Oz (Finnish band)
This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (November 2019)
|Origin||Nakkila, Finland (1977-1983) Stockholm, Sweden (1983-present)|
|Genres||Heavy metal, power metal|
|Years active||1977-1991; 2010-present|
|Labels||Kräk (1982), Tyfon (1982-1987), Combat (1984), Far East Metal Syndicate (1984), Banzai (1984), RCA (1984-1987), Victoria Records (1987), Black Mark (1991), AFM (2011-2018), Spiritual Beast (2011), Metalizer (2011), Massacre Records (2018-present)|
|Past members||Ape DeMartini|
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 Hämäläinen) re-formed the band, together with Costello Hautamäki and Markku Petander. As of 2016, OZ consists of four different members from Pori, Finland 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. The next album "Forced Commandments" will be released 22/5 2020 by Massacre Records.
- Mark Ruffneck (Pekka Mark) – drums, percussion (1977–1991, 2010–present)
- Peppi Peltola - bass, vocals (2015–present)
- Juzzy Kangas - guitars, vocals (2015–present)
- Johnny Cross - guitars, vocals (2015–present)
- Vince Koivula – lead vocals (2016–present)
Former live musicians
- Michel Santunione - guitar
- John Berg - guitar
- Johannes Sandberg - bass
- Ape De Martini (Tapani Hämäläinen) – lead vocals (1977–1991, 2010–2016)
- Jay C. Blade (Jukka Lewis) – bass, vocals (1982–1987, 2010–2016)
- Markku Petander – guitars (2010–2011)
- Costello Hautamäki - guitars (2010)
- Michael Lundholm – guitars (1990–1991)
- Jörgen Schelander – keyboards (1990–1991)
- Fredrik Thörnholm – bass (1990–1991)
- Tobbe Moen – bass (1990)
- Spooky Wolff – guitars (1983–1987)
- Speedy Foxx – guitars (1983–1987)
- Esa Niva – guitars (1982–1983)
- Tauno Vajavaara – bass (1977-1982)
- Kari Elo – guitars (1977-1982)
- Heavy Metal Heroes (OZ) (1982)
- Fire in the Brain (1983)
- III Warning (1984)
- ...Decibel Storm... (1986)
- Roll the Dice (1991)
- Dominator (Promo CD) (2011)
- Burning Leather (2011)
- Transition State (2017)
- Forced Commandments (2020)
- 1984 – Turn the Cross Upside Down
- 1982 – "Second-Hand Lady" / "Rather Knight"
- 2011 - "Dominator"
- 2012 – "The Show Must Go On" / "Signs from the Dead"
- 1987 – III Warning + ...Decibel Storm...
- 2012 – Vinyl Tracks