All Hail Babymetal, the J-Pop-Loving Metal Band of the Damned

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Earlier this month, news circulated widely that a metal group called Unlocking the Truth have inked a record deal worth $1.7 million with Sony Music Entertainment. Loads of outlets picked up on the item, including People, CBS News and other places where you wouldn't expect to read about no-name metal acts making business moves. Why all the hubbub? The extravagant dollar amount wasn't the draw (though it had to help), but rather the ages of Unlocking the Truth's members. The band is made up of one 12-year-old and two 13-year-olds. It's pretty odd to imagine a bunch of middle-schoolers getting deep enough into metal -- and being in-demand enough -- to make a career out of music, much less one that yields seven figures.

But if that gaggle of metal-loving minors have a peculiar story, Babymetal's is positively freaky.

Hailing from Japan, Babymetal are a group of three teenage girls -- plus some backing personnel skulking behind them -- who combine Japanese pop (aka J-pop) with death metal (throw in some speed metal and metalcore, too). A thick guitar riff crushes with a thud, followed by some deep screams. Then, bring on the bouncy, sugar-sweet vocals. Mix and match future elements as needed.

The girls wear gothy schoolgirl costumes, do choreographed dance routines and bang their heads violently. They're also gaining a hell of a following -- one substantial enough to justify them opening for Lady Gaga on their first-ever American tour. (They played their inaugural American show in Los Angeles on Sunday and kick off the Gaga tour at US Airways Center on Wednesday.)

The video for their sometimes sweet, sometimes vicious song "Gimme Chocolate!!" is currently sitting at around 12.5 million views on YouTube. It's about time you added to the tally.

Established in 2010, Babymetal are tied to the far more conventional-sounding J-pop idol group Sakura Gakuin. The band's cast of naïve-looking leads includes Suzuka Nakamoto (aka Su-Metal, who handles vocals and dancing), Yui Mizuno (aka Yuimetal), and Moa Kikuchi (aka Moametal), the latter of whom both scream and dance. Officially, they dub themselves "Kawaii METAL," making their stylistic allegiances relatively clear, but listen long enough and you'll hear some hip-hop and techno tossed into the chaos.

The trio up front aren't responsible for the actual music. That duty goes to the mysterious crew in the background of Babymetal's kinetic performances.


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Rusted Halo
Rusted Halo

Crap, I missed this? No wonder I had an urge to play them yesterday.

Matt Gautchier
Matt Gautchier

As Jack Black would say, don't kill the metal. >.

Jc Keetso
Jc Keetso

oh crap, I think I like them.

Jc Keetso
Jc Keetso

What the hell am I listening to? I can't decide whether to rip out my intestines and hang myself with it, or load the next video. aaaaahhhh!!!!

Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson

How in the bloody hell did I miss this? DAMN IT. I love this band.

Alonso Enriquez
Alonso Enriquez

Don't remind me Susan! If this trip hadn't been planned since April, I'd be there!!! Hell, I'd have been at their U.S. debut in L.A. last Sunday! ;-)

CJ St Cyr
CJ St Cyr

Thanks Nick for keeping me ahead of the curve

Dane Day
Dane Day

Joey you could get into this

jackygarrity
jackygarrity

Re corrections, just proves the writer did not know what they were talking about. This is the worst article on them I have read, full of cynical smart ass comments.

treekz
treekz

This is what's wrong with journalism nowadays. Sexualism. Teenage-girls-in-schoolgirl-outfits really?. Other performers and bands in the US sings about drugs, sex and b1tches* not to mention dresses almost naked. Compared to this, Babymetal hardly shows any skin and they sing about dreams, hope, strength and eating dried squid... Which you clearly overlooked , oh by the way it's called a tutu not a skirt.. Sheesh.

Esther Zubia
Esther Zubia

Are they familiar to you Heather Urbano?

Shauna Smith
Shauna Smith

Yeah, and we had them on Raging Contagion Music Blog ages ago!

Reset Survivor
Reset Survivor

You probably already know but ... hey, Jeff ! ;)

Reset Survivor
Reset Survivor

Too bad they're playing with Lady Gaga .. and too bad cheapest tix are $45! Haha ... Liquid Swords instrumentals was the better choice.

John Phoenix
John Phoenix

Christ. I can't imagine a full concert of that, lol. I made in to the video 60secs.

Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith

Oh wait, Shauna Smith i think I remember seeing something that they may be touring here, now it's actually happening, awesome!

Tiadora Pearson
Tiadora Pearson

Gahhhhhhhh Nelson Land Henry Hondo Brandon Bennett Ashlee Boe Anyone going!? Take video for me!

bdmiller2s
bdmiller2s

Welcome to the club. Watch their live shows on YouTube. They are better than the music videos.

champyD
champyD

@treekz so you like BM or hate em?

cold6001
cold6001

Wrong.Teenagers Suzuka Nakamoto (16) Yui Mizuno (15) Moa Kikuchi (15). Sorry that doesn't fit with your preconceived notions, Brooke.

cold6001
cold6001

Wrong.Teenagers Suzuka Nakamoto (16) Yui Mizuno (15) Moa Kikuchi (15). Sorry that doesn't fit with your preconceived notions, Brooke. You know, it is as simple as Google, right?

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