Kaldath's Corner: Kawaii Metal"

Greeting everyone, I have decided to try something a little new here on the HeroMachine blog and have started what I am calling “Kaldath’s Corner”.  In these posts I am just going to be discussing things that I “Kaldath” like, be it music, books, movies, TV shows, what have you! The catch with this is it will not be a schedules weekly feature and instead will be posted when something catches mt attention enough that I want to talk about it. Hopefully with this loose format and posting schedule I will not get burned out on it and you the reader won’t get too bored with the contest! So let’s get started!

To kick off this first ever Kaldath’s Corner I present to you all …………. BABYMETAL!!

BabyMetal – Gimme Chocolate (YouTube)

Babymetal is a Japanese Vocal and Dance group which performs a fusion of J-Pop and Metal which they have dubbed “Kawii Metal” or “Cute Metal!”I first learned of this group less then a week ago when watching an episode of “Youtubers React” on the Finebro’s youtube channel and I must say that at first I found this music and the corresponding videos very surreal but it did get my attention. I wanted to hear more of this music and so I search out the groups videos on youtube and I was HOOKED!

Being a child of the 80’s I grew up listening to Hard Rock, Heavy metal, Glam, and as it was often called Hair Metal and to be honest that type of music is go to choice when I am in a music listening mood, though being a fan of Anime and by extension the music found therein I do have a bit of a taste for J-pop as well. Babymetal just seems to satisfy both musical tastes for me without really clashing in my mind! I Guess it helps that I was never a big fan of the truly hard death metal stuff like Slayer, or Megadeath and instead am more attracted to bands like Poison, Def Leppard, Warrant etc, though I do have some exception being a great fan of Metallica and Manowar but since my tastes to fall more towards the Glam/Hair Metal side of heavy metal I think Babymetal is just PERFECT for me!

Give it a listen and see what YOU think! Leave a comment below telling me your thoughts on this group, why you love it, hate it, or are just meh about it!

BabyMetal – Ijime, Dame, Zettai (YouTube)

14 Responses to Kaldath's Corner: Kawaii Metal"

  1. Mind is blown. I’m a Hard Rock/Hair Metal guy from way back too so I can appreciate the fusion of pop and metal, but this is a whole other level of sugary sweet metal craziness. I’ve watched K-Pop groups like Girl Generation and Rainbow Pixie with my daughter and I must say that they can’t even come close to the weirdness of this unholy fusion.

    I must say I will jump down this rabbit hole and check out this bizarro realm.

  2. I love Japan. Nowhere else comes out with such brilliant weirdness. Can’t say I care for the verses, but the chorus is pretty nice. I’ll admit, I’d never heard of this lot before. My knowledge of J-Metal extends to Dir En Grey and FACT and that’s about it.

  3. I just find this group extremely talented, especially give the fact the the lead vocalist is 16 and the other two girls are both only 14!

  4. Oh, and I’d also like to mention that I just finished buying the Babymetal Album from the iTunes store!

  5. Babymetal! I grew up on hair metal and grew into the heavier stuff, and a friend sent me a video of these girls a a couple of weeks ago. I thought they were completely weird and awesome and fun. I’ll admit I wasn’t a fan of Gimme Chocolate but I liked a few of their other songs.
    And who am I to complain about more people being introduced to metal through a band that bridges a gap to the pop genre?

  6. I . . . couldn’t understand the lyrics most metal singers sung in English! Where could I get a translation, do you think? Does look interesting. I find myself wondering if that ‘frame the face with your hands’ dance was about how peripheral vision is affected by over-ingestion of sugar?

  7. I like it. Very nice sound. Definitelly some Iron Maiden influece in there too. Gonna have to listen to more of this Babymetal… m/

  8. @Herr D, Here is a translation of the lyric for Gimme Chocolate, that I found!

    GimiChoko!! (Give Me Chocolate!!)
    [[ Give me chocolate! ]]

    [[ Give me chocolate! ]]

    Atatata taata taatatata zukkyun.
    Watatata taata taatatata dokkyun.
    Zukyun. Dokyun. Zukyun. Dokyun.
    I won’t. Won’t. Won’t. Won’t. Never. Never. Never.

    Check-it-out chocolate. Can I have a bit of chocolate?
    But my weight worries me a bit these days.
    However, chocolate. Can I have a bit of chocolate?
    But wait a while! Wait a while! Wait! Wait! Wait!

    [[ Give me! ]]

    [[ Give me chocolate! ]]

    Atatata taata taatatata zukkyun.
    Wadadada daada daadadada dokkyun.
    Zukyun. Dokyun. Zukyun. Dokyun.
    Yet. Yet. Yet. Yet. Never. Never. Never.

    Check-it-out chocolate. I can have a bit of chocolate, can’t I?
    But my weight worries me a bit these days.
    However, chocolate. I can have a bit of chocolate, can’t I?
    But wait a while! Wait a while! Wait! Wait! Wait!

    [[ Give me! ]]

    Parappappappaa rappappappaa rappappappaa paapapapapaa.
    Too, too late. Too, too late. Too, too. Please! Please! Please! Come on!

    [[ Give me chocolate! ]]

    Atatata taata taatatata zukkyun.
    Wadadada daada daadadada dokkyun.
    Zukyun. Dokyun. Zukyun. Dokyun.
    I won’t. Won’t. Won’t. Won’t. Never. Never. Never.

    I did it so hard. I did my best.
    So, a bit(heart). I ask you just a little bit.
    Quickly chocolate. Please give me chocolate quickly!
    Pass me chocolate! Chocolate please!

    Check-it-out chocolate. I can have a bit of chocolate, can’t I?
    I think so, don’t you? It’s so good. I’ll be so happy and can work hard.
    So, chocolate. I can have a bit of chocolate, can’t I?
    I think so, don’t you? Just a little bit. I’ll eat just a little bit of chocolate.

    Parappappappaa rappappappaa rappappappaa paapapapapaa.
    Too, too late. Too, too late. Too, too. Please! Please! Please! Come on!
    Parappappappaa rappappappaa rappappappaa paapapapapaa.
    Pappappaa pappappaa pappappaa paapapapapaa.

  9. Hey, thanks, Kaldath.

  10. Aack! Pfui! Sorry, never was a fan of metal, of any kind… Kind of like the lyrics, after translation, and the young ladies are kind of cute, in a ‘little girl’ kind of way (Sorry, I’m nearly 4 times their age!), but the sound was horrible! To each their own, of course…

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  14. I’ve definitely heard worse metal. Probably won’t seek out any more songs from this group, but it was nice listening to something pretty damn unique for once.

    Thanks for sharing!