Available for the first time in Europe, the
re-release of Lääz Rockit's Japan-only live album "Taste of Rebellion,"
originally released in 1992, is coupled with the bonus "Live Untold" DVD
which came out in 2006. My promo version didn't include the DVD, so I am
only going to focus on the CD portion of the package. Since October,
Massacre Records has re-released all their studio recordings and with this
outing, it completes the re-releases of the band's catalog.
On "Taste Of Rebellion," Lääz Rockit's live-energy show was recorded at the
Citta in Tokyo, and captures the essence of a Lääz Rockit gig, which they
were known for their crushing live sets. The atmosphere and the band's
energy is displayed within the 11 tracks.
The songs that make up the set list are mostly from their prior release "Nothing$
$acred." I only wish there were more tracks from "Annihilation Principle"
and at least one from "Know Your Enemy."
Tracks "Greed Machine," "Prelude," and "Leather Face," from the movie
soundtrack "Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III," are good examples of
Lääz Rockit's brutality in a live setting. A constant in their live
repertoire is the Dead Kennedy's "Holiday in Cambodia," and this version is
played with true grit and might.
No surprises here, but for a live album it was recorded and mixed pretty
well without losing the rawness of a Lääz Rockit show.