ANTHEM - JAPAN

Anthem - 1985 - King
Tightrope - 1986 - Nexus
Bound To Break - 1987 - Restless
The Show Carries On (Live) - 1987 - Restless
Gypsy Ways - 1988 - Nexus
Hunting Time - 1989 - Nexus
No Smoke Without Fire - 1990 - Nexus
Domestic Booty - 1992 - Nexus
Last Anthem (Live) - 1992 - Nexus
Heavy Metal Anthem - 2000 - Victor
Anthem Ways - 2001 - Nexus
Seven Hills - 2001 - JVC
Overload - 2002 - JVC
Live Meltdown - 2003 - JVC
Eternal Warrior - 2004 - Victor
The Show Carries On! - Complete Version - 2005 - Nexus
Prologue Live Boxx - 2005 - Nexus
Immortal - 2006 - Replica
Black Empire - 2008 - Victor
Heraldic Device - 2011 - Victor
Burning Oath - 2012 - Universal
Absolute World – 2014 – Thunderball667
Trimetallic – 2015 - Thunderball667
Engraved – 2017 – Universal
Explosive!! - Studio Jam - 2020 - Ward


  
 
Members

S= Eizo Sakamoto>>Animetal, Eizo Japan, Jam Project, Solo - Yukio Morikawa>>Hollywood, Sonic Squad, Powernude, Goldbrick - Marbles, Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz>>Graham Bonnet>>Elektric Zoo, Michael Schenker Fest, Alcatrazz, Solo - Animetal, Katsu Ohta, Solo, Eiza Japan>>Eizo Sakamoto>>Animetal, Katsu Ohta, Solo, Eizo Japan – Hollywood, Sonic Squad, Powernude, Goldbrick, The Man>>YUKIO MORIKAWA>>The Man
G= Answer>>Hiroya Fukuda>>Eiza Sakamoto, Finger, Solo - Hurry Scuary, Solo>>Hideaki Nakama>>Solo, Hell 'N' Back – War Cry, Sonic Squad, Hollywood, Eraserhead, The Man>>AKIO SHIMIZU>>Sonic Squad, Hollywood, Eraserhead, The Man
B= Black Hole, Naoto Shibata Project, Loudness, Saber Tiger, The Man>>NAOTO SHIBATA>>Black Hole, Naoto Shibata Project, Loudness, Saber Tiger, The Man
D= Takamasa 'Mad' Ouchi>>5X - 5X>>Takamasa 'Mad' Ouchi>>Solitude, D.T.F.M. – Flatbacker, Ezo, Loudness, Saber Tiger>>Hirotsugu Homma>>Naked Machine – Yasha, The Man>>ISAMU TAMARU>>The Man



History

Very much like Loudness, Anthem absorbed some hard rock and heavy metal influences such as Rush, became an insiders' item, signed a 'Western' deal, brought in an Anglophone singer and found out that the original line-up sold more and retreated back to Japan! The band was formed as early as 1980 in Tokyo, but was only able to release its debut some five years later. The band was named after Rush’s 1975 song from the Fly By Night LP. The Anthem debut was licensed by Roadrunner in Europe. Bassist Shibata and drummer Hirotsugu Homma were in Loudness during the down years.

Like most bands of its time in Japan, Anthem plays above average and classy HR/HM.

The early singer was Toshihito Maeda who left in 1984. He was later heard with the band Dancer. With Maeda on vocals the band recorded a two-song demo featuring Warning Action and Wild Anthem in 1984. Eizo Sakamoto took his place, but was replaced, in turn, by Yukio Morikawa in 1988. Guitarist Hiroya Fukuda left in 1990. He suffered from hearing loss. Guitarist Hideaki Nakama of Hurry Scuary, who had released a solo album, joined and was only heard on a compilation CD/side B of a single. Japan’s answer to Yngwie Malmsteen lasted less than a year and left due to musical differences in November 1991. He was reportedly also frustrated by a lack of progress by the band commercially. He took leave of japan and moved to California to form a band. The unknown Akio Shimizu took his place. Yukio stayed until 1992, which was the year the gang broke up. That means Shimizu had one Anthem record to his name to date before the break-up. The group issued Last Anthem to mark the occasion. The band’s former vocalist is known for his anime/metal hybrids, but Shibata’s Project was also reinterpreting anime music. Yukio and Akio founded Hollywood and Sonic Squad together. A reformation occurred in 2000 and Eizo was on vocals. First though was the self-cover record Heavy Metal Anthem featuring older tracks and Graham Bonnet. This line-up played shows. Coincidentally, Yukio had been lending his vocals to Rainbow covers recently!

Seven Hills was recorded in California, USA with Eizo Sakamoto on vocals. Newcomer Homma was on drums. The act had a Japanese-only DVD called The Show Still Carries On in 2003. The new version dubbed The Show Carries On! - Complete Version was a full version of the 1987 album. Prologue was a three-disc set from three different concerts. 2005 was the band’s twentieth anniversary, and as something that would become a ritual, all past and present members gathered on stage to the fans’ aural and visual satisfaction. All this was immortalized on the 20th Anniversary Tour DVD. A bonus DVD of 2005 was included by Replica for the European release of Immortal. In 2009 Eizo Japan, was a new project featuring Anthem singer Eizo Sakamoto and Area51 guitarist Yoichiro Ishino which was dedicated to playing metal covers of popular anime themes. The band has released part 2 of its debut in Japan. The Live Immortal DVD was issued in 2009. Burning Oath was not Victor/JVC any longer, but on Universal. It was Homma’s last. His departure was attributed to several motorcycle accidents. Homma would reportedly maintain his drum sponsorship and teach on the stool. Homma and, his replacement, Tamaru would share drum duties on Burning Oath. Anthem had had to postpone its Japanese tour of early 2013 after bassist Naoto Shibata was diagnosed with stomach cancer. The band's next show was now Ozzfest Japan on May 11 and May 12th at the Makuhari Messe Arena, near Tokyo. Anthem's latest studio album, Burning Oath, was issued in the autumn of 2012. Eizo left in 2014 and was replaced by predecessor and replacement, Yukio, again. With us still? Yukio Morikawa re-joined in 2014. Absolute World was the result. The group signed with Nuclear Blast Records for the European territory in 2018. The first release under the new contract would be a greatest hits album called Nucleus featuring re-recordings of the band's better-known songs sung in English. The band ventured outside Japan to play at Keep It True XXII in 2019. The Man was a side-project of the members and Gargoyle’s Kentaro. Later, Masatoshi Ono (Garnerius), Yuki (Garnerius) and Kishi Shima [Concerto Moon] would also be guests. The cover band issued a live album. The Man is an anagram of Anthem. Also, re-treading old hits was 2020’s Explosive -Studio Jam- which featured Graham Bonnet (again). The band announced acoustic shows in Japan and an Anthem Vs. Anthem 2001 shows featuring older members to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its reformation. Interestingly, Fukuda and Sakamoto had announced they would play together in an unnamed act.

Anthem – Love Of Hell

English Translation Version:

Ah! alone in the world without light
Ah! burned your heartless smile

Your lies will kill my heart day by day
Cannot reach the Innocence even though I reach out
Your sigh will keep on licking up my heart
The evil mirage that cannot be separated

Ah! alone in the world without tomorrow
Ah! dance your fearless flame

Your eyes can fake me straight in my face
However repeating no pain bleeding
Oh, my mind is bound in chains, all the way
Falling again to a loneliness dreamer

I don't care, destination love of hell
Please save me once again
I don't mind, destination love or hate
Please save me forever

Hopelessness
It is all Inside out now
Cannot move
You stole my soul
Helplessness
It is all upside down tonight as well
Cannot return
Set me free baby
I want you to set me free

‘repeat’
Yes, I know
‘repeat’

Original Version:

Ah! 光なき世界に1人
Ah! 焼き付いたお前のheartless smile
Your lies will kill my heart day by day
手を伸ばしても届かぬinnocence
Your sigh will keep on licking up my heart
離れられない邪悪なmirage
Ah! 明日なき世界に1人
Ah! 舞い踊るお前のfearless flame

Your eyes can fake me straight in my face
たが繰り返す痛みなきbleeding
Oh, my mind is bound in chains, all the way
また落ちて行く孤独なdreamer

I don't care, destination love of hell
Please save me once again
I don't mind, destination love or hate
Please save me forever

Hopelessness
全てが今ではinside out
もう動けないのさ
You stole my soul
Helplessness
全てが今夜もupside down
もう戻れないのさ
Set me free baby
I want you to set me free

‘repeat’
Yes, I know
‘repeat’

Reviews

ANTHEM - ULTIMATE BEST OF NEXUS YEARS - NEXUS/KING  
Ultimate Best Of Nexus Years is a 2012 compilation of Anthem, the Japanese band that has been around - a break or two notwithstanding - for thirty years, yet never quite made it inside or outside Japan. The group spend the '80s and early '90s on Nexus (a King Records imprint) before reappearing years later on Victor. The Nexus material is where this album dwells. Anthem draws many unfair comparisons to its better-known country-mates Loudness, which is something they must sure dislike. It must be an albatross to be compared to Loudness, but while some of it is inevitable, yet uninvited, some of it is with merit.
Formed sometime in 1980, the band is the contemporary of Loudness, but more than that perhaps named itself after a Rush song/Ayn Rand book. Famously Loudness was influenced by Rush itself. Moreover, like Loudness the band imported a 'Western' singer before discovering its folly (and management’s stupidity) and righting the ship.
Ultimate Best Of Nexus Years is a double-CD, which should you read Japanese contains a short biography, as well as lyrics and photos. Lyrics are mostly Japanese, but intersperse English liberally - or vice versa. Graham Bonnet was brought in once to (re)record with the band in English. While we are in this section, it is a good time to mention that the record’s cover artwork reminds one of no others than Emperor or Dissection.
The album progresses in fairly accurate chronological order with the group’s more popular cuts included. Disc one contains seventeen cuts, while disc two short-changes the masses with sixteen. The inclusion of Shed is a surprise. One supposes the band or label head honcho likes it. Nonetheless, they are all here. Wild Anthem from the debut, the Accept-tinged Warning Action!, Tightrope Dancer and Bound To Break. On this side, many songs are lacklustre with Warning Action! And Fire 'N’ The Sword standing out. Come the '90s/Disc 2 the band atypically improves. Gypsy Ways [Win, Lose or Draw] has the newish Yukio Morikawa stretch his vocals. Love In Vain is a good song, Cryin’ Heart puts on some emotional content and is catchy to boot. Shout It Out! Has a little bit of Queen’s We Will Rock You and We Will Rock You in it. The line “We don't need no mind control” is reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall of course. Hunting Time is the title track to the 1989 album - never mind that it was rerecorded with Bonnet a year later - and is speedy and aggressive. The pace has really picked up metallically here. A couple of slower songs soften up the middle before it goes boldly into metal territory again. Disc 2 is a keeper for sure.
The sound clearly does not grant the band a favour. The vocals consistently dominate and the guitars are underrepresented. The situation is almost acute in the case of the rhythm guitars.
Japanese heavy metal bands were the ultimate insider tips in the 1980s. This stuff was rare and precious. Oddly, this stuff is still rare and precious. I found this in a Yamamoto Music basement in Ginza, Tokyo. You hopefully won’t have to go that far. - Ali “The Metallian”



Interviews

Anthem has been a favourite at Metallian Towers for many years and to finally obtain the opportunity to interview the band responsible for songs like the superlative Love Of Hell, the enigmatic Pain, the smashing Steeler, the incredible Gypsy Ways, the ripping Wild Anthem, Blast with its contrasting heavy riffs and melody in one song or Cryin’ Heart with its killer guitar work, soaring vocals and contagious melody is an extra pleasure. Ali “The Metallian” had the opportunity to chat with Naoto Shibata the Japanese band’s leader and bassist and posed several questions personal to him that have been a matter of curiosity for years. Read about a band that is not just one of the better heavy metal bands from Japan, but one of the better heavy metal bands from anywhere… but don’t read too long because it is time to go buy an Anthem record or two. – 27.06.2021

METALLIAN: This is our first interview so thank-you in advance for answering given perhaps the general nature of the questions. I hope we will get the chance to do a more musically focused interview in the future. To start, we have always wondered whether the band's name was inspired by the Ayn Rand book or the record company of the band Rush or otherwise. Where does 'Anthem' come from?
SHIBATA: Certainly I had inspiration from the band Rush as you say. Most people did not know what ‘anthem’ means because it was not a popular word in Japan in the 1980s. I decided to use it because I also like the meaning and also because it represents a solemn image.

METALLIAN: So it happens that Anthem and Canada are somehow connected. Zooming back to Japan, this is going to be both an Anthem and a Japanese culture question since Loudness and others have done the same: since the band and Graham Bonnet have worked together why import a foreign vocalist? It is difficult for fans to understand. Metal fans will buy the album regardless of language. Is this something management or the labels push?
SHIBATA: I am not sure how many Japanese bands have had a foreign vocalist, but probably the biggest reason is the language barriers, I think. Most young people who have grown up with rock music did so in English in that era. I think that is why using English is a natural thing when one writes music as a musician. Unfortunately, most Japanese are not good at speaking English. At the same time, I want to cherish Japanese expressions as well, which is why I continue to use both, Japanese and English.

METALLIAN: Shibata’s answer is matter-of-fact and the explanation, but not only have Anthem and Loudness imported singers, but also Naoto was in Saber Tiger when they imported Ron Keel, Vow Wow had Neil Murray (and some other foreign person) on bass, but also pop bands like Namie Amuro regularly import characters like Lil Wayne or the women from TLC. In contrast, in my opinion, Anthem needs to be better known worldwide through international interviews and tours and an English website, but these are all lacking. Is this because Anthem finds enough success in Japan that working on 'exporting' the music is ignored or pushed to be secondary?
SHIBATA: No, no, no, that is not true. The most important thing is to pursue the music that I want to write. I want to never compromise as I shape my music. In any country you need a strong base of activities to live as a musician. You have to have a long-term field of view to keep making money, right?
We are always thinking along the lines of "having more quality" or "having a much better concert performance" without compromise. That is why we have been trying to get paid a guarantee as much as possible for our activity's cost. We are not giving up and do not refuse going out internationally. Nevertheless, it has been difficult to put my energy into activities outside Japan up until recently. At the moment I am very happy and satisfied with the current line-up of the band, which has given me the capacity to think about both activities in and outside of Japan more naturally than before.

METALLIAN: In the above context, the band and Germany-based company Nuclear Blast signed a contract several years ago. Is this still in effect, what does it cover and what does it mean?
SIBATA: Yes, I consider the deal still to be effective and I plan to proceed with production for the new album as soon as possible. Due to the pandemic, the music industry has been put on hold both in Europe and the rest of the world, which in turn has brought various changes to the industry as a whole. I cannot tell you exactly what will happen next, however, Anthem will continue to promote ourselves internationally and probably will be able to have our European tour in 2022 following its initial postponement.

METALLIAN: Shibata deliberately ignores the details in the question, which is his prerogative, but typically, rates and money aside, this information is good to know and not sensitive. No matter, let us move on to the next question. Naoto it is so difficult to choose, but to pick one song Love Of Hell is probably my favourite Anthem track. Is this song about a particular person? If not, could you say a few words about the track? Seems Naoto likes the choice…
SHIBATA: Wow! Is that true? I am happy to hear it because this track is not the ‘flashy’ type like many other Anthem tracks. This is also one of my favourite tracks as well. Thanks to Yukio’s great vocals, the song turned out just how I wanted it to be. In terms of lyrics, let's keep it a secret whether it is about someone or not (laughs), but this is a song that expresses the pain of one’s heart when you love and seek someone.

METALLIAN: Sticking with your music, I have always wondered whether there is a fifth unofficial member in the band. Who plays the live keyboards?
SHIBATA: We don’t have keyboards. We use backing tracks for keyboards at our shows.

METALLIAN: I have seen a live keyboardist on film before, but that seems to be a relic of the past. Speaking of keyboards, one notices that the keyboards in Run With The Flash are similar to Vow Wow's song Hurricane. Could it be that the same person played both?
SHIBATA: Really? I know nothing about that Vow Wow song so cannot say exactly, but it might be that they were both influenced by the same genre of music from a sound quality or phrasing aspect. Anyway, they probably came up with a similar style and sound coincidentally during the writing process.

METALLIAN: That would make sense. Give Hurricane a listen. It is not a bad song. Naoto, on a personal note you had a cancer diagnosis several years ago. How do you feel nowadays?
SHIBATA: Thank-you for your concern. I had surgery for stomach cancer in 2013. It was completely cured since it was discovered at stage-one. There is no need for any further treatments and there is nothing to worry about health-wise. I feel that my perspective towards life changed a bit after that incident and perhaps it connected to the fact that I started to look outside Japan more than before.

METALLIAN: This is a gratifying answer. Based on online references I move on to ask Shibata another personal question. It turns out he is unaware of the source for my question. While we are on the topic where does the 'Ski' nickname come from? I have seen it brandied about.
SHIBATA: I was never called that so it is probably a mistranslation somewhere from the Japanese sentence structure (or something)!

METALLIAN: That answers that. We have to throw in a question about Akio since we asked about you. Where does he buy his hats and does he have a preferred brand?
SHIBATA: I asked Akio the question, but he said that basically he buys them online and from wherever he finds good ones.

METALLIAN: (Jokingly) Potential sponsors need to act then! His hat in the promotional photographs of Nucleus was reminiscent of Meiko Kaji’s iconic one. So let’s move on to Isamu. How did Anthem and Isamu meet? No doubt he is a monster of a drummer, but was unknown prior to joining Anthem.
SHIBATA: I met him through a mutual friend who gave me a tip and said "there is a good drummer." This is from when he was in the band Yasha. This was merely a simple introduction at that time. Yasha broke up some time after that at which time Isamu was playing another type of music. He helped our band during a time when our previous drummer had to leave due to an accident. That was the trigger that initiated our relationship. He would join us later.

METALLIAN: Loudness came up earlier, but given how Anthem and Loudness have ran in parallel for years and of course, been connected in other ways, curious to know what your relationship with them is nowadays and if you socialize, et cetra.
SHIBATA: They are taking a completely different musical expression and approach than us. I think that they all deserve respect as musicians. I helped Loudness for a while as well. We don’t really have a personal relationship with them, but their current manager used to be an Anthem staff member so I always feel a connection with them.

METALLIAN: Again, on the personal interest side of things, there was a video on YouTube of a recent performance by Anthem in a small club. I tried to figure out where this was. I would like to buy this DVD if indeed it is an official release.
SHIBATA: It is a DVD/Blu-ray called【BLAZING FAITH〜revisited】, which was released in June 2015. Its package featured a complete reproduction of the first album and a complete reproduction of the latest work at the time we played live.

METALLIAN: Metallian Towers’ serfs have been dispatched to buy this as we speak. What is next for Anthem? Could you speak about your immediate plans?
SHIBATA: Canada...I would love to play in Canada.
We are going to have a completely unplugged concert called "Acoustic Anthem" this summer. This year is our 20th anniversary since our reunion so we also have a show-down tour called "Anthem vs Anthem 2001" at which we will be joined by previous members of different era.
At the earliest, I would like to begin recording new tracks at the end of this year, but it might only happen following the New Year.

The only question remaining is how to get Anthem to Canada then! Thanks go to Naoto for his time and answers. Further thanks to Eagletail Music in Japan and https://eigonaoshi.com/. Bassist Naoto Shibata, singer Yukio Morikawa, guitarist Akio Shimizu and drummer Isamu Tamaru can be found at the below links.

Website: http://www.heavymetalanthem.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heavymetalanthem.en

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heavymetal_anthem/

Twitter: @anthem_official




METALLIAN: まずはこの機会に感謝をさせて頂きつつ、今回は一般的な質問をいくつか。また後日インタビューの機会を頂ければ、そこで音楽に注視した内容を聞きたいと思います。さて、バンド名'Anthem 'ですが、由来はなんでしょうか?作家Ayn Randの著書もしくはバンドRushのレコード会社等から影響を受けていますか?
柴田直人: 確かにRushからのインスピレーションはあったね。80年代の日本では“Anthem”という言葉があまりポピュラーではなくて、意味を知らない人が多かったんだ。
荘厳なイメージだし、言葉の意味も好きだったのでバンド名に決めたのさ。

METALLIAN: Anthemと日本文化についての質問になりますが。Loudnessやその他の日本バンドもそうですが、なぜ外国人ボーカルを起用することがあるのでしょうか?ファンにとっては理解しがたい部分もあります。何故ならメタルファンであれば言語に関係なくアルバムを購入します。レコード会社からの圧力なのでしょうか?
柴田直人: 日本のバンドのどのくらいが外国人ヴォーリストを起用しているのかはわからないけど、やはり言葉の問題が大きいのだと思うよ。当時の若者の殆どは英語の歌詞によるロックミュージックを聴いて育ったんだ。だからミュージシャンになり自分達で音楽を作るようになった時にはどうしても英語の歌詞の方が自然に感じるんだと思う。しかし残念ながら多くの日本人は英語を話す事がそれ程得意ではないんだよ。 僕は日本語での表現も大事にしたいという考え方だから、日本語と英語を両方使い、混ぜた歌詞を書くようになっていったんだ。

METALLIAN: 対照的にAnthemは海外でのインタビューやツアーまたはウェブサイトを通して、世界中にもっと知られていてもおかしくないのですが、これは日本国内で充分に成功していると判断され、海外進出に関しては軽視もしくは二の次にしているのでしょうか?
柴田直人: いやいやそうではないんだよ(笑)。僕にとって1番大切な事は自分の作りたい音楽を追求すること。決して妥協せずに自分や自分達の表現を研ぎ澄ましていくことだったんだ。それにどの国に於いてもロックミュージシャンを職業として暮らしていくには確固たる活動ベースが必要だ。バンド活動をきちんと維持していくには長期的な視野を持ちながらしっかりと稼いでいかなければならないだろ?
だからいつでも『もっとクオリティを!』『もっと良いライヴパフォーマンスを!』と妥協せずにやっていく代わりに、活動の対価、いわゆるギャラも出来るだけ多く支払えるように努力してきたんだ。海外に向けて発信するのを拒絶したり、諦めたりはしていなかったよ。
なかなかその事にエネルギーを使う余裕が無かったんだな。 今のラインナップに満足している事もあって、ここ数年、国内も海外も自然に考えられるようになったよ。

METALLIAN: 数年前に結んだニュークリアブラストとの契約ですが、まだ継続していると考えてよろしいでしょうか?どのような活動が保証されているのでしょうか?
柴田直人: 僕はそのつもりでいるけどね。出来るだけ早くニューアルバムの制作にも取り掛かるつもりだしね。でも、このコロナ禍でヨーロッパはもちろん世界中が停滞しているから、音楽業界にもいろいろな変化が起きている。先の事は断言できないが、世界に向けた発信は継続していくつもりだし、延期となっているヨーロッパツアーも2022年には可能になるはずさ。

METALLIAN: 私のお気に入りを1曲に絞るのは非常に難しいところですが、1曲選ぶとしたらLove Of Hellです。歌詞は特定の誰かを題材にしているのでしょうか?この楽曲についてお聞かせください。
柴田直人: おぉ、そうなんだね!派手なタイプの曲じゃないのに選んでくれて嬉しいな。僕も好きな曲の一つだよ。森川がとても素晴らしい歌を歌ってくれたのでイメージ通りに出来上がったんだ。
歌詞だけど、特定の誰かについて書いたかどうかは秘密にしておこうかな(笑)。でも人を愛し、求める時の心の苦しさを表現した歌だよ。

METALLIAN: 常々不思議に思っているのですが、5人目のメンバーは存在するのでしょうか?ライヴでキーボードを担当しているのはどなたでしょうか?
柴田直人: 僕らのライヴではキーボディストはいないんだ。シンセなどの音源を同期させて流しているのさ。

METALLIAN: キーボードについて一つ気づいた事が。楽曲Run With The Flashの演奏がVow WowのHurricaneに似ていますね。もしかして同じ人が弾いているのでは?
柴田直人: ヘェ〜そうなのかい?その曲のことは全く知らないからなんとも言えないけど、音質なのかフレーズなのか、とにかく作曲途中できっと偶然同じようなイメージが浮かんだのか、共通の音楽的な影響があるのかもしれないな。

METALLIAN: 直人さんについてお尋ねします。数年前に病気の診断がされましたが、最近の調子はいかがでしょうか?
柴田直人: 心配ありがとう。2013年に胃がんの手術を受けたが、ステージ1だったこともあって完治したんだ。今は全く治療も必要ないし、体調も心配ないよ。人生感が少しかわったけど、少し前から始めた世界への発信も、この事に関係があると思うよ。

METALLIAN: その直人さんのニックネーム'Ski'はどのような経緯でついたのでしょうか?
柴田直人: そのように呼ばれた事はないから、たぶんどこかにあった日本語の文章の誤変換じゃないかな。

METALLIAN: 昭男さんにもお聞きしたいです。帽子はどこで購入されているのでしょうか?またおすすめのブランドがあれば是非。
柴田直人: 清水に聞いたけど、基本的にはインターネットで見て気に入ったものを買っているそうだよ。

METALLIAN: Anthemと勇さんの出会いについてはいかがでしょう?ドラムモンスターである彼はAnthemと出会うまで、それほど知られていませんでしたよね?
柴田直人: 彼が“夜叉”というバンドにいた時に共通の知り合いから“なかなか良いドラマーがいる”と紹介されたことがあってね、その時はそのまま終わったんだ。
その後“夜叉”は解散してしまい、奴は少しロックとは違った音楽などもやっていたようだけど、当時のアンセムのドラマーが交通事故で暫くバンドから離れていた時に、田丸に活動をヘルプしてもらった事がきっかけで、付き合いが始まり、結局加入となったんだ。

METALLIAN: AnthemとLoudnessは何年も同じシーンで活動を共にしてきていますし、様々な交流や絡みはあるかと思います。今現在の彼らとの関係はいかがですか?お会いすること等ありますか?
柴田直人: 音楽的には僕らとは全く違う表現方法をとるバンドだ。でも彼らは皆尊敬に値するミュージシャンだと思うよ。僕は一時期LOUDNESSを手伝っていた事もある。
個々に付き合いがあるわけではないけど、現在の彼らのマネージャーは元はアンセムのスタッフだったこともあるので、常にどこか繋がっているような感覚もあるね。

METALLIAN: YouTubeに公開されている、小さめのライブハウスでの最近の演奏動画を見ました。この場所はどこですか?現在もこのようなライヴハウスで演奏されることもあるのでしょうか?このライブハウスでのDVDがあれば是非購入したいのですが。
柴田直人: 2015年6月にリリースした【Blazing Faith〜Revisited】というDVD/Blu-ray作品だね。 レコーディングスタジオで撮った1st Album完全再現と、小さなライヴハウスで撮った当時の最新作の完全再現がパッケージになっているよ。

METALLIAN: これからのアンセムの活動予定についてお聞かせください。(ツアー、アルバム、他など)まだカナダにいらしてないので、渡航許可が出たらすぐに私が日本へ飛んで行きたいと思います。
柴田直人: カナダかぁ、カナダでプレイしたいな。

今年の夏に完全にアンプラグドのライブ“Acoustic Anthem”を行うよ。今年は再結成20周年だから、秋は、当時のメンバーを引き連れた“Anthem vs Anthem 2001”という対決ツアーもやるよ。
早ければ年末から新作のレコーディングをしたいけど、これは年明けにねるかもしれないね。

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