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Your track-by-track guide to the new Babymetal album

New album Metal Resistance dissected track by track…

ROAD OF RESISTANCE

Released a year ago to proudly set the scene for Babymetal’s evolution, this song shows the band’s synthesis of pop and metal at its finest. Kitsunes up!

KARATE

Kicking off with a meaty modern metal riff and minor vocals, KARATE packs one hell of a punch, before striking into an Idol-like chorus. Set necks to headbang.

AWADAMA FEVER

Forget chocolate – it’s all about ‘chew- chew-chewing gum’ now. Out last November, it has a ferocious drum’n’bass background, in keeping with Kobametal’s penchant for genre-blending.

YAVA!

It opens like a demented videogame and drifts into Eurovision territory, before massive nu metal riffs take it to a mystical-sounding bridge.

AMORE

Beginning like a ballad, Amore swiftly descends into the realm of riffing, taking cues from friends and collaborators Dragonforce. Su-metal’s vocals are huge.

META TARO

Babymetal? Battlemetal, more like. It opens like a hymn, before male voices spell out the title in a Viking warrior chant, and they’re all off on a metaphorical longboat.

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

The influence of BMTH looms large. There are layers of electronics, a touch of Can You Feel My Heart, and then it all goes surprisingly Skrillex.

GJ!

The title’s unclear, but there’s a line that goes, ’Monster, monster horror!’ Heaviness and melody blend into the ultimate Babymetal Frankenstein song.

SIS. ANGER

It’s the death metal song! There’s a fearsome sample from The Book Of Revelation, before a frantic flurry of noise and some syncopated vocals.

NO RAIN, NO RAINBOW

The clue’s in the title – it’s uncannily like X Japan’s Endless Rain and GN’R’s November Rain. From sweet strings and tinkling ivories pours a huge ballad.

TALES OF THE DESTINIES

The nuttiest track yet. A load of mathcore comes crashing in, before mutating into galloping power metal, while Su-metal croons like Lady Gaga.

THE ONE

Another song they’ve played live. It’s Disney’s Frozen x heavy metal – an earnest track designed to light up arenas. Anathema to some, rapturous to others, this is the Fox God’s parting shot.

Why nobody can stop Babymetal

Eleanor Goodman

Metal Hammer deputy editor El commissions the features section of the magazine and curates covermount CDs, as well as co-hosting the Metal Hammer podcast. Irrationally obsessed with sea creatures.