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Babymetal Post Live Video of New Track “Distortion”

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Watching this live video of Babymetal’s latest single “Distortion” (which came out earlier this year) — shot at the mother of all British metal festivals, Download — is taking me back to my own visit to that festival in 2006. Axl’s constipation notwithstanding, it was a pretty magical weekend: we saw headline sets by Metallica, Tool and Guns N’ Roses, a surprise set by Down, witnessed Gojira for the very first time and watched countless other bands completely kill it. Beyond that, we made new friends and just soaked in the festival experience; as with all festivals, it’s about so much more than just the bands playing. I hope to get back there some day.

Back to Babymetal: this performance sure looks like it was a whole lot of fun. Seeing Babymetal live is really quite something, and I highly recommend going out of your way to do so if you ever find yourself at a festival they’re playing. Watch “Distortion” below.

Babymetal have been in the news a bit lately, with a graphic novel that delves into the mythology of the band coming on October 30th.

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