So, we are giving you guys a second album of the week because we were feeling generous. There is a new phenom in the metal world and they go by the name of Babymetal. If you don’t know who they are, they are a band of three female Japanese singers by the names of Su-metal, Yuimetal, and Moametal. Together along with a laundry list of musicians and composers, they form the band Babymetal. Of all the composers, metalheads and power metal fans should recognize the names Herman Li and Sam Totman of Dragonforce as they are listed as a couple of the composers for the record. If you want to know what the band sounds like, they are a mixture of J Pop (Japanese Pop) with in your face metal. That is literally the best way I can describe them to you. On the Japanese Billboard Charts, the album peaked at number two, 187 on the US Billboard Charts, number one on the US World Album Billboard Charts, as well as number four on the US Heatseekers albums chart on Billboard. At the CD Shop Awards in Japan, the album won the Grand Prix Award for 2015 which shows you how successful the album was.
1. Babymetal Death (We Are Babymetal)– The track starts off with a very ominous tone to it, but when the music kicks on, it’s punishing and hits you like a jackhammer. The only thing is that they repeat the words Babymetal Death and Death. 4/5
2. Megitsune– The word for Vixen is the next track on the record and it’s a track that combines traditional Japanese instruments with heavier than hell metal music. Apparently the theme of the song is women are born actresses. 4/5
3. Gimmie Chocolate!!– The track features some fierce thrash metal during the verses before it goes a little poppy during the choruses as Su-metal flexes her vocal range. 4/5
4. Iine!– This was a joint single the band did with Kiba Of Akiba. The track literally sounds like a club track with metal instruments. 3/5
5. Akatsuki– The word for Crimson Moon, it features a cool melodic intro, but the song gets fierce and reminds me a little of Bullet For My Valentine and some Megadeth in style. 4/5
6. Doki Doki ☆ Morning– I love the title of this song. This was originally a song done by the Sakura Gakuin which is an academy group. The track starts off sounding cute before it gets fierce and razor fast. The chorus is very poppy. 4/5
7. Onedari Daisakusen– Or begging Operation as it translates to be. The track has an industrial metal feel to it even bordering on a Nu-Metal sound. I can’t translate the lyrics. 4/5
8. Song 4– The track was written by Black Babymetal which is the name of the group when it’s only Yuimetal and Moametal. The track has some pummeling metal with their J Pop style vocals. 4/5
9. Uki Uki ★ Midnight– Exhilarating Midnight is what it translates into, but that’s as far as I go with translations. The song is much like some of the others with the really pop verses and heavy as hell death metal like choruses. The track even mixes some dubstep into it. 3.5/5
10. Catch Me If You Can– A track that sounds like it was pulled out of early Slipknot like pre-Iowa era Slipknot. 4/5
11. Rondo of Nightmare– Very Evanescence like track in which Su-metal once again flexes her vocal range. 4/5
12. Head Bangya!!– a very chaotic track about headbanging. 4/5
13. Ijime, Dame, Zettai– It starts with a nice classical like piece before the band absolutely shreds with some power metal thrown in the mix for good measure. 4/5
My Final Thoughts– The band like I said is absolutely insane sounding and can definitely play. Vocally, the group takes a little getting used to it especially if you’re not used to J-Pop. Whether they are a novelty act or not depends completely on them. I am going to give the album four stars out of five.