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BABYMETAL are gearing up to release their first album since core member Yuimetal left the group last year to pursue a solo career. 

Now, Su-metal has opened up to Kerrang! About how special Yuimetal is to her and Moametal and what it’s like for them to perform as a duo. 

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“Yuimetal has been someone very special to us. So obviously it’s been very difficult, but we want to fully support what she wants to pursue,” Su-metal said. 

She also talked about why they haven’t officially replaced Yuimetal and decided to use background dancers instead of adding a new member. 

“We wanted to continue BABYMETAL and continue the tradition,” Su-Metal said. “Also there’s just no-one like Yuimetal, so it’s not an easy replacement. And that’s why we decided – Su-Metal and Moametal – to form the core of BABYMETAL.”

The band’s producer Kobametal said it was the two core member’s drive that helped BABYMETAL overcome the difficult period. 

“Yuimetal’s departure was something that they’d never experienced before,” he said. “It was a difficult moment for BABYMETAL, but it was more that Su-Metal and Moametal had their strong desire to continue. They wanted to become the core of the group. I think it was a time BABYMETAL continued to evolve.”

Their third LP METAL GALAXY is set to drop Oct. 11 via BABYMETAL RECORDS and Cooking Vinyl. Preorders for Metal Galaxy can be found here. You can check out the full tracklist below.

METAL GALAXY tracklist:
1. FUTURE METAL
2. DA DA DANCE (feat. Tak Matsumoto)
3. Elevator Girl – English ver. –
4. Shanti Shanti Shanti
5. Oh! MAJINAI (feat. Joakim Brodén)
6. Brand New Day (feat. Tim Henson and Scott LePage)
7. Night Night Burn!
8. IN THE NAME OF
9. Distortion (feat. Alissa White-Gluz)
10. PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO)
11. Kagerou
12. Starlight
13. Shine
14. Arkadia

A few weeks ago, the band released a new song and video for “Shanti Shanti Shanti”. Fresh off the heels of another single and video “Elevator Girl”, BABYMETAL continue to pepper us with content. Watch the new video below.

As previously stated, fans got their first taste of the album with the single, “Elevator Girl.”

“‘Elevator Girl’ started off as being relatively young and over the past years we’ve become adults and this song expresses that,” Su-Metal says. “There’s a shift and a change in how we’ve matured to becoming adults. ‘Elevator Girl’ represents our maturity.

For the next album, we’re facing a lot of new challenges. ‘Elevator Girl’ represents me becoming an adult and the new metal that we have created. Our album is like a toybox with a different mixture of songs in there. ‘Elevator Girl’ is just one of those songs in the mix.”

You can listen to that below.

CD and vinyl pre-orders for METAL GALAXY can be found here.

You can check out BABYMETAL’s upcoming tour dates below.

BABYMETAL tour dates:

10/11 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (no support)
10/13 — Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock
10/15 — Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater (The Hu as support, no Avatar)
10/16 — Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre (The Hu as support, no Avatar)

What do you think of BABYMETAL speaking about their former member? Sound off in the comments down below!

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