Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Review: Faz Waltz "Faz Waltz"
Faz Waltz, a rock band from Como, Italy, released their self-titled debut record on March 5. Formed in May, 2007 Faz Waltz consists of Faz La Rocca (Vocals, Guitar, Piano), Omar Bosis (Guitar), Diego Angelini (Bass), Dario Great (Drums). Faz Waltz is yet another in a string of excellent releases from rock bands out of Italy (see also Lactis Fever and Radio Days).
Inspired by the great classic rock bands of the 70s, with a hint of glam and pop, Faz Waltz is ready to rock your world. They waste no time telling you they mean business with rousing openers like "Big Mouth" and "Hello Mister". You'll recognize the trademark growl of Alice Cooper in the vocals of Faz La Rocca right away. The thick crunch in the punchy guitars call to mind AC/DC and some early Kiss as well. But Faz Waltz is not one-dimensional...they flirt with power pop on tracks like "Kingdom Of My Dreams" and "No Fun In Love", which both feature bright, peppy piano that help lighten the mood on the record. The guys also have a soft side (well, as soft as the gritty Faz Waltz will allow themselves to get!) with power ballads like "Little Girl Star" and "Take Me Back". The standout rockers for me included "Best Thing Of History", "Never Stop", and "Strong As I'm Tough".
If you are a fan of 70s-styled rock the likes of Alice Cooper, Kiss, or T. Rex, you won't want to miss this gripping debut by Faz Waltz.
iPOD-worthy: 1, 4, 7, 8, 11
Faz Waltz on MySpace. Official site.
Check out the video for "Hello Mister":