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Minoru Niihara

Minoru Niihara
Background information
Born (1960-03-12) March 12, 1960
Origin Osaka, Japan
Genres Rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Vocalist, musician, songwriter
Instruments vocals, bass
Years active 1980–Present
Associated acts Loudness, Earthshaker, Ded Chaplin, Sly, X.Y.Z.→A

Minoru Niihara (二井原 実 Niihara Minoru) (born March 12, 1960 in Osaka, Japan) is the original and current lead singer of the Japanese heavy metal band, Loudness.

His first band was Earthshaker, in which he played bass and sang.[1] His vocal style was influenced by blues singers, but he adapted quickly his voice to the high pitch tones requested in a heavy metal act. He was selected after an audition to become the lead singer of Loudness in 1981 and his voice, together with the flashy guitar work of guitarist Akira Takasaki were recognized as a trademark of the band.[2] Although the first three albums were sung using mostly Japanese lyrics, he started singing in English only on their 1984 album, Disillusion.

After Loudness released HARD NA YAON 2009 festival.[3]


Solo albums

  • One (1989)[4]
  • Ashes to Glory (2006)
  • R&R Gypsy Show (live 2008)
  • Tower of Power Night Live (live 2011)

Albums with Loudness

Albums with Ded Chaplin

  • 1st (1990)[5]
  • Rock the Nation (1991)
  • Final Revolution (1992)

Albums with Sly

  • Sly (1994)[6]
  • Dreams of Dust (1995)
  • Key (1996)
  • Vulcan Wind (1998)

Albums with X.Y.Z.→A

  • Asian Typhoon (1999)[7]
  • Asian Typhoon (2000) - English version
  • Metalization (2000)
  • Metalization (2001) - English version
  • Life (2002)
  • IV (2003)
  • X.Y.Z.→ALIVE (live 2004)
  • Wings (2006)
  • Learn from Yesterday! Live for Today! Hope for Tomorrow! (2009)

Albums with Nishidera Minoru

  • Fuzoroi no Rock Tachi Sono 1 (2009)



  1. ^ "Minoru Niihara interview". 2006-02-28. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Akira Takasaki Profile". Dinosaur Rock 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Nishidera Minoru Release" (in Japanese).  
  4. ^ "Minoru Niihara".  
  5. ^ "Ded Chaplin". Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  6. ^ "Sly".  
  7. ^ "X.Y.Z.→A".  
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