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Formed: 2010
From: Japan
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Babymetal News

Below is our complete Babymetal news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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74 More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2020

The organisers of Belgium's premier metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting have confirmed a further 74 bands for next year's edition of the event. Among the newly confirmed bands joining previously announced headliners Judas Priest and Iron Maiden will be hard rock pioneers Deep Purple, nu metal favourites Korn, Chicago stars Disturbed, the recently reunited Mercyful Fate, California's own, Deftones and pop punk stars The Offspring. The festival will take place across four days from 18th-21st of June.

The lineup (in alphabetical order) is now as follows: More...

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Babymetal Premiere New Song "Elevator Girl"

Japanese pop metal act Babymetal has just premiered a new track titled "Elevator Girl". The single, which can be heard below, will appear on Babymetal's next full-length, due out in stores later this year.

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Babymetal Premiere New Official Music Video

Babymetal premiere their new official music video for "Starlight". Check it out below.

In other news the band announced that long-absent member Yuimetal is officially no longer part of the outfit: More...

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Babymetal Premiere New Song

Babymetal premiere a new song entitled "Starlight". An accompanying video should arrive later today.

Check out now "Starlight" below.

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BABYMETAL Debut New Music Video & Single

Babymetal have released a new track titled “Distortion“. In addition to a digital release today, May 08th, the outfit debuts the below music video for the single.

Babymetal will head out on the following run of dates this week: More...

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Babymetal U.S. & European Tours Announced

Babymetal announce both U.S. and European dates for this spring. They have the following dates scheduled:

05/08 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
05/10 Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
05/11 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues Dallas
05/13 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
05/15 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle Atlanta
05/17 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
05/18 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
05/20 Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range

06/01 Nurburg, GER – Rock am Ring
06/02 Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/04 Innsbruck, AUT – Music Hall
06/05 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
06/09 Derbyshire, UK – Download Festival

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Babymetal Guitarist Passes Away Aged 36

Controversial Japanese kawaii metal outfit Babymetal has announced via Twitter that Mikio Fujioka, also known as Little God and Ko-Gami, has died at only 36 years of age. Babymetal's message reads as follows:

"We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him.

"We are the one, Together, We’re the only one, You are the one, Forever, #RIP #THEONE."

Although unconfirmed as of yet, he reportedly fell from an observation deck on December 30th and passed away on January 5th as a result of his injuries. He was an accomplished musician, having graduated from the Musician's Institute in Osaka and released several albums, as well as performing with the likes of MMM and Trick Box.

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BFMV, Marilyn Manson Added To UK "Download Fest"

New additions have been announced for the 2018 edition of the "Download Festival" which is held annually in the UK. Newly added to the event are the following acts:

Bullet For My Valentine
Marilyn Manson
Parkway Drive
Rise Against
Black Veil Brides
Asking Alexandria
Neck Deep
In This Moment
The Hives
Body Count
Mayday Parade
Dream State
The Pink Slips

Headlining artists already revealed for the festival include Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne and Avenged Sevenfold. Further artists announcements are still pending. The festival will be held at Donington Park from June 08th-10th.

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Korn Announces "Serenity Of Summer" Tour

Roadrunner group Korn has announced plans for a truly diverse and epic summer tour, set to get underway June 16th at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT and then continue through early August.

Presented by Live Nation, “The Serenity of Summer” tour will feature special guests and fellow Roadrunner recording group Stone Sour on all dates. The tour is rounded out by support from Japan’s Baby Metal, southern rapper Yelawolf, and Islander (6/16 – 6/25), followed by a second leg (7/19 – 8/2) which will see Korn joined by Skillet, Yelawolf, and DED.

Korn kicked off a current wide-ranging world tour with a sold-out performance last night at the grand opening of the brand new House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Korn returns again tonight, Monday March 6th, for another sold-out show and from there the two-time Grammy Award-winning band will embark on a marathon global run visiting Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

The band then returns to North America for a series of top-billed festival performances, including Concord, NC’s Carolina Rebellion (May 6th), Columbus, OH’s Rock on the Range (May 20th), Oshkosh, WI’s Rock USA (July 13th), and Chicago, IL’s Chicago Open Air (July 15th). More...

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Babymetal Teases New Blu-ray/DVD "Live At Wembley"

Babymetal shares a trailer for the band's upcoming new live Blu-ray/DVD titled "Live At Wembley", which will be out in stores December 28th. An audio version of it will arrive earlier on December 09th through earMUSIC/Edel. The 13-track release captures the band’s April 02nd, 2016 performance at The SSE Arena in London, UK.

Check out now the trailer below.

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Chicago Open Air Day Three

Day 3: Sunday 7/17/2016

The best part of being Cuban/Irish is that I'm tan year round but still shrivel up like bacon when exposed to too much sunlight. I had the nastiest sunburn ever which even days later had my forehead covered in acne and the skin on my nose flaking off. And after looking at myself in the mirror, the first two words that came to mind were, “worth it.” As somebody too perpetually broke to wear sunscreen and already shelling out ungodly amounts of money just to stay fed and hydrated, a sunburn was a rather small price to pay to continue to have a really great time.

Since my arctic camo shorts were completely drenched in beer, I decided that now was the time to break out an even more egregious pair of camo shorts. Neon green and black are a pattern that can't blend into any environment which is why I bought them in the first place. Just the most outrageous thing I could possibly own... and now I had an excuse!

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I missed the first three acts since I got there late. I kept waking up later each morning due to the sheer quantity of alcohol I was drinking as my car needed engine repairs and that meant that I wasn't driving. That fact that the gates opened earlier with each passing day didn't help either since Gemini Syndrome started playing a full half hour earlier than Through Fire did on Friday. So I ultimately have no opinions on Gemini Syndrome, Upon a Burning Body or We Came As Romans and I'm not going to fabricate a story just for the sake of comprehensiveness. There are some videos on Youtube and I watched them but I still lack anything resembling an opinion since bootlegs can never compare to the real thing. More...

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Rob Halford Performs With Babymetal

Last night pop metal icon Babymetal and Judas Priest's legendary vocalist Rob Halford came together for the third annual Journey's Alternative Press Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy.

The performance, which featured Babymetal's Su-Metal and Halford's dueling vocals on Judas Priest classics "Painkiller" and "Breaking The Law," officially saw the meeting of the Fox God and the Metal God. Check out footage below. More...

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Babymetal To Perform With Rob Halford

Each year, the Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards fueled by Monster Energy brings fans collaborative performances from, and the 2016 APMAs will present even more. The first will feature none other than legendary heavy metal vocalist Rob Halford of Judas Priest and pop metal phenomenons and Best International Band nominees Babymetal.

Babymetal's Su-Metal states, "I am still at a loss of what to feel, but to be able to perform together with the metal god, I am in disbelief... I know it will be an amazing experience for us and I am really looking forward to it."

Babymetal - the breakout Japanese heavy metal/teen-pop hybrid group featuring 18 year old Su-Metal and 16 year olds Yuimetal and Moametal, backed by a four-piece band - released sophomore album "Metal Resistance: this past April (debuting atop Billboard's "World Albums" chart and iTunes' "Top Heavy Metal Albums" chart). More...

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Babymetal Invades Super Mario Maker

Babymetal just keeps popping up in the most unexpected of places, with the Japanese school girl trio now invading Super Mario Maker.

A new costume and event course inspired by the band just arrived for the game (check out video below). This new mystery mushroom costume turns poor Mario in to all three members — Su-metal, Yuimetal, and Moametal — joined together in unison.

Alright, hands in the air, who is going to load up this level on Super Mario Maker tonight for the lolz?

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Northern Invasion 2016 Lineup Revealed

The daily band lineup has been announced for the second annual Northern Invasion taking place Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI, just outside the Twin Cities.

After quickly selling out its inaugural year with 25,000 fans in attendance, Northern Invasion expands to two full days in 2016. Single day tickets for Northern Invasion go on sale Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 AM Central Time for $99 (plus fees).

The daily band lineup for Northern Invasion is as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, May 14

Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Chevelle, A Day To Remember, Lamb Of God, Clutch, Babymetal, P.O.D., Black Stone Cherry, Yelawolf, Asking Alexandria, Parkway Drive, Enter Shikari, Avatar, Aranda, Monster Truck, The Shrine, Hands Like Houses, Wild Throne, Second Pass More...

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BabyMetal Makes U.S. TV Debut

Japan's BabyMetal made its U.S. television debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week. The performance was of the song "Gimme Chocolate" from the 2014 debut self-titled album.

BabyMetal's new album "Metal Resistance" was issued April 1st and the band will embark on a U.S. tour in May with confirmed dates as follows:

May 4th: New York, NY - Playstation Theater
May 5th: Boston, MA - House of Blues
May 7th: Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
May 10th: Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
May 11th: Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
May 13th: Chicago, IL - House Of Blues

Check out the performance here: More...

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Babymetal Unveils New Album

We've got some big news about everyone's favorite underage school girl metal band: Babymetal will release new album "Metal Resistance" on April 1st. The album will be preceded by impending single "Karate," coming February 25th. The full "Metal Resistance" track listing is as follows:

1. Road of Resistance
2. Karate
3. Awadama Fever
4. YAVA!
5. Amore
6. Meta Taro
7. From Dusk Till Dawn
8. GJ!
9. Sis. Anger
10. No Rain, No Rainbow
11. Tales of The Destinies
12. THE ONE - English ver. - More...

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Babymetal Releasing New Album

Following the 2014 album that made waves across the world, the infamous Babymetal returns with a sophomore full-length next year - presumably before any of them are actually old enough to be sophomores.

The second album will drop on April 1st, 2016 and the cover artwork, title, and track listing will be revealed in the coming months, although pre-orders are already online in various bundles right here.

A trailer announcing the album and upcoming world tour dates can be seen below. Stay tuned for more info. More...

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Heavy Metal Video Games: The Return Of Music Games

With the king of music games about to make a triumphant return in less than two weeks, it seemed like a good time to take another look at the limited offerings available where video games collide with heavy metal.

For those who missed our previous three articles discussing various games with heavy metal soundtracks, be sure to go back and check 'em out (and let us know if you end up playing or re-playing any of these gems!):

Part 1: the amazing Brutal Legend, Saints Row III, Killing Floor 2, Pain Killer, and Guilty Gear X2 Reload

Part 2: Splatterhouse, Twisted Metal 2, The Witcher's bonus music disc, and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost And The Damned.

Part 3 (the retro edition!): Rock And Roll Racing, Beavis And Butthead, F-Zero X, Earthbound, and Heavy Metal Geomatrix

Rock Band

There was this utterly glorious time where console gaming was flush with a stable lineup of music games and every weekend involved a bottle of something hard and your best friends making drunken fools of themselves in your living room till 2 AM. Typically your neighbors would not be amused, but fuck them because they don't like metal anyway.

Unfortunately that time died when Activision decided to flood the market with an absurd number of Guitar Hero entries and the era of the music game came to a sudden, crashing halt.

Obviously the Rock Band titles had plenty of rock tunes, but a handful of legitimate metal was also involved in the various incarnations and weekly DLC updates, adding in the likes of Emperor, Machine Head, and a whole lot more. Where things really took off was in the Rock Band Network, which let bands make their own tracks, seeing tons of underground groups add in their own music.

It was a truly sad day when Harmonix announced there would be no more DLC coming to Rock Band back in 2013, but an unexpected light at the end of the tunnel appeared just a few months ago. Back in March, Harmonix made a whole lot of fans happy by officially announcing Rock Band 4, which seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream up till that point.

Due out October 6, Rock Band 4's launch lineup of metal will include Dream Theater, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Baby Metal, System Of A Down, and more, with loads of metallic downloadable songs no doubt prepped and ready to drop each week.

Needless to say I'm greatly looking forward to it, except that unfortunately Guitar Hero is also returning. Maybe Activision can keep it in its pants this time around and not kill music gaming again by releasing six or so games a year.


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Babymetal Releasing New Edition Of Album

Following its digital release via iTunes and the physical edition only officially available in Japan, Babymetal will finally be releasing its first album physically in the U.S. and Europe.

This new edition will feature two bonus tracks and is due to drop in Europe via earMUSIC on June 1st, with a deluxe edition also available that includes a bonus DVD. The U.S. edition will drop through RAL / Sony Music Entertainment on June 16th. More...

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