Lovebites（风格化为LOVEBITES）是一支由日本女性组成的重金属乐队，由前Destrose成员Miho和Haruna 于2016年成立。其阵容包括贝司的Miho，鼓的Haruna，吉他的Midori和Miyako以及人声的Asami。在与Victor Entertainment签约后，该乐队在2017年发行了自己的同名首张EP和他们的第一张专辑，然后在年底进行了首场海外音乐会。随着2018年发行的另一张EP和专辑，Lovebites迅速赢得了国际关注，并赢得了当年的金属锤金神奖最佳新乐队奖。他们发行了第三张专辑Electric Pentagram，到2020年，它在Oricon图表上排名第9 ，成为迄今为止最高的图表。
Lovebites 由贝斯手Miho和鼓手Haruna于2016年在东京成立。两人相识时，Destrose是另一支全女性金属乐队，于2015年解散。在招募吉他手Midori并支持吉他手和键盘手Miyako（当时称为Mi-Ya）之后，四人在演示的基础上选择了歌手Asami她做的。 Midori是Gekijo Metalicche乐队的成员，Miyako是A Drop of Joker和21g的成员，而Asami是Vamps和Uverworld的备用歌手。在一次彩排中，音乐家演奏了Halestorm的 “ Love Bites（So Do I） ”。感觉这首歌很适合Asami的声音，这给所有成员留下了深刻的印象，他们选择Lovebites作为新乐队的名字。他们于2016年11月18日在Tsutaya O-West举行了首场音乐会。
Lovebites于2017年5月通过Victor Entertainment发布了首张EP，即Lovebites EP。Miho解释说，签约乐队更像是一个演示，但唱片公司非常喜欢它，因此他们对其进行了正确的掌握和发行。它是由米克卡米拉混合，米卡尤西拉，谁也象行为掌握工作Nightwish的，死神之子，和灵云，在Finnvox工作室在赫尔辛基，芬兰。EP于8月25日在英国由JPU Records发行，在北美由Sliptrick Records于8月31 日发行。
支持成员Miyako于2017年8月成为乐队的正式成员。他们的第一张全长专辑《Awakening from Abyss》于10月25日在日本和北美发行，在两天后在英国发行。它再次由Karmila和Jussila混音和掌握，并包括重新录制他们首张EP的四首曲目。小组在日本以外的首次演出之前仅表演了几场演出：在Hyper Japan Christmas举行了两晚，在Camden Underworld举行了一场演出，都在2017年11月底在伦敦举行。
在2018年，Lovebites在Warped Tour的日本站上演出，并于6月6日发布了第二张EP 对抗诅咒 EP 。天后，他们获得了2018年金属锤金神奖最佳新乐队奖。他们于8月4日在Wacken Open Air演出，成为首支出现在德国音乐节上的日本全女性摇滚乐队。]他们还在2018年8月10日在Bloodstock Open Air的主舞台上演出。11月，Lovebites举行了首次欧洲巡回演出，参观了荷兰，德国，法国和英国。乐队于12月5日在日本发行了第二张专辑Clockwork Immortality。专辑的限量版包括DVD或Blu-ray的演唱会视频《东方之战》，于2018年6月28日在Tsutaya O-East录制。两天后，它由Arising Empire在欧洲，澳大利亚和新西兰发行，并由JPU Records在英国于2019年1月18日发行。
Lovebites是大敌军的首演，于2019年3月23日至24 日在中国上海和北京举行的两场演出中。 6月，他们在英国多宁顿和西班牙马德里的下载节以及Graspop上演出金属会议在比利时的德塞尔。他们组在多宁顿是由它的组织者和引金属锤子作为电影节的重头戏演出之一，包括当麻美在舞台上加入骇儿史东乐团唱她的乐队的同名歌曲，她也有在3月21 日的日本下载节上更早完成。
Lovebites于7月10日发布了他们的第一张独立音乐会视频和现场专辑《Daughters of the Dawn-Live in Tokyo》，该专辑于2019年1月27日在赤坂的Mynavi Blitz录制。他们是整个11月上半月DragonForce在英国巡回演出中的一项支持行为，并于12月2 日在东京的Halestorm开张。乐队的第三张录音室专辑Electric Pentagram于1月发行。 29，2020年它设置为支持七日日巡赛从2月14日至4月12日，但在过去的三场音乐会被推迟到6月因在日本COVID-19大流行。 7月22日，Lovebites 在2020年2月21日在Zepp DiverCity发行了第二张独立的音乐会视频和现场专辑，《2020年东京五种实况》。
尽管Lovebites来自东京，但其音乐深受新一波英国重金属的影响，这使得他们的音乐可以与Iron Maiden和Rage进行比较。 Miho说，她一直想玩金属弹片和“有点老派[重金属]”的组合。[还指出，他们决定穿全白衣服，而不是该类型的刻板印象的黑色，是为了与他们的老派声音形成对比，并使他们脱颖而出。即使音乐家不会流利地说英语，他们的歌词仍以英语书写。唯一的例外是Haruna演唱的首张EP中的歌曲“ Bravehearted”，该歌曲以日语编写，旨在用于Destrose。
该小组经常与前Light Bringer键盘手Mao进行合作，创作和安排歌曲。他们的所有发行品均由芬兰音频工程师Mikko Karmila和Mika Jussila进行混音和掌握，以及自西班牙艺术家DavidLópezGómez和Carlos创作了《从深渊唤醒》以来的所有专辑封面插图。文森特·莱昂（VincenteLeón）。这些专辑的所有封面均以狼为代表，通过演奏非主流类型的重金属来象征Lovebites在音乐界是“孤独的狼”。狼是代表乐队的吉祥物，例如Eddie代表Iron Maiden或Vic Rattlehead代表梅加德斯。
Miho喜欢Iron Maiden，Pantera，MötleyCrüe和Anthrax。她认为自己的表演比技术更能体现自己的表演技巧，并引用史蒂夫·哈里斯（Steve Harris）和《尼克·西克斯（Nikki Sixx）》的风格来发挥特别的影响。
Midori将Kiko Loureiro，Nuno Bettencourt和Yngwie Malmsteen列为她最大的吉他影响力。一般来说，她说她在乐队中演奏“华丽而激进”的吉他独奏，而宫古子则演奏“更慢，更旋律”的吉他独奏。
宫古从三岁起就开始演奏古典钢琴，从高中起就开始弹吉他。宫古长大后和母亲一起听过《深紫色》和《彩虹》等经典摇滚乐队，最终受里奇·布莱克莫尔（Ritchie Blackmore）的影响。但她也受到了更多现代吉他手的影响，例如Polyphia的 Timothy Henson和Scott LePage 。是Disarmonia Mundi的Ettore Rigotti激发Miyako开始创作和编曲歌曲的。
Asami来自R＆B和灵魂音乐背景，喜欢Alicia Keys和Aretha Franklin等艺术家。
Lovebites (stylized as LOVEBITES) is a Japanese all-female heavy metal band, formed in 2016 by former Destrose members Miho and Haruna. Its lineup consists of Miho on bass, Haruna on drums, Midori and Miyako on guitar, and Asami on vocals. After signing to Victor Entertainment, the group released both their self-titled debut EP and their first album in 2017 before performing their first overseas concerts at the end of the year. With another EP and album released in 2018, Lovebites quickly garnered international attention and won that year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award for Best New Band. They released their third album, Electric Pentagram, in 2020, and it reached number 9 on the Oricon chart, becoming their highest-charting to date.
Formation and first album (2016–2017)
Lovebites was formed in Tokyo in 2016 by bassist Miho and drummer Haruna. The two met while members of Destrose, another all-female metal band that disbanded in 2015. After recruiting guitarist Midori and support guitarist and keyboardist Miyako (then known as Mi-Ya), the four chose vocalist Asami based on a demo she made. Midori was in the band Gekijo Metalicche, Miyako was a member of A Drop of Joker and 21g, while Asami was a backup singer for Vamps and Uverworld. During one rehearsal, the musicians performed “Love Bites (So Do I)” by Halestorm. Feeling that the song fit well with Asami’s voice, it left an impression on all of the members and they chose Lovebites as the name for their new band. They had their first concert on November 18, 2016 at Tsutaya O-West.
Lovebites released their debut EP, The Lovebites EP, in May 2017 via Victor Entertainment. Miho explained that it was more of a demo to get the band signed, but the label liked it so much they had it properly mastered and released. It was mixed by Mikko Karmila and mastered by Mika Jussila, who have worked with acts like Nightwish, Children of Bodom, and Stratovarius, at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. The EP was released in the United Kingdom on August 25 by JPU Records and in North America by Sliptrick Records on August 31.
Support member Miyako became a full member of the band in August 2017. Their first full-length album Awakening from Abyss was released in Japan and North America on October 25, and in the UK two days later. It was again mixed and mastered by Karmila and Jussila and includes re-recordings of the four tracks from their debut EP. The group played just a handful of shows before their first gigs outside Japan: two nights at Hyper Japan Christmas and one show at Camden Underworld, both in London at the end of November 2017.
International recognition (2018–present)
In 2018, Lovebites performed on the Japanese leg of Warped Tour and released their second EP Battle Against Damnation on June 6. Days later, they won the 2018 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award for Best New Band. They performed at Wacken Open Air on August 4, becoming the first Japanese all-female rock band to appear at the German festival. They also performed on the main stage at Bloodstock Open Air on August 10, 2018. In November, Lovebites held their first European tour that saw them visit the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK. The band released their second album Clockwork Immortality on December 5 in Japan. Limited editions of the album include a DVD or Blu-ray of the concert video Battle in the East, which was recorded on June 28, 2018 at Tsutaya O-East. It was released in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand two days later by Arising Empire, and in the UK by JPU Records on January 18, 2019.
Lovebites was the opening act for Arch Enemy at two shows in Shanghai and Beijing, China on March 23 and 24, 2019. In June, they performed at the Download Festival in both Donington, UK and Madrid, Spain and at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium. Their set at Donington was cited by its organizers and Metal Hammer as one of the festival’s highlight performances, including when Asami joined Halestorm on stage to sing her band’s namesake song, which she had also done earlier at Download Festival Japan on March 21.
On July 10, Lovebites released their first standalone concert video and live album, Daughters of the Dawn – Live in Tokyo, recorded on January 27, 2019 at Mynavi Blitz Akasaka. They were a support act on DragonForce’s UK tour throughout the first half of November, and opened for Halestorm in Tokyo on December 2. The band’s third studio album, Electric Pentagram, was released on January 29, 2020. It was set to be supported by a seven-date Japanese tour from February 14 to April 12, but the last three concerts were postponed until June due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. On July 22, Lovebites released their second standalone concert video and live album, Five of a Kind – Live in Tokyo 2020, recorded on February 21, 2020 at Zepp DiverCity.
Music and influences
Although hailing from Tokyo, Lovebites’ music is heavily influenced by the new wave of British heavy metal which led their music to be compared to Iron Maiden and Rage. Miho said she always wanted to play a combination of power metal and “a little bit of old school [heavy metal].” She also noted that their decision to wear all-white clothing, as opposed to the genre’s stereotypical black, was made to contrast with their old school sound and have them stand out. Their lyrics are written in English even though the musicians do not speak the language fluently. An exception is the Haruna-penned song “Bravehearted” on their debut EP, which was written in Japanese and intended for Destrose.
The group frequently collaborates with former Light Bringer keyboardist Mao on composing and arranging songs. All of their releases have been mixed and mastered by Finnish audio engineers Mikko Karmila and Mika Jussila, and all of their album cover illustrations since Awakening from Abyss have been created by Spanish artists David López Gómez and Carlos Vincente León. These album covers all feature a wolf to symbolize that, by playing the non-mainstream genre of heavy metal, Lovebites are a “lone wolf” in the music scene. The wolf is a mascot to represent the band, like Eddie for Iron Maiden or Vic Rattlehead for Megadeth.
Miho likes Iron Maiden, Pantera, Mötley Crüe and Anthrax. She referred to her playing as more showmanship than technical, and cited Steve Harris as a particular influence alongside the style of Nikki Sixx.
Haruna has played drums since she was thirteen years old, and began writing songs on a keyboard at fourteen. She bought a twin drum pedal after seeing a metal band use it during her first visit to a live house. From elementary school up to high school her favorite band was B’z, and Helloween’s Master of the Rings was the first metal music she heard.
Midori listed Kiko Loureiro, Nuno Bettencourt and Yngwie Malmsteen as her biggest guitar influences. Generally speaking, she said that she plays the “flashy and aggressive” guitar solos in the band, while Miyako plays the “slower, more melodic” ones.
Miyako has played classical piano since she was three and guitar since high school. Having grown up listening to classic rock bands like Deep Purple and Rainbow with her mother, Miyako ended up being very influenced by Ritchie Blackmore. But she has also been influenced by more modern guitarists, such as Timothy Henson and Scott LePage from Polyphia. It was Disarmonia Mundi’s Ettore Rigotti who inspired Miyako to start composing and arranging songs.
Asami comes from a R&B and soul music background and likes artists such as Alicia Keys and Aretha Franklin.
2017 – The Lovebites [EP]
2017 – Awakening From Abyss
2018 – Battle Against Damnation [EP]
2018 – Clockwork Immortality
2018 – Clockwork Immortality [24-44,1]
2019 – Daughters Of The Dawn – Live In Tokyo 2019 (2CD)
2020 – Electric Pentagram
2020 – Five Of A Kind – Live In Tokyo 2020 (2CD)