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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 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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Loudness Drummer Munetaka Higuchi Passes Away

Munetaka Higuchi, drummer for Japanese heavy metal band Loudness, passed away yesterday in Osaka, Japan yesterday morning. He was 49 years old. He had been diagnosed with Hepatocellular Carcinoma in April of this year and undergone two rounds of chemotherapy treatment and an operation to remove part of his liver.

Higuchi himself posted the following message online, twelve days before his death: "It has been half a year since I was diagnosed with liver cancer. I am really sorry that the fans are worried. The cancer has become worse despite the fact that I have been taking care of my health, and I will need more time for my treatment. [Even after undergoing the] big operation to remove half of my liver, I still need more treatment. There are various risks and dangers involved with my condition, but I'll do my best to keep my spirits up and maintain my physical strength to fight this illness. I know it is still the middle of my treatment, but I just wanted inform you about my progress since the operation. Thank you very much for all the support."

Loudness was formed in 1981 by Higuchi and guitarist Akira Takasaki and were the first Japanese heavy metal act to be signed in the United States. The band have released over twenty studio albums to date, seven live albums and twelve compilation albums. The bands most recent gig was supporting Motley Crue in October of this year at Greater Tokyo Area's Saitama Super Arena.

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Asian Typhoon Signs To Nightmare Records

Nightmare Records recently announced the signing of Japanese progressive metal band Asian Typhoon (also known as X.Y.Z. in Asian markets), featuring the founding vocalist of LOUDNESS, Minoru Niihara. The band's Nightmare/Koch debut will be entitled "Wings" and is due out on March 4th, 2008. You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Loudness Announce More North American Dates

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have lined up the following North American dates as part of their 25th Anniversary Tour:

Mar. 18 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
Mar. 19 - Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Mar. 26 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's
Mar. 31 - Hartford, Ct @ Webster Theatre/Underground
Mar. 29 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern
Apr. 01 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

More dates are expected to be announced soon.

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Loudness Announce More North American Dates

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have lined up the following North American dates as part of their 25th Anniversary Tour:

Mar. 26 – New York, NY @ B.B. King's
Mar. 31 - Hartford, Ct @ Webster Theatre/Underground
Mar. 29 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern
Apr. 01 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

More dates are expected to be announced soon. More...

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France's Raismesfest Line-up Complete

Raismes, north of France, will welcome the 8th edition of Raismesfest, heavy & melodic metal festival on the 10th and 11th of September.

Saturday 10:

- (local band to be chosen after the contest that will take place in Raismes on June 4th*)
- Edenbridge
- Dragonforce
- Nightmare
- Manigance
- Loudness
- Sonata Arctica

Sunday 11:

- Conscience
- Wild West
- The Old Dead Tree
- Anyone's Daughter
- Deadsoul Tribe
- Anathema

One day ticket: € 15 (€ 20 without reservation)
Two days ticket: € 25 (€ 30 without reservation)
Camping: € 5

For more information, visit www.raismesfest.com.

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Mnemic Added To Japan's Independence D Festival

Denmark's futuristic metallers Mnemic will head on their first trip to Japan in March. They will be part of a three day festival/convention called "Independence-D", set to take place March 11-13 at Studio Coast Shinkiba in Tokyo, Japan.

Also appearing on the bill are The Dillinger Escape Plan, Heaven Shall Burn, Loudness, Misfits, Visions of Atlantis among others.

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