So I was was playing Song Pop 2 on my I Pa, a new app version of Name That Tune.. It is a fun game if you like music and competition. The game puts up the titles or artist of the song clips and you see if you can guess correctly the quickest. I was competing in the Metal category and I missed on the band called BabyMetal. That name caught my attention and I was off to the handy I Tunes. Sure enough, there is a band called BabyMetal and I have to admit I love their sound.
Before I get too far into the review, most people will not like this group. You must first enjoy Hard Rock and Metal, next you need to like or at least appreciate Anime. If you do not meet either of these categories this band Is Not For You.
The band describes themselves as Kawii Metal, i.e. Cute Metal. I can see that as a far description. The thing I first noticed is that the band behind the singers is solid Metal. The double bass drum play and guitars bring the sound. Then the singers come in. This is where if you don't appreciate Japanese influence it will throw you. I do, so I find it very cool that they blend a good Metal sound with Japanese Idol singing.
Now this band isn't just a cute novelty act, they have been on stage with the Metal god Rob Halford. The have played Wembley Arena and the Tokyo Dome. Metal Hammer readers in July voted their debut album as the best album of the 21st Century.
So the globalization of music is working in Hard Rock and Metal. Time to embrace the new sounds and look forward to what is next.
Til next time, listen to the best - your ears deserve it.