Okay guys, so the other day, I posted an appreciation blog for you and in the blog, I posted my love for music. As I mentioned, Open the Kpop is a center for mainly K related stuff. However, every once and a while I'll post some other things on there. Today is one of those days. Like I promised, I will continue to post K related things but I will also keep you guys updated if I find myself liking a song, an artist, an album, etc from any other country. That includes Korea, Japan, Philippines, America, Mexico, or any other place. I'm an advocate for music and if I find something I enjoy, I want other people to know about it as well.
So a little backstory on me. A long time ago before I got into K-pop through BoA, I originally was into J-pop. One of my favorite artists at the time was Ayumi Hamasaki. I listened to her as well as other artists including Namie Amuro and Utada Hikaru. Since I've been into K-pop, I haven't listened to too much J-pop, but recently I did get into Babymetal, a J-pop/Metal fusion. Babymetal filled my need for Metal music while at the same time filling my need for aegyo or kawaii music. Today, I'm going to be reviewing a J-rock group I'm sure a lot of you know. That is One Ok Rock. I have heard about One Ok Rock for a long time but never got into them for who knows what reason. Today I'm reviewing their song “We Are” from their newest album Ambitions.
That music video was aesthetically pleasing to watch. Nothing really happened but the video was well made. The use of fluorescent light bulbs was incredibly creative and something I would want to do for a video. Throughout most of the video, it was just the band playing their music like rock videos tend to be. However, this one was really well done and thought out rather than just sticking a band in a room and having them play the song. I enjoy that.
I've already listened to the album a couple of times. That is why I chose “We Are” to be my first video to watch because I love this song. If I were to compare this song, which I know I shouldn't, I'd compare it to the most recent releases from FT Island and Royal Pirates. It has the digital ambiance and atmosphere to the song. Not all the songs on the album are like this but this song definitely caught my attention. I'll be sure to post more of my reviews of other songs by One Ok Rock.
I know this is a bit different but I hope you enjoyed my review of “We Are” by One Ok Rock. If you have any other songs or videos you'd like me to check out regardless of language, please comment them below. Also, please give me a like and share this on social media. Thanks for your support and I'll see ya in the next one.
Hello K-poppers! It has been over a year since I officially launched my website: www.openthekpop.com and it has been quite an adventure. I've gone through various layout changes, played with several series ideas and interacted with some amazing people such as yourselves. The growth I've seen on my website since its launch has been tremendous but even more importantly, the growth of K-pop as a worldwide phenomena is incredible.
2016 has been a great year for K-pop despite what others may say. Look at how many concerts were brought to the U.S. Look at how many records were broken. Look at how much the spread of K-pop has grown over the year. Yes, we lost some golden groups such as 2NE1, Kara, 4Minute and more. However, with the birth of each era, we must reflect on the past and learn to appreciate and respect those that came before. Twice, Blackpink, BTS, Day6, Got7, Exo, Gfriend, and many more new groups have been formed in the past few years and look how positive their effect is on K-pop.
I would like to take this time to thank all of you. Even if you don't realize it, every one of you has made my year better. When I started Open the Kpop a little over a year ago, I thought it would be fun to make blogs about K-pop. I've started blogs before and kept up with them very little. Maybe 10 or 20 posts and then I'm done. I'm proud to say because of you and your support, I've made over 300 posts and continue to do so.
2017 is a year for renewed hope. Another year to hope that SNSD will make their 10 year anniversary comeback. Another year to hope BTS will slay us and that Got7 will make us weep. 2017 is a year for new groups from many different labels to show us who is going to be the next BTS or I.O.I or Gfriend. Will 2017 be the year when there's finally a concert in Utah? (Yeah right) but I can still hope and I continue to hope because of you and because of the ever growing trend which is K-pop. American celebrities are beginning to recognize the wave of K-pop and a lot of them are joining.
When I first started Open the Kpop, my goal was to help make K-pop a more widely known thing. Now if I did that or not, I don't know, but I do know that I enjoyed this past year and making videos and posting my thoughts about each new release as well as my experience of being immersed in K-dramas. Korea is a wonderful country and the place of my birth. However, I don't want to limit myself. So this year, I'm going to continue making K-pop my priority, but if I see a video or hear a song from another language whether it be Korean, English, Tagalog, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish or anything else, I will be sure to let you guys know. I'm all about learning more about each culture I come in contact with and I wish to share that with you.
Thank you all for your support. I really do appreciate all of you and hope you guys enjoy 2017 and hope for great things to happen this year because they will. Great things will happen within K-pop and all over the world. Thank you and I can't wait to experience 2017 with you guys.
Today I'm breaking away from my roots and reviewing a J-Pop song. Actually not J-Pop but more like Kawaii Metal. That's right, I'm reviewing Babymetal! For those of you who don't know Babymetal, they are a Japanese trio consisting of Su-Metal, Yui-Metal, and Moa-Metal. These are three young girls that front a Japanese metal band. The genre is one that is peculiar but addicting once you understand it. Kawaii Metal is the genre attached to this type of music due to the fact that it is in fact metal, but on top of that, it is also cute or “kawaii”. The song I'm going to review today is “Karate” from Babymetal's newest album that is due to launch April 1st or Fox Day according to the girls and that fandom.
Obviously the music video for this song will be different from anything in K-Pop because, well, it's Japan compared to Korea. Japan is in a different place completely as far as music goes. However, the video was quite intriguing. The overall concept of the video seemed to be facing your demons. The three girls lined up in their usual outfits of black and red poofy dresses. They wear wristbands and stuff like that to make them appear more metal. On the other side of the video were three figures in white gowns with skull masks on. The entirety of the video was filled with cool special effects, dancing, and over animated “karate” moves. However, towards the end of the video, the singing tears away the masks of the three figures to reveal it is them all along and at last, the figures disappear.
The song is an amazing one. They have definitely matured a lot, well at least Su-Metal has since she's the lead vocals. The song is really great though. It reminds me at parts of an Ayumi Hamasaki song which is a good thing considering Ayumi Hamasaki is basically Japan's BoA. The song doesn't have as many abrupt changes as their previous stuff had and it seems more solid both musically and vocally.
Sorry if you were expecting a different review. I need to review all different genres when the opportunity presents itself. So, I apologize if you were looking forward to reading about Got7 or Ailee, that's just not going to happen today. However, tell me what you thought of the video and song. Did you enjoy it? Was it your first encounter with “Kawaii Metal” or Babymetal? Will you check out more stuff? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, remember to like, comment, and share this wherever you can. I appreciate the support! Don't forget to follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop.
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Matthew Petrucci is a Korean American who was adopted at a young age. He has always been fascinated by Korean culture. Ever since he was about 10 or 11 years old, he felt a connection with Asian culture. His earliest exposures to Asian culture was while attending a camp for Korean American adoptees. There he learned much about the culture, music, movies, and language. Although he still doesn’t speak Korean, he has plans to pursue that course in the future.