Just as melodic metal was starting to gain popularity in the U.S., Y&T, a long struggling band from San Francisco, released In Rock We Trust in 1984. The wheels were certainly in motion for the band. Not only was MTV playing their videos for "Lipstick and Leather" and "Don't Stop Runnin'" but they were also the chief opening act for a peak Twisted Sister. However, the band drew their calling card a little too early. This album, along with their next release, the live Open Fire, would be the peak of their success as subsequent albums like Down for the Count and Contagious would pale in comparison.
In Rock We Trust is a great hard rock album from beginning to end. Although their anthems would become very cheesy later on, "Rock & Roll's Gonna Save the World" and especially "Break Out Tonight!" are both top notch. While the aforementioned "Lipstick and Leather" and "Don't Stop Runnin'" are very good songs, the lesser known "(Your Love Is) Driving Me Crazy" and "I'll Keep On Believin' (Do You Know)" are even better. As evidenced throughout the album, the heart and soul of Y&T was Dave Meniketti. One of the few lead vocalists in metal that doubled on lead guitar, he had a gift of throwing in tasty leads during the verses that gave the band's songs more punch. Other great tracks include the riff heavy "Masters and Slaves", the mid-tempo "Life, Life, Life", and the frantic "She's A Liar." Finally, the closing "This Time" is one of their best power ballads, something the band always had a knack for. All told, In Rock We Trust is a great melodic metal album from a band that never got their just due. Highly recommended.