Thunder in the East (album)

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Thunder in the East
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Studio album by
Released21 January 1985 (Japan)
9 June 1985 (US)
9 September 1985 (Europe)
RecordedSeptember–October 1984
Studio Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genre Heavy metal
Label Nippon Columbia (Japan)
Music for Nations / Roadrunner (Europe)
Producer Max Norman, Paul Cooper
Loudness chronology
Odin EP
Thunder in the East
Lightning Strikes
Singles from Thunder in the East
  1. "Crazy Nights" / "Like Hell"
    Released: 1 December 1984 (Japan)
    1 November 1985 (US)
Japanese edition cover
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Professional ratings
Review scores
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Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 7/10 [2]

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, then a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. Aside from being the band's first all-English release, it is the first Loudness album produced by Max Norman, best known for his previous work with Ozzy Osbourne, who also produced Lightning Strikes in 1986 and Soldier of Fortune in 1989. Thunder in the East features the single "Crazy Nights", the band's biggest hit in America, and the power ballad "Never Change Your Mind". [1] This album marked the first time[ citation needed ] a Japanese band entered the US Top 100 chart, where it remained for 23 weeks, peaking at No. 74. [3]


The album cover introduced the band's signature logo, which would be used in majority of their discography. The Rising Sun background would also be used in the band's albums Breaking the Taboo and The Sun Will Rise Again . The 2005 remastered version includes the bonus tracks "Gotta Fight" and "Odin", which were originally released as singles for the 1985 anime film Odin: Photon Sailer Starlight .

The chant of "M-Z-A!" featured in the single "Crazy Nights" came about when producer Norman asked lead vocalist Niihara to come up with something to sing over the main riff between the chorus and next verse. "M-Z-A!" means nothing, and it was intended to be replaced with another line in post-production. When Niihara could not come up with anything to replace it, the "M-Z-A!" chant survived.

In 2017, the album was re-released on limited edition red vinyl. [4]

Track listing

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

Side one
  1. "Crazy Nights" - 4:04 [5]
  2. "Like Hell" - 3:44
  3. "Heavy Chains" - 4:18
  4. "Get Away" - 3:53
  5. "We Could Be Together" - 4:35
Side two
  1. "Run for Your Life" - 3:59
  2. "Clockwork Toy" - 3:55
  3. "No Way Out" - 4:01
  4. "The Lines Are Down" - 4:57
  5. "Never Change Your Mind" - 4:09
2005 remastered CD edition bonus tracks
  1. "Gotta Fight" - 3:46
  2. "Odin" - 5:16


Band members

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