05 Jul Debut EP from LOVEBITES Receives Approval from Metal Giants
“Wow, a Japanese girl band playing power metal! And doing a great job! A big thumbs up and metal horns!!” – Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS)
“Amazing output by really talented girls who definitely have the potential to gain worldwide fame with music like this.” – Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN)
“What I consider the best about this material is that they construct a direct link to classic metal. And it is not sounding old fashioned, dusty or boring. It is fresh” – Michael Weikath (HELLOWEEN)
“Awesome! It’s super cool to see young girls playing metal music to this level.” – Kiko Loureiro (ANGRA)
The debut EP from LOVEBITES, Japan’s freshest new name in metal, has already received praise from several influential figures from the genre ahead of its release this August. Words of approval from Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kürsch mention that LOVEBITES “definitely have the potential to gain worldwide fame with music like this”, while Helloween co-founder and guitarist Michael Weikath points out that his favourite part of the EP is that “they construct a direct link to classic metal. And it is not sounding old fashioned, dusty or boring”.
Entitled THE LOVEBITES EP, the release will be available physically in the UK and Europe from 25 August 2017 via JPU Records. It’s been mixed by Mikko Karmila and mastered by Mika Jussila (Children of Bodom, Nightwish) at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland, and produced by Steve Jacobs.
The package includes liner notes written by band leader and bass-player miho, which documents the forming of LOVEBITES and the writing process of each song. A poster is also included, along with song lyrics and a translation for the one song on the EP not sung in English.
Citing influences that include Iron Maiden, Anthrax and Sodom, band leader and bass-player miho comments, “I really wanted to perform heavy metal in a band with other women, and create the kind of music that even non-metal fans would say ‘wow, metal is so cool’ about. That’s why I created LOVEBITES. I’d love to do so many great things with the band, and THE LOVEBITES EP is the first step for that.”
The members of LOVEBITES are no strangers to the music industry. Founding members miho and haruna have been session musicians for a number of top acts, and were originally part of the popular all-girl metal band DESTROSE. Vocalist asami – who has been doing classical ballet since the age of two, and studied jazz and hip hop dance in the United States of America – has toured as backing vocalist for the likes of VAMPS (JPN) and UVERworld; guitarist midori has been signed to a major Japanese label where she built a reputation for the speed of her guitar solos; mi-ya has been playing piano since the age of three and is also in a band with SIAM SHADE’s bass-player called 21g.
LOVEBITES – THE LOVEBITES EP
01. Don’t Bite The Dust
02. The Apocalypse
03. Scream For Me