Babymetal – Metal Resistance Review

The Band:

  • Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-metal) – lead vocals
  • Yui Mizuno (Yuimetal) – lead and background vocals
  • Moa Kikuchi (Moametal) – lead and background vocals

Tracklisting:

  1. Road of Resistance
  2. KARATE
  3. Awadama Fever
  4. YAVA!
  5. AMore
  6. Meta Taro
  7. From Dusk Till Dawn
  8. GJ!
  9. Sis. Anger
  10. No Rain, No Rainbow
  11. Tales of the Destinies
  12. THE ONE

Babymetal are taking the world by storm at the moment, and it’s hard not to get caught in their tidal wave of bright colours, J-Pop choruses and at times, brutal sound. Metal Resistance is a whirlwind of energy that comes through and livens everything up that it touches.

The band’s odd combination of Japanese idol culture, J-Pop, and pretty much anything remotely metal is infectious. Most subgenres of metal are covered in Metal Resistance, from the opening track’s epic, Iron Maiden-esque sound, KARATE’s crushing, riff-heavy nu-metal stylings to the symphonic, with tracks like GJ! It’s got all your bases covered, and it rips through them all with ease and an apetite unlike a lot of contemporary metal outfits.

Ever present are the three girls the band is all about: Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-Metal), Yui Mizuno (Yuimetal) and Moa Kikuchi (Moametal), with Su-Metal taking on the lead role. Her voice is surprisingly strong and she can keep up with the often brutal tracks just as well as in the more J-Pop choruses. Behind the three vocalists is a more than competent band (who occasionally chime in with death growls, because why not?) who know their way around the metal genre.

There are plenty of awesome riffs, great drumming and an air-tight mix behind it all. Because this isn’t your normal metal outing, expect the unexpected. There are random bits of piano thrown in and a lot of electronic bits and pieces. Indeed, Awadama Fever is a drum and bass song at its heart, mixed with heavy metal and all about chewing and bubble gum. Roll with it. If there’s one thing almost anyone could enjoy about Babymetal, it’s their disregard for the metal norms and their vast amount of energy.

There are a couple of duds on the record, and this is when they try to stick more to a set formula. Tracks such as THE ONE and No Rain, No Rainbow, lack the enthusiasm and eagerness to excite like the rest of the album. They focus too heavily on trying to be the more serious, slower tracks of the record. At its best however Metal Resistance is fast, it’s different and it’s stupidly good fun. Put aside your prejudices and come have a good time – you won’t regret it.


4/5

Metal Resistance is surprisingly heavy, catchy and hugely enjoyable. Don’t be put off by the band or their allusions to J-Pop.

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