Thunder in the East (album)

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Thunder in the East
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Studio album by Loudness
Released Japan 21 January 1985
United States 9 November 1985
Recorded Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, September–October 1984
Genre Heavy metal
Length 41:26
Label Nippon Columbia (Japan)
Music for Nations/Roadrunner (Europe)
Producer Max Norman
Loudness chronology
Odin EP
Thunder in the East
Lightning Strikes
Japanese edition cover
Singles from Thunder in the East
  1. "Crazy Nights / Like Hell"
    Released: 1 November 1985 (U.S.)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Thunder in the East is the fifth studio album by Japanese heavy metal band Loudness, and the first released by a major American label after the contract signed with Atco Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. All the songs are in English. It is the first Loudness album produced by Max Norman, who also produced the album Lightning Strikes in 1986 and the album Soldier of Fortune in 1989. Thunder in the East features the single "Crazy Nights", Loudness' biggest hit in America, and the power ballad "Never Change Your Mind".[1] This album was the first of a Japanese metal band to enter in the Billboard 200 US chart, where it remained for 23 weeks, peaking at No. 74.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by Minoru Niihara and all music by Akira Takasaki, except "Heavy Chains" lyrics and music by Masayoshi Yamashita

  1. "Crazy Nights" - 4:04[3]
  2. "Like Hell" - 3:44
  3. "Heavy Chains" - 4:18
  4. "Get Away" - 3:53
  5. "We Could Be Together" - 4:35
  6. "Run for Your Life" - 3:59
  7. "Clockwork Toy" - 3:55
  8. "No Way Out" - 4:01
  9. "The Lines Are Down" - 4:57
  10. "Never Change Your Mind" - 4:09

Remastered CD reissue 2005 bonus tracks[edit]

  • "Gotta Fight" - 3:46
  • "Odin" - 5:16


Band members


  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Loudness Thunder in the East review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Thunder in the East - Loudness". Billboard. 1998. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Loudness - Thunder in the East". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 28 March 2010.