Lååz Rockit: Left For Dead-2008.

Lȧȧz Rockit was an American thrash metal band, formed in San FranciscoCalifornia in 1981.[1] They are most notable for their association with the Bay Area thrash metal scene of the 1980s, and they are considered to be of the scene’s so called “big six”, along with ExodusTestamentDeath AngelForbidden and Vio-lence.[2][3]

Early years and split (1981-1992)

Originally called Depth Charge,[1] Lȧȧz Rockit was formed in the hills of Berkeley, California by vocalist Michael Coons and guitarist Aaron Jellum. Coons was 17, just about to graduate high school, and Jellum was 18, busy attending college and riding motorcycles, and they knew what musical direction they wanted to pursue. After performing with various members, Coons and Jellum came across guitarist Phil Kettner and drummer Victor Agnello in late 1982 and early 1983. By the time bassist Willy Lange joined in 1983 to complete the line-up of the band, Depth Charge had changed their name to Lȧȧz Rockit,[1] and their first recording was the Prelude to Death demo, which was released that year.[1] They later signed with Target Records to release their debut album City’s Gonna Burn in 1984, followed by No Stranger to Danger in 1985. This period saw Lȧȧz Rockit play with a wide variety of bands, such as the “big four” (MetallicaSlayerMegadeth and Anthrax), ExodusRattW.A.S.P.GirlschoolY&TLeatherwolfKixDark AngelSuicidal TendenciesStryper and Armored Saint, and they made their first appearances in Europe in 1986, supporting Motörhead.[1][4] Their presence helped forge a new, heavier musical direction for the band and formed a unique relationship with European fans.

Lȧȧz Rockit released the next two albums, Know Your Enemy in 1987 and Annihilation Principle in 1989, under their new label Roadrunner Records/Enigma Records, with both albums being well received by fans and critics, and seeing them share the stage with the likes of MetallicaMegadethExodusAnthraxOverkillTestamentM.O.D.Celtic FrostKreatorVoivodNuclear AssaultVio-lenceForbiddenMetal ChurchD.B.C.Suicidal Tendencies, the Cro-MagsFaith No More and L.A. Guns.[4] Later in 1989, Lange, Kettner and Agnello left the band for various reasons, leaving Coons and Jellum as the only remaining members left. The two soon recruited guitarist Scott Sargeant, bassist Scott Dominguez and drummer Dave Chavarri. In 1991, the album Nothing’s Sacred was released. After touring in the United States and Europe from 1991 to 1992, and making an appearance in Japan in 1992, the band split-up. Most of the members then formed the short-lived groove-oriented thrash metal band Gack, Replacing Chavarri with Defiance drummer Matt Vander Ende.[5]

Reunion (2005-present)

In 2005, Lȧȧz Rockit reformed with the original line-up, performing their return show at the Dynamo Open Air in May 2005. On July 9, 2005, they teamed up with other bands to perform in San Francisco for the benefit concert dubbed Thrash Against Cancer. In September 2005, the band made their return to Japan. Later, Lȧȧz Rockit announced that they would not record a new album. However, following the response to their shows in April 2007 and the sales of their Live Untold DVD, released in 2006, they announced that they would undertake a project that was intended to result in a new album for release in 2007 or early 2008. In 2007, new drummer Sky Harris joined the band. On May 27, 2008, Lȧȧz Rockit posted two new songs from their then-upcoming release Left for Dead on their official Myspace page. The album was released on July 25, 2008 on the German label Massacre Records. They also announced that their back catalogue would be re-released and remastered, however Nothing’s Sacred was not mentioned for a re-release.

On December 9, 2011, the band opened for Metallica on the third concert of their 30th anniversary party at The Fillmore.

On June 1, 2014, drummer Victor Agnello died at the age of 50 after battling Leukemia for over a year.[6] On October 23, 2018, bassist Willy Lange died at the age of 57 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.[7]

The current status of the band is unknown. Although a break-up or hiatus had not been announced, they have been inactive since opening for Metallica in 2011. In addition to confusion of their current status, their official website had ceased to exist by March 2017. Despite this, there had been reports of the band writing a follow-up to 2008’s Left for Dead.[8]

Discography:

Prelude to DeathDemo1983
City’s Gonna BurnFull-length1984
No Stranger to DangerFull-length1985
Know Your EnemyFull-length1987
European MeltdownVideo1988 
LeatherfaceSingle1989 
Annihilation PrincipleFull-length1989
Holiday in CambodiaSingle1990
Nothing$ $acredFull-length1991
Taste of Rebellion – Live in CittaLive album1992
Taste of Rebellion – Live in CittaVideo1992
Live UntoldVideo2006
Left for DeadFull-length2008
Phil Kettner
Guitars (1982-1989, 2005-?)
Aaron Jellum
Guitars (1982-1992, 2005-?)
See also: ex-Gack, ex-Warning S.F., Dirt Brothers, ex-Depth Charge
Michael Coons
Vocals (1982-1992, 2005-?)
See also: ex-Gack, ex-Depth Charge
Willy Lange
Bass (1983-1990, 2005-2018)
(R.I.P. 2018) See also: ex-Dublin Death Patrol, ex-Diamond, ex-Rampage
Sky Harris
Drums (2007-?)

Past Members:

Ken SavichGuitars
See also: ex-Sindrome
Craig BehrhorstGuitars
See also: Ruffians, ex-Dusty Skull, ex-Two-Bit Thief
Dave StarrBass (1982-1983)
See also: WildeStarr, ex-Chastain, ex-Vicious Rumors, ex-Black Leather, ex-The Hell Patrol
Victor Agnello (R.I.P. 2014)Drums (1983-1989, 2005-2006)
Sven SoderlundDrums (1989-1990)
See also: MercenaryMidnight Chaser, ex-Hellhunter, ex-Mordred, ex-Heathen (live), ex-Extermination, ex-Morticious, ex-Multiply
Jeff WellerGuitars (1989-1990)
Jon TorresBass (1990)
(R.I.P. 2013) See also: ex-I4NI, ex-Ulysses Siren, ex-Warning S.F., ex-Pleasure and Pain, ex-Angel Witch, ex-Heathen, ex-The Lord Weird Slough Feg, ex-Repulsa, ex-Black Pearl, ex-Demized Faith, ex-Genocide, ex-Iron Angel, ex-Psychopaths, ex-Strangers in the Night, ex-Thunderhead
Scott DominguezBass (1991-1992)
See also: ex-Gack
Dave ChavarriDrums (1991-1992)
See also: ex-Gothic Slam, ex-Stryker, Ill Niño, Terror Universal, ex-M.O.D., ex-Merauder, ex-Pro-Pain, ex-Soulfly (live), ex-Cry for Liberty
Scott Lee SargeantGuitars (1991-1992)
See also: ex-Gack, ex-Killing Culture, ex-M.O.D., ex-Skinlab, ex-Wrekking Machine, ex-Anthem

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