I’ve been a metal fan as far back as I can remember. When other little tykes were talking about the Barney theme and couldn’t shut up about ninja turtles, I was sitting my room listening to Pantera and Nine Inch Nails….while also watching Barney and ninja turtles. My fucking point is, I pride myself on being pretty on top of the metal scene. Only problem is, my focus was always North America and Europe. This set up me up to be blindsided during a youtube rabbit hole by a Japanese band called BABYMETAL. What would a Japanese band with three female vocalists look like? I’m glad you asked. Prepare yourself:
Now, if you went into it knowing what you were looking for, it might be fairly innocuous. But I stumbled upon it while lying in bed after a long day and was confused out of my god damn mind. It honestly took me a little while to even figure out if I liked it or not. I blame myself for not being as involved in the Japanese metal scene as I am with other locales, but am I the only one who absolutely loves the batshit craziness of it all?
I mean….the fuck? I’ve already seen the videos plenty of times and I’m still laughing my ass off, but also really enjoying the music. What’s not to like? That video is actually how I found them. The song was featured on Altered Carbon and I was running through some of the soundtrack when BOOM dancing Japanese girls. Of course, if I thought the videos were entertaining, I was unprepared for some of their live stuff.
AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I lost my shit at this point. I actually had to search and make sure this was a legitimate thing, and not just an elaborate marketing gimmick. Nope, totally legit. The band started back in 2010 and have two full albums you can download. Oh, the ladies also have heavy metal names which are….oh god….”Sumetal”, “Yuimetal”, and “Moametal”….no bullshit. None of them are currently old enough to buy beer in the U.S., by the way. They were all a part of a Japanese idol band called Sakura Gakuin until the talent agency decided to fuse the idol genre and metal genre. Thank god they did, because I have been thoroughly entertained by my foray into this crazy shit.
I don’t even know what to think anymore. What else have I been missing? Is there a metal group in Burkina Faso I’ve been ignoring? Does the Maldives have something to offer? Please tell me if so, because I need this kind of shit in my life for sheer entertainment value. Now I leave you with their debut music video, which is quite possibly one of the most kawaii things you can have and still loosely classify it as metal.