History Music / Loudness

20th Jun '16 10:50:57 PM gewunomox
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The following year, the band recorded two songs and two instrumentals that were used in the anime movie ''Odin: Koshi Hansen Starlight'', also released on the maxi-single ''Odin''. Then they recorded their next full-length album (''Thunder in the East'') in Los Angeles; this was their first album to be released in the United States, was English-language only, and probably remains their most famous album. More touring in the United States followed, including as an opening act for MotleyCrue. The band's musical style during this time gradually changed toward contemporary American {{hair metal}}.

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The following year, the band recorded two songs and two instrumentals that were used in the anime movie ''Odin: Koshi Hansen Starlight'', also released on the maxi-single ''Odin''. Then they recorded their next full-length album (''Thunder in the East'') in Los Angeles; this was their first album to be released in the United States, was English-language only, and probably remains their most famous album. More touring in the United States followed, including as an opening act for MotleyCrue.Music/MotleyCrue. The band's musical style during this time gradually changed toward contemporary American {{hair metal}}.
17th Jun '16 7:27:41 PM gewunomox
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The original lineup consisted of Music/AkiraTakasaki (guitar), Music/MinoruNiihara (vocals), Music/MunetakaHiguchi (drums), and Masayoshi Yamashita (bass). Takasaki and Higuchi had formerly been members of the band Lazy (which also included singer [[JAMProject Hironobu Kageyama]]), which disbanded earlier that year; Niihara had earlier been the bassist/singer in the band Earthshaker (although he left before they made any records). The band's early musical style was in line with the first generation and second generation (such as the NWOBHM scene) of heavy metal, especially Music/{{Rainbow}} (Ritchie Blackmore having been one of Takasaki's main musical influences; notice that his previous band was named after a DeepPurple song).

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The original lineup consisted of Music/AkiraTakasaki (guitar), Music/MinoruNiihara (vocals), Music/MunetakaHiguchi (drums), and Masayoshi Yamashita (bass). Takasaki and Higuchi had formerly been members of the band Lazy (which also included singer [[JAMProject Hironobu Kageyama]]), which disbanded earlier that year; Niihara had earlier been the bassist/singer in the band Earthshaker (although he left before they made any records). The band's early musical style was in line with the first generation and second generation (such as the NWOBHM scene) of heavy metal, especially Music/{{Rainbow}} (Ritchie Blackmore having been one of Takasaki's main musical influences; notice that his previous band was named after a DeepPurple Music/DeepPurple song).



* CoverVersion: During the time when Masaki Yamada was in the band, "House of 1000 Pleasures" by Yamada's previous band EZO was in their live repertoire (featured on the 1993 live album ''Once and for All'' and on the 1992 concert video ''Welcome to the Slaughter House''). 1994 live album ''Loud 'n' Raw'' includes a cover of DeepPurple's "Speed King". As for other bands covering Loudness songs, Music/{{Therion}} covered "Crazy Nights" on their 1999 album ''Crowning of Atlantis'', and there have also been two Loudness tribute albums (one from 2001, the other from 2003). One of XJapan's very first live performances in the 80s (when the band consisted only of Yoshiki and Toshi) was "In The Mirror," and {{Galneryus}} once covered "Soldier of Fortune" in the Yama-B days.

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* CoverVersion: During the time when Masaki Yamada was in the band, "House of 1000 Pleasures" by Yamada's previous band EZO was in their live repertoire (featured on the 1993 live album ''Once and for All'' and on the 1992 concert video ''Welcome to the Slaughter House''). 1994 live album ''Loud 'n' Raw'' includes a cover of DeepPurple's Music/DeepPurple's "Speed King". As for other bands covering Loudness songs, Music/{{Therion}} covered "Crazy Nights" on their 1999 album ''Crowning of Atlantis'', and there have also been two Loudness tribute albums (one from 2001, the other from 2003). One of XJapan's very first live performances in the 80s (when the band consisted only of Yoshiki and Toshi) was "In The Mirror," and {{Galneryus}} once covered "Soldier of Fortune" in the Yama-B days.
25th May '16 8:12:01 PM HypnoticMeerkat
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** "Sweet Dreams" (1999) is NOT a MarilynManson or Eurythmics cover, but rather a protest song aimed at racist stereotyping of Japanese.

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** "Sweet Dreams" (1999) is NOT a MarilynManson Music/MarilynManson or Eurythmics cover, but rather a protest song aimed at racist stereotyping of Japanese.
7th Nov '15 7:59:25 AM Inspeps
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Added DiffLines:

* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Akira Takasaki
** TheLancer: Minoru Niihara
** TheSmartGuy: Masayoshi Yamashita
** TheBigGuy: Masayuki "Ampan" Suzuki
** TheHeart: Munetaka Higuchi
31st Jul '15 2:00:18 PM phoenix
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** "Crazy Doctor" (1983-84) seems to be a condemnation of both Japanese mental health care/hospitalization (which at the time ''was'' in need of major reforms) and a cry for help from someone suffering mental illness yet trapped in the system, referencing [[NaziGermany Josef Mengele]].

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** "Crazy Doctor" (1983-84) seems to be a condemnation of both Japanese mental health care/hospitalization (which at the time ''was'' in need of major reforms) and a cry for help from someone suffering mental illness yet trapped in the system, referencing [[NaziGermany [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Josef Mengele]].
8th May '15 8:40:47 PM nombretomado
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** "Racing" (2004) has "Misleading Man" which is a TakeThat at GeorgeWBush and has "Unknown Civilians" which is yet another WarIsHell song that is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, as well as a TakeThat at GeorgeWBush too.

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** "Racing" (2004) has "Misleading Man" which is a TakeThat at GeorgeWBush UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and has "Unknown Civilians" which is yet another WarIsHell song that is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, as well as a TakeThat at GeorgeWBush UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush too.
19th Apr '15 9:22:24 PM nombretomado
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** "S.D.I." (1987) which is a protest against the ColdWar arms race, which became a general anti-war anthem and one of the band's top songs. Minoru Niihara actually performed it as the opening song of a 2010 rock festival set.

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** "S.D.I." (1987) which is a protest against the ColdWar UsefulNotes/ColdWar arms race, which became a general anti-war anthem and one of the band's top songs. Minoru Niihara actually performed it as the opening song of a 2010 rock festival set.
10th Mar '15 4:11:07 AM tenryufan
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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: "Soldier Of Fortune." It's most likely a StealthParody of the BloodKnight and WarIsGlorious, but sometimes this is missed in how cool it sounds and what a rocking song it is.
5th Oct '14 3:28:21 AM m8e
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Loudness is a Music/{{heavy metal}} band, founded in 1981 in Osaka, Japan.

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Loudness is a Music/{{heavy metal}} HeavyMetal band, founded in 1981 in Osaka, Japan.
5th Oct '14 2:47:13 AM m8e
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** Yet another song from "Thunder In The East," "The Lines Are Down" is something incredibly unusual for 1980s Music/HeavyMetal by a male band (and sadly, for the band itself, see later): an anti-rape song, seeming to start from the rapist's perspective then flipping to encourage the [[FinalGirl victim]] to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil kill her rapist]] and escape.

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** Yet another song from "Thunder In The East," "The Lines Are Down" is something incredibly unusual for 1980s Music/HeavyMetal HeavyMetal by a male band (and sadly, for the band itself, see later): an anti-rape song, seeming to start from the rapist's perspective then flipping to encourage the [[FinalGirl victim]] to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil kill her rapist]] and escape.
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