Loudness – Metal Mad (2008)
I’ve always had a soft spot for Japan’s Loudness ever since they released THUNDER IN THE EAST in 1985. Back then I was still learning a lot about Metal and a band from Japan just sounded so exotic, I acquired both THUNDER IN THE EAST and the follow-up LIGHTNING STRIKES (1986) on cassette and I became a Loudness fan.
Fast forward to February of this year and the announcement of Loudness’ new album, METAL MAD. The album was released in Japan on February 20 and it’s a relatively easy album to find through various Japanese import stores and Amazon but the price ranges from $25 to $35 USD depending on the exchange rate and the store. That’s not including shipping & handling! I was hoping the band would secure a U.S. distribution deal for METAL MAD but it hasn’t happened yet. I can’t really afford the CD at those prices and then add shipping so, even though I want it, I will have to wait! I’ll bet it’s a solid album…..for now I’ll have to enjoy what the band has posted at the Loudness MySpace page.