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LOUDNESS
www.loudness.jp
Despite knowing full bloody well that Iím a bit of a Japanophile, I think our beloved webmaster thought I was being a bit sarcastic (me? Never) when, upon being given this to review I said, ďIs this the LOUDNESS?Ē For those who donít know, and silly names aside, LOUDNESS have been one of the stalwarts of the Japanese metal scene for about 30 years in one form or another and are one of the most recognised and regarded Japanese metal bands out there. Itís not difficult to see why really, theyíre an immensely talented bunch who know how to put together a glam rock/power metal song and, by extension, album. ĎEve to Dawní is no exception to this self-constructed rule and manages to keep the essence of what brought them success back in the 80s without leaving it sounding overly retro and/or campÖbut there is some of that. In general, the songs are punchy with slightly Axl Rose-esque vocals leading the way.

As is to be expected, Akiraís guitar work takes main stage; heís not regarded as one of the finest guitarists around for nothing. Heís a reliable guitarist and can shred like a fiend but isnít so arrogant as to not let someone else take the limelight when the time is right. Itís not simply the Akira Show but he does play a main part and does it very well thank you very much.

At the end of the day, letís face it, itís a good album and thoroughly enjoyable to listen to, the musicianshipís fantastic and the vocals are pretty strong (here comes the butÖ) but thereís nothing massively different here. Iíve heard it before so youíve probably heard it before. Should this put you off? Definitely not! Theyíve adapted it just enough to move with the times so itís not exactly like listening to an old album but theyíre not reinventing the wheel here. If it ainít broke, donít fix it. And LOUDNESS ainít broke yet.
LABEL:
FORMAT:
Frostbyte
Album
EVE TO DAWN
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Review by Si‚n Williams
RUNNING TIME:
53:50
RELEASE DATE:
1st Oct 2012
TRACK LISTING
1) A Light in the Dark
2) The Power of Truth
3) Come Alive Again
4) Survivor
5) Keep You Burning
6) Gonna Do It My Way
7) Hang Tough
8) Emotions
9) Comes the Dawn
10) Pandora
11) Crazy! Crazy! Crazy!
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Japan
"...manages to keep the essence of what brought them success back in the 80s without leaving it sounding overly retro and/or camp..."
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