It was announced on Saturday that Mitsuru Tabata (or Mitsuko☆Tabata as he was recently known) is leaving Acid Mothers Temple by the end of 2017. Tabata, who besides his massive amount of solo and collaborative releases was also involved in several legendary bands, including Zeni Geva, Noizunzuri and Leningrad Blues Machine became one of the founding members of Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno in 2005 and joined AMT’s main incarnation, AMT & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. a couple of years later. The announcement was originally posted here, but you can also find the English version at the end of this post.

However around the same time the band also announced that starting with 2018 Jyonson Tsu joins them as their new guitarist / vocalist. Tsu already appeared on Wandering The Outer Space and it seems there are two more albums waiting to be released that not only feature both him and Tabata, but also another ex-AMT member Atsushi Tsuyama as a guest musician on a track or two. One of these, Either The Fragmented Body Or The Reconstituted Soul will be out on the 17th of January on Peru’s Necio Records while the other one, Electric Dream Ecstasy does not have a release date yet, but it should be out on Brazil’s Essence sometime soon (update: it will be out mid-April, with vinyl editions following in June).

Check below for the track listings, the cover for “Either…”, the aforementioned announcement and a photo of the amazing Tabata from AMT’s gig in Budapest last year! You can find my live report about that show here and the venue recently uploaded the recording of the whole show, so you can also watch it on their youtube channel!

Either The Fragmented Body Or The Reconstituted Soul
01.Faggot Brain
02.Magic Bohemian & Mystic Nuns Pt.1
03.Crystallized Encephalon Pt.1
04.La Nòvia (Acoustic Version)
05.Crystallized Encephalon Pt.2
06.Magic Bohemian & Mystic Nuns Pt.2

Electric Dream Ecstasy
01.From Planet Orb With Love part.1
02.Pink Lady Lemonade (You’re My Orb)
03.Sycamore Tree
04.Pink Lady Lemonade (Electric Dream Ecstasy)

Guitarist Mitsuru Tabata (aka Mitsuko☆Tabata) has announced that s/he leaves Acid Mothers Temple at the end of 2017.
While still a teenager s/he was whispered about as a child prodigy and genius, and since then s/he has played key roles in countless important Japanese underground bands. We are sure Tabata will keep pushing his/her own music towards new sublime heights.
Tabata has been a member of AMT & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. for the past six years, and was a founder member of AMT & The Cosmic Inferno. We send him/her our warmest support for this new beginning, as well as our thanks for all the wonderful and enjoyable times we have shared over the past twelve years.
And we really, really hope he looks after his/her health. Adios!