Ever since Su-metal, Moametal and Yuimetal burst onto the scene in a flurry of viral video clips and massive festival appearances, people have been divided over whether these three girls are the future of metal or merely a fad destined to be lobbed in the bin quicker than Justin Hawkins’ catsuit.
While their self-titled debut was a lot of fun, a few tracks aside, wackiness really came at the expense of truly great songs. It’s something their follow-up more than addresses. Make no mistake, it’s still madder than a bunch of otters playing scrabble – ‘Awadama Fever’ is about magic bubble gum that makes you fly through time – but it’s also a non-stop thrill ride of brilliant rock music.
Be it the nu metal bounce of ‘KARATE’, the grandiose pomp of ‘Meta Taro’ or the ska-punk and chiptune pick ‘n’ mix chaos of ‘YAVA!’, this album seamlessly flits from one brilliantly bold idea to another with no dips in quality.
‘Metal Resistance’ doesn’t only back up what those championing the band have been saying for a while, but also forces detractors to eat a massive chunk of humble pie. BABYMETAL are not just one of the most original things to happen to metal in recent years, on the back of this album they’re also one of the best.
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