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Classic Review: Laaz Rockit - Know Your Enemy
Laaz Rockit
Know Your Enemy

Label: Enigma
Year released: 1987
Duration: 41:15
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power/Thrash

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: October 1, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Know Your Enemy

Rated 4.18/5 (83.64%) (22 Votes)

Third album from the killer Laaz Rockit found them moving even further into Thrash territory, while still not abandoning their more traditional metal roots. Know Your Enemy stands out from the crowd with an even mix of heads-on Thrash and powerful, catchy Heavy Metal.

All the elements that made this band so awesome are here in plenty. The guitars are sharp and the riffs are killer. Michael Coons is more melodic on this album than on later ones, and here and there he really shows off his ability and sings, as on the melodic highlights of the album "Most Dangerous Game" and "Means To An End", both of which are stellar examples of melodic metal power. On the other tracks this band thrashes really fucking hard, as on "Euroshima", and the kinetic "Self Destruct". There are some not as good moments here. The instrumental "Mad Axe Attack" is fairly pointless, and "Shit's Ugly" is just an outtake of the band bashing around in the studio for a minute and a half. Overall this album is not as consistent as the near-perfect Annihilation Principle, but the good stuff here is just first-rate. This is a hard album to find, but grab it if you find it, as this is the kind of thing us old-timers mean when we say metal was so cool back in the old days. Absolutely recommended if you can get it.

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