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Thunder In the East

Loudness

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Album Review

With 1985's Thunder in the East, Loudness were faced with the daunting challenge of conquering heavy metal fans outside their homeland of Japan for the first time. Knowing that their early sound might prove a tad too heavy and complex for American audiences, the foursome rose to the occasion by dispensing their most melodic compositions ever. Yet, except for a few obvious examples, like "We Could Be Together," first single "Crazy Nights," and the power ballad "Never Change Your Mind," the band doesn't seem at all self-conscious about this transition. A few all-out headbangers like "Get Away" and "Clockwork Toy" are hammered out for good measure, but it's excellent tracks like "Heavy Chains," "The Lines Are Down," and "No Way Out" which obtain the best results by bridging the gap between both extremes and providing the best foundations for Akira Takasaki's incendiary guitar solos. In fact, were it not for singer Minoru Niihara's poor English-speaking skills (which quite understandably result in some amusing lyrical transgressions) little here belies the band's unique origins, and for that they should be applauded. Oh, and the impossibly long guitar riff of "Run for Your Life" has to be a world record. Backed by a ruthless marketing campaign concocted by record label Atco, Thunder in the East would actually do quite well in America. But Loudness' novelty status would soon wear off, and they would never again experience such success in America, despite some fine efforts in the following years.

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Metal at it's finest!

Thunder In The East is an all around powerhouse of blistering guitar solos and mega crunchy riffs from Japanese guitar hero Akira Takasaki. The songs range from great (Crazy Nights, We Could Be Together) to downright epic (Lines Are Down, Heavy Chains)and the album maintains a steady pace from beginning to end.

If you are a guitarist or just a fan of the sleek version of 80's metal that had more substance than style, this album is for you.

My Introduction to Loudness

This is a great CD from start to finish. Got to see them open for Motley Crue while they were touring this album and it was a great show. Stole the show from Crue. Standouts are...well, the whole CD!

Good stuff

Great CD. Glad they finally put these guys on i tunes.

Biography

Formed: Japan

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time they were introduced to the West by 1985's Thunder in the East album, Japan's Loudness had arguably already hit their peak. Their previous effort, Disillusion, was the fourth chart-topping release in their homeland, not to mention a critical triumph among members of the European press. But when faced with a contingency plan to conquer America, Loudness were gradually forced to alter their sound by...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock, World, Asia
  • Released: 1985

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