|Cultural origins||Mid-2010s, United States, Belarus|
|Typical instruments||synth guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, vocals, electronics|
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Lazer is an alternative rock genre that has emerged from experiments of such bands as Deadsy, Orgy and Flame of Life. Its distinguishing features are synth guitar sound, melodic bass and complex song structures. Lazer bands have drawn elements and influences from a variety of musical styles, including industrial, nu metal, grunge etc. The genre is considered as an underground movement of experimental rock musicians. Majority of its members have come from other rock styles.
The distinctive feature of lazer is using of synth guitars. Though lazer is mostly based on early nu metal and grunge, vocal styles are usually much softer. Screaming and growling are extremely rare. Many of lazer bands are influenced by garage-rock and punk-rock so its raw bass line contrasts with typical alternative rock. Dubstep elements are noted on some Emma Peal's and Bleeding Corp's songs. Lazer is considered as an eclectic style combining old-school alternative rock and underground electronic music. Critics often define the genre as a derivative of synth-rock and nu-metal but Flame of Life cited Bakersfield gothic-rock band Cradle of Thorns as one of the most influential band in lazer.
Experiments of industrial bands Orgy and Deadsy in the early 2000s were prerequisites for lazer emergence. They succeed in distinguishing themselves from the then-popular nu metal movement. In the mid 2000s they ceased activity along with the rest of the nu metal movement and it went on until Orgy reformed in the early 2010s. With the updated line-up Orgy released their new EP "Talk Sick" whose sound was much unlike the previous albums. Two years later experimental rock-band Flame of Life released the album "Atomic Cocktail". Flame of Life identified the concept of a new genre, systematized experimental rock experiences of the last decade. The term "lazer" was proposed by Flame of Life vocalist Fazer to call their style because not all critics classified it as rock music. "Talk Sick" and "Atomic Cocktail" are considered to be the first lazer releases. Since 2017 many experimental rock formations using synth guitars and complex song structure were labeled as a part of the lazer movement. Among them were such bands as Emma Peal, Street Sects etc. In contrast to grunge which was born in Seattle lazer emerged simultaneously in California and Belarus therefore there is no single cultural origin. Lazer remains by nowadays an underground movement.
Orgy's album "Talk Sick" was warmly received by reviewers. It was noted that the band adapted to today’s musical climate. On the contrary, Flame of Life's release "Atomic Cocktail" was criticized for too experimental sound and the absence of any concept. "Atomic Cocktail" contained neoclassical metal, lo-fi etc. and was viewed as a mixture of different genres. Though Flame of Life's self-titled album was warmly received by reviewers who noted that lazer became more conceptualized and sounds more as a distinct genre than a mixture. During the period 2016-2018, the most significant lazer albums were released. Among them were "The Scaners LP" by The Scaners, "The Kicking Mule" by Street Sects and "Party" by Emma Peal. The aforementioned releases are considered as purely lazer though not all of these bands started as lazer artists.
- Alternative metal
- Nu metal
- Industrial metal
- Synth Rock
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