Our fellow blogger Full Metal Attorney published a new post on his site today entitled, in intentional Buzzfeed-speak, “7 Metal Bands That Will Blow Your Mind”. He began it this way:
I’ve been reading about Babymetal since No Clean Singing first covered them two years ago. Now I’m starting to read about them everywhere, and it’s blowing the minds of regular people. Even my six-year-old son–who has grown up completely immersed in pop music and extreme metal–had a “WTF?” look on his face: “Why are those girls there?” You’re right, son, it doesn’t make any sense.
It hadn’t occurred to me that Babymetal would be so interesting to non-metalheads (outside of J-pop fans, anyway). So I started thinking: What else might blow the mind of a normal person? Metalheads, this list isn’t really for you: Share it with your friends.
And he then proceeded to provide a list — a list of bands who in very different ways have combined musical elements with “mainstream appeal” (my words) and elements more familiar to metalheads. The idea struck me as one that might generate some discussion here at NCS.
So, no, this isn’t yet another NCS post about Babymetal (because they’re even getting coverage from the likes of USA Today as well as currently holding down a spot on iTunes Top 10 Rock Albums chart in 7 countries — the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan and Sweden). Those of you who think Babymetal are the greatest threat to our way of life since the fluoridation of water can relax.
Here’s Full Metal Attorney’s list (he has sample songs from each band at his site.) I think you’ll get the idea of the theme, and if you’ve got bands who would belong on such a list, please speak up in the Comments.
Theatre of Tragedy: “Sticking with the synthpop theme of Babymetal for a moment, take Norway’s Theatre of Tragedy. Their albums Musique and Assembly sound like Rammstein teamed up with Madonna. What’s not to love about that?”
Apocalyptica: “A video was going around not too long ago, showing two men playing AC/DC on the cello, and, again, this was blowing people’s minds. Never mind that Finland’s Apocalyptica started covering Metallica almost 20 years ago, and have gone on to some commercial success with original material.”
Botanist: “Speaking of non-traditional instruments in metal, Botanist uses drums and hammered dulcimer to make some of the wildest and most unnerving black metal out there.”
Korpiklaani: “There is a genre called folk metal. They play metal with the added touch of accordions, bagpipes, flutes, violins, and all other manner of things. I sometimes forget how weird that is, and the way Korpiklaani combines metal with traditional Finnish music is too fun to ignore.”
Corrupted: “Going back to Japan with the last three, because Japan is crazy, there’s Corrupted. This band is the opposite of Babymetal in every way. No band photos are out there, they don’t do anything with the press, and their music is so slow I bet none of you will listen to this whole song. Also, a lot of their lyrics are in Spanish for no reason.”
Boris: “Boris isn’t exactly weird, per se. What makes them weird is that, even though they’re the same three people, you never know what band you’re going to get. Stoner rock? Drone? Dreampop? Ambient?”
Sigh: “Ah, Sigh. Japan’s biggest black metal export also dabbles in crazy. Their latest albumcombines “black metal, power metal, sexy jazz, circus music, Middle Eastern folk, French folk, dubstep, and a chill Latin jam.” Also, they have a saxophonist who dresses like a dominatrix and holds down a day job in a laboratory (she has a PhD).”