Japan’s premier Extreme Metallers, METAL SAFARI celebrated its 5th year anniversary and the release of their second album “Prisoner” by playing a 2-hour set in Tokyo on Saturday, October 30th. As if to coincide what’s being held on the other side of the Pacific (Dimebash), they played a medley of PANTERA songs, whom they cite as one of their biggest influences. A fan-filmed video can be seen below:
Their new single “How to die.” from the same concert:
As previously informed, the drummer YAZU recently inked an endorsement deal with MAPEX Drums (Chris Adler (Lamb of God), Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra, Hangar), Gregg Bissonette, John Boecklin (DevilDriver) Moe Carlson (Protest The Hero) and Dani (ChthoniC) among others), and this was one of the very first shows he played their drum kit in front of the audience.
About METAL SAFARI:
Centered around award-winning future guitar hero HIRO (endorsed user of KRANK Amps and Caparison Guitars), emotional screaming beast INA, and young powerhouse drummer YAZU (endorsed user of Mapex Drums and Firce Cymbals), along with their big friend JUN on bass (also endorsed user of Caparison Guitars), they were “proud to be independent”, releasing demo recordings on the internet, shooting music videos on their own, and handing more than 20,000 demo CDs to the fans of national/international metal acts, all without any support from labels.
With the release of the debut album “Return To My Blood” in May 2006, METAL SAFARI gained more and more public attentions, resulting in an appearance at the biggest Rock Festival in Taiwan, “FORMOZ FESTIVAL 2006”. The momentum continued, and METAL SAFARI went out on a 6-date headlining Asian tour in 2007, playing in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, where they headlined “MODERN SKY FESTIVAL 2007”. The popular demands also brought them to Europe, where they participated in 12-date tour throughout Poland alongside of such acts as VIRGIN SNATCH, THY DISEASE, and MAHAVATAR. METAL SAFARI earned their place in the history of Japanese metal as the first-ever extreme metal band played in the mainland China, and also as the first metal band ever toured in Poland (after visual-kei rockers DIR EN GREY). These are ALL done independently, without any support from labels.
Domestically, METAL SAFARI participated twice in “Ju-Ongaku-Sai” (Heavy Music Fest), the biggest festival of Japanese metal/hardcore bands, first as one of the main stage acts and then as the headliner. METAL SAFARI also supported THY WILL BE DONE and CALIBAN on their Japan tours, and shared the stage with from LOUDNESS to EDGE OF SPIRIT, or to SUNS OWL and BLOOD STAIN CHILD. Not only did these activities put them at #7 of domestic independent bands of all genres, #1 of Metal bands, #1 of Hardcore bands, and #1 of Thrash bands in “Top Artist Chart” on MySpace.com, but METAL SAFARI has become the most-awaited Japanese band to play at “LOUD PARK”, the biggest metal festival in Japan.
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Upcoming Tour Dates:
December 5, 2010: Tsukuba Parkdiner, Ibaraki, Japan December 23, 2010: Koshigaya Easy Goings, Saitama, Japan