Former SLAYER/TESTAMENT Drummer To Perform With ANIMETAL USA At Japan’s LOUD PARK Festival

Former SLAYER/TESTAMENT drummer Jon Dette will fill in for Scott Travis (JUDAS PRIEST, RACER X, FIGHT) at ANIMETAL USA‘s appearance at this year’s edition of the Loud Park festival, set to take place October 15 at Saitama Super Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Saitama City, Japan. Dette says, “I’ll be stepping in for Scott Travis while he is out with PRIEST.” He adds, “This project is a lot of fun and I’m privileged to be playing some amazing musicians!”

ANIMETAL USA is the American counterpart to ANIMETAL, the Japanese heavy metal band which specialized in metal covers of popular Japanese anime/tokusatsu theme songs.

A short preview of ANIMETAL USA‘s new video can be seen at the band’s newly launched web site.


* Mike Vescera (OBSESSION, LOUDNESS) – Vocals
Scott Travis (JUDAS PRIEST, RACER X, FIGHT) – Drums
Chris Impellitteri (IMPELLITTERI) – Guitar

ANIMETAL USA will release its self-titled debut album in Japan on October 12 via Sony Music Entertainment. The group is planning a world tour next year, including dates in Japan and the U.S.

Says Impellitteri: “I wanted to confirm that I am indeed playing with the band ANIMETAL. The band is playing a mix of classic Anime songs mixed with our own original heavy metal riffs, solos, vocals, bass and drum parts. The record is pretty insane sounding! The playing is intense and the live show is extremely theatrical. It should be lots of fun for our fans. All four of us worked extremely hard to take Anime to a new level. So, I hope you have a chance to join us on this new musical journey both on record and live.”

“Animetal USA” track listing is as follows:

01. Uchuusenkan Yamato
02. Gatchaman No Uta
03. Mazinger Medley
04. Makafushigi Adventure!
05. Zankokuna Tenshino Thesis
06. Aiwo Torimodose!!
07. Ganbare Dokaben
08. Pegasus Fantasy
09. Yuke Tigermask
10. Fight! Kinnikuman Go Fight!
11. Yukeyuke Hyuma

Photo credit: Alex Solca