Babymetal (stylized as BABYMETAL) is a Japanese metal idol band.Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as “Su-metal”, Yui Mizuno as “Yuimetal”, and Moa Kikuchi as “Moametal”. The concept of the group is a fusion of the metal and idol genres. The three teenage girls and their band are managed by the Amuse talent agency. Their vocals are backed by heavy metal instrumentation played by the Kami Band. Babymetal released their debut album of the same name in February 2014. Their sophomore album Metal Resistance was released on April 1, 2016.
Besides dancing, the trio all perform vocals. Su-metal is the main vocalist, credited on Babymetal’s official site with vocals and dancing, while Moametal and Yuimetal are credited with scream and dance.
Babymetal’s costumes take a variety of cues from the popular Japanese Gothic and Punk Lolita styles, with an emphasis on red and black.
Instead of the sign of the horns, the band uses the hand gesture of the kitsune to symbolise the band’s supposed divine inspiration.
In their concerts, Babymetal are accompanied by a backing band. Originally, a pretend band called “Babybone”, dressed in black-and-white skeleton outfits, mimed playing instruments to playback. From mid-2012, a live band called Kami Band (also known as Full Metal Band or the Gods of Metal) progressively took over accompaniment duties and now perform all music live at every concert.