Don’t let anybody tell you differently: The weirdest metal album of 2016 wasn’t made by some cryptic black metal band or a group of angry men with guitars. In every sense, BABYMETAL’s sophomore album, METAL RESISTANCE, is further out there than anything we might traditionally deem metal. True to its title, it “resists” the clichés, and tropes, and the general lack of sonic variation in most guitar-based metal music. The resulting album is an amalgamation of pop and metal styles — from shredding, Maiden-influenced power metal to techno-Pantera grooves — all showered in the golden voices of SU-METAL, YUIMETAL, MOAMETAL.
It’s a bizarre sound coming from a bizarre band: super catchy J-pop, brutal tech-death rhythms, and three pop stars backed by a bunch of virtuoso shredders. Some elitists in the metal community would tell you that BABYMETAL isn’t metal (oh, the angry comments that come from putting them on best-of lists), but that is because these folks haven’t come to accept that BABYMETAL is equally as metal, if you follow a certain ethos, as a misanthrope in a cloak hanging out in the woods. There was a recent study that said listening to metal actually soothes the nerves. By that logic, METAL RESISTANCE is more metal, as it’s an unrelenting aural endorphin release and a fresh blast of creativity in a genre sorely desperate for different sounds and variation.A1 Road Of Resistance A2 KARATE A3 Awadama Fever B1 YAVA! B2 Amore B3 Meta Taro C1 From Dusk Till Dawn C2 GJ! C3 Sis. Anger D1 No Rain, No Rainbow D2 Tales Of The Destinies D3 THE ONE - English Ver. -