LIFESTYLE - Review
11:00 - 24th July 2016, by NEO Staff

BABYMETAL Metal Resistance

The most successful gimmick band in the world returns with their second album, as BABYMETAL unveil Metal Resistance. Musical growth was never really on the cards and Metal Resistance offers the same mix of J-pop, metal, drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep as their 2014 debut album.

It’s all meticulously produced by the group’s mastermind KOBAMETAL, who doesn’t trade in subtlety or nuance. Tracks like Karate and Awadama Fever are fairly relentless, with the guitars and drums pummelling away while the girls provide the pop melodies over the top. There’s power metal in Road To Resistance, boosted by the guest guitar work of Herman Li and Sam Totman from DragonForce, No Rain, No Rainbow provides the obligatory ballad and The One, the only track sung in English, is clearly pitched as a stadium friendly anthem, even if the lyrics are complete hokum.

Tales Of The Destinies is the most ambitious track, a patchwork collection of different styles and genres, but the transitions are jarring and it never forms a cohesive whole. BABYMETAL’s legion of fans talk about how much fun the band is, but it’s difficult to identify any expressions of genuine joy or spontaneity in something so calculated and controlled. Ultimately, it’s hard to shake the suspicion there is a strong element of exoticism at work. If BABYMETAL wasn’t fronted by three schoolgirls and so identifiably Japanese, would this music still inspire such devotion?

To borrow a quote from the bard, Metal Resistance is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
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