I finally picked this one up. I purchased Thunder In The East as a new release on cassette a LONG LONG time ago. Keep in mind, these were the days BI, (before the internet) and I was also quite young and didn't know anything about Loudness at the time. In the days where MTV actually played videos, I happened to catch the Crazy Nights video one late night on headbangers ball, and went out the next day and got Thunder In The East, which to this day remains my all time favorite album PERIOD. Anyways, fast forward a couple of years and I happen to catch the video for This Lonely Heart and ran out and picked up Hurricane Eyes and also loved it. Little did I know that Lightning Strikes had come out in the middle of those two, and it wasn't until a number of years later that I figured this out.
Fast forward to last week, when I got Lightning Strikes, finally. The first song was very surprising, I thought it was very 80's, very much "pop" metal. I was kind of disapointed. But then came the second song, and then the third, and thankfully, all the "pop-ness" of the first song was contained in the first song. During the first song, I was like, how can this be? It was a big change from thunder in the east, and it was also a lot different than anything on hurricane eyes. Don't get me wrong, the first song is good, it just wasn't a good loudness song.But the rest make up for it. I wish I would have bought this years ago.
So bottom line, if you like Thunder in the East, you'll like Lightning Strikes, or if you like Hurrican Eyes, you'll like lightning strikes. And if you don't have Thunder in the East, BUY IT TODAY. It's by far the best Loudness CD ever.
Keep On Rockin.