Review: Metal Resistance by Babymetal

Metal Resistance by BabymetalWhile I have heard of Babymetal before, only now have I listened to their songs. Deep plunge, this – straight to the second album, and a review of it, too. This weird-on-paper mix of heavy metal and Japanese idol pop should never work, but instead, here I am, listening and actually giggling. There’s really just something arresting about the soaring anime-like vocals set on top of the soundtrack to a final demolition derby before the end of the world. But then it gets repetitive, and you learn to stifle your giggle, and it just becomes what it is: a weird-on-paper mix of heavy metal and Japanese idol pop. You just make a nod towards the little flourishes: the few times they step into outright J-pop territory (“GJ!” and “The One”), or those nice piano flourishes at the end. Maybe it was too much for me, considering that I’m not a metal fan. But, well, this was fun. And at least they did not overstay their welcome. Maybe that mix is not weird on paper. [NB]3/5

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