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Oriz: II

Oriz is a Swedish melodic hard rock/heavy metal band, and II is their creatively-titled second album. The band plays a slick style of melodic metal that draws extensively from Swedish melodic hard rock, retro metal, and even pop/rock - as a matter of fact, I'd venture to say that II is virtually a pop album disguised as heavy metal. Even though Oriz is a very talented group, their sound is derivative and unoriginal, and the songwriting isn't something to write home about either. Fans of melodic hard rock/metal may want to check out II, but it's not interesting enough to get more than a passive recommendation from me.

All of the songs on II are pretty straightforward, riff-based compositions with a firm foot in verse/chorus/verse-styled songwriting. Although I don't necessarily have anything against this, the songs are surprisingly unmemorable. For the amount of hooks and choruses here, there simply aren't enough memorable ones to keep me entertained. I also have a slight issue with some of the keyboard tones used throughout the album. It seems as if Oriz tried to find the most cheap, plastic-sounding synth tones and put them far too high in the mix - a bit more of a focus on powerful riffs, rather than cheesy synth lines may have improved my enjoyment.

II has a good production and it's undoubtedly a professional effort, but I really think more originality and memorability will be crucial to Oriz's success in the crowded Swedish melodic hard rock scene. Though there's not too much particularly 'wrong' with this album, it's not something that excites me in the slightest. 2.5 stars seem pretty fair in this case.

Track Listing:
1. Forever Free
2. Desert Rider
3. Put Out The Flame
4. This Feeling
5. Captured
6. Your Lies
7. Broken
8. The Cage
9. Glimpse Of Light And Denial
10. Living

Added: November 11th 2011
Reviewer: Jeff B
Related Link: Oriz Myspace
Hits: 1804
Language: english

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Oriz: II
Posted by Alex Oriz on 2011-12-04 16:57:43
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Oriz has just released a promovideo for their latest release "II" on Liljegren Records / Doolittle Group!

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Oriz is a new band from Huskvarna (Sweden) who plays melodic hard rock with clear influences of music from the 70-80 century, such as Rainbow, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, but also has influences from more contemporary acts like Nocturnal rites, Shakra, In Flames, Edguy, Sabaton, Jorn, Gotthard etc. .

The members of Oriz each have a history in the music scene and has played/plays with a variety of bands.
Some of the band has toured abroad and also played as support for major acts such as Paul dianno (Ex, Iron Maiden), White Lion and others. Almost everyone in the band have training in the music industry and know how it works! Bandleader Alexander Oriz is also a trained music producer, producing music for a variety of other artists and bands.

Oriz released their first album "Oriz" in 2010 trough the small record label Blue Topaz Recordings but because of their poor distribution contacts Oriz chose to part ways with Blue Topaz.
The band then signed a contract with "Doolittle group" for their new release "II"

"Doolittle group" run by former "Narnia" member "Christian Liljegren" has delivered lots of great bands like Divine Fire, Golden Resurrection, Reinxeed, Audio Vision, Grimmark, Swedish Hitz goes metal, etc..

Oriz is now highly topical with their second release called "II", released worldwide in November 2011 by "Doolittle group" and contains a stronger material than ever and is a heavy metal fest never too forget! (A MUST FOR ALL WHO LOVE MELODIC HARD ROCK!)

The album was produced / mixed by music producer "Alexander Oriz" and mastered the "Micke Lind" known for his work with DIO, TALISMAN and LION'S SHARE!

With a strong material and an awesome stage show "Oriz" is more than ready to rock the world and offer an unforgettable show that people never will forget!

Oriz: II
Posted by Oriz on 2011-12-02 09:45:48
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Check out Oriz promoviedo for their new album "II" released November 13, 2011 on Liljegren Records / Doolittle Group!!!!!!

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