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Loudness (ラウドネス Raudonesu?) is a Japanese metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Akira Takasaki and drummer Munetaka Higuchi.[1][2] They were the first Japanese heavy metal act signed to a major label in the United States, releasing twenty-five studio albums (five in America) by the end of 2012 and reaching the Billboard Top 100 in their moment of maximum international popularity, as well as charting on Oricon dozens of times.[1][3] Despite numerous changes in their roster, the band continued their activities throughout the 90s, finally reuniting the original line-up in 2001. On November 30, 2008 original drummer Munetaka Higuchi died from liver cancer at a hospital in Osaka at age 49. He was replaced with Masayuki Suzuki.

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