英会話ブログ その810      Babymetal (2)

2016/05/20

Well, as a metal fan myself, I can tell you that metal music is many things, but not cheerful.  Part of the music's appeal has always been its combination of heavy guitar riffs and doom-and- gloom imagery.

Babymetal, on the other hand, has presented something unique: the joining of traditional metal-style power chords to idol pop's high-energy, "bubblegum" melodies and performance.

Producer Kobayashi, a fan of such groups as Kiss has cleverly created a mystique for Babymetal in which they are not just teenage girls but messengers of the Fox god, using "metal Resistence" (the title of their new album) to fight the coming apocalypse.

Songs such as "Megitsune", "Gimme Chocolate" and "Karate" have proved to be winners in the global fan base, and elevated Babymetal to star status in many countries...

As with most successful music groups, Babymetal also has their critics who state their songs are not "real" metal, and are just mass-produced along with their image, to appeal to middle-aged male perverts.  

The widespread appeal of Babymetal among a range of ages and genders takes the air out of such grumbling, and will probably ensure further stardom for them, at least for a few years...                                           (G.K)


英会話表現&英単語
metal music is many things     メタルミュージックは色々な要素を持つ
riff                           反復
doom-and-gloom imagery         陰々滅々とした心象
on the other hand              一方
bubblegum                      明るいサウンド
mystique                       神秘性
as with 〜           〜と同様に
critic                         批評家
pervert                        変態
gender                         性別
take the air out of such grumbling  そうした不平を乗り越える
ensure further stardom         さらなるスター性を確約する

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