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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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1. Diamond Oz writes:

I really hate reporting on deaths in metal and reporting two today is awful. What makes this one so sad is the message he posted so shortly before his death. I'm not gonna lie and say Loudness was my favourite band or anything because I've never heard them, but it's really really sad to see this.

Rest In Peace

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 6:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. godlike writes:

Damn, another one..!! RIP

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 7:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. americanpatriot1 writes:

What the hell? Is everyone trying to go before the new year?

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 7:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. jayballer14 writes:

yah, i dont know them but it is a pretty sad story. RIP

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 7:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. ten dead gods writes:

r.i.p my brother m.z.a

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 7:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. wilco writes:

yeah i do not know but lots of them pass away this year
did see loudness one time in holland even got some vynel from them
they only sing in japanese
theguitar player is pretty good

rip munetaka

# Dec 2, 2008 @ 5:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. BoltThrower writes:

Wock and woll cwazy nights...

# Dec 2, 2008 @ 7:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. the real diehl writes:

I remember when they come out long time ago there first two or three albums in the stsates where in english. I was in Japan from 93 to 97 they were still popular there. thought and prayers to his family and friends

# Dec 2, 2008 @ 9:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Blindgreed1 writes:

RIP...

# Dec 2, 2008 @ 10:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Txmetalhead writes:

RIP metal bro- you gave us some great musik. Thanks for being a part of my life.

# Dec 2, 2008 @ 12:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. OI writes:

We ah roudness!!

# Dec 2, 2008 @ 2:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. SHREDDER13 writes:

This band was great in the 80's!....

\m/ !Rock In Peace Dude! \m/

# Dec 2, 2008 @ 3:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Baddstuff writes:

This is very sad indeed. I’ve been a long time Loudness fan and always loved Higuchi’s playing. I don’t think he got enough recognition here in the U.S. His name never seems to come up when rock drummers are talked about while lesser drummers get too much attenetion. Maybe now some heads will bow and all will understand. R.I.P. Munetaka

# Dec 2, 2008 @ 5:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Larry writes:

Very sad, a great metal drummer. Will surely be missed. R.I.P. Munateka, you are the Loudness Guy.

# Dec 2, 2008 @ 5:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. rk writes:

Yeah thats sad. Cancer is a tough one to overcome. Loudness was the shiitt. I had Beast In The East and Lightning Strikes way back in the day.

# Dec 2, 2008 @ 8:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. azmanSABAH writes:

it always hurts to hear a sad news . Munetaka Bro , you are one of the best drummer on this planet .Your spirit is always here with me ! R.I.P. Munetaka bro !! SAYONARA !!! LOUDNESS RULEZ !!

# Dec 3, 2008 @ 1:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. twistedvincent writes:

Very sad indeed......I've always been a Loudness fan.Even more so as of late because of their latest release,the INCREDIBLY heavy "Metal Mad".
A true loss to the metal community........RIP Munetaka.

# Dec 3, 2008 @ 5:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. That_One_Guy writes:

I've only heard one song by them ("Rock and Roll Crazy Nights" or something like that) and wasn't a big fan, but it always sucks when somebody dies.. especially a musician. R.I.P., man.

# Dec 3, 2008 @ 11:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. stargazerSG writes:

very very sad & shocking, he's really a true heavy metal drummer which is under rated in circle of drummers worldwide, it's a big loss. my condolonces to his loved ones, family & friends.

# Dec 3, 2008 @ 11:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Old skool thrash writes:

R.I.P metal brother, loudness were immense in the 80s and early 90s!

# Dec 4, 2008 @ 2:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. thadeus writes:

r.i.p my metal brother.

# Dec 5, 2008 @ 10:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Metal Joe writes:

R.I.P. Damn it sucks that you're dead, Munetaka!

# Dec 8, 2008 @ 2:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. xman writes:

man that sucks r.i.p. you will be missed

# Dec 10, 2008 @ 6:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. banga langlands ,Australia writes:

A fitting tribute To Munetaka ..would be entitled ,( Thunder from the East !) in some ways he was the John Bonham Of AsIa , he didnt jump on the double bass speed /thrash thing ,to him a single bass drum was more challenging! , he was a power rock n roll dynamo! he could roll of the snare and and the toms with such force..maybe its the japanese taiko in him ..his triplets was as good as bonhams any day ,,he could play in odd time signatures .but he preffered straight ahead precision and earthquaking back beat ! ,,
He had such an authority and mastery of the drum kit ,,he would put many other Rock /metal players to shame !! sadly ,,no recognition much deserved ,,he was Ian paice ,bonham rolled into one, forward thinking always played the groove to perfection and more !! he could burn the kit as good as any drummer past, present or future ,,

He was A rock .metal drummer with immense class and style
I hope someone writes an absolute complete biography on his playing and style ..
to all metal heads ,rockers and drummers ..I'd suggest go disect this legends playing and start listerning to all his past recordings .. he is phenominal ,he was the thunder from the east !!
Long live A master Drummer and legend ,,Munetake higushi!!
to bad that didnt make it to Aussie land ,,
Yeah I truely cried ...sadly missed ..he rocks 4 ever,, Loudness ,,switch on the power !! let munetaka and the band blow you Away !!! R.I.P! brother.......

# Dec 16, 2008 @ 1:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. franz writes:

me no rikey roudness

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