"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 2010
From: Japan
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Babymetal News

Below is our complete Babymetal news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.


Heavy Metal Video Games: The Return Of Music Games

With the king of music games about to make a triumphant return in less than two weeks, it seemed like a good time to take another look at the limited offerings available where video games collide with heavy metal.

For those who missed our previous three articles discussing various games with heavy metal soundtracks, be sure to go back and check 'em out (and let us know if you end up playing or re-playing any of these gems!):

Part 1: the amazing Brutal Legend, Saints Row III, Killing Floor 2, Pain Killer, and Guilty Gear X2 Reload

Part 2: Splatterhouse, Twisted Metal 2, The Witcher's bonus music disc, and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost And The Damned.

Part 3 (the retro edition!): Rock And Roll Racing, Beavis And Butthead, F-Zero X, Earthbound, and Heavy Metal Geomatrix

Rock Band

There was this utterly glorious time where console gaming was flush with a stable lineup of music games and every weekend involved a bottle of something hard and your best friends making drunken fools of themselves in your living room till 2 AM. Typically your neighbors would not be amused, but fuck them because they don't like metal anyway.

Unfortunately that time died when Activision decided to flood the market with an absurd number of Guitar Hero entries and the era of the music game came to a sudden, crashing halt.

Obviously the Rock Band titles had plenty of rock tunes, but a handful of legitimate metal was also involved in the various incarnations and weekly DLC updates, adding in the likes of Emperor, Machine Head, and a whole lot more. Where things really took off was in the Rock Band Network, which let bands make their own tracks, seeing tons of underground groups add in their own music.

It was a truly sad day when Harmonix announced there would be no more DLC coming to Rock Band back in 2013, but an unexpected light at the end of the tunnel appeared just a few months ago. Back in March, Harmonix made a whole lot of fans happy by officially announcing Rock Band 4, which seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream up till that point.

Due out October 6, Rock Band 4's launch lineup of metal will include Dream Theater, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Baby Metal, System Of A Down, and more, with loads of metallic downloadable songs no doubt prepped and ready to drop each week.

Needless to say I'm greatly looking forward to it, except that unfortunately Guitar Hero is also returning. Maybe Activision can keep it in its pants this time around and not kill music gaming again by releasing six or so games a year.


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Babymetal Releasing New Edition Of Album

Following its digital release via iTunes and the physical edition only officially available in Japan, Babymetal will finally be releasing its first album physically in the U.S. and Europe.

This new edition will feature two bonus tracks and is due to drop in Europe via earMUSIC on June 1st, with a deluxe edition also available that includes a bonus DVD. The U.S. edition will drop through RAL / Sony Music Entertainment on June 16th. More...

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Babymetal Collaborates With Dragonforce

Babymetal just released a live album titled "Live At Budokan," and the Japanese school girl outfit has also released a teaser video clip for the song titled "Road Of Resistance" featuring Sam Totman & Herman Li from DragonForce.

Check it out below. You can also see fan-filmed footage of the full song live during a performance after the jump.


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Babymetal Video Interview Available

MetalInjection.net finally had a chance to meet one of its favorite acts in person: the infamous Babymetal.

The J-pop/metal crossover sensation discussed spending time in the States, the Fox God, and what's in store in the future. The answers were all translated by Babymetal's tour manager. Check out the full interview below. Babymetal's debut self-titled album is now available at iTunes here.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 23

The Metalunderground.com Official Podcast treads some touchy ground this week. Japanese pop-metal sensation Babymetal, a trio of decidedly illegal adolescent girls, has in 2014 sent the global metal community into equal paroxysms of laughter and rage, depending on whom you ask.

The gossip seemed to have quieted down recently, until several Babymetal photo-op pictures began surfacing on various social media accounts, including one with bassist/vocalist Jeffrey Walker of Carcass. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) uses the subsequent reactions to examine just why “metaldom” seems always so eager to vomit bile at easy targets.

Next, it’s review time. Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) tackles “Amanuensis,” the new album from UK progressive metalcore act Monuments. He and Mike both admittedly struggled with the tongue-twisting title, a word Merriam-Webster defines as “one employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript.”

Finally comes a shared reaction to the latest teaser for the upcoming (yet still untitled) Slipknot album, and a retrospective discussion on the unlikely Iowan superstars’ meaning and legacy over the past fifteen years. Love them or hate them, their place in history is secure and not to be ignored.

To check out the full array of opinions this week, listen in here. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to offer feedback. Even if you want to call us names.

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Babymetal Footage From London Available

The Japanese school girl trio Babymetal has been on the road touring and recently performed live in London.

Footage from that performance can be seen in the player below, taken from a Japanese TV show that's every bit as weird as all the previous Babymetal music videos.

Babymetal fans can still catch the live show on these upcoming dates (several with Lady Gaga):

Jul. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theater
Jul. 30 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Arena (w/ Lady Gaga)
Aug. 01 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena (w/ Lady Gaga)
Aug. 02 – Stateline, NV @ Harveys Lake Tahoe (w/ Lady Gaga)
Aug. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Energy Solutions Arena (w/ Lady Gaga)
Aug. 06 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center (w/ Lady Gaga)
Aug. 09 – Montreal, QC @ Heavy Montreal

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Babymetal Releases Album, New Video

Babymetal today releases a debut self-titled album, which is available at iTunes here. Along with the album release, Babymetal has dropped another crazy music video, this time titled "Give Me Choco!!"

Check it out below, and don't forget to re-watch the hilariously awesome/horrifying "Doki Doki Morning" and "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!"

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Babymetal Video Interview Available

Remember Babymetal - the band made up of Japanese teenage girls? Recall those awesome/terrifying videos like "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!" or "Doki Doki Morning?"

Apparently Babymetal is still going strong, with one member just hitting the ripe old age of 16, and now an interview with the band has been posted online, taken from an MTV81 segment. Check it out below.

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Babymetal Releases New Music Video

After the terror/hilarity of previous music video "Doki Doki Morning," the 13 year old Japanese girl pop/metal menace that is Babymetal has now released a new clip. Check out "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!" in the YouTube video provided below. For some reason you can also apparently buy Babymetal songs via iTunes.

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Just For Fun

Babymetal Posts First Music Video Online

Featuring 12-13 year old members of Japanese Pop Idol group Sakura Gakuin, Babymetal has released their first music video, for the song "Doki Doki Morning." The band's sound combines deathcore with J-pop along with the vocals of the three girls for an "interesting" experience.

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