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Photos by Chris Love
What do you get when you combine metal, pop, and performance art? The answer is unquestionably BABYMETAL. BABYMETAL began their 2018 world tour in Kansas City, MO to a nearly sold out crowd at the Uptown Theater on May 8th. Classified as “kawaii (cute) metal”, the trio of Su-metal, Yuimetal, and Moametal bring a delicate touch of pop idol sweetness to a commonly aggressive genre. Their masterful blend of hard and heavy instrumentals, upbeat vocal performance, and perfectly choreographed dancing is an enchanting experience. Theatrics played a heavy hand during the show – an opening video depicted the members of BABYMETAL as divine messengers chosen by the Fox God, the live band dressed in skeletal makeup and robes, and the singers and dancers had costume changes throughout the night. Many fans, ranging from young girls in lolita fashion to lifelong metalheads, screamed and sang along to well known songs such as “Megitsune” and “Karate.” The live debut of two new songs – titles not yet announced – was met with resounding cheers and a flood of hands raised in BABYMETAL’s signature symbol, which is like the traditional devil horns but with the thumb and middle two fingers pinched together.
One question voiced by many fans both in person and later on the internet was, “Where is Yuimetal?” Su-metal and Moametal were joined by two backup dancers but Yuimetal, who was also absent during their December 2017 show in Hiroshima, Japan due to illness, was absent from the stage. As of now, no word has been released on whether or not Yuimetal will be performing at their upcoming engagements.
For information on their world tour, follow the link, but hurry! Some of the dates are already sold out, and this is a unique experience you won’t want to miss.
EDITOR’S NOTE: As stated in Alt Press, “Yuimetal remains a member of the band, but she is not on this current U.S. tour. There is a new narrative for the future of the band which is currently evolving. The storyline has changed. This was the basis of the ‘Metal Resistance Episode 7: The Revelation’ video.”