BABYMETAL at Reading Festival in 2015

BABYMETAL graphic novel to be released following summer tour

4th April 2018 Off By

Japanese heavy-dance metal idols BABYMETAL are set to reveal the story, or legend, behind the surreal band in a BABYMETAL graphic novel, to be released Autumn 2018.

The BABYMETAL book is set to be authored by The Prophet of The Fox God alongside Super Pulp Science Magazine illustrator Greg Chomichuk.

Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal

BABYMETAL‘s 2018 world tour concludes at Download Festival this June, having taken in world-class venues and festivals across the USA and Europe during its 13 dates, including Germany’s ‘Rock Am Ring‘ and ‘Rock Im Park‘.

Since forming in 2010, the band has created a mythology which casts their producer, Kobometal, as communicating with a Fox God who curates the band’s ‘kawaii metal’ style and personally selects BABYMETAL‘s members, Su-Metal, YuiMetal, and Moametal.

Preceding the news of the 144-page BABYMETAL book, the band released this cryptic video marking the launch of a new chapter, confirming METAL RESISTANCE EPISODE VII has begun.

BABYMETAL: British festival favourites

In recent years, they have become a British festival favourite following performances that included Leeds & Reading back in 2015. They last featured at Download Festival two years ago, playing the Donington Park Main Stage. Keep an eye out for the pits during this video.

Check out our exclusive Download 2017 experience gallery here!

144-page BABYMETAL Graphic Novel

With the release of Apocrypha: The Legend of BABYMETAL, the band’s mythology will be continued in a collaboration with Z2 Comics, an outfit whose previous work with musicians includes Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

A statement released to the media reads as follows:

Discover the myth of the worldwide music sensation Babymetal.
Tasked with defeating the forces of darkness and division, the metal spirits must travel through a variety of eras of time, assuming different forms and identities.
What we are seeing is not the Babymetal of the present. It’s the original story based on Babymetal you’ve never heard before. The long-hidden metal spirit’s apocrypha of the Metal Resistance will emerge.

Preorder details for the BABYMETAL graphic novel, alongside an official release date, will be confirmed before their 2018 world tour concludes at Donington Park this June.


BABYMETAL Graphic Novel cover: Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal

Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal’s front cover


BABYMETAL 2018 tour dates

May 08: Kansas City Uptown Theater, MO
May 10: Austin ACL Live At The Moody Theater, TX
May 11: Dallas House Of Blues, TX
May 13: Houston Retention Music Center, TX
May 15: Atlanta Tabernacle, GA
May 17: Charlotte The Fillmore, NC
May 18: Nashville Marathon Music Works, TN
May 20: Columbus Rock On The Range, OH
Jun 01: Nurburg Rock Am Ring, Germany
Jun 02: Nuremberg Rock Im Park, Germany
Jun 04: Innsbruck Music Hall, Austria
Jun 05: Utrecht Tivoli Vredenburg, Netherlands
Jun 09: Donington Download, UK

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