Since its inception in 1981, Loudness have led the Japanese heavy metal scene and embarked on global domination with Thunder In The East (1985 / #74 US national chart) and Lightning Strikes (1986 / #64 US national chart). They have been fanatically acclaimed worldwide.
Now, Rise To Glory, the first album in 4 years since 2014’s The Sun Will Rise Again will be released on 26th January 2018 worldwide and for the first time on earMUSIC. The album is packed with aggression, melody and positive vibes.
Vocalist Minoru Niihara says: “The album cheers you up, makes you feel fresh.”
From the rock maelstrom of “Massive Tornado” to the young burning passion of “Soul On Fire”, the life-glorifying “I’m Still Alive”, and the declaration of metal warfare of “Rise To Glory” all of them serve as supporter songs for the age of turmoil.
The guitar wizardry of Akira Takasaki, hailed around the world as one of the true Guitar Gods, is featured throughout the album. He admits: “I played lots of guitars, more than any other albums this century. There was soul in the sounds” – his performance would surprise even the most ardent of the fans. Together with the guitar solos on each song, there is amazing playing on the instrumental track, leaning towards the progressive side of the band.
Along with the hurtling speed tunes such as “Massive Tornado”, “No Limit” and “Rise To Glory”, the variety of songwriting takes the listener to an amazing journey. “Rain” has the melancholic mood, “Until I See The Light” focuses on the melodic side of the band, and “Let’s All Rock” has a heated call-and-response with the audience to recreate their live performance.
Akira Takasaki – Guitar
Minoru Niihara – Vocals
Masayoshi Yamashita – Bass
Masayuki Suzuki – Drums