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BABYMETAL – METAL RESISTANCE April 23, 2016

Filed under: BABYMETAL — solarblade @ 5:03 am

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Track Listing

  1. Road of Resistance
  2. KARATE
  3. Awadama Fever
  4. Yabaa!
  5. Amore -Aoboshi-
  6. META! Meta Tarou
  7. Syncopation (Japanese editions only)
  8. From Dusk Till Dawn (Overseas only)
  9. GJ!
  10. Sis. Anger
  11. NO RAIN, NO RAINBOW
  12. Tales of The Destinies
  13. THE ONE (Limited & Regular only)
  14. THE ONE -Unfinished ver.- (THE ONE Limited only)
  15. THE ONE -English ver.- (Overseas only)

1. Road of Resistance

BABYMETAL of course would begin their sophomore album with the oldest song of the album (and digital single), Road of Resistance.  Also, it was also in the Overseas release of their first album which is bizarre, but makes sense.  Anyways, being the opening song, Road of Resistance.  I mean as I said in the review of their first album, this song really sets up for some badassery with some dramatic sounds before going into a VERY speedy metal track.  It’s a pretty awesome song, although the percussion is a little overboard here…

2. KARATE

Which leads into the promotional track for the album, KARATE.  Since I’ve finally have some new songs to deal with, I was wondering what BABYMETAL would bring.  KARATE is definitely a lot more hard hitting than I expected (especially coming after “Road of Resistance”).  Luckily it seems that MOAMETAL and YUIMETAL makes more of an appearance as the squeaky cutesy members with SU-METAL still being the prime singer here.  I do like this song though and the arrangement is just menacing in such a good way!  Definitely a a good choice to promote this album!

3. Awadama Fever

I was surprised to hear synths open the next track, but then as quickly as the appreciation started, the tune jumps into some angry riffs.  I do like that YUI and MOA do have echo filters and all-around do have more to do than just makes short quips.  The song is really adventurous and when the bridges drops out and turns even more darker, I feel like it’s just overall badass…yeah…I’m very much loving this one!

4. Yabaa!

With a title as such, I was wondering what could come from this song and I have to say the tune is a lot lighter than most of the other tracks from the album.  Though that’s not always a bad thing here.  It has a certain vibe that it comes from their first album and the kind of Sublime-ish sound is interesting.  It also contains some darker tones (especially the bridge), but really it’s a nice track…not as memorable as “KARATE” but decent.

5. Amore -Aoboshi-

Opening with SU-METAL singing to some underlying synths and filtered music, I really have to say that she’s become a much valiant singer in the trio (makes me wonder why MOA or YUI haven’t had this kind of training yet.  After the introduction, it turns into a pretty badass guitar solo.  While this is strictly SU only, I feel like so far this song has the strongest and easy-to-follow melody I’ve come across on the album so far.  It kind of sounds like an anison track here and there too which might add to my appreciation to this track.

6. META! Meta Tarou

I hear synths again opening a song again lol.  I feel like this is going for an epic sound as seen from the intro from the two screamers.  Actually, there’s some Scottish about the song and I believe it’s from the chanting and flutes throughout.  I’m actually surprised to hear YUI & MOA having more lines than normal, but SU still kind of leads the rallying here.  It just sounds like a medieval song and the march feeling I get is pretty awesome!

7a. Syncopation

So for some reason all versions of the album (except the overseas versions) ended up with Syncopation.  It brings back a harder tone that the earlier set of songs were definitely following, but I really like the guitarwork out of this one, but like “Road of Resistance”, there’s just a too much percussion going on.  The bridge does include new synth melodies, but I liked the metal more this time around.

7b. From Dusk Till Dawn

Though for international releases, we instead got From Dusk Till Dawn.  I actually was surprised at how lowkey and different it begun, but then it opens up VERY aggressively with guitars and loudness.  Though the verses die down immensely into this soundscape-like atmosphere with who I think is SU-METAL being light and prickly into this loud chorus of echo filters and shouting.  Also, English is heard (which might be why it’s only on the Overseas version).  Between the two, Syncopation is the better track, but From Dusk Till Dawn brought some experimentation to the table and that was also quite nice…hmmm so who got the short end of the stick at the end of the day?

8. GJ!

Next up is the shortest track of the album, barely making 3 minutes lol.  Already from the start, I feel like despite the short time it’s going to be a hard-hitting song.  It sort of reminds me of Slipknot’s arrangements which is cool I suppose.  I do feel like this song is more for YUI and MOA as I only hear them sing in the track.  Despite its length, I found it somewhat quick and nice.

9. Sis. Anger

It sounds like we’re in an underground facility with the intro of our next track and boy does it hit hard like a truck once the band joins the fray.  Once again, YUI & MOA sing first and they sound so kawaii being in front the track which is otherwise a punch in the face.  It seems like SU is in the background of this one and that’s a surprise for me.  Though like “Road of Resistance” & “Syncopation”, the song is hampered a little too much by the speed drumming…maybe the worst of the 3.

10. NO RAIN, NO RAINBOW

Ehhh?  Strings opening a song?  Wait, a ballad?  It seems so very random to find a track like this on an album like this.  I have to say, SU does a great job here and she sounds radiant.  It does slightly make more sense when the band starts to come in alongside the strings-based arrangement which makes it a power ballad.  It’s a really powerful track and definitely was something I wasn’t expecting from BABYMETAL!

11. Tales of The Destinies

After that short sidestep, Tales of The Destinies pops up next and it sounds like it would be something that I would’ve heard earlier in the album, but it’s just a cool song at first.  It does change pace when SU-METAL takes the front role…that’s when the song just kind of goes all over the place and it surprisingly loses my pace in my head.  Though this would be the first song from this album that really makes me go WTF with a ragtime passage to a long piano outro…it’s such a bizarre song, but after songs like “Ii ne!” this wasn’t too surprising…just unexpected after how straightforward the rest of the tracks have been.

12a. THE ONE

Finally we enter our final track of the album with THE ONE and it comes in 3 different flavors! It opens with a lengthy passage of guitars and drums and it sounds like an epic track ahead.  Being as SU-METAL fronts the song she starts off the verses in English before sliding into Japanese and going back and forth.  I really do love the broad sound of the track and it feels like it was made to be the epic ending that this album needed…also SU…what an amazing voice!…Being the ending to the Japanese versions of the album, it was an epic closing!

12b. THE ONE -Unfinished ver.-

On a specific limited edition of the album simply titled THE ONE Limited Edition, this version of THE ONE is actually a ballad version of the track.  Also it’s based off the English version of the song so it’s a really unique, but lovely version of the song as we get to hear a stripped down version and SU-METAL sounds just as radiant as she does in “NO RAIN, NO RAINBOW”.  I’m a little sad that it’s three minutes shorter, but still a great version of the track nonetheless.

12c. THE ONE -English ver.-

For international versions, we get an English take on THE ONE (though the song was already 75% English as it was).  Just know that it’s now entirely in English.  While I haven’t mentioned it, SU-METAL’s pronunciation is pretty on point, but you can tell there’s some kinks in her voice (which can be remedied with more training).  I think it’s still an amazing song overall and a great ending to the album!

Tracks Recommended

  • THE ONE (all versions)
  • Amore -Aoboshi-
  • NO RAIN, NO RAINBOW
  • Awadama Fever
  • KARATE

Song of Avoidance

  • Sis. Anger

After fearing that BABYMETAL would’ve been a one-time deal after their self-titled debut (and the fact that all three members had graduated from their mother group, Sakura Gakuin), I was more than happy to see that the sheer fame they garnered because of their unique sound and premise got them a sophomore album!  When it comes to METAL RESISTANCE, it felt like the group dropped their idol shpeel and went full-on metal to which surprised and excited me and this album was amazing to say the least!  There’s not a lot of moments that bored me and most of the songs left some kind of feelings in a good way, I have to say this was what they needed after they’re groundbreaking debut *RECOMMENDED*

 

One Response to “BABYMETAL – METAL RESISTANCE”

  1. Vivian Says:

    Great review for this album! I loved this one as well.


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