[Photo by: BABYMETAL/Instagram]

Japanese idol-gone-metal band BABYMETAL already hinted that a “new era” was about to dawn on us, and now we're getting a taste of that sonic awakening with the band's rocking new song, “Distortion”—hear it below.

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Released ahead of their upcoming 2018 world tour, BABYMETAL have begun to dole out some specifics on their “new era,” saying in a statement that the new song “Distortion” explores the darker side of their elusive legend.

“On April 1st, known as 'FOX DAY', a new prophecy was revealed. The prophecy revealed that up until now we have only experienced the LIGHT SIDE and there exists an unknown DARK SIDE, a legend of seven metal spirits THE CHOSEN SEVEN. The new song 'Distortion' explores the unrevealed DARK SIDE, the APOCRYPHA, the legend of seven metal spirits in which power is distorted through time and space. The music video of this song presents this unknown side and marks the important beginning of a new legend.”

See the band's tour dates after the video:

BABYMETAL tour dates:
05/08 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
05/10 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live At The Moody Theater
05/11 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
05/13 – Houston, TX @ Retention Music Center
05/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
05/17 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
05/18 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
05/20 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
06/01 – Nurburg, Germany @ Rock Am Ring
06/02 – Nuremberg, Germany @ Rock Im Park
06/04 – Innsbruck, Austria @ Music Hall
06/05 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vredenburg
06/09 – Donington, UK @ Download

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