It seems like there’s not a day that goes by without ‘BABYMETAL’ being in the headlines. Traditional or social media - they always come up. There are two reasons for that: First - ‘BABYMETAL’ are awesome. Second - the group has assembled such loyal fans that took it upon themselves getting the word out, every hour and minute of the day.
But It hasn't been easy. Growing everyday, the group also gets a lot of negative comments from metal fans, being accused of ‘not being real metal’ or ‘just a gimmick’. Sure, It’s not everyday that three teenage girls from Japan doing ‘Kawai Metal’, combing serious metal with cute little girly stuff, are storming the music world. But like it or not - All of the members and the people around them are doing a fantastic job.
Whether it’s the costumes, the songs, the dancing or especially their high energy shows - ‘BABYMETAL’ are doing something like never before and in major way. 40 years ago there was another band that shocked everybody with their image and stage antics. At first, lots of people thought they were ‘clowns’ and that they will never make it. That band is called ‘KISS’. Look at them now.
The term in Japan is ‘Idol band’, a group with lots of production value that was put together to entertain teens. Surprisingly, These cute things (Hence ‘Kawai’) are a perfect fit to the extreme metal music. It’s super serious and yet very silly. It’s a good time, and it seems like the metal world was in need to feel something just like that.
‘BABYMETAL’ is fronted by three teenage girls: Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-Metal), Yui Mizuno (Yuimetal) and Moa Kikuchi (Moametal). They’ve released their self titled debut album last year but it’s their live shows that lead them forward. The girls break the rules with anything that has to do with Teen Idol performances, and the band of musicians with them are just as good. Maybe this is an act that could only come up from Japan, minding their art and music performances are so diverse, but they are way beyond being a local gig.
This week the gang is in Britain, playing the famous ‘Reading’ and ‘Leeds’ Festivals before going back to tour Japan. In November they will head to the mighty ‘Ozzfest’, also taking place in Japan with bands and artists like ‘Korn’, Corey Taylor, ‘Jane’s Addiction’ and of course Ozzy Osbourne himself. After playing Reading Festival this past week: "BABYMETAL Just Delivered One Of The Most Batshit Crazy Sets Reading Has Ever Seen". As you can tell by now, 'BABYMETAL' is not your average band. Crazy it is.