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Babymetal shreds heavy-metal's seriousness at the Fonda
Babymetal shreds heavy-metal's seriousness at the Fonda

The most subversive, rage-inducing act in heavy metal played the Fonda on Sunday night. The group is fronted by three Japanese teenage girls in pigtails who make heart-shaped hand gestures onstage and sing about how much they love chocolate.  Babymetal is a Japanese concept group, and they're the most divisive thing in heavy music right now. The trio -- singers Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal, producer Kobametal and a backing band of corpse-painted virtuosos -- came from the "Idol" format of manufactured pop groups in Asia, but their songs are arranged with the thrashing guitars and blast-beat drums from every variant of heavy metal. The conceit seems like a...

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