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Heavy metal baby rocks out: viral video spotlight

A video of a young child rocking out to heavy metal band Pantera has gone viral on YouTube and around the web on July 1.

"Metal Head Baby - Pantera - FN Hostile" was first uploaded to YouTube on June 24; as of July 1 the video has been viewed more than 430,000 times.

Though the video is several days old, YouTube statistics show that it did not begin attracting attention until June 28-29, when it began circulating on Facebook.

Since then it has grown in popularity and it is now, according to YouTube's blog, one of the most shared videos in the United States; statistics show that it is also popular in South America, Australia and parts of Europe and has mostly been viewed by men aged 18-44.

The video shows a young child placing his hands upon a table and banging his head in the style of heavy metal fans while Pantera's song "Fucking Hostile" plays in the background.

The video was uploaded by YouTube user JEPHMommy, who indicated that the child is named Jonah and has thanked YouTube users in the comment section for "making my son a viral hit."

The full video is available to watch at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0QuG6_FA6I

Other young heavy metal aficionados to achieve fame on YouTube include:

"The Original Grindcore Baby" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl5GeJdpESI
"Lamb of God Metal Baby" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kcxjqMkOzw