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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