Earthshaker (band)

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Origin Osaka, Japan
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock
Years active 1978 - 1994, 1999 - Present
Labels Toshiba EMI
Associated acts Sly, Hips, Nishidera Minoru
Members Masafumi "Marcy" Nishida (vocals)
Shinichiro "Shara" Ishihara (electric guitar)
Takayuki Kai (bass guitar)
Yoshihiro Kudo (drums)
Past members Toshio "Toshi" Egawa - keyboards
Don Airey - keyboards
Minoru Niihara - (vocals, bass guitar) in early years
Yoshinobu Watanabe (drums)

Earthshaker (アースシェイカー, a-susheikā) is a Japanese heavy metal[1] band that was formed in 1978 in Osaka. Their earlier music was very similar in style to countrymen Loudness and Anthem, but the band steered toward a poppier sound[citation needed] on later albums and dropped from worldwide view, preferring to record and tour in their home country. After a successful run, they broke up in 1994, but returned five years later and are still going strong today.

Remarkably, the original quartet from the first album are still together. An early incarnation of the band included Minoru Niihara (of Loudness fame) as singer (originally bass and vocals).


Studio albums[edit]


Live albums[edit]

  • 1986 - Live in Budokan
  • 1989 - Earthshaker Live Encore!
  • 1994 - More - Earthshaker in Vancouver
  • 1994 - Remains


  • 1987 - The Best of Earthshaker
  • 1988 - The Ballads of Earthshaker
  • 1995 - The Very Best of Earthshaker
  • 2002 - Golden Best
  • 2002 - The Best of Nexus Years
  • 2005 - 1987-1992 The Best


  • 1984 - Midnight Flight
  • 1985 - Passion the Movie
  • 1987 - After Shock
  • 1990 - So Good


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