Loudness - Rise to Glory (January 26, 2018)
Bet you a nickel that this shows up in your mailbox before the 'new' X Japan.
(08-04-2017, 10:56 PM)rollermonkey Wrote: Bet you a nickel that this shows up in your mailbox before the 'new' X Japan.

I'll raise you a dime!
I'm very curious about this one! Starting with 'The Everlasting', I thought Loudness' post-reunion records were getting increasingly impressive. I did not like 'The Sun Will Rise Again' much though. There were two tracks I loved ('Mortality' and the title track), but the rest was just average and I thought Niihara's vocal performance was lackluster. When I saw them touring behind that album, Niihara was surprisingly good though, so it's not like he just lost it...
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I don't know what to expect from Niihara these days, he can be good or really bad with the flip of a coin, especially live it seems. I'm not much of a fan of the really gruff edge he developed in his singing from the mid-1990s onward, personally. I actually haven't been able to get into any of their albums since he rejoined, even though I think the band is still really talented.
I'll still give some songs a chance, but I highly doubt that I'd go after it. Not expecting Anthem-level stuff at this point, but we'll see.

If anything, a typical Loudness-sounding album is still miles better than that horrible groove metal shit from the 1990s.
I think the only kinda groovy stuff I liked of theirs was a little bit from the Heavy Metal Hippies album.
For me, the only Loudness albums that were on par with Anthem's stuff at all were 'Law Of The Devil's Land', 'Disillusion' and the self-titled. I've always liked Anthem better. Having said that, I do actually think they've found a very nice middle ground between the classic stuff and the more Pantera-inspired stuff from the nineties. I thought 'King Of Pain', 'Eve To Dawn' and '2-0-1-2' were actually very good albums, they all just suffer from a few weaker tracks near the end.
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Quote:Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release their new album, "Rise To Glory", on January 26, 2018 via earMUSIC (world excluding Japan). The follow-up to 2014's "The Sun Will Rise Again" is "packed with aggression, melody and positive vibes," according to a press release.

LOUDNESS vocalist Minoru Niihara says: "The album cheers you up, makes you feel fresh."

From the rock maelstrom of "Massive Tornado" to the young burning passion of "Soul On Fire", the life-glorifying "I'm Still Alive" and the declaration of metal warfare of "Rise To Glory", all the songs are fitting for the age of turmoil.

The guitar wizardry of Akira Takasaki, hailed around the world as one of the true guitar gods, is featured throughout the album. He says: "I played lots of guitars, more than any other albums this century. There was soul in the sounds." In addition to guitar solos on each song, there is amazing playing on the instrumental track, leaning towards the progressive side of the band.

Along with the hurtling speed tunes such as "Massive Tornado", "No Limit" and "Rise To Glory", the variety of songwriting takes the listener to an amazing journey. "Rain" has the melancholic mood, "Until I See The Light" focuses on the melodic side of the band, and "Let's All Rock" has a heated call-and-response with the audience to recreate their live performance.

The European and U.S. version of "Rise To Glory" is accompanied by "Samsara Flight", a collection of 13 tracks of the band's early classics re-recorded (originally released in Japan in 2016), including "Loudness" and "In The Mirror".

"Rise To Glory" track listing:

01. Soul On Fire
02. I'm Still Alive
03. Go For Broke
04. Until I See The Light
05. The Voice
06. Massive Tornado
07. Kama Sutra (instrumental)
08. No Limits
09. Bad Loser
10. Rise To Glory
11. Rain
12. Who And For Whom
Progressive side of the band? Hmm, consider my interest piqued.
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