BabyMetal became an internet sensation earlier this year when the video for Give Me Chocolate (Gimme Choco) went viral, but who'll be the next Japanese metal band to go global?
Doll $ Boxx
A ‘supergroup’, of sorts, formed by the fusion of Gacharic Spin with vocalist Fuki from the band Light Bringer, Doll $ Boxx (pictured above) sound like four radio stations playing at once, mixing electronic, pop and metal influences into colourful, chaotic bursts of effervescent noise.
Built around the super-technical shredding skills of guitar Mina, this Tokyo quintet describe themselves as an “orthodox” metal band. Orthodox clearly means something else in Japan…
Fronted by former model and J-Pop singer Rino Nikaido, Osaka’s Aldious have three albums to their name: 2013’s District Zero gave them their first Top 10 hit in their native land.
Formed in 2013, Fukuoka five-piece Bridear released their debut mini-album Overturn The Doom in December. Heavy, technical and less cutesy than their peers, they might be the most likely to appeal to ‘true’ metal fans. Though, frankly, after BabyMetal’s success, we’re not trying to second-guess things too much.