12 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Japanese group BABYMETAL are premised upon the unlikeliest of contrasts: Vocalists SU-METAL, YUIMETAL, and MOAMETAL harmonize sweetly while bludgeoning riffs crash and explode, and they apply that approach to a wide range of subgenres on their second album. The majestically bouncy “YAVA!” races along on a ska-inflected beat, the jittery “Gj!” nods to nu-metal, and “No Rain, No Rainbow” is a straight-up power ballad, complete with guitar solo. On “Awadama Fever,” which combines grinding guitars and hyperactive drums with a triumphant chorus, BABYMETAL further compress the distance between metal and pop.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Japanese group BABYMETAL are premised upon the unlikeliest of contrasts: Vocalists SU-METAL, YUIMETAL, and MOAMETAL harmonize sweetly while bludgeoning riffs crash and explode, and they apply that approach to a wide range of subgenres on their second album. The majestically bouncy “YAVA!” races along on a ska-inflected beat, the jittery “Gj!” nods to nu-metal, and “No Rain, No Rainbow” is a straight-up power ballad, complete with guitar solo. On “Awadama Fever,” which combines grinding guitars and hyperactive drums with a triumphant chorus, BABYMETAL further compress the distance between metal and pop.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
440 Ratings

440 Ratings

Smash13(: ,

Oh Kami😱

I was so excited for Karate to come out today. Once I listened to it, it literally gave me goosebumps and made my eyes water😅 I love it so much!! I can't wait till Fox Day🎊

Ilum77 ,

It's 'MORE'...and less

For those expecting Metal Resistance to be a rehash of their first self-titled disc, you will be getting absolutely MORE and LESS of what you're anticipating. In the 'less' category, you will hear less of the Metallica brand of metal that seemed to dominate the first disc -- y'know, the big, chunky riffs. The band has mentioned that they have matured, and one of those directions is certainly that Metal Resistance skews much more towards the Dream Theater and Dragonforce brand of technical metal. This gives the listeners MORE intense time signature changes, more glistening and soaring guitar progressions (to match even more majestic vocal lines), and more sheer speed! Vocally there is also a definite trend towards less 'Western' style vocal phrasings and more of a Japanese (even anime-theme) approach. This makes sense as Babymetal seems to be accepted everywhere except in their own homeland -- so cut 'em some slack for trying to build a bridge there. There is also less in terms of pure 'metal' and more in terms of infusing other music styles with their unique metal sensibilities. "YAVA!" is pure ska - but now heavier! "Meta Taro" sounds like an anthemic Ultraman intro theme - but soooo much catchier and groove heavy. Both of these songs are beautifully crafted and tons of FUN...but somewhat less than categorically 'metal'.

The odd thing is that the most punishing metal comes from the two songs done by Black Babymetal (Yui and Moa): "GJ!" (Good job!) and "Sis Anger". Less of the childlike overtones (ala "Onedari"), and more of life commentary (comparing daily life and the path to adulthood to a mosh pit and crowd surfing).

There is also simply MORE of everything off the previous disc too -- more extremes (heavier, faster, more power, more emotion, more techinical, more effects and sonic tricks). MORE to enjoy all around!! A great follow-up to a groundbreaking debut!

KevMetalDEATH ,

The hype is real

Just hearing KARATE sets the ever so high bar for the next album in the BABYMETAL Saga

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