✦✦✧✧ It’s ironic that an album that starts with a track titled “FUTURE METAL” trades so heavily in clichéd tropes. The metal gems on here are fewer and farther between the increased reliance on J-Pop, and honestly most of this album sounds like the soundtrack to Beat Saber… but don’t sleep on truly interesting and fun tracks like “Elevator Girl” or “Night Night Burn!”



I saw BABYMETAL live last week and have a ticket for the At the Gates show in three weeks.  Babymetal kicked serious ass, performing a nearly two-hour show in front of a sold out arena of 20,000.  Aren’t there child labor laws in Japan?  Here is the set list:

New Year Fox Festival
@ Saitama Super Arena
January 10, 2015

Set List
  1. Megitsune “Female Fox” (Babymetal)
  2. Iine “Like” (Babymetal)
  3. Awaawa Fever “Bubble Fever” (New)
  4. Akatsuki “Crimson Moon” (Babymetal)
  5. Onedari Daisakusen “Begging Operation” (Babymetal)
  6. Catch Me If You Can (Babymetal)
  7. Uki Uki Midnight “Cheerful Midnight” (Babymetal)
  8. Shi no Uta “Song 4” (Babymetal)
  9. God Band Instrumental (New)
  10. Akumu no Rondo “Rondo of Nightmare” (Babymetal)
  11. Hedobangya “Headbanger” (Babymetal)
  12. Gimme Chocolate (Babymetal)
  13. Ijime Dame Zettai “No More Bullying” (Babymetal)
  • Encore
  1. Babymetal Death (Babymetal)
  2. Doki Doki Morning “Heartbeat Morning” (Babymetal)
  3. Road of Resistance (New)
See the rest here


★★★☆ This is the toughest review I’ve had to write all year. Yes, this is the debut album from what was ostensibly a marketing stunt, a J-Pop girl band fused Akira-style with a metal band. It shouldn’t be good, like the first DETHKLOK shouldn’t have been good. What to say, then, about the fact that this album features muscular riffs, sick solos, wall-to-wall ear candy, and two of my favorite breakdowns of 2014?