Babymetal, the explosive trio whose unique hybrid of extreme metal and J-pop have made them Internet sensations, are slowly working on conquering America. They’ve been signed to RAL/Sony, who will be giving last year’s self-titled debut LP its first Stateside release — digitally on May 12th, and physically on June 16th. The U.S. release appends the original 13 tracks with two bonus cuts, a live version of “Gimme Chocolate!!” and new track “Road of Resistance.”
“Road of Resistance” is a furious power metal burst injected with shiny pop harmonies and features guitar work from Sam Totman and Herman Li of the shredtastic band Dragonforce.
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“This song is about our metal resistance,” the group’s Suzuka “Su-Metal” Makamoto” tells Rolling Stone, “the story of Babymetal traveling across the world in the hopes of creating a new metal to unify the world as we break through the barriers of language and borders. In the middle of the song there is a part where we go, ‘Wow, Wow’ and this is where our fans from around the world can sing with us at our concerts. I hope people will listen to our album and support us at our shows.”
For Americans, those shows are two tour dates on their cross-continental the Dark Knights Begin tour this month — they’ll be in Chicago on May 14th and then Columbus, Ohio’s Rock on the Range Festival that weekend, alongside Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more.