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Munetaka Higuchi

Born: 1958-12-24 - Died: 2008-11-30
Cause of Death:
Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Death Summary: Munetaka Higuchi was diagnosed with Hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer, on April 14, 2008. On November 30, 2008 Munetaka died from his illness. He was 49 years old.

Who was Munetaka Higuchi : Higuchi was the drummer for Japanese heavy metal band, Loudness.

From an early age Higuchi was considered an enormous talent. During his high school years he played in a total of seven bands, but wasn't satisfied with this. He wanted to focus all of his time and love of music on one band.

Higuchi formed the band Lazy with future Loudness bandmate, Akira Takasaki. Soon after their taste in music would take a turn for the more hard rock and heavy metal route, thus forming the band Loudness in 1981.

In addition to being in Loudness, Higuchi also had a semi-successful solo career.
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  1. azman bin aziz Says:

    Condolences to his family and Loudness members .You’ll always be remembered as one of the greatest drummer in this planet from my point of view . Sayonara !! MUNETAKA AND LOUDNESS ALWAYS BE MY INSPIRATION . THANKS FOR ALL THE MUSICS .

  2. rich Says:

    I’m sorry to hear this news. My sympathy to the Higuchi family and Loudness. Munetaka was a great drummer and inspiration!

  3. Azizi Says:

    Rest in peace brother Munetaka Higuchi. Condolences to ypur family.You inspired me as a drummer always. May Loudness stay strong.


  4. Brit& K Dawg!!!! Says:

    you are our hero we will remember forever!!!rock on rock on japanese buddy rock on!!!!!!

  5. Peter Szewc Says:

    I was shocked to hear of his passing… a truly gifted artist.

  6. Bells Says:

    gomeifuku wo inorimasu! Rest in peace! Sayonara! 🙂 🙁

  7. Mari Nagase Says:

    It just breakes my heart. We will miss you Munetaka. Too young to die…Loudness was my first heavy metal band. I was only 12 years old in 1986 and changed my life.Loudness opened the door and showed me the world. Here I am,that’s why I live in America now.My heart goes out to the Higuchi family. R.I.P Munetaka. Love you brother!

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  9. Gene Rackley Says:

    Great drummer!!!!

  10. Dudley! Says:

    You were an inspiration! Gonna miss ya drum brother! Rock it with Dimebag! D

  11. Mark Zaccheus Says:

    RIP…The greatest japanese rock drummer ever. Condolenses to the family

  12. martin Says:

    Rip munetaka youl’ll always be with us through your music

  13. martin Says:

    Rip munetaka youl’ll always be with us through your music and and in our hearts

  14. martin Says:

    Rest in peace munetaka, you will live on through your music. And you will always be in our hearts. Thanks for being with me from my teen years to my adulthood.

  15. dertcuba Says:

    Huge loss to Metal fans. Loudness was always in my tape player in the car, in a small town in upstate NY. Munetaka will be greatly remembered. Peace

  16. ME Says:

    Japenese Heavy Metal???

  17. Nizam Says:

    I will miss you Munetaka-San!Goodbye and thank you for the great and wonderful music. My all time favourite drummer!

  18. Ryanwanz Says:

    Sad for the departure of Munetaka Higuchi, Loudness won’t be the same as before. Memories will remains forever. Asian best drummer. R.I.P

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  21. Mohd Faizal@Heinze Says:

    R.I.P my brother!We lost 1 of the greatest drummer in the world!LOUDNESS will go on without you bro!SAYONARA MUNETAKA!

  22. hudent Says:

    such a great loss and what a great drummer he was

  23. Liz Falconi Says:

    RIP dear rocker. You will be missed. God Bless you and the remaining members. Saw you guys in NY in the 80’s. Now my 14 yr old listens to you. The music goes on……………………….

  24. Ismail Ali Says:

    I’ve never seen the best of the best drummer of all time like Munetaka. To be frank, I’ve seen their video live performance a dozen times and other heavy metal bands but it doesn’t erase the memory of him. Long live Loudness

  25. Brigitte Says:

    A bit late in the day posting I know – I have been doing a ‘where are they now’ on Google for bands I used to listen to in my youth. Seeing about Munetaka’s death gave me an enormous shock and I am you tubing Loudness like no tomorrow!

    I saw them at the Marquee in London, great stuff. My best wishes and condolences to this great man’s family. RIP mate.

  26. Bong Says:

    I met Munetaka and the rest of the band during their tour with Stryper and TNT in Nashville, TN and I had a blast hanging out with them after the show. They were such an inspiration as musician and i will cherish my friendship with them for as long as I live. RIP Munetaka! One of the best!

  27. Verna.L Says:

    Loudness in my wn opinion will always be the greatest metal band to ever come from japan,.they lead the way for other japanese bands to follow.they will always be concidered ledgends of japanese metal….rip HIGUCHI….\m/

  28. Martin G. Oliver Jr. Says:

    Munetaka, rest in peace my friend and to the Higuchi family my deepest sympathy for your loss. To Loudness, my deepest sympathy to Akira,Minoru,& Masayoshi. Munetaka will be greatly missed. He is one of my favorite drummers and you guys ROCK!!!

  29. Jodie Says:

    Folowed Loudness when they first stated telling others about them, at the time people thought i was a nut talking about this amazing japanese metal band…they truly were one of my very favs of all time and will certainly miss Munetaka Higuchi an awsome drummer forever he will be heard by me and other fans R.I.P. forever loudness!!

  30. Yushi Says:

    LOUDNESS is the first Heavy Metal band from the East that caught our Hearts.. All the best to LOUDNESS… u guys really RoCK!!

    RIP Munetaka Higuchi san..


  31. MetalliWarrior Says:

    It’s only this year that I knew of the band Loudness, I still can’t believe that their very talented drummer is already gone, may good fortune be with Higuchi’s family, he will forever be remembered…

  32. Midnite cowboy Says:

    RIP Higuchi San. I’m 38 & have always love this special band from Japan…GOD bless Loudness

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