J-Metal

LADYBABY: Renge Chance!

By Paris365 on April 23, 2016

LADYBABY: Renge Chance!

Ladybaby's new single -- their third -- is called "Renge Chance!" and the video features the trio making Japanese ramen bowls in a rather humorous fashion, which is sort of what the song is about.

Ladybaby is the unholy -- depending on your definition of unholy -- metal music trio consisting of Ladybeard, the professional wrestling, crossdressing, bearded character of Australian Rick Magarey and aspiring models Rie Kuromiya and Rie Kaneko. As you're probably aware, their first song/music video "Nippon Manju" (translation: "Japanese Bun") went viral, getting 1 million views in just 2 days at one point.

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BABYMETAL: METAL RESISTANCE

By Paris365 on April 03, 2016

BABYMETAL: METAL RESISTANCE

BABYMETAL strike back -- and strike gold -- with some of their heaviest and most diverse tunes to date.

For the one or two of you who haven't heard of the Japanese metal band BABYMETAL, they started off in 2010 as a sub-unit of the girl group Sakura Gakuin. The members are young girls (kids, really): Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal.” Interesting fact: none of them were even familiar with metal music before the formation of their sub-unit.

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JAPANESE MUSIC MEGAPOST: BABYMETAL, MINAKO KOTOBUKI & AOI EIR

By Paris365 on March 15, 2016

JAPANESE MUSIC MEGAPOST: BABYMETAL, MINAKO KOTOBUKI & AOI EIR

Babymetal, Minako Kotobuki and Aoi Eir have one thing in common: loud guitars. Can you dig it?

BABYMETAL: KARATE

Babymetal have always been metal, to which end, yes, they've always been super heavy. But "Karate" goes beyond that to ultra-heavy with its rough, blistering riffage and bone crushing drums. It's also different from their previous singles in the sense that it has a very nu-metal vibe (at least in terms of the guitars). To that end, they do a better job of incorporating the best nu-metal ever had to offer in their sound than half the modern metal bands who are influenced by it here in the States. No wonder they're so astronomically popular.

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KAMEN RIDER GIRLS: NEXT STAGE

By Paris365 on February 18, 2016

KAMEN RIDER GIRLS: NEXT STAGE

Kamen Rider Girls new single is, sadly, J-Pop, not J-Rock. Fortunately, the B-sides find them scorching the earth, heavy metal style, just how we like it.

Last month Kamen Rider Girls released their latest single, "Next Stage," and I've been putting off writing about it ever since. You see, Kamen Rider Girls have always had hard rock music behind them, if not heavy metal, but "Next Stage" is a danceable J-Pop tune, a far cry from what I have always loved about them. Suffice to say I found it terribly disappointing. I didn't even listen to it once during the last couple of weeks. But I listened to it again today and I must admit that it's not a bad song. In fact, it's actually a great J-Pop song. But, yes, it is a J-POP song, not J-Rock.

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Azusa Kobayashi: Tear Drop

By Paris365 on January 26, 2016

Azusa Kobayashi: Tear Drop

Azusa Kobayashi delivers some shredding hard rock on this single from last July, which I am reviewing now as it should please fans of the current Japanese heavy metal scene (i.e. BABYMETAL, Ladybaby, etc)

Azusa Kobayashi has a rather colorful history. According to Wikia: The Home of Fandom (http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/Kobayashi_Azusa), she started her musical journey as a member of the Hello! Project's Country Musume, though only for their debut single, "Futari no Hokkaido." Following that, fellow member Yanagihara Hiromi passed away and Azusa left, stating that the loss was "too great." Some time later, it was believed that she actually left because "adult" pictures of her had leaked.

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Shiori Tomita feat. Ladybeard: バレンタイン・キッス [Valentine Kiss]

By Paris365 on January 20, 2016

Shiori Tomita feat. Ladybeard: バレンタイン・キッス [Valentine Kiss]

Shiori Tomita teams up with Ladybeard for the best J-Pop meets J-Metal song since BABYMETAL's last single.

Shiori Tomita was born in Takayama, Japan in 1994. Last year she released a fantastic album called Moshimo World, which was a blend of folk, J-Pop and Western pop with a splash of classical. It was very organic sounding and mellow. Well, she's done a complete 180 with her new single, "Valentine Kiss," which features Ladybeard. If you don't know who Ladybeard is, you might want to check out his interview with Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurenorsini/2015/07/08/a-qa-with-ladybeard-....

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ERI KITAMURA: RINREI

By Paris365 on November 12, 2014

ERI KITAMURA: RINREI

Eri Kitamura continues to deliver song of J-Rock's best music. A must for fans of Babymetal and Kamen Rider Girls

Eri Kitamura has unleashed her eighth single and it's called "凛麗" or "Rinrei," which I'm assuming is somebody's name. When I tried Google translate, it spit out: "RinUrara." But I'm assuming that Rinrei is the more accurate translation since that's what the single is called on Yes Asia and CD Japan.

DEATH RABBITS: KOISURU KISETSU

By Paris365 on May 13, 2014

DEATH RABBITS: KOISURU KISETSU

RIYL: Baby Metal, Kamen Rider Girls

I didn't know what to expect from this one. I hadn't read anything about them, nor had I ever heard their music before. Heck, I didn't even hear their name before. And when I looked them up on Yes Asia, they didn't have anything listed for them. And all Wiki could tell me was there was a gang in NYC called Dead Rabbits in the 1850s. So helpful, those Wiksters!

KAMEN RIDER GIRLS: exploded

By Paris365 on March 25, 2014

KAMEN RIDER GIRLS: exploded

exploded opens with the vicious title track, which makes it obvious that the group isn't mellowing out or falling victim to any sophomore slump here.

As you may recall from my review of their single "SSS 〜Shock Shocker Shockest〜," Kamen Rider Girls is a J-Rock/J-Pop outfit that was created to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Kamen Rider Series. Each member is supposed to represent one of the heroes from the show. To that end, the girls often wear the "transformation belt" of the character they represent.

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BABYMETAL: MEGITSUNE

By Paris365 on June 24, 2013

BABYMETAL: MEGITSUNE

Although it incorporates sounds from traditional Japanese music -- in a bastardized sort of way -- the new BABYMETAL single, "Megitsune," is all about metal-thrashing-mad guitars and sonorous drums. The B-side will blow you away, too.

BABYMETAL, Sakura Gakuin's metal sub-unit, had a top 10 hit earlier this year, surprising just about everyone, with their major label debut single "Ijime, Dame, Zettai." They've since embarked on their "Death Match Tour 2013" with a full metal band and are now back in the spotlight with their fast and furious, shred-fest of a new single "Megitsune" ("メギツネ"). (Google couldn't translate this one; I think it's a name.) It's been said that the song combines traditional Japanese instruments with enka ballad sounds, but don't expect to hear much of that.

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FACT: BURUNDANGA

By Paris365 on May 19, 2013

FACT: BURUNDANGA

FACT's unique sound incorporates elements of several different genres including post-rock, hardcore, metal, metalcore, electronic, punk, skatepunk, death metal, visual kei and even pop.

FACT released their self-titled major label debut in Japan in 2009 -- a decade after they were formed in Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture -- and quickly gained a strong national and international following. They have since become one of Japan’s biggest and most-loved rock bands of the decade. In fact, their first two albums reached the top 10 in Japan and their popularity has only grown since, their third album, In the Blink of an Eye, debuting at number 6 on the Oricon weekly chart. Burundanga is their third album and their long-awaited U.S. debut.

BABYMETAL: イジメ、ダメ、ゼッタイ (NORMAL EDITION)

By Paris365 on January 30, 2013

BABYMETAL: イジメ、ダメ、ゼッタイ (NORMAL EDITION)

You haven't heard anything until you've heard a young Japanese girl group doing death metal. You must hear this.

"イジメ、ダメ、ゼッタイ" (Google translation: "Bullying, No, Absolutely") is the major label debut by the trio BABYMETAL, the second Sakura Gakuin sub-unit -- following Twinklestars -- who are considered to be the dark heroines of the idol world. Their first appearance was on the song "Do·Ki·Do·Ki MORNING" on Sakura Gakuin's debut Sakura Gakuin 2010 Nendo ~message~ during April 2011. And, yes, they're an actual metal girl group.

MARY'S BLOOD: SCARLET

By Paris365 on January 15, 2013

MARY'S BLOOD: SCARLET

The best new metal band I've heard in years. These four women thrash like they've been playing for decades already.

Bored with J-Pop? Tired of Visual Kei? Is J-Rock not loud enough for you? Well, look no further. Mary's Blood is a 100% genuine Japanese METAL band. I'm talking about head-banging, fist-pumping, mosh-worthy music.

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DEAD END: DREAM DEMON ANALYZER

By Paris365 on April 24, 2012

DEAD END: DREAM DEMON ANALYZER

Dead End are an influential Japanese heavy metal band that were formed in Tokyo in 1984. They have been considered one of the leaders of "Visual Kei," a style and sound many Japanese hard rock and heavy metal bands have been categorized for, although some say that Visual Kei is merely a term used to describe the artists' look and not their sound, the subject of much dispute. In Dead End's case, Visual Kei would seem to mean big hair, lots of leather, flashy clothes and blaring guitars.

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