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Loudness

a.k.a.ラウドネス
CountryJapan
FormedMay 1981, Osaka, Japan
GenresHeavy Metal
LabelsColumbia, Atco Records, Room Records, Tokuma Japan Communications, Ward Records
Years active1981-present
Websitehttp://www.loudnessjp.com/

Line-up (members)

  • Masayoshi Yamashita : Bass (1981-1992, 2001-present)
  • Akira Takasaki : Guitars (1981-present)
  • Minoru Niihara : Vocals (1981-1988, 2001-present)
  • Masayuki "Ampan" Suzuki : Drums (2009-present)

Former members

  • Hiroyuki Tanaka : Bass (1981)
  • Munetaka Higuchi : Drums (1981-1992, 2001-2008)
  • Michael Vescera : Vocals (1988-1991)
  • Taiji Sawada : Bass (1992-1993)
  • Masaki Yamada : Vocals (1992-2001)
  • Hirotsugu Homma : Drums (1994-2001)
  • Naoto Shibata : Bass (1995-2001)
Releases : 20     Total votes : 6     Reviews : 1
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Loudness Discography

Album title Type Released Rating Votes Reviews
Loudness - The Birthday Eve (1981) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Loudness - Devil Soldier (1982) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Loudness - The Law Of Devil's Land (1983) collection wish list Studio 80 1 0
(1984) collection wish list Live - 0 0
Loudness - Disillusion (1984) collection wish list Studio 90 1 0
Loudness - Thunder in the East (1985) collection wish list Studio 90 2 1
Loudness - Lightning Strikes (1986) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(1987) collection wish list Live - 0 0
Loudness - Hurricane Eyes (1987) collection wish list Studio 85 1 0
Loudness - Soldier of Fortune (1989) collection wish list Studio 85 1 0
Loudness - On The Prowl (1991) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Loudness - Loudness (1992) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Loudness - Heavy Metal Hippies (1994) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Loudness - Ghetto Machine (1997) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
no image (1998) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Loudness - Engine (1999) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Loudness - Spiritual Canoe (2001) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Loudness - Biosphere (2002) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Loudness - Racing (2004) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Loudness - Breaking The Taboo (2006) collection wish list Studio - 0 0

Loudness Top Songs

Track title Album title Rating Votes
1 Like Hell Thunder in the East (1985) 90 1
2 Crazy Nights Thunder in the East (1985) 85 1
3 Heavy Chains Thunder in the East (1985) 85 1
4 Run For Your Life Thunder in the East (1985) 80 1
5 The Lines Are Down Thunder in the East (1985) 80 1
6 We Could Be Together Thunder in the East (1985) 75 1
7 Never Change Your Mind Thunder in the East (1985) 75 1
8 Get Away Thunder in the East (1985) 70 1
9 Clockwork Toy Thunder in the East (1985) 70 1
10 No Way Out Thunder in the East (1985) 70 1
Additional notes
Loudness was formed in 1981 by Akira Takasaki, Munetaka Higuchi, and Hiroyuki Tanaka who were transitioning from rock band Lazy to trying their hand at a heavy metal band, unhappy with the musical direction of Lazy. Shortly after formation however Tanaka quit the band to pursue a career in anime soundtracks with the band Neverland. In turn Takasaki recruited childhood friend Masayoshi Yamashita as the new bassist and shortly after hired frontman Minoru Niihara formerly of Earthshaker through an audition.

In 1985 following the band's first North American and European tours Twisted Sister's co-manager Joe Gerber helped Loudness ink a deal with Atco Records. This was the first time in history that a Japanese heavy metal band had signed with an American label, or toured the US, and under Atco, the band released their American debut "Thunder in the East" which was met with good sales and commercial success reaching #74 on the Billboard 200 and remained there for 23 weeks, also a first for a Japanese metal band. After two more albums and two more billboard appearances, producer Max Norman suggested that the band hire an English speaking vocalist which would end up being Michael Vescera. Vescera would serve as vocalist for the next two Loudness albums before leaving in 1991 to join Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

Following a steady decline in popularity through the Vescera era, Loudness returned to Japan where Masayoshi Yamashita also left the band. He was replaced by Taiji Sawada of X Japan fame. But by 1993 Sawada quit to form Dirty Trashroad followed by founding member Munetaka Higuchi who joined Niihara's new band Sly leaving Takasaki as the only original member left. Later that year Loudness introduced replacement members Masaki Yamada and Hirotsugu Homma of Ezo on vocals and drums, and finally Naoto Shibata, band leader of Anthem on bass essentially turning Loudness into a supergroup. This lineup would release three albums before Yamada indicated his desire to leave the band in 2000.

Before leaving, Yamada suggested that Loudness hold a reunion tour to celebrate their 20th anniversary and by 2001 Higuchi, Niihara, and Yamaguchi had all returned to the lineup where they would remain for the next 7 years until the death of Munetaka Higuchi which was mourned greatly throughout Japan.

In 2009 the band indicated that they wouldn't be disbanding despite the passing of Higuchi and hired Masayuki Suzuki to fill the void left due to Higuchi's passing. Loudness remains active to date.