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Thunder In The East

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Category: Melodic Metal

Year: 1985

Label: Denon (Japan)

Catalog Number: 4988001119982

Average Rating: 87 / 100 (23 ratings)


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Akira Takasaki guitar
Minoru Nihara vocals
Masayoshi Yamashita bass
Munetaka Higuchi drums
This cd hit number 74 on the US charts.
1.  Crazy Nights  4:05
2.  Like Hell  3:45
3.  Heavy Chains  4:19
4.  Get Away  3:54
5.  We Could Be Together  4:54
6.  Run For Your Life  3:58
7.  Clockwork Toy  3:57
8.  No Way Out  4:03
9.  The Lines Are Down  4:49
10.  Never Change Your Mind  4:12
Total Running Time:  41:56

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Sal Date: July 8, 2001 at 15:42
I found this to be one of the greatest efforts from the mid 80's. I almost moved out to their home town just to know these guys!

From: Lullä Milanese Date: May 20, 2002 at 9:47
This album is great. Pure Heavy Metal. Excellent... perfect!

From: TIM Date: May 20, 2002 at 11:20
This is probably my favorite by Loudness. Like Hell is my favorite track on this one.

From: Kim Date: June 7, 2002 at 16:38
One of the best albums from that rea. Good songs, great sound and top riffs.

From: Richard H. Date: June 19, 2002 at 12:20
This was their best release and still remains a classic in this genre.Thunder In The East was the album that displayed an amazing meshing of western influenced rock with an eastern flavour.If you want to get one of their albums ....it should be this one.Very Good

From: Nick Lee Date: September 13, 2002 at 14:53
I heard Thunder In The East in the late 80's it rocks and kicks ass and I still listen to it. one of their best mother-f******!!!

From: jgolden Date: September 28, 2002 at 23:21
I saw these guys with motley crue. They were awesome. Takasaki is a fantastic guitarist.

From: harris Date: September 29, 2002 at 10:55
i need shadows of war, dark desire, 1000 eyes and face to face lyrics. can anybody help me? send the lyrics to jozerick@motley.com! thanks before

From: Thomas Date: October 26, 2002 at 19:00
Ein Superalbum,leider wurden Loudness dann immer etwas schlechter.Ich warte gespannt auf das neue Album.Viele Grüsse,Thomas. Carlsberg2@aol.com

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: December 11, 2002 at 10:15
Ya que tengo la oportunidad queria hacer propaganda de este grupo,que merecen estar entre los mejores grupos de Heavy Metal de la decada de los 80,Heavy del cañero pero a la vez melódico,el guitarrista un fuera de serie,de los mas espectaculares de la época,quizás lo que nunca me convenció fue el cantante,pero bueno al tener temas tan buenos ,pasa a un segundo plano.De este me quedo con Like Hell y Get Away.Asi que metaleros,si,solo metaleros si no les conoceis os perdeis un GRAN GRUPO.BUEN LP.

From: JAVIER-MADRID Date: January 20, 2003 at 3:29

From: AmySearch Date: February 11, 2003 at 6:22
This album is fuckin' great... It brings the ATTITUDE altogether

From: ace Date: June 4, 2003 at 2:56
rock n roll crazy night you are my hero tonight hey hey hey. awesome song, and guitar work. my buddy got me into this band from the east.little tidbit gene simmons also dug this band to.

From: Blue Tequila Date: June 4, 2003 at 5:02
Hey Ace, I thought it was "Wok n Woll Clazy Night"??!! A buddy of mine was one of those guys who was always finding the non-mainstream bands (Shok Paris, Manowar, Flotsam and Jetsam) and got me hooked on this back in jr. high. I'm usually not a big fan of "technical" playing but Loudness really does an incredible job of putting life and energy into all their songs. One of those albums I don't get tired of listening to.

From: Date: June 5, 2003 at 4:13
This album was far beyond anything released in America in that period, next to Queensryche and maybe a few others. Solid, real musicians first who just happen to choose playing metal. The vocals are great, but the accent is what turns off many people.

From: Scandinavia Date: June 8, 2003 at 22:25
This is a very unique album..Very agressive for the time of its release. They play with a brutal attitude that was unseen in melodic metal at that time. Highly underrated band. Akira is a very talented guitar player too. I heard PRIMAL FEAR did a cover of "Crazy Night"??? Does anybody know 'bout that? Blue Tequila mentions life and energy...Those could very well be key words describing Loudness. A very ambitious band! I like it when you can hear the ambition screamin' thru' your speakers

From: Fat Freddy Date: December 29, 2003 at 19:17
Loudness fans... does anyone have any idea what the HELL the constant chant of "M! Z! A!" in "Crazy Nights" means? It's been bothering me for over fifteen years now...

From: anamal Date: December 29, 2003 at 19:37
FF..MZA was a rock club that Loudness played at all the time in Japan

From: Christine Date: December 30, 2003 at 4:58
Tequila, that's hilarious! These guys were great - big riffs, big hooks and tight musicianship, but those lyrics - And Anamal, thanks for the info - I always wondered what the hell that meant!

From: Fat Freddy Date: December 30, 2003 at 10:12
Anamal, thanks a million for the scoop on "MZA"... I can finally get a good night's sleep now that I know the answer to that question. You rule.

From: IRONSTEEL Date: January 8, 2004 at 1:57
JUST THE INTRO OF CRAZY NIGHTS SAYS IT ALL! FUNNY BUT I FOUND THIS PREACIOUS(NO I'M NOT gOLLUM!)DISC AT amoeba west hollywood ",AND I WAS SURPRISED "TO FIND A CHEAP COPY FOR ONLY $12.99 there were two more thunders in the shelve anyway i parked my car across the street and when i started playing this CD' Everyone fucking turned around to see what tha hell' that thundering sound was Coming from NO KIDDING! HEY! crazy nights a saturday night at hollywood blvd. well that's a trip i'll never forget

From: sparkyass Date: January 25, 2004 at 1:47
an alltime metal classic!!!!! akira just rips it up. the songs are great. isaw these guys twice in the eighties and they put on one of the best shows ever.

From: Date: February 17, 2004 at 12:56
loudness is a band with talented kickass musicians... from takasaki's great leads to yamashita's grounding bassline to higuchi's thunderstorm drummin and last but not least the great vocal! Pity though the lyrics like u guys said were hilarious... anyway they were a great band and still is... u guys got their latest??

From: MIKE S Date: April 8, 2004 at 16:36
Like jgolden above I also saw this band backing up MOTLEY CRUE back in '85 on the Theatre Of Pain tour. I believe this was their very first American tour. LOUDNESS blew the Crue off the stage IMO!! One of the tightest sets I've ever seen in 25+ years of concertgoing. Akira Takasaki is one monster of an axeman who sadly gets little to no recognition in the US. This release is a MUST OWN for any 80s metal enthusiast!

From: dinoman1967 Date: May 11, 2004 at 17:47
i cant say ENOUGH good shit about this album! akira takasaki damn near cnaged my life! HA! his guitar playing is STILL the best ever! guys like malmsteen, george lynch, 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 HEAVY CHAINS and CRAZY NIGHT.... still hurts my neck

From: Rob Date: May 31, 2004 at 17:51
One of the best metal albums ever. Period.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 27, 2004 at 20:30
The music on this album just smokes. The guitarist is incredible and you can see why this band was huge in Japan. The problem lies in the fact that the lyrics are awful and the singing is hit and miss due to some of the pronounciations. When they did bring in a native English singer though, the quality of their work slipped. 6/10

From: jack Date: September 10, 2004 at 7:45
If they were from usa,they would have been much popular,bigger and successful than they are now with such amazing talent. This guys played music with such passion and style that remains a rarity in modern or todays's act. Korn,cold play,oasis or soundgarden don't even hold a candle to this awesome japanese rock/metal machine band. Ratings for this album:9/10. ratings for this band in the 80's:10/10.

From: Rene Date: September 10, 2004 at 9:28
I agree with you Jack. All the LOUDNESS albums from the 80s are increible and specialy this one.

From: 80's freak Date: December 17, 2004 at 10:05
I got this one with HURRICANE EYES in a used LP store, yes, LP! And Still sounds great!!! LOUDNESS opened the doors for other Japanese bands that followed.

From: Frenkie Date: January 2, 2005 at 5:58
I finally got hold of a copy last week. Listening to it over and over. Excellent album. There was somebody here who was talking about a cover of "Crazy Nights". It wasn't Primal Fear who made the cover, although Ralph Scheeprs (singer of Primal Fear) sings this song. The rest is played by Therion and can be found on their "Crowning of Atlantis" album.

From: Metalhead66 Date: January 3, 2005 at 14:32
Wock&woll...This is My fave Loudness..Akira has it ALL!!!Great Gtr Player..and the songs KICK ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!9.5/10

From: razorsharp2467 Date: February 22, 2005 at 23:15
I saw these guys open for Motley crue back in '86, (yikes, shows my age....)great band!! this cd is a CLASSIC, along with the 1st rough Cutt cd.

From: forgotten warrior Date: May 7, 2005 at 1:32
i agree awesome band in fact i almost always have a loudness cd in my stereo however this in my opinion was the disappiontment of thier 80's materialand thier original singer was such a turnoff that when they got a good singer in the late 80's nobody in america was listening...unfortunate indeed

From: Fat Freddy Date: January 22, 2006 at 13:57
Loudness fans... not only has a lot of Loudness' 1980s and 90s work been reissued (or in some cases, issued for the first time) in the U.S. by Wounded Bird Records (www.woundedbird.com), they are also coming TO the U.S. this spring for their first American gigs in nearly twenty years. This is a good time to check out this legendary band! Their "Rockshocks" album of re-recorded oldies will be released by Crash Music this Spring to coincide with the U.S. tour. Cool eh?

From: juan carlos Date: September 13, 2006 at 23:05
Sí, gran album! influencias claras de Judas Priest/Manowar. La cara A del disco es en definitiva lo mejor IMHO. "Crazy Nights" con un coro a lo Manowar muy bueno. "Like Hell" tremendo solo! "Heavy Chains" otra buenísima canción con otro solo descollante. "Get Away" a lo Judas, temazo! "We Could Be Together" melódico muy bueno!. Comienza mal la cara B con la 6 regular el tema. De allí, todos temas buenos. Lo resaltante es obviamente el trabajo del hacha Takasaki: Impresionante! 9/10

From: CS2007 Date: October 9, 2007 at 19:22
Loudness was the first metal band from Japan to sign a record deal with an American label. This is their fifth full length studio album, and their first album that was entirely in English. The musicianship here is excellent, and the production is also very good. The best songs here are "Like Hell", "Get Away", and "The Lines Are Down". This is probably the best Loudness album.

From: YNGWIEVIKING Date: October 10, 2007 at 2:00
AMAZING CD 99/100 BACK THEN IT WAS A SHOCK ! What a guitar player kind of VAN HALEN/MALMSTEEN/RHOADS/SCHENKER mix All songs are killer ! in my TOP 30 for ever ! AKIRA rules !

From: Buitre Date: November 28, 2007 at 8:12
I recorded this one from a friend back in the 80's...I remember it as the best one from Loudness and after reading the comments i'll try to find/buy the cd.

From: aorluver Date: September 10, 2010 at 8:37
"Crazy Nights" has everything I like Dokken and Motley Crue for! Arrogant melodic with fuck-you attitude!To me their best track!

From: aorluver Date: September 11, 2010 at 13:36
Why do they chant M.Z.A.?

From: Animal! Date: January 28, 2011 at 21:36
I'm a sucker for the hit Crazy nights, the only song I've ever heard. With this song they cooked!

From: edwithmj Date: June 14, 2011 at 12:11
Amazing album. They're like a Japanese Dokken. Like Hell is my favourite.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 9, 2012 at 22:00
Classic album....a band that was face to face with their american and european counterparts..."Like Hell" seems to be the favourite song of many and that includes myself ,apart from that some other good rocking moments are "Crazy Nights","Get Away"(rocks good!),"We Could Be Together","Clockwork Toy"(rocks good!) & "Never Change Your Mind"(nice)...Minuro Nihara was at his peak in here...recommended...88/100

From: Buitre Date: June 7, 2013 at 10:54
Got it! Finally...It sounds just as I remembered it: killer guitars -Takasaki nails everey note- and thundering drums & bass mixed up with screaming party lyrics. Ok, it might not be "the" outstanding icopn of the era but I would't miss it. 80/100

From: hair metal again Date: October 10, 2015 at 0:23
excellent release by the legendary LOUDNESS with the valuable help of Max Norman!great production,monsterous riffs ,astonishing solos,aggressive songs and surely Thunder In The East is a classic of commercial metal!"crazy nights","we could be together" and "get away" are great songs!unique band

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