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Review: OZ - Roll the Dice
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Roll the Dice

Label: Black Mark Productions
Year released: 1991
Duration: 39:24
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: October 28, 2022
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Roll the Dice

Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)
Review

OZ's fifth studio album, Roll the Dice, was the last album these legendary Finns put out before first calling it quits in 1991. I wish I could say it was a strong swansong for the time, but sadly, OZ had started softening their edge to chase the commercial tit of arena rock bands of the time with this release. This could have been due to the lineup changes and bassist Jay C. Blade being absent, as his work was always a defining feature of the band, but no matter what caused this change, it resulted in an album that was a far cry from their classics like Fire in the Brain and III Warning, and certainly not their equal by any stretch. I can't say there's anything particularly bad about songs like "Midnight Lady," "Runaways," and "Out of Touch," and from any other arena rock band, I'd say they're pretty good. The problem is this is OZ we're talking about, and hearing them turn into a generic rock act is nothing short of a tragedy, especially when all the tracks on here lack the power, aggression, and cohesion the band was once known for. At one point, this was a sad coda for the band to end on, but thanks to their 2010 revival going strong, now it just stands as a curious whimper to end their first run on.

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