Japanese Heavy Metal inspirations Lovebites are back from a break and have released their new single, The Spirit Lives On. This is the second track from the new album Judgement Day, which will be released on 24 February 2023 via JPU Records.
Judgement Day will be the first album to feature 20-year-old bassist Fami, who joined the band following a successful worldwide audition process.
Lovebites’ fast, melodic Heavy Metal sound is still in evidence, with Fami now adding her signature slap technique. The ten new songs have been mixed and mastered by Finnish masterminds Mikko Karmila and Mika Jussila, who have worked on all of the band’s studio albums.
The cover art for the album features a wolf, an incarnation of the band that has appeared on all of Lovebites’ previous albums. This time, as the title suggests, the wolf clutches scales that weigh good and evil within its jaws and is captured sprinting between the sun and the moon.
The album will be released digitally worldwide on 22 February 2023, and released on CD from JPU Records from 24 February 2023.
A video on demand and CD bundle is also available directly from JPU Records’ website, featuring a documentary of the bassist auditions and interviews with the members of the band, as well as Fami while she was still one of the finalists – all with English subtitles.
It also includes four studio sessions; The Hammer of Wrath, Golden Destination and Shadowmaker from the audition finals, and Bravehearted, the first session with Fami as an official member of Lovebites.
There is also a third edition that includes the CD, the video on demand content and a Judgement Day T-shirt. Additionally, 50 orders of this bundle will randomly receive a sleeve case that has been signed by the members of the band.