Strange to think it now, but when BABYMETAL first came up with the genius idea of fusing perkily bright J‑Pop melodies with crushingly heavy metal riffs back in 2010, not everyone thought they’d be in it for the long haul. Even when they went viral around the world with Gimme Chocolate!!, some believed they were destined to be a short-lived, manufactured novelty. Some even thought BABYMETAL were an elaborate joke.
But here we are in 2021, the laughter faded years ago and SU-METAL and MOAMETAL find themselves still heading one way only: up. Here, we find them reaching the sort of zenith usually only accessible to bona fide rock legends: a 10-night stand at Tokyo’s storied Budokan venue to celebrate their first decade together, documented by a Deep Purple-style double live album.
SU-METALand MOAMETAL have become actual grown-ups along the way, but 10 BABYMETAL BUDOKAN does not mess with the deceptively simple formula that got them here. So, from the atmospheric intro of BABYMETAL DEATH (Shin Ver.) to the 15-minute closing epic that is Road Of Resistance, via viral hits such as KARATE and Doki Doki * Morning and guest appearances from Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz (Distortion) and rapper F.Hero (PA PA YA!), they combine irresistible catchiness with pounding heaviness to successfully ram the ABBA into Black Sabbath.
No wonder the crowd sound proper-metal-live-album feral throughout, despite being compulsorily double-masked due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Not even a pandemic could stop BABYMETAL, however. Their recent pledge to “disappear from our sight” on October 10 suggests big changes are on the way. But whatever happens next, 10 BABYMETAL BUDOKAN stands as testament to the fact that they who laugh last, last longest and rock loudest.
BABYMETAL announced back in August that they will be sealed and disappear from our sight after concluding its “10 BABYMETAL LEGENDS” project, and won’t be back until that seal is broken.
Today on October 10, we’ve reached the end of the project—the end of an era. As the clock struck midnight in Japan—transitioning to October 11—we received one last farewell in the form of a music video titled “THE ONE – STAIRWAY TO LIVING LEGEND”, a new rendition of the song THE ONE.
While THE ONE is a song that connects metal fans around the world and brings hope, the foreword appearing in the music video doesn’t seem to show any strong sign of hope, except the cryptic line “only the FOX GOD knows”. All BABYMETAL fans are well familiar with these words as it essentially means “interpret it however you’d like”, or in other words, “there’s no answer to this”.
The 3 metal spirits that have been shining since 2010, even if they were to leave Earth, would continue to shine forever in our hearts and across the Metal Galaxy.
A legend turn into a myth which turn into a LIVING LEGEND… What lies ahead beyond the end of the stairway to becoming a LIVING LEGEND is something only the FOX GOD knows.
Three glimpses fading into oblivion in the Metal Galaxy.
When will BABYMETAL return? What can we expect from them once they’re back? Will they be back? These are questions only the FOX GOD can answer, unfortunately, we’re not the FOX GOD.