Tiny Japanese girls taking metal world by storm



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The Japanese metal group Babymetal calls their sound “kawaii” or “cute metal,” and the Western world loves them. At No. 15, the band’s second album, Metal Resistance, is charting higher in the U.K. than any other Japanese act in history. The album has also charted in the U.S., Japan, France and Germany.

BABYMETAL’s members admit that they had never listened to metal before joining the group (via Blabbermouth). The girls wear gothy schoolgirl costumes, do choreographed dance routines and bang their heads violently.

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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.”

Still, it’s hard to deny the group’s success. YouTube comments on the band’s latest single, Karate, are bubbly:

Victor H.: “Baby metal next Super Bowl please.”

Cristina: “I WAS SO READY TO HATE… BUT THIS IS SO F**KING GOOD OMG??”

James P.: “New favourite band, im serious, this is perfect, the singing is just on fleek right now.”

ghostfoto: “Motherf**king babymetal for president”

The band’s three girls – Suzuka Nakamoto, Yui Mizuno, and Moa Kikuchi – range in age from 16 to 19, and they all have simple nicknames: Su-metal, Yuimetal, Moametal.

Hardly old enough to comprehend the global fervor they’ve created, they attribute their success to a “fox god” whose statues often appear behind them during their shows:

“We believe in the Fox God (via Loudwire). But honestly, we’ve never met him. Why we believe in him is that a year ago, we would never have imagined that we could’ve played at so many festivals around the world. Also, he got us to meet so many great people. That’s why we go by what he tells us to do.”

Check out the band members in this adorable video:

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