Japanese kawaii metal groundbreakers Babymetal have returned with an enthralling third album, Metal Galaxy.
The record finds Babymetal in new territory in multiple ways: It’s their first album without vocalist Yuimetal, who left the group last year. It also pushes the sonic envelope for Babymetal, who dip their toes into Bollywood instrumentation on “Shanti Shanti Shanti” and pirate metal on “Oh! MAJINAI.”
In a statement, the band compared the experience of listening to Metal Galaxy to “riding a spaceship traveling to different metal stars.” The group recruited several musicians to help them flesh out their adventurous vision, including Polyphia guitarists Timothy Henson and Scott LePage, Grammy-winning guitarist and B’z member Tak Matsumoto as well as Sabaton leader Joakim Brodén. Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz is credited on “Distortion,” while Thai rapper F.HERO guests on the playful single “PA PA YA!!”
The 14-track international release is notably missing two songs from the Japanese version of Metal Galaxy, namely mid-album pop track “↑↓←→BBAB” and the heaving industrial-dubstep cut “BxMxC”.
Listen to Metal Galaxy and the Japan-exclusive tracks below.