|Tags:||heavy metal japanese j-metal japanese metal metal|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
This Japanese heavy metal band, formed in 1981, enjoyed a successful career in their homeland by cloning western rock music. The original line-up featured Naoto Shibata (bass), Eizo Sakamoto (vocals), Hiroya Fukuda (guitar) and Takamasa Ohuchi (drums). Influenced by the style and melodies of UFO, Thin Lizzy and Kiss they produced a series of solid albums in the first phase of their career, with 1987s Bound To Break a major success in the Far East. Yukio Morikawa replaced Sakamoto from 1988s Gypsy Ways onwards, with new guitarist Hideaki Nakama joining up for the 1990 release No Smoke Without Fire. Nakama was then replaced by Akio Shimizu but Anthem decided to call it a day after releasing Domestic Booty. Shibata subsequently worked with fellow Japanese metal band Loudness.
Shibata reconvened Anthem in the new millennium, recruiting latter-day guitarist Shimizu, original drummer Ohuchi and well-travelled UK vocalist Graham Bonnet...