British extreme metal pioneers Carcass
have defended Babymetal
against the "gimmick"
tag given to them by critics who liken them to the success of Swedish occult metallers Ghost
Established in 2010, Babymetal is the offshoot of the Japanese pop idol group Sakura Gakuin
that performs a distinctly Japanese mix of schoolgirl J-pop and heavy metal.
Asked by Nuclear Blast
what his highlight of last month's Sonisphere
festival in the UK was, Carcass bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker
replied (via Blabbermouth
): "My highlight was getting my picture taken with BABYMETAL."
Pressed on whether he was a fan of Babymetal, Walker said: "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
added: "I mean, obviously, we don't cover this ourselves, but the fun, entertainment angle, it is important."
Carcass will return to the United States once again this October/November. Joining them on select dates are Florida death metal legends Obituary
and the eclectic champions of "murder metal," Macabre