It’s time for the machine to start rolling again. BABYMETAL, the phenomenon that somehow transcended its idol roots, releases a new promotional WAY ahead of the release of their new album but just in time to promote their upcoming world tour. METAL GALAXY has an October 11 street date that reflects the group’s global aspirations. As I sit writing this, the group just performed at the Glastonbury Festival with Morning Musume’s Sayashi Riho in the third spot. Obviously, that has great importance to me, but it isn’t necessarily important in the scope of “PA PA YA!!” Here, we get an evergetic live performance from Yokohama Arena with SU-METAL and MOA-METAL joined by Sakura Gakuin‘s Fujihira Kano and Thai rapper F.HERO. There’s fire everywhere, and catchy ostinato, and guitar sounds that come with a triple digit atomic mass. BABYMETAL’s secret weapon has always been the catchiness of the songs, and “PA PA YA!!” doesn’t disappoint with its quick melody that’ll have listeners contemplating their next tropical fruit purchase. It seems that BABYMETAL are best when singing about foods? I guess that’s an idol carryover that’ll be lost on their metal fans. You can find “PA PA YA!!” digitally here, or take the plunge and grab METAL GALAXY by visiting the retailers listed below.
Babymetal, stylized as BABYMETAL (ベビーメタル) are a Japanese kawaii metal band. Originally consisting of Nakamoto Suzuka (中元すず香) as “Su-metal”, Mizuno Yui (水野由結) as “Yuimetal”, and Kikuchi Moa (菊地最愛) as “Moametal”, the band was formed with the concept of a fusion of the heavy metal and Japanese idol genres. The band is produced by Kobametal from the Amuse talent agency. Their vocals are backed by heavy metal instrumentation played by the Kami Band during live performances. Initially formed in 2010 as a sub-unit of the Japanese idol group Sakura Gakuin, Babymetal became an independent act in 2013, following Nakamoto’s departure from Sakura Gakuin. Babymetal has embarked on several tours, including the Babymetal World Tour 2014 held after the release of Babymetal, with a majority of their tour dates taking place outside of Asia. With the departure of Mizuno Yui in 2018, BABYMETAL continues with the duo of Nakamoto Suzuka and Mizuno Yui.
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