Yeah, OK, some people may debate the use of “classic” in our feature heading but it’s a cover so we’ll run with it! It’s also an interesting take, given the genre hop as well as the fact that Grimmreaper has crafted his own English lyrics to go with BabyMetal’s original Japanese ones. It’s a song fairly well known for featuring DragonForce’s Herman Li and Sam Totman on the original recording. The track was first premiered on New Noise.
Grimmreaper elaborates for choosing the track to cover:
I’ve been a Dragonforce fan forever. I first heard this song by Babymetal and thought “That’s Japanese Dragonforce for sure.” Sure enough, Dragonforce helped write some songs for them, including this one. I’ve been a fan of Babymetal ever since.
I rewrote the lyrics in English in 2018 and recorded the cover in my apartment when I lived in Japan. I lived there for a little over a year. It took almost 2 years of learning, recording, failing, and trying again before it was done. Dragonforce often writes about the hero’s journey, mountains, dragons and archetypes, and this cover sticks with those themes, but also fits in with the album’s story.
Grimmreaper also pays homage to Dragonforce’s writing style by making the cover version of the song about the nobility of moving forward in life, up the mountain. It also fits into the theme of his own album “The Tragedy of Being” quite nicely. The full length is a concept record, which goes through the default conditions of life, tragedy, and suffering, and the options they present, nihilism and resentment, or transcendence and courage.
The new album The Tragedy of Being is out on March 30, 2021, and you can pre-order it on bandcamp.