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BABYMETAL - ギミチョコ!!- Gimme chocolate!!

This is total rapidfire at the start but then they start singing. I don't know, this whole J-Pop concept is a bit creepy for my liking, gather some girls, put them in a school uniform, market them to the fullest and then replace and repeat. Instrumentally it's OK on the first listen but the whole presentation is just weird man, totally not my zone. Pixelate that shiz.

1/10

 

Dir En Grey - Hageshisa to kono mune no naka de karamitsuita shakunetsu no yami

I can totally see where Deeser is coming from with the ranging vocals like Mike Patton but this is batshit crazy levels that Patton wouldn't risk at all. This dude has some stamina, but his vocal chords surely must be on the brink of destruction? It's not my thing though, way better than your first pick but gets bonus points for the insane voice.

4/10

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BABYMETAL - ギミチョコ!!- Gimme chocolate!!

 

I actually like this! Don't get wrong it is not something I'd go out of my way to listen to but as Shaun said, the actual playing is spot on and the vocals add a weird catchiness to the mix that I can't dislike even though my brain says it is not quite right. The only strange thing is the dance moves in the video - it looks like they want to please an Afro-American with their mouths. Still, a solid 6/10

 

Dir En Grey - Hageshisa to kono mune no naka de karamitsuita shakunetsu no yami

 

This is a band whose transformation over the years has been one to fascinate from a distance, from their almost J-Pop beginnings in the visual kei movement through to now were Kyo looks like he hates, despises, pities and is disgusted by everything around him at the same time whilst the world sounds like it is falling down around him thanks to the playing of his band mates. His vocal range is staggering and he is as nearly every one has pointed out very Mike Patton like in his ability to climb the ranges with a little bit of Danni Filth thrown in. If you wished there was a slightly softer Japanese Cradle of Filth with some Slipknot like breakdowns then Dir En Grey are the band for you - well at least their current product is. 8/10

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Alpha, Beta, Gamma, whatever

 

BABYMETAL - ギミチョコ!!- Gimme chocolate!!

Shite. Didn't jump on the Babymetal bandwagon that seemed to erupt over the summer as it was shit. It's still shit. It probably will remain shit.

0/10

 

Dir En Grey - Hageshisa to kono mune no naka de karamitsuita shakunetsu no yami

Do I have to hand back my METALCARD if I admit I hate the grunting style? I love the riffs, but hate the vocals. This does nothing to change that opinion, sadly. The actual music is good, I'd listen to an instrumental version no problem... just "UGGGGGGGGGH Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!" ruins the whole thing for me :/

5/10

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Shut up, Megz

 

BABYMETAL - Gimme chocolate!!

I've been avoiding this "band" purely from the gimmick along so this will be the first I've heard them. I'm honestly not looking forward to this at all. Here we go... Well... it's starting off okay. The music's not bad. Don't care for the dancing at all.... until they opened their mouths... I'd gladly trade the vox for more dancing. Christ, people like this? I mean, I can see and somewhat understand the novelty of the gimmick being a draw, but people actually like this unironically? The solo was okay but it sounded to synthy for my taste. Yeah, I don't really hate this as much as I thought I would. It's not good and I don't care what they call themselves, it's not metal, but I don't hate it, I just don't like it. I guess it would be okay for an anime theme or something but as just a stand alone band or group I wouldn't listen to it. Ever. I will give it a bonus point for the gimmick. Still better than Slipknot. 5/10

 

Dir En Grey - "Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami"

I've actually seen a live performance from these guys and really liked it. I've even seen this video a few times. Musically they're very good and somewhat unique. The singer is a f*cking maniac and SUPER talented. Like Mookie said, I have no idea how long this kids vox can hold out without him doing himself permanent damage. Hopefully a long time because this is straight up killer and way WAY better than Megz' first choice. The only thing about this track I didn't like was the duration. It wasn't anywhere near as long as I would have liked. Short and to the very brutal point. 7/10

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Ha ha, I love babymetal without irony and Maxx is wrong to say this isn't metal, if you don't like it that's fine no one likes everything except maybe TPIB. If Nintendo-core is a thing then kawaii-metal is too. Yes you have to somewhat look past that it's really a put together act designed for a purpose but so was audioslave or any supergroup. Like I say I don't expect people to like a mixture of pop vocals and metal but let's not be hasty here and start saying the music isn't music. I'm mates with a guy who writes for metalhammer and he was at the side of the stage for their performance in the uk and he said it totally changed his opinion on them from being dismissive like Inno and now he's a fan.
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You're right, Megz, I shouldn't have said it's not metal. That was pretty snobby in retrospect. It's for sure music, just not music I like. I was surprised that I didn't straight up hate it as much as I thought I would. It's silly and fun and I scored it as such. I don't think I was unfair at all and I'm not saying anyone said I was.

 

They're way better than Slipknot :lol

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I don't think your score was unfair at all, that's your business entirely my friend. :)

 

I just get a bit arsey when I hear the whole "It's not metal". Like metal can't ever be fun and happy and not take itself totally seriously. It must be angry white boys screaming into a mic whilst guitarists chug out riffs and it must be dark and serious. F*ck that. I love listening to metal that at the end of it makes me smile and feel happier than when I started and has dance moves I am seriously impressed about being able to do repeatedly and in perfect time. Babymetal is ten times more enjoyable than any output from Metallica in the last 10 years and I'm serious about that. I still don't mind if you hate it after giving it a listen, that's what the club is all about. :)

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What was surprising was the fact that I didn't hate it. I may even check out some of their other stuff out of curiosity and what you said about Metallica was hammer hitting nail right on the head.

 

Some of my very favorite metal is sludge and a lot of it is far from serious. Anthrax is my favorite thrash band and everyone knows how fun and silly they are so I'm totally with you on that.

 

Still didn't care for the dancing but it's at least better than that hardcore dancing garbage. :lol

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It grew on me totally. I didn't get it first time, but I watched this and Doki Doki Morning and then suddenly I realised I liked the weird juxtaposition of Metal and J-pop. You should check out the Sonisphere performance of Gimme Chocolate to see Su-Metal (the lead singer) sing live it's massive impressive how controlled her voice is and still doing the dancing.

 

in fact here it is...

 

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BABYMETAL - ギミチョコ!!- Gimme chocolate!! - I went into this fully expecting to hate it. I actually liked it. I hate my life. 8/10.

 

Dir En Grey - Hageshisa to kono mune no naka de karamitsuita shakunetsu no yami - Well this is possibly a first for me in the music club: two positive reviews in a row. I enjoyed this one too. 8/10.

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2/10 isn't a gimmick, it's a way of life. :lol

 

I meant to mention this on yesterday's podcast, but I actually love how 2/10 has become the new 0/10. Like, giving something 0 is bad, but for some reason 2/10 just seems so much worse now.

 

I think it's become bigger than Shao's original usage of it now anyway. He may have brought the beauty of 2/10 to our attention, but now it's just become part of my normal vocabulary. If I'm p*ssed off at work and someone asks how my day is going, I rate it a 2/10. If someone asks me how good a game is that I thought was awful, it gets 2/10.

 

2/10 has become my new standard for awful, and I hope it stays in the TWO vocabulary for a long time to come. :lol

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Rammstein - Moskau

 

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For many this band don't need an introduction and are an obvious choice for a club were we aren't allowed an English speaking band or a non-English song. Many would go for a more obvious choice or one from the earlier career such as Du Hast or Sonne etc but for me, its this song which gives you not just German but Russian as well! It's just really catchy, still got the heavy and electronic influences from the earlier work and one of my favourite Rammstein songs.

 

Asian Kung-Fu Generation - Flashback

 

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AKFG are more indie then rock or punk but this is one of their shorter punky efforts, in fact their first track off their first full length from back in the mists of 2003. It's as a result my favourite track of theirs due to my love of punk music and more accessible for me out of their whole body of work but its a good starting point to listen to and see them evolve from.

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Asian Kung-Fu Generation - Flashback

This is quite alright for a 2 minute track, it works really well. A little longer and may have gotten bored of it but yeah a nice sprint.

7/10

 

 

Rammstein - Moskau

This is by far one of my favourite tracks and probably my favourite album from Rammstein. Just imagine the most dirtiest underground inhumane mafia-like crime in let's say...Moscow and have this song as the soundtrack to whatever is happening, while reading an essay from Etz. I don't want to even say what I'm thinking, just translate some of the lyrics and you'll get where I'm coming from. This song just strikes as something perverted that it's just turns you into a creep listening to it. Then package it in the German and Russian language with that echoing or whistling keyboard and accordion, damn.

10/10

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Rammstein - Moskau

Man, "Reise, Reise" is such a great album. I don't even need to listen to this since I know it like the back of my hand. I'm still gonna though. While I like this track, it's nowhere near my favourite Rammstein track (which fluctuates between P*ssy, Sonne, Ich Tu Dir Weh, Hilf Mir, Mein Teil, and Keine Lust) or even the best track on the album for that matter (Mein Teil or Keine Lust, surely?).

 

That being said, it's still Rammstein, and it's still great. 8/10

 

 

Asian Kung-Fu Generation - Flashback

I know these guys, they did "Haruka Kanata" from Naruto, right? If it's the same band, then I'm disappointed at the lack of gallop bass in this song. It was actually pretty cool just for two minutes. I echo Shaun's sentiment that I may have got a bit bored of this had it been any longer, but it's pretty neat little 2 minute pop song. 7/10

 

 

 

In other news, my picks are causing me problems. At the minute I've got it down to 5, but I want to use all of them damnit!! :lol

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Rammstein - Moskau -

 

Didn't feel this and I love a lot of Rammstein. I'm not a massively industrial metal fan and I know that the roots of the band stem from there so I do find myself occasionally finding tracks that just aren't my cup of team. I have a similar issue with Fear Factory. So for this one a simple 4/10

 

Asian Kung-Fu Generation - Flashback

 

Asian Green Day before Green Day became a bloated pop punk corpse left rotting on the beach of the mainstream. I can dig it, like aall punk it doesn;t really work on the big stage but I'd imagine in a small venue this would rock a heck of a lot more. 7/10

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Rammstein - Moskau

I'm not on board with the whole Rammstein thingmabob; Some of their stuff is OK but a lot of it sounds very cut-n-paste to me. I think their stage show (which admittedly is incredible) gets them a hall pass. Haven't heard this before, but I'll be honest, I liked it. I can be objective now and then, see ;)

7/10

 

Asian Kung-Fu Generation - Flashback

Not sure about the Green Day comparison, perhaps more Bad Religiony to me? Anyway, I like this but echo the comments about it not overstaying it's welcome. Short, sharp and pretty cool.

7/10

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