ROZZ – TRANCHES DE VIE (Brennus Music - Promorock Music)

 

                                     (Review by Sloof)

Rozz is a French band that started around 1984 and released already several albums in the past, but for some reason, they took a long break to finally return in 2008. All efforts and years of experience are now gathered in their new release ‘Tranches De Vie’, which will be their third album after ‘Une Autre Vie’ (1986) and ‘D’un Siècle à L’autre’ (2010). 16 tracks feature this album and the playing time of approx. 1 hour is demanding a lot from the lucky bastard who’s writing this review. I do hope that you don’t have to suffer the same task, as it really wasn’t such a nice acquaintance with this band. First of all, I remember the early 80’s very well, and I guess that I’m familiar with all French bands from that era, but Rozz was until this week totally unknown. This indicates a kind of personal ‘alarm level’, as I wonder how the hell is Rozz unknown to me? If they deliver the quality they are talking about, shouldn’t it be normal that I was familiar with them? That I kinda name them together with bands like H-Bomb, Sortilège, Nightmare, Warning, Trust, Excalibur, Demon Eyes, Vulcain, … you name it? They were all killer bands from France, but Rozz??  Anyhow, it’s always possible that a quality band slips through the fingers by exception, but the very first notes of this album proved the contrary. 

‘Condamne’ is the first song on this album and starts really heavy, but once the vocals demand their spot, I feel like condemned. This Marcel Ximenes (guitars and vocals) isn’t what I call the perfect man for the job.  It’s like he is telling and narrating his lyrics instead of singing. Really odd, but totally inadequate. I tried to focus on the music, without the vocals for the rest of this album, and it seems to be a common known fact that Rozz is a mediocre and almost poor band. This is probably the reason why Rozz remained underground all those years and decades, and hopefully it will remain that way. The third track is called ‘Crazy Horses’ and that’s a cover of The Osmonds who originally attempted to roughen up their clean-cut musical image with this track.  It became a huge hit in Holland and Belgium, but the Rozz version of this bestseller is a blurred decoction. A track like ‘Rozzy’ is an instrumental song, so perhaps the members of Rozz can display and exhibit their talents, but again, the arrangements is like sand: you can’t get a hold on it at all. It is like every member is doing ‘something’ with his instrument, but not as a band but rather as a personal excursion. I really wonder how this band still gets signed, or is Brennus Music and Promorock Music involved in one way or another? Even the ballad ‘La Meilleure Vie’ sounds roguish and bogus with not one single note played correctly. 

The only conspicuous and pronounced highlight is the front cover artwork. This is eye-catching and looks very promising, but once again it’s really saddened that the looks and exterior is a totally different quality compared with the inner containing. So, don’t judge on what you see, but judge on what you will hear, and perhaps you will agree that my rating is fair and honest, possibly with a little surplus…

My rating: 42 / 100

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish