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Sparzanza: Circle
Sparzanza Circle CD Album Review

Sparzanza: Circle

(Melodic) Modern Heavy Rock/Metal
4.0/5.0

Having never heard of Sweden's Sparzanza, I thought a little research was called for while a listened to their latest and seventh album, Circle. One of my go-to places on the Internet for band information is metal-archives.com aka Encyclopaedia Metallum, especially for album release chronology and band Internet links. But they also attempt to assign a genre to each band. In the case of Sparzanza, the labeled them stoner metal.

Sparzanza Circle

Sparzanza: looking classy.

Seriously? Since the band has been around since 1996, that must be from another period in the band's life. Circle is definitely not stoner metal. But the long time fans of the band already know this. I would describe Sparzanza's style somewhere between hard rock and heavy metal, with traditional roots but a modern edge.

Some of this comes from some songs have a harsher, heavier, d-tuned still like Pine Barrens, but also from Fredrik Weileby's vocals. His voice is versatile going from generally clean melodic to some of that hardcore rawness, even within the same song. Pine Barrens is one example, as is Underneath My Skin. But in midst of all this is Sparzanza's keen ability to mix melody, groove, and harmony with the ease of experience and raw talent.

Other times some more curves are thrown. Sometimes I hear a mixture of recent post-grunge trends mixed black album Metallica. The Contract and the ballad As I Go Away seem to lean more towards the former. But then easy thrashiness and speed remind me of the latter. Into The Unknown finds me thinking of James Hetfield and Nothing Else Matters. Again some of this comes from Weileby's voice, which seems to surprise on most every song. As with Death Don't Spare No Lives and Do What Thou Wilt, mostly Sparzanza works the angle true heavy metal with large riffs and melody in that modern context. Lead guitar solos fly as well, adding to your listening pleasure. Frankly, while not being a fan of much modern rock and metal, Sparzanza allows you to forget the ills of that genre and focus on some darn catchy, quite heavy, still melodic hard rock and metal bolstered by versatile vocals. It's a win-win situation. Recommended.


SPARZANZA - Underneath My Skin (Circle, 2014)



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In Short

While not being a fan of much modern rock and metal, Sparzanza allows you to forget the ills of that genre and focus on some darn catchy, quite heavy, still melodic hard rock and metal bolstered by versatile vocals. It's a win-win situation.

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