Animetal


ANIMETAL (アニメタル) is a Japanese heavy metal band who specialise in metal covers of the theme songs of classic and modern Japanese anime and tv series hailing from Tokyo, Japan. The band was formed in 1996 and is still active. They are comprised of several luminaries of the Japanese metal scene, most notably vocalist 坂本英三, who has been involved off and on with ANTHEM (one of the first heavy metal bands to achieve name recognition outside of Japan in the 1980's alongside LOUDNESS)as well as participating in various other projects including the pop-rock group 練馬マッチョマン, JAM project, and a successful solo career where he also plays lead guitar as well as singing. Their music can be classified as high-energy melodic speed metal with a very high level of musical virtuosity, especially on the guitarists'(initially She-Ja for the first four albums, then Syu from Animetal Marathon V to the present) and bassist's (band constant 倉田雅貴 MASAKI)part. MASAKI in particular from ANIMETAL MARATHON IV on onward shows an intensely active and aggressive approach to his instrument with fluid soloing, manic slapping and popping, energetic fills, and crashing chords for punctuation. The albums are structured as nearly seamless barrages of short songs woven into well-structured medleys that sound as though the band simply enters the studio and lays down virtually the entire album from start to finish in one go, with occasional overdubs and breaks in the action...

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