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D-Metal Stars is a band spun off of the successful Animetal USA project originally launched in Japan. The band covers heavy metal versions of popular Disney songs on Walt Disney Records.
- Michael Vescera (Obsession, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Loudness, etc..) - Vocals / Backing Vocals / Keyboards
- Rudy Sarzo (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Whitesnake, ex-Quiet Riot, etc...) - Bass
- John Bruno (Obsession, Michael Vescera, and X Factor X) - Guitar / Backing Vocals
- BJ Zampa (House of Lords, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Obsession, and ex-Dokken) - Drums
The debut album Metal Disney was released in October 2016 on Walt Disney Records in the Japanese market. It reached #3 on the Amazon Japan Hard Rock / Metal Best Sellers chart, and #2 on the Children's Chart. The album was then released for the US Market on March 31, 2017 by Universal Music Group landing on the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon charts.
In June 2017, Metal Disney became a #1 Best Seller on "Amazon Hard Rock & Metal Digital Music Best Sellers" chart.
The album was engineered by Michael Vescera, with assistant engineering by Billy Burke. It was mixed and mastered by Greg Reely, who has previously worked with Sarah McLachlan, Fear Factory, Machine Head, Coldplay, Devin Townsend, and Overkill.
Michael Nunno is featured on "Mickey Mouse March" with a keyboard solo, with additional backing vocals by Michael Vescera's brothers, Nat Vescera, and Gary Vescera, as well as John Bruno's wife, Gail Bruno.
Disney Super Guitar (titled Super Guitar Disney in Japan)
In 2018, Michael Vescera arranged, produced, and played keyboards on Disney Super Guitar, along with John Bruno on rhythm guitars, BJ Zampa on drums, and Chris Vescera on bass. This instrumental release features a guest lead guitarist on each song, being: Zakk Wylde, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch, Richie Kotzen, Orianthi, Ron Thal, Mike Orlando, Phil X, Jeff Watson, and Tak Matsumoto. Super Guitar Disney became a #1 Best Seller on the Amazon Japan Anime Chart and a #3 Best Seller on Amazon Japan Rock Chart.
AniMaze X is a live metal performance with a theatrical style production, which started as a project by the members of D-Metal Stars. AniMaze X focuses on a wider variety of musical themes such as superheros, popular cartoons, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, and the D-Metal Stars “classics”.
Metal Disney - Highest chart positions
- #1 "Amazon Hard Rock & Metal Digital Music Best Sellers"
- #21 "Billboard Kids Albums Chart"
- #10 "Billboard Spotify Viral 50" - Under the Sea
- #21 "Billboard Spotify Viral 50" - Mickey Mouse March
- #26 "Billboard Spotify Viral 50" - It's a Small World
- #92 "iTunes Chart"
- #5 "Amazon Hard Rock & Metal Digital Music Best Sellers"
- #14 "Amazon Rock Digital Music Best Sellers"
October 2016 (Japan Release)
- #3 "Amazon Japan Hard Rock & Metal Best Sellers"
- #2 "Amazon Japan Childrens Best Sellers"
Metal Disney - Track Listing
- 01 Introduction
- 02 “Mickey Mouse March”
- 03 “I See the Light”
- 04 “A Whole New World”
- 05 “It’s a Small World”
- 06 “Beauty and the Beast”
- 07 “Under the Sea”
- 08 “Go the Distance”
- 09 “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
- 10 Disney Medley
- 11 “When You Wish Upon a Star”