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Babymetal: When Worlds Collide

Love them or loathe them, one thing is for sure: Babymetal are the most controversial band to hit our universe for years. Metal Hammer hitched a ride for 72 hours of chaos.

We snake around the dressing rooms in the artist area of Download festival on Friday afternoon, and there they are: lead singer Su-metal, flanked by backing singers Yuimetal and Moametal, dressed in their signature red-and-black outfits. The disarmingly kawaii Marmite band of metal. They’re the biggest thing to have hit our scene in the last two years, yet they’ve split the vote on whether they actually belong. And all those arguments come down to these three, smiling girls, eager to meet us. We extend our hand in greeting, and ask how they’re doing.

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