Ladybeard responds to Rob Zombie’s stance on BABYMETAL

Ladybeard responds to Rob Zombie’s stance on BABYMETAL

Rob Zombie, a recent fan of BABYMETAL, has been outspoken since seeing them live.

After seeing them live the first time recently, here is a summary of what Rob had to say.

“It’s like nothing I have ever seen before. Leave it to the Japanese to find a way to make Death Metal cute. It was awesome”

“The crowd was going Ape Sh#t, the amount of crowdsurfing … and complete mayhem… is the most bizarre fn thing”

Watch the unedited interview below, linked right to the question asking him about BABYMETAL.

Pablo from 93X interviews Rob Zombie at Northern Invasion

Ladybeard responds to Rob Zombie’s stance on BABYMETAL

 

Rob’s recent shares and thoughts on BABYMETAL has got the band trending on Facebook once again, and there was no shortage of haters helping it trend. It may be safe to say we owe the BABYMETAL haters for at least a portion of the bands raising popularity.

 

Ladybeard responds to Rob Zombie’s stance on BABYMETAL@nikkinickelz on Reddit
Which brings me to the Ladybeard part of the story, on his segment #AskLadybeard.

Ladybeard responds to Rob Zombie’s stance on BABYMETAL

Ladybeard had a few things to say about Rob Zombie and Metal Purists on SBS PopAsia Kawaii Connection program.

^ Listen to Ladybeard’s response to the question in full here ^

#AskLadybeard (@Lucky?)
Q. Have you seen that story about Rob Zombie and BABYMETAL vs some haters?

Here is a summary of what Ladybeard had to say on the subject of metal purist and haters.

“It didn’t surprise me in any way, that whole story, Rob Zombie did a great job sticking up for the girls.”

“…most actual metal artists are really behind BABYMETAL,  they realize how unique and interesting and fun and engauging BABYMETAL’s show and concept is…”

Ladybeard responds to Rob Zombie’s stance on BABYMETAL“I of coarse love BABYMETAL, and I am with everyone who’s supporting them.”

“I’m not opposed to the Purists having this attitude… I think your role as an artist to be both Loved and Hated, in equal measure.”

“You put your work into the world and there are people who are going to respond to it positively. But there is just as many people who will respond to it negatively, a lot of the time more. Then there is people who just don’t care.”

“The Heavy Metal Purists have made up their minds that they love, Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth… and THAT IS ALL! Anything else, see you later, we’re not having it, we don’t care, especially anything that can be considered ‘Pop’ or ‘Mainstream’…”

“With this attitude directed towards me (LADYBABY), that makes me quite happy, it’s those guys who keep the spirit of ‘Heavy Metal’… They maintain a strong sense of what ‘Heavy Metal’ is.”

“… fans get a sense of identity of being our fans, the haters are the same, they are proud of being the ‘Haters’.”

“I heard about it, I say good job Rob Zombie. I thought he was very articulate sticking up for BABYMETAL. Bless him, but at the same time I have no problem with the ‘Haters’.”

 

So maybe the ‘Haters’ do have some force behind BABYMETAL’s word of mouth. They were a help to getting the group more viral than just the fans can do sharing the greatness of the group between themselves. That is at least a factor, and I would say a powerful one.

I like to think many of these Purists will have a sister or a daughter who will love BABYMETAL after seeing them rant about it. As with this Rob Zombie story, you never know who the next big supporter will be. Rob has seen the videos long before, but after seeing them live, he became one of the long time Heavy Metal performers who support BABYMETAL, and think what they are doing is positive. 

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LADYBABY Unleashes New Wave of Kawaii Metal

Back in April Pure Idol Heart wrote about a new and very different Idol unit known as LADYBABY , featuring the Kawaii Idols Rie Kaneko and Rei Kuromiya and the Icon known as Ladybeard.

LADYBABY

You can see the short introduction here
http://pureidolheart.net/2015/04/ladybeard-debuts-idol-unit-called-ladybaby/

At the time it was not known ,what style music this new unit would perform ,however it was generally suspected with Ladybeard having a metal vocal background it would be metal.

The long wait is now over as LADYBABY has unleashed the new wave of Kawaii Metal.
LADYBABY debut single is titled “Nippon Manju /ULTRA ☆ LUCKY” and will go on sale July 29th.

LADYBABY brings a CD. Comes with a bonus DVD *The DVD disc is encoded for region 2 (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and no subtitles are included.

Nippon Manju features a heavy metal music base ,the traditional kawaii Idol vocals of Rei and Rie with Ladybeard providing a Metalcore power vocal.

I have seen comments on YouTube comparing them to BABYMETAL and making out Rie and Rei hand movement as a tribute to BABYMETAL actually it`s a tribute to a wrestler known as the Great Muta ,who the girls have worked with in the past. Their entire facial and hand movement is what Muta does after a match victory.

The Great Muta
The Great Muta

When thinking who would be the perfect rival for LADYBABY I am torn between BABYMETAL and Death Rabbits.
On the one hand the song has elements of both groups style ,and LADYBABY seems to have with this release jumped over Death Rabbits ,simply due to the age and experience Rie and Rei have as Idols making them a perfect fit to rival BABYMETAL.

LADYBABY – 2nd LIVE in Shibuya REX 2015.7.4

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I`d like for LADYBABY to become BABYMETAL rival , but two questions remain unanswered

1.Is LADYBABY truly going the full Kawaii Metal market or are we seeing the normal in JPop of being just one metal/rock song from a normal Idol Pop group.

2.Has BABYMETAL simply become the Gackt/AKB48 of Idol metal? With Gackt he grew to the level that his stardom and impact was to big even for him to remain in Visual Kei or developing bands to match his success. Has BABYMETAL stardom simply made it impossible for any Idol metal unit to compete ?

Ladybeard in male clothes!
Ladybeard in male clothes!

FRUITPOCHETTE is the most ready Idol Metal unit for International fame and they have barely made a dent in domestic Idol metal and none in the International.

LADYBABY has several elements in place to make a run at the Kawaii metal crown ,namely one being a big financial backer and the internet buzz of their debut MV seems to be acceptance or head scratching over Ladybeard in a maid costume.

It`s a solid and entertaining debut for what I hope is a full entry into Kawaii Metal. The genre can use some freshness and some rivalries developing.

Nippon Manju MV [click CC it has subs]

LADYBABY related links

http://www.clearstone.co.jp/ladybaby/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKlfTlx0oY6BiCH7Qvabrhg

https://twitter.com/chuuurie

https://twitter.com/rei_neverland

Also check out Rei`s band BRATS
http://brats.tk/

https://twitter.com/ladybeard_japan

http://www.ladybeard.com/