Loudness (ラウドネス? Raudonesu) is a Japanese heavy metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Akira Takasaki and drummer Munetaka Higuchi. They were the first Japanese metal act signed to a major label in the United States, releasing twenty-six studio albums (five in America) and nine live albums by 2014 and reaching the Billboard Top 100 in their moment of maximum international popularity, as well as charting on Oricon dozens of times. Despite numerous changes in their roster, the band continued their activities throughout the 1990s, finally reuniting the original line-up in 2001. This line-up released a further seven albums until November 30, 2008, when original drummer Munetaka Higuchi died from liver cancer at a hospital in Osaka at age 49. He was replaced with Masayuki Suzuki.
Loudness — японская рок-группа, играющая в стиле хэви-метал. Основана в 1981 году в городе Осака. Дискография группы на 2016 год насчитывает 27 студийных альбомов. Единственным неизменным участником коллектива с 1981 года является гитарист, композитор и один из основателей группы Акира Такасаки.
Loudness — одна из первых японских метал-групп, достигшая успеха и получившая признание на Западе.
Loudness - On The Prowl
1. "Down 'n' Dirty" ♠ - 4:36
2. "Playin' Games" ♠ - 3:47
3. "Love Toys" ♠ - 4:02
4. "Never Again" - 5:01 (cover of "Silent Sword", b-side of the single "Risky Woman")
5. "Deadly Player" - 4:47 (cover of "Lonely Player", from the album Devil Soldier)
6. "Take It or Leave It" - 4:31 (cover of "Milky Way", from the album Disillusion)
7. "Girl" - 4:20 (cover of "Girl", from the album Devil Soldier)
8. "Long Distance" - 4:15 (cover of "Long Distance Love", from the EP Jealousy)
9. "In the Mirror" - 3:34 (cover of "In the Mirror", from the album The Law of Devil's Land)
10. "Sleepless Nights" - 4:39 (cover of "Sleepless Night", from the album The Law of Devil's Land)
11. "Find a Way" - 7:31 (cover of "To Be Demon", from the album The Birthday Eve)
All music by Akira Takasaki. The lyrics for all the new songs written by Mike Vescera, except for "Love Toys" by Vescera/Dearnley. Other lyrics by Niihara.
* Mike Vescera - vocals
* Akira Takasaki - guitars
* Masayoshi Yamashita - bass
* Munetaka Higuchi - drums
* Jim Vilkas - keyboards
* Nat, Gary and Chris Vescera, Marty Earley - backing vocals
* Mark Dernley - producer, engineer, mixing
* Charles Paakkari, Chris Rich, Jesse Henderson - assistant engineers
* Bob Ludwig - mastering
* George Azuma - supervisor