BABYMETAL—2015‘s breakout all-girl-fronted Japanese heavy metal/teen-pop hybrid group–announced their sophomore album will be released April 1, 2016 via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment (for the U.S. release only) and revealed their initial U.S. tour dates on their “BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2016” (full tour itinerary below). The new album (title TBA) is available now to pre-order via the BABYMETAL‘s official webstore, both as stand alone CD and special pre-order bundles. Click here to view the group’s album and world tour announcement video.
News of the new album was revealed in front of BABYMETAL‘s hometown fans over the weekend during their two headlining shows at Japan‘s Yokohama Arena (26,000 people in attendance over two days).Click here to download live photos from the performance (photo credit: Taku Fujii).
Says KOBAMETAL (producer and mastermind behind the group): “As prophesied by the FOX GOD, a new album will be released on April 1, 2016, also known as the FOX DAY. Since the release of BABYMETAL’s debut album in 2014, we have been racing across the globe non-stop on our World Tour. Through the last tour I have come across people from all over the world and have had the chance to feel that miraculous moment when everyone came together via BABYMETAL. Our new song ‘THE ONE’ contains lyrics that speak of uniting the world, or a crowd favorite at concerts ‘Road of Resistance’ that never fails to bring our fans together, every BABYMETAL song makes up this extraordinary story. I continue to believe that the songs of BABYMETAL continue to push them forward to discover new possibilities. All I can say right now is for all of you to wait patiently for the coming of the FOX DAY.”
2015 was a breakout year for BABYMETAL, the young trio of 17-year-old SU-METAL (Vocal, Dance) and 16-year-olds YUIMETAL (Scream, Dance) and MOAMETAL (Scream, Dance), backed by a four-piece band packing a heavy metal arsenal: they re-released their 2014 chart topping self-titled debut album (released digitally 5/12/15 and physically on 6/16/15 via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment), were the most sought-after band at Rock on the Range (U.S.’s premiere rock festival) and completed sold-out dates at Chicago’s House of Blues and New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom (part of their 2015 world tour); they’ve won several awards including the “Breakthrough Act” award at the 2015 Metal Hammer Golden Gods, the “Spirit of Independence” award at the 2015 Relentless Kerrang! Awards, MTV Europe’s “Wildcard Best Japanese Act” and several LOUDWIRE Awards. In addition, they were awarded the “Discovery Prize” at GQ Japan‘s “Men of the Year 2015” Awards and the “Women of the Year” Award at VOGUE Japan‘s “Women of the Year 2015” Awards. In July, 2015, they became the first Japanese artist to appear on the cover of METAL HAMMER.
Since forming in 2010, BABYMETALhave already achieved two major debut singles: “IJIME, DAME, ZETTA!” and “MEGISTUNE,” both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon Chart in Japan. Their first studio album BABYMETAL also earned the #1 spot on Japan’s album chart and Billboard’s World Album Chart The official live music video for their debut album’s lead single “Gimme Chocolate!!” has garnered over 36 million views on YouTube. 2014 saw BABYMETAL headline numerous sold-out shows from New York to London, including the 20,000 capacity Saitama Super Arena in Japan. They performed at major festivals in multiple countries such as the UK’s massive Sonisphere in front of 65,000 festival-goers and supported Lady Gagaon her “Artrave: The Artpop Ball” tour.
U.S. tour dates confirmed for the “BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2016”:
Wednesday, May 4 – Playstation Theater – New York, NY
Saturday, May 7 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, May 8 – Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion (Festival) – Concord, NC
Tuesday, May 10 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
Wednesday, May 11 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
Friday, May 13 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Saturday, May 14 – Northern Invasion (Festival) – Somerset, WI
Note: All dates above go on sale December 18, details available at http://en.babymetal.jp/schedule/, with the exception of Carolina Rebellion, which is on sale now.
Here’s a sample of the praise BABYMETAL has received so far:
“BABYMETAL, the explosive trio whose unique hybrid of extreme metal and J-pop have made them Internet sensations, are slowly working on conquering America…’Road of Resistance’ is a furious power metal burst injected with shiny pop harmonies…”
– Jeff Benjamin, ROLLINGSTONE.COM, May 11, 2015
“…[Babymetal] embraces metal’s most enduring and endearing tenets – fantasy, escapism, theatrics, bombast and sheer volume – and that solid, skillfully played metal foundation cleverly grounds a wildly eclectic sound that incorporates elements from trance to synth-pop, to dubstep, to reggae, to J-pop at its most manic and overtly ‘cute.’ It’s also brilliantly self-referential, the group’s manga-style fantasy storyline involving some wonderful parodies of metal’s ‘Big Four’ of Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth.”
–Adrien Begrand, NPR, September 4, 2014
“Their songs are a delirious mix of thrash, death and power metal with candy-pink J-pop melodies spread like frosting atop all the violence. Not even the most dedicated black-metal purist could deny that Babymetal’s tracks are played with the same skill and ferocity as their genre contemporaries…Babymetal is perhaps the genre’s most brilliant and welcomed send-up yet…Babymetal is just about the only metal group sticking with the mission of the genre — freaking people out and putting on a hell of a spectacle.”
– August Brown, LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 29, 2014
“Babymetal is everything wonderful, all at once.”
– Allison Stewart, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, May 7, 2015
“…the most polarizing band of 2014.”
–LOUDWIRE.com, January 7, 2015
“…they are unlike any other band you have ever been exposed to ever before. They combine…high-concept…Asian pop with instrumentation that wouldn’t sound out of place on the slickest record Slipknot never made. By all human logic, this shouldn’t work in the least, but it does, completely and unequivocally, through both the machinations of the J-Pop machine as well as the sheer force of their own weird.”
– Drew Millard, NOISEY.com, March 4, 2014
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