Finland’s first foray in to the international rock arena — a minimum of the first a single hailed by critics and supporters alike — Oz’s 1983 LP, Fireplace in the mind, unfortunately became a one-time case of capturing lightning inside a bottle for any band whose profession was otherwise mired in staff problems and terribly inconsistent music. Even though group was originally founded in 1977, in the tiny Finnish burg of Nakkila, around vocalist the Oz (actual name Eero Hämälainen), its sluggish rise from utter obscurity on track everyday obscurity would proceed mainly undocumented until 1982, whenever a spotty debut recording entitled HM Heroes (actually more hard rock and roll than proper rock) premiered by Swedish self-employed Tyfon Grammofon. At that time, Oz’s lineup was finished by guitarist Kari Elo, bassist Tauno Vajavaara, and drummer Tag Ruffneck (aka Pekka Tag), but just the second option would stay with Oz a 12 months later, if they shipped their aforementioned masterstroke, Open fire in the mind, featuring Pekka, business lead vocalist Ape De Martini (actual name Tapani Anselm), guitarists Speedy Foxx and Spooky Wolff (Jurki Taipele), and bassist Jay C. Knife (aka Jukka Homi, ex-Sarcofagus). Miraculously, the record noticed Oz reborn like a fire-breathing contemporary metal ensemble considerably inspired from the natural spirit of the brand new Wave of English ROCK, and, on the little-known trivia notice, its endearingly kitsch cover (in adition to that of following single, “Convert the Cross UGLY”) was created by potential Bathory mastermind Quorthon, whose dad possessed the band’s label! However, the same incomprehensible alchemy that acquired changed Oz into improbable contenders immediately came back these to the dishonorable place from whence they emerged (well, practically), and following albums like 1984’s III Caution and 1986’s Decibel Surprise (both cut carrying out a relocation to Stockholm) had been marked just as much by innovative stagnation because they had been by aesthetic drop — i.e., the music group totally sold-out to cock rock and roll. Their fans weren’t amused and discontinued the music group in droves, resulting in a break up and/or hiatus (based on who was simply asked) that lasted until 1991, when De Martini and Ruffneck convened a fresh, mainly Swedish-born Oz lineup, curved out by guitarist Michael Lundholm, bassist Fredrik Thörnblom, and key pad participant Jörgen Schelander, to record a 5th and last long-player named Move the Dice. They shouldn’t possess bothered, as this recording, as well, flopped both critically and commercially, just increasing the mercurial brilliance of Open fire within the Brain’s living amid this unremarkable career.

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