Japanese all-female heavy metal act Lovebites announces the departure of their founding member and bassist Miho, causing the band to go on hiatus from all activities.
Bassist Miho founded the band along with the drummer Haruma back in 2016 and released three successful full-length albums with them. She comments on her departure: “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.”
The band adds: “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.”
Even though Miho decided to step out from Lovebites, we might see her returning to the scene at some point. She says: “I’m parting ways with the band. However, my spirit for Heavy Metal never dies.”