Monday, April 03 2017 10:03

Disney Metal is a Legit Thing Now...

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Because March 31 was a Friday (new release day in the U.S.) and so many people were (foolishly) pushing their April Fool's jokes forward a day to take advantage of the working crowd, the news of "Metal Disney" was unfortunately timed. No, it is not a joke, and yes, it is very real. Released last Fall in Japan via Disney Music Group, Metal Disney is the first album by the D-Metal Stars, a group consisting of Obsession vocalist Mike Vescera and guitarist John Bruno, with former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer BJ Zampa (who also did a stint in Obsession). The 11-track compilation features symphonic power metal versions of iconic Disney themes, legitimized into the metal genre with an official stamp of approval from Mickey Mouse himself.

Disney Metal - Japanese Release

Disney Metal - D-Metal Stars Tracklisting:

  1. Introduction
  2. Mickey Mouse March (The Mickey Mouse Club)
  3. I See the Light [feat. Demon Kakka] (Tangled)
  4. A Whole New World (Aladdin)
  5. It's A Small World
  6. Beauty and the Beast 
  7. Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid)
  8. Go the Distance (Hercules)
  9. Can You Feel the Love Tonight (The Lion King)
  10. Disney Medley - Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (Cinderella), Heigh-Ho (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins), Winnie the Pooh, Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South)
  11. When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio) 

As Rolling Stone pointed out, this isn't quite the first time that Disney has chosen to work with metal artists, as the Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired Nightmare Revisited featured the likes of Korn and Marilyn Manson, but Metal Disney is certainly the most straight-forward. Thing is, "Disney Metal" could be a sub-genre on its own, with thousands of homegrown Disney covers available on YouTube, an explosion that really came with Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" from FROZEN inspiring the likes of Betraying the Martyrs and Leo Moracchioli to get in on the action. As I can tell you, there are legions of metal fans who cross over into the realm of hardcore Disney fandom.

Stream Metal Disney below thanks to Spotify, or pick it up via Amazon...

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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