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Transition State

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 2017

Label: AFM Records (Germany)

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Personnel
Vince Kojvula vocals
Mark Ruffneck drums
Peppy Peltola bass
Johnny Cross guitar
Juzzy Kangas guitar
Tracks
1.  Bone Crusher     Listen!
2.  Restless     Listen!
3.  Heart of a Beast     Listen!
4.  Drag You To Hell     Listen!
5.  Whore of Babylon Bonus Track     Listen!
6.  The Witch     Listen!
7.  In a Shadow of a Shotgun     Listen!
8.  Never Close Your Eyes     Listen!
9.  The Mountain     Listen!
10.  Demonized     Listen!
11.  We'll Never Die     Listen!
12.  Sister Red Bonus Track     Listen!
13.  Midnight Screams Bonus Track     Listen!

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From: MrMetal Date: November 9, 2017 at 7:45
Quite possibly one of the oldest Finnish Heavy Rock bands, OZ were formed in 1977 and soon defected to Sweden where they became more commonly associated, recording their acclaimed 1983 sophomore LP Fire In The Brain in 1983 (featuring no less than Quorthon of BATHORYS arm on their album cover)! Close to 2 decades would pass before founders Pekka Mark Ruffneck Mark (d) and Tapani Ape De Martini Hamalainen (v) would reform the band in 2010, sign to AFM and release their 6th LP Burning Leather in 2011 to high acclaim (considered as a Compilation on many websites more recently, which its not since the full version contains 7/13 new songs). Since then OZ have been steadily getting back to form although family issues put the core members in hiatus after returning from a U.S. tour in 2013. Their live guitarists (Michael Santunione & John Berg) as well as longtime bassist Jukka Jay C. Blade Sakari Homi, and studio performers Costello Hautamaki (g), and Markku Petander (g) would

From: MrMetal Date: November 9, 2017 at 7:47
begin to focus on their own projects, as well as Ape De Martini sadly deciding that he didnt have the time anymore. Solely returning to the fold, things came full circle for the band when Mark Ruffneck turned back to Finland to recruit a completely new line up ironically from his hometown (Pori / Bjorneborg). The current lineup features lone founder Pekka Mark Ruffneck Mark (d), Peppy Peltola (b) (ex-AIKA), Joni Johnny Cross Kuuri (g), Jussi Juzzy Kangas (g), and Vince Koivula (v) (RUST N RAGE). Still calling themselves Heavy Rock, the new album was drastically different from the OZ of the past. The result was a solid platter of Melodic Power Metal although much more along the lines of acts such as HAMMERFALL and PRIMAL FEAR as opposed to the haunting Heavy style of OZ. Vince Koivula has quite a set of pipes, but the production almost sounded as though his vocals were somewhat auto-tuned which resulted in the negative aspects of constant annoyance. He is a powerful sing

From: MrMetal Date: November 9, 2017 at 7:48
begin to focus on their own projects, as well as Ape De Martini sadly deciding that he didnt have the time anymore. Solely returning to the fold, things came full circle for the band when Mark Ruffneck turned back to Finland to recruit a completely new line up ironically from his hometown (Pori / Bjorneborg). The current lineup features lone founder Pekka Mark Ruffneck Mark (d), Peppy Peltola (b)(ex-AIKA), Joni Johnny Cross Kuuri (g), Jussi Juzzy Kangas (g), and Vince Koivula (v) (RUST N RAGE). Still calling themselves Heavy Rock, the new album was drastically different from the OZ of the past. The result was a solid platter of Melodic Power Metal although much more along the lines of acts such as HAMMERFALL and PRIMAL FEAR as opposed to the haunting Heavy style of OZ. Vince Koivula has quite a set of pipes, but the production almost sounded as though his vocals were somewhat auto-tuned which resulted in the negative aspects of constant annoyance. He is a powerful singe

From: MrMetal Date: November 9, 2017 at 7:52
singer with some unbelievable falsettos, but almost becomes unbearable with the production values here. Hes the type of singer that can become annoying to some with his constant wailing, and those accustomed to the unique style of Tapani Hamalainen would likely be disappointed (as their styles at the very least are completely different). Whats on display here isnt bad by any means, and if this lineup can stick together, OZ could certainly turn the page and enter another successful chapter. But one thing for sure is that OZ will never sound the same without Tapani behind the microphone. And while the Roll The Dice-era from 1991 was also a major disappointment and quite a contrast to many OZ fans,Tapani still brought some stability with his voice to an extent. What we have now is a Heavy / Power Metal act as opposed to a Traditional one. And even though a lot of the themes evolved around evil, horror, and the dark side, those topics really didnt seem to fit with Vinces style, and

From: MrMetal Date: November 9, 2017 at 7:53
I could see the band also getting away from their customary lyrical theming from the past. The old OZ is apparently dead and gone, and those like myself having a very hard time letting go might not necessarily wrap their arms around whats on display here. But those more open-minded and fans of all things Power Metal with glossed over vocals would likely be much more accepting. I wish Pekka Mark the very best with this new chapter of OZ (lord knows he worked hard putting this lineup together and keeping the name going), but they have to consider doing something with changing the production values on the vocals for starters. What he has is a solid singer who is a bit uncontrolled at times. And the last thing you would want is to gloss over his voice. But with some more training and experience together, OZ could carry on for a while to come.


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