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Oz

Formed: 1977
From: Nakkila, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Oz News

Below is our complete Oz news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Oz Releases "Bone Crusher" Video Clip

Finnish cult heavy metal band Oz issued a video clip for the new song "Bone Crusher," which you can check out below. The song comes as the new album "Transition State" drops in Europe today (October 20th) via AFM Records. The U.S. release is a week later on October 27th.

The track listing and artwork can be found here:

1. Bone Crusher
2. Restless (see lyric video here
3. Heart Of A Beast
4. Drag You To Hell
5. Whore Of Babylon (Bonus Track)
6. The Witch
7. In A Shadow Of A Shotgun
8. Never Close Your Eyes
9. The Mountain
10. Demonized
11. We'll Never Die
12. Sister Red (Bonus Track)
13. Midnight Screams (Bonus Track)

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Oz Releases "Restless" Lyric Video

Finnish cult heavy metal band Oz issued the new song "Restless." The song appears on the new album "Transition State," which drops tomorrow via AFM Records (October 20th) in Europe and a week later on October 27th in the USA. Check out the lyric video in the player below.

More than five years after the re-start of the career with "Burning Leather," the band led by founding member and drummer Mark Ruffneck finally delivers the next anticipated new studio album and the first with all new songs since 1991!

The track listing and artwork can be found here:

1. Bone Crusher
2. Restless
3. Heart Of A Beast
4. Drag You To Hell
5. Whore Of Babylon (Bonus Track)
6. The Witch
7. In A Shadow Of A Shotgun
8. Never Close Your Eyes
9. The Mountain
10. Demonized
11. We'll Never Die
12. Sister Red (Bonus Track)
13. Midnight Screams (Bonus Track)

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Oz Goes Into A "Transition State"

Finnish cult heavy metal band Oz is back! More than five years after the re-start of the career with "Burning Leather," the band led by founding member and drummer Mark Ruffneck finally delivers the anticipated new studio album (the first with all new songs since 1991!), entitled "Transition State." The album will be released via AFM Records on October 20th (EU) and October 27th (USA).

Oz doesn't fail to impress with thirteen cracking and fresh, traditional metal tracks of immensely high quality. Even though Ruffneck is the last remaining member left from the original line-up, Oz are as strong as ever and continue to haunt you with the relentless, uncompromising sound they are known for!

The track listing and artwork can be found here:

1. Bone Crusher
2. Restless
3. Heart Of A Beast
4. Drag You To Hell
5. Whore Of Babylon (Bonus Track)
6. The Witch
7. In A Shadow Of A Shotgun
8. Never Close Your Eyes
9. The Mountain
10. Demonized
11. We'll Never Die
12. Sister Red (Bonus Track)
13. Midnight Screams (Bonus Track) More...

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Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse Lineup Announced

The Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse 2013 will take place in Chicago this coming May 3rd and 4th. The full lineup has now been revealed and is available below. The organizers of the festival also commented:

"Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse is the premier true metal festival in North America - keeping underground metal alive in the states. They've quickly gained an infamous reputation across the world by featuring many legendary bands all at one event.

"Some Ragnarokkr veterans include the reunion of Brocas Helm, the German power metal masters Wizard for their only USA show, Helstar for the first time in the Midwest in over 2 decades, Voltax for their first USA appearance, Obsession featuring Michael Vescera, and the epic Virgin Steele. 2013 will be the best year yet! For more details, visit this location."

Rock Club Stage

Omen
Oz (Sweden, first USA show)
Tyrant’s Reign (back after 7 yrs)
Sleepy Hollow
Ashbury (first metal show)
Eldritch (Italy)
Viking
Shok Paris
Split Heaven (Mexico, first USA show)
Paradoxx
October 31
Blood Feast
Vindicator
Seax
Wrath
Earthen More...

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First Five Bands Confirmed For Ragnarokkr 2013

The 2013 edition of the Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse will take place at Reggies Rock Club in Chicago, IL this coming May 3rd - 4th. Additional details can be found at the festival's Facebook profile here. The following bands have now been confirmed for the upcoming festival:

Oz
Morbid Saint
Ashbury
Split Heaven
Eldritch

The organizers of the festival also commented:

"Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse is the premier true metal festival in the USA, held in Chicago, IL. Now in its third year, Ragnarokkr is dedicated to bring the very best in all sub-genres of metal from around the world, which is often unrepresented in the USA. In the past, Ragnarokkr has brought luminaries from across the metal world to Chicago to play for all true metal warriors, including Virgin Steel, Helstar, Cage, the reunion of metal legends Brocas Helm and, for the very first time in the U.S., Wizard out of Germany and Voltax out of Mexico. 2013 promises to the best year yet...by far."

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Oz Streams Entire New Album

Scandinavian band Oz are streaming the entire new album "Burning Leather" exclusively on Inferno's website at this location.

"Burning Leather" is the band's comeback album and first release in ten years. The new LP is set for November 18th, 2011 via AFM Records.

The track listing for "Burning Leather" is as follows:

1. Dominator
2. Searchlights
3. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
4. Fire In The Brain
5. Seasons In The Darkness
6. Turn The Cross Upside Down
7. Burning Leather
8. Gambler
9. Enter Stadium
10. Total Metal
11. Third Warning

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Oz Streaming New Track

Scandinavian band Oz are streaming the new track "Seasons In The Darkness," The song appears on the forthcoming LP "Burning Leather," the band's comeback album and first release in ten years. The new LP is set for November 18th, 2011 via AFM Records.

Check out "Seasons In The Darkness" here:

OZ - Seasons In The Darkness (2011) by AFM Records

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Axemaster Music To Be Used For Horror Flick

Ohio power metal band Axemaster announced that music from the band's 1987 classic "Blessing in the Skies," as well as video footage for the song "Slave to the Blade" from said album, is scheduled to be featured in the upcoming horror movie entitled "Metal Maniac."

Producer Susan Kapostasy commented on addition of Axemaster, "Metal Maniac is my tribute to all things horror and heavy metal, which is why I'm so excited to include Axemaster in the soundtrack."

"Metal Maniac" is currently in the filming stage with no official release date.

Other bands to be featured on the soundtrack include Manilla Road, Nasty Savage, Deceased, Oz, Hobbs' Angel of Death, Black Death, Borrowed Time, and more. More...

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Oz Streaming Re-Recorded Classic Song

Scandinavian metal legends Oz are streaming the re-recorded classic "Turn the Cross Upside Down," originally recorded and released in 1984 as part of an EP of the same title. The 2011 version of the song appears on the forthcoming LP "Burning Leather," the band's comeback album and first release in ten years. The new LP is set for November 18th, 2011 via AFM Records.

Check out the song here:

OZ - Turn The Cross Upside Down (2011 Version) by AFM Records

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Oz Reveals Track Listing For New LP

Scandinavian metal legends Oz have revealed the track listing for the forthcoming LP "Burning Leather" (shown below), the band's comeback album and first release in ten years. The release date for "Burning Leather" is November 18th, 2011 via AFM Records.

1. Dominator
2. Searchlights
3. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
4. Fire In The Brain
5. Seasons In The Darkness
6. Turn The Cross Upside Down
7. Burning Leather
8. Gambler
9. Enter Stadium
10. Total Metal
11. Third Warning

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Oz Posts Album Artwork For New LP

Scandinavian metal legends Oz have posted the artwork for the forthcoming LP "Burning Leather" (shown below), the band's comeback album and first release in ten years. The release date for "Burning Leather" is November 18th, 2011 via AFM Records.

The band's video for the new song "Dominator" can be seen at this location.

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Oz Posts New Music Video

Scandinavian metal legends Oz have posted a new music video for the single "Dominator." The song appears on the forthcoming comeback album "Burning Leather," the band's first in ten years. The release date for "Burning Leather" is November 18th, 2011 via AFM Records.

Check out the video here:

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