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Babymetal is everything, all at once, really loud

Babymetal is everything, all at once, really loud

Before the young women in the Japanese trio Babymetal were inducted into the weirdest and most terrifyingly adorable hard-rock band in the world, they hardly knew what heavy metal was.

"When we first started out, we had no idea what metal music was all about," says lead singer Suzuka Nakamoto, who goes by Su-Metal, in a translated email interview. "But now we listen to everything from cute songs to all sorts of metal music. I am sure there are some people who say that we are not metal, but we want to create a new genre that will appeal to people of all ages, both boys and girls."

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