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King of Pain

TypeStudio Full-length
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GenresHeavy Metal
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Rating :  89 / 100
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Track listing (Songs)

2.The King Of Pain5:30-0
3.Power Of Death4:21-0
4.Death Machine5:42-0
6.Rule The World3:11-0
7.Straight Out Of Your Soul3:51-0
8.Where Am I Going?3:50-0
11.Doctor From Hell4:32-0
12.Hell Fire4:19-0
14.Never Comes5:02-0

Line-up (members)

  • Minoru Niihara : Vocals
  • Akira Takasaki : Guitars
  • Masayoshi Yamashita : Bass
  • Masayuki "An-Pang" Suzuki : Drums


Reviewer :  level   (92/100)
Date : 
Japan has a knack for producing quality bands, taking every sub-genre of metal to their extremes, yet not sound overly cheesy. Joining the ranks of bands such as Sabbat and Abigail, Loudness brings to rabid fans of Japanese metal King of Pain, their 24th full length album studio album, and their second release after original drummer (and founding member) Higuchi's demise.

Now, I have to declare that I am not exactly a fan of Loudness, with the only record that I listen constantly to being the 1985 classic, Thunder in the East. As such, pardon me if the only comparisons I can draw from older Loudness material come from that album.

King of Pain opens with Requiem, a short, anthem-like instrumental intro track, before the title track of the album begins. The King of Pain opens with a short drum intro, reminiscent of Judas Priest's Painkiller. From here on, it is obvious how current drummer, Suzuki's style differs from Higuchi. Unlike his predecessor, Suzuki expresses his high energy style through the inclusion of lots of double bass drumming, whereas Higuchi preferred the punishing pounding on his skins. While the modern (and "updated") style of Suzuki might make the album sound alien to longtime fans of Loudness, on the third track onwards, Power of Death, there is no mistaking that this is indeed Loudness in all their glory. The riffs unleashed by guitarist Akira, and the notes littered with slight pinch harmonics, are reminiscent of songs on Thunder in the East, and the slightly gruff yet powerful voice of Niihara is unmistakable.

The references to other old school metal bands are obvious, and proudly displayed throughout the entire album. At times, the instrumental breaks into a full thrash metal frenzy, such as on Hell Fire, where the riffs and the intense speed and energy bring immediately to mind Slayer's Angel of Death. Slower songs such as Neraka sound as if they fit perfectly fine to Black Sabbath's discography.

Tracks like #666 sound like Loudness's answer to Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast, with the anthemic chorus (Six Sixty-Six, The mark of satan!) and the similar themes, and displays how the Japanese are able to sing about overused themes yet not make it sound cheesy as fuck.

The legato-laden solos lashed out by guitarist Akira are reminiscent of other virtuosos such as Paul Gilbert, but this perhaps isn't surprising considering his stature in the Japanese metal scene, and his style is the perfect example of how these Japanese are able to put in emotions in every note that they pull out. Add to that the slick and heavy bass lines of Yamashita, the booming undertone lying beneath everything else, providing the background of the music. There is even a bass solo included at the intro of the tracks Emma and Naraka.

The only down point for the album is the ballad, the emotional Where Am I Going?. Here Niihara displays the lower range of his vocals, and he actually sounds almost like (forgive me for the comparison) Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows and sounds almost like an obligatory track in the album. But it is also on this track a new style of vocals is introduced, a psuedo-scream/shriek which was out of character of Niihara's usual style and sounded out of place from the album.

It seems that Loudness, with their newer albums have decided to shift their focus into high speed and high intensity heavy metal, with this album containing perhaps some of the fastest materials ever released by them. However, it is also good to hear that they have not completely ditched their original style of traditional heavy metal, giving old and new fans of the band something to crave for.



level   (90/100)
podarené HM album, trošku ako by išlo okrem poweru aj do iných tvrdých žánrov
level   (86/100)
4번트랙만으로도 이미 평작은 벗어났다
level   (88/100)
개작살 헤비메탈 앨범... 전설은 아직 죽지 않았다는 것을 보여주는 듯 하다.


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