Lovebites, one of the most important Japanese heavy metal bands, will release their thunderous new EP Glory, Glory To The World in physical form in the UK this May.
The extended record will be the award-winning band’s first time releasing the EP on vinyl in the world.
The new EP was released digitally worldwide and entered metal charts around the world, including all 5 tracks taking the top 5 positions of iTunes Japan’s Metal Song rankings. All five tracks were recorded under the darkness of the coronavirus pandemic. This includes the bonus track Winds of Transylvania, the theme song to vampiric anime Vladlove from visionary directors Mamoru Oshii and Junji Nishimura (Ghost in the Shell, Urusei Yatsura).
Iconic director Mamoru Oshii explains, “When I happened to see a Lovebites music video, I could immediately see parallels between the five members and the main character of Vladlove. They are like a heretic of heavy metal, wearing bright white outfits while playing intense music, they are the perfect choice to take charge of a theme song to an anime not bound by convention or common sense. And above all, their name couldn’t be more fitting!”.
Midori from Lovebites shares, “Although it’s the opening for the anime, real us appear in it, as well as some animated characters performing instead of us… doing as we do! We didn’t use motion capture actually, the production team filmed our performances and animated the characters to reflect our movements. We had no idea what it would look like at the time, but look what it has become! Our performances and instruments are reproduced accurately!! It’s so cool!!”