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Osukaru - 2015 Transition



ARTIST: Osukaru
ALBUM: Transition
LABEL: City Of Lights Records
SERIAL: 85150-34020-2
YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Oz Osukaru - guitars, keyboards * Fredrik Werner - lead vocals, guitars * Cecilia Camuii - lead vocals * Vidar Mortensson, Ryan Coyle - drums * Jens Bjork - saxophones

Guests: Janne Stark, Erik Heikne - guest guitar * Jules Millis - guest vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Arrows * 02 Strangled Emotions * 03 Edge Of A Broken Heart * 04 Play * 05 Blinded Eyes * 06 Fm Rocks 98.5 (Redux) * 07 Tell Me You'll Stay * 08 Out Of Touch * 09 Mafia Rules * 10 Promised Land * 11 Change Of Heart (reimagined)

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WEBLINKS: www.osukarumusic.com


Background
Sweden's Osukaru is a band that must have nine lives in the world of GloryDaze. And you know what? Despite the slagging I've given this band over the years, I still keep going back to them. And I'm glad I do, because despite their predilection with saxophones, this band has got something that appeals to me. And I'm damned if I know what it is! Well, truth be told, I know exactly what this band excels at. And that's good solid melodic rock. Sure they go off on a tangent, but despite that, the basic building blocks of extreme melodic rock is there in spades, so good on them for persevering. The last album 'Triumphant' was good in parts, but the two-part male/female vocals weren't great. So guess what? The vocals this time around are pretty good. No, I'll go one better, they are excellent. And the surprising thing is that the singers are the same: Werner and Camuii. I'll even excuse the sax parts, because mostly the arrangements are soaked in glorious melodic moments, and I'm loving it! They're not quite Houston, more H.E.A.T on a mild day.


The Songs
There's eleven tracks on offer, but really there's ten if you forget the radio promo at track #5. Let's kick it off. 'Arrows' is a massive Swedish styled melodic rocker that doesn't get much better truth be told. The vocals are shared between Fredrik Werner and Cecilia Camuii. Now, just what this duo have done to improve so markedly between this album and the aforementioned 'Triumphant' borders on shocking! As in shockingly good. The contrast is amazing. It's like this band have listened to Amaranthe and made changes for the better. I'm kidding, but the change is really good. 'Strangled Emotions' is a solid effort, but things go to another level with 'Edge Of A Broken Heart', Cecilia driving things to a new level. By this stage I'm stunned. The instrumental 'Play' sees the band throw in a few sax parts but overall the song is smoked by some raucous guitar which keeps it very much in the hard rock realm. 'Blinded Eyes' throws some fairy glitter into ballad territory, but it shuffles into the realm of deep prog metal. Blimey.. I'm impressed. Osukaru really take things to a new level with the ginormous melodica of 'Tell Me You'll Stay'. And guess what, there's not a saxophone in the vicinity! 'Out Of Touch' is also damn good, while 'Mafia Rules' (a song re-recorded) sees the band move more into heavy metal territory. 'Promised Land' returns back to melodic rock, Cecilia taking the lead here, which softens the overall sound, but still this is high-impact stuff. 'Change Of Heart', a song which has appeared on past albums makes a return here, but I'm not sure it had the required impetus.


In Summary
I definitely liked what Oz has done with the band. They definitely sound a whole lot better than when I last listened to them. Certainly the AOR Press from around the Net is taking an interest, and I for one can be counted in that group. I'll eat humble pie for the 2015 edition of Osukaru, and ask regular GDM punters to at least take a listen and see what this mob have to offer.


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#1 | gdazegod on May 16 2015 03:06:07
Osukaru - 2014/2015 Arrows
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#2 | DEMONAOR on May 17 2015 01:47:25
I really like this album. They are gettin' better and better. On the right path to somethin' great.
#3 | george_the_jack on March 05 2017 22:21:13
I saw these guys last night playing at a local pub. It was a completely out of nowhere gig for me as I had not heard a single note from them since yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. I'm definitely going to check them out.
 
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