Anthem - Nucleus (March 29, 2019)
#1
Just saw it announced on Facebook. Mixed/Mastered by Jens Bogren. Cover art:
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EDIT: Turns out it's a re-recorded "greatest hits" album done entirely in English. And the band has also signed a deal with Nuclear Blast for an international release. No clue if the DVD will be included in the international version yet. http://wardrecords.com/page/anthem/nucleus/

And the Nuclear Blast press release: https://www.nuclearblast.de/en/label/mus...cords.html
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#2
Good stuff, although that seems like a record amount of time in advance for a Japanese release.

*Edit after I saw the edit to the OP: Hmm. A re-recording album is a much less exciting prospect, although good on them for getting international distribution.
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#3
What's with bands now being swallowed up by Nuclear Blast lately? Sorry, but I just don't like that label or their practice of overproducing their artists.

This just sounds like a very useless compilation album, even if the songs are re-recorded with more modern equipment and featuring Yukio Morikawa over Eizo Sakamoto on the songs that he didn't get to originally sing on.
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#4
Eh, it would be nice to see Anthem get some international recognition. Hell, a tour with say Accept or Michael Schenker Fest (also on Nuclear Blast) could be huge for them nowadays. It's about the only way I could see them touring the US and have it be somewhat financially viable. Plus, the DVD seems pretty nice too given the song selection. Plus, we could see an Anthem and Lovebites US tour now potentially I guess, which would be awesome.
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#5
Anthem on Nuclear Blast? That's a strange thought.
Occasionally, I write Western and Japanese music reviews.
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(11-22-2018, 02:12 PM)Lost_Horizons Wrote: Eh, it would be nice to see Anthem get some international recognition.

In the 80's they were on Roadrunner but didn't have any success so I have doubts it'll change now.
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#7
I don’t know. It really depends on the exposure Nuclear Blast could get them. I reckon Anthem would go down a storm on the European summer festival circuit. Get them in front of the right crowd and it’s an easy win.
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#8
Oh I'm so glad this news is out now. I've been sitting on this for ages now and it's been killing me Big Grin

The English lyrics for this release have been written by Fubito Endo, who also writes Saber Tiger's English lyrics, and corrected by yours truly.

As for the Nuclear Blast hostility... I've been saying these guys should tour with Accept for years and now that they're on the same label, maybe they'll finally get the chance to do so.
If you can't get enough of me giving my opinions without having asked for it, you can read more of it on my Kevy Metal weblog.
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#9
Do you know or could you find out if the DVD will be included in the international version of the album too, or if it's only for the Japanese market?
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(11-22-2018, 04:11 PM)Agonymph Wrote: As for the Nuclear Blast hostility... I've been saying these guys should tour with Accept for years and now that they're on the same label, maybe they'll finally get the chance to do so.

This would make more sense to send them on tour with an established European band to reach more people.
To see them tour with Lovebites would be nice but unrealistic as none of the bands would draw so many fans.
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