When it comes to anime-themed metal, China is pushing the envelope with what it means to be labeled “anime-grind” with bands like Dehumanizing Itatrain Worship and Human Instrumentality Project taking inspiration from the complex stories in anime series.

Guangzhou’s Human Instrumentality Project took the scene by storm in 2021 with the release of The Brutal Angel’s Thesis, an EP inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion. In 2023, they will expand upon this EP with the release of their new album, LCL sea. The album will be comprised of two distinct chapters “Angel of Doom” and “Dream,” the first dealing with the observable world before our eyes, while “Dream” explores the unseen realms of our souls.

The album’s first single, “Come, Sweet Death” is the final track of the “Angel of Doom” chapter, which is inspired by the Third Impact in Neon Genesis Evangelion. The band enlisted Argentinean metal singer Melisa Jimenez to collaborate on the song and to bring new dynamics to this record.

The band also recently worked with Polish figure skater Jérémie Flemin, who is slated to be participating in the 2026 Winter Olympics. Flemin used Human Instrumentality Project’s track for one of his recent practice routines.

As part of a small, yet evolving genre of anime-inspired metal, Human Instrumentality Project guitarist Syond Lin said the combination of animation and extreme metal makes more sense than you probably expect.