal" stuff is kind of the same way.  I want to like it, especially "Megitsune", because I thought the heavy guitar with shamisen idea was pretty cool.  But the vocals and the electronic elements just sound SO out of place.


There's a whole lot of variety out there in Metal.  I tend not to listen to bands that use harsh vocals only, but I've come to like them in backing roles.  I'm mainly listening to symphonic metal or gothic metal lately.  Some metal purists may considering Within Temptation or Delain or Nightwish to be almost pop music, but I'd say they're what I WISH pop music sounded like.
 
2014-09-05 04:51:17 AM
The fundamental problem with their style is that they break into a positive sounding burst of J-pop for the bridge.

I would, however, tell the DVR to grab all episodes of the anime that picked this genre for it's theme music.
 
2014-09-05 04:53:18 AM
i57.tinypic.com

And here they are posing with Slayer....
 
2014-09-05 04:55:31 AM

Gothnet: Frakking love this band.

I went to see them at Sonisphere back in July. A 'proper' metal festival with Maiden and Metallica headlining, Slayer and Carcass playing.... and BabyMetal.

The atmosphere was fantastic, the band (I mean the real band, the guys playing the instruments) were technically excellent and strutted their stuff, and the girls were energetic and kawaii as fark. Also they had the only moshpit I've ever seen with a pikachu in it... possibly the happiest moshpit in history too.

You can't listen to this stuff and *not* grin like a loon...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O15zJlqI5vA&index=3&list=RDSsBF_QLDK 6w


Outfarkingstanding, band and crowd alike.
 
2014-09-05 04:58:32 AM

Alphax: Gawdzila: I've always loved older thrash like MetallicA or Slayer, and I like metal instrumental sensibilities in general.

But for me the vocals in more modern metal jumped the shark.  80s and 90s thrash singers could sound mean and gutteral while still having musical value, but they went too far with the a-tonal barking and growling thing.  It just always sounded beyond awful to me and steered me away from music I otherwise would have liked.

This "babymetal" stuff is kind of the same way.  I want to like it, especially "Megitsune", because I thought the heavy guitar with shamisen idea was pretty cool.  But the vocals and the electronic elements just sound SO out of place.

There's a whole lot of variety out there in Metal.  I tend not to listen to bands that use harsh vocals only, but I've come to like them in backing roles.  I'm mainly listening to symphonic metal or gothic metal lately.  Some metal purists may considering Within Temptation or Delain or Nightwish to be almost pop music, but I'd say they're what I WISH pop music sounded like.


Gothic's great, or at least it used to be. Really looking forward to seeing Nightwish's next album with Floor Jansen (huge After Forever fan here). Within Temptation jumped the shark completely with their last album; having a track that features a rapper? Please.

However, not all new Gothic Metal is shiat. Like you said, Delain is great. Elysion and We are the Fallen are also really good bands.
 
2014-09-05 05:02:36 AM

VTGremlin: Don't listen to that Gimme Chocolate song. Go the the next video. It's way better.


You aren't kidding, that actually sounded decent
 
2014-09-05 05:04:09 AM
Nathan Explosion voice:

"I dunno man I guess Japan is pretty metal. And chocolate is pretty metal. The Aztecs and the Indians mutilating women and children for their demon Gods with chocolate. I'll tell you one thing though, 15  year old Japanese girls are NOT metal"

Skwisgaar: "Augh, that's is okay I dont's mind if they ares metals or not I mea-"
Nathan: "HEY! That's enough Skwisgaar!"

I'm sorry for the terrible Dethklok fanfiction. It sounded better in my head.
 
2014-09-05 05:08:13 AM

FuzedBox: Gothic's great, or at least it used to be. Really looking forward to seeing Nightwish's next album with Floor Jansen (huge After Forever fan here). Within Temptation jumped the shark completely with their last album; having a track that features a rapper? Please.

However, not all new Gothic Metal is shiat. Like you said, Delain is great. Elysion and We are the Fallen are also really good bands.


I thought the track with the rapper was one of the better ones, that and the one with Tarja, of course.  But overall the album was disappointing.

I do have 2 Elysion albums; Greek band that's a bit like Lacuna Coil without the male singer.

Pythia is also interesting.  An English band, they sound a bit like Dragonforce sometimes, only with vocals by a female opera singer.  One with a very sexy voice.
 
2014-09-05 05:16:11 AM

Alphax: FuzedBox: Gothic's great, or at least it used to be. Really looking forward to seeing Nightwish's next album with Floor Jansen (huge After Forever fan here). Within Temptation jumped the shark completely with their last album; having a track that features a rapper? Please.

However, not all new Gothic Metal is shiat. Like you said, Delain is great. Elysion and We are the Fallen are also really good bands.

I thought the track with the rapper was one of the better ones, that and the one with Tarja, of course.  But overall the album was disappointing.

I do have 2 Elysion albums; Greek band that's a bit like Lacuna Coil without the male singer.

Pythia is also interesting.  An English band, they sound a bit like Dragonforce sometimes, only with vocals by a female opera singer.  One with a very sexy voice.


Haven't heard of them. Skimmed a few tracks and they seem pretty good. You had me worried with the Dragonforce comparison; Speed/Power Metal isn't my cup of tea. I like what I'm hearing so far. You're right about that vocalist... She's beautiful with a voice to match.
 
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