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Genre: Kawaii Metal*
Rating: 7.5 / 10
Top Tracks: KARATE, YAVA and Awadama Fever.
Features: Guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman from Dragonforce.
Following their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2014, the Japanese trio known as BABYMETAL are back with their recently released second album, Metal Resistance.
After the album’s release on April 1st, the group went on to be the highest charting Japanese band in the Official Albums Chart history in the UK and were also the first Japanese band to play at Wembley Arena on April 2nd. They even broke the record for the most merchandise sold at the arena in one day. But what’s the album actually like?
Metal Resistance boasts heavy guitar rifts, powerful vocals and BABYMETAL’s first all English song, THE ONE. To take things further, the album’s first track, Road of Resistance, features guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman from the renowned power-metal band Dragonforce. The album successfully builds upon the genre of kawaii metal*, that their debut album created.
This album definitely isn’t for everyone. Even fans of the metal genre will find it hard to get into. However, for anime fans and open minded listeners who don’t mind world music (music sung in a foreign language), here is my favourite song of the album and just a taster of what the album offers.
*Not widely regarded as “proper” metal and features pop-like vocals set to metal instrumental.