Japanese metal legends Loudness are to release their latest album, ‘Eve To Dawn’, on Frostbyte Media label on October 1st. Originally released in Japan last year, it is the band’s 24th album in their 31 year career.
Formed in 1981, by Munetaka Higuchi, guitarist Akira Takasaki, former Earthshaker vocalist Minoru Niihara and bassist Masayoshi Yamashita, Loudness self-released four albums – ‘The Birthday Eve’ (1981), ‘Devil Soldier’ (1982), ‘The Law Of Devil’s Land’ (1983), and ‘Disllusion’ (1984) before becoming the first Japanese band to sign an international record deal, with Atlantic.
In July of ‘83, the band then conducted their first American tour, followed by a European tour one month later. An A&R man from Atlantic Records was so impressed by these Loudness shows, that this led to the band being signed by the label for an international record deal – a first in Japanese music history.
The band released three albums - ‘Thunder In The East’ (1985),‘Lightning Strikes’ (1986) and ‘Hurricane Eyes’ (1987) – in the US, before vocalist Niihara quit in 1988. He was eventually replaced in September 1989 by former Obsession vocalist Mike Vescera, with whom they recorded three albums – ‘Soldier Of Fortune’ (1990), ‘On The Prowl’ and ‘Slap In The Face’ (both in 1991) – before both Vescera and Yamashita both left the band.
Takasaki re-united the original line-up in May 2000 and the band remained hugely successful in their homeland. In 2009, Masayuki Suzuki replaced founder member Higuchi when the drummer died of liver cancer in November of the previous year.
‘Eve To Dawn’ will be released in the US and Europe on October 1st, with extensive worldwide touring to follow.
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