United (band)

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United
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Thrash metal,[1] death metal,
heavy metal (early years)
Years active 1981–present
Labels Hold Up, Howling Bull, Metal Blade, Victor Entertainment, Spiritual Beast, 413 Tracks
Associated acts X Japan, Doom
Website Official website
Members Yoshifumi "Hally" Yoshida
Singo Otani
Akira
Masatoshi Yuasa
Past members Oz
Yasu Tsukahara
Jouichi "Joe" Hirokawa
Kouichi "Nao"
Takeshi "Mantas" Nakazato
Tetsuo "Tetsu" Takizawa
Masaki "Marchan" Hara
Iwao Furusawa
Yoshiaki Furui
Hirokazu Uchino
Shinichi Inazu
Yusuke Nakamura
Nob
Faisal "Kenshin" Al-Salem
Akihiro Yokoyama

United is a thrash metal band from Japan formed in 1981.[2][3] They took their name from the song of the same name, off of Judas Priest's British Steel.[3]

History[edit]

Originally a Judas Priest and Black Sabbath cover band, they began to write their own material in 1983 when bassist Yokoyama joined. United have played numerous times in North America and have had a couple of their albums released there as well. They have played with Anthrax, Slayer, Testament and Machine Head on their Japanese tours, and in 2010 was Paul Di'Anno's live band for his.[4][5] In 2009, the group recruited Kuwaiti frontman, Kenshin.[3][4] They released their ninth album Tear of Illusions on April 20, 2011.[5] At the end of 2012, the band announced that Kenshin had left the group. Masatoshi Yuasa, who was their frontman from 2000 to 2004, returned as the vocalist of United in April 2013. The band's longest serving member, bassist and manager Akihiro Yokoyama, died on May 13, 2014.[6] A concert titled Yoko Fest The Final was held in his honor on September 12 2014 that featured nearly every member of United, past and present, and other diverse acts such as Head Phones President, Passpo, Garlic Boys, Flow, and Outrage.[7]

Members[edit]

Current members
  • Yoshifumi "Hally" Yoshida – guitar (1988–present)
  • Singo Otani – guitar (1990–present)
  • Akira Tominaga – drums (2004–present)
  • Masatoshi Yuasa – vocals (2000–2004, 2013–present)
  • George Enda - bass (2014–present; also bassist for Jurassic Jade)
Former members
  • Oz – bass (1981–1983)
  • Yasu Tsukahara – drums (1981–1983)
  • Jouichi "Joe" Hirokawa – drums (1985)
  • Kouichi "Nao" – vocals (1981–1986)
  • Takeshi "Mantas" Nakazato – guitar (1981–1987)
  • Tetsuo "Tetsu" Takizawa – drums (1983–1985, 1985–1988)
  • Masaki "Marchan" Hara – guitar (1981–1988)
  • Iwao Furusawa – guitar (1987–1990)
  • Yoshiaki Furui – vocals (1986–1996)
  • Yuichi Uchino – drums (1988–1999)
  • Shinichi Inazu – vocals (1996–2000)
  • Yusuke Nakamura – drums (1999–2004)
  • Nob – vocals (2004–2009)
  • Faisal "Kenshin" Al-Salem – vocals (2009–2013)
  • Akihiro Yokoyama – bass (1983–2014; also manager; died 2014)


Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Bloody But Unbowed (October 14, 1990)
  • Human Zoo (September 26, 1992)
  • N.O.I.Q (February 8, 1995)
  • Reload (February 5, 1997)
  • Distorted Vision (April 1999)
  • Infectious Hazard (April 4, 2001)
  • Core (August 7, 2002)
  • Nine (December 21, 2005)
  • Tear of Illusions (April 20, 2011)

EPs[edit]

  • Destroy Metal (February 1985, picture disc vinyl in February 1987)
  • Beast Dominate (December 1986, picture disc vinyl in April 1987)
  • Beast Dominates '92 (1992)
  • Burst (May 2, 1997)

Other albums[edit]

  • Best Rare Tracks from Underground (March 24, 1995, compilation album)
  • Scars of the Wasted Years (April 4, 2012, self-cover album)

Demo[edit]

  • "Demo '89" (January 1990)

V/A Compilations[edit]

  • Devil Must Be Driven Out with Devil (1986, "Positive War" & "Bite Yourself")
  • Emergency Express - Metal Warning 2 (1989, "Suck Your Bone")
  • Flower Travellin' Band Tribute (September 20, 2000, "Make Up")
  • Tribute to Bad Brains (November 29, 2000, "Riot Squad - How Low Can a Punk Get?")
  • Beast Feast Admission (August 2, 2001, "Cross Over the Line")
  • Power Germanys (April 27, 2002)
  • Enter the Beast Feast (April 27, 2004, "Sonic Sublime")
  • Beast Feast Admission 2K2 (December 17, 2002, "Hate Yourself, Hate Your Own Kind")
  • Tribute to Garlic Boys (August 18, 2006, "Skate & Mosh")
  • 44Magnum Tribute Album (April 2, 2008, "It's Too Bad")

DVD[edit]

  • Official Bootleg (September 27, 2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United - discography, line-up, biography, interviews, photos". Spirit-of-metal.com. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  2. ^ "UNITED Barks Profile". barks.jp (in Japanese). 2011-05-04. 
  3. ^ a b c "UNITED – Thirty Years Of Thrash And Burn". carlbegai.com. 2011-12-23. 
  4. ^ a b "Japan's UNITED To Release New Album". roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net. 2011-04-22. 
  5. ^ a b "Japan's UNITED Release New Video For 'Fight Fear Kill'". bravewords.com. 2011-12-23. 
  6. ^ "United's Akihiro Yokoyama Dead at 49 ::United News". antiMusic.com. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  7. ^ "United to hold 'YOKO Fest The Final' to honor the late Akihiro Yokoyama". aramajapan.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 

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