LIVE: BABYMETAL @ London The Forum 7/7/14

BABYMETAL are a phenomenon like no other. Trying to pinpoint just when they came to the world’s attention is difficult, but the past few months for SU-METAL, YUI-METAL and MOA-METAL have been a whirlwind of fame, admiration, and explosive live performances. Having now played a rave set at Sonisphere, the girls are set to play their very first headline show in London tonight. Did we mention it’s a sell out? The queues begin to appear, winding their way around the Forum in the morning, and the anticipation doesn’t waver when the crowd make it inside at 6.30pm, instantly transforming the venue into a sticky quivering mass of bodies.

The thing to note about this audience is not just their legal age, but their clear devotion to metal. For those not convinced of BABYMETAL’s place in the metal spectrum (oh yes, the girls have their ‘haters’) the crowd tonight couldn’t be more metal if they tried. Festival wristbands and Anthrax t-shirts are the norm, and Master of Puppets can be heard playing in the background as people struggle to the bar to get the drinks in before the Japanese idols arrive on stage.

As the white curtain concealing the stage begins to billow and cast BABYMETAL-looking shadows (emitting frenzied screams from the already exhilarated onlookers) we see the words; “A Long Time Ago, In A Heavy Metal Galaxy Far, Far Away”…

Cue the narrated story of BABYMETAL, complete with animations of flying guitars. BABYMETAL’s journey to Earth is explained to us in the most noble way possible; via a Star Wars opening crawl! The ”METAL MASTER” appears on screen (who bares a striking resemblance to Eddie [Iron Maiden's mascot]) and we are told that when the HEAVY METAL RESISTANCE began, three girls were chosen, (their silhouettes appear to more raucous cheers) and the FOX GOD (Kitsune) named them BABYMETAL, and gave them the mission to “make the world become one with HEAVY METAL again”.

And with that, a flurry of smoke machines and drum beats ensue, and the curtain drops to reveal BABYMETAL in all their glory. Then begins an hour and 15 minutes of painstakingly choreographed dance routines, searing guitar solos, and some very impressive vocal performances by SU-METAL.

As we all feast our eyes and ears on the often-times jaw-dropping show, we’re treated to such tracks as Catch Me If You Can, Megitsune, and of course, stand-out hit, Gimme Chocolate!! It’s as entertaining as it is surreal.

Their dancing and singing may sometimes seem too clean-cut and pitch-perfect to be authentic, but behind every slick dance-move or high-note, is a genuine smile. As the show closes and BABYMETAL go back to their heavy metal spaceship (probs), every single person leaving the Forum has a grin on their face, and nothing but good things to say about this new breed of “kawaii metal”.

Dismiss BABYMETAL as a gimmick or say its not “real metal”; but isn’t the whole idea of metal music to rebel and be different? This is pretty much the most rebellious and unusual thing we’ve ever seen on our shores.

And if the girls’ mission was to ”make the world become one with HEAVY METAL again” – mission accomplished.


 BABYMETALは他にはない現象です。 彼らがいつごろから世界の注目を集めだしたのかを正確に特定しようとすることは困難です。しかし、SU-METAL、YUI-METALとMOA-METALにとってのここ数カ月は名声、賞賛、そして爆発的なライブパフォーマンスの旋風でした。 今ソニスフェアで絶賛のセットを果たし、少女達は今夜ロンドンで彼らの一番最初のヘッドライン・ショーを行おうとしています。 我々はそれが売り切れると思いましたか? 朝フォーラムのまわりに現れ始めた列はうねりながら進んで、その観客が午後6.30に入場したとき、期待は揺るがず、すぐに多くの体が揺れる熱気に包まれた会場に変えました。


 舞台を隠す白いカーテンは(すでに陽気になっている観客が熱狂的な叫び声を発している)BABYMETALに見える影が投影されて波打ち始めると、私たちは物語を見せられる「遠い昔、遥か彼方のHEAVY METAL銀河で・・・」

 飛ん来たギターのアニメーションを完備したBABYMETALの物語を合図に。地球へのBABYMETALの旅は、可能な限り最も壮大な方法で私たちに説明されます。スターウォーズオープニングクロールによって! メタルマスター(アイアンメイデンのマスコットと著しい類似点を露わにした)がスクリーン上に現れ、ヘビーメタルレジスタンスが 、3の少女話します。   FOX GOD  ネ様 はBABYMETAL と  「ヘビーメタルで世界を再びひとつにするを彼らに 

 そして、そこでスモークとドラム・ビートが起こり、カーテンは輝かしいBABYMETALを明らかにするために落とされます。 そして苦心して演出されたダンス・ルーチン、激しいギター・ソロといくつかの非常に印象的な声のパフォーマンス1時間15分をSU-METALから始めます。

 皆が 開いた口が塞がらないような で 、Catch Me If You Can 、Megitsune 、ん大ヒット曲Gimme Chocolate !! をごちそうされます。


 BABYMETALがギミックであることは却下するが、本物のメタルでもない。 しかし、メタル音楽の概念は反抗と他と異なることでありませんか? これは私たちが今まで私たちの対岸で見てきた物の中で最も反抗的で珍しいものです。 

 そ 少女達の を HEAVYMETAL で一つにする 」 、任務は達成されました。