BABYMETAL
Metal Galaxy


3.7
great

Review

by Trey STAFF
October 14th, 2019 | 190 replies


Release Date: 10/11/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metal doesn't get any more fun than this.

To say “Gimmie Chocolate” was a shocking introduction to Babymetal is an absolute understatement, but with 108 million views it appears to be how most people discovered the band. The fact of the matter, though, is that no matter how jarring Moa and Yui’s vocals were on that song – their voices are definitely mixed too high – the music was heavy and fun, and the chorus was insanely catchy; a description that extended to their entire debut album. When they released their sophomore album, Babymetal went for a more streamlined approach that didn’t really contain anything as off-the-wall as “Gimmie Chocolate”. While being easier to consume overall, it was also much less diverse while also lacking the huge hooks and fun approach of their debut. Fortunately, Metal Galaxy returns to what attracted most people to the band in the first place by delivering a collection of diverse, catchy songs that are fun again.

Metal Galaxy starts with a brief intro track featuring programmed beats, triggered guitar sounds, a ton of synth, and Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-Metal) doing an effects-laden spoken word section in English. It’s not really an ‘actual’ song, but it still kind of sets the tone for what’s to come. Metal Galaxy is an album that shows the Babymetal organization is finally comfortable with their unique hybrid of syrupy sweet electro pop and metal, and they dive into it with reckless abandon. Over the 53-minute runtime, Metal Galaxy introduces listeners to a diverse array of influences. “Da Da Dance” kicks things off with a seamless blend of Within the Ruins-style jittery djent and slick J-Pop. It’s the kind of classic Babymetal song the previous release was missing, but done with much more conviction, musical prowess, and stylized songwriting. “Elevator Girl” takes the Babymetal formula and adds a bit of drum & bass to the mix while featuring a fat bass guitar sound and a chorus that will definitely get lodged in your head.

As the album goes on, listeners are going to be treated to the Indian electro vibes of “Shanti Shanti Shanti,” the western dance pop of “Brand New Day,” the djent-goes-salsa of “Night Night Burn!” and even the epic atmospheric metal of “Shine” – and that’s just a few examples. Every one of Metal Galaxy’s songs have their own quirky approach to the Babymetal sound, and almost all the experimentation works. It’s not just the huge hooks and much-improved songwriting that makes Metal Galaxy such a success, though. Metal Galaxy easily features the best sound of their brief ten-year career. The guitar sound is huge featuring a bass sound that simply crushes with bottom end and clarity, the electronics slice right through the metal elements, and the pop components occupy the higher ranges while adeptly intertwining with a multitude of guitar melodies, harmonies, and solos. There is one exception to the quality found throughout Metal Galaxy, however. “Oh! Majinai” is a car-wreck of a song featuring a mash-up of cheesy pirate metal, sing-along pop, terrible growled metal vocals, and a mind-numbing chorus. Having said that, it’s a car crash that’s hard to look away from – even this song will get stuck in your head if you manage to let it finish.

Metal Galaxy feels like an album that finally represents what Babymetal wants to be. The metal parts are heavier than ever while also being more ‘musical’. The J-Pop is integrated seamlessly throughout the melodies and choruses, and there are just so many additional influences from song-to-song – from djent to western pop, and even terrible pirate metal. Metal Galaxy is easily the best and most entertaining release of Babymetal’s career, featuring a diverse array of songs that are all capably carried by Suzuka’s proficient vocals, improved songwriting, and an excellent production.


NOTE: On a personal note, it sucks that “BxMxC” is only on the Japanese version of Metal Galaxy because it is easily my favorite song on the album, and one any Babymetal fan should hear. It features abrasive electronics, Within the Ruins-style djent, a rapid-fire, processed vocal delivery from Suzuka, and underlying death metal growls. There’s nothing commercial or catchy about it, and it is heavy as hell.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
October 14th 2019


17986 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Here is BxMxC that I'm talking about in the Note area:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULqe6K2ihys



If this is your first time hearing Babymetal, start here for one of their more metal songs:

https://youtu.be/QxYAcIyk2Co

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Asdfp277
October 14th 2019


21698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

swag

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 14th 2019


10586 Comments


um, well. Right.

GreyShadow
October 14th 2019


3516 Comments


the song with Polyphia is a huge jam. really cool that they got to collab on this. i'll check this in full later

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DamnVanne
October 14th 2019


3172 Comments


Yo, I dont listen to metal to have fun I am DARK and EVIL

William21
October 14th 2019


499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm kind of dancing between a 3.5 or 4 for this. I enjoy it a lot, but there are a handful of misfires in the first half. The second half's way better.

Willie
Moderator
October 14th 2019


17986 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

What are the misfires? I mean, definitely “Oh! Majinai” but what else? Looking at the Japanese track listing, “In the Name Of” makes more sense because it’s the intro track for the second disc.

GhostB1rd
October 14th 2019


4403 Comments


Just listened to BxMxC and am never listening to this band again.

Willie
Moderator
October 14th 2019


17986 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Ha ha. That’s pretty damn funny. That song should definitely not be your introduction to Babymetal.

Try This. It’s Rondo Of Nightmare live:

https://youtu.be/QxYAcIyk2Co

William21
October 14th 2019


499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Willie - Obviously, the pirate metal song. But also Shanti Shanti Shanti and to a lesser extent Night Night Burn. The particular experimentation they do on those tracks just isn't my thing.



The only song I'm not a big fan of on the second half is Pa Pa Ya (not a fan of the rap feature), pretty much everything else there is awesome.

sixdegrees
October 14th 2019


7454 Comments


I sleep

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foxblood
October 14th 2019


10151 Comments


worst summary I've read in a while

Willie
Moderator
October 14th 2019


17986 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

And what, in your expert opinion, is wrong with it exactly?

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 14th 2019


10586 Comments


Probably the worst comment I've seen in the last 5 mins.

foxblood
October 14th 2019


10151 Comments


not wrong necessarily, just disagree. I don't hate baby metal I like them alright actually but to think of them as the most fun artist in metal is pretty sad

Willie
Moderator
October 14th 2019


17986 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Just because you disagree, doesn't make it a bad summary. Totally inaccurate, maybe, but not bad. I personally can't think of another metal band that can just make people smile while listening to their music. It's definitely the most 'fun' metal band I've heard.

Scheumke
October 14th 2019


1359 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Surely enjoyed that more than I though I would. Especially the second half had a couple of great songs, with Shine as standout best track for me. That pirate song is one of the worst things I've heard this year though.

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necropig
October 14th 2019


5793 Comments


Greetings hentai warriors

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DDDeftoneDDD
October 14th 2019


8349 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Only this site to put me listening to stuff like this lol

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DDDeftoneDDD
October 14th 2019


8349 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

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