Carcass + Ghost B.C. Members Provide Their Takes on BabyMetal
Japanese pop metal phenoms BabyMetal have become the most polarizing act of 2014. While many embrace the experimental and deathly sweet band, others see nothing but a gimmick lacking all substance. However, three of metal's most celebrated musicians just gave BabyMetal their stamp of approval.
At this year's Sonisphere Festival, BabyMetal were one of the event's major talking points. Would the act deliver a sensational, crowd-pleasing performance? Or would rock and metal fans give them the Reading / Leeds Festival bottling treatment? As documented by many news outlets, BabyMetal were a hit, pleasing festival fans and even Carcass frontman Jeff Walker.
"My highlight [from Sonisphere] was getting my picture taken with BabyMetal," Walker tells Nuclear Blast. "I'm starting to warm to the idea of what they're doing. It's actually fun, you know -- like Ghost, to be honest. Some people get very reactionary about a band like Ghost or BabyMetal. It puts a smile on people's faces. That's what music's about, isn't it?! Enjoying it and not being so serious."
Carcass guitarist Bill Steer adds, "I mean, obviously, we don't cover this ourselves, but the fun, entertainment angle [in music], it is important."
One of Ghost B.C.'s nameless ghouls also praised BabyMetal in a recent interview. "I actually stood on side stage when [BabyMetal] went on and I watched the chaos and the weirdness that surrounded them. They obviously attract so much attention wherever they go, and for a reason, of course -- they are bizarre in many ways. I mean, we obviously like bizarre, so they are obviously doing something right. But, yeah, I mean, J-pop [Japanese pop] is always gonna be very weird.
The ghoul continues, "They seem to be a cool band, I guess. I've seen their 'Gimme Chocolate!' video, and I don't really know what to say about it. Someone really knows what they're doing behind it, but I'm not sure if [the girls] themselves know what they're doing."
2014 U.S. Carcass, Exhumed + Noisem Tour Dates:
10/24 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, Calif. (+ DIA DE LOS MUERTOS)
10/25 - San Manuel Amphitheater - San Bernardino, Calif. (Knotfest)
10/28 - The Rock - Tucson, Ariz. *
10/29 - Tricky Falls - El Paso, Texas *
10/31 - Chameleon Room - Oklahoma City, Okla. *
11/1 - Granada - Lawrence, Kansas *
11/2 - Pops - Sauget, Ill. *
11/4 - Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, N.C. *
11/5 - Broadberry - Richmond, Va. *
11/6 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, N.C. *
11/7 - Exit/In - Nashville, Tenn. *
11/8 - Diamond Pub & Billiards - Louisville, Ky. *
11/9 - 20th Century Theater - Cincinnati, Ohio *
11/10 - The Crofoot - Pontiac, Mich. **
11/11 - Intersection - Grand Rapids, Mich. **
11/12 - The Majestic - Madison, Wis. **
11/14 - Wooly's - Des Moines, Iowa **
11/15 - Mojos - Joliet, Ill. **
* With Obituary
** With Macabre