I don’t want to say anything bad about "Disillusion", the cult album par excellence by LOUDNESS, but the follow-up “Thunder In The East” has a bigger place in my heart. Maybe because the songs are a bit more to the point and the melodies are catchier. Musically the album still sounds great after 20 years of existence and does sound anything but outdated. Contrary to the whole Melodic Metal stuff that Europe had spat out, the axe mercilessly ruled LOUDNESS’ compositions.
The Japanese around guitar wizard Akira Takasaki (I love Japanese names, even though I always bite my tongue when trying to pronounce them) also were able to combine catchy songs with nice heaviness and demand. Who ever had the chance to hear “Run For Your Life” with its damn intense riff attacks and the staccato-like, but still almost swinging chorus will agree with me. Or the fast and furious "Clockwork Toy", what Akira burns off here, is like hell.
But also “Crazy Night“, which THERION already had covered on their "Crowning Of Atlantis" EP and the fast “Like Hell” that has a shout chorus that even the most drunk night guard still can sing along with, are very good ones. Ah, the CD just does not have a single bad song, because the rest also fully convinces. And even though many people put the singer down as a squealer, the high, shrill vocals fit LOUDNESS like the fist on the eye. Strong band (back then), strong album (still). (Online October 31, 2005)