|Genres||Heavy metal, power metal|
Jay C. Blade
Since 1983 OZ has been active mostly in Sweden as the band members moved to Stockholm after the release of their second album. In 2010 drummer Mark Ruffneck (born Pekka Mark), bassist and main songwriter Jay C. Blade (born Jukka Homi, but has changed his name to Jukka Lewis) and vocalist Ape De Martini (born Tapani Hmlinen) re-formed the band together with Costello Hautamki and Markku Petander. As of 2017, Oz is consisted of four different members with Ruffneck being the original sole member.
They made a splash with their 1983 album Fire in the Brain, a NWOBHM-flavored energetic metal affair that won over critics and fans alike. The subsequent albums, however, failed to elicit the same response, and the band faded from worldwide view. The band reformed in 2010 and released Burning Leather in 2011. The latest album Transition State was released on 20 October 2017 by AFM Records.
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