Japanese extreme metallers METAL SAFARI celebrated their five-year anniversary and the release of their second album, "Prisoner", by playing a two-hour set in Tokyo on Saturday, October 30. Included in their set was a medley of songs by PANTERA, whom METAL SAFARI cities as one of its biggest influences.
Fan-filmed video footage of the PANTERA medley can be viewed below.
Centered around award-winning future guitar hero Hiro, emotional screaming beast Ina, and young powerhouse drummer Yazu, along with their big friend Jun on bass, METAL SAFARI was "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 attention, resulting in an appearance at the biggest rock festival in Taiwan, Formoz Festival 2006. The momentum continued, and METAL SAFARI went out on a six-date headlining Asian tour in 2007, playing in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, where they headlined the 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 its 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 to ever tour 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 such acts as LOUDNESS, EDGE OF SPIRIT, 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 became the most-awaited Japanese band to play at Loud Park, the biggest metal festival in Japan.
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