|Review: Laaz Rockit - Nothing$ Sacred|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2009
Originally released in: 1991
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: June 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Another Laaz Rockit reissue from Massacre Records, this time what was to be their last full-length in 1991 until they got back together to release Left for Dead (which I have yet to hear) in 2008. As far as I'm concerned Laaz Rockit never got the recognition they deserved, and this release is proof of that. Back in 1991 already many of the better-known US Thrash bands were already mellowing down or releasing sub-par albums, while Laaz Rockit threw this sonic assault onto the world.
Fast-paced, heavy, crunchy, melodic and downright fun at times despite a lot of serious lyrical subjects is what's on offer with Nothing$ Sacred. Once again Michael Coons' vocals take center stage and run the show – his powerful, instantly recognizable vocals just ripping through the speakers. This guy is one of my favourite vocalists in Thrash, if not in all metal genres. His powerful delivery pretty much ensures all the choruses here will be imprinted in your brain forever. I had to restrain myself from signing along from time to time.
A pretty good production job here which ensures that the great musicianship is gonna throw your ears into submission. Crunchy riffs and demented solos are the trademark as far as the guitars are concerned, melodic passages blending seamlessly with the heavier, metal-as-fuck heavy riffage. Lots of pace changes here, keeping things interesting. The drummer is not staying put here either, bashing the skins like there's no tomorrow and keeping it tight. Not one bad song to be found here. Nothing$ Sacred is pretty much a mandatory item in any Thrash fan's collection. Not much point adding more to that, so get it if you don't have it.
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