Having discovered the greatness of Babymetal I now have to confront myself with a few questions. Like, I buy a lot of Metal magazines and yet I missed out on this for well over a year at least. Why? I have looked at some magazines and it took just a few minutes to find Babymetal articles, live reviews (see Classic Rock above) and ads for concerts etc. Why did I avoid checking them out? The truth is that I could not get past the name and the general image and on top of that it is not easy to take in new stuff when you have listened to Metal since 1971. A friend of mine said the same thing today, it was the name. Having looked into this in some detail now, I can appreciate just how hard these people have worked for the success. The girls were quite young when it all started and yet they had played the Budokan in Tokyo (twice) even before the release of the first album. They were all in school until quite recently, you can see the picture of Su-metal (Suzuka Nakamoto) here as she graduated (Japanese press cutting). I also found a film on YouTube showing her lifelong ambition to be on stage. I have to salute the Japanese school system for allowing talent to study what they love the most. Su-metal was discovered this way and here we are. At 19, she has conquered the world with her younger friends and the band. I respect this a lot. Well, you live and learn.
View the Su-metal film here (subtitles in English).