Japanese teenage girl pop metal band BABYMETAL will perform on the April 5 episode of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert". The show airs at 11:35 p.m. EST / 10:35 p.m. CST on CBS.
BABYMETAL's second album, "Metal Resistance", will be released on April 1 via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment in the U.S. and earMUSIC in Europe.
"Metal Resistance" features songs that have already been performed live, as well as many never-been-heard-before new songs.
As was the case with BABYMETAL's debut, "Metal Resistance" contains both songs performed as solo tracks, and as a group. "Amore -Aoboshi-" and "No Rain, No Rainbow" is performed by Suzuka Nakamoto (a.k.a. Su-Metal), and "GJ!" and "Sis. Anger" are performed by Yui Mizuno (a.k.a. Yuimetal) and Moa Kikuchi (a.k.a. Moametal).
BABYMETAL will kick off the 2016 world tour with a headline show at the world-famous Wembley Arena, U.K. on Saturday, April 2, making history by becoming the first Japanese artist to headline the legendary venue.
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.
BABYMETAL's members admit that they had never listened to metal before joining the group. The girls wear gothy schoolgirl costumes, do choreographed dance routines and bang their heads violently.
Many heavy metal fans have been reluctant to embrace BABYMETAL — which also includes producer Kobametal and a backing band of corpse-painted virtuosos — with some Internet forums calling them "the definition of a gimmick", "awful" and "metal for hipsters."