Babymetal: "Karate"

That's right... Babymetal! Here's the Japanese pop/metal band's new video for their song "Karate", with Su-metal (Suzuka Nakamoto), Yuimetal (Yui Mizuno), and Moametal (Moa Kikuchi) being backed by an all ESP-playing band that includes acclaimed Japanese rocker Takayoshi Ohmura on guitar. You'll see the new ESP E-II Arrow-7, among other ESP guitars and basses, in the "Karate" video.

Before you laugh them off, note that Babymetal has been tremendously successful since their debut in 2010, and are bringing elements of metal into pop music for people who might never have otherwise experienced the power of heavy rock. This video alone has about 1,500,000 views in the first five days since it was posted. Go Babymetal!

Do you have thoughts about the combination of metal guitar sounds in pop music? Do you not-so-secretly like Babymetal? Let us know in the comments below.

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Stonecat

Hmmmmm smh