“Pretty Handsome Awkward” peaked the crowd’s interest. I couldn’t stick around – it was time for the day’s headliner at the Zippo stage, BABYMETAL.
The ever theatrical and well, cute, BABYMETAL ripped through their new single “Distortion”, an aggressive and downright abusive track.
By this time, the mass along the barricade and beyond had swelled to a size I had not seen at any other point of the weekend.
The mix of J-pop and metal dubbed “kawaii metal” – meaning cute metal, has bridged the gap for many people to get to metal.
Case in point, I found myself at the merch table purchasing BABYMETAL shirts for each of my children, who love BABYMETAL, but not necessarily a band like SLAYER.
Jamey Jasta really hit the nail on the head when he said “high tides raise all ships” in an interview with Eddie Trunk when questioned about BABYMETAL.
Like them or not – it is good for the genre as a whole, but believe me, if you saw them live, you would have to try real hard to not like them.
The girls are backed by a “kami band” that absolutely shreds. As you can imagine, the set went on with out a hitch.
Songs like “Karate” and “Gimme Chocolate” highlighted the action-packed night on the second stage.