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BAAL just returned to Japan from two shows presented by Skinny Puppy’s CEvin Key this past week in LA. CEvin broke the news that they were picked up by Metropolis Records, so we can hopefully look forward to new accessible (in the material sense, not sound) releases from this cyber punk industrial outfit.
I remember first discovering them on the first Darkest Labyrinth compilation. Still one of the best compilations in my book. BAAL’s “Vermin" was one of the songs that stood out to me. It was just different.
At some point, I reached out to BAAL for an interview in my days as a J-rock journo. By keeping in contact, when I ended up in Japan for study abroad, they were kind enough to let me shoot two of their shows (the above photos being a selection from my very first successful shoot). As my first, I will always remember it fondly. But it helps that U-tarou, Mikito and Alan are all some of the nicest people on the planet. Nicer than any of you lot, and I don’t think you’re that bad.
Anyways, congratulations to BAAL on getting picked up by Metropolis! They sure as hell deserve it. Can’t even think of the last time a Japanese rock artist could claim such an accomplishment (I think the last was MOLICE, et. al. getting picked by Good Charamel).