loudness in - CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, News

Former X JAPAN/LOUDNESS Bassist Dies

According to Mariana's Variety, former X JAPAN and LOUDNESS bassist Taiji Sawada passed away before noon at the intensive care unit in Commonwealth Health Center, Saipan yesterday (July 17). Sawada, 45, was arrested by federal authorities for being unruly on a flight to Saipan and was brought to CHC after he tried to ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Malaysian Rock Singer Fulfills LOUDNESS Dream

According to Malay Mail, Suhaimi Abdul Rahman, better known as Amy, the frontman of Malaysian rock legends SEARCH, will achieve a major dream on July 24 when he performs as guest artiste with Japanese heavy metal group LOUDNESS, which was co-founded by electric guitarist Akira Takasaki. The show, billed "Loudness Live in Kuala ...

Read more

Posted in: News

LOUDNESS: New Video Interview With AKIRA TAKASAKI

In the video clip below, guitarist Akira Takasaki of veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS talks about celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band's formation; the group's most recent album, "King Of Pain"; and what to expect from LOUDNESS' upcoming effort. Quality multi-camera video footage of LOUDNESS performing the song "Shadows Of War" on May 22, 2011 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Story continues after advertisement

LOUDNESS: More High-Quality Multi-Cam Footage From Cleveland

Quality multi-camera video footage of Japanese metallers LOUDNESS performing the song "Shadows Of War" on May 22, 2011 at the Beachland Ballroom in in Cleveland, Ohio can be viewed below. The footage from filmed in 1080p high definition by Ken Kitt and Kim Schleeper, and was edited and produced by Ken Kitt for LOUDNESS and ...

Read more

Posted in: News

LOUDNESS: Long Island Signing Session Announced

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will take part in an autograph-signing session on Sunday, June 5 at Looney Tunes (31 Brookvale Ave.) in West Babylon, New York beginning at 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 631.587.7722 or visit LooneyTunesCDs.com. Quality multi-camera video footage of LOUDNESS performing the songs "Heavy Chains" and "In The Mirror" ...

Read more

Posted in: News

LOUDNESS: High-Quality Multi-Cam Footage From Cleveland

Quality multi-camera video footage of Japanese metallers LOUDNESS performing the songs "Heavy Chains" and "In The Mirror" on May 22, 2011 at the Beachland Ballroom in in Cleveland, Ohio can be viewed below. The footage from filmed in 1080p high definition by Ken Kitt and Kim Schleeper, and was edited and produced by Ken Kitt ...

Read more

Posted in: News

'In The Pit' With LOUDNESS

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS are featured in "Metal Moment" podcast's latest video series, "In The Pit With Loudness". The 15-minute clip, which can be seen below, features footage of the band's May 10, 2011 concert in Santa Clara, California as well as a short Japanese-language interview with guitarist Akira Takasaki. A brand new song from ...

Read more

Posted in: News

EDGUY Begins Recording New Album

After a successful world tour of more than 100 concerts all over the globe in support of their latest CD, "Tinnitus Sanctus", German melodic metallers EDGUY have entered the studio to begin recording a new album. Still under the influence of their arena tour as special guests of the SCORPIONS and the latest AVANTASIA world ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Scheepers - SCHEEPERS

You didn't expect the German version of Rob Halford (vocally, folks…vocally) to release a solo album that didn't sound at least a little bit like PRIMAL FEAR, or JUDAS PRIEST and HALFORD for that matter, did you? I didn't think so. That's good because on SCHEEPERS' self-titled debut, at least half the album sounds a ...

Read more

Posted in: CD Reviews

LOUDNESS: U.S. Dates Announced

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have scheduled the following 30th-anniversary U.S. dates: May 06 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA May 07 - Dante's - Portland, OR May 08 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA May 10 - Avalon - Santa Clara, CA May 11 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA May 12 - Club ...

Read more

Posted in: News

KILLING MACHINE Announces New Lineup, Begins Work On Next Album

U.S. metal heavyweights KILLING MACHINE are set to make their return after a break with a new CD . The group's current lineup includes founding member and guitarist Peter Scheithauer (ex-TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY, BELLADONNA) alongside James Rivera (HELSTAR, VICIOUS RUMORS) on vocals, Jochen Mayer (CASANOVA, DOMAIN) on bass, Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL) and Jon Dette ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Rollin' - TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION

If you even considered for a moment upon reading the name TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION that the style of music played on "Rollin'" had anything at all to do with peace, love, flowers, and/or granola, such thoughts were crushed into dust upon taking a gander at the album cover. That is, if doubts remained after you ...

Read more

Posted in: CD Reviews

LOUDNESS To Tour U.S.

According to a Twitter message from Eddie Trunk, the host of VH1 Classic's hit television program "That Metal Show", veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will embark on a U.S. tour soon. No further details are currently available. A brand new song from LOUDNESS entitled "The Eternal Soldiers" serves as the opening theme to "Mazinkaiser ...

Read more

Posted in: News

CHICKENFOOT's CHAD SMITH Discusses 'Holy China' Cymbal With DRUM! Magazine (Video)

Drum! magazine conducted an interview with drummer Chad Smith (CHICKENFOOT, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California during the 2011 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that runs through Sunday. You can now watch the chat below. Sabian has just introduced Holy China, which was ...

Read more

Posted in: News

LOUDNESS: 'The Eternal Soldiers' Single Available

A brand new song from veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS entitled "The Eternal Soldiers" serves as the opening theme to "Mazinkaiser SKL", a Japanese OVA (original video animation) series and the 11th Mazinger series ever made based on Go Nagai's original works. The single, which features lyrics by Minoru Niihara and music by Akira Takasaki, was ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Japan's METAL SAFARI Performs PANTERA Medley In Tokyo (Video)

Japanese extreme metallers METAL SAFARI celebrated their five-year anniversary and the release of their second album, "Prisoner", by playing a two-hour set in Tokyo on Saturday, October 30. Included in their set was a medley of songs by PANTERA, whom METAL SAFARI cities as one of its biggest influences. Fan-filmed video footage of the PANTERA ...

Read more

Posted in: News

LOUDNESS To Play At MUNETAKA HIGUCHI Memorial Show

Japanese metal veterans LOUDNESS will play at the third memorial show for their former drummer Munetaka Higuchi on Sunday, November 14 at CC Lemon Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Higuchi passed away on November 30, 2008 following a seven-month battle with liver cancer. He was 49 years old. Higuchi was also the drummer of the ...

Read more

Posted in: News

METAL SAFARI: 'How To Die' Video Released

"How To Die", the brand new video from Japanese extreme metallers METAL SAFARI, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's recently released sophomore album, "Prisoner", which is available on Spiritual Beast Records. Centered around award-winning future guitar hero Hiro, emotional screaming beast Ina, and young powerhouse drummer Yazu, along with their big ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Japan's METAL SAFARI Releases Long-Awaited Sophomore Album

Japanese extreme metallers METAL SAFARI will finally release their long-awaited sophomore album, "Prisoner", via Spiritual Beast Records. Centered around award-winning future guitar hero Hiro, emotional screaming beast Ina, and young powerhouse drummer Yazu, along with their big friend Jun on bass, they were "proud to be independent," releasing demo recordings on the Internet, shooting music ...

Read more

Posted in: News

AEON Parts Ways With Drummer, Seeks Replacement

Swedish technical death metallers AEON have issued the following update: "Our drummer, Nils Fjellström, has decided to leave the band on a very short notice. The reason for this is personal/private and Nils has chosen not to speak his mind out to the public about this. We will respect his wish not to do so, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

LOUDNESS Live In Eindhoven: Video Available

Japanese heavy metal veterans LOUDNESS played a headlinining show on July 19, 2010 at the Dynamo Club in Eindhoven, Netherlands as part of their short European tour. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be viewed below (courtesy of "Mickus1234"). LOUDNESS's new album, "King Of Pain", was released in Japan on May 19 via Tokuma ...

Read more

Posted in: News

CAGE Singer Talks About His Guest Appearance On EMPIRES OF EDEN Album

Singer Sean Peck of San Diego metallers CAGE is among the musicians who have recorded guest appearances on "Reborn in Fire", the recently released album from EMPIRES OF EDEN — the brainchild of PAINDIVISION/ex-DUNGEON guitarist Stu Marshall. Video footage of Peck and Marshall talking about their collaboration can be viewed below. Commented Stu: "Sean was ...

Read more

Posted in: News