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Loudness is a Japanese band formed in 1981 by guitarist Akira Takasaki and drummer Munetaka Higuchi. They were the first Japanese heavy metal act signed to a major label in the United States, releasing twenty-three studio albums (five in America) by the end of 2009 and reaching the Billboard Top 100 in their moment of maximum international popularity. Despite numerous changes in their roster, the band continued their activities during the 90’s, finally reuniting the original line-up in 2000. On November 30, 2008 original drummer Munetaka Higuchi died from liver cancer at a hospital in Osaka at age 49. Loudness replaced him with Masayuki Suzuki and are still active to this day.

Back in the ‘70’s, drummer Munetaka Higuchi and guitarist Akira Takasaki played together in a pop-rock band called Lazy. In an effort to pursue their musical aspiration even farther, they split from the successful group and launched Loudness in May 1981. The duo was joined by former Earthshaker vocalist Minoru Niihara, who was devoted to soul music at the time, and Takasaki’s childhood friend Masayoshi Yamashita as the bassist.

The band went into the studio in August and three months later, the band’s debut album, The Birthday Eve, hit the stores. It was as if the relentlessly wild arming by Takasaki in the intro of the opening track was an omen of things to come, as this album ended up making a historical impact on the Japanese rock scene.


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  • kacper92

    @Epsilon Wasn't it Rock 'N' Roll Gypsy?

    7 Apr 8:39pm Reply
  • Epsilon_X2008

    I heard a song by Loudness the other day and it was really keyboard-y, but I don't remember the name. Any idea?

    10 Mar 8:05am Reply
  • Eudes_Ferreira

    ATTENTION! Statement from the band regarding the U.S. tour, can be read on the band's site: "To Our Dear Fans and Supporters: We regret to inform you that we´ve had to cancel the previously announced US tour. The tour was scheduled by one of our US partners without our consent or knowledge. We were the last ones to learn about the tour itinerary only after they had already announced it publicly. As we are in the preparation of releasing an album in the US soon, touring the US on this schedule was ill timing. We tried hard to negotiate with the partner and looked for a compromise, but unfortunately, failed. We apologize to all of our fans for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation. Under better circumstances, LOUDNESS will definitely return to US. We are looking very forward to see you all at that time. Play it LOUD, LOUDNESS P.S. We will be performing at "Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2014" as scheduled"

    3 Mar 6:03am Reply
  • Kyanksye

    Dokken + Godzilla = Loundness! :)

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Eudes_Ferreira

    A-class heavy metal \m/ [2] no doubt!

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Alice_North

    A-class heavy metal \m/

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • Siffie91

    Try to Join if you think you listen to Killer Metal!

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • ObscureSolstice

    Excellent japanese heavy metal!

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • kyo_dash

    new album just awsome! the older they get the better ! great band still making awsome music after 31 years[2]

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • lucas_xs

    Soldier of Fortune is amazing :)

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • FictionalFlames

    It's a shame that all of their good stuff comes from the 80s.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • MIKEH3875

    Loudness \m/ \m/

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Szpila_13

    Loudness \m/ [2]

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Alin_

    now this.. this is legendary !

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • AQUILAKnight

    Loudness \m/

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Eudes_Ferreira

    "Damnation" é viciante!

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • tobbAddol

    2012 is great!

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Plodman

    Nothing will top Disillusion!

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Hetfield55

    german review of "Eve to dawn":

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • mistatwinkies

    I feel like the new album is as good as they'll get at this age and given the last 30 years. Much more refined than Eve to Dawn

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
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