Hammerheart, black vinyl, insert, This is the fourth studio album from underrated Bay Area thrashers Laaz Rockit. Originally a traditional metal band, these guys got thrashier with every album, until they became a pure thrashing machine. “Annihilation Principle” is their best album, and in my admittedly not humble opinion, one of the better Thrash Metal albums ever. Laaz Rockit never seemed to get any respect, then or now. But if they were seen as a bit average, the why did they sound so much better than the bands they were supposed to be ripping off? Laaz Rockit started as a straight-up metal band, and the signs of it are still all over this album in the aggressive but still melodic vocals of frontman Micheal Coons, the riff-oriented songwriting, and the catchy and memorable choruses. “Fire In The Hole” starts things off with a furious attack. Other barn-burners include the ripping “Chain Of Fools”, the epic “Shadow Company”, and the flailing attack of “Chasin’ Charlie”. Even the slower cuts like the prowling “Mob Justice” slam it down with plenty of heaviness and attitude. “Holiday In Cambodia” is a cover of a Dead Kennedy’s song, and the Rockit do it up right with thrashing riffs and furious energy. The production is killer, with a massive guitar sound that chugs like a goddamned locomotive. Laaz Rockit were a band that knew right where to put a riff, and when to change it up, and when they could ride a main riff right through a chorus. The songs are all tight, with no wasted interludes or other crap, they just fucking slay. If you had nine asses, Annihilation Principle would kick all of them. Essential!