“It's not always easy – metal is not a mainstream genre in Japan. But we can expand the range of people who enjoy it”: Lovebites' Midori Tatematsu on her mission to bring 24-fret metal shred to the masses

Lovebites' Midori Tatematsu
(Image credit: Yosuke Komatsu)

Power metal has been a staple of the American and European scenes since the 1980s. And while those proverbial hotbeds are certainly the genre's main stomping grounds, in Tokyo, Japan, power metal is as popular as ever.

Of course, the members of Lovebites, including Midori Tatematsu – who makes up one half of Lovebites' shredding guitar duo alongside Watanabe Miyako – are lovers of all things metal, especially the tried-and-true classics from the genre's heyday.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.