Concert Review: BABYMETAL Return to Japan After US Tour With an Exhilarating Show

18.November.2019 | MUSIC

BABYMETAL returned to Japan for two nights on November 16 and 17 at Saitama Super Arena after their 20-date US tour which included their first-ever arena show in the States at The Forum in Los Angeles. Joining them for the Japan leg of their world tour, entitled “METAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR IN JAPAN,” were British rock band Bring Me The Horizon, who served to make the show that much more electrifying.

BABYMETAL kicked off their set with FUTURE METAL, the lead track to their latest album, METAL GALAXY. Su-metal, Moametal, and one of their Avengersーthe name given to a trio of backup dancers rotating in place of Yuimetal who departed from the band last yearーstood atop a triangular stage, with a giant LED screen behind them and drowned in mesmerising lighting. With each song, the members pulled fans further and further into the Metal Galaxy.

It was clear for Japanese fans to see how much Su-metal and Moametal have grown in strength and confidence in their performances, having just completed their biggest US tour to date. The crowd in turn reacted with a surging excitement at the band’s behemoth performance.

They continued with more songs from the new record, including DA DA DANCE (feat. Tak Matsumoto) and PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO), for a thrilling set that lasted an hour and a half.

BABYMETAL dropped their third studio album METAL GALAXY on October 11 and made it to 13th place on the Billboard Top 200 in the US. On the same day, BABYMETAL also reached No. 1 on Billboard Top Rock Albums, making them the first Japanese act to do so. METAL GALAXY also stands as the band’s second album to make it into the Top 20 of the UK’s Official Charts for Rock & Metal Albums, coming in at No. 1, beating their own record and setting the record for Japanese artists. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Oricon Weekly Chart in Japan and dominated the iTunes charts in Japan, the UK, US, and elsewhere around the world.

BABYMETAL recently added extra shows to the Japan leg of the tour. The additional concerts will take place at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on January 25 and 26 next year.

 

Credit: Taku Fujii

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    Photo by Takimoto “JON…” Yukihide

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