Their Name Is BabyMetal and They Will Kill You (With Kindness)

By
Photography Sarai Mari
Stylist Shohei Kashima

Published March 9, 2020

Symphony of destruction? Okay, sure, but make it cute. With their mix of candy-coated hooks and drum blasts seemingly forged at the gates of hell, BABYMETAL has emerged as a hard rock group that melds their native Japan’s kawaii aesthetic and J-pop theatrics with the pyrotechnics and ground-and-pound of American metal. Already a sensation back home, the duo has even toured internationally with some of the biggest stars in the genre, including their idols Metallica. Here, a profile of the enigmatic entertainers, in numbers.

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22: Age of BABYMETAL’s oldest member Suzuka Nakamoto, also known as Su-metal.

20: Age of BABYMETAL’s youngest member Moa Kikuchi, also known as Moametal.

14: Moametal’s age when BABYMETAL headlined their first arena show.

3.5: Number of years it took to write their latest album, last year’s Metal Galaxy

55,000: Number of people who attended BABYMETAL’s biggest ever show, at the Tokyo Dome. 

26,386: Number of miles BABYMETAL’s have flown during their 2019 tour. 

1: Number of times they’ve met Billie Eilish

2–3: Number of times they’ve hung out with Slash.

17: Number of times they’ve opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers on The Getaway World Tour.

0: Number of times they’ve publicly discussed the mysterious 2018 departure of their founding member, Yiumetal. 

5: Number of times they’ve opened for Lady Gaga on her ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour.

24: Number of awards they’ve won, including three for Most Devoted Fans at the Loudwire Music Awards.

1: Number of spirit animals that inspire the band’s lyrics (they claim to be the chosen ones of Kitsune the Fox God).

8: Number of styles of fox masks sold as tour merchandise. (It’s their thing. We don’t really get it.)

1: Number of newlyweds who have walked down the aisle to a BABYMETAL song (that we know of).

8: Number of hours spent practicing the choreography for their viral hit, “Gimme Chocolate.”

111,361,821+: Number of views on YouTube for the “Gimme Chocolate” music video.

100+: Number of Instagram fan accounts devoted to Moametal and Su-metal. 

53: Number of years between the last Japanese act to crack the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 and BABYMETAL doing so in 2016.

1: Number of fire-breathing chickens that appear in the graphic novel Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal.

This article appears in the March 2020 issue of Interview Magazine. Subscribe here.

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Hair and Makeup: Aya Watanabe
Wardrobe: Shohei Kashima
Special Thanks: Go-Sees Studio