Lovebites - Battle Against Damnation (June 6, 2018)
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Excitement through the roof.
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Is that a release or the name of the tour? And in case of the former, any details on the format?

Edit: Never mind, I just got a press release from JPU, which is as follows:

Japan’s heavy metal heroines LOVEBITES revealed the title of their upcoming mini album today during their sold-out tour finale in Tokyo. Entitled Battle Against Damnation, the title is scheduled for release from 6 June 2018 via JPU Records and follows on from LOVEBITES’ first studio album Awakening From Abyss. The news comes days after the band announced that they will be performing at Wacken Open Air 2018 this August.

Bass-player miho and vocalist asami comment on the themes of the mini-album;

“Humankind is faced with battles on a daily basis. Each person has their own fight, whether it’s illness, time, solitude, war or something else they have to face.” (miho)

“However, we consider that humankind’s most serious adversary is its own destiny. Sometimes it’s essential to defy the fate bestowed from the heavens. Battle Against Damnation depicts such a fight.” (asami)

Battle Against Damnation will include four new tracks and will be mixed and mastered by engineers Mikko Karmila and Mika Jussila of Finland’s Finnvox Studio. The release’s cover art will be illustrated by David López Gómez and Carlos Vicente León. The above names have had experience working on Awakening From Abyss and expect to expand LOVEBITES’ sound and visual world further.

Debut release THE LOVEBITES EP also featured four tracks, and later saw these pieces reimagined for the band’s full-length album. Battle Against Damnation will not follow suit. Its contents will stand alone as the next part in the band’s expanding power metal arsenal.

In additional, LOVEBITES have just confirmed to be part of the Vans Warped Tour Japan 2018 line-up, alongside PROPHETS OF RAGE, KORN and LIMP BIZKET amongst others, and will perform on 1 April 2018. They will follow this up by playing their biggest headline show to date at Shibuya’s Tsutaya O-East on 28 June 2018

In July LOVEBITES will join Japan’s heavy metal heavyweights ANTHEM on tour. Then in August they become the first all-female metal band from Japan to perform at Wacken Open Air in Germany. LOVEBITES’ battle against damnation continues to grow stronger inside and outside of Japan.
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(02-23-2018, 06:46 AM)Agonymph Wrote: Debut release THE LOVEBITES EP also featured four tracks, and later saw these pieces reimagined for the band’s full-length album. Battle Against Damnation will not follow suit. Its contents will stand alone as the next part in the band’s expanding power metal arsenal.

Let's frame that quote.
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Only two months in and we already have a winner for the JMF 2018.
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(02-23-2018, 06:46 AM)Agonymph Wrote: Debut release THE LOVEBITES EP also featured four tracks, and later saw these pieces reimagined for the band’s full-length album. Battle Against Damnation will not follow suit. Its contents will stand alone as the next part in the band’s expanding power metal arsenal.

We will see Tongue
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Let's hope they remain exclusive. Cannibalizing the debut EP is one thing that brought the album down a few notches for me (even though those versions were actually different than the EP ones).

I hope Asami's pronunciation improves on the upcoming release, and hopefully there won't be any recycling material from prior bands. I'm minorly optimistic, this thing should be solid at any rate (and I by far prefer MCDs to albums).
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(02-23-2018, 11:18 AM)Perdition Wrote: I hope Asami's pronunciation improves on the upcoming release,

You and me both. I had a hard time believing the songs were in English.
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Thankfully she's actually talented and has a nice voice, so she can still sound somewhat ok despite accent. But this is the area of their music I'd like to see the greatest improvement in. Musically everything else is pretty good (but I honestly treat the rest of the bands as veterans anyway).
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They need to tour. Lots. That is what makes a band solidify and gel into a cohesive unit, is night after night on stage. I've seen it far too many times in my years, how bands come out with a shaky debut and a year later, after 10 months of touring, produce a much more solid album. It's why Rami's albums are always falling short. She assembles a band of whoever, does an album, then 3-4 concerts, then moves on to a new batch of musicians.

I would rather they went on a six month world tour than did this EP. They need time together on a stage. There is no substitute for that.
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