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Other Bands / BABYMETAL
« on: May 01, 2018, 03:56:52 PM »
Hi guys!

What do you think of Babymetal? I recently became really obsessed with their music. Tbh, I didn't get the hype at first but now I can't stop listening (I'm actually quite late to the party...as usual). I think their fusion of J-Pop and metal is genius, it's both catchy and something completely new. Apparently they've already done some world tours and regularly play at some of the biggest rock/metal festivals around the world. Their live performances are sooo amazing, please check them out if you haven't already. I would love to see them one day. :)

Plus, I've noticed that their music shares some similarities with X's songs (maybe that's why I'm so hooked lol). Their producer seems to be a huge X Japan fan and included a lot of references to X in their performances. This blog post talks about all the references: http://babymetal.net/tag/x-japan/

For example, Babymetal's song "Akatsuki" is a tribute to "Kurenai": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2372C5PJLM
I absolutely love this song. And I would love to see a collaboration of X Japan and Babymetal. Yoshiki already expressed his interest to do a collab (though I don't really see that happening any time soon ::)): https://www.jrocknews.com/2015/07/yoshiki-would-like-to-collaborate-with-babymetal-at-some-point-in-the-future.html

They're just adorable :3

Yoshiki / Yoshiki's mental health
« on: February 11, 2018, 10:24:09 PM »
Hi everyone!

I had no idea how to name this thread, sorry. Has anyone seen this interview? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMN0k-POsUA

I think it's really interesting. Yoshiki talks a lot about his father in this one and how he – even after his death – impacted him throughout his life. He's been pretty open about his father's suicide in several interviews but there's a part that really hit me. When asked if he sees himself as the "father" of X Japan (around 6:00) he becomes kind of emotional and says that he's still a child. The whole concept of being a father – even just figuratively as the father of his band – seems to be extremely unsettling to him. When asked whether he wants to have children of his own, he seems to be open to the idea at first but then kind of retreats the statement by saying that his songs are his children.

I know that Yoshiki's mental health has already been discussed here but this interview was a real-opener for me. Tbh, I feel bad for him. To this day he's struggling with his father's suicide. Looking at the songs he wrote, it's clear that this event has not just been a source of extreme pain but also an inspiration for a lot of his lyrics. Going through this type of trauma, especially as a child, shapes you for life but I find it heart-wrenching to see that Yoshiki seems to feel as if it all happened yesterday. Do you think there's a chance for him to overcome this (at least partially)? Or maybe he's holding on to this pain because it's an immense driver for his creativity? Growing up like this can make you believe that your demons are part of you and abandoning them can be just as scary, especially if your identity is built around your pain and trauma.

If this topic is too personal/invasive, I'll delete it. Mental health and anything related to psychology is super interesting to me and Yoshiki's personality has always puzzled me so I'd like to read your thoughts on that. :)

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