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Wow! There's not much point in explaining how incredible each and every member of this band is on there respective intsruments. If you take the time to listen to this live masterpiece...the performances pretty much speak for themselves. Live at the "Citta", this show was hugely documented in Tokyo, as was the hype for the live home video which was to follow shortly after. This album was never distributed in North America for whatever reason, and is somewhat of a difficult album to locate. You pretty much have to check either Ebay or Gemm to find this rarity. The drums sound especially tight on this recording and this is probably the performance of Dave Chavarri's career. The guitar sound is really crunchy...more so with Scott Sergeant than with Jellum's guitar, which is probably due to the fact that Sergeant was performing wit active EMG's and Jellum was using Dimarzio's. This is probably the only downside to the actual audio of the disc, simply because Aaron Jellum's guitar solos are far more interesting than Sergeant's. Mike Coons manages to stay in key in just about every song on the album with the exception of a few spots in the Omen...but not to be overly critical, since his voice is in fact in top form.
My only real complaint is that the set list should have included a few other songs...by point of fact, there's not even one track on here from the amazing "Know Your Enemy" album. Also, the song Backbreaker from NO Stranger To Danger would have easily been one of the better crowd pleasers.
With the exception of a few songs that should've been substituted...this is an excellent live album and is a great display of how proficient and tight of a band Laaz Rockit were at the peak of their career.
Unleashed in downtown Tokyo, Laaz Rockit destroyed, thus producing a most excellent live album. Taste Of Rebellion is just that, a taste of Laaz Rockit's thrash carrer. One of the reasons why this album kicks so much ass is because it is, in a way, a compilation of Laaz Rockit. Blazing with the fast riffs of In the Name of the Father and the Gun, from Nothing'$ $acred, to even doing City's Gonna Burn, from City's Gonna Burn.
Another reason why this album is exceptionally good is its production. If your gonna come out with a live album, then it has to kick ass. If it doesn't then there will be no fans. However, if the album kicks ass, like this one, then there will be a bigger fan turn out! The production is awsome, probably some of the best live production I have seen. All the riffs and solo's come out perfect, singing is clear and kick ass. The audience even gets into some of the songs, like Fire in the Hole. But everything is clear and distinct, ie no instrument over powers another.
Even the clean acroustic parts, for example in The Omen, come out loud and clear. So what we have here is a great Laaz Rockit compilation, with great production. I definetly recommend this to Laaz Rockit fans, and strongly recommend this for people just getting into Laaz Rockit. Hell just go and get it, all metal heads should own this one!