Review by David Cirone
If you’ve kept up with BABYMETAL’s single releases in the 3-year-gap since 2016’s METAL RESISTANCE, you’ve already heard most the best parts of METAL GALAXY. Built-to-last rockers like “Distortion” and “Elevator Girl” keep their replay value (even though there’s a “just why?” assist on “Distortion” by Arch Enemy’s Aliss White-Gluz). “Starlight” is as soaring as it was a year ago when it debuted alongside the band’s graphic novel Apocrypha. “Kagerou” and “Shine” stand out as the solid new additions to the BABYMETAL playlist.
METAL GALAXY is as solid a technical showcase as the two previous studio albums, but the dominance of electronic elements bring the vibe one step backwards toward the early tracks of 2014’s BABYMETAL. With the absence of both the overarching “Metal Resistance” storyline and the beloved original third member Yuimetal, this is an album that seems more intent on hedging its bets with guest stars and B-side genre experimentation rather than asserting the rebellious point of view that began the BABYMETAL phenomenon half a decade ago.
Every second Su-metal holds the mic is just golden, and her bold steps into singing English lyrics are impressive. She’s got the superstar power to push BABYMETAL to the edge of this galaxy and beyond.
BABYMETAL – METAL GALAXY
01. FUTURE METAL
02. DA DA DANCE (feat. Tak Matsumoto)
03. Elevator Girl -English ver.-
04. Shanti Shanti Shanti
05. Oh! MAJINAI (feat. Joakim Brodén)
06. Brand New Day (feat. Tim Henson and Scott LePage)
07. Night Night Burn!
08. IN THE NAME OF
09. Distortion (feat. Alissa White-Gluz)
10. PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO)
BABYMETAL – “Distortion” (MV)
BABYMETAL – “Starlight” (MV)
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