Disillusion (album)

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Loudness - Disillusion - Front.jpg
Studio album by Loudness
Released January 21, 1984
July 01, 1984 (English version)
Recorded September 1983
Studio SARM Studio, London, UK
Genre Heavy metal
Length 38:06, 40:18 (English version)
Language Japanese
Label Nippon Columbia (Japan)
Music for Nations (UK)
Roadrunner (Europe)
Producer Loudness, Mikio Shimizu, Toshi Nakashita
Loudness chronology
Live-Loud-Alive: Loudness in Tokyo
(1983)Live-Loud-Alive: Loudness in Tokyo1983
Odin EP
(1985)Odin EP1985
English version cover
English version cover

Disillusion (撃剣霊化?, Gekken reika) is the fourth studio album by Japanese heavy metal band Loudness. It was recorded, mixed and mastered in London, England, in 1983 and released at the beginning of 1984. The sound engineer chosen for the recording sessions was the expert Julian Mendelsohn, who had previously worked with acts like Yes, Elton John, Jimmy Page and Bob Marley.[1] The original Japanese version was licensed and released by Music for Nations in the UK and Roadrunner Records in Europe. Attention by major US labels for the band and the need to make their work accessible to Western audiences, prompted a new release of the album with vocal tracks sung in English on July 1, 1984. The English version opened the album with the instrumental "Anthem (Loudness Overture)" by Akira Takasaki, which was missing in the original Japanese release.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10[4]
Rock Hard (Ger) 9.5/10[5]

In 2005, Disillusion was ranked number 290 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6] In September 2007, Rolling Stone Japan rated Disillusion No. 40 on its list of the "100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Akira Takasaki, all lyrics by Minoru Niihara. English lyrics by Tommy McClendon.

Side one
  1. "Crazy Doctor" - 4:13
  2. "Esper" - 3:45
  3. "Butterfly" - 5:12
  4. "Revelation" - 4:19
Side two
  1. "Exploder" (instrumental) - 2:29
  2. "Dream Fantasy" - 4:34
  3. "Milky Way" - 4:17
  4. "Satisfaction Guaranteed" - 3:39
  5. "Ares' Lament" - 5:30
2004 Japanese CD edition bonus tracks
  1. "Crazy Doctor" (live English version) - 4:18
  2. "Dream Fantasy" (live English version) - 4:37
2005 Japanese "Disillusion (English version)" CD edition bonus tracks
  1. "Eruption" - 3:14
  2. "Flash Out" - 4:07


  • Julian Mendelsohn - engineer
  • Stuart Bruce - assistant engineer
  • Geoff Pesche - mastering at Tape One Studios, London
  • Mikio Shimizu, Toshi Nakashita - executive producers


  1. ^ "Loudness Biography". DoomRadio.net. 2005. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  2. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Loudness Disillusion review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Loudness - Disillusion". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 202. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  5. ^ Lerch, Uwe. "Rock Hard review". issue 6. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 96. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  7. ^ "English translation and summary of the Rolling Stone Japan article". neojaponisme.com. Retrieved 2011-12-11.