Heavy Metal World Cup: Babymetal vs Within Temptation

Babymetal vs Within Temptation

The first quarter-final match in the Heavy Metal World Cup sees the current champions Babymetal (representing Japan) facing off against Within Temptation from Netherlands. 

Babymetal go into the match as favourites, but Within Temptation have already defeated USA's Avenged Sevenfold in the opening round, so have a lot of momentum behind them.

Here's how the two teams stack up on paper...


Members: 3 (sort of)
Albums: 2
Genre: Kawaii metal
Biggest Song: Gimme Chocolate
Most Likely To: Worship the Fox God

Within Temptation

Members: 7
Albums: 6
Genre: Symphonic metal
Biggest Song: Mother Earth
Most Likely To: Let us burn

Who do you want to win? The poll below is open for 24 hours. Go go go!

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.