SPARZANZA – Circle
Active for 18 years, Sweden’s Sparzanza on their seventh album "Circle" bristle in stoner rock confidence, adding a touch of heavy metal nuance to the proceedings through these 11 hard hitting tracks. Stonesour, Godsmack, Audioslave, and Mustasch are four bands that come to mind the most here- the snare has an open slap/ Stone Temple Pilots effect, while vocalist Fredrik Weileby delivers that modern rock / mid-range melody component down pat. They can smoothly transition from a hard hitting, adrenaline oriented rhythmic number like "Breathe" into something more introspective and emotionally releasing such as the ballad "Into the Unknown", which hopefully develops both a creative bridge for the band and expands their audience appeal.
Plenty of people dig into this ‘groove’ oriented stoner rock, but I wonder if Sparzanza will really be a blockbuster act – as their sound is very familiar and not really super original to the world audience.