When it comes to Jewish heavy metal it doesn't get much better than Canadian David Lazzar. Describing himself as a "Lubavitch Chassidic Jew", Lazzar takes Torah themes and blends them with his high energy guitar riffs.
So far, he's released three albums – For The One Above in 1996, Judah's Fill in 1999 and Shtark in 2004. But he hasn't always been Chassidic. He was adopted as a one-year-old and had what he calls a "typical secular upbringing. Judaism for me was a Bar Mitzvah and bagels on Sunday," he says on his website.
In the late 80s, he got introduced to the Lubavitch movement and after going to Chabad House, he felt that this was a spiritual life for him, which was complimentary to his own music. Eventually he also meet the Lubavitcher Rebbe in Brooklyn.
No doubt Lubavitch feel that having a role model like Lazzar can be used for good. "I feel music can be used as a very powerful tool for outreach," he says. "I have one goal – to use my music as a vehicle to bring them back to their roots."
Of course Lazzar's not the only Chassidic Jew who's rocking – there's also Matisyahu, who has brought reggae to the Jewish masses. And other Orthodox Jews are also rocking the world, including Blue Fringe, White Shabbos and Yad.
However, David Lazzar is different. For starters, he's the only Chassidic Jew we know of who's doing out and out heavy metal – and he performs solo, by way of contrast to the many Orthodox Jewish rock bands out there. What's more, he's got some great tunes – check out I Want My Rebbe or Condemnation for starters.
Lazzar has done a few gigs this year, and if you want to see more of him, then why not visit his website: www.davidlazzar.com - and invite him to your community.