You know Babymetal, right? The novelty Japanese trio that combines heavy metal with idol pop, the genre that sees teeny boppers dancing around to pop music for an audience of largely young fans? They caused a stir over here last when, promoting their self-titled debut album, they inspired a moshpit at Reading & Leeds Festival that would make Slipknot proud.
Consisting of all-singing, all-dancing teenagers Suzuka Nakamoto (AKA Su-Metal), Moa Kikuchi (Moametal) and Yui Mizuno (Yuimetal), the band is totally manufactured, of course, put together by a mysterious producer called Kobametal, and they don’t play any instruments – that falls to grizzled session musicians. But Babymetal have still been embraced by the metal community, and will play the Wembley SSE Arena Wembley on April 2, though you could argue that this enthusiasm stems from the novelty factor of metal/pop singers who combine tutus with battle wear.
And the band certainly needs that battle wear in the new video for ‘Karate’, taken from upcoming album Metal Resistance, which is released on April 1. They have this mad kind of fight/dance-off with three ghostly figures and some kind of Samurai character while the aforementioned session musicians do very little to help in the background. Thanks for nothing, guys!