‘The moment the sun and moon align,’ booms brilliantly OTT intro-track FUTURE METAL, ‘a vast metal galaxy appears as a sign that a new legend will begin. The continuing odyssey of the metal galaxy will take us to a world that we’ve never seen before. Light Force and Dark Force: now that BABYMETAL has acquired both, they are to become the one.’
Stop too long to think and the barely-comprehensible light vs. dark concept (the two nights and totally separate set-lists dedicated to sun and moon, respectively) doesn’t really make an awful lot of sense. Allow yourself to be swept up in the grand theatrics and tsunami-surge of pop-metal energy, though, and it’s impossible not to have a blast.
We get all of the aforementioned METAL GALAXY split evenly across the two nights, with the digi-metal mania of DA DA DANCE and Oh! MAJINAI’s folk-metal silliness swollen by audience participation and a freewheeling live energy on Disc One. It’s not clear how PA PA YA!! fits Disc Two’s shadier aesthetic, but Starlight and Shine spread their blackened wings and twinkle evocatively.