Distortion (Babymetal song)

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"Distortion"
A cloudy sky with the sun partially covered by a cloud, and seven silhouettes standing below on a dark, red landscape.
Digital single cover
Single by Babymetal
from the album Metal Galaxy
Language
  • Japanese
  • English
ReleasedMay 8, 2018 (2018-05-08)
Format
  • Digital download
  • 12"
GenreJ-pop, metalcore[1]
Length3:05
Label
Composer(s)Takemetal
Lyricist(s)
  • Takemetal
  • Dk-metal
Producer(s)
Babymetal singles chronology
"Karate"
(2016)
"Distortion"
(2018)
"Starlight"
(2018)
Music video
"Distortion" on YouTube

"Distortion" is a song by Japanese heavy metal band Babymetal. First released as a digital single on May 8, 2018 to promote the band's Babymetal World Tour 2018, the song later had a physical 12" release on Record Store Day on November 23, 2018 by BMD Fox Records, earMusic, and Babymetal Records.

Background and release[edit]

On February 27, 2018, Babymetal announced their upcoming tour, the Babymetal World Tour 2018.[2] On April 1, 2018, Babymetal uploaded a teaser for Metal Resistance Episode VII, titled "The Revelation" ,[3] which hinted the presence of a dark side composed of "seven metal spirits".[4] The spirits mentioned were seen in the music video for "Distortion" uploaded on May 7, 2018, representing the Apocrypha of Babymetal,[5] and the song was distributed to the iTunes Store, Apple Music, Spotify, and other music distribution services the following day.[6] It was the band‘s first release since the death of Kami Band guitarist Mikio Fujioka on January 5, 2018.[7]

On September 28, 2018, Babymetal announced a 12" vinyl single that would be released worldwide on Record Store Day on November 23, 2018. The single included a live performance of the song at Download Festival as a B-side, and a Japanese limited edition included a jacket cover different from that released in other regions.[8]

Moametal favors the beginning of the song for "lifting [her] up", as well as the interlude for providing a call and response with the audience.[9]

The song was re-released as part of the band's album Metal Galaxy with additional vocals from Arch Enemy frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz.

Composition[edit]

"Distortion" is a speed metal tune composed of "screeching, pummeling guitars",[10] "metalcore-like chug-riffs", and a catchy chorus, quickly switching between "heavy" and "sugary",[1] and resulting in a "darker", more mature song compared to previous music released by the band.[10]

Reception[edit]

"Distortion" debuted at number six on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 for the week of May 21, 2018.[11] Due to being released exclusively in a digital format, the song charted at number two on the Oricon Digital Singles chart for the week May 21, 2018, with first-week downloads of 16,468 copies.[12] In the United States, "Distortion" debuted at number two on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart for the week May 19, 2018.[13]

Following the physical release of "Distortion", the song charted at number 42 on the Oricon Singles chart for the week of December 3, 2018, with first-week sales of 1,791 copies.[14]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on May 7, 2018.[5] The video features the "unrevealed Dark Side, the Apocrypha" of the lore of the Metal Resistance, featuring the Chosen Seven hinted in the teaser, in a world where "power is distorted through time and space."[15] A warrior is shown fighting against "scary-looking figures cloaked in shadows" and fighting the darkness.[1] The members of Babymetal do not appear in the video.[16]

Live performances[edit]

"Distortion" was first performed live on the first tour date of the band's Babymetal World Tour 2018 at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on May 8, 2018, along with the premiere of other new songs.[17] Notably, Yuimetal was absent from the entire show, which was not addressed prior to the performance.[16] A live performance of the song at Download Festival 2018 was uploaded to YouTube on September 28, 2018, which was later released in audio form as a B-side to the vinyl single.[8]

Track listings and formats[edit]

Digital download[18]

  • "Distortion" – 3:05

12" single[19]

  • A. "Distortion"
  • B. "Distortion" (live at Download Festival 2018)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[20] 6
Japan (Oricon)[14] 42
Japan Digital Singles (Oricon)[12] 2
US World Digital Songs (Billboard)[13] 2
Daily charts
Chart (2018) Peak
position
Japan (Oricon)[21] 8

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Editions
Japan[22] May 8, 2018 Digital download
Standard
Europe[23] earMusic
Worldwide[18]
Japan[19] November 23, 2018 12"
  • BMD Fox Records
  • Toy's Factory
  • Amuse, Inc.
Limited
United Kingdom[24] earMusic
Canada[25]
  • Babymetal Records
  • Cooking Vinyl
United States[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hill, John (2018-05-07). "Hear Babymetal's Apocalyptic New Song "Distortion"". Revolver. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  2. ^ "BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 Confirmed !!". BABYMETAL. Archived from the original on 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
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  4. ^ Hill, John (2018-04-03). "See Babymetal Tease Upcoming Graphic Novel in "Metal Resistance Episode VII" Video". Revolver. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
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  8. ^ a b "BABYMETAL、「Distortion」最新ライブ映像を公開 アナログのリリースも決定 | Daily News | Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 2018-09-28. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  9. ^ "BABYMETAL Talk 'Metal Galaxy', 'PA PA YA!!', Metallica & Glastonbury 2019 - Videos". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  10. ^ a b "Louder's Tracks Of The Week: new music from Babymetal, Biffy Clyro and more". LOUDER. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  11. ^ "【ビルボード】BOYS AND MEN「進化理論」が14.3万枚を売り上げて総合首位 ベビメタ「Distortion」ダウンロード2位&三代目JSB「恋と愛」ストリーミング1位でそれぞれ総合6位と9位 | Daily News | Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 2018-05-16. Archived from the original on 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
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  14. ^ a b "2018年11月19日~2018年11月25日 オリコン週間 シングルランキング 41~50位". ORICON NEWS (in Japanese). 2018-12-03. Archived from the original on 2018-11-28. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
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  18. ^ a b "Distortion - Single by BABYMETAL on Apple Music". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  19. ^ a b "TOY'S STORE" (in Japanese). Toy's Factory. 2018-09-28. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  20. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100 | Charts | Billboard JAPAN". Billboard JAPAN (in Japanese). 2018-05-21. Archived from the original on 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
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