History Music / Loudness

27th Jan '17 4:25:39 PM Xtifr
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** In the 1992-94 era, almost everyone was a WalkingShirtlessScene at times. AkiraTakasaki was in the ''Once And For All'' live, and TaijiSawada was in at least one photoshoot (which is the only place all of his tattoos can be seen).

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** In the 1992-94 era, almost everyone was a WalkingShirtlessScene at times. AkiraTakasaki Akira Takasaki was in the ''Once And For All'' live, and TaijiSawada Taiji Sawada was in at least one photoshoot (which is the only place all of his tattoos can be seen).
21st Jan '17 7:35:24 AM Morgenthaler
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The original lineup recorded seven more studio albums from 2002 through 2009 (a few of these have been released outside Japan). Munetaka Higuchi died of liver cancer in November 2008; one album (''The Everlasting'') with drums played by Higuchi was completed in 2009 by the other band members, and dedicated to Higuchi. Drummer Masayuki Suzuki joined in 2009, playing on one song on that album. The band has recorded one more studio album (''King of Pain''), has successfully toured the US and Southeast Asia, and is beginning work on a new album to be released in 2011 or 2012. Unfortunately, ex-bassist TaijiSawada died in July 2011.

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The original lineup recorded seven more studio albums from 2002 through 2009 (a few of these have been released outside Japan). Munetaka Higuchi died of liver cancer in November 2008; one album (''The Everlasting'') with drums played by Higuchi was completed in 2009 by the other band members, and dedicated to Higuchi. Drummer Masayuki Suzuki joined in 2009, playing on one song on that album. The band has recorded one more studio album (''King of Pain''), has successfully toured the US and Southeast Asia, and is beginning work on a new album to be released in 2011 or 2012. Unfortunately, ex-bassist TaijiSawada Music/TaijiSawada died in July 2011.



* {{Guyliner}}: Masaki Yamada often wore this onstage in both EZO and Loudness. TaijiSawada tended to wear it as an artifact of his far heavier makeup from his time in the VisualKei band [[XJapan X]].

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* {{Guyliner}}: Masaki Yamada often wore this onstage in both EZO and Loudness. TaijiSawada Music/TaijiSawada tended to wear it as an artifact of his far heavier makeup from his time in the VisualKei band [[XJapan X]].



* LeadBassist: In 1992, TaijiSawada joined the band.

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* LeadBassist: In 1992, TaijiSawada Music/TaijiSawada joined the band.



* NiceHat: TaijiSawada was in the band for a bit. The others and even he would occasionally go for the distinctly not NiceHat baseball cap, but other times, this trope was definitely in play. Also, in some performances, Akira Takasaki will wear one over either his shaved head or to contain his long hair, and Minoru Niihara has taken to wearing one to obscure his receding hairline.

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* NiceHat: TaijiSawada Music/TaijiSawada was in the band for a bit. The others and even he would occasionally go for the distinctly not NiceHat baseball cap, but other times, this trope was definitely in play. Also, in some performances, Akira Takasaki will wear one over either his shaved head or to contain his long hair, and Minoru Niihara has taken to wearing one to obscure his receding hairline.



* TakeThat: The band's memorial song for TaijiSawada is "Black Widow," which, if you know the circumstances of his death, is probably ''the'' most apt of his songs to play in memory. ([[DontExplainTheJoke His death was in part due to a]] BlackWidow.)

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* TakeThat: The band's memorial song for TaijiSawada Music/TaijiSawada is "Black Widow," which, if you know the circumstances of his death, is probably ''the'' most apt of his songs to play in memory. ([[DontExplainTheJoke His death was in part due to a]] BlackWidow.)



** TaijiSawada was a VisualKei bassist who first became famous with Music/XJapan which was one of the founding bands of VisualKei.

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** TaijiSawada Music/TaijiSawada was a VisualKei bassist who first became famous with Music/XJapan which was one of the founding bands of VisualKei.
12th Jan '17 11:10:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ProtestSong: {{Loudness}} seems to love this trope:

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* ProtestSong: {{Loudness}} Loudness seems to love this trope:
12th Jan '17 11:02:04 AM Morgenthaler
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!!{{Loudness}}'s Music Provides Examples of:

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!!{{Loudness}}'s !!Loudness's Music Provides Examples of:
14th Nov '16 5:35:05 PM SmytheOrdo
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* NewSoundAlbum: Began as a NWOBHM-styled band, shifted towards HairMetal, then after Mike Vescera and the original bassist left, ThrashMetal became the band's primary influence with vocalist Masaki Yamada. The albums Ghetto Machine, Engine, and Dragon were a trilogy of psychedelia-influenced StonerMetal albums, and upon Yamada's exit and the original lineup reuniting, a more traditional sound returned with Spiritual Canoe. The albums Racing and Pandemonium both saw experimentation with NuMetal sounds, and even metalcore influences with stuff like Breaking The Taboo, Metal Mad and the compilation of rerecordings Rockshocks, with downtuned guitar, aggressive drumming, and even HarshVocals with screaming thrown in here and there. The band's post-Munetaka Higuchi works had a return to standard tunings and far more tradional arrangements.
9th Nov '16 7:56:30 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Minoru Niihara. Just...Minoru Niihara. Despite his grief and pain, he decided to carry on the band along with Akira Takasaki in memory of Munetaka, and that's not even mentioning his vocal abilities.
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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* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Akira Takasaki
** TheLancer: Minoru Niihara
** TheSmartGuy: Masayoshi Yamashita
** TheBigGuy: Masayuki "Ampan" Suzuki
** TheHeart: Munetaka Higuchi
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