Japanese guitarist Yoichiro Ishino of AREA51 is putting together an album to benefit his native country. Proceeds from the Phoenix Sun Project will aid victims of the March 11 tsunami. As Ishino told Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles:

Every time I hear about the damage, I keep thinking there should be something I can do to help. That’s why I started writing in hopes of encouraging and inspiring people only a few days after the earthquake. Music is absolutely necessary in order to stand strong, and metalheads need smoking metal music.

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