The limited edition BABYMETAL Metal Resistance CD DVD set has arrived. Is it worth the extra cash? Here’s my review.
BABYMETAL’s second album, Metal Resistance, released with four different versions. The standard editions were separated in two: the Japanese (original) version and the version released outside of Japan, commonly known as the English version. You can see more about the different versions here.
The CD DVD set includes the Japanese version of the CD with an included DVD for an extra 1000 Yen, which is roughly $10. Both discs are within the jewel case on a middle divider.
The DVD is region free, which means it will play in all DVD and Blu Ray players around the world. This is great news for international buyers.
Also within the jewel case are two inserts. One insert is basically the credits. The singers, the producers, etc. The other credit includes lyrics to all the songs on one side and an awesome piece of artwork on the other.
The Japanese album is basically the same as the English album, with the exception of two songs. Syncopation is on the Japanese album while From Dusk Till Dawn is on the English album. Furthermore, THE ONE is only in English on the English album but it’s in both English and Japanese in the Japanese album. I figured I’d give it a quick review as a BABYMETAL fan and a regular music fan. I’m not an expert, so you probably won’t be reading any super specific musical terms.
Road of Resistance
The first song on the album is called Road of Resistance, and has a run time of 5:20. Every BABYMETAL fan should have heard of this song by now since it was released on the worldwide version of the first album, and was even uploaded to the official BABYMETAL YouTube channel. This song was a collaboration with DragonForce, though it doesn’t say that in the song title (i.e. Feat. DragonForce). If you haven’t heard it, it’s a really great rhythmic metal song. It’s fast paced and has a ton of energy.
The live version sounds a bit different from the studio version — mainly the type of modifier used on the guitars.
The second song on the album is called KARATE, and has a run time of 4:25. This is another song that was released on the official BABYMETAL YouTube channel. It even has its own music video. It’s a decent Metal Song with a few pop vocals. I think they had a nice mix in this song. Some of their older songs feel more pop than metal or more metal than pop, but this once is right down the middle.
The third song on the album is called Awadama Fever, and has a run time of 4:15. Some fans may have already heard a live version of this at the New Years Fox Festival concert. It seems a bit more pop than metal, but it’s not a bad song. The main complaint I have with it is the sound of the drums. They sound too fake (as in electronic drums) for most of the song. You may be able to find a video of the song online, and it’s mostly the same as the studio version.
The fourth song on the album is called YAVA!, and has a run time of 3:51. This is probably best explained as a mix between KARATE and Awadama Fever. The vocals sound a bit pop-ish, but the music is a decent metal. Nothing too spectacular, but far from bad.
The fifth song on the album is called Amore, and has a run time of 4:42. This is hands down my favorite song of the album. SU-METAL goes solo in this metal song that sounds a bit like Road of Resistance, or maybe I should say sounds like DragonForce. The music is fast, but the vocals are paced nicely and sound very smooth. It was definitely a surprise hit for me.
The sixth song on the album is called Meta Taro, and has a run time of 4:09. I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I started this song. At first I thought the song sounded really lame with the intro it had. It was like some sort of electronica with drums that had an echo sound effect. However, after the intro, the song changed into this heavy and dark sounding metal. It was really awesome, though the vocals weren’t all that great over the music.
The seventh song on the album is called Syncopation, and has a run time of 4:08. This song sounds a bit more like rock than metal, but there are a few pockets that have a heavier metal feel with the double bass drums and such. The overall feel of the song is a heavy rock with light feeling vocals, but not pop-sounding. Most of the lighter songs, like Awadama Fever and KARATE, feel a lot more popish with metal. This one is different, and is definitely one of my favorites!
The eighth song on the album is called GJ!, and has a run time of 2:59. This is a Black BABYMETAL song, meaning only YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL sing. The vocals are a bit light and popish like you would expect, but the music is a heavy type of metal. It sounds almost like the band Disturbed. I usually don’t like Black BABYMETAL songs, but this one wasn’t so bad.
The ninth song on the album is called Sis. Anger, and has a run time of 3:49. This is another Black BABYMETAL song. The music is a nice type of heavy metal that speeds up and slows down a few times throughout the song. The vocals are not as pop-sounding as GJ!, though. The slower parts sound a bit like Meta Taro, but the faster parts were more death metal.
No Rain, No Rainbow
The tenth song on the album is called No Rain, No Rainbow, and has a run time of 4:54. This song has been played a number of times at live concerts over the years. It’s a beautiful metal ballad and my absolute favorite BABYMETAL song, so I was very excited to hear it would be on Metal Resistance. Unfortunately, I was let down a bit once I heard it.
Everything seems toned down quite a bit compared to the live version. The instruments have a really quieter and even softer role behind SU-METAL. They almost completely removed the symbols from the intro, which may not be a biggie to some. But the big punch that usually comes from the guitars when the music picks up is more like a slightly strong breath. There is a little hope with the beautiful rhythm of the guitars near the halfway point. It sounds just like the live version, though a bit softer. The drums are significantly softer and in the background.
When it comes to the vocals, SU-METAL doesn’t really belt out the notes like she does in the live concerts. I know the live and studio versions often differ with bands and singers, but I was hoping she would really sing her heart out. Furthermore, they give SU-METAL this backup vocal sound during select parts of the song, which I didn’t care for. That sound makes it seem overly produced.
If you want to hear the live version now, search for it on Daily Motion or some other video platform. However, you may be a bit disappointed when you hear the studio version.
Tales of the Destinies
The eleventh song on the album is called Tales of the Destinies, and has a run time of 5:37. This is without a doubt the craziest BABYMETAL song to date. It speeds up, slows down, and goes all over. You won’t be able to keep up the first time you hear it. It’s almost like a crazy vocaloid song. Some sections of the song are sped up versions of the intro to the next song.
The twelfth song on the album is called THE ONE, and has a run time of 6:29. This song was already released on the official BABYMETAL YouTube channel. It’s another ballad, and sounds absolutely beautiful. The Japanese versions of the album have a mix of English and Japanese lyrics, similar to the video on the official BABYMETAL YouTube channel; however, that video is much longer. As you can see with the 6:29 run time, the song is still rather long, though not the 9:30 time of the live version. It’s basically the same song, except the ending of the studio version simply fades out. I prefer the live version that actually ends. Unfortunately, this video version fades out too. You’ll have to do a search for the original version from Yokohama Arena if you want to hear the real ending.
DVD – Tokyo Metropolitan Rock Festival
As I mentioned earlier, the DVD is region free, meaning it can play in any DVD or Blu Ray player around the world. It is a 38 minute performance from the Tokyo Metropolitan Rock Festival 2015. It took place in May 24, 2015. There were seven songs in their set list:
Megitsune: Same performance as usual.
Iine!: Same performance as usual.
Catch Me If You Can: Includes the extended intro with the Kami Band rocking out.
Headbanger!: Same performance as usual.
Road of Resistance: The group usually plays to the crowd during this song, and the band completely stops. During this performance, that band did not stop, but the girls played to the crowd a little bit nonetheless.
Gimme Chocolate: The group played to the crowd like they have been doing for about a year or two now.
Ijime, Dame, Zettai: SU-METAL actually did not give the intro to this song like she usually does. The song started off as it would in the album.
It was a short and sweet set list on a stage in the middle of the day. Quite a bit different from what we normally see where everything is dark, there is pyro, and there’s a bit of a light show. Also, since it was so short, it seemed like the girls put more emphasis in their moves. They didn’t have to reserve their stamina for an hour and thirty minute show.
And that’s all there is to the BABYMETAL Metal Resistance CD DVD Limited Edition. For an extra 1000 Yen, you get a nice 38 minute performance on DVD. There aren’t any new songs, but since it’s out in the middle of the day, it is a bit different than usual. I can’t definitively say it’s best to get this version over the regular CD version. I’ll leave that up to you! However, I will say you need to get both the English and Japanese versions of the CDs if you want to hear all the song differences. Syncopation is a really, really great song! You can hear little snippets of the songs in my video review of the Metal Resistance CD DVD edition.