Babymetal confirm that a new album is coming this year

The band's first tour dates of 2019 have also been announced

Babymetal have announced that their new album will be released later this year.

The Japanese band, who parted ways with founding member Yui Mizuno (AKA Yuimetal) back in October, will follow up their 2016 LP ‘Metal Resistance’ with the release, which will mark their third studio album (their self-titled debut was released in 2014).

Babymetal have today (April 1) announced that their latest record will be released in 2019. Marking what is known as ‘FOX DAY’ in the Babymetal ‘universe’, the band also announced their first tour dates of the year.

The band will play at the Yokohama Arena on June 28-29 (with the shows being called ‘Babymetal Awakens – The Sun Also Rises’), before two dates at the Portmesse Nagoya on July 6-7 (‘Babymetal Arises – Beyond The Moon’). These shows will, according to a press release, “mark the beginning of Babymetal’s new departure”.

Further details about those dates will be announced in due course.

Singers Su-metal and Moametal will lead Babymetal going forward following Yuimetal’s departure last year. The group’s first track since Yuimetal’s exit, titled ‘Starlight’, was released back in October.

“During her absence, both SU-METAL and MOAMETAL as well as the entire staff team had been preparing for her awaited return,” Babymetal’s statement about Yuimetal’s departure read. “YUIMETAL came to a decision that she will not be performing at BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 in Japan and that she will no longer be a part of BABYMETAL.”

The pair also thanked Yuimetal for her contribution to the band, saying: “We thank her for all of her contributions and wish her all the best in her future endeavours”.