BABYMETAL
Metal Galaxy


3.5
great

Review

by industry plant USER (43 Reviews)
October 13th, 2019 | 11 replies


Release Date: 10/11/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shooting for the galaxy

I've never quite understood Babymetal. The group's concept of J-pop crossed with metal is pretty amusing, and it's managed to win over quite a lot of people, including legends of metal like Rob Halford. Unfortunately, their 2014 self-titled debut and 2016's Metal Resistance were trying so hard to be unique that it ended up causing them to be painfully boring. And then came Metal Galaxy. This album was the "make or break" for this reviewer; either they'd manage to make their attempts to stand out interesting and finally win me over, or it would continue to try too hard and cause me to give up on them forever. The former ended up being the case; while Metal Galaxy is certainly not groundbreaking, it shows Babymetal finally making the concepts the band were built upon work.

Openers "Future Metal" (which is more of an intro) and "Da Da Dance" show that the 3-year break between Metal Resistance and Metal Galaxy is certainly some time off the band needed; they've taken more of the Three Lights Down Kings or New Breed route this time around, using the J-pop influence as sonic undertones rather than bending over backwards to ensure that both the pop and metal sides of the band are equal. It's this approach that allows Babymetal to find their footing and truly shine; it plays more on their strengths and makes the weaknesses less apparent. That said, Metal Galaxy is not without its stinkers: "Oh! MAJINAI" sees the band trying to do something more akin to what you'd find on a Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas album, which is something that few bands can replicate successfully (Babymetal is not one of those bands), and "In The Name Of" is a directionless pseudo-ambient death metal piece that has no idea why it even exists, let alone any other purpose other than maybe an interlude (which is highly unlikely given its 4 and a half minute runtime). Fortunately, these low-points don't really detract from the album too much: "Distortion" provides some excellent industrial undertones and a shockingly top-notch guest performance from normally mediocre Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, "Kagerou" sounds like a kick-ass action anime opening, and "Arkadia" ends Metal Galaxy with a DragonForce-esque power metal banger.

The lyrical content is standard Babymetal pop-meets-metal fare, but the production is sort of an oddball case with Metal Galaxy; it sounds like radio rock production meets scenecore production. The bass is a little more audible than your standard scenecore band (it's most visible on the poppiest tracks), but it shares radio rock's infatuation with the guitar and vocals a bit too much, compared to the rather straightforward radio rock-esque production on the last two Babymetal albums. Nevertheless, the pros of Metal Galaxy vastly outweigh the cons, and it's safe to say that Babymetal has finally scored.



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Metal doesn't get any more fun than this....


Comments:Add a Comment 
WeepinnWillow
October 13th 2019


893 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/6rxRhft7JZtXavzHP2g2el



Constructive criticism appreciated.

DoofDoof
October 13th 2019


7345 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

da da dogshit

WeepinnWillow
October 13th 2019


893 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its dogshit if you have no understanding of the concept of fun

Kusangii
October 13th 2019


2577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its dogshit if you have no understanding of the concept of fun [2]



This is probably gonna be even more divisive than their debut lol



The review is really good, definitely agree with most of your points. Especially about using J-pop influence as sonic undertones. Pos

zaruyache
October 13th 2019


21945 Comments


I hate fun i like babymetal explain that one scientists

Kusangii
October 13th 2019


2577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My guess would be that you're probably a liar

sixdegrees
October 13th 2019


8665 Comments


babbymetal thread

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William21
October 13th 2019


514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The second half of this is a lot better than the first. Kagerou is definitely the best thing on here. Moa's vocals have gotten better. Still like Metal Resistance best overall though.

Archelirion
October 13th 2019


5934 Comments


'This is probably gonna be even more divisive than their debut lol' - fuckin hell I didn't realise that was doable
I'll probably enjoy this tbh. Good clean harmless fun. Good review btw :]

aydross121
October 14th 2019


217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Sabaton song is so bad lol.

Mabbitt
October 18th 2019


1739 Comments


While I do agree with your opinion on the direction that they're going in, I definitely disagree that this is their first album that "works."

I also don't see how Oh Majinai is FALILV-esque, to me it sounds more like an attempt at Alestorm or Korpiklaani.



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