ZETALAMBMARY is a two-man show for people who appreciate what we feel are genres of music that have always been forced to fly under the radar. Wraith digs just about everything from indie rock to certain noise pieces, while Zen prefers to stick with melodic, epic-sounding metal and Russian folk music. But what the heck, if we dig it, we will promote it anyway!
Firstly, I have to apologise for the lack of a flash widget to conveniently display this song's lyrics within a quarter of a page length. Couldn't find any so far that has the translated version of the lyrics of this week's Japanese death metal song.
Secondly, as with most of my Songs Of The Week, this is yet another long overdue song. Had originally intended to put it up soon when I first learned of it last year, but kept pushing it back as I had other things to attend to (like socialising perhaps).
Okay, I presume that anyone who is reading this now would have already watched the music video above. Anyone ever heard of Dethklok from Metalocalypse? An adult cartoon on a fictional metal band? Well, Detroit Metal City is like the Japanese version of it, only wackier and crazier. This cult series originally began as a manga series, but was soon developed into a 13-episode anime series and even had a live-action movie shot of it that was shown worldwide in the first quarter of this year. I am not going to spoil the series for you, so go read/watch it to find out more about what it is all about.
Anyway, back to the main thing - DMC's music! This fictional Japanese death metal band plays sick numbers throughout the series, with only one being really popular though, that being "Satsugai", which literally means "Murder" in English. And why wouldn't it be? Those plodding, sick guitar riffs that come in from the start, that shrill scream-growl from Johannes Krauser II, and the guitar shredding that follows all complete that perfect death metal moment.
Despite the song's vocals being actually sung by the real-life Kenichi Matsuyama ("L" from the Death Note movie series, and "Johannes Krauser II" + "Soichi Negishi" from Detroit Metal City the movie), whom is by profession an actor, it is simply amazing how he can portray that image of the demonic Krauser II so well on-stage as vocalist of DMC by doing crazy death metal stunts such as the 'teeth guitar' (the only real-life person I know who had done it before is Alexi Laiho from Children Of Bodom) and saying "F**k!" 11 times within a second (until he bit his tongue). I would like to see a Hollywood actor (perhaps Johnny Depp? :D) play tribute to a harsh vocalist from a Western metal band someday (Marilyn Manson, anyone?).
Johannes Krauser II- DMC's vocalist as seen in the live-action movie, with the DMC logo being clearly seen at the top right, and bassist Alexander Jagi at the bottom left
Some trivia too, if you hail from the '70s or '80s, and find DMC sounding vaguely familiar, that would be because it is a reference to KISS' "Detroit Rock City" single from back then. Also, I personally feel that Krauser II's image is heavily based on Alexi Laiho, the vocalist for melodic death metal band Children Of Bodom, except for the face painting which the author obviously took inspiration from KISS, the heavy metal band that started the visual-kei fad in Japan.
DMC's antics - Krauser II making the Eiffel Tower "wet"
All in all, if you are kinda surprised why not only various weird styles of metal appear on this site, but even cross-culture styles of metal too, do keep up to date with us. We are even planning to do Korean and Chinese metal if possible, and when we can find the materials to do so. Lastly, check out DMC, and if you like their music, do not forget to...