Rob Zombie says Babymetal have 'made death metal cute'

Rob Zombie with Babymetal
Rob Zombie with Babymetal

Rob Zombie has once again praised Babymetal, saying the Japanese group had found “a way to make fucking death metal cute.”

Last week, Zombie jumped to Babymetal’s defence when some of his fans hit out after he posed with the trio for a photograph.

Now Zombie says seeing Babymetal live is an experience unlike anything else in rock.

He tells 93X: “I saw them live for the first time the other day, and I just loved it. It was like nothing I had ever seen before.

“Leave it to the Japanese to find a way to make fucking death metal cute. But it was awesome. And the crowd was going fucking apeshit.

“The amount of crowdsurfing and stage diving and just complete mayhem, which made it even funnier, because it’s three cute little girls doing fucking karate on stage and shit, and these guys are dressed like ghosts, all in white.

“It’s the most bizarre fucking thing. It’s totally worth watching. It’s so good.”

When some fans reacted negatively to Zombie posing with Babymetal at the Carolina Rebellion festival, he issued a number of replies including: “They roll harder than you” and “These three girls had more energy than 90% of the bands we play with.”

Babymetal play at this summer’s Download festival and Zombie is currently on tour in support of his latest album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, released last month via Universal Music.

Rob Zombie 2016 tour dates

May 17: Cedar Rapids US Cellular Center, IA (With Disturbed)
May 18: Bloomington US Cellular Coliseum, IL
May 19: Saginaw FirstMerit Bank Event Park, MI
May 20-21: Columbus Rock On The Range, OH
May 22: Hershey Giant Center, PA (With Disturbed)
May 24: Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena, MI (With Disturbed)
May 25: Fort Wayne Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, IN (With Disturbed)
May 27-29: Pryor Rocklahoma 2016, OK
Jul 19: Greenwood Village Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, CO (With Korn)
Jul 20: Salt Lake City USANA Amphitheatre, UT (With Korn)
Jul 22: Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater, NM (With Korn)
Jul 23: Phoenix Ak-Chin Pavilion, AZ (With Korn)
Jul 24: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, CA (With Korn)
Jul 26: Nampa Idaho Center Amphitheatre, ID (With Korn)
Jul 27: Auburn White River Amphitheatre, WA (With Korn)
Jul 29: Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre, CA (With Korn)
Jul 30: Las Vegas Mandalay Bat Resort & Casino, NV (With Korn)
Aug 02: Austin 360 Amphitheatre, TX (With Korn)
Aug 03: Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (With Korn)
Aug 04: Dallas Gexa Energy Pavillion, TX (With Korn)
Aug 06: Indianapolis Klipsch Music Center, IN (With Korn)
Aug 07: Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center, OH (With Korn)
Aug 09: St Louis Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (With Korn)
Aug 10: Bonner Springs Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre, KS (With Korn)
Aug 21: Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre, MI (With Korn)
Aug 23: Toronto Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, ON (With Korn)
Aug 24: Akron Blossom Music Center, OH (With Korn)
Aug 25: Pittsburgh First Niagara Pavilion, PA (With Korn)
Aug 27: Syracuse Lakeview Amphitheater, NY (With Korn)
Aug 28: Mansfield Xfinity Center, MA (With Korn)
Aug 30: Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ (With Korn)
Sep 01: Hartford Xfinity Theatre, CT (With Korn)
Sep 02: Camden BB&T Pavilion, NJ (With Korn)
Sep 03: Bristow Jiffy Lube Live, VA (With Korn)

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