31. BABYMETAL ? METAL RESISTANCE
Leave it to three upbeat J-pop idols to deliver one of the most eclectic metal records of the year.
When BABYMETAL burst on the scene, their singers only had a passing familiarity with metal.
Critics derided them as a manufactured pop outfit, but vocalists Su-metal, Yuimetal,
and Moametal paid them no heed. This blank slate continued to favor the kawaii metal band with their latest release,
METAL RESISTANCE. Backed by the uber-talented Kami Band, BABYMETAL smashed genre conventions on their sophomore LP.
The record traversed the chasms among subgenres, from power metal (“Road of Resistance”, assisted by Dragonforce’s guitarists)
to pummeling metalcore (“KARATE”) to synth-infused nu-metal (“Awadama Fever”).
The band even incorporated some oddball flourishes (vaudeville piano on “Tales of the Destinies”,
a shimmering, anthemic interlude on “Meta Taro”). As the vocalists’ saccharine harmonies
bolster an even more accessible sound, BABYMETAL arrived full-force on US shores to solidify their cult status.