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YUIMETAL 'Remains A Member Of BABYMETAL'

A spokesperson for BABYMETAL's American management company has confirmed Yui Mizuno (a.k.a. Yuimetal) remains a member of the Japanese pop/metal group. After Yuimetal was a no-show at the first two concerts of BABYMETAL's current U.S. tour, fans took to social media to question her absence. The rumor mill went into overdrive after Suzuka Nakamoto (a.k.a. ...

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BABYMETAL Releases Surprise New Single And Video, 'Distortion'

Japanese pop metal act BABYMETAL has released the official music video for a new song called "Distortion". The track was uploaded to BABYMETAL's official YouTube channel and became available on digital platforms such as iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify as a digital release. BABYMETAL fans will get their first chance to hear this new song ...

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BABYMETAL Launches BABYMETAL RECORDS

Japanese pop metal act BABYMETAL has built a new partnership with 5B Artist Management And Records, a leading global music, events, and marketing firm, which manages well-known artists such as SLIPKNOT and MEGADETH. Additionally, with the powerful duo of 5B Artist Management And Records and Cooking Vinyl, which has handled the release of prestigious artists ...

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BABYMETAL Teases Start Of 'Metal Resistance Episode VII'

On April 1, a.k.a. Fox Day, Japanese pop metal act BABYMETAL released a cryptic video to mark the start of "Metal Resistance Episode VII". According to the clip, "a new era is about to begin," with a voiceover saying: "Light and darkness. Both are considered to be opposites but at the same time, one cannot ...

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Rise to Glory - LOUDNESS

If you were there in the mid-eighties, you couldn't help but root for LOUDNESS. To an American heavy metal audience of the day, LOUDNESS, EZO, ANTHEM and EARTHSHAKER were a novelty. In Japan, however, these bands and a slew of others formed an entire movement centered around the "Kansai" and "Kanto" hard rock scenes. By ...

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BABYMETAL Guitarist MIKIO FUJIOKA Dies At 36

Mikio Fujioka, one of the guitarists in the the KAMI BAND, which serves as the backing group for the Japanese pop-metal outfit BABYMETAL, has died at the age of 36. "The 'Little' Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL's #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES," BABYMETAL tweeted on Tuesday. "We hope that he is now with ...

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KORN Frontman Says BABYMETAL Is 'Entertaining As Hell,' Calls Japanese Band's Critics 'Closed-Minded'

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has defended BABYMETAL against online criticism, saying that the Japanese pop metal act is "entertaining as hell." 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 — Suzuka Nakamoto (a.k.a. Su-Metal, ...

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BABYMETAL Announces 'The Five Fox Festival'

Japanese pop-metal sensation BABYMETAL will stage The Five Fox Festival during July and August. The festival will take place across Japan at four different venues and some of the shows are for specific audiences only and have strict dress codes. See the poster below for details of each show. Says BABYMETAL: "Each show has its ...

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How KORN Created A New Subgenre In Heavy Music

Andrea Rock of Warner Music Italy recently conducted an interview with KORN singer Jonathan Davis. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On KORN pioneering a new sound with its self-titled 1994 album: Davis: "It's just what we did. We really didn't think about it — honestly. ...

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KORN Drummer RAY LUZIER Doesn't Know What 'Nu Metal' Is

Barbara Caserta of Italy's Linea Rock conducted an interview with KORN drummer Ray Luzier after the band's March 12 show at Alcatraz in Milan, Italy with HELLYEAH and HEAVEN SHALL BURN as the support acts. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On KORN's 2016 "The Serenity Of ...

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BABYMETAL To Release 'Live At Tokyo Dome' In April

Japanese pop-metal sensation BABYMETAL will release "Live At Tokyo Dome", on April 1. The 2 Blu-ray + 4 CD set captures the band's two September 2016 concerts at Tokyo Dome which saw BABYMETAL perform in front of 110,000 people. "Live At Tokyo Dome" track listing: Red Night (September 19, 2016) [Blu-ray Disc 1 / CD ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD: 'There Is Some F**king Incredible Things Coming From This Band'

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford took part in the Musicians Institute Conversation Series on August 5, 2016 in Hollywood, California. The legendary frontman took the stage with Alternative Press senior editor Ryan J. Downey (MTV News, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter) for a wide-ranging question-and-answer session about Halford's illustrious career as "The Metal God." You can ...

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BABYMETAL Joins RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS On Stage In Manchester (Video)

Japanese pop-metal sensation BABYMETAL joined RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS on stage Wednesday night (December 14) at the Arena in Manchester, England for a performance of "Nobody Weird Like Me" from the former band's 1989 album "Mother's Milk". Check out fan-filmed video footage of the performance below. BABYMETAL just completed a seven-date U.K. tour as the ...

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BABYMETAL To Support GUNS N' ROSES On Japanese Tour

Following its recent U.K. support-slot announcement for RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, which kicks off next Monday at London's O2 Arena, Japanese pop-metal sensation BABYMETAL has announced it will open for Los Angeles rock legends GUNS N' ROSES on a four-date tour of Japan in January 2017. These Japanese dates are an extension of GUNS N' ...

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BABYMETAL To Release 'Live At Wembley' Album In December

Japanese pop-metal sensation BABYMETAL will release a new 13-track live album, "Live At Wembley", on December 9 via earMUSIC/Edel. A digital version will be made available on December 30. With a carefully selected track listing, the CD captures the spectacular performance recorded at BABYMETAL's first-ever U.K. arena show, "Babymetal World Tour 2016 Kicks Off At ...

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ALMAH: Entire 'E.V.O' Album Available For Streaming

"E.V.O", the fifth studio album from Brazilian metallers ALMAH, led by ex-ANGRA singer Edu Falaschi, can be streamed in its entirety below. The CD was released in North America via Test Your Metal Records. "E.V.O" is also available through Pride & Joy Music (Europe) and King Records (Japan). "E.V.O" was recorded at IMF studios in ...

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