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Classic Review: Laaz Rockit - City's Gonna Burn
Laaz Rockit
City's Gonna Burn

Label: Old Metal Records
Year released: 1984
Duration: 29:51
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: January 9, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
City's Gonna Burn

Rated 4.48/5 (89.57%) (23 Votes)

While Laaz Rockit became better-known for their Thrash material, this debut album is quite different with a very catchy, hook-filled heavy metal sound and with vocals that are not reminding the style of early Metal Church - in fact the music itself is also not without reminding me for the first couple of Metal Church albums, with similar fast razor-sharp guitar riffs. A more commercial Metal Church sound is not too far off a description, but not limited to this either, as some songs like "Caught in the Act" have kind of a "party vibe" going on, something one certainly would not associate with Metal Church. :) Also think Attacker, the style is somewhat similar at times. "Dead Man's Eyes" has a very catchy beat and melody that remind me strangely of a song off Defender's "Remaining Tales". Didn't this come out pretty much the same year? Hmmm hmmmm... Anyway, Laaz Rockit offers here some very well-played, straightforward heavy metal that at times borders on speed metal, something that fans of the period (or fans of good metal, period) will most certainly appreciate.

Other than the very short length (slightly under 30 minutes), one disappointment is the traditional Old Metal Records minimal booklet - there's nothing in there other than the track listing and pictures of the band members, so you'll have to look elsewhere for lyrics and other information. Anyway, Old Metal's intention has always been only to bring out-of-print killer albums to the reach of those who missed them the first time around, and it does just that. Maybe some other label will re-release this later with a booklet that tells more about the band. Nevertheless, even in this minimalistic packaging, this is a piece of metal history worth owning. As an added bonus, this doesn't sound dated at all (unless you're a trendy little brat, of course.)

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