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Posted on Aug 18, 2014 08:11 pm
Babymetal are still very much stirring up the metal community, garnering more and more reactions that range from massive praises to full-on bashing.
In that spirit, an interesting article has recently surfaced on Gun Shy Assassin, stressing the need to draw the line between what is metal and what isn't, and therefore place Babymetal outside of the guitar-heavy domain once and for all.
"Certain words are meant to have narrow meanings, but through overuse and lazy application, language loses its value and people with ulterior motives can use the vastly broad terms to do some scary stuff," author Rafael Gallaher kicked off.
Singling out "epic," "awesome," and "beautiful" as prime examples of such words, the author focused on metal, saying, "One culture that seems to have been on crazy pills trying to redefine itself is the metal community. A substantial portion of metal authorities is deeming Babymetal 'metal.'"
"There's really nothing metal about them other than the color black and they have distorted guitars. They aren't sinister (their lyrical content is about chocolate, for Chrissakes) and they aren't rooted in the blues or punk. They are an electronic pop band that uses some instrumentation that has become identified with heavy metal.
"That's like saying Justin Bieber is metal because he wore a Municipal Waste patch on his battle jacket."
"You can't redefine metal because you're bored with metal bands, fellas. If you're bored with metal, don't listen to metal bands. Don't find a quirky electronica group you like and say they are a progressive step for metal and people who don't embrace it are narrow-minded. I might be narrow-minded when it comes to metal, but, s--t, at least I don't think something is metal solely because it has loud guitars in it.
"I'm not saying don’t enjoy it, I’m saying don’t call it metal when it’s obviously not," the article reads.
Pointing at what he considers a more plausible alternative, the author brought up Sockweb, "an insanely talented, insanely fast grindcore band that springs from the mind of a seven year old girl and her multi-instrumentalist dad. Their album 'Werewolf' makes you gnash your teeth. It's really good.
"As opposed to basically getting handed material written by corporate pop song architects who specialize in easy to regurgitate lip-sync material, Joanie writes lyrics about things that actually bother her. Sure, they are presented in childish lingo, but she's seven, dude, she did fantastically. She confronts the primal feelings of isolation, fear, and rage, describing struggles we all go through at one point or another.
The conclusion notes that "Sockweb is very, very metal by definition. Babymetal is not." Check out the clips below and let us know if you agree.