UNITED, one of the forerunners of the Japanese thrash metal scene, will release its ninth album, "Tear Of Illusions", on April 20 via Spiritual Beast. The group's first CD in almost six years was co-produced by UNITED's longtime collaborator Tetsuji "Tetsu666" Yamada and features the band's Kuwait-born trilingual singer Ken-Shin.
Commented the group: "It's definitely the best album we've made so far. We can't wait for the fans to listen to the album!"
Formed in 1981, UNITED has shared the stage with such genre leaders as SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS and TESTAMENT. In 2010, UNITED (minus Ken-Shin) served as the backing band for former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno.
UNITED is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and a lot of interesting releases and a series of gigs are currently being worked on.
UNITED's current lineup is as follows:
Ken-Shin - Vocals
Singo Otani - Guitar
Yoshifumi "Hally" Yoshida - Guitar
Akihiro "Yoko" Yokoyama - Bass
Akira - Drums
For more information, visit www.united-official.com.