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Disillusion (album)

Released January 21, 1984
July 01, 1984 (English version)
Recorded SARM Studio, London, September 1983
Genre Heavy metal
Length 38:06, 40:18 (English version)
Label Nippon Columbia (Japan)
Music for Nations (UK)
Roadrunner (Europe)
Producer Loudness
Loudness chronology

Live-Loud-Alive: Loudness in Tokyo
Odin EP

Disillusion (撃剣霊化) 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

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Rock Hard (Ger) 9.5/10[4]

In 2005, Disillusion was ranked number 290 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[5] In September 2007, Rolling Stone Japan rated Disillusion No. 40 on its list of the "100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time".[6]

Track listing

All music composed by Akira Takasaki, all lyrics by Minoru Niihara

  1. "Crazy Doctor" - 4:13[3]
  2. "Esper" - 3:45
  3. "Butterfly" - 5:12
  4. "Revelation" - 4:19
  5. "Exploder" - 2:29
  6. "Dream Fantasy" - 4:34
  7. "Milky Way" - 4:17
  8. "Satisfaction Guaranteed" - 3:39
  9. "Ares' Lament" - 5:30

Bonus tracks Japanese CD reissue 2004

  • "Crazy Doctor" (live English version) - 4:18
  • "Dream Fantasy" (live English version) - 4:37

English lyrics by Tommy McClendon.

Bonus tracks Japanese "Disillusion (English version)" CD reissue 2005

  • "Eruption" - 3:14
  • "Flash Out" - 4:07


Band members


  • Julian Mendelsohn - engineer
  • Stuart Bruce - assistant engineer
  • Geoff Pesche - mastering


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