Where is Yui? That was a question folks in the BABYMETAL fandom had been asking for quite some time. Well, now there is an answer. I will let the official announcement speak for itself.


Important Announcement from BABYMETAL

Posted : 2018.10.19

Thank you for continually supporting BABYMETAL. We would like to inform you of BABYMETAL’s new beginning which will be effective starting this month’s BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 in JAPAN performances.

YUIMETAL had expressed her desire to return performing with the group in the following months after last December’s performance due health concerns. During her absence, both SU-METAL and MOAMETAL as well as the entire staff team had been preparing for her awaited return. However, 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. We thank her for all of her contributions and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

This month’s BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 in JAPAN will mark the rebirth in which SU-METAL and MOAMETAL form the core of BABYMETAL.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the fans for the continued support and look forward in what’s next for BABYMETAL.

Message to fans

There was also a message from YUIMETAL




水野 由結

(translation by CompactDeLorean47 on the BABYMETAL sub-reddit)

To all the fans,

My continued absence has been a while, and I’m sorry for causing trouble for many people. Though I’ve reconsidered many times over, I have come to the decision that I am resigning from Babymetal at this time.

I’m truly sorry that my decision will cause trouble for the members and all of those who’ve been supporting Babymetal. Also, I’m sorry for causing sadness for all the fans who’ve been supporting Babymetal. Although I also had the strong desire to stand on stage once again, my physical condition is not perfect even now. I also have the feeling to want to go towards my dream that I have had from before, as Mizuno Yui, which is why I made a decision like this.

I am grateful about receiving precious experiences as Babymetal.

I felt blessed everyday. It was a fun and happy time with the live shows where everyone smiled and became one.

I will work hard with great effort to be able to meet with everyone again someday as Mizuno Yui.

I truly thank you for the past 8 years.

– Mizuno Yui.

In other news, BABYMETAL did release and MV for the song Starlight earlier. Maybe that will take some of the sting out of it.

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BABYMETAL – Distortion [demo] Plus MV

Hmmmm…… Methinks a person might be getting fired, or this is a shrewd calculation by BABYMETAL’s management, it can be hard to tell. What ever the case, some of you probably heard that there was a “leak” of a new BABYMETAL track called Distortion.

Anyhow here is the track.. does it live up to expectations? At this point who knows, it has been so long some may be expecting too much. Also, if it sounds a bit rough remember that it is a demo.

Click below photo to listen to the song

Well, all the distraction worked and they were able to slip the MV in all sneaky like.

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The Alt Idol Podcast Ep. 35: Banana Monkeying Around

Well, here we are, five weeks in a row and seemingly picking up speed. I am now trying to recover from watching all the WACK Joint Audition stuff so I will keep this short.

In the news this week:

  • Hibiki withdraws from Gokigen Teikoku.
  • Misato withdraws from Bonnou Paradox.
  • BABYMETAL add a second concert date in Utrecht.
  • BLACKNAZARENE are a new group featuring some familiar faces.
  • We give a quick update on the first few days of the WACK auditions.
  • Oyasumi Hologram announce their 4th album.
  • LADYBABY announce their new single.
  • EMPiRE reveal the full details of their upcoming album.
  • MIGMA SHELTER “69” song preview.
  • Hanako-san “ROSE OF KILLER” song preview.
  • SPARK SPEAKER “still in a dream” song preview.

We also our thoughts on MVs from MONDO GROSSO, BILLIE IDLE, Kaqriyo Terror Architect, Bonnou Paradox, THE BANANA MONKEYS and Shihatsumachi Underground.

We are also available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Google Play Music and iTunes.

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The Alt Idol Podcast Ep. 31: Three Is The Magic Number

Only a two week gap this time, looks like things are starting to pick up in the old idol world again. Listen to us jabber on about idol type things, if that is something you like doing….

In the news this week:

  • sora tob sakana sign with a major label.
  • Aina and Chittiii guest on a Marty Friedman song.
  • AQBI debut new group Gu-Gu LULU.
  • Dates for NECRONOMIDOL’s European tour are announced.
  • BiSH to contribute a song to the Sailor Moon 25th anniversary album.
  • WOWOW Prime to broadcast BABYMETAL’s LEGEND S performance.
  • Gokigen Teikoku announce 3 new singles, 3 3-man lives and a one-man live tour at their 3rd one-man live.
  • The finalists for the new Gokigen Teikoku produced group are revealed.
  • SPARK SPEAKER to release new album “Meaning of Life” on April 11th.
  • Aina the End collaborated with MONDO GROSSO on upcoming album “Attune / Detune” releasing March 21st.
  • uijin to release new mini-album “everything is practice” on April 18th.
  • Kaqriyo Terror Architect preview new song “Makafushigi Zumu”.
  • Wagamama Rakia preview new song “cry pot”.
  • CHICKEN BLOW THE IDOL preview new song “Ichibandori”.
  • Bonnou Paradox preview new song “Yotsu Uchi”.
  • There There Theres perform upcoming song “SOIL” live.

We also share our thoughts on MVs from GANG PARADE, Candye♡Syrup and MIGMA SHELTER.

We are also available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Google Play Music and iTunes.

Multiple audio formats available of all our podcasts at

The Alt Idol Podcast Ep. 29: Pour Lui is BiStory!?!?!

After a bit of a scramble to put a bunch of stories together that popped up at the end of the week, Garry, Terry and John are back with a pretty good go at a podcast, although a touch of  long one. Sit back with a beverage or two and enjoy.

In the news this week:

  • Pour Lui announces her graduation from BiS.
  • BABYMETAL guitarist Fujioka Mikio tragically dies aged 36.
  • LADYBABY are recruiting for new members.
  • NATASHA change their name to ARC∀DIA.
  • Kunogi Hibiki announces her hiatus from Gokigen Teikoku.
  • Yoneko announces her graduation from MIGMA SHELTER.
  • Re Alice gets rebooted.
  • NECRONOMIDOL announce a new album and a European tour.
  • Ex-Living Dead I Dolls member Satomi launches new solo project cyberMINK.
  • PassCode announce a new album.
  • BiS release details of their upcoming single.
  • LADYBABY announce another Best Of album.
  • Kaqriyo Terror Architect announce their first album.
  • DaiDaiDai announce a new mini-album.
  • DESU.RABBITS announce a new single.
  • Rinahamu launches new solo project Hamrig.
  • BiSH preview new song “PAiNT it BLACK”
  • Kaqriyo Terror Architect preview 3 new songs from their upcoming album.
  • BURST GIRL show off two new songs at their debut live.

We also share our thoughts on MVs from cyberMINK, trolleattroll, Attain Music, Synth de La Eve and Kimi ni Toritsukitai.

We are also available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Google Play Music and iTunes.

Multiple audio formats available of all our podcasts at

The Alt Idol Podcast Ep. 28: Never Mind The Box Set

Anyone having a rough time after last night? Sit back, relax and have yourself a nice ong listen to this weeks podcast. Garry, Terry and John have a bit of a chat about all the alt idol stuff that has happened since the last one. There were a couple really interesting bits.

In the news this week:

  • Kaneko Rie debuts her new solo project trolleattroll.
  • Former Guso Drop member Waka also announces a new solo project.
  • Ogura Karin announces her graduation from There There Theres.
  • Mistress are back in the recording studio.
  • Former Checkmate member Emiri joins Wonder Weed.
  • Gokigen Teikoku announce that they’re recruiting members for a new group.
  • The results of the WACK election are announced.
  • Candye♡Syrup announce a new mini-album.
  • JyuJyu also announce a new mini-album.
  • Gokigen Teikoku announce the DVD release of their 2nd one-man live.
  • CY8ER announce the release of their debut album.
  • BABYMETAL announce another overpriced Blu-Ray box set.
  • PassCode announce the release of their first photobook.
  • Sora Tob Sakana preview their new song “Eikaku na Nichijou”.
  • BURST GIRL tease rehearsal footage of a new song.
  • CHICKEN BLOW THE IDOL also tease a new song that they are rehearsing.
  • Candye♡Syrup preview “Sweet Suicide” from their upcoming mini-album

We also share our thoughts on MVs from You’ll Melt More!, Himekyun Fruit Can, PiGU, CY8ER, Panda Mic and trolleattroll.

We are also available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Google Play Music and iTunes.

Multiple audio formats available of all our podcasts at

The Alt Idol Podcast Ep. 27: Chicken Blow The Idol!?!

Garry and Terry run the show while John is off following the NECRONOMIDOL US West Coast tour. After getting blasted by the YouTube copyright bot and having to chop up the last podcast, this week it is back in its full length glory.

In the news this week:

  • BURST GIRL announce details of their debut live.
  • The Yukueshirezutsurezure international fanclub finally shows some signs of life.
  • Former Guso Drop producer Daichi announces his new project CHICKEN BLOW THE IDOL.
  • All of the fallout from the recent WACK Festival.
  • Zenbu Kimi no Sei da are auditioning for new members.
  • Shuuengo Buppan announce the group is going on hiatus and all of the current members are being replaced.
  • BABYMETAL announce more European festival dates.
  • NECRONOMIDOL perform in Los Angeles on the first stop of their US tour.
  • Oyasumi Hologram release “BAND DEMO VOL.1” on Spotify and iTunes.
  • BILLIE IDLE announce a new single, releasing March 21.
  • Dots announce details of the debut album “『 』”.
  • BiS announce their major label re-debut single for March 7.
  • BILLIE IDLE feature (kinda) on the new N.E.R.D. song “Secret Life Of Tigers”.

We also share our thoughts on MVs from Payrin’s, Zenbu Kimi no Sei da, EMPiRE, You’ll Melt More!, The LunaBell and Maison book girl.

We are also available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Google Play Music and iTunes.

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Boy, it sure has been dead in the idol world when it comes to new for the past couple weeks. Garry, Terry and John manage to scrape together enough to put on a pretty good show this week. We did have some technical difficulties during the live broadcast but you fine folks listening to the VOD don’t have to worry about that.

In the news this week:

  • BiSH announce details of their latest concert DVD release.
  • Yukueshirezutsurezure announce the impending departure of Cococo.
  • OTOTOY interview Junnosuke Watanabe ahead of EMPiRE’s debut.
  • Broken By The Scream announce new mini-album “SCREAMING RHAPSODY”.
  • Pour Lui fails her DiET or DiE challenge and is suspended from BiS indefinitely.
  • BABYMETAL hold a lottery for a very limited edition item of merchandise.
  • Malcolm Mask McLaren announce a new single and a one-man live.
  • REGiNA KiSS announce a “Best Of” album.
  • Steam Girls preview new song “sexy☆rabbit”.

We also share our thoughts on MVs from BiS, Namennayo Harajuku, 2& and Kami Geki SHINGEKI.

We are also available on Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Google Play Music and iTunes.

Multiple audio formats available of all our podcasts at

Alt Idol Top 10s – Best Releases of 2016

Well, with no podcast this week we had to put out something else. We can not leave all of you with nothing to watch. With 2017 quickly drawing to a close and people beginning to consider their favorite releases from this past year, we thought now would be a good time to look back on some of our favorite releases from 2016. So here are our Top 10 releases from 2016 for your consideration.