BABYMETAL
Babymetal


3.5
great

Review

by Dalton DuBois USER (21 Reviews)
August 26th, 2014 | 121 replies | 2,535 views


Release Date: 02/26/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An unexpectedly catchy effort with varying influences scattered across its spectrum

22 of 26 thought this review was well written

Babymetal is, for lack of a better word, infamous these days. However the increased notoriety is due to the interesting decision to amalgamate metal into the mix; this has resulted in Babymetal being given macabre titles as “the death of music” or “the start of the commercialization of metal” (because all of those Iron Maiden t-shirts you bought were zero dollars right? Yeah, no.) All in all, your enjoyment of this band will be determined by your willingness to ignore why they exist and to focus on what actually exists in the first place. Babymetal’s self titled album is a catchy blend of j-pop and metal with plenty of memorable choruses, engaging riffs and surprisingly well fitted electronics to keep most listeners entertained.

Babymetal has three vocalists, the main singer “Su-Metal” and the two backing vocalists “Yuimetal” and “Moametal.” Su’s voice is well produced, addictive and has quite a bit of range to it; In particular her higher range as utilized in moments like the chorus of “Megitsune” is far more appealing than her mid or lower ranges. Yui and Moa don’t contribute that much to the overall sound other than to provide occasional gang vocals and to contribute to the fast spoken portions that are permeated throughout the record such as in the pre-chorus of “Give Me Chocolate.” There are occasional backing harsh vocals from some of the faceless male members in the band, but they’re overproduced and mixed so low that for the most part, they won’t matter and won’t make any impact in a positive or negative way on the overall song. The lyricism is typical silly jargon often found in J-pop, ranging from chocolate to getting ready in the morning; in all honesty it shouldn’t bother you since a majority of the people who have actually listened to Babymetal can’t speak Japanese.

The instrumentals are standard metal, catchy riffs, the occasional breakdown (thankfully not overused), some nice drum fills and in general everything is a tight cohesive package. Occasionally there are bouncy synth arrangements and even some instrumental inclusions that pay homage to their country of origin. For the most part bar a few technically impressive sections in songs (and a horridly misplaced and executed hip-hop verse), most of the instrumental performances never stray beyond the “catchy and fun” aspect; this isn’t much of a problem given the intent of the music in the first place.

Babymetal’s popularity is most likely something that’ll end up being short lived like most viral internet sensations (when’s the last time you talked about Psy, Hot Problems or Rebecca Black?), but regardless of this, they took a bold step by combining two genres that are naturally opposed to each other and went with it, creating a catchy, accessible and entertaining album.



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ASnideReturns
August 26th 2014



3835 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ASnideMetal

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August 26th 2014



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inb4bitchfits

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VaxXi
August 26th 2014



375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

HERE WE GO AGAIN!

*Big room drop*

...Im probably the only user on SputnikMusic who gets what I just posted... so im just gonna... go...

tempest--
August 26th 2014



13226 Comments


ATTN: ALL USERS

stop reviewing/talking about this

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VaxXi
August 26th 2014



375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ATTN: TEMPEST--

No.

tempest--
August 26th 2014



13226 Comments


check judas priest

deathschool
August 26th 2014



7392 Comments


I cant find Redcoats, Lloyd. : /

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Keyblade
August 26th 2014



14721 Comments


They’re more or less a marketing experiment, similar to most J-Pop

Yeah, no. Why do people find it so hard to not make uninformed blanket statements like this? Was this
really necessary to even say? If you're unsure about something, leave it out of the review.

surprisingly well fitted electronics

"What is that, like a drill?" - Lloyd

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tempest--
August 26th 2014



13226 Comments


it's on pirate bay

ASnideReturns
August 26th 2014



3835 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, no. Why do people find it so hard to make uninformed blanket statements like this? Was this
really necessary to even say? If you're unsure about something, leave it out of the review.


You do realize most J-pop is put together by record labels to run as a group for several years before
disbanding right? Babymetal is no exception.

deathschool
August 26th 2014



7392 Comments


I figured that much. I'm limited to Spotify and YouTube til I can get to a proper computer though.

tempest--
August 26th 2014



13226 Comments


no worries check priest

you too snide

ASnideReturns
August 26th 2014



3835 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I occasionally jam Judas Priest dude I dig them.

sixdegrees
August 26th 2014



16951 Comments


yeah no

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Futures
August 26th 2014



9656 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

totally necessary

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tommygun
August 26th 2014



24629 Comments


not really feeling this review sorry dude it's all 'facts' and no soul

i didn't neg btw

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ASnideReturns
August 26th 2014



3835 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No worries tommy, this review I wrote for the reason that I was getting somewhat pissed at the people calling this "the nail in the coffin to make metal commercialized." (Ultimate Guitar can be a really pissy website sometimes).

tempest--
August 26th 2014



13226 Comments


lucky this is sputnikmusic.com

Keyblade
August 26th 2014



14721 Comments


You do realize most J-pop is put together by record labels to run as a group for several years before
disbanding right? Babymetal is no exception.

"Most"? Nah. That's another generalization. J-pop is no different from American pop other forms of pop in that respect. Also, most j-pop run as a group for several years? Where does that leave the solo artists? It's like you think j-pop is limited only to idol groups.

ASnideReturns
August 26th 2014



3835 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Most"? Nah. That's another generalization. J-pop is no different from American pop other forms of pop in that respect. Also, most j-pop run as a group for several years? Where does that leave the solo artists? It's like you think j-pop is limited only to idol groups.

Most popular J-pop that I've ever seen has been idol groups, at least groups that have gotten any sort of US notoriety.



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