Tuesday, 15 May 2007
-OZ- combines a racing, metal sound with whimsical, supernatural images, exploring the concept of 'beauty and degeneracy'. Though their original sound was heavy and slower, occassionally even dreary, the band redirected their energies toward drawing in the crowds at lives. Now Tama's compositions have a sprinting, driven feel and more optimistic melodies in addition to lyricist and frontman Natsuki's hellish death vocals. Their dynamic performances create an explosive energy and heat, and they've re-established themselves as a stormy force in the visual scene.
-OZ- was created in October 2004 by a fusion between two bands: Natsuki and Aki from Scare Crow and Tama, Nao from Gypsy. Zukki, who at the time was the drummer in Usagi, later joined. Two months later, they started performing at small live houses mainly in Tokyo.
Their first maxi-singles were released in July and September 2005. Each single had a different title from the main song. All following CDs would also be named after this pattern. The third single released in March 2006 sold out very quickly.
The famous label Loop Ash spotted them in 2006 and this new partnership made possible the release of Eve's apple and Adam's apple at the end of the year. In addition, the song CRY the crime was a gift in the magazine, SHOXX's December issue. Since then, -OZ- has gained more popularity and though their rise was slow, they didn't give up. With their first mini-album SIX released in May 2007 and followed by a new maxi titled elf that came out at the end of October.
-OZ- joined a Omnibus Album “THE fushigi Circle” in February 2007, featuring other bands like R*A*P or HeaRt. The first mini album followed in May and the fans in Niigata and Tokyo were the first to enjoy -OZ-‘s oneman concerts later this year. 2008 was a successful either, lots of new singles were released and several concerts held.
In 2009 -OZ- decided to rock the fans in Europe and signed with CLJ Records in summer 2009. The first full album “VERSUS” will be released almost at the same time around end of September both in Japan and Europe. To give an example of -OZ-‘s awesome live qualities the band added some extra live tracks to the European Edition of the album. And the future as well be full of -OZ- action! After their singles "wisteria" & viridian" have been released as digital download for Europe, a new studio album will follow soon! In 2011 they will hit Europe with a fantastic Tour - just for their fans over here!