Heavy Metal From Japan
Four years after the world-wide released and critically acclaimed album “Nucleus” in 2019 (a re-recording of their classic hits with English lyrics), leading Japanese Heavy Metal band, ANTHEM have used the pandemic downtime wisely and are now ready to unleash their brand new studio album called “Crimson & Jet Black”. All songs are once again performed in English, and the album will see a global release.
After finishing not one, but two anniversary tours in 2021 (= the band’s 35th anniversary tour, which had been postponed due to the pandemic restrictions, as well the 20th anniversary of their reunion tour entitled “ANTHEM vs ANTHEM 2001”), ANTHEM pursued this new album to jumpstart their next chapter. Originally scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2022, the band’s leader Naoto Shibata, being the perfectionist that he is, decided to enrich the songs’ quality even more and pushed back the recording schedule to Summer / Autumn, so that pure brilliance may unfold. Just like on past albums, Naoto is the main producer of the album, but this time renowned Swedish producer Jens Bogren, (known for his work with the likes of Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir and Opeth, to name but a few) who had previously mixed and mastered “Nucleus”, is credited as a co-producer.
Topping each of their past works has been ANTHEM’s goal for the 21st century, and they’ve outdone themselves yet again with this album! “Crimson & Jet Black” is unmistakably “ANTHEM”, yet it sounds fresh at the same time. The band has proven yet again that they are one of the world’s most competitive Heavy Metal bands, and a force to be reckoned with. Don’t miss their new chapter that has only just begun!!!