Heavy metal legends bang heads to make anime hits album


Animetal USA

TOKYO (majirox news) — Some of heavy metal’s biggest names have formed a supergroup dedicated to playing theme songs from Japanese anime.

News of Animetal USA, the brand new supergroup and its self-titled debut album due for release Oct. 12, is spreading through Twitterspace, blogs and Web sites.

“Animetal USA is a dream team for metal fans,” said a hard-core devotee. “This new album should bring back metal fans.”

Mike Vescera, vocalist of the legendary Yngwie Malmsteen, said, “When I found out about Animetal, I decided to make a USA version of it.”

Others joining him in Animetal include Rudy Sarzo, who played with Whitesnake and Ozzy Osbourne; on drums is Scott Travis of Racer X and Judas Priest, and Chris Impellitteri, and Marty Friedman, of Megadeth, arranged the songs.

Animetal USA sprang from the original Animetal, which formed in Japan in 1996. The Japanese group played metal covers of theme songs from classic and modern anime and tokusatu television programs, which are live-action film or TV dramas that usually featured superheroes and often cheesy special effects. The original group called it a day in 2006 after 11 albums.

Metal fans say the fact that metal rock legends would come together because of their love of Japanese animation was beyond any expectation.

Animetal USA will feature 11 metal covers from several classic anime series including Dragonball, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Tiger Mask.

“I have been an Animetal fan since 1998, and I have every one of their CD’s,” says Kenji on a Web site. “Most of their stuff is old school, but the band had some of the best headbanging anime tunes ever recorded.”

Japanese metal heads and animation fans say they are ready to show their metal “horn signs” when the album is released.

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