ANTHEM – new album “Crimson & Jet Black” out now!


Four years after the worldwide release of the critically acclaimed album “Nucleus” in 2019 (a re-recording of their classic hits with English lyrics), the leading Japanese heavy metal band ANTHEM has wisely used the pandemic downtime to release their brand new studio album “Crimson & Jet Black”. All songs are again in English, and the album is available in stores now.

The band comments:
“Finally our new album “CRIMSON & JET BLACK” is out! The album is full of straight, powerful and great metal songs. We promise that it sounds as sharp as a knife. If you love metal, you shouldn’t miss it.
But be careful not to get blown away!”

You can order the album here:

After finishing not one, but two anniversary tours in 2021 (= the band’s 35th anniversary tour, which had been postponed due to the pandemic restrictions, as well the 20th anniversary of their reunion tour entitled “ANTHEM vs ANTHEM 2001”), ANTHEM pursued this new album to jumpstart their next chapter. Originally scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2022, the band’s leader Naoto Shibata, being the perfectionist that he is, decided to enrich the songs’ quality even more and pushed back the recording schedule to Summer / Autumn, so that pure brilliance may unfold. Just like on past albums, Naoto is the main producer of the album, but this time renowned Swedish producer Jens Bogren, (known for his work with the likes of Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir and Opeth, to name but a few) who had previously mixed and mastered “Nucleus”, is credited as a co-producer.

The track list reads as follows:

1. Snake Eyes
2. Wheels Of Fire
3. Howling Days
4. Roaring Vortex
5. Blood Brothers
6. Master Of Disaster
7. Void Ark
8. Faster
9. Burn Down The Wall
10. Mystic Echoes
11. Danger Flight


Naoto Shibata – bass
Akio Shimizu – guitar
Yukio Morikawa – vocals
Isamu Tamaru – drums

ANTHEM online:

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