The opening theme to the anime adaptation of Kenji Taira‘s Naruto spin-off manga Rock Lee No Seishun Full-Power Ninden is “Give Lee Give Lee Rock Lee” a collaborative track featuring ANIMETAL USA and Hironobu Kageyama. The single for the song will be released tomorrow (Wednesday, April 4). The jacket for the single features characters from the series wearing clothes and makeup similar to the heavy metal outfits worn by ANIMETAL USA.
Formed in 2011, ANIMETAL USA specializes in playing anime-related songs and consists of several well-known North American musicians, vocalist Mike Vescera (OBSESSION, LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), bassist Rudy Sarzo (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, WHITESNAKE, DIO, QUIET RIOT), drummer Scott Travis (JUDAS PRIEST), guitarist Chris Impellitteri (IMPELLITTERI, and arranger Marty Friedman (MEGADETH).
Kageyama is known for his many songs that have been featured in anime including Dragon Ball Z and Saint Seiya, as well as for his involvement with the vocal group JAM PROJECT, which he is the current leader of. JAM PROJECT and ANIMETAL USA also recently announced that they will be touring Japan together.
ANIMETAL USA‘s second album, “Animetal USA W”, is scheduled for release in May.
ANIMETAL USA is:
* Mike Vescera (OBSESSION, LOUDNESS) – Vocals
* Rudy Sarzo (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO) – Bass
* Scott Travis (JUDAS PRIEST, RACER X, FIGHT) – Drums
* Chris Impellitteri (IMPELLITTERI) – Guitar