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Anthem - "Black Empire" (audio)

Το τραγούδι των Anthem "Black Empire" από το album "Nucleus"
Band: Anthem
Country of origin: Japan
Location: Tokyo
Formed in: 1981
Genre: Heavy Metal
Years active: 1981-1992, 2000-present

Audio: "Black Empire"
Album: "Black Empire"
Type: Single
Release date: December 17th, 2018
Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: Digital

Album: "Nucleus"
Type: Full length
Release date: March 29th, 2019
Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: CD, CD+DVD (Japanese Limited)

Track listing:
01. Immortal Bind
02. Black Empire
03. Overload
04. Stranger
05. Linkage
06. Eternal Warrior
07. Ghost in the Flame
08. Venom Strike
09. Awake
10. Omega Man
11. Pain
12. Echoes in the Dark
13. Unbroken Sign

Band members:
Naoto Shibata - Bass
Yukio Morikawa - Vocals
Akio Shimizu - Guitars
Isamu Tamaru - Drums

Δελτίο τύπου: «Formed in Tokyo in 1981, ANTHEM turned heads with their intense and heated performances. They released their major debut, "Anthem" in 1985 and continued to tour relentlessly. The band's popularity grew with the release of their 2nd album, "Tightrope" (1986), and they were able to break into the American market with their 3rd full length, "Bound To Break" (1987).

Vocalist Eizo Sakamoto left shortly after, and was replaced by Yukio Morikawa for "Gypsy Ways" (1988) and "Hunting Time" (1989), both extremely successful releases which cemented their reputation as leaders of Japanese traditional heavy metal.

Following the release of "No Smoke Without Fire" (1990) and many auditions, ANTHEM found their new guitarist, Akio Shimizu, who was 21 at the time. Impressed with his talent, leader Naoto Shibata decided to finish their next album, "Domestic Booty" (1992) with Shimizu, before disbanding after the release tour.

The band’s return was spurred by 2000’s "Heavy Metal Anthem" - an album of ANTHEM songs rearranged by Naoto and Akio, featuring Graham Bonnet’s vocals. Its release and subsequent Japan tour led to huge demand among fans for an ANTHEM comeback.

Instead of reforming the original lineup, Shibata decided to move forward by writing new music with a new lineup of Akio Shimizu (guitar), Eiji Ohtake (vocals) and Hirotsugu Honma (drums). They released a total of 5 studio albums between 2001 and 2010 - "Seven Hills", "Overload", "Eternal Warrior", "Black Empire" and "Heraldic Device" - proving that ANTHEM was very much an “active” band.

To further strengthen their position at the top of Japan’s metal scene, ANTHEM switched labels for the 2012 release of "Burning Oath" - on which guest musician Isamu Tamaru played drums on all but one song. Though still an official member at the time, a performance-affecting injury that Homma could not fully recover from led to his eventual departure.

At the end of 2013, Naoto recruited Yukio to rejoin the band, and support drummer Isamu became a permanent member to finalize the current lineup of Shibata Naoto (bass), Akio Shimizu (guitar), Yukio Morikawa (vocals) and Isamu Tamaru (drums). Akio Shimizu also works as a producer for other Japanese artists, and has shared the stage with MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST as a guest guitarist on their September 2018 Japan tour.

ANTHEM put out 15th album, "Absolute World" in 2014 and celebrated a successful 30th anniversary tour the following year. From the release of 2016’s "Engraved" to its subsequent nationwide tour, the band found themselves busy on nationwide tours of Japan, proving that ANTHEM to be at an all-time high - all of which was captured for tour documentary "Attitude 2017 -Live and documents-" released in February 2018.

Now in 2018, ANTHEM have signed to Nuclear Blast Records (for the European territory) to break into the worldwide market. The first release will be their greatest hits album, completely re-recorded with English lyrics!

This re-recorded greatest hits, "Nucleus" which includes a variety of their classics is a monumental work, perfectly demonstrating the musical quality of ANTHEM and proving that they can be ranked as a top-notch band even in the international market.»

2 σχόλια:

  1. Τι κομματάρα είναι αυτή; 80ίλα! Και τι κολλητικό ρεφρέν. Δεν έχω σταματήσει να το ακούω. Υπάρχουν από τα 80ς; Πρώτη φορά τους ακούω.


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