Animetal-USA is a brand new metal group featuring singer Mike Vescera (Obsession, ex-Loudness), bassist Rudy Sarzo (Blue Oyster Cult, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Dio), drummer Scott Travis (Judas Priest) and guitarist Chris Impellitteri (Impellitteri). The band will release their debut album in Japan on October 12th.
The band covers Japanese anime theme songs — a spin on the original Animetal band launched in Japan by Anthem vocalist Eizo Sakamoto that was launched in 1996 and called it quits in 2006. The album is produced by Greg Reely and all songs are arranged by Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) and Chris Impellitteri.
Says Impellitteri: “I wanted to confirm that I am indeed playing with the band Animetal. The band is playing a mix of classic Anime songs mixed with our own original heavy metal riffs, solos, vocals, bass and drum parts. The record is pretty insane sounding! The playing is intense and the live show is extrememly theatrical. It should be lots of fun for our fans. All four of us worked extremely hard to take Anime to a new level. So, I hope you have a chance to join us on this new musical journey both on record and live. Hope to see you soon as our first show will announced soon!”
The band has released their first music video for the song “Uchusenkan Yamato” and more music samples can be heard on the band’s website at animetalusa.com.
Animetal-USA went to #1 on Amazon’s Hard Rock/Heavy Metal chart and #2 on their Anime chart in Japan within the first 24 hours of the announcement of Animetal-USA.