Babymetal is back! The Japanese pop-metal group fronted by three preteen girls has a new song entitled Like, which will hit iTunes on March 7th. In anticipation of this release, the group has released a video of a shortened version of the song. You can check it out below.
Okay, so I know that a lot of you who watched that video are probably thinking that this is the most ridiculous garbage you’ve seen in a while. While I won’t argue with you, I think there is another way to look at this group. We should honestly be encouraging them! We should be siding with them and lauding them.
Want to know why? Because kids at that age are only just beginning to build their musical foundation. They latch onto what is popular and exciting and share it like crazy amongst their friends. It’s only later into the teenage years that people start making their own decisions regarding music instead of what is most popular.
So if young kids are getting into some form of metal, why not encourage it? They’ll grow out of it and move along to bands that produce metal for the sake of the music, not the gimmick. It is there that they will find the bands that are worthy and deserving of respect and admiration, be it bands such as Slayer and Metallica or groups like Opeth, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, or even over to Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, or Cannibal Corpse.
Just as important as setting the foundation for enjoying metal, it also sets the foundation that women in metal works. Sure, these are preteen girls, but, again, it sets the standard for these children who listen to the group that women can be just as important to the genre as men.
Basically, what I’m saying is let these kids enjoy the music because it sets the foundation that metal isn’t bad. Quite the opposite actually.
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