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MUNETAKA HIGUCHI


MUNETAKA HIGUCHI

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24.12.1958, Nara-Shi \ Nara ( Japan )
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Pearl, Ahead

Lazy (1976 - 1981)
Loudness (1981 - 1992)
Sly (1994 - 1998)
Rose of Rose (1999)
Blood Circus (2001)
Loudness (2001...)


BIOGRAPHY :

    Munetaka Higuchi was born on 24th december 1958 in a japanese town called Nara-Shi (called mor simply ''Nara''), he is the oldest son of the Higuchi family. At the time he entered high school he started playing drums. From the very beginning he was considered as a young talent, many bands wanted Munetaka to play with them. That's why besides his own band, during his highschool years Munetaka played in 7 bands. But th talented drummer wasn't happy with this situation, he wanted to spend his time in only one band. That's when a 3 years younger, attending the same school Akira Takasaki came...
    Munetaka leaved ALL of his previous bands and joined the one that was formed by Akira, Lazy (1976 r.). Munetaka's band nickanme was ''Davy''. Lazy's debut album - ''This is the Lazy'' was released 2 years later (exactly on 05.03.1978). The bands music is - in early years - pop-rock (!), a the end of theirs activity, in 80's, group unexpectedly turned into hard rock machine. Higuchi and Takasaki were playing in Lazy until 1981 (Lazy returned to live two times, in 1997 and 2002) when they got interested in hard rock and heavy metal and they decided to start a new band - that is how Loudness was born. Group was established in may 81' (some sources say that it was february 81' though).
    In 1983 Higuchi's first solo release ''Destruction'' hit the stores, 14 years later (in 1997) with Dream Castle he recorded his next album - ''Free World''. This cd is a real rarity - it's got guest appearances like Steve Vai, R.J. Dio or Tabor (King's X's guitarist)!!!
    Munetaka recorded with Loudness 11 cd's before 1992 (just after ''Loudness'' was recorded) when he leaved the band. That's when only one member from the original lineup left in the band - that was Akira Takasaki. In this highly ''un-classic'' lineup the band recorded 4 studio albums. In 2001 Loudness records ''Spiritual Canoe'' (''SC'')... Higuchi, Niihara and Yamashita are gathered by Takasaki after many years of separation. That's how the reunion album ''SC'' is born... Since that time the band recorded overally 6 albums with ''Breaking the Taboo'' (2007) being the last of them. When the drummer leaved the band another wellknown japanese drummer replaced him, that was Hirotsugu Homma (EZO, Saber Tiger, Flatbacker oraz Anthem).
    After quitting Loudness in 1992, Munetaka didn't stop playing - along with Minoru Niihara he played in a gruop called SLY (besides these two, the band was formed with two other legendary Loudness musicians - Earthshaker guitarist Shinichiro Ishihara and Blizard bassist Koichi Terasawa). During those 4 years (1994 - 1998), SLY released 4 LP's and an EP. In 2001 along with Masayososhi Yamashita he had business in a project Blood Circus, the group released one album and one 'live video'. Next formation musicians was guitarist (Atsushi Yokozeki) and vocalist (Soichiro Dobashi), both from Lance of Thrill.
    Another project he took part in was Rock'n Roll Standatd Club Band. The two other bands members were Tak Matsumoto (guitar) and Yuichi Ikusawa (voalist, former Twinzer member). The band recorded one album titled ''Rock'n Roll Standard Club'' that was released on 15th May 1996. The album contains rock 'n' roll and hard rock standards with covers of such artists as Whitesnake, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and Janis Joplin.
    In the artists biography a band called Rose of Rose also should be mentioned. Besides Munetaka, who of course played drums, the bands members were Hatake (guitar), Samejima (bass) and vocalist Ryoko. The band released one album called ''First'' on 08.09.1999 and two singles, ''Drunker'' and ''Sweet'' that were released a couple months earlier than the album.
    Style of this charismatic drummer is called ''loud drumming'' (or ''loud gong''). Munetaka Higuchi is often mentioned not as one of the leading japanese drummers but a rock/metal artist overall.

by MaFFej
[ translated by HebinoMetaru ]



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