Friday, March 30, 2012

OZ - Burning Leather

Burning Leather
2011 AFM Records
We all hope to see certain bands reunite and release new music. Yet when they do, we inevitably end up disappointed each and every time. The magic just is not there. Maybe the result is that while the new music is good, it just doesn't stand up when compared to the original material. Probably the biggest exception to all of this is Deep Purple and their "Perfect Strangers" album. Another might be Celtic Frost's "Monotheist." It's a short list for sure. We can now add one more name to that list: Finland's OZ. Granted, five of the songs here are re-recorded versions of old tunes (and three of them are off the legendary "Fire in the Brain" album), but here's the thing... they didn't piss all over them and do some half-assed versions. The same fire and spirit are there, just as they were in the originals. Even more important to take note of is that the new songs measure up to the same standards. This is definitely not an album with a "crappy new song" followed by an "awesome remake of an old song." OZ still have the same fire in the brain, and hopefully this is the start of a new successful chapter in their career.

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