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||Date: July 5, 2001 at 8:12|
|Akira Takasaki is one of the most underv rated axemen of this genre.
||Date: August 11, 2002 at 12:40|
|Is he underrated.?????????? Not by me. He is great.
||Date: August 11, 2002 at 22:53|
|Brings back great memories as I remeber playing this album a ton through college. Looking at it with my 2002 older tastes though I still love it but that might be because I play guitar and Akira is just amazing. If you could give a rat's ass about that and just want great songs them this is pretty much standard "heard it all before" metal. "Let It Go" is a great slice of early 80's chorus- heavy metal and still enjoyable but the rest is pretty standard fare. Get it for the solo's alone!!!
||Date: September 29, 2002 at 10:58|
|i need shadows of war, dark desire, 1000 eyes and face to face lyrics. can anybody help me? send the lyrics to email@example.com! thanks before
||Date: June 8, 2003 at 22:30|
|This was their first try in the commercial direction...Unfortunately a lot of the energy and raw power of the previous album was lost on this album...Still great 80s songs though. And Akira...Man, he's really a gunslinger! Totally awesome!
||Date: September 25, 2003 at 10:11|
|"Let It Go"...What a song! Minoru should practice his English a bit more though....I really dig the guitar sound on this one...Take "Ashes..." for instance...DUDE!!!
||Date: December 13, 2003 at 2:38|
|loudness rocks,this cd is so powerful and heavy.one of my favorite cds.saw them open for stryper and tnt.great show.akira tagasaki totally shreds on this one.let it go is awesome.loudness is alot better than some of the bigger bands in metal,give this cd a spin.
|From: Fat Freddy
||Date: December 29, 2003 at 19:16|
|Their best album IMHO... the solo that opens "Ashes In The Sky" is simply amazing... Akira could smoke Eddie VH any day of the week.
||Date: March 19, 2004 at 22:17|
|Akira Takasaki is a truly sick, sick genius of a guitarist. If you can get past the brutalized English vocals, "Ashes in the Sky" is one of the most amazing guitar tunes ever composed.
||Date: May 11, 2004 at 17:49|
|i cant say ENOUGH good shit about this album! akiras guitar playing is STILL the best ever! guys like malmsteen, george lynch, van halen, the list goes on and on, are all very talented guys, but they PALE in comparison with akira! the quickest flashiest player ever/ and flashy guitar playing was/is whats it's all about to me! he could crank, burn, shred and everything else. just listen to the note bending work on ashes in the sky and STREET LIFE DREAM! GOOD GOD!! this is truly amazing stuff!
||Date: May 11, 2004 at 17:56|
| i got to see this band in atlanta. undoubtedly the BEST show i've seen and i've seen them all! how many times have you seen a good guitarist live and he wasnt very animated as though he was worried that if he actually moved and showed some sign of life that he'd mess up?? well, NOT THE CASE with akira! this guy OWNED his guitar, jumping around the stage with more energy than a sugared up 8 year old! they hung out after the show and we got photos, autographs, picks, etc. the best guitarist ever!
||Date: October 23, 2004 at 23:17|
|This is a very good album. In my opinion much better than Thunder in the East. With the excellent song Crazy Nights aside, that album was very dull. This has a ferocity and angst to it that is unheralded. While not all the songs stand up, much of the album does! My favorite of the the Loudness catalog and is worth picking up! Great guitar work throughout.
||Date: December 23, 2004 at 22:21|
|Ashes In The Sky is just awsome, Akira Takasaki guitars are just awsome. The first song I ever heard/saw anything by Loudness was Like Hell and when I heard Akira play the solo for like hell I was like this is one of the best guitarists I ever seen! Anyway Ashes In The Sky is the best track on here! About WW2, Hiroshima, and the atomic bomb. Awsome lyrics and even better music.
||Date: January 8, 2005 at 20:08|
|akira chaka chaka taka taka taka takazaaki!!!!
||Date: January 16, 2005 at 2:54|
|I once owned this. Good solid hard rock, but as I'd purchased 'Soldier of fortune' and the album after that first I was after a more melodic / commercial album and didn't get it here. I guess it's good solid hard rock but not overly for my likings.
|From: Missing the 70's
||Date: December 8, 2005 at 13:45|
|Good 80's hard rock
||Date: October 9, 2007 at 19:38|
|The second Loudness album that was entirely in English. The album is fairly similar to the previous album, Thunder in the East. The first song, "Let it Go", is forgettable, and was written for no reason other than airplay. However, the followup track, "Dark Desire", is much better, and the album only gets better from there. The best song here is "Ashes in the Sky". This song is simply fantastic. Overall, apart from the aforementioned "Let it Go", there are no weak songs on here at all.
||Date: October 10, 2007 at 2:07|
|GREAT CD / 92/100 The first radio-friendly album by my all time favorite JAPANESE band ! STILL VERY GOOD but i prefer the "shadow of war"remix
||Date: September 14, 2010 at 11:33|
|That "complication" is strange stuff Sounds like a bastard of Candlemass and Yes
|From: rick kerch vzla
||Date: February 9, 2012 at 22:08|
|Trying to get in the U.S market Loudness recorded this "Lightning Strikes" effort which it did some kind of positive reaction in the aforementioned country..."Let It Go" is a pure example of how these japanese wanted to break in with a good song of pure Melodic Rock/Hard AOR in the states and btw probably being the best cut of the album IMO..."1000 Faces","Ashes In The Sky" & "Black Star Oblivion"(this one is my personal favourite) are some other tracks that are easily highlights in here...recommended...86/100
|From: hair metal again
||Date: November 13, 2015 at 5:17|
|fine release by LOUDNESS with the valuable help of Max Norman trying to hit the US market with some commercial tunes but without losing their guitar driven metal identity!Akira s work is simply astonishing but the songs should be much better in order to push things for the band!'let it go","street life dream" and "dark desire" are the best songs !
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