Just when you thought it was all some kind of crazy dream and the clarity had once more hit your mind, the Mega-Sensation Babymetal have returned with news about a sophomore album and a triumphant return to US Soil. Check out the official press release below along with some images that they provided and then I will return with some thoughts on the matter.
The Press Release:
BABYMETAL: ACCLAIMED ALL-GIRL-FRONTED JAPANESE HEAVY METAL/TEEN-POP HYBRID GROUP ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE ALBUM
–SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 1 VIA RAL/SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT IN THE U.S.–AND INITIAL U.S. DATES FOR “BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2016”
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:
Wednesday, May 4 – Playstation Theater – New York, NY
Thursday, May 5 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA
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
Tuesday, July 12 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
Thursday, July 14 – Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Friday, July 15 – Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, July 17 – Chicago Open Air (Festival) – Bridgeview, IL
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.
I’ve omitted the other outlets praise for all things Babymetal for the sake of brevity but I can tell you that the likes of Rolling Stone, Noisey, NPR, Loudwire and more are loving what the group brings to the table.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Before I even start with my own thoughts about this I have to say that I have gotten some considerable stares when I tried to describe just what I witnessed at that sold out Hammerstein Ballroom show back in November of 2014 and I guess I should have expected as much. You see when people asked me what it was like I said it was like taking a driving and crushing Death Metal show and dropping a Japanese Anime teen-aged Pep Rally on top of it. Now this was purely to create an immediate visual in addition to sending them YouTube clips of “Give Me Chocolate” LOL. I’ll add that I had a great time sitting up in the audience with the teeming fans of the project and say that it brought so many different kinds of music fans together in one space. Some of my friends have given me crap about it but I am sure if you have listened to or seen the band as well you have gotten some of these views and you know what, keep it coming because this project is on the rise and breaking venue house records while so many other things for the genre are not. Did I say that I had a great time? Did I say that it sold out the Hammerstein Ballroom? It did just that and since you can fit 2.5 Playstation Theaters in that space, the show that they have set for the venue formerly known as the Best Buy Theater and Nokia Theatre Times Square will most probably sell out on the same day that the tickets go on sale. It wouldn’t surprise me if the group adds a second or third night like the great King Diamond did in this space. I’m pretty excited to see the group in action once again as its loaded with positive and quirky energy. What do you readers think about this particular tour? Is it something that you will be lining up for or picketing outside about? I suggest the first option unless you are seeing another show that you prefer more. Leave us your thoughts in the comment section and until next time “Sayonara”.
Official Link: http://en.babymetal.jp/home/