UNITED, one of the forerunners of the Japanese Thrash Metal scene, is finally releasing their 9th album “TEAR OF ILLUSIONS” on SPIRITUAL BEAST. This is the first album in almost 6 years and also to feature the Kuwait-born trilingual singer KEN-SHIN on lead vocals. The album is co-produced with their long-time producer, Tetsuji “tetsu666” Yamada.
The band states “it’s definitely the best album we’ve made so far. I can’t wait for the fans to listen to the album!”
Formed in 1981, the band has shared the stage with such genre leading acts as SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TESTAMENT and many, many others through their long career, besides playing such festivals as “Beast Feast”, “Foundation Forum” or “Loud Park”, and gained respects as one of the best Thrash Metal bands ever come out of Japan. In 2010, the band (minus KEN-SHIN) supported the former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di’Anno as his backing band, and impressed him with their highly-acclaimed performance.
They are celebrating the 30th anniversary this year, and a lot of interesting releases and series of gigs are currently being worked on.
The current lineup of the band is:
SINGO OTANI guitar
YOSHIFUMI “Hally” YOSHIDA guitar
AKIHIRO “Yoko” YOKOYAMA bass
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Upcoming Tour Dates: May 3, 2011:
Daikanyama UNIT, Tokyo, Japan (album release party)