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Loudness

Formed: 1981
From: Osaka, Japan
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Loudness News

Below is our complete Loudness news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Loudness Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Japanese heavy metal veterans Loudness has revealed the complete tracklisting for their forthcoming new studio album, "The Sun Will Rise Again." You can check it out, along with a teaser clip of the album's title track, below. This will be the first Loudness album since "2012," which was released two years ago.

The tracklisting is as follows:

"Nourishment Of The Mind"
"Got To Be Strong"
"Never Ending Fire"
"The Metal Man"
"Mortality"
"The Best"
"The Sun Will Rise Again"
"Rock You Wild"
"Greatest Ever Heavy Metal"
"Shout"
"Not Alone" More...

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Loudness Streams Preview Samples From "2012"

Japanese legends Loudness will release the band's 27th studio release "2012" on August 22, 2012 through Tokuma Japan Records. The band is streaming two preview clips from the tracks "2012 - End of the Age" and "The Stronger" (heard below).

The track listing for "2012" is:

1. The Stronger
2. 2012~End of the Age
3. Break New Ground
4. Driving Force
5. Behind the Scene
6. Bang'em Dead
7. The Voice of Metal
8. Who the Hell Cares
9. Spirit from the East
10. Memento Mori
11. Out of the Space More...

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Loudness Reveals New Album Details

Japanese heavy metal veterans Loudness has announced that their name of their forthcoming new studio album will be, "Eve To Dawn," and that it is expected to be released on September 14th. The group also revealed the front cover artwork, which can be seen below, as well as posting twenty five second snippets of each song, which can be heard by visiting their official website.

The tracklisting for "Eve To Dawn" is as follows:

"A Light In The Dark"
"The Power Of Truth"
"Come Alive Again"
"Survivor"
"Keep You Burning"
"Gonna Do It My Way"
"Hang Tough"
"????"
"Comes The Dawn"
"Pandora"
"Crazy! Crazy! Crazy!" More...

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X Japan Founder Speaks On Bassists' Death

X Japan drummer and founding member Yoshiki has posted a message online regarding the death of his former band mate Taiji Sawada, who passed away on July 17th after his family made the decision to turn off his life support following a suicide attempt. Yoshiki's message reads as follows:

"Receiving the news of Taiji's death has left me speechless. I don't know how to cope with the loss yet.

"Playing at the Nissan Stadium together last year brings memories as if it was yesterday. To imagine what the fans are feeling right now breaks my heart. But that is the reason why we have to stay strong.

"X Japan will have to carry on with not only (late guitarist) Hide, but Taiji as well in our hearts.

"May the amazing bassist Taiji rest in peace."

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Former X Japan And Loudness Bassist Passes Away

Although the circumstances have yet to be revealed, former X Japan and Loudness bass player Taiji Sawada has reportedly passed away. He was 45 years old. The past week, Sawada had been involved in some controversy, after he was arrested on July 11th "for interference with a flight attendant" due to an incident on a plane en route from Japan to Saipan. He then attempted suicide three days later, (July 14th,) over the incident, for which he was allegedly facing federal charges in the United States. It is not yet known if these instances are related to his death.

Taiji Sawada played for the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan from 1985 to 1992, during which time he recorded three albums with group before creative differences forced him to leave and join fellow countrymen Loudness, with whom he appeared on their self-titled 1992 album, as well as their live record, "Once And For All."

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Loudness Guitarist Discusses Next Album

Akira Takasaki, the guitarist of Japanese heavy metal veterans Loudness, has been featured in a new video interview in which he discusses the band's next studio album, as well as the group's thirty year legacy amongst other topics. You can view the video below. More...

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New Loudness Live Footage Posted Online

New high quality live concert footage featuring Japanese heavy metal act Loudness has been posted online. The footage was captured during the band's May 22, 2011 concert at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio. You can view the band's performance of the track "Shadows of War" in the player below.

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Loudness Live Footage Available

Quality performance footage featuring Japanese heavy metallers Loudness has been posted online. The footage was captured during the band's May 22, 2011 concert at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio. You can view the clip in the player below.

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LoNero Announces CD Release Show

Santa Clara, California's LoNero havs confirmed a CD release show for in support of the band's new album "J.F.L.", which will be released May 23rd on Nightmare Records. The show will take place May 10th at Avalon in Santa Clara, CA. Also on the bill are Japanese metallers Loudness.

Guitarist and founding member Bill Lonero commented on the upcoming show: "LoNero is really excited about our CD release show with Loudness. We've worked really hard on 'J.F.L.' and we can't wait to play it live and get fan feedback. For us, playing live is what it's all about. There's nothing more satisfying then getting instant crowd reaction!"

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Sunday Old School: Loudness

It seems that in the Sunday Old School archives, we’ve mostly been looking at bands from Great Britain, Germany and the United States. One of the goals this year is to help expand the knowledge of heavy metal veterans from all over the world. This week, we’re heading to the land of the Rising Sun, as we take a look at Loudness. The band was formed in 1981 in Osaka, after guitarist Akira Takasaki, drummer Munetaka Higuchi and bass player Hiroyuki Tanaka left the pop rock band, Lazy. While looking a for a sound for their new band, they trio stumbled upon the recent wave of Japanese heavy metal bands such as Anthem and Bow Wow and decided to adopt the heavy metal style. Tanaka felt that the style wasn’t for him and left to pursue work in the anime business, with Takasaki inviting his childhood friend Masayoshi Yamashita to become the group’s new bassist, which he accepted. The band was then completed when they recruited Earthshaker vocalist Minoru Niihara, and Loudness was born. They almost immediately signed a record deal with major label Nippon Columbia and released their debut album, "The Birthday Eve" in 1981. The album was only released in Japan but did surprisingly well and the band quickly got to writing and releasing new albums. Two years after their formation and debut, Loudness released their third record, "The Law Of The Devil’s Land," which was popular enough to allow the group to tour the United States.

The group then moved to Europe and recorded two versions of their fourth album, "Disillusion," one in Japanese and one in English, their first album to be translated as such. The attempt at appealing to English speaking audiences paid off and soon they signed a deal with American major label, Atco Records, through whom they released the album, "Thunder In The East," which reached number 74 on the Billboard album charts, thanks in part to the success of the single, "Crazy Night." More chart success would come with their next record, "Lightning Strikes," (released in Japan as "Shadows Of War") which climbed ten places higher than it’s predecessor and reached number 64 on the Billboard charts. However, the chart success meant that the band were forced to try and write more accessible music and Loudness lost much of their fan base in their home country, who felt that they were trying too hard to appeal to the American market. The pressure led to Niihara being fired from the band after they released the "Jealousy" EP, being replaced by American vocalist Mike Vescera, the former singer of Obsession. Unfortunately, the input from Vescera wasn’t the boost the band needed and they found their popularity dwindled in the States. Vescera didn’t stay long with the band either, releasing only two albums and one single before leaving to join Yngwie Malmsteen’s band. More...

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Loudness Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Japanese heavy metal veterans Loudness have announced that they will be heading to the United States this May for a string of headlining shows in celebration of their thirtieth anniversary. The tour dates are as follows:

May 6 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
May 7 - Dante’s - Portland, OR
May 8 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
May 10 - Avalon Nightclub - Santa Clara, CA
May 11 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
May 12 - Club Red - Tempe, AZ
May 13 - Galaxy Concert Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
May 14 - 4th & B - San Diego, CA
May 15 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
May 17 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
May 20 - Token Lounge - Westland, Michigan , US
May 21 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
May 22 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
May 23 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
May 26 - Samurai's - Oklahoma, OK
May 27 - Trees - Dallas, Texas, USA, TX
May 28 - BackStage Live - San Antonio, TX
May 29 - Warehouse Live-Ballroom - Houston, TX
June 1 - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - New York,
June 3 - JAXX Concert Venue & Nightclub - West Springfield, VA
June 5 - Crazy Donkey Bar and Grill - Farmingdale, NY

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Loudness Posts New Video Online

Japanese heavy metal veterans Loudness has posted their new music video online for the track, "King Of Pain." You can check it out below. The song is the title track from their latest album, which is the first to feature new drummer Masayuki Suzuki, who replaces the sadly deceased original drummer Munetaka Higuchi. More...

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Loudness To Release New Album

Japanese metal veterans Loudness will release a new album, "King Of Pain", in Japan on May 19th via Tokuma Japan Communications. The CD will include a 32-page booklet and a Loudness original pick.

The "King Of Pain" track listing is as follows:

1. Requiem
2. The King Of Pain
3. Power Of Death
4. Death Machine
5. Doodlebug
6. Rule The World
7. Straight Out Of Our Soul
8. Where Am I Going?
9. Emma
10. Naraka
11. Doctor From Hell
12. Hell Fire
13. #666
14. Never Comes

Loudness has also scheduled the following European tour dates: More...

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Loudness Guitarist Joins Megadeth On Stage

Akira Takasaki, guitarist for the Japanese heavy metal band Loudness, joined Megadeth on stage on Monday, October 19 to play "Symphony Of Destruction" for the band's encore song in Osaka, Japan. Megadeth dedicated the song to Loudness drummer Munetaka Higuchi, who passed away in November 2008 from cancer. Fan recorded audio of the performance can be found below. More...

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First Bands Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

The organizers of Germany's Bang Your Head!!! festival has announced the first set of bands for next year's edition of the event. Japanese heavy metal veterans Loudness will be performing a special "old school" set at the festival, which will also see performances from Doro, Enforcer and Jag Panzer. The festival will take place between July 16th and 17th in Balingen, Germany.

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Loudness Posts "Hit The Rails" Music Video Online

Long running Japanese metallers Loudness have posted a new music video online for the song "Hit The Rails," which is from their latest album "The Everlasting." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Aggressive Dogs Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Japanese hardcore band AGGRESSIVE DOGS has announced a few U.S. tour dates around the inaugural installment of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

AGRRESSIVE DOGS just released their brand new record, "Aoki Garou," which features Loudness bassist, Yamashita, as well as aforementioned Agnostic Front members. "Aoki Garou" was mixed by none other than Zeuss, at his Massachusetts’ based Planet Z Recordings, and produced by Alan Douches at West West Side.

Japan’s Defstar Records also just released a 25th Anniversary tribute album, dedicated to AGGRESSIVE DOGS, which features tracks from the band’s catalogue, all covered by the finest hardcore acts today: Sick of it All, Agnostic Front, Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow, Icepick), Stigma, Loyal to the Grave and more.

The upcoming US dates with AGGRESSIVE DOGS are as follows:

4/16 – Albany, NY- Boogie’s - w/Crowns of Kings, Heal these Wounds and more
4/17 - Worcester, MA – New England Metal and Hardcore Festival w/ Lamb of God, The Acacia Strain and more
4/19 - Centerville, MA – Fraternal Lodge - w/Thy Will Be Done and more

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Loudness To Record A New Studio Album

Japanese heavy metal act Loudness has confirmed that, despite the recent loss of drummer Munetaka Higuchi, they will be recording a brand new studio album. A translated blog from guitarist Akira Takasaki reads as follows:

"From the vast amount of data (of drums recorded by Munetaka in the past), we will extract Munetaka's great groove and sound. On top of that, we're putting a new riff and rhythm. The new album will be based on Munetaka's groove at its maximum. I'm writing guitar riffs that would sound like nothing but Loudness. I'm trying to make it a gigantic rock album that would satisfy Munetaka, as he was always complaining 'This isn't loud enough' or 'This needs to be more heavier.' He loved Metal Mad so much, I'm sure he wanted to go on tour with that album. We regret that we couldn't go out to the world with that album. We're gonna be writing numbers of hard, heavy, crazy, and loud songs that will top Metal Mad. So Munetaka, please lend your hands."

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Paindivision Signs Japanese Deal w/ Soundholic

PAINDIVISION has announced that they've signed a deal with Soundholic Records in Japan. Alongside label mates such as Hatesphere and Soilwork, Soundholic have built a reputation as one of the most respected metal labels in Japan.

The band comments on the deal: “We are very happy to be releasing through such a well respected company like Soundholic. The Japanese metal fans have shown strong support for the band on our 2007 tour and the current plan is to head back to Japan in support of the new album in 2009.”

Soundholic will release the Japanese version of the album with a special bonus track. The featured track will be "Like Hell" a cover of Japanese metal legends Loudness.

Stu (guitarist) comments “I have always been a big fan of the guitarist from Loudness, Akira Takasashi, he’s one of the most underrated guitar players and has influenced and entire generation of players. In Japan he’s a god, so this was a test from a players perspective for me and we had a great time recording it. We performed the song live on our final show at Takamatsu in 2007 and it seemed the perfect choice for the new record.”

“One Path” was recently released in Australia by Riot Entertainment in October this year. “One Path” signals a return to high powered shred metal while remaining true to the classic metal roots of WASP, Motorhead and Black Sabbath.

The release is scheduled in Japan for February 2009. Check paindivision.com for all new song samples and news.

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Ex-Loudness Singer Speaks On Drummer's Passing

Former Loudness singer Michael Vescera, who performed with the band between the years 1989 and 1991 has posted the following message online regarding the passing of Loudness drummer Munetaka Higuchi:

"I’m very sorry to hear about Munetaka’s passing. My deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, fans and the guys in Loudness. I was fortunate enough to work with Munetaka for 3 plus years and it was an incredible time for me. He was a great musician and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace."

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