What is the Inseparable Relationship Between Legendary Japanese Rock Band X JAPAN and BABYMETAL?
While metal dance unit BABYMETAL, and X JAPAN, Japan’s leading visual kei (style) rock band, are both traveling and performing all over the world, at a first glance, that might seem to be all they have in common.
However, there’s an inseparable relationship between the two that I would like to explain.
BABYMETAL’S Homage to X JAPAN
Many of you may be already be aware that BABYMETAL’S “紅月-AKATSUKI-“ is a direct homage to X JAPAN’s “紅” (“Kurenai”). BABYMETAL’S influences from X JAPAN don’t just end there, either- in fact, they’ve been sprinkled here and there into many different aspects of the group’s design.
But do you know the mastermind behind the BABYMETAL that so many of us adore? This mysterious person is none other than KOBAMETAL.
KOBAMETAL, who acts as BABYMETAL’s general producer, is a huge fan of heavy metal. He’s also a big fan of X JAPAN. And, since KOBAMETAL is charge of everything BABYMETAL does, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that you can see a number of references to the band in their music and performances.
To prove my point, I’ll throw out a few examples.
-Although we mentioned that BABYMETAL’S “AKATSUKI” is an homage to X JAPAN’s “Kurenai”, it’s also been said that the song takes elements from another X JAPAN song, “Silent Jealousy”.
-Many have said that BABYMETAL’s “NO RAIN, NO RAINBOW” was influenced by X JAPN’s “Endless Rain” and “Say Anything”.
↓ They have performed Mashup of “NO RAIN, NO RAINBOW” and Endless Rain”
-BABYMETAL’S “Ijime, Dame, Zettai”, released in 2013, was influenced by X JAPAN’s song “X”. During the “kitsune tobe” (“Fox, fly!”) part of the song’s chorus, where the group makes two foxes with their hands in the shape of an ‘X’ and jumps, is taken from the chorus part of “X”, where the band crosses their arms to make an ‘X’.
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