babymetal640 Babymetal–the Japan-based all-girl-fronted “Kawaii Metal” (mix of J-Pop Idol and Heavy Metal) group–has signed with RAL/Sony Music Entertainment for the U.S. release of their 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The album’s re-release will feature two bonus tracks (cover art and tracklisting below) and be available digitally on Tuesday, May 12th and physically on Tuesday, June 16th.

Says Bill Richards, VP of Marketing at RAL/Sony Music Entertainment, “After witnessing the band’s sold-out New York show, we knew we wanted to be involved. The core metal fans and metal press seem to get Babymetal, which shows how the language of music transcends boundaries. They hit all the entertainment buttons and are really fun to watch.”

Since forming in 2010, Babymetal–the young trio of 17-year-old Su-Metal (Vocal, Dance) and 15-year-olds Yuimetal (Scream, Dance)and Moametal (Scream, Dance), backed by a four-piece band packing a heavy metal arsenal–have already achieved two major debut singles: Ijime, Dame, Zetta! and Megistune, both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon Chart in Japan. Their first studio album Babymetal also earned the #1 spot on Japan’s album chart and Billboard’s World Album Chart The official live music video for their debut album’s lead single Gimme Chocolate!! has garnered over 24.5 million views on YouTube. Watch it below. Now the band will re-release their chart-topping debut album via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment.

Babymetal Death track listing:

Gimme Chocolate!!
Doki Doki ☆ Morning
Onedari Daisakusen
Song 4
Uki Uki ★ Midnight
Catch me if you can
Rondo of Nightmare
Head Bangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!
Ijime, Dame, Zettai

*Road of Resistance
*Gimme Chocolate!!-(Live at O2 Academy Brixton, London)

*Bonus tracks

Babymetal’s The Dark Knights Begin world tour 2015 dates here:

5/9 Circo Volador Mexico City, Mexico
5/12 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, Canada
5/14 House of Blues Chicago, IL
5/16 Rock of the Range Columbus, OH
5/29 Rockavaria Munich, Germany
5/30 Roc Im Revier Gelsenkirchen, Germany

6/1 La Laiterie Strasbourg, France
6/3 X-Tra Zurich, Switzerland
6/5 Estragon Club Bologna, Italy
6/6 Rock In Vienna Vienna, Austria
6/21 Makuhari Messe Chiba, Japan


10 Responses

  1. I love this band. Different. I also love the fact that it pisses off the metal community. As metal/hard rock fans, we enjoy the family that we are, even if we disagree on musical tastes. Yet in the metal community, even though we are “the outcasts”, there has always been the polarization effect. At the same time we claim to espouse being on the fringe is cool, we call others “posers” and the like. All in the same community. And Baby metal doesn’t apologize for being brutally heavy and cute all at the same time. They put on probably the best stage show in metal right now. I am not just saying that. When Kiss donned 4 times more makeup than their glam predecessors, and emerged AFTER glam/shock had pretty much died, people said “You can’t do that”. Rockers, even. When black performers/singers started straying from gospel and 12 bar blues and donned eyeshadow and earrings, yellin’ and hootin’ and a hollerin’ about some girl named “Jenny”, people said “you can’t do that”. Thank god Little Richard just that. Not to compare Babymetal to Kiss or Little Richard, but only to state that Babymetal is pretty damned original in their approach. And in today’s mostly staid “new” metal scene, I’d say they are a breath of fresh air. And instead of knocking them down (which is very intolerant for a community that has suffered misunderstanding and intolerance more than any other music genre), give it a try. Babymetal may not have their day due in the American sun, but the fact that they piss off so many people is, to me, all the more reason to say they are deserving to be a part of our community.

  2. I hate these kinds of things with a passion. This is what metal has become. A laughable gimmick made into a marketer’s field day. It makes every other metal musician in history look like sh*t, and there is no reason anyone in the hard rock/metal scene should appreciate this.

    1. Oh come on, metal has been full of gimmicks. Satan/devil imagery, long hair, torn jeans and leather? Spandex in the 80’s? Makeup, dressing up in costumes? Even the music becomes a parody of itself. Zakk Wylde’s whole biker/viking persona? Kiss? Twisted Sister? King Diamond? Now you need 7 or 8 strings on your geetar to play the nu metal, or at least downtune until your strings are flapping like Dee Snider’s lips.

      I think it’s different and cool. Metal needs something different.

    2. You’re saying Zakk’s biker image is a gimmick? He came up with an awesome logo & that leads to good marketing. Every band does that, but gimmick? That’s not a gimmick. I don’t follow his personal life but quite sure he’s qualified in the biker category. lol

  3. It would be cool if the gimmick worked, but it pretty much falls on its face. I mean, this is a joke…right? (That music is video game crap by the way)

  4. I just listened to the whole album, and this is a result of the mash-up, this isn’t metal. It is different, but, I appreciate this because now I can better appreciate the artistry of Night Ranger, and even Aldo Nova, I just don’t dig cut and paste “music.”

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