"Metal Resistance", the second album from the Japanese teenage girl pop metal band BABYMETAL, is featured in the latest episode of "Overkill Reviews", the weekly look at the latest metal releases from Canadian documentary filmmaker Sam Dunn of Banger Films.
"Metal Resistance" was released on April 1 via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment in the U.S. and earMUSIC in Europe. The CD features songs that have already been performed live, as well as many never-been-heard-before new songs.
As was the case with BABYMETAL's debut, "Metal Resistance" contains both songs performed as solo tracks, and as a group. "Amore -Aoboshi-" and "No Rain, No Rainbow" is performed by Suzuka Nakamoto (a.k.a. Su-Metal), and "GJ!" and "Sis. Anger" are performed by Yui Mizuno (a.k.a. Yuimetal) and Moa Kikuchi (a.k.a. Moametal).
BABYMETAL will kick off the 2016 world tour with a headline show at the world-famous Wembley Arena, U.K. on Saturday, April 2, making history by becoming the first Japanese artist to headline the legendary venue.
Established in 2010, BABYMETAL is the offshoot of the Japanese pop idol group SAKURA GAKUIN that performs a distinctly Japanese mix of schoolgirl J-pop and heavy metal.
BABYMETAL's members admit that they had never listened to metal before joining the group. The girls wear gothy schoolgirl costumes, do choreographed dance routines and bang their heads violently.
Many heavy metal fans have been reluctant to embrace BABYMETAL — which also includes producer Kobametal and a backing band of corpse-painted virtuosos — with some Internet forums calling them "the definition of a gimmick", "awful" and "metal for hipsters."
BABYMETAL will perform on the April 5 episode of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert". The show airs at 11:35 p.m. EST / 10:35 p.m. CST on CBS.
The name "Overkill" comes from Dunn's campus radio show on University of Victoria radio station CFUV way back in the day. So Banger has resurrected it to bring you his take on fresh music every Friday via Banger Films' YouTube channel, Banger TV.
Born in England but raised in Victoria, the 41-year-old Dunn played in a couple of metal bands growing up — including SCRAPE CHAMBER and DEMENTIA — before moving east to attend Toronto's York University, where his interest in filmmaking blossomed.
Banger Films' documentaries include two on heavy metal, 2006's "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" and 2008's "Global Metal", 2010's "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" and 2009's "Iron Maiden: Flight 666", as well as the TV documentary miniseries "Metal Evolution".
In a 2013 interview with Times Colonist, Dunn said about his passion for heavy metal: "Metal music serves many of the same things that people get out of a religious experience. It's about connecting with something that feels bigger and more powerful than yourself. If you've ever been at a metal festival, there's a sense of power, of community, of release, and those are similar things that people have found in religious experiences for a long, long time."