LOUDNESS - The Sun Will Rise Again
August 18, 2014, a month ago
While most North Americans jumped aboard the Japanese bandwagon circa Thunder In The East, there were a host of older albums (some in their native language) that offered a heavier, pre-MTV approach. While there are a couple of tracks that sound as if they've been lifted from the late 80s, most of this ripping, guitar oriented platter dates to that earlier age. Following a length, theater-of-the-mind instrumental, “Got To Be Strong” launches into proto-thrash mode. “Never Ending Fire” begins with guitar god Akira Takasaki contorting the strings into unnatural positions, as an impassioned pace rollicks along. The high pitched titular cut and/or a more simplistic “The Metal Man” could be one of those Eighties tracks, the later riding a post-Blackout Scorpions riff. “Mortality” brings the intensity back up, before a grungy “The Best” takes a departure for the other material, veering close to an era that most Loudness fans would sooner forget. “Rock You Wild” is truth in advertising, living up to such a lofty moniker, only to be outdone by the chunky (Hey, Hey Hey) riffs of follow-up, “Greatest Ever Heavy Metal”. At 8:13, it's the longest inclusion, affording Takasaki a chance to strut his stuff, in a more conventional guitar solo vein. “Shout” slows to a mid-tempo ballad, while “Not Alone” ends with a mix of loose high-hat cymbal Sunset Strip catwalk and proggy, FM staple. The so-called “Bonus” edition (which probably isn't worth the additional Asian import price) includes a DVD with just a video of the title cut and a track-by-track commentary from guitarist Takasaki.