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Unfortunate news from LOVEBITES as the band will go into hiatus following the exit of bassist Miho.

In the statement made on the band’s official website, Miho mentioned how it was a really hard decision to make and followed up with, “I have been self-reflecting and reconsidering how I can be myself as a musician”.

It is a sad development for the band as they have become very popular outside of Japan. Some notable moments include when they opened for DragonForce in 2019, and when receiving the Golden Gods Awards for “Best New Band” in 2018.

Miho’s departure announcement was made in both Japanese and English, we’ve included the official English version below:

Miho

To all my loving and supportive fans,

It was really hard to make this decision, but I have to announce my departure from LOVEBITES as of August 17, 2021. Given the current state of the world, it has made it difficult for me to give my goodbyes in person, so I really apologize for those who are shocked by this sudden announcement.

Over the past couple of years, I have been self-reflecting and reconsidering how I can be myself as a musician. When I look back, this period gave me an opportunity to broaden my perspective in both my professional and personal life.

LOVEBITES has been my life since 2016, and it always holds my best memories, especially performing at WACKEN OPEN AIR made one of my dreams come true even though it’s still unreal to me.

I couldn’t have done any of these without my bandmates, crew, staff and the undying love and support from fans all across the globe. My words cannot describe how much I want to thank you all for everything.

I’m parting ways with the band. However, my spirit for Heavy Metal never dies. Also, LOVEBITES will keep moving forward, so I really hope you all keep giving the same love for their future.

Thank you so much again for all your love and support.

Hope to see you again one day soon.

Miho

LOVEBITES

To our dear fans,

Firstly thank you all for always supporting LOVEBITES.

Today we have to let you know that our bassist, Miho, is leaving LOVEBITES. We’re so sorry to be bringing such sad news to our fans and everyone who has supported us so far.

After Miho told us she was thinking of leaving, the band and our staff have had countless meetings to find a way for her to stay. But in the end, we decided to respect Miho’s wish.

When we think of and feel for our fans, we struggle to find the right words to say.

This is also a really tough one but we need to let you know that we will be suspending our activities as LOVEBITES for a while. However, we are definitely coming back. We kindly ask for your patience until then.

Thank you all for your continued support for LOVEBITES’ future and for Miho’s future.

LOVEBITES
Asami, Midori, Miyako, Haruna


While we hope for the future success of Miho and the remaining bandmates, you can appreciate the contribution they make to heavy metal. In fact, you can enjoy her last performance with LOVEBITES on the new album Heavy Metal Never Dies – Live In Tokyo 2021.

CD
1
  1. Ride for Vengeance (Intro) [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  2. When Destiny's Align [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  3. The Crusader [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  4. Golden Destination [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  5. Set the World on Fire [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  6. Shadowmaker [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  7. Today Is the Day [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  8. Winds of Transylvania [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  9. Spellbound [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  10. The Broken [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
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2
  1. A Frozen Serenade [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  2. Swan Song [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  3. Glory to the World [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  4. The Apocalypse [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  5. M.D.O. [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  6. Don't Bite the Dust [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  7. Holy War [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  8. Thunder Vengeance [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
  9. Under the Red Sky [Live At Tokyo Dome City Hall 2021]
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