"Karate", a brand new song from the Japanese teenage girl pop metal band BABYMETAL, has been made available via iTunes and can be streamed below. The track is taken from the group's second album, "Metal Resistance", which will be released on April 1 via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment in the U.S. and earMUSIC in Europe.
Pre-orders of the album, with "Karate" as an instant grat track, are available on iTunes.
"Metal Resistance" features songs that have already been performed live, as well as many never-been-heard-before new songs.
First heard at last year's Yokohama Arena shows, the infectiously hooky "Karate" sees the girls singing "Seiya, soiya," and is accompanied by a karate-style choreography.
Following their previous album, "Metal Resistance" features both songs performed as solo songs, 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).
The U.K. version of "Metal Resistance" also sees the girls' first full-English song "The One", which had also been performed for the first time last year at Yokohama Arena.
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.
The track listing for each "Metal Resistance" format is as follows:
CD and limited box set including CD + exclusive T-shirt:
01. Road Of Resistance 02. Karate 03. Awadama Fever 04. YAVA! 05. Amore 06. Meta Taro 07. From Dusk Till Dawn 08. GJ! 09. Sis. Anger 10. No Rain, No Rainbow 11. Tales Of The Destinies 12. The One (English version)
01. Road Of Resistance 02. Karate 03. Awadama Fever
01. Yava! 02. Amore 03. Meta Taro
01. From Dusk Till Dawn 02. GJ! 03. Sis. Anger
01. No Rain, No Rainbow 02. Tales Of The Destinies 03. The One (English version)
Of the new album, BABYMETAL mastermind Kobametal stated: "As prophesied by the Fox God, a new album will be released on April 1st, 2016, also known as the Fox Day.
"Since the release of BABYMETAL's debut album in 2014, we have been racing across the globe non-stop on our world tour. Through the last tour, I have come across people from all over the world and have had the chance to feel that miraculous moment when everyone came together via BABYMETAL.
"Our new song 'The One' contains lyrics that speak of uniting the world, or a crowd favorite at concerts, 'Road Of Resistance', that never fails to bring our fans together. Every BABYMETAL song makes up this extraordinary story.
"I continue to believe that the songs of BABYMETAL continue to push them forward to discover new possibilities.
"All I can say right now is for all of you to wait patiently for the coming of the Fox Day."
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."