ANIMETAL USA Frontman Michael Vescera - "It Really Took Off In Japan; We Did Every Major TV Show And Mag Over There"
December 23, 2012, 2 years ago
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During an interview with BW&BK scribe Carl Begai about the new OBSESSION album, Order Of Chaos, vocalist Michael Vescera discussed the current status of his main priority at the moment, ANIMETAL USA:
“It really took off in Japan and we did every major TV show and mag over there. It was crazy. We did all the big morning shows, it was just nuts. All the original anime creators and singers and voice actors really love us, and they consider us the ambassadors of anime for the rest of the world.”
Sony Music Japan continues to invest serious time and money in the band, with plans to have Animetal USA back in action at “home” in 2013. Still, Vescera hope to branch out beyond Japan’s borders in the coming year.
“The nice thing about being on a big label is that they’re big budget records. It’s kind of like back in the day in terms of production and all that. It’s helped with the Obsession thing, too. You never know what’s going to happen because it’s such a weird time musically. There aren’t very many gigs anymore. At one time I was getting offers from everywhere in the world, and now everyone is paying for their records themselves and nobody’s touring. We were really fortunate with Animetal USA and having a deal with a major label.”
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Animetal USA - also featuring bassist Rudy Sarzo (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO), and drummer Jon Dette (ex-SLAYER) - made their live debut in the US on June 29th during the Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. An interview with the band conducted by KawaiiKakkoiiSugoi.com can be seen below. Performance footage is also available.
Animetal USA released their second album, entitled Animetal USA W, on June 6th in Japan.
'Touch' (TV anime Touch OP)
'Cat's Eye' (TV anime Cat's Eye OP)
- 'Devilman no Uta' (TV anime Devilman OP)
'Let's go Rider Kick' (TV tokusatsu Kamen Rider OP)
'Tatakae! Kamen Rider V3' (TV tokusatsu Kamen Rider V3 OP)
'Himitsu Sentai Goranger' (TV tokusatsu Himitsu Sentai Goranger ED)
- 'Ultra Seven no Uta' (TV tokusatsu Ultra Seven OP)
Dragon Ball Medley:
- 'Cha-la Head-cha-la' (TV anime Dragon Ball Z 1st OP)
- 'We Gotta Power' (TV anime Dragon Ball Z 2nd OP)
'Galaxy Express 999' (movie Galaxy Express 999 theme song)
'We Are!' (TV anime One Piece 1st OP)
'Yuzurenai Negai' (TV anime Magic Knight Rayearth OP)
Girl's Anime Medley:
- 'Moonlight Densetsu' (TV anime Sailor Moon OP)
- 'Cutie Honey' (TV anime Cutie Honey OP)
- 'Attack No. 1 theme' (TV anime Attack No. 1 OP)
- 'Himitsu no Akko-chan' (TV anime Himitsu no Akko-chan OP)
- 'Mahoutsukai Sally' (TV anime Mahoutsukai Sally OP)
'Ai Oboeteimasuka/Do You Remember Love?' (movie Macross: Do You Remember Love? theme song)
JAM Project Medley:
- 'Vanguard~Max On~Skill'
'Give Lee Give Lee Rock Lee' (TV anime Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals OP)
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