A stunning arming brings LOUDNESS to the world

In May of 1981, Munetaka Higuchi (ds) and Akira Takasaki (g) from LAZY decided to form their own band to pursuit their favorite music style.
Minoru Niihara (Vo), a former member of EARTHSHAKER, became the original lead singer of LOUDNESS after auditions. Masayoshi Yamashita (b), an old friend with Takasaki, was also selected after a few auditions.
“LOUDNESS” started recording their first album from August 1981.
The first album “THE BIRTHDAY EVE” was released in November, which left a vivid impression among Japanese hard rock musicians.

Takasaki’s arming recorded in the opening of “THE BIRTHDAY EVE” was the trigger to change the Japanese rock music style. In December, the debut concert was held in Asakusa International Theater. As oppose to people’s opinion that hard rock reduced their presence in the Japanese music scene, 2,700 tickets were sold out, and LOUDNESS showed exclusive performance for them.

After the debut, LOUDNESS released their second album “DEVIL SOLDIER” in July 1982 and the third one “THE LAW OF DEVIL’S LAND” in January 1983. An American engineer Daniel McLendon was hired for those two albums because band members had a thought that Japanese engineer wouldn’t be able to record great heavy metal sounds. By this time, the sound quality and technique of LOUDNESS had already become exclusive ones as a “Japanese band.”

As a Japanese heavy metal band, LOUDNESS was the only one who embarked the first U.S. tour in July of 1983 followed by the tour in Europe.
LOUDNESS continually attempted to break into the international music scene.

In September 1983, Julian Mendelsohn, the engineer who previously worked with YES, joined the team. The fourth album “DISILLUSION” was produced in UK with his input. It was the first time for LOUDNESS to complete recording overseas.
In May of 1984, LOUDNESS signed a contract with Atlantic Records. It was a huge achievement in a history that a Japanese band that signed an international record deal.
In August of that year, LOUDNESS welcomed one of the best producers Max Norman, known as a producer worked with Ozzy Ozbourne, and started recording their first worldwide album in Los Angeles.



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