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Tokyo, Japan (1996 – present)

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 here and there.

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  • heartdelay

    hahaha

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mschea

    this is pretty corny stuff honestly but i find i still love it.

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • iGOREshh

    THIS IS FKKKKINGG GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • RadioRevival

    Towa no Mirai is a beautiful song. And the song they did dedicated to the villains of Rurouni Kenshin is really epic. And I don't use that word lightly.

    26 Jul 2011 Reply
  • doctorKozi

    The world needs Animetal.

    17 May 2011 Reply
  • ElHuevas1428574

    This band should get together!!!!!!

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ElHuevas1428574

    WTF?!?! ↓

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • PilariousD

    @Ashtoreth666: You are a poser, lol. Just look at your childish charts.

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
  • klofo

    ZOMFG XD

    19 Feb 2011 Reply
  • MordredMS

    @FlowerAndSnake If you call being an anime and metal lover who found his dream of hearing his favourite anime songs finally covered with a metal arrangament a weaboo...you're missing some great metal, though. @Ashtoreth666: Kick that ignorant Polish poser! @pablobanila While I agree that Eizo is a God, and I'd add also the guitar player Syu to the Pantheon, I don't think these songs are badly arranged. In the She-ja period they were just raw and "direct", and they aimed for a more raw and "thrashy" feeling, while in the Syu period they were a lot more complex but with a bit less feeling in my opinion. I agree not all of their songs are good, some come from such obscure tokusatsu and mecha series that probably the band themselves didn't know what they were talking about, but there are a lot that really show a lot of effort and will to convey emotion to old anime fans. I'll just point at "Zankoku na tenshi", "Kimi wo nosete", "Mazinger Z" and "Ai wo torimodose!" as examples.

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • SmokinWickerman

    If you don't have anything nice to say you shouldn't say anything at tall :(

    27 Dec 2010 Reply
  • pablobanila

    EIZO SAKAMOTO IS GOD. Most Animetal covers are badly arranged and is such a waste of Eizo's voice. If you want straight-up 80's Heavy Metal shredding listen to Anthem's albums when Eizo came back in 2001. I was looking so hard in the Touhou Project for good metal and only found CROW'SCLAW when Anthem has a whole discography of catchy songs.

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • LaughingRoses

    Gotta love Japanese thrash

    27 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Hear-Japan

    The prior vocalist to Animetal, Eizo Japan is releasing the third volume of his anime metal series today. There are over 15 songs of pure animetal! http://www.hearjapan.com/store/album_info/EIZO_Japan_3

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • devstones

    kostum made in poncol nice dude,

    1 Jul 2010 Reply
  • felipefx247

    i love pegasus fantasy and the dbz songs.excellent band

    3 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Shru

    cool band, i wonder what there name means though

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • jpez83

    Eizo is the man!

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • lovingcarmen

    They are fucking awesome I got the strong impression that they were playing a comedy show in the name of japanese heavy metal the first time I saw them. It creased me. But now, yes,EZIO is such a kind and cute guy,an old urchin. When he enlivened the live, the audience responded with enthusiastic cheers. And as for hell bass MASAKI,he is steady and calm. About syu,my favorite japanese guitarist is a poised performer. What a pity they put an end to the band in 2006.

    10 Mar 2010 Reply
  • marucru

    SATSUGAI!!! they look like krauser II xDDD

    6 Mar 2010 Reply
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