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Loudness, Dirty Passion, War Machine 

When: Sat., May 7, 9:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $15-18
My first exposure to Loudness was when I was given their fifth studio album Thunder in the East from someone who had received it as a gag gift. They displayed the LP in their living room like an ironic knickknack. The Japanese band's name made me chuckle and the photos of them on the back with their pouty lips, red and black leather, and animal prints in unnatural colors added to the comedy. However, once I played the album and "Crazy Nights" started chugging, I knew the beast from the east was no joke. Loudness' pounding heavy metal has the hooks and chops to measure up to Priest, Maiden, or any other legendary act that comes to mind. Guitarist Akira Takasaki has a ripping, classical style that makes him one of the most underrated guitar players in the genre. In short, Loudness provided me with my very first lesson in not judging a band by its feathered hair. ARIS WALES

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