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BABYMETAL voted Best Metal Album of the Year by magazine

By KK Miller

What’s cute, frilly and metal all over? BABYMETAL of course! From relative obscurity only two years ago, to doing various concerts around the world in 2014, the presence of BABYMETAL has been sudden, if not shocking. It’s hard to believe that the combination of idol music and hardcore metal has created something that many people are getting fired up over. In fact, BABYMETAL has such a fan base now that their self-titled first album was voted as the Number 1 Metal Album of 2014.

The online metal magazine MetalSucks asked in a poll to rate the best metal album of 2014. It was a close vote, with Ne Obliviscaris’ Citadel reeling in 539 votes and Behemoth’s The Satanist getting a solid 388 votes. Nothing though could stop BABYMETAL’s rise to the top.

So how did the readers of MetalSucks feel about the cute but metal-y girls taking the top spot?

“BABYMETAL is amazing!” “It’s natural they got 1st!” “The album is really great and the song ‘Akatsuki’ is especially great.” “This is the future of metal.”

Right alongside negative comments like:

“BABYMETAL is NOT metal” “This has to be a joke.”

Being as this poll was conducted on “The Internet”, it’s hard to say whether or not this is a joke. One thing is adamantly clear though, BABYMETAL is the most divisive metal band of 2014. While purists might complain about any number of aspects about the band (idols, manufactured music, pop metal, etc.) BABYMETAL has proven that they have a large rabid fan base as they played to sold out concerts in three continents this year.

Whether you are a fan or not, if you want to be in “the know” in the music scene, get familiar with the name BABYMETAL. Their massive number of fans will ensure that this band will continue to play their particular brand of metal for a while to come.

Source: Matome News

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I think they are great!

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I like metal, but let's face it, it's not exactly the most challenging musical genre out there. So it's a bit funny to see metal purists get worked up over this.

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it's not exactly the most challenging musical genre out there.

That depends on the metal. Some of it is extremely technical.

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"This is the future of metal"???? Bwahahaha! This is the death of metal!

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I may not know Metal, but I know what I like... And I like Babymetal!

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For casual metal music fans, this may suffice for best metal album, for serious listeners, of course there would be quite a number of great albums to choose from.

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It's not metal! It's just pop with distortion and overdrive!

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But isn't it for babies?

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It's just another idol group under the guise of "metal". Nothing "hardcore" about this talentless GARBAGE.

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The band members playing the music shud be up front not the whinny babies!

I am not a big metal fan but if I was I'd be pissed off seeing this parody, I mean if Weird Al suddenly popped out, ok, but so far he hasn't shown, so toss this already!

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I don't even like Metal music and I am a huge fan of BABYMETAL. Moa-metal, Yui-metal, and Su-metal I love you!!!!!!!!!!

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If that's metal then anything can be described as "metal". It sounds exactly the same as the rubbish churned out by the *48 groups.

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¨I like metal, but let's face it, it's not exactly the most challenging musical genre out there. So it's a bit funny to see metal purists get worked up over this.

What do you mean by "challenging"? Technically and musically, metal is probably one of the hardest popular genres out there to play, not only do metal bands who want some cred have to be technically proficient and able to play inspiring solos, but the songs' tempos are typically very high, so they have to be able to play technically difficult solos very quickly. Many prog and technical death bands even seem to care more about pushing the boundaries of complexity and technicality than about actually making good songs.

Metalheads have typically been quick to judge bands that they thought weren't "metal" enough. I remember a lot of backlash against nu-metal that incorporated rap, punk and hardcore influences and sometimes eschewed solos, back when I followed the metal community more in the early 2000s. Being "tru" was considered paramount.

As to Babymetal... it's weird. They have some real metal in there with the girls dancing to it, then the girls start singing and J-pop intrudes for a while. Still, from what I've seen, most metalheads have taken the band in stride.

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'kawaii metal' is a turn of phrase touched upon frequently in interviews. The band are technically accomplished musicans. Whatever floats your boat I suppose...

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As a long-time metal fan and fan of Japanese culture in general, I have to say that I'm OK with Babymetal. The jams are spectacular. While the world is well aware that J-Pop/Idol groups are manufactured, gotta admit that this one breaks the mold. Takes sugary sweet Idol imagery and blends it with the darkest metal has to offer, and the result is pretty striking. Looking forward to seeing them perform live. Hopefully, they bring the actual band and not the "mime band."

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Hi Eric Jacobson, As you say it is the band that stick out as much as the Girls..There bassist BOH for example..

Bassist BOH Bass Play Demonstration 1/Produced By M-Bank ...


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I like them... they're different from the usual shouting, roaring and gutteral snarling you get in most metal tracks these days.

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I've had heard them... it is so weird i couldn't finish listen to them.

It gave me a laugh though, being chosen as "best metal album of the year" (oh the lowering of standards)

Thank you JT, hahahaha (still laughing)

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I rolled my eyes when they released Doki Doki Morning, considering they sounded like any other Jpop group. Head Bangya!! and Megitsune changed my mind though and I've been a fan since. Adding the Kami band has given them the push they needed to go international. They have more support among rockers than they do with the Jpop industry but that may be changing with their invitation to the MUSIC STATION SUPER LIVE 2014. Add in the fact that Ohmura Takayoshi who plays guitar for Babymetal is friends with Lars Ulrich from Metallica and you have to admit the group has potential to do well.

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Haha, I like Babymetal but best metal album this year?! the new Slipknot album is much better and thats "real" metal imho.

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