Babymetal Release New Video

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  1. Hollowway

    Hollowway Extended Ranger

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    Well, I just got my Babymetal dolls. The kawaii Hello Kitty style ones with the giant heads and tiny bodies. They're towering over my Ultraman and Boba Fett action figures as we speak. And you guys are the ONLY people that shall ever know that fact. :lol: I feel like the 40 year old virgin.
     
  2. Bloody_Inferno

    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    As someone who's bread and butter is mostly J-music, the constant stylistic shifts are part of the musical conceit. I expected straight up J-rock at places, and I got it in Yava for example. Hell, the chorus in Karate sounds like a One OK Rock song to me.

    As for Meta Taro, to me that's merely a school assembly kayōkyoku singalong, mashed over a Rammstein march... but granted with Japan's history, I kinda see where you come from. :lol:


    For the record, I really love No Rain, No Rainbow. Sure it's an X-Japan ballad retread, but I love that, and my Leda bias is showing hard here. :lol:
     
  3. Grand Moff Tim

    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    I must be listening to the wrong Japanese bands/artists, then, because the stuff I listen to is much more cohesive from song to song. Even stuff I got specifically on your personal recommendation (Luna Sea :lol:) has a cohesive sound that "sounds like Luna Sea," not like Luna Sea trying to sound like a dozen other different bands.

    I'm really not slagging Babymetal by saying all this, btw, if that's how it seems. I enjoy every track on the album except Meta Taro. I'm not bothered by the fact that they sound like they were written by completely different bands. I just don't think they really give any idea of what Babymetal as a band sounds like, if such a thing is even possible. For whatever reason, I think KARATE does a better job of that than the other tracks. It's possible (likely, in fact) that other people feel differently.

    I understand that they're more of a product composed by many different people than a band in a traditional sense of the word, so perhaps it's just my inability to look past them as what a "metal band" is in my head. I want to think of Babymetal as a band that has a sound, rather than a corporate entity spackled together by yes-men. Maybe I should stop that, since they seem to want to be the latter, and i still enjoy the music regardless. :lol::lol:
     
  4. blacai

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    They could release one single for each song. The connection between tracks is just 0.

    I enjoyed the album, though :)
     
  5. Bloody_Inferno

    Bloody_Inferno Silence is Violence

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    I completely forgot I recommended Luna Sea to you. :lol:

    Also consider that you're more familiar with all the metal sounds and subgenres as to a lot of the J-anything subgenres outside anime, so that could be a major factor that you can recognize a lot of the different styles Babymetal exhibit. That and Japan tend to be shameless about it, especially here. :lol: They are engineered to sound like metal after all.

    Luna Sea is a weird one though. They were one of the vanguards of the Visual Kei genre, and they were forging a sound that sounded literally nothing like anyone else. And even beyond what I recommended you (assuming not all of it), over the scope of their discography, some of the stylistic changes from song to song becomes even more apparent.

    Another example is Sid, a mainstream pop/rock band, in their case where having this song immediately followed up by this song on an album is considered normal. It's the sort of jarring change in an album that doesn't happen often outside Japan sans Faith No More or whatever band Mike Patton happens to be involved with. Or until the nu-metal guys dabbled with the concept of it, though in their case, it was more stylistic shifts within one song.

    Ultimately, if it sounds good, it sounds good.
     
  6. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    A good chunk of those were actually released as singles beforehand. In Jpop, the album pretty much comes last once the market has been bled dry for single digipacks, special single editions etc. The Road to Resistance clip was released in May 2015, one year ago. That's why they are often sonically different, too, they are not recorded as an album in one go.
     
  7. Señor Voorhees

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    I got some of those for my fiance I think around Christmas. Babymetal, X-Files, Fallout, and a handful of My Little Pony's litter her desk area. Mine is cluttered full of various anime and game characters. If she ever breaks up with me, I'll feel like quite the loser dork. :lol:

    Anyway, I got the same vibe. I really do like all of the songs on the album, but it doesn't feel very cohesive. It doesn't really detract from the experience to me, but it is noticeable.
     
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    Does anyone else see the Kempers in the back? And the song itself reminds of some song from the K-on movie.
     
  9. Emperor Guillotine

    Emperor Guillotine The Almighty Ruler

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    They've been using Kempers for quite awhile now. It's easy and convenient for touring bands - especially bands that tour internationally. I saw coldrain (another Japanese metal band) awhile back, and they were all using Kempers as well.
     
  10. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    In the 2014 tour they used Engls, was unable to determine which ones from my place though. Probably not Savages as they were all black.
    Using Fractals/Kempers makes sense for nearly everyone. Freight costs are a factor for all but the obscenely rich bands. Since they travel with their own sound engineers (all the crew at the console at the Paris show was japanese) They won't have to deal with "Uh wtf is this?" guys and get a consistent tone from shjow to show, which is pretty important for this kind of act.
     
  11. Rojne

    Rojne Köttbullar är fint..

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    Saw the video for 'Karate' a few days ago.. first time hearing anything from them..

    .. and it's ....ing awesome!
     
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    I've given the album a number of full listen-through over the past few days, and so far I'm standing by my first impression! It's a great album, in the sense that the band manages to keep its previous identity while getting less "gimmicky".

    Contrary to the first album, I find that most songs really stand on their own two feet, without the visual support of dancing. Which doesn't mean that seeing them performed live with full choregraphy won't be great, of course. ;)

    After a couple of times listening to the whole thing, I found myself focusing on Tales of the Destinies, maybe because my guitar teacher had me work on Dream Theater songs for over a year, so it feels like familiar territory. And Yava sounds so much like old European pop music from the 80-90's that I feel like I'm back in highschool parties. ;)

    All in all, I feel that the band really chose to emphasize metal over J-pop, and that mix works. :)
     
  13. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Just saw them (for the second time) at Download Paris.

    Pretty disappointed for a few reasons, one of which is their fault and the others aren't.

    -Technical issues delayed the start of the show. As this is a festival, you can't push back the end of the show so they just did 35 mn instead of an hour. :(
    -Seeing them on a huge festival stage lacks a lot compared to seeing them indoors. Sound was much worse to start with, and the choregraphy loses a lot when you're not near the stage to see the small movements. You endup just seeing three girls running and moving their arms.
    (And the one their fault: no specific event merchandising, only 2 generic "world tour" shirts. Which actually aren't bad but I was okay to spend much more. I still have my paris exclusive shirt from the first tour. (I'm not selling it, don't ask :p )

    So, overall, a not-so-good experience, I hope they'll come back indoors in Paris someday.
    On the bright side, Johan Haegg had a killer voice live for once.
     
  14. madwham

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    Yeah, the show cut in half was a bit of a let down... On the other hand, the way the audience had fun while the technical problem was solved was amazing. I know one pikachu that won't forget it. ;)
     
  15. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Yeah it was pretty cool, camera guy did a good job looking for stuff to make the people wait. The Bioman crowd surfing thing was cool too.
     
  16. Alberto7

    Alberto7 Silly Goose Engineering

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    That's why I don't go to festivals anymore. :lol:
     
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    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Well, it was 15 km from home, didn't have a good enough reason not to go ^^ I'm done with traveling to other countries for this though.
     
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    mikernaut pixel pusher

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    That awkward moment when Rob Halford is still higher pitched then Su :lol:

    Jump to 7:18

     
  19. Alberto7

    Alberto7 Silly Goose Engineering

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    ^ That was so freaking badass, I loved it. They looked like they were having an absolute blast, and the band was phenomenal.
     
  20. Rachmaninoff

    Rachmaninoff Amateur porn actor

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    Funny how the girls are using small flying-V guitars.
     

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