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Lääz Rockit

Lääz Rockit

Lääz Rockit


Lääz Rockit is an American thrash metal band. Formed in 1982 in Berkeley, California, Lääz Rockit is considered to be one of the founders of the genre of thrash metal unique to the Bay Area music scene. The band's new style of metal helped start a huge fan base, with their high energy live performances becoming their signature trademark. Sold out performances in the burgeoning club scene soon gave Lääz Rockit label attention, and the Indie label Target Entertainment inked the band for their debut album in 1984, "City's Gonna Burn". Read more on Last.fm
Lääz Rockit is an American thrash metal band. Formed in 1982 in Berkeley, California, Lääz Rockit is considered to be one of the founders of the genre of thrash metal unique to the Bay Area music scene. The band's new style of metal helped start a huge fan base, with their high energy live performances becoming their signature trademark. Sold out performances in the burgeoning club scene soon gave Lääz Rockit label attention, and the Indie label Target Entertainment inked the band for their debut album in 1984, "City's Gonna Burn".

Viewed as a classic "blue-print" in the beginning of thrash metal, "City's Gonna Burn" placed Lääz Rockit into the arena with other powerhouse metal band's Metallica, Slayer, Testament, Exodus, and Anthrax. A new sound was created by these pioneers that continues to inspire many bands to this day. Lääz Rockit would release five more full length albums over the next eight years, with 1985's "No Stranger to Danger", 1987's "Know Your Enemy", 1989's "Annihilation Principle", 1991's "Nothing'$ $acred" and the 1992 live album "Taste Of Rebellion", securing both fan and critical acclaim worldwide. The band toured throughout North America, Europe, and Japan in this period, raising the bar for metal acts to follow with their unique live performance and rapport with fans at every gig along the way. The band broke up in 1993, though the members continued their strong bond of friendship outside of music. Their sense of kinship and brotherhood often raised the question of performing together again at some point in time, and in 2005 the perfect opportunity presented itself. The 2005 Dynamo Open Air Festival in the Netherlands was a celebration of 80's thrash metal bands, and Lääz Rockit was billed for the main stage along with Anthrax and Testament.

This show, along with a club appearance with Testament, would be Lääz Rockit's first appearances live since Tokyo in 1992. After enjoying the fun and success of playing live again, the band appeared at "The San Francisco Thrash Against Cancer Benefit" in July 2005, and travelled to Japan with their brothers Testament for the two night sold out "Thrash Domination" festival, with Kreator and Destruction also on the bill. A headline appearance at Germany's "Keep It True" festival with Diamond Head and Sabbat, and two shows in the Netherlands and Belgium in spring of 2007 were the only gigs of 2007, as the band brought along new drummer Sky Harris. In August 2006, Lääz Rockit released "Live Untold", a DVD that encapsulates the story of the band with clips of concert scenes, photos, and interviews that chronicle the band from its inception to the present day. It is a classic, detailing the band in a unique fashion, and showcasing their brotherhood throughout their lives. Due to the fans overwhelming response, Lääz Rockit's back catalogue is being re-mastered and re-released on Old School Metal Records, also home to the "Live Untold" DVD.

"City's Gonna Burn" was re-released in 2007, with complete photos of the era and updated production. The album also contains the "Prelude To Death" demo recording from 1983. The rest of the back catalogue is also slated for release soon. After the success of the reunion shows, the band realized they were not finished with what they had to offer musically. The band returned to the studio in 2008 for the first time in 15 years, and recently completed the perfect follow-up to where they left off in 1993 with the aptly titled "Left For Dead".

Enlisting co-producers Juan Urteaga and former Lääz Rockit member Scott Sargeant (who also makes a guest appearance), the flow and direction of "Left For Dead" is the most mature sound and well thought offering the band has ever released. "Left For Dead" was released on July 25th in Europe on Massacre Records. On June 1st, a limited edition signed CD was available in the U.S. for a limited time only on the band's MySpace page and/or official website. The group takes its name from the finale of the 1976 Clint Eastwood movie, "The Enforcer", involving the use of a M72 LAW rocket. Read more on Last.fm.

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