Friday, September 2, 2011

Crank it Up: Loudness

Based on what I've heard, both the semi-"famous" Thunder in the East and the recent King of Pain, the Loudness crew know how to write catchy and hard-hitting metal songs that will stick with a listener for ages. I find it hard to believe that Loudness was overlooked back in the '80s and criminally underrated in the process, especially today where they're relatively unknown. I'm not sure how big they are in their home country (Japan), but in USA I'd be hard pressed to find a soul outside the internet that's familiar with them.

It's been a bit of a trend for me to flashback to moments in my life when I picked up an album or to my initial impressions, so I'll do it here, too. I remember being vaguely familiar with Loudness some years ago, but it wasn't until I came across Thunder in the East while on a vacation in Colorado that I began to understand the band. If you were to call any of Loudness' output well-known, TitE would be the one that would fit the bill. It's heavy and riff-oriented, yet it remains accessible at the same time. This is the kind of album I can give to someone who isn't a metalhead and have them enjoy it. Loudness is hard to hate, even if you claim to dislike metal.

That being said, I'd like to post two cuts both from Thunder in the East and King of Pain. These two tracks will slightly contrast one another because one is an earlier piece, the other modern. I'm looking forward to hearing everything in between the two albums (and the one after King of Pain). I have no idea why it's taken me so long to fully check out a band as good as this one.


Loudness - "Get Away"

Loudness - "King of Pain"

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