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Loudness would probably be the most influential and best-known of all Japanese metal bands, with amazing guitar work courtesy of Takasaki. After a couple of distinctive early albums they began to adopt a commerical American style, eventually even employing American vocalist Michael Vescera in an attempt to conquer the US market. The shift in the musical environment there stifled this however. Loudness has continued regardless, maintaining immense popularity in Japan. The original line-up regrouped in 2000.

Munetaka Higuchi died from liver cancer on 30 November, 2008.

Added on 8/25/2002 5:00 AM by Dustin | Last updated on 12/2/2008 7:34 AM by Goreripper

Current (or Last Known) Lineup

Musician Instruments Currently Also In Used To Be In Guest Appearances
Minoru Niihara Vocals Powergod
Akira Takasaki Guitar
Masayoshi Yamashita Bass

Past Lineup (Members Who Never Appeared on an Album)

Discography (23 Releases)

2008 - Metal Mad by Loudness

2006 - Breaking the Taboo by Loudness

2005 - The Battleship Musashi (EP) by Loudness

2004 - Racing by Loudness

2004 - Terror Hakuri by Loudness

2002 - Biosphere by Loudness

2001 - Pandemonium by Loudness

2001 - Spiritual Canoe by Loudness

1999 - Engine by Loudness


1998 - Dragon by Loudness


1997 - Ghetto Machine by Loudness


1994 - Heavy Metal Hippies by Loudness


1992 - Loudness by Loudness

1991 - On The Prowl by Loudness

1989 - Soldier Of Fortune by Loudness

1988 - Jealousy by Loudness

1987 - Hurricane Eyes by Loudness

1986 - Lightning Strikes by Loudness

1985 - Thunder In The East by Loudness

1984 - Disillusion by Loudness

1983 - The Law Of Devil's Land by Loudness

1982 - Devil Soldier by Loudness

1981 - The Birthday Eve by Loudness

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