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ANIMETAL USA “Is Speed Metal A Characteristic Of Me?”

By Martin Popoff

Crazier things have been proposed, but here we are, Rudy Sarzo,
and John Dette (replacing JUDAS
PRIEST’s Scott Travis) transforming themselves into superheroes in face
makeup and delving into the world of Japanese anime.

Superheroes or not in the animation world, ANIMETAL USA is
undoubtedly a heavy metal supergroup. Blast their show tunes and one
quickly surmises that the music lives up to the bulging pedigree of the
players pounding it. Animetal USA play an exhilarating form of
vocal-swirled power metal, intriguingly juiced by those Japanese metal
melodies that originally wrinkled noses through BOW WOW and LOUDNESS and

“Well, not really,” laughs a good natured Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY,
WHITESNAKE, DIO, BLUE OYSTER CULT – whew!), when confronted with the
idea that such pan-world power metal is a little outside his game. “I’ve
played with a lot of different metal artists. You know, Ozzy and Dio,
and at one point, Quiet Riot was considered a metal band, until metal
got heavier, and then the category of metal got raised, and we became a
hair band. And then with TONY MACALPINE, we did a metal record with
PROJECT: DRIVER. So, you know, is speed metal a characteristic of me?
No, but there’s a lot of different styles I play, that people might not
be aware of. I’ve been playing for a long time. I started playing in the
early ‘70s, well, professionally anyway, in the clubs and so on, and in
those days, you had to be able to play everything and anything in order
to be in a band. In your set list you would have KOOL & THE GANG
and LED ZEPPELIN, so it runs the gamut.”

So here we are, Animetal USA semi-stars in the Land Of The Rising
, a happenstance that unsurprisingly involves Mega-shred transplant
. “Marty was responsible for all of the arrangements, I
would say 90% of the arrangements on the first record,” explains Sarzo.
“We’re on our second album. And as a matter of fact, the Century Media
release, which is called Special Edition, is a compilation of songs off
the first and the second record. So Marty was instrumental in making the
arrangements on the first record, and most of the arranging on the
second album was done by Chris Impellitteri.”

Did ya get that? The album we are getting shortly through the
venerable Century Media imprint includes material from the debut
Japanese phenom, plus the second album that is being readied for
Japanese release as we speak.

“The original intent of Animetal USA… not only was it because it’s
based on the Animetal version, that existed in Japan, but this version
is leaning more towards a global appeal,” explains Sarzo, providing a
glimpse at the delicate positioning of things, necessary when one gets
into this fecund, creative multi-media world. “Since right now, anime is
popular around the world… case in point, we just performed at the Anime
Expo in Los Angeles two weekends ago, and they had about 75,000 people
there and it was just an incredibly successful event. And there’s more
anime expos around the world. But basically the core of the reason why
we got together – Mike Vescera, Chris Impelliterri, myself, originally
it was Scott Travis , and now our current drummer is John Dette – you
know, I’ve been playing and touring in Japan, personally, for the last
30 years, and everybody else as well since they started with their own
bands. And we’ve been supported by the Japanese audience for 30 years,
again, in my case. And I was so blessed, if I played there either with
Ozzy or Quiet Riot or Whitesnake or Dio, I just went in there, did my
metal thing and then I just left. Whereas being part of an anime-centric
band gives us an opportunity to embrace the Japanese culture, and say
thank you to the Japanese fans for all the support. So this is
completely different. You know, now with Animetal USA, we are part of
Japanese pop culture. For example, we do their television shows, like
their version of the David Letterman show, Good Morning America and so
on. We are part of the Japanese culture in a way that I’ve never been
involved with previously.”

So besides shredding melodically and brightly like STRATOVARIUS
making a FREEDOM CALL on HELLOWEEN, what else do Metal-Rider, Speed
King, Storm Bringer and Tank do?

“Well, they’re developing some stuff now, that’s going to be turned
into an animated series. So yes, not only are we musicians, but we’re
also characters, superheroes basically, which is one of the reasons why
we work with the outfits and the makeup. Because it’s not just us
individually; we are playing a part – we personify these certain

And while one is headbanging nimbly to songs like ‘Thesis Of Cruel
Angel’, ‘Pegasus Fantasy’
and ‘The Spaceship Yamato’, another layer of
pastime consists of spotting the quoted classic metal riffs…

“First of all, you always have to clear it with the record company
of the particular publishers, that represent the artist and band and
management and so on,” explains Sarzo on bringing this idea into it. “So
that has pretty much been the request of the record company, because
traditionally that was one thing that was started by the original
Animetal band. You know, originally our first album was exclusively for
the Japanese market. Now that the band is picking up and we’re appealing
more to the global market, we’re going to become less Japanese-centric
and more about global appeal, in terms of the decisions in our records.
So we’re probably going to start minimizing using iconic riffs included
in our recordings.”

So this is Rudy’s focus now for the foreseeable future. No more BOC,
and obviously his last major role before that, as part of the great
Ronnie James Dio
band, can be played no more. Still, Sarzo reflects on
the richness of those days, working with the metal icon. “Ronnie was one
of those guys that leads by example. I mean, we’ve all been doing this
for a long time, so you are either getting get it or not, you know? And
when you’re working with somebody like Ronnie James Dio, there’s so much
to learn from him. I was just in awe of his performance, just the way
that he communicated with the audience, and communicated with all of us.
On stage, just to hear him sing and watch him become one of the
characters from his songs, right there in front of my eyes, it was
magical. It was a magical experience working with Ronnie James Dio. And
so many people really love him. I think he’s the most beloved, truly
loved… not in his celebrity status, but in a heartfelt status, you know
what I mean? I’ve played with some really super, super well-known people
from a celebrity standpoint, but the thing with Ronnie, it was more
that it was heartfelt.”

Look for Animetal USA to become more menacing as the beast is
released to fend for itself in the wild… Reiterates Rudy, “The one
that’s being released through Century Media, the Special Edition, is a
compilation of the first and the second album. That’s the difference.
It’s leaning more towards the first album than the second record. But
the second one is heavier, it’s darker, it’s more metal.” And the
records in totality are not exactly concept albums. “No, not in the
sense of like storytelling. You see, what happens here, each song tells a
story that is connected with the anime, as a theme. So on the new one,
we picked heavier anime scenes to be included. The storylines are
heavier, so the music is way darker – absolutely.”
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