|Review: Laaz Rockit - Taste of Rebellion & Live Untold|
|Taste of Rebellion & Live Untold|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2009
Originally released in: 1992
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: June 7, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Taste of Rebellion & Live Untold
Now this is a damn cool live album. I mostly steer clear of live releases and when I don't, I usually get the DVD. Taste of Rebellion was recorded way back in 1992 in Tokyo, and it is filled with that "early metal" energy even though by then many were shifting away from it. What makes this fun to listen to is that it conveys the live vibe very effectively, both from the band and the crowd's perspective. It doesn't feel disjointed like many live albums – things like the band's introduction as they get on stage to the singer introducing the band members as a new song starts are all preserved here. Now this kind of chatter can often get annoying on a recording, but here all of this blends into the set flawlessly – it's short and to the point, so it never gets a chance to annoy. You can hear the crowd well, loud enough when needed but never to the point of it becoming a distraction.
The performance is great – from the powerful, recognizable-among-a-thousand vocals of Michael Coons to the energetic, heavy, blasting guitar and drum work, all presented with a very good sound for a live recording. Add to this a very good 50+ minutes set list with some of the band's best songs, and it's the next best thing to being there – in fact, just close your eyes and it's the kind of live recording that'll make you feel as if you were there. Maybe not essential if you have all the studio albums, but worst case scenario this is a damn good introduction to the band's material if you don't know where to start.
The official release is a CD/DVD combo, however this being a mp3 promo only the album is reviewed here.
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