BABYMETAL – BABYMETAL (2014)

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BABYMETAL – BABYMETAL
February 26th, 2014 (Japan); BMD Fox
LP (54 min.)
“Kawaii Metal”, Avantgarde Metal, Crossover, Death Metal, Power Metal

Lineup:
Suzuka “Su Metal” Nakamoto – Vocals
Yui “Yui-Metal” Mizuno – Vocals
Moa “Moa-Metal” Kikuchi – Vocals
Kami-Band – instruments

Track list:
01. BABYMETAL DEATH
02. Megitsune
03. Gimme Chocolate!!
04. Iine!
05. Akatsuki
06. Doki Doki☆Morning
07. Onedari Daisakusen
08. 4 no Uta
09. Uki Uki★Midnight
10. Catch me if you can
11. Akumu no Rinbukyoku
12. Head Bangya!!
13. Ijime, Dame, Zettai


Today is the 18th birthday of Yui-Metal, one of BABYMETAL‘s singers/dancers and I figured that this would be a good day to make a post about the band’s debut album.

BABYMETAL are without a doubt one of the most unique Metal bands out there. I honestly understand anyone who can’t get into their music because it is a very “special” mixture of styles, moods and imagery. BABYMETAL‘s very wide range of stylistic features puts them into an interesting position where they are both appealing to a huge and diverse group of people and repulsive to a similarly huge and diverse group of people at the same time. And I am in the position of a person who has transcended from the second group into the first.

When I heard of BABYMETAL for the first time and saw one of their music videos about five years ago I decided to hate the band. And I successfully avoided anything related to BABYMETAL until last year when I more or less coincidently came across the band’s second full length album “Metal Resistance”. It completely changed my mind about BABYMETAL and instantly made me a fan. From then on I started devouring everything BABYMETAL – including their debut album.

I grew to love “Babymetal” (almost) as much as “Metal Resistance”.
The debut album is a collection of songs that were originally recorded in the years from 2010 to 2014 and is therefore not such a coherent album as “Metal Resistance”.

I would not recommend the debut album to newcomers to the band who have never heard anything from them because it really is a CRAZY musical experience. From Rap through EDM, J-Pop, Death Metal, Power Metal, Symphonic Metal, Dubstep and Pop Punk, this album takes a huge amount of stylistic elements and turns them into a weird but incredibly catchy and fascinating sonic experience that no Metalhead should miss.
If you are new to the band, check out “Metal Resistance” first, though. It is a more coherent and focused album and I just think that it is less “shocking” than their debut album while being just as much fun.

If you are looking for something crazy and fun and haven’t listened to this band, check them out.


Listen to the album on Spotify.

Visit the band’s official website.


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Demon Hunter – Outlive (2017)

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Demon Hunter – Outlive
March 31st, 2017 (USA), SolidState Records
LP (50 min.)
Melodic Groove Metal, Metalcore, Melodic Death Metal

Track list:
01. Trying Times
02. Jesus Wept
03. Cold Winter Sun
04. Died in My Sleep
05. Half as Dead
06. Cold Blood
07. One Step Behind
08. Raining Down
09. The End
10. One Less
11. Patience
12. Slight the Odds


Demon Hunter have been one of my favorite bands ever since I listened to their fifth album “The World Is A Thorn” a few years ago.

I’ve always found it quite difficult to categorize their style of music. There are lots of Metalcore elements in their music, as well as influences from Melodic Death and Thrash Metal. I think you could call their style Melodic Groove Metal or something like that.

In the end it doesn’t even matter what genre of Metal they play, as long as the music is good. And thus far I can’t find a single album in their discography that I didn’t like. Their style changed over the years but every album was great on its own way.

Their eighth full length record “Outlive” is no exception. While many fans will probably dislike the rather soft tone of the album, I think of it differently. The album has absolutely fantastic melodies (some of the best they’ve ever written, imo), great lyrics, superb solos, and, while being generally very melodic, there are still some incredibly groovy and aggressive tracks.

I am sure that if you are a fan of the band you will love this album. And if you haven’t listened to them yet, and you love melodic, yet groovy Metal, you should definitely check this record out.


Listen to the album on Spotify.


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