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Lightning Strikes

4.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atco
  • ASIN: B000002JLB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By L. Everitt on October 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Loudness was always one of the most underrated of metal bands in the 80s, and LIGHTNING STRIKES was yet another in a string of great albums they released during the decade.
Listen to the power metal intensity at the beginning of "Complication," the lush grooves of "Street Life Dream," or Minoru's fierce raging in "Ashes in the Sky." Another reviewer noted here that Loudness was pretty standard 80s metal- that is WRONG. No other band I know of at the time was playing power metal with this kind of precision, this kind of sophistication. These guys were flat-out great musicians, and this extended beyond guitarist Akira Takasaki. The rhythm section really was the foundation of this group. And Minoru was a tremendous singer, a fact that would have been more readily evident had his english been flawless.
LIGHTNING STRIKES is not quite on par with the legendary releases, DISILLUSION and THUNDER IN THE EAST, but it's also not far behind. 9 songs, not too long, and all very tight, professional and--most importantly--powerful.
Check it out and discover a band that was more progressive than many gave them credit for, and was certainly not just another face on the 80s metal scene.
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I finally picked this one up. I purchased Thunder In The East as a new release on cassette a LONG LONG time ago. Keep in mind, these were the days BI, (before the internet) and I was also quite young and didn't know anything about Loudness at the time. In the days where MTV actually played videos, I happened to catch the Crazy Nights video one late night on headbangers ball, and went out the next day and got Thunder In The East, which to this day remains my all time favorite album PERIOD. Anyways, fast forward a couple of years and I happen to catch the video for This Lonely Heart and ran out and picked up Hurricane Eyes and also loved it. Little did I know that Lightning Strikes had come out in the middle of those two, and it wasn't until a number of years later that I figured this out.
Fast forward to last week, when I got Lightning Strikes, finally. The first song was very surprising, I thought it was very 80's, very much "pop" metal. I was kind of disapointed. But then came the second song, and then the third, and thankfully, all the "pop-ness" of the first song was contained in the first song. During the first song, I was like, how can this be? It was a big change from thunder in the east, and it was also a lot different than anything on hurricane eyes. Don't get me wrong, the first song is good, it just wasn't a good loudness song.But the rest make up for it. I wish I would have bought this years ago.
So bottom line, if you like Thunder in the East, you'll like Lightning Strikes, or if you like Hurrican Eyes, you'll like lightning strikes. And if you don't have Thunder in the East, BUY IT TODAY. It's by far the best Loudness CD ever.
Keep On Rockin.
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I was a fan of classic metal, but I didn't know what a Japanese band would sound like. I kept hearing that the music was good, but the vocals were not so hot. I finally bought this album, and the vocals are fine, and understandable. This is one of the best 80's heavy metal groups I've ever heard. Musically, they pretty much blow away all the west coast L.A bands. The guitar is the best, and most original shredding since Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads. The rest of the band smokes as well. If you like classic heavy metal, you will love this group. It just goes to show that good metal is universal.
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I've liked this group since I was a kid in the eighties. I remember when everyone was into Metallica I was looking for rock/metal that was off the beaten path. I really found what I was looking for with Loudness. Lightning strikes was the first cassette album I purchased from these guys. I really can't say enough about their guitar skills, and who would have thought lyrics, but yes they had awesome songs with killer lyrics and they were never sloppy. They were technical wizards with guitars and drums, way ahead of there time and very under rated. Some people would argue that their Japanese accents got in the way but I am telling you, I think it makes them unique. Still love these guys to this day!
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The first album I heard by Loudness was Thunder in the East. It is one of my all-time favorite 1980s metal albums. I did not think I needed to check out any other Loudness record since none could come close to Thunder; at least, that is what I thought. Well, I was wrong. Their next release in 1986 Lightning Strikes demonstrates how lightning can strike twice for a band. I was reluctant at first but, after listening to this album many times, I proclaim Lightning better than Thunder. Every track is amazing and it includes my all-time favorite Loudness track (just topping my previous favorite "No Way Out").

"Let It Go" is an awesome opener. It is an upbeat rocker with addictive hooks. Very accessible. The next track, however, is my all-time favorite Loudness song: "Dark Desire." I can't praise it enough. The guitar riffs are addictive and the pounding drums are incredible! It just makes you want to rock out! I find myself hitting the "repeat track" button on this one (well, actually, I move the needle or push the rewind button). My future metal compilation tapes will always include this track! "1000 Eyes" continues the trend of incredible tracks. It has a powerful opening riff with excellent guitar at the verses up to the chorus. Niihara's vocals at the chorus seem a bit strained, but they do not detract from the song. The song just rocks! "Face to Face" is a fast and blazing track. "Who Knows" is highlighted by Akira Takasaki's guitarwork as is usually the case for Loudness. His playing here is not so much heavy and rocking as it is a virtuoso's style much like Eddie Van Halen.

The second half of the album begins with another stellar track. "Ashes in the Sky" opens with beautiful guitar and vocals then explodes into a powerful song with thundering drums.
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