Japanese Heavy Metal Legends LOUDNESS returns to Singapore on 16 June 2019! Held at The Pavilion at Far East Square, the band will be performing in Singapore as part of their Rise to Glory World Tour – named after their album of the same name. ‘Rise to Glory’ was released worldwide on 26 January 2018 – via Ward Records in Japan and via earMusic Records throughout Europe and the USA.
Guitarist Akira Takasaki describes Rise to Glory as the culmination of everything LOUDNESS has done throughout the years: “we still have the heaviness and progressive elements we had back in 2000… There is a ‘back to basics’ approach to the music, but it is also a step forward.”
Since their inception in 1981, LOUDNESS has become a heavy metal icon respected by bands and fans not only in Japan, but all over the world. LOUDNESS was formed by Akira Takasaki and Munetaka Higuchi in 1981; and was first introduced to the rest of the world through their North American and European tour in 1983. The band originally consisted of Minoru Niihara on vocals, Guitarist Akira Takasaki, Bassist Masayoshi Yamashita and Munetaka Higuchi on drums.
In 1984, LOUDNESS recorded their fourth album ‘Disillusion’ in both English and Japanese to propel the growing domestic and international fanbase. That year also saw LOUDNESS being the first Japanese band to sign with an international record label, Atlantic Records.
The band then went on to release ‘Thunder in the East’ (1985), ‘Lightning Strikes’ (1986) – both landing at #74 and #64 on the US Billboard charts – and ‘Hurricane Eyes’ (1987). Despite LOUDNESS’ resounding success over the years, Minoru Niihara left the band in December 1988.
The members re-formed in 2000 and released ‘Spiritual Canoe’ in 2001 – the overwhelming reaction to their new release was testament that LOUDNESS’ unique style of heavy metal was just as prevalent in the 21st century as it was before.
However, the band’s spirited return was short-lived as Munetaka Higuchi passed away in 2008. The remaining band members decided to keep his spirit alive through the continuation of the band, which saw Masayuki Suzuki joining LOUDNESS as their new drummer.
Even after rocking stages worldwide for over 35 years, LOUDNESS continues to be a world-class heavy metal act – evidently as VIP and early bird tickets to their concert in Singapore have been sold out. Don’t miss your chance to witness these legendary metal icons in Singapore this June!
LOUDNESS Live in Singapore
Date: Sunday, 16 June 2019
Venue: The Pavilion, 28 China Street, Far East Square, #01-01, Singapore 049570
Ticket prices start at $88. For more information, visit https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/loudness1606
Visuals courtesy of Inokii.