If Metallic Rock and Japanese Pop Idols Performed a Fusion Dance
A few would-be J-Pop idols have decided to dramatically change their style and scene, and have now become…BABYMETAL.
If you think you know where this is going, you’re probably right. BABYMETAL is a relatively new – and actually quite popular – band that is releasing albums and doing concerts for raving fans.
Some Metallic Rock enthusiasts refuse to acknowledge them, obviously, but people like Ozzy, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, have expressed positive opinions about the fledgeling band, and many other metal performers have taken pictures with them, sometimes even posting about it on Twitter.
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And they’ve received plenty more praise than just that.
In any case, I’m just glad they exist. Read more below!
Babymetal are a trio of schoolgirls that have turned traditional J-pop on its head and merged cheesy dance routines with screaming, pyrotechnics and guitars that will make your eardrums combust.
The group consists of 17-year-old singer Suzuka Nakamato (know as Su-metal), 16-year-old Yui Mizuno (Yuimetal) and 15-year-old Moa Kikuchi (Moametal), with the latter two screaming and dancing as Su-metal takes over vocals.
The trio aren’t exactly schoolgirls gone rogue – all three wanted to be popstars, and joined talent agency Amuse Inc to join several different girl bands.
However, their manager Koametal decided that it would be a tad different if the adorable teens shunned the usual saccharine pop standards to dress in gothic tutus and rock out on stage with thrash guitars.
Babymetal have become hugely successful in the metal world, with the wonderfully insane video for Gimme Chocolate! gaining over 28 million views on YouTube.
They have also won various awards, including the Breakthrough gong at the Metal Hammer awards and the Spirit of Independence at the Kerrang! Awards; while a 2014 concert in Brixton resulted in a queue of metal heads winding around the corner.
Here are a couple videos that show them off – the first is more popular, but my favorite is the second one.